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  • City offers support to daycare

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 11, 2023

    The Sundance City Council has pledged support to KidPrints Inc. in an effort to help alleviate a tough financial time for the daycare. As well as paying off the note on the building to avoid an increase in rent, the city has decided to replenish KidPrints's coffers in the amount of $4000. The alternative to this assistance, said Mayor Paul Brooks, is to risk Sundance no longer having daycare facilities available – a service he feels is too important to the community for that to be an option. T...

  • County forgives penalty fees on unpaid taxes

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 11, 2023

    Lessons learned and information gathered, the Crook County Commissioners have agreed to waive $1552.78 in penalty fees on personal property tax payments that Black Thunder Oil was not aware were owed. Jeff Waliezer and Roni Steed of Black Thunder approached the commission last month to explain that the company had not received any notice of these taxes until a bill arrived with a ‘past due’ penalty. According to Waliezer, Black Thunder found itself in a messy situation after acquiring the assets of BW Oil, which went bankrupt in 2013. The com...

  • City prepares for new state-mandated training

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 11, 2023

    The rules are not yet finalized, so the Sundance City Council is not yet sure who will need to take the new state-mandated training for officers and council members who are involved in handling finances – or what exactly the certification process will involve. “From how I understand it, if you are a council member or appointed and you deal with finances of any sort, you have to go through a training to make sure that your meetings are essentially reported correctly, that you understand how the finances of these organizations work,” said Counc...

  • Commissioners hear concerns over mine plans

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 11, 2023

    A planned 317-acre bentonite mine close to Pine Haven has caused raised eyebrows among town residents, two of whom visited the Crook County Commissioners last week to share their concerns. The Keyhole State Project is under the auspices of Black Hills Bentonite LLC and will be situated on land leased from the state. According to the company's permit application to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), 17 homes are located within a mile of the active site, the nearest of which...

  • Kevin Robert Sweeney

    May 11, 2023

    Kevin Robert Sweeney, 70, of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of November 24, 2022, at his home in Aberdeen, North Carolina. Kevin was born in Arnaudville, Louisiana on July 29, 1952, to Robert Clinton Sweeney and Lenola LaPorte Sweeney. Growing up the eldest of seven, Kevin and his family moved from Louisiana to Chile on missionary work and later returned to Massapequa, New York where he graduated high school. Anyone who knew Kevin would readily agree that he could not be still for long;... Full story

  • Sandra Kay Rauch

    May 11, 2023

    Sandra Kay (Ostby) Rauch, 70, of Gillette, Wyoming, died on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, in Rapid City, South Dakota, surrounded by loving family. Sandy was born on May 11, 1952 in Lead, South Dakota, to Soren and Arvilla (Brovald) Ostby. She attended country school at the Homestake School, Hauber Mine until 1962 and thereafter attended school in Hulett, Wyoming. Sandy then attended beauty school, where she received her license in cosmetology and began her career as a beautician in Sundance, Wyoming. She established and ran the Hair Boutique for many... Full story

  • Arvid D. "Buz" Myers

    May 11, 2023

    Arvid D. "Buz" Myers, 80, of Torrington, Wyoming, passed away on April 26, 2023. Arvid was born in Alliance, Nebraska, on December 3, 1942 to Orval L. and Mildred Arletta (Dinkel) Myers. He grew up in the Hay Springs, Nebraska area on a farm about ten miles from town. He was the middle child, having an older sister, Sandra, and a younger brother, Lynn. He attended Sandridge Country School, where a teacher nicknamed him "Buz" for talking all the time. Arvid graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1961 where he was active in FFA and was on the... Full story

  • Engagement

    May 11, 2023

    Alan and Linda Richards of Sundance, Wyoming would like to announce the upcoming wedding of their granddaughter Tairyn Richards to Skyler Piasecki, both of Laramie, Wyoming. They will be married June 3, 2023, at the Cathedral of St. Mary, Cheyenne, Wyoming....

  • Donald Ray Roadifer

    May 11, 2023

    Donald "Donnie" Ray Roadifer passed away peacefully at home in Spokane, Washington, on April 29, 2023. He was 89 years old. Don was born on May 25, 1933 in Sundance, Wyoming, to Clyde and Nettie (Humphrey) Roadifer. He was raised in Sundance along with his three brothers and three sisters. Don married Julia Larive on September 29, 1951 in Sundance. They were blessed with six children. Shortly after the birth of their second child, they moved to Spokane along with his best friend Richard "Dick" Zane. They both hired out on the railroad. The... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    May 11, 2023

    1 Years Ago May 17, 1923 The Spearfish Creamery gives notice in this issue that the Sundance Creamery will open about June 1. The backward and cold spring has delayed dairy operations, although Mr. Linander says if conditions warrant, the station will be opened before that date. Drilling operations will soon begin on Cole Divide, 14 miles from Sundance on the Moorcroft road. A.R. Cole is installing a standard rig on his property and nine truck loads of machinery are already on the ground....

  • Circuit Court

    May 11, 2023

    Speeding – Thawng Mawi, Columbus, OH, 73/66, $126; Kate Cummings, Belle Fourche, SD, 80/65, $195; Corry Seay, Arlington, TX, 81/65, $202; Alejandro Zubia Roque, Denver, CO, 70/55, $135; Kellen Collier, Willard, UT, 90/75, $135; Tomas Gutierrez, Denver, CO, 94/80, $130; Cory Savage, Dickerson, MD, 98/75, $175; Thomas Mincher, Long Key, FL, 90/75, $135; Troy Carrington, Portage, IN, 90/80, $105; (truck) – Anthony Whitney, Gillette, WY, 76/70, $392 Speed Too Fast for Conditions – Haley Antunes, Gillette, WY, $240 No Auto Insurance – Armando...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    May 11, 2023

    Apr. 24 – Six VIN checks. Seven traffic stops. Animal complaint. Citizen dispute. Recovered property. Suspicious circumstance. Business checks. House watches. Apr. 25 – Six VIN checks. Paper service. Four traffic stops. Commercial fire alarm. Two citizen assists. EMS page Apr. 26 – Nive VIN checks. Paper service. Five traffic stops. Assist to Hulett Police. Citizen assist. Two suspicious circumstances. House watch. Business checks. Trespassing complaint. Two EMS pages. Apr. 27 – Four VIN checks. Traffic stop. Suspicious circumstance. Two set...

  • WYDOT reminds residents to keep signs out of rights-of-way and off traffic poles

    May 11, 2023

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation would like to remind residents, businesses and realtors that placing signs along the roadways, on traffic poles or fences along state and federal highways is prohibited. Wyoming statute (W.S. 24-10-104) states that outdoor advertising must meet certain conditions for placement. Placing signs or objects within highway rights-of-way is prohibited, including on right-of-way fencing or on trees, traffic signs or traffic signal poles within the right-of-way. Signs in the rights of way and on traffic poles...

  • Cards of Thanks

    May 11, 2023

    Thank You The family of Martin Peterson want to thank each and all of you for your friendship and support. Karen, Thad, John, Kevin, Karnie and Kyan Our Thanks We would like to thank those who attended and supported the Crook County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner and Fundraiser. We are grateful for our event speaker Congresswoman Harriet Hageman, the comments delivered by Secretary of State Chuck Gray, and the attendance of so many elected officials from around the state. We appreciate Justin and Myla Mills, auctioneer service, and Chef...

  • Front to Back Pt. 2

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|May 11, 2023

    These are good reminders to keep us living and moving in a world filled with both brokenness and beauty. Only through God and a Biblical Worldview (foundation to hang and sift life through) can people reconcile the evil in the world and the goodness of God. Cling tightly to the LORD your God – Josh. 23:8 Years of obedience made Jeremiah STRONG & COURAGEOUS. Read old books from old men. Your personal history is shaped by your response to God. Your greatest need is spiritual. And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you res...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|May 11, 2023

    We do in-town deliveries for people who are unable to make it into the library and we do curbside delivery for those who would prefer not to come inside. Just give us a call and we will get your books ready. Have you tried the Libby app to access digital content using your library card? You can get eBooks, audiobooks and magazines right on your smart phones or tablets. Stop in today to find out more. Displays: Tea cups and sets by Josie Pearson and the library staff. Library Programming: CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD meeting Thurs., June 8, at 1...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 11, 2023

    Black Hills Energy to use Wyodak coal to research hydrogen generation GILLETTE (WNE) — Black Hills Energy will be using Powder River Basin coal to research hydrogen generation. Black Hills Energy was recently awarded a grant from the Wyoming Energy Authority to conduct a feasibility analysis on hydrogen generation using coal from Wyodak Mine. The ongoing research project partners engineers from Black Hills Energy with clean power production experts from Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, or B&W, as well as members of the Chemical and Biomolecular E...

  • State GOP urges districts to adopt 'parental rights' policies

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 11, 2023

    CASPER — The Wyoming Republican Party is asking local school districts to adopt policies that align with Senate File 117 — a bill proposed during the session this year that’s similar to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, and which would have barred classroom instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation in certain grades. Two county parties — Park and Sheridan counties — passed resolutions in April and March, respectively, urging their local districts to adopt policies that align with Senate File 117. The state GOP central...

  • Bill Gates tours Kemmerer plant

    Rana Jones, Kemmerer Gazette Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 11, 2023

    KEMMERER — Microsoft billionaire and TerraPower Chairman Bill Gates toured the Naughton Power Plant in Kemmerer on Friday and saw where TerraPower will build a nuclear reactor before conducting a press conference that afternoon. “Getting things right here will be a big part of how we keep electricity reliable and keep the United States at the forefront of providing energy technology to the entire world,” Gates told locals who packed a room at the Best Western Fossil Country Inn. “The United States has had some challenges with energy securit...

  • Name Change

    May 11, 2023

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT 6TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Civil Action Case No. 8949 IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE OF NAME OF Renee Amanda Schilling, Petitioner Notice of Publication You are hereby notified that a Petition For Change of Name, Civil Action No. 8949 has been filed on behalf of Renee Amanda Schilling in the Wyoming District Court for the 6th Judicial District, whose address is 309 Cleveland St., Sundance, WY 82729, the object and prayer of which is to change the name of the above-named person from Renee Amanda... Full story

  • Meeting

    May 11, 2023

    Public Notice Please note that Goshen HELP DBA WYO HELP a 501(c)3 is providing public notice regarding the FFY 2024 Community Services Block Grant Application for the following counties: Carbon, Crook, Goshen, Niobrara, Washakie, and Weston. The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) will provide funds to assist low-income individuals and/or families through FFY 2024 (October 1st 2023 – September 30th 2024) with an expected grant total of $278,369. The totals by county are Carbon - $81,348, Crook -$22,580, Goshen - $83,192, Niobrara - $... Full story

  • Tax Deed

    May 11, 2023

    Notice of Intent to Apply for a Tax Deed Pursuant to: (W.S. 1977, §39-13-108) (i) John & Corrina Tieman are the owner and holder of Certificate of Purchase Number Certificate of Purchase Number 578, in Crook County, Wyoming, District #0151 and Account #000000001602, dated September 18, 2018 and was purchased on September 18, 2018. (ii) The property was taxed to Wright Wilma, Attn Wright Kile Beverly 759 El Granda Blvd., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. (iii) A tract of land situated on Lot 4 and the S1/2 of Lot 3, Block 4, 5th Addition to the Town of... Full story

  • Proposals

    May 11, 2023

    Request for Proposals The Museum District Board of Crook County, Wyoming is requesting Cost Proposals from responsible contractors or individuals to provide contract professional construction services for the Museum District Board on Old Stoney Museum in Sundance, WY. The Museum District Board will receive sealed Proposals for construction project until 3 p.m. local time May 31, 2023. Bids will not be read aloud. Crook County Museum District Renovation Construction Project, Old Stoney Attn: Administrator PO Box 795 Sundance, WY 82729 The... Full story

  • Commissioners

    May 11, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, May 2, 2023 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. Kelly moved to approve and ratify the minutes from April 4 & 5, 2023. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Bob moved to approve the following resolution: RESOLUTION NO. 2023-10 FISCAL YEAR 2023 BUDGET AMENDMENT WHEREAS Crook County a... Full story

  • Probate

    May 11, 2023

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Probate No. CV8952 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DONALD EUGENE HOLGERSON, DECEASED NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 24th day of April, 2023, Oildigger Resources Fund I, LLLP, Applicant, filed in the above named Court an Application for Decree of Distribution for the purpose of distributing royalty and/or interests in the oil, gas and other minerals in and underlying the... Full story

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