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Articles from the May 16, 2019 edition

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  • Johnson acquitted

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 16, 2019

    If the woman you loved was thrown to the ground in the midst of an argument, would you step in to end the threat by whatever means necessary? If you cannot definitively say you would have made different decisions to the ones Jessie Johnson made on the night Doug Haar died, then you cannot find him guilty of murder. This was the argument presented in the closing statements of defense attorney Don Fuller, three days after the jury convened to hear the case. In the end, despite what many believed was a clear-cut case for the prosecution, it was...

  • Work begins on Elk Creek pipeline

    Grace Moore|May 16, 2019

    Oneok director of government relations Danette Welsh spoke with Crook County Commissioners last Wednesday, updating them on the progress of the Elk Creek Oil Pipeline that will be traveling through the eastern part of the county this summer. The Elk Creek Pipeline construction is gathering momentum for the season and area residents are noticing. Welsh warns that residents will be seeing more congestion in the areas of construction, saying "You're seeing a little more traffic – a little more p...

  • Quackers for spring

    May 16, 2019

    At Sundance Pond, the geese are determinedly ushering in the spring that refused to arrive with a burst of new life...

  • Location, location, location

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 16, 2019

    While the City of Sundance is always interested to welcome new business to town, the question of location can occasionally prove a stumbling block. Such was the case when Plains Towing & Recovery of Sturgis visited the council on Tuesday to announce the company’s hopes to open a third location in Sundance. While pleased to hear the news and quick to express interest in having the company come to town, Mayor Paul Brooks was concerned at the suggested site for the new business: a 3.5 acre plot currently up for sale near the Best Western motel, l...

  • County to take on war memorial

    Grace Moore|May 16, 2019

    With the remaining members of the Crook County War Memorial Committee now in their 90s, the committee has asked the county to continue the care and maintenance of the war memorial on the courthouse lawn. County Attorney Joe Baron introduced Earl Gray to the county commissioners during their Wednesday morning meeting, saying, “He helped when they mixed concrete to build the original one back in 1945. He’s ready to pass the torch and deposit the funds with the county.” Lifetime Crook County resid...

  • Betty Marilyn Cundy

    May 16, 2019

    Betty Marilyn Cundy joined her everlasting Father on March 19, 2019, at the age of 82 years. Betty was born on May 28, 1936 at Sundance, Crook County, Wyoming as the daughter of James Burney and Enid Alice (Wilson) Frisbee. Betty joined an older sister, Gladys Irene, and these two were to be joined later by two younger brothers, Harry M. and James B. As a child, Betty and her siblings were raised on the family ranch in New Haven, Wyoming. Gladys and she were later to attend high school in... Full story

  • Julie (Bunney) Burkhart

    May 16, 2019

    A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held for Julie (Bunney) Burkhart from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the Buffalo Jump in Beulah, Wyoming. She passed away December 25, 2018.... Full story

  • Clara Frisbee

    May 16, 2019

    Clara Frisbee was called to her eternal home in heaven by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on May 6, 2019. A visitation was held Tuesday, May 14 at Swan Law Funeral Directors in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A celebration of Clara’s life was held Wednesday, May 15 at Spring Valley Chapel, Larkspur, Colorado, with Pastor Mark DeBolt and Pastor Dean Francini officiating. A committal will follow at Spring Valley Cemetery. Clara was born December 20, 1940, in Sundance, Wyoming, to Glenn and Effie Conzelman. She grew up on a ranch at Devils Tower, W... Full story

  • Young authors honored by Commissioners

    May 16, 2019

    The Crook County Commissioners honored the county winners of the annual Mary Hadley Memorial Young Author's Contest on May 7. The Crook County Library Foundation sponsors this contest annually, in memory of local author Mary Hadley. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Mary grew up on the beach but always wanted to be a cowboy. That dream came true when she married Bob Hadley in 1949. They spent their life together running ranches in Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming and raising seven children....

  • This Week at Your Library

    May 16, 2019

    FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE LUNCHEON Thursday, June 27 from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. This luncheon is free to the public as a thank you for all the community support shown to the library this past year. Come enjoy some incredible food and good company! Library Programming: STORYTIME: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. May’s themes: Dance/Music/Motion”, “In the Garden”, “Owls/Birds with the Black Hills Raptor Rescue Center” and “Play to Learn Stations”. There will not be storytime on May 29. YELLOWSTONE HORSE RANGER BOB RICHARD will present a progr...

  • Peek at the Past

    May 16, 2019

    1 Years Ago The Times May 14, 1919 There was nothing exciting about the city election yesterday, there being only one ticket on the ballot, and the total vote cast was only 57. It is officially stated, and the personnel of the city officiary remain as during the past year, viz., M.C. Roberts, mayor; J.G. Bush, D.W. Fawkes, W.J. Williamson and J.T. Farrell, alderman. Eleven of C.L. Calvert’s friends gave him that number of complimentary votes for mayor, and C.H. Sackett also received a compliment of three votes for the same office, besides, a...

  • Correction: The Amigas

    May 16, 2019

    “The Amigas” performance will be at noon on Tues., May 21 at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Room, 1804 7th Ave., Belle Fourche. Last week’s article listed an incorrect date....

  • Pine Grove Cemetery Clean-up

    May 16, 2019

    There will be a cleanup day at the cemetery Monday, May 27 if weather permits. Bring your own garbage bags to take your trash with you. A pot luck lunch will be held at noon followed by a business meeting. Some history about the cemetery will be available if anyone is interested, too. The American Legion will conduct their ceremony at 10:30 or 11 a.m. if enough participants show up to do it....

  • Pumping up the cost

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 16, 2019

    According to Public Works Director Mac Erickson, Oneok Pipelines has presented a water use agreement with the City of Sundance while it builds the Elk Creek Pipeline through Crook County that includes the use of the city’s hard water well. Mostly utilized by local ranchers and WYDOT, the well operates on the honor system at a cost of $5.30 per 1000 gallons. Oneok, however, wants to draw 725,000 gallons from the well, not to exceed 116,000 gallons per day. This would cost $3842 at current rates. “If they pump as much as they say they are goi...

  • Not a drop to drink

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 16, 2019

    Once upon a time, the City of Sundance provided its thirsty citizens with water from a spring on land that today belongs to the Crawford family. Though it has been abandoned and its line has been leaking for the last 35 years, should the city have issue with the landowner exercising their water rights? The answer to this question, posed to the council on Tuesday, was no. Warren Crawford attended the meeting to explain the situation and ask the council to monument within its minutes that it will not challenge his right to make use of the water....

  • Unexpected solutions

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 16, 2019

    The road troubles on Canyon Road reached an unexpected resolution on Tuesday when the Sundance City Council and landowners representing the subdivision turned out to have reached exactly the same conclusion. Back in April, the melting snow revealed significant damage to the asphalt in two places at the top of the road. However, while the city did the paving, the area of asphalt in question lies outside city limits, prompting Mayor Paul Brooks to question whether the city should be spending...

  • Lindholm website urges Cheney: "Bring our troops home"

    May 16, 2019

    State Representative Tyler Lindholm has launched a new website,, that will focus public attention on urging Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., to abandon “nation building” in the Middle East and support bringing American troops home from war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. Lindholm, a three-term lawmaker who served five years in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter electronics technician and now serves as majority whip of the Wyoming House of Representatives, authored a guest opinion published last month in mul...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    May 16, 2019

    May 6 – Three VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic stop. Detention Deputy did fingerprints for outside employment. May 7 – Five VIN checks. Five paper services. Traffic stop. Deputy assisted two separate stalled motorists. Deputy assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol on two traffic stops. May 8 – Three VIN checks. Paper service. Two traffic stops. Deputy assisted two separate stalled motorists. Detention Deputy did fingerprints for outside employment. May 9 – Four VIN checks. Traffic stop. Deputy investigated a suspicious person complaint. Deputy...

  • Circuit Court

    May 16, 2019

    Speeding – Clint F. Streit, OH, 81/65, $187; Jade C. Keffeler, SD, 95/75, $145; James E. Henderson, Casper, 88/80, $86; Kayla A. Peterson, Riverton, 92/80, $105; Thomas E. Kaness, Gillette, 84/75, $88; Phurbu T. Atruktsang, WI, 93/80, $110; Bradley S. Stinton, WA, 90/80, $90; Florentino Cruz-Padilla, UT, 90/80, $90; Emily G. Price, Gillette, 90/75, $120; Dylan T. Harbo, CA, 89/75, $115; Penny L. Robinson, 85/75, $90; Samantha K. Darling, IA, 86/75, $110; Gilberto Morales Velazquez, AL, 92/75, $130; Bradley C. Morris, WA, 88/80, $86; Steven M...

  • Sundance Police Report

    May 16, 2019

    May 4 – House watch and business checks completed. Officer assisted Sheriff’s Office with investigation. Officer assisted Life Flight. Three bar checks. Four traffic stops. May 5 – House watch and business checks completed. VIN inspection. Traffic stop. May 6 – House watch and business checks completed. Traffic stop. May 7 – House watch and business checks completed. Officer took lost property report. May 8 – House watch and business checks completed. VIN inspection. Officer investigated a two vehicle crash. Three bar checks. Eight traffic stop...

  • Letter to the Editor

    May 16, 2019

    Dear Editor and Taxpayers of Crook County: By now most taxpayers have received letter(s) from the Crook County Assessors office showing the estimated taxes for personal and commercial property for 2019. According to an article published on page twelve of the May 9, 2019 edition of the Sundance Times, taxpayers have been expressing concerns about increases in their taxes to Crook County Assessor Theresa Curren and Legislator Tyler Lindholm. Towards the end of the article the mill levy funding for the Crook County Senior Services was discussed. T...

  • Voter crossover, ID bills get interim review

    Nick Reynolds, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 16, 2019

    CASPER — A pair of failed bills from the 2019 general session intended to improve the “integrity” of Wyoming elections will be getting a second look from state lawmakers this interim. The two bills – one to require photo identification at the polls, the other to limit the practice of “crossover voting” in the state’s primary elections – will be reworked by the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Committee on Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions and, potentially, introduced during the 2020 budget session, committee members decided at its M...

  • Cloud Peak files for bankruptcy

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 16, 2019

    GILLETTE — Cloud Peak Energy’s bankruptcy filing Friday afternoon may be the beginning of the end for the Gillette-based coal producer. Unlike previous Powder River Basin coal bankruptcies, Cloud Peak seems to be looking to shed debt and sell its assets rather than emerge as an ongoing company. The company said it will continue to attempt to sell “all of its assets” and that the company expects its three PRB mines “will continue normal operations throughout the process.” The filing ends months of speculation about Cloud Peak’s shaky financi...

  • Big game hunting application deadline approaching

    May 16, 2019

    The May 31 deadline for Wyoming resident and nonresident big game hunters to submit applications for limited quota deer and antelope licenses is approaching. May 31 is also the deadline for resident elk. Deciding what Wyoming application to submit is now easier than ever with the Wyoming Game and Fish Hunt Planner. The tool, on the Game and Fish website, helps hunters with their applications with interactive, in-depth mapping. For each species, hunters can see an overview of all the hunt areas in the state and choose individual areas to...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 16, 2019

    Montana mussel discovery has Wyoming on high alert CODY (WNE) — Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming Game and Fish are becoming increasingly vigilant about the dangers to waterways from zebra and quagga mussels. The tiny invasive species, long on the organizations’ watch list, have the potential to infect and ruin fisheries and even drinking water if not repelled from water systems. “It’s a disaster,” warned Game and Fish director Brian Nesvik in a talk in Cody last Thursday. “It’s bad stuff.” Only two days earlier in Cody, Todd Koel, the...

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