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Articles from the May 2, 2024 edition


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  • Sundance welcomes luxury furniture store

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2024

    From handcrafted beds of alder wood, accented with forged iron brackets and clavos, to sofas of Brazilian cowhide and American top-grain leather, Sundance's newest storefront showcases the artistry of John Powers. John moved to this area just over a year ago along with his wife, Wendy, who is the business mind behind Mountain High Furniture. The couple made the move from Denver just over a year ago, looking to enjoy the serenity of life in a smaller town, and was expecting to limit their...

  • Keeping the cross lit

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2024

    The Sundance Chamber of Commerce is working to secure monthly sponsorships from local businesses that will be used to fund the cross on the summit of Sundance Mountain. The cross has lit the night sky for more than 60 years and has been a popular landmark to city residents since it first appeared. The current effort is not the first time the community has come together to keep it shining in the darkness. Crews from the Tri-County Electric Association originally erected the giant cross just in...

  • Torrey Tope

    May 2, 2024

    Torrey Tope, 34 of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, passed away on April 22, 2024. Torrey Lavern Tope was born in Belle Fourche on March 20, 1990, to Jay and Wilma (Allen) Tope. He attended grade school at Billup School in Otter, Montana and Four Oaks in Crook County, Wyoming. He then finished his education being homeschooled with his siblings. Torrey graduated in 2008. He worked on the family ranches and eventually started his own scrap business in Belle Fourche, which he currently operated.... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    May 2, 2024

    Our Thanks The Sundance Golf Team would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the following businesses for the generous contributions and donations during our popcorn ball fundraiser this year: C4 Excavating, Powder River, Sundance State Bank, Grossenburg Implement, Pinnacle Bank, Hughes Law Office, Tracy Motors, 4 Aces Fabrication, Sundance Hardware, Sundance Times. Special thanks to: Grandma Jo and Marla Mitts and all individuals who purchased a popcorn ball! Our Thanks Many thanks to... Full story

  • New noxious weed found in Wyoming

    May 2, 2024

    In summer 2023, a new noxious weed was identified in two locations in the Big Horn Basin: one was found in a Washakie County sugar beet field, and another under a bird feeder at the Park County Animal Shelter. Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) is an invasive annual weed native to the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. It was first identified as a problem noxious weed in the Southeastern United States, where it caused major problems in the region's cotton industry and has since sp...

  • Bulldog track team has busy week

    Rebecca Maupin|May 2, 2024

    The Sundance track and field team had a busy schedule last week, participating in three meets. Tuesday, the Bulldogs traveled to Douglas for a makeup meet from last week. It was here that Parker Skeens and Riley Banker both took first place finishes, qualifying them for state. Skeens qualified in the triple jump with a distance of 41-07, while Banker qualified in the discus, throwing 112-00. On Friday, the Bulldogs competed in the Northern Hills Invite, in Belle Fourche. This was, once again, a...

  • Great week for Bulldog golf

    Rebecca Maupin|May 2, 2024

    The Sundance varsity golf team hosted the Sundance Golf Invite on Friday last week, inviting teams from Upton, Moorcroft, Wright and Niobrara County. The Bulldog golfers fared well as Savanah Peterson took first place for the girls with an overall score of 85. Teammates Avery Marchant, Karen Ulmer Madeline Fleenor and Gracie Davis were not far behind, finishing in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively adding to the total team score of 301. For the boys, Braydon Sanders and Porter Watt...

  • JH Golf competes in Gillette and Casper

    Rebecca Maupin|May 2, 2024

    The spring golf season has begun for the Bulldog junior high golfers. The team participated in a tournament in Gillette on Monday last week. Setting the pace for the Bulldogs was Cash Peterson who took fourth place with a score of 41. Teammates Eliot Hege and Chesney Cundy tied for eighth place, shooting a 48. Jordon Holt and Kallen Henten rounded out the Bulldog boys' junior high team. For the girls, Remington Johnson placed ninth on the course with a score of 57. Leanna Hege and Zoey Shoun...

  • DTNHA offers scholarships

    May 2, 2024

    The Devils Tower Natural History Association is pleased to announce we will be offering two monetary, one-year scholarships, in the amount of $1000 each. Application forms may be obtained from Crook County school counselors or by contacting DTNHA at PO Box 37, Devils Tower, WY 82714, by calling 307-467-5283 x 631 or by email, from Executive Director Sandra Mooney at: [email protected]. Below are the qualifications for the scholarship: • The applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student in one of Crook County’s high sch...

  • Financial literacy

    May 2, 2024

    Sundance State Bank staff Whitney Butler, Shelly Elwood and Shane Wolf were welcomed by the senior class at Sundance Secondary School on April 23. In honor of National Financial Literacy Month, they visited with the students about credit scores, credit cards versus debit cards, the process of getting a loan and the importance of building and monitoring credit for a sound financial future. National Financial Literacy Month was first recognized in the U.S. in April 2004. This was done to...

  • Moorcroft man charged with attempted murder

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2024

    A Moorcroft man faces charges of attempted murder and kidnapping after allegedly beating a woman and then fleeing to Nebraska after she stabbed him in the neck in self-defense. On April 17 at around 7:30 p.m., an officer of Moorcroft Police Department was dispatched to a town residence in response to a domestic disturbance during which a male subject was stabbed with a knife. On arrival, the officer observed the reporting party “moaning and obviously in intense pain”. The woman, who claimed Michael Hammond had beaten her for an extended per...

  • USFS proposes winter burns

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2024

    Sometimes, it takes a fire to prevent a fire. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is proposing to target areas of the Bearlodge Ranger District in Crook County with planned burns, with the aim of improving the odds of managing future wildland fires safely and effectively. Hazardous fuels have built up within the estimated 8382 acres that have been identified, such as grass, brush and fallen trees. Clearing this accumulation through a planned fire helps to provide fire managers with areas in which to manage future fires. Though it may seem...

  • Structure fire claims 60 acres

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2024

    A structure fire on Friday ultimately claimed 60 acres of land due to strong winds. According to Fire Warden Charlie Harrison, county fire units were deployed just before noon on Friday to a report of a structure fire on Lytle Creek Rd, six miles east of Carlile Junction. On arrival, firefighters found an outbuilding fully consumed by fire, which had already spread to nearby vegetation and was being pushed by the strong winds. Multiple structures were threatened. The initial response team included ten engines, two water tenders, two dozers and...

  • Peek at the Past

    May 2, 2024

    1 Years Ago May 1, 1924 Reuben Hurtt, cashier of the Hulett State Bank, was in Sundance Thursday on business. He states that Hulett escaped recent floods with only nominal damage. Approaches to the steel bridge were undermined, but this was repaired by Commissioner John Thorn and the bridge is in better shape than ever, with higher grade approaches. The Upton Gazette gives an account of a thrilling rescue in which the lariat played a winning role in the hands of Ed Peterson. A Mr. Mitchell...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|May 2, 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...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    May 2, 2024

    April 22 – Five VIN checks. Two paper services. Traffic hazard. Civil standby. Suspicious circumstances. Theft. Two business checks. Trespassing. EMS page. April 23 – Two VIN checks. Traffic stop. April 24 – VIN check. Paper service. Traffic stop. Two assist other agency. Drugs. Citizen assist. Fingerprints. Suspicious circumstances. Found property. Animal complaint. Three business checks. Animal bite. Information. Threatening. Fire page. Two EMS pages. April 25 – Eight VIN checks. Animal complaint. Project lifesaver. Two fire pages. Five busin...

  • Circuit Court

    May 2, 2024

    Speeding – Uriel Francisco Campa-Valencia, Commerce City, CO, 90/75, $135; Annastaria L. Cooley, Gillette, WY, 95/80, $135; Glen R. Smith, Gillette, WY, 80/75, $15; Cheyanne Ogden, Gillette, WY, 93/75, $150; Taryn Williams, Yucca Valley, CA, 78/65, $181; Michael Hefron, Bloomington, IN, 89/75, $130 Resident Vehicle License/Registration Violation – Nabeel Khan, Gillette, WY, $90 Fail to Provide Proof of Liability Insurance – Gusty Hall, Eureka, MT, $560...

  • Sign-ups open for summer rec

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2024

    The end of the school year is nearly here, which means it’s time for your kids to choose the summer recreation activities they would like to take part in. Select from options including t-ball, baseball, soccer, volleyball and basketball. T-ball is open to kids aged from four to seven and will be split into two age groups. For four and five year olds, classes will run from 1 to 2 p.m. between May 30 and June 27 at the high school field. Games will take place at the baseball complex. Kids must b...

  • WDH: Beware of hantavirus during spring cleaning

    May 2, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) warns that a serious infection spread by mice, known as hantavirus, remains a public health threat. Courtney Tillman, a WDH epidemiologist, says, “Though Wyoming doesn’t see many hantavirus cases, it certainly can be a serious illness. About 40% of infections will lead to death.” Eighteen human hantavirus cases, including seven that resulted in death, have been reported in Wyoming since 1999. Sick mice can get into garages, campers, old cars, cabins and barns. They spread hantavirus through pee, poop...

  • Bird flu detected in cows

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2024

    The ongoing bird flu epidemic has now led to an outbreak in dairy cows, as well as a second human case. According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the disease has been confirmed in domestic livestock across the nation, including in South Dakota, Colorado and Idaho. A Federal Order was issued on Monday to prevent the spread of the disease by requiring that cattle be tested before any interstate movement, and to mandate that positive tests must be reported to the U.S....

  • Letter to the Editor

    May 2, 2024

    Dear Editor, I am writing in response to Mr. Akola’s recent letters. Over the past few weeks, I like many others, are flabbergasted by Mr. Akola’s ill sought efforts for the county to plow the private road he resided on. I don’t feel that Mr. Akola is accurately representing some of the “facts” he claims. As a resident of Moskee Road, it should be noted that there is more than one family on the six mile stretch of road that the county maintains. Moskee Road is an access point for thousands of acres of public land that all county residents...

  • UW Extension

    Sara Fleenor, UW Extension Educator|May 2, 2024

    Life is better down that old dirt road. Country roads, take me home. That is, until someone comes driving down the middle of the road around a blind corner at 50 mph, throwing rocks and dust. Gravel roads are romanticized by country music and inspirational quotes on Pinterest, but if you live on a gravel road, you know there can be serious hassles. Crook County has more than 1000 miles of county roads and zero stop lights. To say this is a rural county seems like an understatement. Not all gravel roads are county roads, however. There might be...

  • Beautiful eggs Benedict

    Vicki Hayman, UW Community Vitality and Health Educator|May 2, 2024

    Eggs Benedict is a delicious dish consisting of an English muffin, poached egg, Canadian bacon and a homemade hollandaise sauce. This breakfast dish is the epitome of luxury! People are intimidated, most likely by poaching the eggs and making a hollandaise sauce. If you don’t know how to poach eggs or make hollandaise sauce, try learning new culinary skills. Eggs Benedict is easier than it looks! Plating the individual dish components while they are hot takes some planning. Here are the steps I recommend to do it: 1. Measure out the h...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 2, 2024

    Wyoming sues Biden administration over new methane rule CHEYENNE (WNE) — Wyoming has joined the states of North Dakota, Montana and Texas in suing the U.S. Department of Interior and Bureau of Land Management over a new rule that undermines existing state regulatory programs and harms Wyoming oil and natural gas producers, according to a news release from Gov. Mark Gordon’s office. The suit was filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. The rule — commonly known as the “methane waste prevention rule” and relea...

  • MEETING

    May 2, 2024

    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 14, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. Topics include the proposed budget, assessments and general business. For questions call Dave Goold at 307-797-2132 or Nancy Brown at 307-281-0470. Publish May 2, 2024... Full story

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