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  • Rules set for Johnson trial

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2019

    For the safety of both participants in the trial of Jessie Johnson vs. the State of Wyoming and the general public, Sheriff Jeff Hodge will once again be enforcing rules pertaining to courtroom access. These restrictions will also affect visitors to the Crook County courthouse and will be instituted for the duration of the trial. The trial is set to begin on May 6 and could potentially last until the end of the week. During that time, Sheriff’s Office deputies will be screening all visitors wishing to sit in the courtroom gallery, while the are...

  • Black ice causes road chaos

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2019

    It may not have seemed particularly treacherous at first glance, but the deceptive conditions on the roads around Sundance hid patches of black ice that led to five separate vehicle accidents on Monday morning. According to Lieutenant Tim Boumeester, Wyoming Highway Patrol, the crashes took place on I-90 both east and west of Sundance; on Highway 116 between Sundance and Upton; and on Highway 14 just outside of Sundance. "It was all from black ice," he says. Fortunately, none of the accidents...

  • Healthy communication

    May 2, 2019

    This year's health fair saw an excellent turnout as members of the community took the chance to discuss their health needs with professionals. Above, visitors talk rehab with Ronnie McInerney of Bearlodge Rehabilitation....

  • Strata gets draft approval for low-pH uranium recovery recovery

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2019

    Strata Energy has taken a significant step towards securing approval to change practices at its uranium mine in Crook County. The company hopes to switch to a low-pH lixiviant that would vastly improve recovery rates at the Lance Projects near Oshoto. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced last week that it has issued an initial draft decision to approve Strata’s license amendment application, which would allow the company to switch to a low-pH lixiviant in the in-situ r...

  • Upping their game

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2019

    If you've met the minimum standards set for all medical laboratories in the state, is that enough to reassure patients you're doing the best you possibly can? Brenda Andrews, Lab Supervisor for Crook County Medical Services District, didn't think it was, so she set about proving her lab could meet the stricter standards of a private accreditation company. It's a goal Andrews has been working on since she joined the hospital a year and a half ago, and last week her efforts were rewarded when she...

  • Posting notice

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2019

    A smiling presence in the Sundance Post Office for the last two years, Postmistress Pam Craig officially began her retirement on Friday. While excited to begin a new life of fishing, ranching, traveling and spending time with grandkids with her new husband at his Colorado ranching business, Craig says she will dearly miss the career that has spanned just over three decades. "I was hired in 1988. I was a rancher's wife and we were paycheck to paycheck, not very well off at all. A very rural post...

  • Marilyn Sherrill Denzin

    May 2, 2019

    Marilyn Sherrill Denzin, age 88 of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away at Belle Estates Assisted Living in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, on April 25, 2019. Marilyn was born September 22, 1930 to DeWitt and Wilma (Clark) Malvin in Belle Fourche. She graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1949 and later attended college in Brookings, South Dakota. Her college days were interrupted to provide care for her grandmother, Nonie Clark. On September 19, 1953, she married Donald F. Denzin, also of Belle...

  • Gary Gene Gabriel

    May 2, 2019

    Gary Gene Gabriel, 80, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at his home. He was born to George and Hilda (Reichert) Gabriel on June 7, 1938, in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. From the time he was a young boy working on his family farm, he had a strong work ethic and took his hard-working attitude far. Throughout the years before his retirement, he was passionate about his work as a brick mason, in South Dakota and Wyoming. Gary also was an entrepreneur, owning a bar in Rice Lake and U-Cart Concrete and Wyoming Marine...

  • Peek at the Past

    May 2, 2019

    1 Years Ago The Times April 30, 1919 Mr. Bronson of the Powers Auto Company conducted a demonstration of the Fordson tractor at the Waters ranch on Benton creek last Saturday, said to be a fine success and resulting in the sale of three complete outfits of the Fordson and plows to progressive ranchers of that locality. Rep. Elbridge Ball was the victim of an accident at the Rocky Ford ranch last Friday of which his many friends were very much pained to learn. He was on horseback and had a stee...

  • This Week at Your Library

    May 2, 2019

    We have a couple of openings for our second Geri-Fit class that starts Thursday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. The class will be every Monday and Thursday (excluding holidays) at 10:30 a.m. This is an excellent low-impact workout for anyone wanting to build strength! Please call the library at 283-1008 and ask for Kim to sign up. Library Programming: STORYTIME: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. May’s themes: “Dance/Music/Motion”, “In the Garden”, “Owls/Birds with the Black Hills Raptor Rescue Center” and “Play to Learn Stations”. BLACK HILLS RAPTOR RESCUE wil...

  • Pinochle Marathon

    May 2, 2019

    These are Pinochle final average scores for individuals as of April 26, 2019: Gail Kaiser 4345 Mary Jayne Jordan 4150 Jennifer Adams 4047 Lyle Brunson 4047 Jean Adams 4017 Larry Byrne 3902 Jacquie McInerney 3762 Carol Jordan 3738 Kari VanLuvan 3698 Joann Salyer 3445 Shannon Weaver 3430 Vivian Brunson 3302 Barbara Byrne 3188 Barbara Glick 2587 These are Pinochle final average scores for couples as of April 26, 2019: Gail Kaiser and Jacquie McInerney 8107 Jennifer Adams and Jean Adams 8064 Carol Jordan and Mary Jayne Jordan 7888 Lyle and Vivian...

  • Cards of Thanks

    May 2, 2019

    Thank You Thank you to my daughter, Peggy Fraser, for hosting my 90th birthday Open House, and for the beautiful decorations, cakes and flowers. I am grateful to the friends and family that could attend my party, and for all the nice cards, plants, flowers and gifts. Thank you all for making my birthday a wonderful day and for making me feel so very special. God Bless, Lila Dudrey Our Thanks The good people of our community came together with great support to help me and my wife, Dennis and Shirley Conway, after my cancer and abdominal aorta...

  • What we do at CCFV&SAS

    May 2, 2019

    Kayleigh Gould: Crook County Family Violence & Sexual Assault Services, Inc. (CCFV) officially began providing services to the public when it was established back in 1983. Throughout the last 36 years, volunteers have been working side-by-side with CCFV, donating thousands of hours providing services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. From 2017-2018 alone our volunteers have donated more than 1162 hours in the pursuit to one day end intimate partner violence. No two clients are ever the same. Each client and their situation...

  • Crook County Weed and Pest Monthly Update

    May 2, 2019

    With spring around the corner, Weed and Pest has been increasingly busy. Many activities such as the annual Weed and Pest Council Spring Workshop and receiving bids prices for chemicals, as well as noxious weed treatments along roadways, indicate spray season will be here sooner than it may seem. Updates from Workshops Private Applicator Training – The last private applicator training in Crook County for the year was held in Hulett at the end of February and was very well attended. Blake Hauptman and myself thoroughly enjoy holding these t...

  • Chapel of Faith

    May 2, 2019

    Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart. Psalm 73:1 Good. Not a bad word. It is better than average, although not great. It will put a smile on a face and later a frown from not achieving a goal. It is a normal for some people, work to obtain for others and can be both experienced as well as seen. It can be a shared event as well as a natural attribute. For God it is a part of His very nature not only to know, but to behold and experience. It is for all to find as well as rest upon. God’s goodness is intended for His g...

  • This Side of The Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2019

    Ever fancied yelling at your neighbors to let them know the goings on of the day? Does your voice carry for miles and boom with the resonance of authority? In that case, you’d make an excellent town crier and should head to my home town next week for the Southern England Town Crier’s Competition. The contest promises it will be a “fine spectacle of dandy costumes, beautiful frocks, healthy lungs and a true display of British eccentricity,” so to be honest I’m not sure why you haven’t a...

  • Big Boy steam locomotive almost ready for its big day

    Ramsey Scott, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 2, 2019

    CHEYENNE - The story of Cheyenne is impossible to tell without also telling the story of the railroad. The tracks that cut through town are more than just the lifeblood of the country's economy; they were the genesis of Cheyenne's entire existence. The railroad is just as synonymous with Cheyenne as the cowboy is, said Darren Rudloff, CEO of Visit Cheyenne. "The railroad's history is an integral part of the Cheyenne mystique. Not just nationwide, but worldwide, as well," he said. "The name Cheye...

  • Game and Fish Commission decides against grizzly hunting season

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 2, 2019

    POWELL — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has decided not to try superseding the Endangered Species Act and federal regulations and enact a hunting season on grizzly bears. But commissioners’ frustration is at a boiling point. Last week, the commission considered a recent bill by the Wyoming Legislature that, at least in theory, gave the panel the authority to pass a hunting season despite a September ruling that reinstated federal protections for the Yellowstone area’s grizzly bears. In response to the legislation, three questions were pos...

  • Assessor offers one-on-one opportunities

    May 2, 2019

    Crook County Assessor Theresa Curren will be meeting with taxpayers across the county about their 2019 Notice of Assessments. Having already met with Moorcroft residents on April 25, she has scheduled time in Hulett on May 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hulett Town Hall. Pine Haven is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 9 at Pine Haven Town Hall. This is a chance for those that are not able to make it to Sundance to ask questions about their property assessments. Please call 307-283-2054 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome,...

  • Sundance Police Report

    May 2, 2019

    Apr. 20 – House watch and business checks completed. Officer assisted EMS. Three bar checks. Five traffic stops. Apr. 21 – House watch and business checks completed. Apr. 22 – House watch and business checks completed. VIN inspection. Bar check. Traffic stop. Apr. 23 – House watch and business checks completed. Officer provided civil standby. Officer received some found property and located the owner. Traffic stop. Apr. 24 – House watch and business checks completed. Three bar checks. Seven traffic stops. Apr. 25 – House watch and business ch...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    May 2, 2019

    April 22 – Four VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Paper service. Detention Deputy did fingerprints for outside employment. Detention Deputy booked in new inmate. Detention Deputy did prisoner transport. Deputy investigated animal complaint. Deputy did civil assist. Deputy assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. K-9 Deputy did vehicle sniff. April 23 – Six VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Ten paper services. Detention Deputy did prisoner transport. Deputy did civil assist. Deputy assisted motorist. April 24 – Three VIN checks. Ten paper services. Deten...

  • Circuit Court

    May 2, 2019

    Speeding – Ryan R. Udink, ND, 78/70, $86; Nicole J. Markoff, CA, 82/70, $105; Rory Lee Burleson, Newcastle, 80/70, $90; Joseph R. Shaner, Gillette, 91/80, $100; Miles Scott Petersen, Gillette, 80/65, $180; Kristi A. Gabriel, Moorcroft, 75/65, $125; Eryn C. Faber, CO, 89/80, $88; Michael R. Finnell, CA, 79/70, $88 Stop Sign Violation – Richard E. Telsrow, Aladdin, $135 No Seat Belt (driver) – (minor), Gillette, $25; (passenger) – Angelica R. Rocha, Gillette, $10 No Valid Driver’s License – (minor), Moorcroft, $125 Drive While License Can...

  • Veterans assistance available

    May 2, 2019

    A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities throughout May. Brian Yeager is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims or VA healthcare. Yeager can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare. His office is located at 551 Running W. Drive, in Gillette, and he will also be available at the following l...

  • Crook County Food Pantry

    May 2, 2019

    During the month of April the Pantry provided assistance to 162 people. This includes 13 new clients, 48 under the age of 18, and 46 over the age of 60. We shared food with the Blessings programs in Sundance, Moorcroft, and Hulett which collectively serve about 150 youth under the age of 18. We also served 158 people in 48 families at the Mobile Pantry held in Sundance on April 26th, which was provided by the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. May 2019 pantry dates and times: • Sundance – Fri., May 3 and 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Moorcroft – Tues.,...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 2, 2019

    Sheridan student injured by bus dies SHERIDAN (WNE) — A Sheridan student has died as a result of injuries suffered after being pulled under a school bus April 22. After several days spent in a coma due to brain injuries, 6-year-old Esperanza Lagunes-Aarstad died on the afternoon of Friday, April 26, an extended family member confirmed. Lagunes-Aarstad attended Woodland Park Elementary School and was transferring buses at Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School when the incident occurred. Sheridan County School District 2 released a statement S...

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