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Articles from the April 21, 2022 edition

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  • The hunt is on

    Apr 21, 2022

    An estimated 50 kids and their folks showed up in Beulah Saturday to seek out the bounty left behind by the Easter Bunny as the 2022 Beulah Easter Egg Hunt got underway. Organizers said the kids were treated to a visit with the Easter Bunny and a baby goat provided by Lund Valley Farm along with nearly 1000 candy-filled eggs....

  • How do we pay for it?

    Grace Moore|Apr 21, 2022

    At this week’s meeting of the board of the Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD), members revisited a master plan for the Crook County Hospital consisting of four options presented by architect Curtis Hendershott of Treanor HL recently for revitalizing the county’s medical facilities in Sundance. The choices included an interior overhaul, bringing several operational facets, including emergency and administration, up to a higher standard at an anticipated cost of between $23 and $26 million. The second option is a more moderate exp...

  • City considers re-introducing clean-up days

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 21, 2022

    Back in the day, said Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz to the council, the City of Sundance used to have an annual clean-up day. This began with efforts from the community to tidy and clean the streets and parks of the city and ended with a BBQ to reward the participants for their effort. Lenz asked the council if they would be interested in bringing the tradition back, citing this newspaper’s new regular article that premiered two issues ago to outline ways for citizens to contribute to their community. A clean-up day is a positive opportunity f...

  • Residents to receive trash coupons again

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 21, 2022

    For the last few years, the City of Sundance has issued a free trash coupon to each of its utility customers. This coupon has offered citizens the opportunity to bring their trash to the city’s transfer station completely free of charge on a day of their choosing. The coupons replaced the old system of a “free landfill day”, which was a single, designated day on which tipping fees for everyone were waived. However, this was a heavy workload for the landfill attendants. In addition, Mayor Paul Brooks said on Tuesday, it was also very difficult t...

  • Stats show unprecedented Wyoming death rates

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 21, 2022

    The Vital Statistics Services division of the Wyoming Department of Health has released data showing that 2021 was a second year of unprecedented death rates in this state. However, there were also more births and marriages in Wyoming, and fewer divorces. A total of 6572 deaths were recorded in 2021 and 5986 in 2020. For context, 2019 saw a lower death rate of 5122. Specific figures for Crook County in 2021 were not available at time of going to press. However, local death rates did show a considerable jump in 2020 with 106 deaths recorded, as...

  • Dr. Heith Waddell receives Advocate Award

    Apr 21, 2022

    Dr. Heith Waddell has been named the recipient of the 2022 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Wyoming State Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award. This prestigious award is given annually to a dedicated NP advocate in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of the NP role. Dr. Waddell will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2022 National Conference, this June in Orlando. Dr. Waddell completed his undergraduate studies in Billings, MT, with a...

  • Movie nights coming to Sundance Square

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 21, 2022

    With the blessing of the City of Sundance, summer movie nights are set to come to Sundance Square this June. The council has granted permission for the Sundance Chamber of Commerce to make use of the equipment at the city's newest park and to use the concession stand at no charge. The latter decision was made because the chamber is a nonprofit entity. The city does plan to charge a fee for use of the concession stand for profit-based enterprises. The movies are expected to begin in June and run...

  • Bertha Mae Billings

    Apr 21, 2022

    Bertha Mae (Seeley) Billings, age 82, passed away April 13, 2022, at Monument Health in Rapid City, South Dakota, due to a lengthy illness, with her family by her side. Bertha was born to parents Carl and Alma Seeley on November 1, 1939, in Sundance, Wyoming, and was raised in Newcastle Wyoming. Bertha met the love of her life Ray Allen Billings in Newcastle, Wyoming and married two weeks later on September 2, 1958. They celebrated their life together for 64 years. They had five children together and raised them in Newcastle, Wyoming. Bertha... Full story

  • Bertha Mae Feeley

    Apr 21, 2022

    Bertha Mae (Kokesh) Feeley, beloved mother, Grandma, aunt and friend, was called home by our Lord Tuesday evening, April 12, 2022. She was just beginning her second century of life when He took her hand and, with an easy smile, walked side by side with her up Heaven's path to once again hug and kiss those loved ones who had gone before her - the family and friends who have been waiting so patiently to welcome her with open arms. She had spent the past three years at Garden Hills Assisted Living facility in Spearfish, South Dakota and was... Full story

  • Entries open for Crook County Rodeo Royalty Contest

    Apr 21, 2022

    Entries are now open for this year’s Crook County Rodeo Royalty Contest! Contestants must attend a Crook County School, or parent(s) must reside in Crook County. Contestant age requirements are 7-22 by January 1, 2022. Deadline for applications to be received is May 27 at 5 p.m. Please contact Amber Burch at (307) 467-5678 or message our Facebook page to receive an application. Contest will be held in Sundance on the evenings of July 18 and 19....

  • Masonic Lodge to hold 'Widows Night'

    Apr 21, 2022

    The Sundance Masonic Lodge will be honoring our Masonic widows on Wed., Apr. 27, at 7 p.m. The evening will start with the widows ceremony, followed by a presentation by Reverend Stephen Christy about his trip to the Holy Land. This will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome to attend....

  • Correction:

    Apr 21, 2022

    In last week’s story, “County approves compensation policy”, it was noted that Crook County’s compensation policy was based on a pared down version of the Campbell County policy. It was later clarified that the policy was actually a version of the State of Wyoming, not Campbell County.... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Apr 21, 2022

    Thank You Town of Sundance. Thank you for your very generous support of our traveling bake sale on Good Friday. Bethel 7 Job’s Daughters Thank You Community of Sundance: I would like to thank all the people who came out on Saturday, April 2 and made The Chapel of Faith’s first Bingo & Chili Feed Night a huge success! The support was tremendous, as it was a great time of fun, food and fellowship. It would not have been possible if not for all the following sponsors who gave so much and so willingly: Decker’s Market/Pepsi, Interstate Engin... Full story

  • Aladdin Water District addresses all concerns

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 21, 2022

    A year ago, amid concern that the Aladdin Water District was failing to comply with its reporting requirements, the Crook County Commissioners considered the idea of dissolving it. After agreeing the changes that need to be made for the district to function effectively, members of its new board and the commissioners agreed to allow it to remain on the books for a probationary period. That period has now come to an end, and new board president Randy Strader visited the commission to list the changes that have been made across the year....

  • ARPA request applications now available

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 21, 2022

    Guidelines for public or private organizations wishing to request a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act money granted to Crook County are now available on the county website. After a public hearing, the county commissioners approved the proposed rules that the county will use to guide distribution of the remaining funding left in its coffers, as well as the second installment of just under a quarter million dollars that’s expected later this year. The county has been working to devise an application process for entities with projects t...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Apr 21, 2022

    Apr. 4 – Five VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Animal complaint. Property damage. Suspicious circumstances. Theft report. Welfare check. EMS page. Apr. 5 – Three VIN checks. Paper service. Five traffic stops. Animal complaint. Assisted another agency. Controlled substance problem. Public relations. Attempted suicide. Suspicious circumstances. Apr. 6 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Two traffic stops. Business alarm. Animal complaint. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business check. Citizen assist. Citizen dispute. Harassment complaint. Motor...

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 21, 2022

    Speeding – Anatoliy Zhukovskiy, Kent, WA, 87/75, $120; Sandeep Thadiparthy, Overland Park, KS, 92/75, $145; Dena Reiff, Lake Preston, SD, 83/70, $125; John Pagcaliwagan, Minot, ND, 94/80, $130; Monica Haffner, Box Elder, SD, 105/80, $185; Spencer Stern, Redmond, WA, 90/80, $105; Loretta Deyo, Newcastle, WY, 81/70, $115; Maurico Solano, El Paso, TX, 94/80, $130 Speed Too Fast for Conditions – Thorin N. Tarno, Gillette, WY, $260 No Valid Driver’s License – Clinton W. Palmer, Hulett, WY, $140; Eduardo Barraganmartinez, Las Vegas, NV, $140 Child S...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 21, 2022

    Family members sentenced for theft from contractor CHEYENNE (WNE) — Four members of a family were sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Laramie County District Court after they were accused of working together to steal from a local contractor. David Dean Brown, David Kyle Brown and Joni Gayle Brown each pleaded guilty in January to one felony count of conspiracy to commit theft. Rhena Brown pleaded no contest in February to the same charge. Joni and David Dean Brown admitted to helping their son, David Kyle Brown, receive paychecks from Reiman C...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Apr 21, 2022

    Dear Editor, It was with great interest to read Hugh Thompson’s critique of my opinion about the rare earth mine and processing center being proposed for the Sundance and Upton areas respectively. Yes, the mine itself would only occupy about 250 acres of the 9000 acres RER has at their disposal. This information is available on their website. What was missing from my article was that there are two other sites being developed at this time and should be in operation by 2023: the Round Top mine and processing center to be located at some distance...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Apr 21, 2022

    We are still doing curbside and in-town delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. We have numerous magazines available for a two-week checkout. HOUSE BEAUTIFUL MAGAZINE is an interior decorating magazine that focuses on decorating and the domestic arts. Thanks to the generosity of numerous locals and their families, we have some very special book collections: Barry Floyd’s fly fishing collection, Sally Rogers’ art collection, Mary Garman’s Custer collection, Gaydell Collier’s horse collection, Irene Reinecke’s art collection, the Anna Je...

  • Public asked to report groups of dead birds

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 21, 2022

    Wyoming Game & Fish has now detected cases of bird flu in wild birds within this state. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI, commonly known as bird flu) was already known to be affecting back yard poultry in Wyoming. The national outbreak has caused die-offs in both domestic and wild birds in states as close to home as South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado. The public is asked to report groups of dead birds. “Anyone who finds clusters of three or more dead wild birds – especially waterfowl and other water-birds – please contact the Game...

  • Sundance seventh graders win Poppy Poster prizes

    Apr 21, 2022

    For many years, Sundance art teacher Tobi Miller has had all of her seventh-grade students participate in the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 80 (Hulett and Sundance) poppy poster contest. The ALA poppy poster co-chairs are Tracy Bush, Hulett and Janet Lake, Sundance. This year's winners are Brooke Garman first, Mary Villegas second and Nevaeh Idler third. Each winner received a cash prize, and their posters go on for further competition. All the posters from all the participants are on...

  • State champ

    Apr 21, 2022

    Wudzie Zaato from Sundance attended the W.A.W.A. (Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association) State Championship Tournament April 14-16 with the Moorcroft Mat Masters. Wudzie competed in all three wrestling styles and came away as the State Champion in both Freestyle and Greco and placed #2 in the state in Folkstyle....

  • National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 24-30

    Apr 21, 2022

    The Crook County Attorney's Office Victim Witness Program commemorates National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 24-30, 2022. In commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), ribbons have been placed at the courthouse gazebo and city parks in Hulett, Pine Haven and Moorcroft to raise awareness about crime victims' issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available. Crime victims are our family, friends, neighbors and community...

  • Enroll Wyoming offers free health insurance assistance

    Apr 21, 2022

    Many people don’t realize they currently qualify for comprehensive and affordable health insurance and could sign up today. Expanded benefits and cheaper costs can be found by connecting with Enroll Wyoming, a nonprofit that provides free assistance to explore health options. People may qualify for the Health Insurance Marketplace based on income or recent life-altering experiences like marriage, a new child joining the home, or losing health insurance. This allows Americans to access the Marketplace, where cost savings like tax credits make f...

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