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Articles from the April 28, 2022 edition


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  • Spring storm hits area hard

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 28, 2022

    What began as a thunderstorm on Friday evening ended in the most significant blizzard so far this season, bringing travel to a standstill, canceling events and cutting power in some places across the area. It turned out to be a much more severe blizzard than many had been expecting. According to the National Weather Service, a low pressure system approached the plains on Friday, pushing warm, moist air ahead of it. This caused thunderstorms to develop on Friday evening, which became severe in...

  • Chamber drops plans for BeerFest

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 28, 2022

    The annual Sundance Beer Festival is no longer. The fall event that has attracted locals and visitors alike to sample craft beers on Main Street since 2014 has been dropped by the Sundance Chamber of Commerce. “The board voted to cancel Beer Festival from now on due to lack of leadership and interest from businesses that would benefit from the event,” comments Jamie Jessen, Chamber of Commerce. Sundance Beer Festival was last held in 2019, enjoying another growth in attendance for its sixth year. It was originally introduced and organized by...

  • Election filing opens soon

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 28, 2022

    For those interested in standing for election this year, whether for local, county or state positions, the filing window is about to open. For a two-week period, citizens will be invited to put forth their names for seats ranging from U.S. Congress to city council. Filing opens on May 12 and will close on May 27 for most county, state and federal seats. Special district and school board applications will not be accepted until later in the year as these seats will appear on the ballot for the general election. As well as two county commissioner...

  • Toby C. Brady to perform at Old Stoney

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 28, 2022

    Next weekend, Old Stoney’s third-floor stage will welcome its first performance since the refurbished building opened to the public, and it’s a show that promises considerable local talent. Sundance-born, Seattle-based musician Toby C. Brady is returning home for a one-off gig on May 7, with Todd Kahler also performing. Brady, whose given name is Rick Brunson, grew up in Crook County, his first musical performances at Sunny Divide as a sixth grader, opening for the Saturday night bands. He moved to Billings, Montana after graduating, where he...

  • Schroeder visits Sundance schools

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 28, 2022

    Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder spent the day in Sundance's schools last week, visiting with Principals Jim O'Connor and Brian Hartwig as well as parents, staff and members of the Crook County School District Board of Trustees. As well as observing classrooms in both the elementary and high school, says Superintendent Mark Broderson, Schroeder wanted to hear from stakeholders. "Much of his visit consisted of listening to teachers and board members share their thoughts on...

  • Richard Eugene Snider

    Apr 28, 2022

    Richard Eugene Snider, 94, of Sheridan, Wyoming, passed away on March 5, 2022. Richard was born on July 28, 1927, in Sheridan to John W. "Pete" Snider and Euvon (Moore) Snider. He lived at Clearmont, Wyoming, for the first 12 years of his life. Richard graduated from Sundance High School in 1946. He loved football and basketball. He married the love of his life, Irene (Roark) on September 15, 1946. They were married for 72 years. Richard and Irene ranched west of Sundance on Houston Creek for... Full story

  • Claire Taft

    Apr 28, 2022

    Claire Taft, 87 of Upton, Wyoming died on April 21, 2022. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sundance. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com... Full story

  • Justin Rea

    Apr 28, 2022

    Memorial service for Justin Rea was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in Moorcroft, WY at the Community Hall. Justin Rea, 40 of Rozet passed away on April 20, 2022. He was born in LaCrosse, WI on October 2, 1981. Justin attended school in Lusk, WY. While in Lusk, he worked for Jordan's Automotive, Cindy's Cafe, and Chris Jenson of Lance Creek. He later went to Cheyenne and attended the diesel mechanic program. At the time of his passing, he worked for Tru-Oil, Donkey Creek Pipeline in Moorcroft,... Full story

  • Board members encouraged to attend training

    Apr 28, 2022

    The Crook County Clerk’s Office, in conjunction with the Midwest Assistance Program, will be holding a board member and special district director training on Friday, April 29. The training will begin at 6 p.m. and should be done by 8 p.m. It will be held in the Courthouse Community Room in the courthouse basement in Sundance. County Clerk Linda Fritz advises it is highly recommended that at least one board member/director from boards, special districts and improvement and service districts attend this training. As fiscal and election laws a...

  • Veterans' assistance available

    Apr 28, 2022

    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...

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 28, 2022

    Speeding – Eric Anderson, Evansville, IN, 88/75, $125; Denice H. Poseley, Gillette, WY, 43/30, $85; Mollie M. Boardman, Nashua, NH, 52/30, $170; Noah Matson, Spearfish, SD, 87/75, $120; Mannaseth Freeman, Orem, UT, 90/80, $105; Terri Lesley, Gillette, WY, 86/75, $115; Gavin P. Weyrich, Riverton, WY, 89/70, $80; Benjamin Smullen, Doylestown, PA, 100/80, $160; Thomas Prendergast, Shell, WY, 90/75, $135; Travis Lehtola, Gillette, WY, 86/75, $115; Jeremiah Decker, Newcastle, WY, 80/70, $105; Courtney Turbak, New Bedford, MA, 88/80, $101 Expired T...

  • Guest Editorial

    Cale Case - PhD, Wyoming Senate, Lander|Apr 28, 2022

    I recently received a fund-raising appeal, that says, "Dear Friend, The Liberal elites, the Fake News Media and the Marxist Democrats hate America – and they hate you." I am tired of the politics of hate and disparagement. I look forward to the primary election as an opportunity to reset the direction of the nation and the Wyoming Republican Party. I am with those who are concerned that Wyoming's Republican Party leadership is narrowly focused on a small set of strong views that do not r...

  • Postscript

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Apr 28, 2022

    Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him – Prov. 30:5 Postscript. Better known as “P.S.”, a postscript is used when someone wants to add information at the end of a letter or email. These are often simple thoughts, a pointed summary of the content of what was written or an omission that the correspondence cultivated during its composition. The conveyance is important as the author is leaving the reader with something seen as significant. Its placing is with meaning, weight, substance and is not inclu...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Apr 28, 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. LOG & TIMBER HOME LIVING is the favorite resource of log home enthusiasts seeking innovative design and decor ideas, sound construction advice and companies, builders and craftsmen who make log home dreams come true. Whether you’re in the market for a log, timber or hybrid home; looking to decorate, maintain or augment the one you have; or restore a classic cabin, LOG & TIMBER HOME LIVING is the...

  • Parents, students criticize Laramie County School District #2 over blackmail case

    Hannah Black, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 28, 2022

    CHEYENNE — Parents who say their daughters were victims in a blackmail case involving a Burns High School student say the school district has been slow to respond to the incident, keeping the student in classes and in extracurricular activities with some of the alleged victims for months. Two parents of two underage students spoke to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and asked that their names not be used. These parents and an attorney connected to the case said an investigation by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation revealed the student h...

  • Search continues for missing Gillette woman

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 28, 2022

    GILLETTE — Just about every day at about 5 p.m., Kennedy Wainaina waits on a phone call. Ever since his sister, Irene Wairimu Gakwa, went missing from Gillette in February or March, he has stayed in close contact with the Gillette police detectives working to solve his sister’s disappearance. After Wainaina talks with detectives each night, he calls his mother and father in Kenya, who also have grown accustomed to waiting by the phone. “They’re in rough shape, especially my mom,” he said. “My dad maybe hides it well but my mom, I can tell sh...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 28, 2022

    Cody to host large Harley rally CODY (WNE) – A motorcycle rally coming to Cody this summer is expected to bring more than 900 motorcycles for a three-day event in late June. The Harley Owners Group chose Cody this year for the June 23-25 event over Jackson, Sheridan and Park City, Utah. The last event was held in Durango, Colo. “It will bring in more than $2 million immediate impact,” Park County Travel Council Executive Director Ryan Hauck said Tuesday night at the city council meeting. “We were pretty excited when we got this bid.” The trave...

  • Name Change

    Apr 28, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT 6TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE OF NAME OF Tyrianna Arion Trass Petitioner Civil Action Case No. 8879 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION You are hereby notified that a Petition For Change of Name, Civil Action No. 8879, has been filed on behalf of Tyrianna Arion Trass in the Wyoming District Court for the 6th Judicial District, whose address is 309 Cleveland St., P.O. Box 406, Sundance, WY 82729, the object and prayer of which is to change the name of the above-named person from... Full story

  • Probate

    Apr 28, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT ESTATE OF ROBERT ANDERSON, Deceased. Case No. PR5884 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SUMMARY DISTRIBUTION OF REAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that an Application for Summary Distribution of Real Property has been filed in the District Court, Sixth Judicial District, Crook County, Wyoming, by Christopher Anderson, pursuant to W.S. §§ 2-1-201 and 2-1-205 and pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Last Will and Testament of Robert Anderson, seeking to establish the r... Full story

  • Bids

    Apr 28, 2022

    Public Notice Crook County Weed and Pest Control District is giving notice that the district will begin receiving applicator bids for 2022 noxious weed control program. If you are interested in bidding for the noxious weed program bids will be either mailed to the District at P.O. Box 7, Sundance, WY 82729 or hand delivered to the District office at 802 11th Street South. Bids must be presented to the Office Manager no later than 6:00 p.m. May 11, 2022. For more information contact Crook County Weed and Pest at 307-283-2375. The District... Full story

  • FORECLOSURE

    Apr 28, 2022

    FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE WHEREAS, default due to lack of occupancy in the property has occurred under the terms of a Promissory Note (the “Note”) dated December 21, 2012, executed and delivered by Suzanne Harris and Ted A. Harris (“Mortgagors”) to One Reverse Mortgage, LLC, and a real estate Mortgage (the “Mortgage”) of the same date securing the Note, which Mortgage was executed and delivered by said Mortgagors, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Mortgagee, as nominee for One Reverse Mortgage, LLC, its successors and assigns... Full story

  • Probate

    Apr 28, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT ESTATE OF ROBERT H. QUEEN, Deceased. Case No. PR5886 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SUMMARY DISTRIBUTION OF REAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that an Application for Summary Distribution of Real Property has been filed in the District Court, Sixth Judicial District, Crook County, Wyoming, by Bonnie Queen, pursuant to W.S. §§ 2-1-201 and 2-1-205 and pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Last Will and Testament of Robert H. Queen, seeking to establish the right and t... Full story

  • Public Service Commission

    Apr 28, 2022

    PUBLIC NOTICE Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) Rules, the Commission hereby gives notice of Powder River Energy Corporation’s (PRECorp or the Cooperative) Application for authority to revise the Cooperative’s Tariff Rate Schedule for Time of Use (TOU), effective October 1, 2022. 1. PRECorp is a non-profit cooperative public utility as defined in Wyo. Stat. § 37-1-101(a)(vi)(C), subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction pursuant to Wyo. Stat. § 37-2-112. 2. On April 13,... Full story

  • MEETING

    Apr 28, 2022

    MEETING NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING KARA CIRCLE AND WINDY WAY IMPROVEMENT & SERVICE DISTRICT A public meeting will be held at the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room, 207 N. 2nd Street (North end of the Post Office Building), Sundance, Wyoming on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the budget, assessments and general business. To contact the District for questions, call Nancy Brown at 307-281-0470. Publish: April 28, 2022... Full story

  • Ladies take top spot at TR

    Rebecca Maupin|Apr 28, 2022

    The Sundance ladies golf team took top honors last week at the Tongue River Invite, finishing first with a team score of 300. Bulldog Sheridan Schubarth also took the top honor as an individual, edging out Big Horn's Elli Holbrook by one stroke, and shooting a 90 for the course. Teammates Allie Crawford and Savanah Peterson helped to round out the team score of 300. Ella Bifulco and Avery Marchant also competed in the Invite. On the boys' side, Karter Mayberry put up a 102 for the course, with t...

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