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Articles from the May 9, 2024 edition


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  • Surpise storm

    May 9, 2024

    A late spring storm closed roads, dumped snow, caused wrecks and knocked out power to a wide area on Monday. At around 3 a.m., high winds and heavy snow damaged high-voltage distribution lines south of Sundance, according to Powder River Energy, and an attempt to re-route power through Hulett caused an additional outage in northern Crook County at 9:30 a.m. The damage caused a day-long outage that affected an estimated 2800 meters in areas including Sundance, and Beulah, with linemen working...

  • Hazmat team called to courthouse

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 9, 2024

    A Hazmat team was called to the Crook County Courthouse on Friday after it became the third Wyoming courthouse in a week to receive suspicious mail. As with the previous two cases, the letter tested negative for hazardous substances. The incidents are now being investigated by the FBI. According to Crook County Sheriff's Office, the suspicious letter arrived in the regular mail distribution and was reported at around 3:10 p.m. Prior to this incident, all offices in the courthouse had been...

  • Schelldorf nominated for hall of fame

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 9, 2024

    The late John "Jack" Schelldorf, well-known local rancher, has been selected for induction into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame this year. The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) seeks out and celebrates the men and women who introduced this state to its ranching heritage, honoring the cowboys and ranchers who helped to break those first trails. This year, 23 more nominations have been added to the prestigious list. Alongside Crook County's two honorees, the Region 1 class includes Matilda...

  • CCSD names teacher of the year

    May 9, 2024

    Crook County School District has named Nick Olson as its teacher of the year. "It's an honor to have received the Crook County School District teacher of the year. There are so many great teachers in our communities and to be selected and recognized as one of them is truly heartwarming," says the math teacher. Olson graduated from Black Hills State University and got his first teaching job in Moorcroft, where he taught for two years before transferring to Sundance, where he is about to finish...

  • Chilly day for Sundance Invite

    Rebecca Maupin|May 9, 2024

    With snowflakes in the air, the Sundance track and field team hosted their Sundance Invite last Friday, bringing the regular season to a close. Despite the weather, the Bulldog athletes competed at the top of their game. The Lady Bulldogs continued to hold strong in the 400 and 800M races. Maddison Neiman, Rylie Marchant and Phoebe Skeens stayed close throughout the 400M, with about a four-second time difference between the three, they finished the race taking second, fourth and fifth,...

  • Junior High Golfers play at home

    Rebecca Maupin|May 9, 2024

    The junior high golf team hosted the Sundance Invite last week. Cash Peterson took the top honors on the boys' side, shooting a 50 for the day. Eliot Hege rounded out the top ten, finishing in 9th place with a score of 60. Teammates Chesney Cundy (66), Kallen Hento (66), Zander Lenz (67) and Zander Stover (69) also participated, with only a few strokes separating them. The junior high Lady Bulldogs all found themselves finishing in the top ten. Zoey Shoun led the pack with a score of 78,... Full story

  • Girls first at Tiger Invitational

    Rebecca Maupin|May 9, 2024

    Savanah Peterson found herself in the top spot again this week as the Bulldog golfers competed at the Tiger Invitational. Finishing the course with a score of 89, Peterson outperformed her nearest competitor by a staggering 15 strokes. Avery Marchant also finished in the top ten, taking eighth place for the day with an impressive score of 120. With the help of teammates Karen Ulmer, Madeline Fleenor, Shyla Shoun, and Gracie Davis, the Lady Bulldog golfers took home another first place team...

  • Crisis highlights improvements to CCMSD finances

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 9, 2024

    Shunting electronic medical records from one system to another has left Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) with a temporary shortfall of $2.3 million. In the old days, says Mark Erickson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, this would have been a significant problem. But now, after efforts have been made to shore up CCMSD’s financial situation, it’s just a setback that needs a little admin work to solve. “Everybody is going to get paid, there’s no need for any panic,” assures E...

  • Poaching case leads to possession charges

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 9, 2024

    A Moorcroft woman faces felony possession charges after controlled substances were located at her home during a separate search related to a poaching case. On April 23, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy executed a search warrant on a Moorcroft residence for the possession, manufacturing and consumption of marijuana and methamphetamine. The warrant was granted because controlled substances were located during a separate search warrant for a poaching case that was conducted by Wyoming Game & Fish. The occupant, Tracy McGee, allegedly e...

  • WYDOT to suspend weight restriction permit on WYO 116

    May 9, 2024

    A recent highway road review was conducted along the Wyoming Highway 116 corridor due to accelerated and rapid roadway damage noted south of Upton from RM 2.5 to RM 5.5. As a result of this road review, WYDOT has determined it is necessary to suspend the current allowable weight restriction to protect the State’s roadway system from the unexpected impact of heavier loads and increased frequency of truck traffic. Wyoming Highway 116 has seen a notable increase in heavy truck traffic due to the recent demand for transporting frac-sand from n...

  • Weed & Pest braces for grasshopper influx

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 9, 2024

    With predictions of a bad grasshopper season ahead, Crook County Weed & Pest has launch a program for larger properties that it hopes will keep the hungry insects from causing too much damage. The district is also offering its assistance to landowners with smaller parcels who would like to tackle the potential influx. “They are an intrusive, invasive little insect,” says Alycia Conroy-Davis, District Supervisor. “They eat everything.” Hay, soy beans, alfalfa – it doesn’t make a difference, the grasshoppers are willing to eat it. In fact, a gra...

  • E. coli outbreak reported in locally sold walnuts

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 9, 2024

    An outbreak of E. coli has been reported in a brand of organic walnuts known to be sold in stores in this area. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 12 people have so far been infected, seven of whom were hospitalized and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare disease that affects the kidneys and blood clotting functions and can lead to kidney failure. The walnuts in question are bulk organic walnuts from Gibson Farms, Inc. with expiration dates between May 21 and June 7, 2025. They are known to have been sold within Wyo...

  • The best vs. the rest

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 9, 2024

    Head to the high school gym in a couple of weeks to watch Sundance’s finest basketball players take on a team of washed-up adults. It’s all in the name of raising money for Team 307, a newly formed basketball team for local kids to increase their play opportunities and help them towards their personal goals of pushing sports to the next level. “My aim is to get kids in this area to see they can go play college basketball, or college sports in general,” says Thomas Bush, team organizer and coach. The brand new team already has 12 players...

  • Harper scholarships awarded

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 9, 2024

    Harper Memorial Scholarships worth a total of $110,000 have been awarded to 25 seniors and alumni of Sundance High School this year. The scholarships are awarded through the Orville D. Harper and Wanda J. Harper Revocable Trusts and are intended for graduates of the school to assist them as they attend any in-state university or college. Students can apply for the scholarship for each year of their higher education. Long-time Sundance residents and ranchers, the Harpers believed strongly in education and were staunch supporters of the Universit...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|May 9, 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., Jun 6 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...

  • Circuit Court

    May 9, 2024

    Speeding – Melissa Greenwood, Moorcroft, WY, 70/65, $65; Lyndon Bolt, Rapid City, SD, 85/75, $105; Heriberto Casimiro Gutierrez, Gillette, WY, 85/80, $15; Levi Rudloff Jordan, Aladdin, WY, 90/80, $105; Carlos Cabanas Padilla, Stamford, CT, 84/75, $103; Thermistoklis Bollanos, Farmingdale, NY, 83/65, $216; Gabrielle Martin, Spearfish, SD, 54/45, $133; Crystal A. Briggs, Sherman, TX, 94/75, $155 No Valid Driver’s License – Heriberto Casimiro Gutierrez, Gillette, WY, $140 Throw Burning Substance from Vehicle – (minor), Moorcroft, WY, $550...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    May 9, 2024

    April 29 – Six VIN checks. Two paper services. Citizens assist. Coroner call. Motorist assist. Rape report. Two traffic stops. Wanted person. April 30 – Three VIN checks. Traffic crash. Animal complaint. Business checks. Motorist assist. Three traffic stops. Wanted person. May 1 – VIN check. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Trespassing call. Prisoner transport. May 2 – Four VIN checks. Business checks. Information. Motorist assist. Prisoner transport. Eight traffic stops. Wanted person. Trespassing. Welfare check. May 3 – Five VIN checks. P...

  • Peek at the Past

    May 9, 2024

    1 Years Ago May 8, 1924 Monday night and all-day Tuesday witnessed a severe spring storm which, if continued very much longer, would have resulted in much suffering to stock of all kinds. About six inches of snow fell in Sundance basin, accompanied by a heavy gale and consequent drifts. Lambing started in this vicinity Monday and weather conditions made this branch of the livestock business extremely hazardous for a few hours. The storm broke Tuesday night and a brief survey Wednesday would indicate no great damage. At no time was the...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 9, 2024

    Average price of gasoline remains unchanged in last week in Wyoming CHEYENNE (WNE) — Average gasoline prices in Wyoming are unchanged in the last week, averaging $3.27 per gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy. com’s survey of 494 stations in Wyoming. Prices in Wyoming are 0.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, and stand 8.0 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. According to GasBuddy price reports, the lowest price in the state on Sunday was $2.87 per gallon, while the highest was $4.19, a difference of $1.32. The national ave...

  • 17,500 Wyoming enrollees lost Medicaid or Kid Care CHIP coverage over last year

    Madelyn Beck, WyoFile.com|May 9, 2024

    More than 17,500 Wyoming enrollees lost Medicaid or Kids Care CHIP coverage over the previous 12 months ending March. That’s because the Wyoming Department of Health is performing its federally mandated eligibility review for the services. The state paused that annual effort during the pandemic while the feds temporarily bolstered Medicaid funds to help cover extra enrollees. Of those removed from the rolls, 12,380 — nearly 70% — lost access due to “procedural reasons,” like failing to return renewal paperwork. About three quarters of those...

  • PSC

    May 9, 2024

    PUBLIC NOTICE Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) Rules and Regulations, notice is hereby given of the Application of Powder River Energy Corporation, Sundance, Wyoming (PRECorp or the Cooperative) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to site, design, construct, operate and maintain a 69 kV high voltage distribution (HVD) power line and distribution substation, as more fully described below: 1. PRECorp is non-profit cooperative electric utility s... Full story

  • Meeting

    May 9, 2024

    May 30, 2024, CCMSD Regular Board of Trustees Meeting The Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on May 30, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sundance State Bank conference room. You are invited to attend in-person or via Teams webinar. Joint the meeting at the link below: https://events.teams.microsoft.com/event/ec394d7b-06e4-4710-9705-8a4619fb7c75@f1f73db4-4d69-4e07-8652-10c57c1f3e50 Publish: May 9, 2024... Full story

  • DEQ - Air

    May 9, 2024

    Public Notice CHAPTER 6, SECTION 2 CONSRUCTION/MODIFICATION PERMIT - Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality PUBLIC NOTICE: In accordance with Chapter 6, Section 2(m) of the Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations, notice is hereby given that the State of Wyoming, Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality, proposes to approve a request by Bentonite Performance Minerals, LLC to construct the Ridinger Mine, a bentonite mine encompassing 311 acres with 152 acres of planned disturbance and 15 acres cont... Full story

  • Probate

    May 9, 2024

    NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED: You are hereby notified that on April 29, 2024, an Application for Summary Procedure for Distribution of Real Property pursuant to Wyo. Stat. Ann. §2-1-205, as amended, was filed in the Matter of the Estate of Bryan P. Burrows, Deceased, Probate No. 2024-CV-0009015, 6th Judicial Dist., Crook Co., State of Wyoming. Any objection to the application shall be filed with the Court Clerk within 20 days of the mailing date of this notice, or be forever barred. Daniel H. Skavdahl WSB #7-4769, Attorney for... Full story

  • Trust

    May 9, 2024

    NOTICE OF INTENT OF TRUSTEES TO HAVE PROPERTY OF SETTLOR DISTRIBUTED AS PERMITTED UNDER TERMS OF TRUST THE UNDERSIGNED, on behalf of the Nels J. Smith Revocable Trust dated November 9, 2004, as amended, pursuant to Wyo. Stat. § 4-10-507(ii), hereby gives notice of the intent of the trustees to have the property of the settlor distributed as permitted under the terms of the Trust. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Nels J. Smith established the Nels J. Smith Revocable Trust dated November 9, 2004, as amended December 29, 2009, and as amended and... Full story

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