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Articles from the April 25, 2024 edition


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  • Healing the land

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 25, 2024

    A hundred years from now, the forest south of Sundance may look just the way it used to. The Fish Fire burned through just under 6800 acres back in 2022, leaving blackened scars in its wake. Left to its own devices, the land would likely take multiples of that timespan to heal those wounds, but the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) was on site last week to offer a helping hand. Along with a contracted crew of planters, Forest stewards arrived with boxes of foot-high seedlings to take advantage of a two...

  • Students shine at art symposium

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 25, 2024

    Artists from Sundance High School made their mark at the 56th annual Wyoming High School State Art Symposium last weekend, showing off their work at the largest statewide art exhibition in the nation. Over 4700 pieces were on display in Casper, from 67 schools across Wyoming. Catch Downey, with a piece titled "Dishwashing Daydream", and Madeline Fleenor, with a piece titled "Walk in the Park", both won first place and were named First Lady winners, which means their artwork will be displayed at...

  • Keyhole State Park partners with Audubon Rockies for summer events

    Apr 25, 2024

    Keyhole State Park is partnering with Audubon Rockies again this summer to provide a series of birding events at the park from May through August. The first event will be a "Birding Walk" on May 4, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Rocky Point Trailhead. This will provide an opportunity to observe, identify and learn about the various bird species at the park. Some binoculars and birding guides will be provided, but please bring your own if possible. All other events will be bird banding events...

  • Heart of Gold gets students up close with livestock

    Madeline Fleenor, Bearlodge-Sundance FFA Reporter|Apr 25, 2024

    The Heart of Gold Livestock Show was the event of the day with more than 90 kids participating from Crook County School District. Students interacted with cows, sheep, swine, goats, horses, dogs, a chicken and a rabbit with the help of our 4-H and FFA partners. Kids had the opportunity to meet each animal as they rotated through the eight stations. 4H and FFA students were group leaders and animal handlers and encouraged their school partners to brush, touch and lead the animals around. Horse...

  • American Dream

    Apr 25, 2024

    American Dream Contest winners, left to right: Keaton Mills, Autumn Groth, Branson Bankenbush. Branson Bankenbush won first and $300. He then attended a luncheon in Casper for all the first-place winners. Autumn Groth won second and $200. Keaton Mills won third and $100. The students wrote about their understanding of the Cowboy Ethics and how they apply them in their lives....

  • WAWA state champ

    Apr 25, 2024

    Wudzie Zaato came home with a Triple Crown after attending the Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association State Championship Tournament in Casper April 12, 13 and 14, winning Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco in his age and weight division. Although he's taken first place in these styles in the past, this is his second State Championship Triple Crown....

  • Monty J. Clark

    Apr 25, 2024

    Monty J. Clark, 68, of Beulah, Wyoming, passed away on April 12, 2024, in his home. Monty was born to Lewis and Shirley Clark, on February 23, 1956 in Bozeman, Montana. His early childhood was spent in the Madison Valley of Montana, where he loved exploring the great outdoors with his siblings. Monty left home at a young age to start working, he was always a hard worker. In the early '80s, Monty relocated to Gillette, Wyoming, marking the beginning of his distinguished career as a carpenter and... Full story

  • Deadline for declaring party affiliation approaches

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 25, 2024

    Filing opens for this year’s elections in a couple of weeks and, for the first time in Wyoming, this event will also mark the deadline by which you must declare or change your party affiliation before the primaries.Filing opens on May 16 and will run for two weeks, until May 31. The day before filing opens, May 15, is your final opportunity to declare your party affiliation. If you want to vote for either Republican or Democratic candidates in this year’s primary, you must be a registered voter for that party; if you are not affiliated, your ba...

  • Back to your roots

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 25, 2024

    Self-reliance has been the Wyoming way since its beginnings. After all, this state’s original settlers wouldn’t have lasted long without the know-how to create, mend and maintain. UW Extension Educator Sara Fleenor will be introducing a series of classes this spring to revive many of those traditional skills and bring them to new generations and arrivals – starting on May 8 with container gardens. Once a month for the foreseeable future, anyone who’d like to expand their homesteading repertoire is invited to join in. From sewing and beekeep...

  • Cook-off and cornhole at first fairground fundraiser

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 25, 2024

    The Crook County Facilities Department is introducing an annual fundraiser to support its ongoing goal to make the fairground an enticing destination for events both familiar and new. “It’s going to start building our pot of money for the future,” says Jasmyne Bryant, Event Coordinator. “We’ve been going after grants for some of our fairground improvements and part of that is that we do have to match money.” The proceeds from this fundraiser will kick-start a fund through which the department can continue its work to update and improve the...

  • Support your firefighters, win a buffalo hunt

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 25, 2024

    Support your firefighters and you might walk away with a buffalo hunt tag or an all-American rifle. The Crook County Volunteer Fire Department has announced the prizes for this year’s fundraiser raffle and tickets are now available. The first prize this year is a cow buffalo hunt along with processing, valued at $4000. The second prize is a Ruger American rifle – Predator 308, with Sig Sauer scope, scope ring and shells, valued at $1100. Tickets can be purchased individually or you can cho...

  • OES official visit this week

    Apr 25, 2024

    Sundance High School graduate, Class of 1971, Mike Hutchinson, is currently serving as Worthy Grand Patron for the Grand Chapter of Wyoming, Order of the Eastern Star along with Cindy French, Worthy Grand Matron. They will be making their Official Visit to Electa Chapter #5 in Sundance, Friday, April 26. Mike's wife, Janet, is the daughter of the late Straitor and Elaine Clark, long time Sundance residents. Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Apr 25, 2024

    Have you heard about the Libby app? With your library card you can unlock a wide range of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines right to your smart devices. Just download the app and sign in to enjoy all your favorites. LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., May 9 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., Jul. 17 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., May 7 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: No Adult Craft in May; see you in June. Lunch Bunch Book Club Thur., May 23...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Apr 25, 2024

    Thank You Blessings in a Backpack would like to thank Resann Pixley for her years of serving as the Sundance program director. Resann is the reason this program exists in our area and we are grateful for her efforts. She has volunteered countless hours to better our community and we cannot thank her enough for her years of dedication and determination. Thank you, Resann! Our Thanks The 2024 Sundance HS Post Prom Committee would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the following 2024 POST PROM PARTY SPONSORS and volunteers: Adventures 307 Anomaly... Full story

  • Veterans' assistance available

    Apr 25, 2024

    A State of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout May. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available at the f...

  • Peek at the Past

    Apr 25, 2024

    1 Years Ago April 24, 1924 The high flood waters of Skull creek last week again did considerable damage to the Y T dam on the Julius Bock ranch. The dam was severely damaged about a week ago and with the flood waters this week the damage was considerably more than previously. In addition to the large amount of earth washed away the dam was completely drained so that it will leave Mr. Bock without water for irrigation purposes. Fire devastated the ranch home of Charlie Ives in Pleasant Valley Tuesday afternoon, starting from the kitchen pipe...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 25, 2024

    Six fatal crashes so far in Campbell County this year GILLETTE (WNE) --- So far in 2024, 21 people have died in 18 fatal crashes in Wyoming. A third of those crashes, which resulted in six deaths, happened in Campbell County. In 2023, there were 11 fatal crashes in Campbell County. In 2022, there were seven. 2021 had four fatal crashes, and 2020 had eight. Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny said when it comes to these crashes, “it randomly spikes and sometimes it doesn’t.” The first crash wasn’t until Jan. 30, then there was another one abo...

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 25, 2024

    Speeding – Desiree Monger, Gillette, WY 80/75, $15; Clate Dawson, Mt. Vernon, OR, 80/75, $15; Joseph Soutor, Gillette, WY, 80/75, $15; Scott Clark, Mount Vernon, WA, 80/75, $15; Joshua Siordia, Colorado Springs, CO, 83/70, $125; Kyle Hoerst, Morrow, OH, 87/75, $120; Spencer B. Anderson, Spearfish, SD, 79/70, $103; Marco Ramirez Godinez, Rapid City, SD, 92/75, $145; Luke R. Norris, Moorcroft, WY, 70/65, $65; Travis Hammons, Englewood, CO, 80/70, $105; Benjamin Buck, Crossville, AL, 91/75, $140; Cassandra Callahan, Black Hawk, SD, 97/80, $145; J...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Apr 25, 2024

    April 15 – Seven VIN checks. Two paper services. Five traffic stops. Alarm. Fingerprints. Three motorist assists. Animal complaint. Prisoner transport. Welfare check. Fraud. Fire page. Two EMS pages. April 16 – VIN check. Two fingerprints. Three traffic stops. Disturbance. Business check. Three EMS pages. April 17 – VIN check. Paper service. Traffic stops. Two suspicious circumstances. Two assists to Moorcroft Police. Fingerprints. Four EMS pages. April 18 – Four VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic control. Trespassing. Information. Fingerp...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Apr 25, 2024

    Dear Editor: Howdy, I’m writing in response to the letters to the editor by Mac Frank and Buck Bock. At first, I thought there was a comprehension issue with poor mister “Mac” talking about cable TV service and such, until I realized there is no Frank Mac or Mac Frank. In any case, the anonymous author deliberately missed the point. Mr. Bock was at least in the ballpark. Buck, I’m going to disagree with, and state that I believe the Crook County Commissioners are not, in some important ways, doing what the folks elected them to do regarding roa...

  • School District Warrants

    Apr 25, 2024

    Crook County School District # 1 Notice is hereby given that the Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees issued warrants for the following bills exceeding $500.00 at the regular meeting of the board held on APRIL 15TH, 2024 IN SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund A & B WELDING SUPPLY CO INC Supplies $801.05 ABLE LLC Consulting Services $2,330.00 ADP LEMCO INCORPORATED Replacement Parts $778.00 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Supplies $2,142.02 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Supplies $11,645.38 AT&T MOBILITY... Full story

  • District

    Apr 25, 2024

    PROCLAMATION OF ELECTION OF THE PROPOSED YELLOWSTONE L&R RANCH IMPROVEMENT AND SERVICE DISTRICT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Crook County Commissioners have directed that an election shall take place on the organization of the proposed Yellowstone L&R Ranch Improvement and Service District. DATE OF ELECTION: The election shall take place by mail ballot on August 20, 2024. WHO CAN VOTE: W.S. 18-12-102(a)(vii) provides that “Elector” or “voter” means a person who is a qualified elector or an owner of land in the district, including any corpora... Full story

  • District

    Apr 25, 2024

    PROCLAMATION OF ELECTION OF THE PROPOSED BEULAH IMPROVEMENT AND SERVICE DISTRICT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Crook County Commissioners have directed that an election shall take place on the organization of the proposed Beulah Improvement and Service District. DATE OF ELECTION: The election shall take place by mail ballot on August 20, 2024. WHO CAN VOTE: W.S. 18-12-102(a)(vii) provides that “Elector” or “voter” means a person who is a qualified elector or an owner of land in the district, including any corporation, partnership or associa... Full story

  • Oil and Gas

    Apr 25, 2024

    BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) will meet at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, May 13, 2024, and subsequent days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to consider the following matters at the office of the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, 2211 King Boulevard, Casper, Wyoming. DOCKET NO. / APPLICANT / MATTER / S-T-R / FORMATION / COUNTY 549-2024 / Kaiser-Francis Oil Company / 640-Acre D&S Unit;... Full story

  • Meeting

    Apr 25, 2024

    Goshen HELP DBA WYO HELP PUBLIC MEETING May 13th, 2024 at 12:00pm (Noon) Via Zoom Please note that Goshen HELP DBA WYO HELP a 501(c)3 is providing public notice regarding the FFY 2025 Community Services Block Grant Application for the following counties: Carbon, Crook, Goshen, Niobrara, Washakie, and Weston. The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) will provide funds to assist low-income individuals and/or families through FFY 2025 (October 1st 2024 – September 30th 2025) with an expected grant total of $281,000. Final totals may vary. The m... Full story

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