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Articles from the April 22, 2021 edition


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  • Boards negotiate Hulett clinic lease

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 22, 2021

    As a construction site on the outskirts of Hulett gradually takes on the recognizable form of a new clinic building, the full boards for Crook County’s medical services district and foundation came together for the first time on Friday to discuss the particulars of how it will be used. After a brief tour of the facility, the two boards retired to the Greater Hulett Community Center to talk about the lease. This has been a point of contention for several months, with the Crook County Medical S...

  • County tops list of vaccine hesitant

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 22, 2021

    The eleven most vaccine-hesitant counties in the nation are all located in Wyoming – and Crook County is one of them. This county has the highest percentage of residents who are hesitant about the virus in the nation at an estimated 32%, according to statistical modeling performed for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This places Crook County at joint first in America, alongside Johnson, Converse, Washakie, Niobrara, Weston, Natrona, Campbell, Platte and Carbon Counties. The number of citizens who are thought to be strongly hesitant is 1... Full story

  • Neiman reflects on first session

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 22, 2021

    Representative Chip Neiman isn’t sure he can explain how the 66th Wyoming Legislature differed to a normal year – one without unusual arrangements caused by a pandemic. “Everybody kept telling us, this is not how it’s supposed to be, I hope you don’t think this is normal,” he laughs. “Like I told several legislators, I wouldn’t know what normal was – I’d never been here before.” What stood out to Neiman about his first session representing House District #1 was its effectiveness. While...

  • Public Health works through waitlist

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 22, 2021

    Crook County Public Health is now scheduling appointments for Moderna COVID-19 vaccines with any interested county resident, having already worked through the full waiting list. At this time, 1212 first doses and 938 second doses have been administered. Contact the office to be scheduled for the next available vaccination slot. However, like the rest of the state, Crook County has temporarily stopped administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson version of the COVID-19 vaccine. This was recommended by health authorities after six women under... Full story

  • Applications open for Country Junkin'

    Apr 22, 2021

    For the third time this June, county residents will have the opportunity to either sell their unwanted items, find new treasures – or both – during the countywide Country Junkin’ yard sale. Applications are available now if you would like to sign up as a vendor at this year’s event. The Country Junkin’ event was conceived in 2019 as a way to attract visitors to the area while giving avid collectors the chance to share their treasures and combining the yard and garage sales that tend to punctuate the summer in this region. This year, Country J...

  • Better late than never

    Apr 22, 2021

    The snow may have waited until a little late in the season to fall, but that doesn’t make the moisture less welcome. Sunday evening saw significant snowfall, with the National Weather Service reporting the highest levels for this county in Sundance and southwest of Beulah, both of which had received six inches by the morning. The storm stretched west to Gillette, south to Newcastle and across the border into South Dakota, with a highest recorded snow total of 12 inches in Deerfield, P...

  • Elaine Gertrude Clark

    Apr 22, 2021

    Elaine Gertrude (Sorensen) Clark was born on Sunday, January 7, 1923, in Ravinia, South Dakota, but her birth certificate says Wagner, South Dakota. She passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Crook County Medical Services in Sundance, Wyoming, at the age of 98. Her parents were Robert William Sorensen and Sarah Ann (Bellon) Sorensen. As a young child she lived in Arpan, South Dakota and Lead, South Dakota, where her father worked at the Homestake Gold Mine. The family lived in Los Angeles,... Full story

  • Robert H. Queen

    Apr 22, 2021

    His horse is saddled, the cinches are tight, barn door closed, reins over the neck and foot into the stirrup. Sitting tall in the saddle with his hat pulled down tight, rope in hand, Robert H. Queen rides over the great divide with the Lord to ride and rope forever and ever. Bob’s last ride began April 14, 2021, at the Crook County Hospital. Bob was born in Deadwood, South Dakota on June 7, 1940, to Oliver “Olie” and Alice (Jones) Queen. Bob grew up with his brother, Sonny and sister, Lois, on t... Full story

  • Correction: Mary Catherine Ruland

    Apr 22, 2021

    Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Crook County Long Term Care or Crook County Senior Services.... Full story

  • Services: Elaine Waugh

    Apr 22, 2021

    Memorial Services for Elaine Waugh will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Civic Center in Hulett, Wyoming. Luncheon to follow.... Full story

  • Services: Larry Petersen

    Apr 22, 2021

    Larry Petersen of Pine Haven, WY, 80 years old, died February 6, 2021 after a short battle with cancer, at his daughter Dawn’s home in Sundance surrounded by his daughters and family. Memorial services will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the United Methodist Church in Sundance. Burial will take place at Mt. Moriah in Sundance. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Crook County Library or Crook County Senior Services. Please send to: Dawn Peplow PO Box 533, Sundance, Wy 82729. Arrangements are under the care of F... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Apr 22, 2021

    Our Thanks Thank you to all our family, friends and neighbors for the cards and calls and for being so wonderful at the funeral service for my sister Mae Neiman. I love and appreciate you all. Winnie Bush Our Thanks Crook County Public Health would like to thank everyone who helped make the mass vaccination clinics a success! Special thanks to Crook County School District for the use of the gymnasium, Crook County Emergency Management, Crook County Medical Services District, Be Well Coalition/Prevention Specialist, Sundance EMS, Pine Haven EMS,...

  • Energy, meat processing bills clear governor's desk

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 22, 2021

    Though the 66th Legislative Session has come to an end, bills continue to pass across the desk of Governor Mark Gordon for his signature. Over the last week, the governor has signed several bills, including three that support the energy sector. House Bill 166, for example, requires public utilities to take additional steps before they may retire coal or natural gas plants. Utilities must now demonstrate to the Public Service Commission that such retirements will not lead to added costs for ratepayers or less reliable electrical service. “The e...

  • Emergency FCC benefit aims to get low-income households connected

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 22, 2021

    A new emergency benefit recently launched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a chance for Wyoming residents to get connected to the internet – and get your hands on devices to do so, if you don’t have one available. The benefit will provide households with a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service, with an additional one-time discount of up to $100 towards a laptop, desktop PC or tablet as long as you contribute between $10 and $50 to the purchase price. Households are eligible for the benefit if at least one...

  • Lummis staff to hold remote office hours in Crook County

    Apr 22, 2021

    Staff for U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming will hold remote office hours in Sundance, Moorcroft and Hulett to meet with constituents. Statewide Policy Advisor/Field Representative, Tyler Lindholm, will be available to meet with residents individually, and hear ideas, comments and concerns about what is happening in the U.S. Senate, and also to help anyone having trouble working with a federal agency. Of the remote office hours, Sen. Lummis said: “We are working every day to make the federal government work for the people of Wyoming. W...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN|Apr 22, 2021

    Dear NP, “I have an 18-month-old who continually gets ear infections. Can you explain what causes some children to be more prone to ear infections than others? Is there anything I can do to help prevent these ear infections from recurring?” Dear Reader, There is nothing worse than seeing your child in pain and feeling helpless. Some children seem to be particularly prone to ear infections. The onset of an ear infection generally occurs rapidly, resulting in a variety of symptoms. Children may se...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 22, 2021

    On an island in the Pacific, surrounded by jungle, the tribespeople are in mourning. Clad in traditional garb and still linked to the cultural rituals that have always shaped their way of life, the Vanuatuans proudly decorate their wood-and-thatch huts with photographs of the Duke of Edinburgh. I’m sure it cannot have escaped your notice that the longest serving royal consort in history was laid to rest on Saturday after a low-key service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. A man who did...

  • Hulett couple charged with child endangerment

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 22, 2021

    Rachel Westover and Zachariah Warnock face charges of child endangerment after allegedly admitting to a police officer that they had used methamphetamine in the presence of minor children. On April 12, a Hulett police officer was contacted by a dispatcher at around 9.10 p.m. in reference to an anonymous call about a possible domestic dispute at a Hulett residence. The officer was met by Westover, who he reports as speaking in a mumbled voice but at a rapid pace, with eyes that showed signs of crying and a disheveled appearance. The officer...

  • Gillette man sentenced on possession charges

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 22, 2021

    Gillette resident Milford Hiebert has received a suspended sentence on possession charges after evidence of marijuana use was found in his vehicle during a traffic stop for speeding. In April, 2020, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper observed a vehicle traveling westbound at what appeared to be a high rate of speed that radar confirmed to be 90 mph in a 75 mph zone. The trooper pulled the vehicle over and approached the driver, who allegedly stated he had been trying to overtake an RV and had looked down to see he was traveling at 90 mph. While...

  • Gillette man sentenced for possession of meth

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 22, 2021

    A Gillette man has been given a suspended sentence on charges of possession after allegedly acting strangely at a Keyhole State Park campsite last fall. A State Parks Ranger was dispatched to a campsite to reports of a male who was acting as though he was on something. He arrived to find the campground host dealing with a male, later identified as Trinity Schiefer. Schiefer had allegedly been told he should not be in the campsite because it was occupied by others and was trying to leave, but his vehicle would not start. The ranger contacted...

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 22, 2021

    Speeding – Benjamin W. Phillips, Sheridan, 75/65, $105; Richard Pearson, ID, 87/75, $120; (truck) – Edward Wood, SC, 60/45, $430 Fail to Drive Vehicle Within Single Lane – Melissa Ramirez, Casper, $90 No Auto Insurance – Kyle Fowler, MN, $560 Operate Oversize Without Permission, Permit (daytime) – Robert Tate, IN, $240 Weight Over Permit Limits (over 20000) – Johnny D. Elmore, Gillette, $1460 No Camping Permit – Jeremiah Edward Wiggins, Upton, $150...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Apr 22, 2021

    April 12 – Five VIN checks. Paper service. Four traffic stops. Fingerprints. Assisted Hulett Police. Two arrests. Two booked into jail. EMS page. April 13 – Six VIN checks. Paper service. Five traffic stops. Motorist assist. K-9 training. Fingerprints. Two traffic hazards removed. Suspicious person. Courtesy ride given. House watch. Business checks. EMS page. April 14 – Four VIN checks. Paper service Four traffic stops. Fingerprints for outside employment. K-9 training. Warrant service attempted. Traffic hazard removed. Civil assist. Booke...

  • Carbon XPrize winners announced

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 22, 2021

    GILLETTE – A pair of projects that promise to revolutionize the construction industry while helping solve the world’s carbon dioxide emissions problem has won the top awards in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize. CarbonBuilt, a team from UCLA led by Prof. Gaurav Sant that demonstrated its technology at the Integrated Test Center attached to the Dry Fork Station coal-fired power plant north of Gillette, won the coal track of the XPrize competition. CarbonCure Technologies, which demonstrated its process of infusing waste CO2 into concrete at a gas...

  • Shed season, winter closure ending align in '21

    Mike Koshmrl, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 22, 2021

    JACKSON — Federal and state agencies have sorted out discombobulation that led to an awfully confusing 2020 onset to the popular antler gathering season in western Wyoming. When May 1 strikes in 2021, there’s one time to keep in mind: 6 a.m. That’s the day and time when the Bridger-Teton National Forest will lift its winter closures and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will allow people to pick up shed antlers off public land in the region. National Elk Refuge staff will lead a motorcade down Refuge Road at 6 a.m. to forest lands, and g...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 22, 2021

    Cheyenne man sent to prison for threatening woman with crossbow CHEYENNE (WNE) – A man was sentenced Thursday in Laramie County District Court to three to five years in prison for threatening a woman with a crossbow and injuring a police officer. Before his sentencing by Laramie County District Judge Catherine Rogers, Jason A. Martinez pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault and battery (threatening with a weapon) and no contest to felony interference with a peace officer (injury) as part of a plea agreement. Additional charges of felony ag...

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