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Articles from the February 22, 2024 edition


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  • Revamp kicks off with grant app

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 22, 2024

    A $2.7 million grant for which the county applied last week would fund more than half the work needed to overhaul the courthouse. The seat of Crook County’s government needs significant work to address issues ranging from overcrowding and inefficiency to mechanical systems that are over half a century old. Once complete, the project will ultimately see a new look and new spaces throughout the two floors. This Mineral Royalty Grant through the State Loans and Investments Board, however, is intended for the less glamorous but more crucial part o...

  • Legislature eyes long list of bills

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 22, 2024

    With the deadline now passed for new bills to be introduced during this year's budget session, the Wyoming Legislature has its agenda set for the next few weeks. The majority of the focus, of course, will be on the budget itself, which passed first reading by the House Committee of the Whole on February 16 and saw legislators undergo a marathon session on Monday that included the introduction of 80 amendments in the House, only 33 of which were adopted, and 59 in the Senate on second reading,...

  • CCMSD introduces clinic manager

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 22, 2024

    A new clinics manager has joined the team in Sundance. Melaynee Trandahl, RN BSN, was a twelve-year veteran of Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) before stepping into the role of overseeing management of the clinic. In a press release, CCMSD said it was pleased to have, "Appointed a well-educated and long serving member of the team to the role of Clinics Manager." The role itself has also been changed, according to the press release, with the goal of promoting increased accessibility...

  • Scam targets Medicaid clients

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 22, 2024

    Medicaid clients in Wyoming are experiencing another attempted scam this year, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). This time around, the caller is attempting to gather personal information and appears to be fraudulently attempting to sell medical equipment and services. "A client reported receiving a call from someone claiming to be from a department program that doesn't actually exist. The caller was pushing medical equipment and aggressively asking for personal information,"...

  • Hunting for info

    Feb 22, 2024

    Ken Feduff, Black Hills Hunt Management and Access Program Coordinator with Wyoming Game and Fish, gave a presentation on obtaining access to private lands for hunting last Friday during the monthly veterans' breakfast at the senior center....

  • Natural Resource District receives Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant

    Feb 22, 2024

    The Crook County Natural Resource District (CCNRD) recently received a $10,000 Urban Agriculture Conservation Planning Grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts. The CCNRD is one of five Conservation Districts in the state of Wyoming to receive this funding. As one of a few Districts in the State that has no permanent source of funding, these grants are very important. The grant will be utilized to develop urban agriculture outreach programs for those in Crook County. The...

  • County slips back into drought

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 22, 2024

    Crook County has once again slipped into drought conditions due to an ongoing “snow drought”. The latest data from the National Integrated Drought Information System shows that, during the last month, 95% of the county has entered a state of moderate drought. The western half of the nation is currently experiencing a snow drought, with snow water equivalent below normal at 78% of stations. Northern Wyoming is among the hardest hit areas. Though the southwest could see conditions continue to improve over the next few weeks, the northwest is lea...

  • Peek at the Past

    Feb 22, 2024

    1 Years Ago February 21, 1924 At nine o'clock Monday morning patrons and students of Crook County High School met in the assembly hall to participate in the dedicatory exercises. The new building is resplendent in appointments and trimmings and evoked much admiration from visitors who were there for the first time. After the processional by Mrs. H. G. Schloredt, invocation by Rev. Schuelke, the program opened with "America the Beautiful," flag salute, and "Star Spangled Banner." Representing t...

  • Card of Thanks

    Feb 22, 2024

    Our Thanks February 19-23 marks Wyoming School Board Appreciation Week! Crook County School District #1 seizes this moment to express heartfelt gratitude to our local school board for their outstanding dedication to our students, staff and communities. Our school board members selflessly invest their time and energy to ensure that our 1228 students receive the highest standard of education possible. We are deeply appreciative of their tireless efforts. These volunteer leaders shoulder the responsibility of formulating school district policies,... Full story

  • Listeria outbreak linked to dairy products

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 22, 2024

    An outbreak of listeria has been linked to a type of cheese sold nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The outbreak has led to a recall of products made by Rizo-López Foods, including cheese, yogurt and sour cream. The company recalled its aged cotija cheese on January 11 after Hawaii state officials found listeria in it, and followed this with a complete recall of cheese and dairy products made in its facility on February 6, along with a temporary stop on production and distribution. If you currently possess any of...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 22, 2024

    Bill would OK $50M for lawsuits CASPER (WNE) — The Wyoming Legislature is considering a bill that would allocate $50 million for the purpose of litigating federal land-use policy. The Senate Agriculture, State & Public Lands & Water Resources Committee last week moved the bill forward. Citing constitutional principles of co-equal government, Senate File 13 would authorize the Legislature to sue feds for acts and administrative rules, with specific reference to the Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered S...

  • Property taxes, electricity rate hikes among Legislatures top priorities

    Ogden Driskill, Senator|Feb 22, 2024

    By Senator Ogden Driskill This week I had the privilege of convening the Wyoming Senate for the start of the Budget Session of the 67th Legislature. Budget sessions occur on even-numbered years, and, as the name suggests, the primary purpose is to approve a balanced budget, as required by the Wyoming Constitution. As the President of the Senate, I am committed to passing a responsible and fiscally conservative budget that invests in our state's needs to today and saves for the needs of...

  • From the desk of House Majority Floor Leader Chip Neiman

    Chip Neiman, Representative|Feb 22, 2024

    As I write this column, the 67th budget session of the Wyoming Legislature is now underway. We are on day five of Wyoming's budget session, which is a shorter, 20-day yearly legislative session primarily focused on prioritizing the state's budget needs. As in the past, I have gone into this session concentrated on controlling and limiting the growth of government. That means closely examining any and all appropriations coming before the House of Representatives – bearing in mind that every d...

  • Circuit Court

    Feb 22, 2024

    Speeding – Mace C. Schultz, Upton, WY, 90/75, $135; Sophie R. Schwebke, Sundance, WY, 79/70, $103; Nerlin Rivera Mendoza, Commerce City, CO, 90/75, $135 Stop Sign Violation – William L. Haynes 3rd, Moorcroft, WY, $140 Vehicle Off Road – Christopher G. Kegler, Bar Nunn, WY, $250 Resident Registration and License Violation – Moye Christopher Redmond, Wright, WY, $100 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – John Powell, Crested Butte, CO, $140; Taylor Lebar, Torrington, WY, $140 Fail to Stop at Port of Entry – Phillip Lampman, To...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Feb 22, 2024

    Feb. 12 – Three VIN checks. Paper service. REDDI report. Citizen assist. Motorist assist. Fingerprints. Assist to Wyoming Highway Patrol. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Feb. 13 – Three VIN checks. Traffic stop. Property damage accident. MIP complaint. Fingerprints. Two EMS pages. Feb. 14 – Seven VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Suspicious circumstance. Business checks. Citizen assist. Housewatch. Traffic hazard. Welfare check. Accident with injuries. EMS page. Fire page. Feb. 15 – Two VIN checks. Fingerprints. Three accidents; no injuries. Three m...

  • Wyoming Hunger Initiative names new regional director in northeast region 

    Feb 22, 2024

    First Lady Jennie Gordon's Wyoming Hunger Initiative named Breean Waller as the new regional director for the northeast region of Wyoming defined as Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties. Regional Directors build and connect networks of local anti-hunger organizations and create a platform for communication of innovative ideas to solve food insecurity. There are grassroots efforts in every Wyoming county dedicated to reducing hunger and combating food insecurity. Instead of rein...

  • UW Nursing School adopts disaster management leadership training

    Feb 22, 2024

    On an increasingly volatile world stage, health care professionals need to prepare themselves and patients for chemical, natural and man-made disasters as well as global pandemics. In response to the need for such training, the University of Wyoming's Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing has adopted disaster management leadership training that allows students to experience and respond to staged events – including treating a burn victim; a person needing to be evacuated from a disaster area, such a...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Feb 22, 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...

  • Sale

    Feb 22, 2024

    NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY Pursuant to the Order of the Court, real property consisting of mineral interests shall be sold via public sale. The property to be sold is described as all right, title or interest held by the Estate of Henry Clay Moore, Probate No. 5073, 6th Judicial District, Crook County, Wyoming located in: T49N, R67W, 6TH P.M., Crook County, Wyoming Section 25: NWNE, S2N2, NWSW Section 26: N2SE Containing approximately 320 acres, more or less No warranties of any kind, (title or otherwise) are provided by the estate. The pr... Full story

  • Bids

    Feb 22, 2024

    ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The City of Sundance will receive sealed bids for the Ryan Street Water Main Replacement Project. The project is generally described as follows: The Project includes the replacement of approximately 520 feet of water main, 50 square yards of gravel restoration, 300 square yards of topsoil restoration, 15 square yards of sidewalk restoration, and 550 square yards of asphalt in the City of Sundance along Ryan Street between 5th Street and 6th Street. Sealed bids will be received at the City of Sundance Office located at... Full story

  • Probate

    Feb 22, 2024

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT In the Matter of the Estate of WILLIAM SIPE, Deceased. Probate No. CV-8980 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on December 4, 2023, the estate of the above named decedent was admitted to probate by the above named Court, and that Chris Sipe and Paul Sipe were appointed co­ administrators thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the decedent or to his Estate are required to make immediate payment... Full story

  • Probate

    Feb 22, 2024

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT In the Matter of the Estate of KENNETH OTTO SIPE, Deceased. Probate No. CV-8981 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on December 4, 2023, the estate of the above named decedent was admitted to probate by the above named Court, and that Chris Sipe and Paul Sipe were appointed co­ administrators thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the decedent or to his Estate are required to make immediate... Full story

  • Probate

    Feb 22, 2024

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT In the Matter of the Estate of W. ELWOOD SIPE, Deceased. Probate No. CV-8982 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on December 4, 2023, the estate of the above named decedent was admitted to probate by the above named Court, and that Chris Sipe and Paul Sipe were appointed co­ administrators thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the decedent or to his Estate are required to make immediate... Full story

  • Oil and Gas

    Feb 22, 2024

    BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) will meet at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, March 11, 2024, and subsequent days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to consider the following matters at the office of the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, 2211 King Boulevard, Casper, Wyoming. DOCKET NO. / APPLICANT / MATTER / S-T-R / FORMATION / COUNTY 1775-2023 / Oildigger Resources Fund I / Flare Gas; State... Full story

  • Probate

    Feb 22, 2024

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Lance Cook, Deceased. Probate No. 2024-CV-8998 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 16th day of January, 2024, the estate of the above-named decedent was admitted to probate by the above-named Court, and that Christopher Lance Cook was appointed as Personal Representatives thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the decedent or to her estate... Full story

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