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Articles from the June 2, 2022 edition

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  • Candidates confirmed

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 2, 2022

    No matter who wins at this year’s elections, the Crook County Courthouse is set to see some significant changes. As candidate filing closes for the year, several incumbents within the county offices have opted not to run for another term. Running for the first time – all unopposed on the Republican ballot – will be Julie Altaffer for Clerk of District Court, Tammy Jundt for Crook County Treasurer, Dan Thomas for Crook County Assessor and Melissa Jones for Crook County Clerk. Also unopposed are two courthouse incumbents. Jeff Hodge will run a...

  • Vendor list available for Country Junkin'

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 2, 2022

    The vendor list is now available for this week’s treasure hunting opportunity, introducing a total of 28 individual destinations that make up this year’s countywide yard sale. The Country Junkin’ vendors will be spread around the county, with stops available in and around all four municipalities. Items you can expect to find along your route range from household and baby goods to furniture, crafts, clothes, antiques, books and collectibles. Most stops are individual vendors, but some are associated with local businesses or groups. The Frien...

  • Two constitutional issues to appear on election ballot

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 2, 2022

    Voters at this year’s general election ballot will be asked to consider two constitutional matters, one allowing counties and cities to invest in equities and the other to increase the retirement age of Supreme Court justices. Constitutional Amendment A is the result of House Enrolled Joint Resolution 2, passed last year. If approved by voters, it will amend Wyoming’s constitution to allow local governments to invest in stocks and equities upon a two-thirds vote of both houses of the legislature. The change would allow the legislature to provid...

  • Large-acre subdivision rules released for public review

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 2, 2022

    A draft of the proposed new rules for large acreage subdivisions has been made available ahead of a public hearing with the Crook County Land Use Planning and Zoning Commission. Following the hearing, the commission will vote on whether to recommend the Crook County Commissioners schedule their own public hearing to approve and adopt the new rules. The purpose of the proposed rules, which applies to subdivisions that include parcels between 35 and 140 acres in size, is to establish “standards and procedures for the protection of the common i...

  • The big finale

    Jun 2, 2022

    Principal Brian Hartwig prepares to be dunked during the Sundance Elementary field day, a fun end to the school year that also saw youngsters enjoy activities ranging from rubber chicken sling shot to tug-of-war. For more about the carnival fun day, see page 12....

  • Spring cleaning

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 2, 2022

    The students of Sundance High School took part in a clean-up day last week, organized in conjunction with the City of Sundance to make sure the streets are spick and span for summer. Says Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lenz, the kids gathered an impressive four pick-up loads of trash in just two hours. The city offered a prize to the class that picked up the most litter. The juniors enjoyed a pizza party the next day to celebrate their success....

  • Diane Marie Huven

    Jun 2, 2022

    Beloved grandmother, wonderful mother, dear sister and friend to many, Diane Marie Huven, 74 of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed from this life into eternity on May 17, 2022. Those she left behind will miss her so very much. Yet in our sorrow, we find joy in God’s promises. Diane was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 5, 1947 and as a little girl moved to Monico, Wisconsin. Years later, her husband Bob and sons John, Travis and Kristopher made the move to Wyoming to start their adventure out West. Diane was preceded in death by the love of h... Full story

  • Wacey George Snook

    Jun 2, 2022

    Wacey George Snook, age 35, was born to Melvin and Deborah Snook on January 29, 1987. Wace was the youngest of four kids, having three older sisters to pick on (Ivy Burks of Mississippi, Kate (Blake) Conner of Isabel, South Dakota and Kara (Morgan) Uhrig of Gillette, Wyoming). His nieces and nephews include Craig and Lexi Burks, Kade and Curtis Conner and Brooklyn Uhrig. He is survived by his grandmothers Shirley Anderson and Char Carter. Wace married the love of his life, Sammi Jo (McCoid) Snook along with her son Collin, on August 28, 2021. W... Full story

  • Drought conditions lifting – at least for now

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 2, 2022

    As we transition into summer, Crook County is starting to see a little more badly needed moisture than it has for many months. In fact, this county experienced the fourteenth wettest April on record, with 1.24 extra inches of precipitation. The year as a whole has been slightly wetter than average – an estimated 0.08 inches above normal. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the region experienced significant amounts of rainfall, with the National Weather Service out of Rapid City reporting 1.9 inches in Beulah. Despite this, the county has r...

  • Hunter Education begins soon

    Jun 2, 2022

    A Wyoming Game and Fish Department authorized and approved Hunter Education Class is scheduled in Sundance. Even if you never hunt, the class provides students of all ages valuable information about firearm and archery safety, wildlife management, habitat conservation, outdoor survival, law and regulations, respect and responsibility to wildlife, property owners and hunting companions and much more. Wyoming law requires virtually all hunters born on or after January 1, 1966 to pass a certified Hunter Education Class and possess a Hunter...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Jun 2, 2022

    We are still doing curbside and in-town delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. We have numerous magazines available for a two-week checkout. Natural History MAGAZINE has chronicled the major expeditions and research findings by curators at the American Museum of Natural History and at other natural history museums and science centers, since its founding. Displays: Joan Christianson’s Campbell Soup Kids. If you have a collection you would like to share with Sundance, please let us know! We have two locking cases that we would love to p...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 2, 2022

    1 Years Ago June 1, 1922 Writing finis to their school days in Crook County, the high school class of 1922 graduated with honors before one of the largest assemblages ever seen in Sundance. Aside from the class program, the address of the evening by Commissioner Tidball was a most pleasing discourse. His remarks were well taken, and as a public speaker he has the gift of being a real entertainer. Class roster: Virginia Mills, Jennie Clarenbach, Emmett Williamson, Edna G. Grandbouche, Francis E. Plato, Walter Williamson, Ellis Sluss, Clyde...

  • Card of Thanks

    Jun 2, 2022

    Our Thanks In loving memory of Barbara “Bobbi” Nielsen To everyone who has supported us following the death of Bobbi Nielsen, we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation. Your many acts of kindness and sympathy continue to be a great comfort to us in our time of sorrow. We would like to extend a special thanks to Pat Reilly, Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel, the Greater Hulett Community Center, and the First Baptist Church of Hulett. The Barbara Nielsen Family...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 2, 2022

    Speeding – (minor), Minooka, IL, 92/80, $120; Benjamin Wilson, Portland, OR, 85/70, $135; William Huddelston, Opelika, AL, 97/75, $170; Marcos Hernandez, Washington, UT, 89/75, $130; Ken Hernandez, Des Plains, IL, 81/65, $202; Chelsea Hagadorn, Bozeman, MT, 88/80, $101; Amar Bhattarai, Lawrence, KS, 89/75, $130; Jimmy M. Terui, Gillette, WY, 98/80, $150; Anthony Snodgrass, Laramie, WY, 88/70, $150; Anndi Ertel, Moticello, MN, 88/75, $125; William Rodriguez, Dickinson, ND, 105/80, $185; Lance Long, Sheridan, WY, 68/45, $281; John Lack, W...

  • 'Fish geeks' battle invasive species

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 2, 2022

    POWELL - Native fish populations in Yellowstone Lake have been jeopardized since fisheries biologists found lake trout illegally introduced in 1994. The process of removing the invasive species has cost tens of millions, while labor-intensive methods have evolved. As the park makes headway mitigating the effects of lake trout, two more species have recently caused concern in the fight to protect Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. Tuesday evening, the East Yellowstone chapter of Trout Unlimited...

  • Weary indifference

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Jun 2, 2022

    “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Gal. 6:9 Life gets weary. Tiring, wiping or wearing one out. The resulting disillusionment and jadedness can sap and exhaust an individual, slowly unraveling all that they are. If allowed to remain, this consuming process of indifference will create a world resembling a mundane desert of meaninglessness. Satan knows and exploits this. A weary indifference to life and the things in it will cripple the intention and goodness of what is pur...

  • State should back away from crypto

    Green River Star, May 26|Jun 2, 2022

    Given Sen. Cynthia Lummis’ mentioning Bitcoin during her ill-advised graduation address at the University of Wyoming a few weeks ago, it seems fitting to discuss how bad cryptocurrency is as a followup. Cryptocurrency isn’t what its backers claim it is. If anything, cryptocurrencies are products designed to consolidate wealth for early holders and mirror schemes involving pyramids. They have no value in and of themselves either. The only value they generate is through how much money is fed into a currency’s ecosystem by people buying into it. A...

  • Judiciary committee undertakes Wyoming trespass statutes in first interim meeting

    Margaret O'Hara, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 2, 2022

    SHERIDAN — During its first substantive meeting of the legislative interim Monday, the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee examined current state trespass law as well as possible additions or changes to statute to reflect technological advancements and stakeholders’ needs. Committee members asked Legislative Service Office staff to begin drafting bills related to trespassing on private property while hunting and detailing how drone trespassing and surveillance might be expressly prohibited. The final forms of these bill draft...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jun 2, 2022

    Monsters take over downtown Rock Springs ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — RAAAAAAAWWWWRRRRRR!!!! Monsters are taking over downtown Rock Springs this summer. Eight whimsical monsters, created by local artist Kaye Tyler, will take up residency at various locations around downtown throughout the summer. The Broadway Theater will be showing Pixar Animation Studios/ Walt Disney Pictures movie Monsters, Inc. at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 2. Following the movie, everyone is invited to go on a scavenger hunt to find each downtown monster. Upon finishing the s...

  • School Warrants

    Jun 2, 2022

    Crook County School District #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 MAY 16, 2022, at SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 307 Mysteries LLC Post Prom $ 575.00 A & B Welding Welding Tools & Supplies $ 2,152.09 Ackerman, Brandon Isolation $ 508.60 AED Superstore Rescue Bleeding Control Kits $ 635.88 Credit Card Plan Teaching Materials & Supplies $... Full story

  • Budget

    Jun 2, 2022

    Aladdin Water District Proposed Budget 2022-2023 Fiscal Year The final budget meeting will be June 15, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Monthly July 2020 Monthly June 2021 Annual Fiscal Year Total Accounting $ 145.00 $ 145.00 $ 1,740.00 Insurance $ 50.00 $ 50.00 $ 600.00 Legal Notices $ 10.42 $ 10.42 $ 125.00 Office Supplies $ 9.17 $ 9.17 $ 110.00 Utilities $ 81.25 $ 81.25 $ 975.00 Water Operator $ 182.00 $ 182.00 $ 2,184.00 Water Repairs & Maintenance $ 50.00 $ 50.00 $ 600.00 Water Purchase from State of WY $ 83.33 $ 83.33 $ 1,000.00 Total Expenses 7,334.00... Full story

  • Budget

    Jun 2, 2022

    VISTA WEST Proposed Budget 2022-2023 Fiscal Year Monthly July 2022 Monthly June 2023 Annual Fiscal Year Total Accounting $ 500.00 $ 500.00 $ 6,000.00 Electric Street Lights $ 166.67 $ 166.67 $ 2,000.00 Insurance $ 166.67 $ 166.67 $ 2,000.00 Internet/Website $ 83.33 $ 83.33 $ 1,000.00 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 $ 229.17 $ 229.17 $ 2,750.00 Office Expenses $ 58.33 $ 58.33 $ 700.00 Payroll Expenses & Wages $ 41.67 $ 41.67 $... Full story

  • Probate

    Jun 2, 2022

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DAVID W. GEIMAN Deceased. Probate No. 5887 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified on the 11TH day of May, 2022, a copy of the Last Will and Testament of the decedent was admitted to probate by the above Court and Stacie Reed was appointed Personal Representative. Any action to set aside the Will shall be filed with the Court within three (3) months from the date of the... Full story

  • Complaint

    Jun 2, 2022


  • Probate

    Jun 2, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Probate No. 5888 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: JAMES B. GIVEN, Deceased. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that, pursuant to W.S. §2-1-205, Jeffrey A. Given, personal representative named in the Last Will and Testament of the decedent has filed a sworn Application for Decree of Distribution of Real Property with the Clerk of the above-entitled court wherein he prays that the... Full story

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