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Articles from the May 25, 2023 edition

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  • Class of 2023

    May 25, 2023

    On Sunday, the Sundance High School Class of 2023 celebrated the end of one chapter in their lives and the beginning of the next. A total of 29 students graduated this year, donning their caps and robes to walk the stage and receive their diplomas. Class Valedictorian this year was Jameson Fleenor. Salutatorian was Nora Gustafson....

  • Dignitaries visit Strata Energy uranium mine

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 25, 2023

    As one of the only operational uranium mines in Wyoming with the better part of a decade of production under its belt, Strata Energy's Ross Project was a natural choice for U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Governor Mark Gordon to speak with representatives of the industry about what can be done to support and encourage uranium production in this state. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2021, only 5% of the uranium purchased to be used as fuel in the United States was...

  • State champ

    May 25, 2023

    Keaton Mills came home from the State Track and Field Meet with the championship in high jump, clearing the bar at 6-02. He also received all-state honors following the event in Casper. For more about the Bulldogs' success at the meet, see page 11....

  • Cards of Thanks

    May 25, 2023

    Thank You Thank you to my children and grandchildren for the wonderful party and thank you to the neighbor with the cupcakes. Thank you to everyone for the cards, letters, phone calls and for coming to my birthday party. You are all what made my birthday so special. Joan Kokesh Our Thanks First, we would like to thank the ancestors in our Farrall community that knew the importance of community and the need for a gathering place. This was the conception of Farrall Hall and the Farrall Rural Club 111 years ago. This gathering place provided a... Full story

  • Dustin Richard Materi

    May 25, 2023

    Dustin Richard Materi departed this earth on May 24, 2023. He was born on August 13th, 1972 to Randy Materi and Debra McMillan. He joined this world in Spearfish, South Dakota but his home was in Upton, Wyoming. Dustin was raised and educated in Upton, where he excelled in school and had a passion for football, basketball and track. Sports were paramount in Dustin's life. After high school Dustin continued his education at Black Hills State University. Before moving onto Palmer College of... Full story

  • Service: Lucille Frances Baxter

    May 25, 2023

    A graveside service for Lucille "Lucy" Frances (Long, Straight) Baxter will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at the Alva Cemetery in Alva, Wyoming. Lucy passed away on September 9, 2022, at her farm home near Blythedale, Missouri at age 77. A full obituary was previously published.... Full story

  • Service: Mathilda Grubb

    May 25, 2023

    A memorial gathering for Mathilda Grubb will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday June 2, 2023, at Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Home in Sundance. Inurnment will follow at Mt Moriah Cemetery in Sundance. Arrangements are pending with Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at Full obituary was previously published.... Full story

  • Church of Christ presents event venue for community use

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 25, 2023

    Two decades ago, Sundance's Church of Christ acquired a new building and a goal: to create the kind of space that would provide everything a person could possibly need to host any event they might have in mind. Weddings, conventions, reunions, parties, funerals, support group meetings, graduations, exercise sessions, conferences, dinners, baby or wedding showers and more – if you could think of it, the Church of Christ wanted you to be able to host it. Fast forward to today and that goal has b...

  • Peek at the Past

    May 25, 2023

    1 Years Ago May 31, 1923 Chris Foley has moved his family to Sundance and is occupying the Fred Hawken brick cottage on West Street. Mr. Foley is a stone mason and will put in the summer on the high school construction. Edwin Haines met with a serious accident yesterday at Damon Cole's ranch when a fractious horse landed with both hind feet while Edwin was attempting to catch the animal in a corral. Dr. Clarenbach was called and found the boy suffering with two broken ribs, which will give him...

  • Devils Tower National Monument staff attend training for high-angle rope rescue  

    May 25, 2023

    Last month, Devils Tower staff attended a high-angle rope rescue course. This course was instructed within the monument by "Rigging for Rescue" out of Ouray, CO. The one-week seminar included detailed instruction on high-angle rescue systems and how to use technical equipment for practical use. This training included the fundamentals of rope rescue. Throughout the training, they dedicated many hours to rescue scenarios. They used hundreds of meters of rope and a guiding line aerial ropeway...

  • County enjoys employment bump

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 25, 2023

    The latest figures from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services shows that Crook County enjoyed an employment bump last year. The county saw a 4.5% increase in employment between the end of 2021 and the fourth quarter of 2022, which equals 112 more jobs. Of those, 102 were in private industries. Payroll also headed in an upwards direction, increasing by over $2 million, or 6.4%, between the end of 2021 and the fourth quarter of 2022, bringing total wages in the county to $34,223,596. The average weekly wage in Crook County increased by...

  • Summer kick off this weekend at Keyhole

    May 25, 2023

    Start the summer off right at Keyhole State Park this Memorial Day Weekend! There will be many family-friendly activities about pollinators in a come and go as you like environment. This Kick-Off to Summer event takes place May 27 and 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Tatanka Group Shelter, and it is included in the Daily Use fee. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For questions, please contact Linley Mayer at [email protected] or 307-752-1429....

  • Free fishing day set for June 3

    May 25, 2023

    Enjoy a day of lakeside recreation at Keyhole Reservoir next weekend as part of the statewide celebration of Free Fishing Day. Wyoming Game & Fish designates the first Saturday of National Boating and Fishing Week each year as a day on which anyone can fish for free in Wyoming, without the need for a fishing license. The only exceptions to this offer are the Wind River Reservation and Yellowstone National Park. Numerous events have been planned across the state to help you make the most of the opportunity. For local anglers, Wyoming State...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 25, 2023

    Man arrested after allegedly kidnapping woman from Walmart GILLETTE (WNE) — A 26-year-old man was arrested for felony counts of kidnapping and probation violation, as well as misdemeanor counts of theft, use of drugs and interference with a peace officer after a 24-year-old woman reported that he tried to kidnap her at Walmart on Friday morning. The woman told officers at the police department the man came up to her at Walmart and told her that she was going to go home with him and that his friends were outside with automatic weapons, Police D...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|May 25, 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: SUMMER READING PROGRAM KICK-OFF Mon., June 5, 1-3:30 p.m....

  • Moorcroft man charged with felony possession

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 25, 2023

    A Moorcroft man faces possession charges after marijuana was allegedly found on his person when he was arrested for failing to meet the conditions of his parole. According to court reports, Jason Anderson was arrested by a Crook County Sheriff’s Office Deputy at the Probation and Parole Office in Sundance due to noncompliance with the terms and conditions of his parole. The deputy reports that, during the arrest, he detected the odor of raw and burned marijuana about his person. Anderson a...

  • Circuit Court

    May 25, 2023

    Speeding – Gary Knight, Newcastle, WY, 79/70, $103; Jacob Running Shield, Black Hawk, SD, 74/65, $133; Raymond M. Wright III, Spearfish, SD, $210; Todd Hink, Gillette, WY, 83/75, $101; (minor), Gillette, WY, 93/75, $150; Jaxson Doll, Kansas City, MO, 96/65, $337; Michael Holley, Rapid City, SD, 84/65, $223; Saivon Sandford, Creve Coeur, MO, 79/45, $230; Hubert Shoemaker, Thermopolis, WY, 87/75, $120 Speed Too Fast for Conditions – Wendy Pittman, Dolan Springs, AZ, $240 No Valid Driver’s License – Clayton F. Westover, Torrington, WY, $140; (...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    May 25, 2023

    May 15 – Two VIN checks. Five traffic stops Two sets fingerprints. Fraud report. Business checks. Assist to Keyhole State Park. Three fire pages. Six EMS pages. May 16 – Five VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Business check. Three suspicious circumstances. Two welfare checks. Domestic. Minor in possession. Three EMS pages. May 17 – Six VIN checks. Three traffic stops. Animal complaint. Welfare check. Suspicious person. Two fire pages. EMS page. May 18 – Four VIN checks. Seven traffic stops. Three sets fingerprints. Welfare check. Two motoris...

  • Budget

    May 25, 2023

    VISTA WEST Proposed Budget 2023-2024 Fiscal Year Annual Monthly Monthly Fiscal Year July 2022 June 2023 Total Accounting $ 515.00 $ 515.00 $ 6,180.00 Electric Street Lights $ 166.67 $ 166.67 $ 2,000.00 Insurance $ 170.83 $ 170.83 $ 2,050.00 Internet/Website $ 104.17 $ 104.17 $ 1,250.00 Lawn Mowing & Park Maintenance $ 125.00 $ 125.00 $ 1,500.00 Legal Fees $ 8.33 $ 8.33 $ 100.00 Legal Notices $ 20.83 $ 20.83 $ 250.00 Miscellaneous $ 168.50 $ 168.50 $ 2,022.00 Office Expenses $ 41.67 $ 41.67 $ 500.00 Payroll Expenses & Wages $ 41.67 $ 41.67 $... Full story


    May 25, 2023

    CROOK COUNTY WEED AND PEST NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING TIME: June 14, 2023, 4:30 p.m. LOCATION: Crook County Weed and Pest, 802 South 11th Street, Sundance, Wyoming BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED: • Amend 2022-2023 budget (if needed) • Budget Workshop for 2023-2024 Publish: May 25 and June 1, 2023... Full story


    May 25, 2023

    NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSE Notice is hereby given that on the 10th day of May, 2023, Kara Creek Ranch LLC filed an application for a restaurant liquor license located at 20 Ridge View Drive Sundance, WY, in the office of the Crook County Clerk. Protests, if there be any, against the issuance of this license, will be heard at 10:00 o’clock a.m. on June 7, 2023 in the Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse in Sundance, Wyoming. Dated this 10th day of May, 2023. Melissa Jones Crook County Clerk Publish: May 25 and Jun... Full story

  • Probate

    May 25, 2023

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK In the Matter of the Estate of Margaret I. Leopold, Deceased. IN DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Probate No. PR-5789 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR ANCILLARY ADMINISTRATION Notice is hereby given that a Petition for Ancillary Administration has been filed in the District Court, Sixth Judicial District, Crook County, Wyoming, by Douglas F. Mednansky pursuant to W.S. § 2-11-201 and pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Last Will and Testament of Margaret I. Leopold, seeking an order admitting the records of... Full story

  • Proposals

    May 25, 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


    May 25, 2023

    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, June 13, 2023, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, June 12, 2023, 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 521-2022 / WOGCC / Show Cause; Pine Haven Resources; Failure...

  • Wrongful Death

    May 25, 2023

    Public Notice Linda Lang hereby gives notice that an action to appoint the wrongful death representative of Bruce Lang has been instituted in the Sixth Judicial Court in and for Crook County, Wyoming, CV-8946, entitled In the Matter of the Appointment of a Wrongful Death Representative for Bruce Lang, deceased. Any person claiming to qualify as a wrongful death representative under Wyoming Statute 1-38-104(a) may intervene as a matter of right pursuant to Wyoming Statute 1-38-103(b). Publish: May 11, 18 and 25, 2023... Full story

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