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Governor Gordon instructs state agencies to prepare for COVID-19 budget impacts

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As Wyoming continues to experience the direct and indirect fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Mark Gordon has instructed all state agency directors to identify opportunities to immediately reduce spending. This is... Full story


Four members of Northern Arapaho Tribe die from coronavirus

Four members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who had been hospitalized for treatment of the coronavirus have died as result of complications from the disease, bringing to six the number of lives claimed by the illness in Wyoming. The Northern Arapaho... Full story


Wyoming reports first COVID-19 death

On Monday morning, Wyoming became the last state in the nation to report its first death associated with the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) announced that... Full story


Relief funds open unexpected opportunity

Senator Ogden Driskill and Representative Tyler Lindholm called the Board of Trustees together on Thursday evening to present their idea to secure funding for a new Crook County Medical Services...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 16, 2020

Hough resigns as hospital district CEO

The Board of Trustees for Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) received word last week that CEO Nathan Hough has tendered his resignation to Health Management Services, the company contracted to provide management services to the district....


Winter's grip

Just when you thought it was safe to plant those potatoes, winter reminded us once again that frigid temps, high winds and heavy snow are never far away. The icy weather that dropped out of Canada and across the nation over the weekend left behind a...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 16, 2020

Council conducts regular business

Out of necessity, the Sundance City Council met via conference call on Tuesday. “We’re going to go on doing the bare minimum, we’re not going to make a lot of big changes,” said Mayor Paul Brooks of the immediate future while the outbreak con...


Cowgirl Pizza launches fresh produce program

Finding it difficult to source fresh fruit and vegetables? Whether you are struggling financially or looking to boost your nutrient intake, Amy Goodson at Cowgirl Pizza is here to help. Thanks to an anonymous donation of $2000, Goodson is making use... Full story


David James Carson

David James Carson was born on June 7, 1964, to Joseph A. and Darlene S. Carson in St. Ignace, Michigan. He attended public school in Sundance, Wyoming and Hardin, Montana. He graduated in 1983 from Hardin High School where he played basketball and... Full story


Ross Garman

Ross Garman, 58 of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 12, 2020, at the Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance. Cremation has taken place and a public memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under... Full story


Marselle May Saul

Marselle May Saul, 78, died March 20, 2020, at the Mitchell Care Center in Mitchell, Nebraska. She was born December 26, 1941, at Reynold’s Home in Sheridan, Wyoming, where her father was a foreman at the local sawmill. Marselle, her older brother... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 16, 2020

Respecting boundaries

Three important anniversaries mark the month of April, each linked to a person’s right to have their boundaries respected. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month with Crime Victim Rights Week from April 19 to 25....


Work continues in county offices

Even in the midst of an outbreak, business continues as usual for Crook County and its constituent departments and offices. Each was asked to provide a written update to the County Commissioners last week, detailing the projects and ongoing work... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 16, 2020

New Haven polling station to be closed

County Clerk Linda Fritz formally announced her intention to close the polling station in New Haven for Precinct 23-23 last week. She cited reasons for the decision including the difficulty of securing election judges and the cost of keeping it...


This Week at Your Library

Due to concerns over COVID-19 and for the safety and well-being of our communities, the Crook County commissioners have closed county facilities until further notice. Even though the doors are closed at the county libraries, library staff will still...


Dear NP

Dear NP, Since spring is in the air and many of us are working from home due to COVID-19, I would think it is the perfect time to start an exercise regimen. What are the key steps to starting and...


This Side of the Pond

I like to think of myself as someone who is capable of change. Someone who embraces the new and combines it with the old in an ongoing effort to improve. I can “lol” with the best of them. I know...


Peek at the Past

100 Years Ago The Times April 14, 1920 In the United States senate a few days ago the word “voluntary” in the army reorganization bill pending before congress for so many months. Thus compulsory training of youths for military service seems to...


Cards of Thanks

Our Thanks The Sundance Country Club Board would like to express how grateful we are for the many donations, volunteer hours and support the golf course receives! We are lucky to have such a nice little course here in Sundance and it would not be... Full story



A clarification from Crook County Public Health and Dr. Larsen regarding last week’s article about myth-busting during the COVID-19 crisis. Referring to the section about the governor directing citizens to avoid grocery shopping in South Dakota,... Full story



It would seem we were so inspired by Governor Mark Gordon’s speech last week that we took his guidelines on social distancing to the extreme and flung ourselves back into the past. While there, we accidentally referred to him in the first sentence... Full story


Light shows, parades and meals - good news during the pandemic

Light shows in support of seniors, unusual Easter egg hunts, parades for those who can’t get out and programs to feed the warriors at the front lines of the coronavirus battle were all in the news in the past week as Wyoming residents continued to... Full story


Wyoming News Briefs

Gillette shatters previous cold temperature record GILLETTE (WNE) – Winter is proving a bit hard to shake this year, and Monday morning was a chilly morning worthy of the record books. Gillette’s long-time record tracking location southeast of Gi...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 16, 2020

Warrant issued for man involved in high-speed chase and crash

A warrant has been issued for the Arizona man who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase along I-90 last week, crossing the border into South Dakota and eventually crashing his vehicle near Spearfish. Christopher Elman faces numerous felony and mi...


Going for a swim

Carbon County Fire Department diver Josh Ejlersen ensures tow-truck cables are securely fastened to the back of a semi-trailer truck in the middle of the North Platte River near the Fort Steele about...


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