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 By Sarah Pridgeon    COVID-19    May 7, 2020

Opening for business

Last week, Governor Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist appeared at the podium every afternoon to answer questions about the new state health orders that would be going into effect on May 1. As well as a modest easing of... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    COVID-19    May 7, 2020

Countywide variance sought for local eateries

Representative Tyler Lindholm and Senator Ogden Driskill were all geared up to fight the good fight on behalf of local restaurant owners on Monday, but soon discovered that the county’s emergency... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 7, 2020

State slow to answer Moskee access questions

Concerns have gone unanswered regarding what will happen to the Moskee land recently acquired by the state, according to Commissioner Jeanne Whalen. On Monday, Whalen stated that the county’s questions about usage and road closures have never been...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 7, 2020

New trustee to join hospital board

The Board of Trustees for Crook County Medical Services District has selected a replacement board member to serve out the remaining time in Joey Kanode’s term as the trustee for Moorcroft. Kanode stepped down in February, announcing that he did...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 7, 2020

Board voids HMS contract, appoints interim CEO

After an executive session at a special meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Trustees for Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) moved to void the remaining 120 days of its contract with Health Management Services (HMS) effective May 1. The...


Senior celebration

With the end of the school year fast approaching and the school buildings still mostly closed, the oldest class of students will not ever be returning. To celebrate this year’s seniors, the city and high school hung banners on light poles in the...


John H. Knospler

John Henry Knospler 67, was killed on Sunday, April 26, 2020, in a Motorcycle accident. Born in Callicoon, New York, February 10, 1953, John spent most of his early years growing up in Chester, New Jersey and attended West Morris Regional High... Full story

 By Deb Holland    News    May 7, 2020

Sturgis teen to plead guilty in Wyoming girl's killing

STURGIS — Details of what happened when 17-year-old Michael Gavin Campbell allegedly killed 16-year-old Shayna Ritthaler may finally surface Thursday when the teen appears at a change of plea hearing in Fourth Circuit Court in Sturgis. Meade County...


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, My wife Janie and I are small business owners. We own and operate a physical therapy practice, a 24-hour gym and a business consulting firm. We operate in both Wyoming and South Dakota. Recently, we founded the SRT-Team, a network of...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 7, 2020

County clerk stresses safety of absentee voting process

With the COVID-19 pandemic increasing the likelihood that the 2020 elections will rely more heavily than usual on absentee ballots – otherwise known as absentee voting – County Clerk Linda Fritz would like to emphasize that the process is much sa...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 7, 2020

SPOT Tax approved for general ballot

The county commissioners approved a resolution on Monday that will officially place the Specific Purpose Sales and Use Tax (SPOT) on this year’s ballot. Voters will be asked to approve a total of...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 7, 2020

Hospital foundation puts in bid for new clinic – and ambulances

As well as seeking funding for a hospital building in Sundance, Representative Tyler Lindholm and Senator Ogden Driskill told Crook County Medical Services District trustees a couple of weeks ago that they would like to put in a separate bid to fund...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 7, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program loans top $6.5 million in county

Wyoming as a whole was able to secure over a billion dollars of loan approvals during the two rounds of funding for the federal Payroll Protection Program, with a significant chunk of that total directed to Crook County . During the first round of lo...

 News    May 7, 2020

Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame announces Class of 2020 Inductees

Wyoming springtime marks the annual selection of the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) inductee class. This year’s class includes two names from Crook County: Ed Cooper and Kenneth Canfield. Nominations were accepted from Dec 2019 through Feb 28,...


District school cafeterias continue to provide meals

Even though students are no longer attending school on campus, Crook County School District cooks continue to provide nourishing meals remotely as well.    In Moorcroft, the kitchen staff and support help supply approximately 500 lunch bags each...


Kindergarten registration May 20

Due to the COVID-19 school closure, and restrictions still in place, Sundance Elementary School will not be doing Kindergarten screening this year. They are asking parents to come during the allotted time according to the first letter of last name...


Harper Memorial Scholarships

The Harper Memorial Scholarship committee is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 scholarship recipients. The Orville D. Harper Revocable Trust and the Wanda J. Harper Revocable Trust established this scholarship fund, for which Crook County School...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 7, 2020

Campbell County fraudster now facing charges here

Fraud charges have been levied against Jason Barnum, a Gillette man who allegedly obtained property by false pretenses from two separate victims in Crook County. Barnum has been collared for similar crimes elsewhere in the state, having been...


Benefit fund set up for Daves

As many of you may know, Katy Daves has been fighting bone and lung cancer. She was in the hospital in Rapid City for most of April and is currently in hospice at the Crook County Memorial Hospital. The medical and monthly bills have piled up during...


Card of Thanks

Our Thanks Thank you from the Kanode family for all the love and support we have received during our time of loss. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and kindness from each of you....

 News    May 7, 2020

Circuit Court

Speeding – Dalton J. Trask, Gillette, 86/80, $82; Loren W. MacFarlane, MT, 83/70, $110; Larry J. Hennings, SD, 90/75, $120; Rebecca L. Colbert, AZ, $120; Hannah R. Fisher, MN, 80/75, $15 No Auto Insurance – Vincent F. Morgan, Moorcroft, $555...

 News    May 7, 2020

Crook County Sheriff's Office

Apr. 20 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Two traffic stops. Suspicious circumstances reported. EMS paged. Apr. 21 – Five VIN checks. Traffic stop. Assisted Moorcroft Police with two calls. Suspicious circumstances reported. EMS paged. Assisted...

 News    May 7, 2020

Sundance Police Department

Apr. 25 – House watch and business checks. Three VIN inspections. Three traffic stops. Apr. 26 – House watch and business checks. Officer responded to disturbance report. Officer responded to reckless driver report. Traffic stop. Apr. 27 ...

 News    May 7, 2020

Peek at the Past

100 Years Ago The Times May 5, 1920 Two more moose for the state of South Dakota’s game preserve in the Black Hills are to be captured there, says a dispatch from Jackson, Wyo., last week, and transported by sled and rail to South Dakota. Two of...

 News    May 7, 2020

This Week at Your Library

Due to concerns over COVID-19 and for the safety and well-being of our communities, the Crook County commissioners have closed county facilities until further notice. Even though the doors are closed at the county libraries, library staff will still...


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