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Articles from the February 15, 2024 edition

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  • Tough calls ahead for zoning

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 15, 2024

    After hearing the results of an outreach effort on the question of zoning, the county commissioners will take some time to consider what comes next. Should the county stop right here and cease to pursue the thought of zoning? Should it go ahead full speed, starting with updates to its land use plan and then moving on to the creation of a zoning document? Or should it delay the ultimate decision about zoning, for now focusing on the land use plan updates that are needed either way? This was the decision – “Whether we do or we don’t, or we partly...

  • Fanny freezing

    Feb 15, 2024

    An estimated 111 people turned out this year to start their Superbowl Sunday with a brisk run or walk, 34 of whom were competitive runners. Some came from far-flung destinations, including Iowa, Utah and Texas. The overall male and female winners this year were Trev Fiedler and his wife Erin, who beat him by 31 seconds with a time of 26:51. Top slot in the costume contest went to Cruella de Vil and her dalmations....

  • Water dispute boils over

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 15, 2024

    The ongoing situation with Beulah’s water system evolved in two directions last week. Citizens were granted permission to start the process of forming a district through which they could take control of their water system. The next day, the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) determined that Beulah Land Water LLC (BLW) would not be granted its requested 380% rate increase to $240.06 per month. Instead, an interim rate just over half that much was made permanent, with BLW required to continue reporting on its business and maintenance p...

  • Kid Prints back in the black

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 15, 2024

    Kid Prints Inc. is back on track financially and thankful to the Sundance City Council and community for their support in making that happen. “We are no longer in the red for our finances,” said board member Naomi Jacobson last week. The organization that runs Sundance’s daycare was faced with a budget deficit late last year after losing a grant of $60,000 that had been in place since the pandemic began. A combination of fundraisers, assistance from the city, sponsorships and donations, as well as a recent $10,000 grant from the Wyoming Commu...

  • Rubble wrap-up

    Feb 15, 2024

    Facilities staff clear the rubble from the old gazebo stand on Tuesday, having removed a sizeable cottonwood from the northeast part of the lawn at the end of last week. The removal work is taking place in preparation to expand the courthouse parking lot....

  • Fire chief troubled by new regs

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 15, 2024

    Sundance’s firefighters plan to stand against “severe” new regulations proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), says Fire Chief Gari Gill. “There’s quite a pushback throughout the nation on it,” he said last week. The proposed rules were published in the Federal Register on February 5 and would replace the existing “Fire Brigades Standard” with one titled “Emergency Response”. It would, according to the publication, “address a broader scope of emergency responders and would include programmatic elements...

  • Donna Mae Waugh

    Feb 15, 2024

    Donna Mae Waugh entered the gates of Heaven on February 3, 2024 at the age of 89. She was born November 8, 1934, the eldest of four children born to Fred W. and Hilda F. Tschetter at Aladdin, Wyoming. As a child the family moved frequently, finally settling in Sundance, Wyoming where Donna attended school in "Old Stoney", graduating valedictorian of her class in 1952. She then attended Black Hills State Teachers College in Spearfish, South Dakota. After graduating, she taught at Lame Jones country school. During this time, she met a local boy... Full story

  • Ronald Gale Rounds

    Feb 15, 2024

    Ronald Gale Rounds, 86, of Creede, Colorado passed away peacefully on January 25, 2024, at Sundance Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. He was a beloved father, grandfather, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Ron was born on May 7, 1937, in Sturgis, South Dakota to Phillip and Ollie Rounds. He was one of four children. Ron attended high school in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, graduating on May 22, 1956. While living and working at a repair shop in Belle Fourche, Ron married Flora May Westland in April 1957. Of this marr... Full story

  • Tracy R. (Thompson) Wilson

    Feb 15, 2024

    Tracy Renee Wilson passed away January 9, 2024, after a short battle with cancer. Tracy was born September 8, 1964, to Robert and Charlotte Holyoak in Sundance, Wyoming. Tracy was the second of four children and was raised in Moorcroft, Wyoming. She later started her own family with two beautiful children, Amanda and Derrick. Marriage later took her family to Oregon where she started a long-time career at Hewlett Packard, where she worked 26+ years until her passing. Tracy had two grandchildren, Kaden and Logan Heeter. She always had pictures... Full story

  • Read and Ring

    Feb 15, 2024

    Sundance Community Handbell Choir hosted the annual Read and Ring on February 10. Ringers from three other choirs in the area joined in to sightread music provided by a handbell publisher. The choir provides training for new ringers. The event is sponsored by Area 11 Handbell Musicians of America, of which the Sundance choir is a member. Ringers in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico were having similar events....

  • Ten years

    Feb 15, 2024

    Mayor Paul Brooks congratulates Public Works Director Mac Erickson on his ten years of service to the city....

  • Pinochle Marathon

    Gail Kaiser|Feb 15, 2024

    These are Pinochle average scores for individuals as of Feb. 8: Mary Jayne Jordan 3886 Vivian Brunson 3865 Karol Santistevan 3794 Carol Jordan 3674 Jennifer Adams 3670 Lyle Brunson 3575 Judi Sipe 3500 Gail Kaiser 3455 Larry Byrne 3420 Terry Wilkerson 3404 Jacquie McInerney 3250 Jean Adams 3187 Richard Wilkerson 3167 Barbara Byrne 3150 Tracy Santistevan 3110 Joann Salyer 2767 These are Pinochle average scores for couples as of Feb. 8: Carol Jordan and Mary Jayne Jordan 7560 Lyle and Vivian Brunson 7440 Tracy and Karol Santistevan 6904 Jennifer...

  • Correction:

    Feb 15, 2024

    The Crook County Weed & Pest grasshopper meetings will take place on February 19 at 4 p.m. and February 20 at 9 a.m. in the courthouse basement.... Full story

  • Sportsmen invited to breakfast

    Feb 15, 2024

    Ken Feduff, Wildlife Coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, will be the speaker at this month’s free veterans’ breakfast at the senior center on February 16 at 8 a.m. Attendees for this month’s breakfast do not need to be veterans to come meet and listen to Ken speak. Cost of the meal for sportsmen will be covered by John King....

  • Peek at the Past

    Feb 15, 2024

    1 Years Ago February 14, 1924 A dance on the ‘49 carnival plan is announced to take place at the Grice warehouse on next Saturday evening, sponsored by high school students. Mr. Grice has recently finished up his big warehouse buildings and is willing to try out the advantages of the second floor for dancing. The boys will feature carnival stunts and assure all a good time. The National Association of Dancing Masters is responsible for the following rules. You may well think those dancers who disregard them either ignorant, awkward or v...

  • Private pesticide applicator programs in Crook, Weston Counties rescheduled for March

    Feb 15, 2024

    The University of Wyoming Extension’s private pesticide applicator education programs in Crook and Weston Counties have been rescheduled for Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2. Times and locations are listed below. Crook County: March 2, noon-4 p.m., Sundance Community Room, Crook County Courthouse, 309 E. Cleveland St., Sundance. Contact: Micah Most, (307) 684-7522 or [email protected] Weston County: March 1, noon-4 p.m., Weston County Fairgrounds Event Center, 24 Fairgrounds Rd., Newcastle. Contact: Micah Most, (307) 684-7522 or m...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 15, 2024

    Wapiti hunter to pay $15K for mistakenly killing grizzly POWELL (WNE) — A local black bear hunter who mistakenly killed a grizzly last spring must pay $15,000 in restitution and is barred from hunting over the next year. At a Wednesday hearing in Park County Circuit Court, Patrick M. Gogerty of Wapiti pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of illegally taking a grizzly without a license. However, under a deal accepted by the court, Gogerty’s guilty plea was deferred and the case will be dismissed if he successfully completes a year of uns...

  • Circuit Court

    Feb 15, 2024

    Speeding – Katy S. McMillan, Billings, MT, 100/80, $160; Michael James Strahan, Sheridan, WY, 90/75, $135; Evan Carlson, Fairmont, MN, 75/65, $140; Antonio S. Giron, Gillette, WY, 90/75, $135; Ruben Littlehead, Lawrence, KS, 85/70, $135; (truck) – Jeremy Williams, Pocatello, ID, 63/45, $445 Open Container of Alcohol in Moving Vehicle – Alexander Silas Hale, Gillette, WY, $150 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – Alexander Hale, Gillette, WY, $170 No Auto Insurance – Alexander Hale, Gillette, WY, $500 (x2) Violate Legal Wei...

  • Crook County Sheriff

    Feb 15, 2024

    Feb. 5 – Three VIN checks. Paper service. Six traffic stops. Suspicious circumstance. Hit and run accident. Fingerprints. Business checks. EMS page. Fire page. Feb. 6 – Three VIN checks. Three paper service. Traffic stop. Fingerprints. Assist to Probation/Parole. Business check. Housewatch. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Feb. 7 – Five VIN checks. Theft report. Trespassing complaint. Two EMS pages. Feb. 8 – Two VIN checks. Six Traffic stops. Traffic hazard. Citizen dispute. Fingerprints. Business check. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Feb. 9 – Six VIN c...

  • County supports Purple Heart proposal

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 15, 2024

    The county has formally offered its support to the Town of Hulett’s efforts to designate a Purple Heart Highway in tribute to those wounded in service to their country. The effort would designate Highway 24, which runs from south of Devils Tower, through Hulett and east to Aladdin, as part of the symbolic and honorary system of roads, bridges and monuments nationwide that honor the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart. The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and originates at Mt....

  • City prepares for busy year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 15, 2024

    January’s cold snap was tough for the fire department, the Sundance City Council heard last week. It was “Mother Nature at her worst” when a structure fire during subzero temperatures caused “total havoc”, said Fire Chief Gari Gill, plugging the diesel particulate filters and “shutting [two] trucks down”. One of those trucks is now up and running at a repair cost of around $2000, Gill said. The other is likely to cost around $5000. Though the city will still need to pay the $1000 deductible, he reported that insurance does cover the rest of t...

  • City refreshes franchise agreement for natural gas

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 15, 2024

    Refreshing a franchise agreement with the City of Sundance does not necessarily mean that Black Hills Energy will bring natural gas to town, but it will leave the door open for that to happen. The city council passed a first reading of an ordinance that grants a non-exclusive franchise agreement to the company for the next 20 years, but Mayor Paul Brooks noted that somewhere in the region of $5 million would still need to be found in order to install the necessary infrastructure. The council has the option to renew or end this franchise...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Feb 15, 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., Mar. 7 at 1 p.m. in Sundance. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., April. 17 at 1 p.m. in Sundance. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Mar. 5 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: Lunch Bunch Book Club Thur., Feb. 29 at 11:30 a.m. No Adult Craft in Jan....

  • Commissioners

    Feb 15, 2024

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, February 6, 2024 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Present to discuss opioid applications were Amanda Gaskin, MSW, PCSW, Clinician and Brea Terry, Case Manager, VOANR, Carol Stutzman, Nurse Manager and Katie Allen, Prevention Specialist, Public Health, and Joe Baron. After d... Full story

  • Council

    Feb 15, 2024

    City of Sundance February 6, 2024 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. in Sundance Council Chambers with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Roll call was taken by Mayor Paul Brooks with Council Members, Joe Wilson and Brad Marchant present and Randy Stevenson and Callie Hilty appearing by phone. CONSENT AGENDA COUNCIL MEMBER MARCHANT MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON SECONDED a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. Charles Flint- Customer Deposit Payable $70.84; Brendan Hansen – Customer Deposits P... Full story

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