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Articles from the February 29, 2024 edition


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  • February fire season?

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 29, 2024

    Two wildfires that ignited on Sunday burned a combined estimated total of 1600 acres and required a sizeable response from firefighters around the county and beyond. In New Haven, a fire located on a combination of private and state land is estimated to have reached 400 acres. According to Fire Warden Charlie Harrison, crews that responded to the fire included Oshoto, Carlile, Sundance, Pine Haven and Hulett. The lower portion of the fire was located in grass, but around 70% of the fire was in...

  • Hulett hosts FFA speech

    Feb 29, 2024

    Devils Tower FFA hosted the countywide FFA Creed and Speech Competition Feb. 21 at the Hulett School. The annual contest is sponsored by the Crook County Farm Bureau Federation. Congratulations to all the participants for a great job representing your chapters. Creed Speaking contestants recited the FFA Creed by E.M. Tiffany and answered questions from the judges. First place went to Loni Gill from Moorcroft FFA, second place went to Abby Stroud from Moorcroft FFA and third place to Kimber...

  • Winifred Darlene Bush

    Feb 29, 2024

    Winnifred Darlene Bush, age 90 years young and a life long resident of Wyoming, passed away peacefully in her sleep, and went to see her Lord on the morning of January 16, 2024. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Winifred, or Winnie as people called her, was born in a small cabin up Whitetail Creek to George Malvin and Edith Lorene (Williams) Watts on June 13, 1933. She grew up with one brother George Jr. and three sisters, Nellie, Mae and... Full story

  • Lloyd Charles Park

    Feb 29, 2024

    Lloyd Charles Park arrived with a bang on the July 3, 2023 to the parents of Brian Park and Lesley Raber-Park of Alzada, Montana. The world wasn't ready for the little firecracker Baby Lloyd Charles was. He was often known as Squishy, Lil LC but mostly known as Smushy. Smushy was a fighter. He spent a lot of time at the Children's Hospital overcoming all his medical battles. Including the discovery that he had very rare syndrome associated with Xia-Gibbs. When Baby Lloyd came home, he continued... Full story

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Feb 29, 2024

    Feb. 19 – VIN check. Three business checks. Juvenile problem. Citizen assist. Theft. Suspicious circumstance. Feb. 20 – Eight VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Assist to Wyoming Highway Patrol. Coroner call. Motorist assist. Suspicious circumstance. Two Fire pages. Feb. 21 – Six VIN checks. Three traffic stops. REDDI report. Assist to Upton Police. Accident; no injuries. Business check. Housewatch. Motorist assist. Suicidal subject. Feb. 22 – Two VIN checks. Traffic stop. Business checks. Fingerprints. Assist to Wyoming Highway Patrol. Motoris...

  • Circuit Court

    Feb 29, 2024

    Speeding – Kurt Gilbert, Casper, WY, 90/80, $105; Emmi M. Johnson, Osseo, MN, 89/75, $130; Tad Michael Swaney, Rozet, WY, 100/80, $160; Johnathan Reske, Dickinson, ND, 79/70, $103; Steven Harless, Riverton, WY, 85/75, $105; Tylin Eixenberger, Gillette, WY, 92/80, $120; Lori Lebaron, Rapid City, SD, 90/75, $135; Douglas Wayne Strong, Sundance, WY, 90/80, $105 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Kristen L. Wells, Rozet, WY, $150; Jose Rodriguez, Hesperia, CA, $140 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – Ofeli...

  • Flu shots still available

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 29, 2024

    With an influx of influenza A and B cases spreading through the community, Crook County Public Health is alerting anyone who has not yet had their flu shot this year that a limited number of doses are still available. Public Health currently has fewer than 50 doses of regular flu vaccine and high-dose vaccine for those aged over 55 years. If you would like to take advantage of one of these remaining doses, contact Public Health at 283-1142....

  • From the Desk of House Majority Floor Leader Chip Neiman

    Chip Neiman, Representative|Feb 29, 2024

    The Wyoming Legislature marked the halfway point, or "crossover," of the 67th Budget Session this week. On Thursday, February 22, the House completed its third and final reading of the budget bill, House Bill 1. There's still a long way to go. Negotiations and debate now begin to find compromise between the House and Senate. The numbers are still fluid and nowhere near final. What's clear at this point is this: the Legislature is digging too deep into the General Fund. The motto for this budget...

  • From the Desk of Senate President Ogden Driskill

    Ogden Driskill|Feb 29, 2024

    Last week, the Wyoming Legislature marked the halfway point, or “crossover,” of the 67th Budget Session. Both the Senate and House worked late nights to complete final readings of our respective budget bills, which will now head to joint committees for further negotiations. There’s a lot of work to get done, and the hardest is still ahead. Media reported last week that there is a “massive fiscal rift” between the Senate and House budget bills – about a $900 million difference. This owes to a h...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 29, 2024

    Jackson receives high ranking in AARP Livability Index CHEYENNE (WNE) — AARP recently released its Livability Index, a list of the most livable communities in the country recently, with Jackson ranking in the top 10 in the nation for communities with a population between 5000 and 24,999. The AARP Livability Index evaluates and ranks communities based on various factors that contribute to residents’ quality of life. It looks at everything from homes and transportation to health and community engagement. Jackson was ranked ninth in the Livability...

  • School District Warrants

    Feb 29, 2024

    Crook County School District No. 1 Notice is hereby given that the Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees issued warrants for the following bills exceeding $500.00 at the regular meeting of the board held on FEBRUARY 19TH, 2024 IN HULETT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 21 ELECTRIC Repairs $4,898.90 A & B WELDING SUPPLY CO INC Supplies $1,695.34 ABLE LLC Registration $2,720.00 ACE INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY, INC. Supplies $748.90 ALLEN, VICTORIA M Decals $502.50 ALLERDINGS, SCOT Officiating $575.00 AMAZON... Full story

  • Preparing for the worst

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 29, 2024

    With fire season getting an early start this year and several incidents already under their belts, county firefighters gathered last week for their annual meeting and training. "This class is what's called the annual refresher," says Fire Warden Charlie Harrison, explaining that it covers everything from escape routes to communications to ensure those aspects of the job stay uppermost in volunteers' minds. "It all ties back to that basic safety for firefighters." It's one of the requirements...

  • A week for weed awareness

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 29, 2024

    During a week that has been proclaimed National Invasive Species Awareness Week by Governor Mark Gordon, the state’s weed and pest organizations are asking the community to keep its eyes out for invasive species. “As people head outdoors this summer, we want them to know that a little bit of prevention contributes to a greater effort of keeping Wyoming wild and beautiful,” said Donley Darnell, Wyoming Weed & Pest Council (WWPC) President. “Invasive insects, noxious weeds and plant diseases cost the U.S. an estimated $40 billion annually in dama...

  • Jeffrey Gerald Cotney

    Feb 29, 2024

    Jeffrey Gerald Cotney, a respected patriarch, esteemed husband, devoted brother, beloved son, adored uncle and cherished friend of Gillette, Wyoming, gracefully departed this life in the comforting embrace of his devoted family on February 21, 2024. Jeff's journey began amidst the sun-kissed landscapes of Mesa, Arizona, on March 2, 1984, cradled in the tender care of his parents, Gerald Cotney and Barbara Houston. He shared his childhood with his dear brother, TJ Russell and his loyal sibling,... Full story

  • Joyce E. Lincoln

    Feb 29, 2024

    Joyce E. Lincoln, 92, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the Weston County Manor in Newcastle, Wyoming. Arrangements are pending with Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com... Full story

  • Retirement

    Feb 29, 2024

    Doug Leis receives a plaque to congratulate him on his retirement and thank him for his service as Crook County's Fire Warden at last week's annual fire meeting. As Leis's long-time friend and a representative of the county, Commissioner Fred Devish was asked to make the presentation. Leis was also given a personalized radio belt as a retirement gift from his firefighter family....

  • Card of Thanks

    Feb 29, 2024

    Our Thanks The family of John Reed would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all who called, sent cards, gave flowers, brought food and provided much-needed hugs and prayers during our time of grief and profound loss. John loved Sundance and had such a wonderful life here. We so appreciate the well-wishes and many stories and observations of how great of a man John was…we sure agree!! We’ll take any and all continued prayers. With sincere gratitude, Marie Reed Darla Mouat and family Debra Reed-Karas and family Dale Reed and fam... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Feb 29, 2024

    1 Years Ago February 28, 1924 Sundance is stepping out with electric street lights, all owing to the public spirit of certain citizens. Lights now show in front of the State Bank, Fawkes Brothers and the Zane Hotel, and there are more to come. Road conditions out of Sundance have not improved any in the last two weeks. The Upton stage runs a sled to Wider' s, and the Spearfish line operates a buggy to Gould' s, both connecting with auto. Frank Mitts changed to buckboard this week on the...

  • Two women charged for burglary at local bar

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 29, 2024

    Two Sundance women have been arrested on charges of burglary after allegedly taking money from the safe and a cash jar of a local bar. Lisa Alberts and Amber Nehmer have been charged with felony counts of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. Both charges carry maximum penalties of ten years of incarceration, a $10,000 fine or both. According to court reports, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to the Dime Horseshoe Bar on the afternoon of January 22 to respond to a report of burglary. Camera footage allegedly showed Lisa A...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Feb 29, 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. Adult Craft Mon., Mar....

  • Legislature at halfway point; sum of bills left narrows

    David Velazquez, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 29, 2024

    CASPER — Over 80 bills died when both chambers of the Legislature adjourned on Friday evening. Friday marked the deadline for the second reading of bills in their house of origin and 81 bills — 25 in the House of Representatives and 56 in the Senate — were scheduled to be heard for the first time out of committee. Friday additionally marked the midpoint of the 20-business-day session where the Legislature is tasked with setting and approving the entire state’s budget for 2025 and 2026. Bills brought forward ranged from the budget, propert...

  • Trust

    Feb 29, 2024

    NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADMINISTER TRUST You are hereby notified on January 10, 2024, Harry Edward Weaver a/k/a Harry Weaver a/k/a Skip Weaver died in the City of Newcastle, Weston County, Wyoming. Harry Edward Weaver a/k/a Harry Weaver a/k/a Skip Weaver was the Grantor of the Harry E Weaver Revocable Trust dated June 26, 2023. The Trust became irrevocable as of Harry Edward Weaver’s death. Harry Edward Weaver was a resident of Crook County, Wyoming on the date of his death. Notice is hereby given that Diane Marie Weaver the named Successor T... Full story

  • Probate

    Feb 29, 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

  • Subdivision

    Feb 29, 2024

    NOTICE OF SUBDIVISON HEARING FOR APPLICATION OF SUBDIVISION PERMIT Be advised that Steven & Holly Waliezer, 8 Granite Drive, Moorcroft, WY 82721 is hereby giving notice of an application for subdivision permit for a Minor Subdivision. The proposed Inyan Kara Creek Minor Subdivision lies in the W1/2SW1/4 of Section 13, E1/2SE1/4 Section 14, NE1/4NE1/4 Section 23, NW1/4NW1/4 Section 24, T50N, R65W, of the 6th P.M., Crook County, Wyoming. The Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a hearing to review the application and plat... Full story

  • Probate

    Feb 29, 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

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