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Articles from the June 3, 2021 edition


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  • Lined up around the bend

    Jun 3, 2021

    Predictions that local attractions would see a busy summer seemed to be bearing fruit at Devils Tower during Memorial Weekend. Vehicles lined up to enter the park, with staff of Devils Tower National Monument confirming that, while official figures are not yet available, there were significantly more visitors than at this time last year, at the height of the pandemic, and visitation also appeared up from a normal year....

  • Smith reaches plea agreement

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 3, 2021

    Marty Smith has changed her plea to “no contest” on charges that she was an accessory to the death of local man Doug Haar and will appear in District Court next month for a sentencing hearing with Judge Thomas W. Rumpke. Smith was found guilty of both charges in 2019, but the case was to be heard again following a successful appeal to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Smith is expected to plead “no contest” to one felony count of accessory before the fact to involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of accessory before the fact to aggrava...

  • District resubmits offer for Hulett clinic

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 3, 2021

    The hospital district and foundation appear to have come to a tentative agreement regarding the future of the new Hulett clinic. With the sticking point of who will ultimately own the building solved, the Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees passed a motion on Thursday to enter into a lease agreement. As the board meeting began, Trustee Connie Lindmier made a motion to go ahead with the one-year lease of 4725 square feet within the clinic at $1.25 per square foot per month, as well as $1250 for communal area maintena...

  • CCMSD board at odds over questions of conduct

    Sarah Pridgoen|Jun 3, 2021

    Questions of conduct were the subject of unusual scrutiny during last Thursday’s meeting of the Crook County Medical Services District Board of Trustees. Several topics were introduced to the agenda, including proposed changes to who should be allowed to talk to the press, accusations of threats being made against trustees and a disagreement over whether a public document should have been made available to the newspaper. Though it was only alluded to throughout most of the discussions, all three topics appeared to center on a single issue: t...

  • Teachers retire from Sundance schools

    Jun 3, 2021

    As another year draws to a close, the halls of Sundance’s schools are set to change in a significant way. With more than a century of time spent with the youngsters of Crook County School District between them, four teachers retired on the last day of the semester. Mary Jane Jordan Though Mary Jane Jordan was hired 30 years ago as a media specialist, she became the librarian for Sundance High School just one year later and has remained so ever since. Jordan has also been the school’s Stu...

  • Service: LeRoy Bush

    Jun 3, 2021

    A memorial service for LeRoy Bush will be held Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Hulett. Burial will be held at the Hulett Cemetery.... Full story

  • Thomas J. Stein

    Jun 3, 2021

    Thomas J. Stein “T.J.” passed away peacefully in Sundance, Wyoming, on May 28, 2021, at the age of 78. TJ was born August 12, 1942, at his parent’s house in Cold Spring, Minnesota. He lived there with his parents Joseph Frederick Stein and Katherine Rose Salzer Stein. In May, 1960 he joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Minot A.F.B. ND. There he married Beverly Jean Feland. They had three daughters, Tamie, Tracy and Ardelle. He spent a year and a half overseas in the Philippines, Thail... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Jun 3, 2021

    Our Thanks The family of Glen Wyatt deeply appreciates and is grateful for the support and expressions of sympathy and understanding as we grieve and adjust to life without our beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was our anchor. We will forever cherish our wonderful memories of him, his depth of goodness and his shining example of how to live life. Jeanne, TJ, Jackie, Pete, Zach and Nathan Our Thanks The family of Jack Pridgeon would like to thank you for your warm messages, phone calls, food, flowers, cards and your presence. It...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 3, 2021

    1 Years Ago June 2, 1921 G.W. Mosberger was in Sundance Thursday and announced that a sheepherders’ picnic will be held on Houston creek the last Sunday in June, to which all are invited. Whether or not Babe Ruth is a real batter will not be determined until he plays on the Sundance diamond. It is suspected that his many circles are made when the ball is lost over a fence. There are no fences on the Sundance diamond – we use Sundance Mountain instead. Then put Skinny Dudrey in right, Ben Lazel...

  • Senior Services launches support program for dementia carers

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 3, 2021

    In association with a statewide program called Wyoming Dementia Together, caregivers to people who are suffering from dementia have the opportunity through Crook County Senior Services (CCSS) to become part of an inclusive community for support and education. “CCSS will be partnering with the University of Wyoming to provide a dementia support group at all three senior centers,” says Jenna Ellsbury, Director of CCSS. The Wyoming Dementia Together program provides bi-weekly education and support that has been tailored to people living in thi...

  • Tornadoes touch down in southern Black Hills

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 3, 2021

    Citizens in and around Sundance received an alert on May 23 that a tornado watch would be in effect for the majority of the afternoon and early evening. Fortunately, no tornadoes have been reported during that timeframe within Crook County. Over the border in South Dakota, on the other hand, the spring storm system that brought rain showers and thunder to this county led to a total of four tornadoes. The first two tornadoes appeared in the Custer area, according to the National Weather Services, as well as damaging, straight-line winds and...

  • Anderson places second in scholarship contest

    Jun 3, 2021

    Wyoming Virtual Academy senior Faith Honey Anderson of Devils Tower finished second in this year’s Rising Star of the West Scholarship contest and wins a $2000 scholarship. Katherine Kvale of Bison High School is the winner of the 15th annual Rising Star of the West scholarship contest sponsored by KEVN Black Hills FOX and Monument Health. The four finalists in this year’s contest each delivered four on-air commentaries which were rated by both on-line viewers and a Black Hills FOX panel. Kvale was picked as this year’s best by a combi...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Jun 3, 2021

    We are still doing curbside and delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. The statewide mask mandate has ended, but if you want to wear a mask in the library, we have masks available. Teens and children are encouraged to come in and use the computers and kid’s iPads. The meeting room is open for meetings, parties, etc. Please call the library for more information and availability. If you are a master gardener, will you please contact the library? We would like to have some gardening programs, are hoping for a master gardener to lead them...

  • Driskill asks public to get involved with redistricting, changes to voting laws

    Jun 3, 2021

    Senator Ogden Driskill is urging residents who have an interest in redistricting or changes to how Wyomingites go to the polls to tune in to next week’s meeting of the Joint Corporations Committee. Those who wish to testify may do so, either by attending in person, sending a comment in writing or registering to appear online at least 24 hours in advance. Day one of the meeting begins at 9 a.m. with a discussion of state campaign finance rules, absentee polling places, election methods (including review of 2021 legislation to establish a primary...

  • Wyoming sees small uptick in COVID-19 cases

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 3, 2021

    Wyoming appears to be experiencing a mild resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with more hospitalizations recorded last week than the state has seen since January, as well as six new deaths. In Crook County, a long period of very low case numbers has come to an end, although the increase in positive tests has been relatively minor. Crook County Public Health confirms the uptick and suggests that some people may not be noticing the symptoms of COVID-19 due to other, seasonal issues. “Interestingly, we are noticing that some of the reported cases have n... Full story

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 3, 2021

    Speeding – Kyle Sutton, CO, 88/80, $101; Yury Kashubin, AR, 84/70, $130; Maria Escobar, Jackson, 89/80, $103; Talon L. Tucker, SD, 90/80, $105; Nuchem Hammerman, NY, 92/80, $120; James C. Schnepf, IN, 80/70, $105; (minor), PA, 89/80, $103; Anita Record, Gillette, 85/75, $105; Lance Nickel, PA, 94/80, $130; Baird Morrish, CO, 85/75, $105; Erica Judge, WI, 80/70, $105; Jacob Oomens, Rawlins, 87/80, $99; Jason Lynch, WA, 84/75, $103; Nicole D. Mollman, SD, 94/80, $130; Matthew Welke, Wright, 81/75, $97 No Left Side Mirror – Joseph Ryan, Moo...

  • I never

    Pastor Dave Jagemann, Chapel of Faith|Jun 3, 2021

    I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life. – Psalm 119:93 Life is filled with many different experiences and observations. There is a vastness to investigate, and here are several “I never” situations I have come across in my adventuring called “living.” I will never say never, ever again. I never saw it coming. Often, we never do. I never expected the pain to be this great. I never thought I would get this far. I never thought I would see so clearly when darkness was...

  • Committee revives controversial gun bill in surprise vote

    Nick Reynolds, Wyofile.com|Jun 3, 2021

    The Joint Agriculture Committee Tuesday revived a controversial gun rights bill on a split-second, unannounced vote moments before the committee adjourned in a move lambasted by critics for its lack of transparency. The bill, last session’s Senate File 81 – Second Amendment Preservation Act, would prevent agents of the state from enforcing any federal law or regulation that restricts a citizen’s right to carry firearms. A heavily amended version of the legislation passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin in March, but died without a heari...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Jun 3, 2021

    Gillette man charged with stalking in addition to kidnapping, battery GILLETTE (WNE) – A man who used different aliases on social media and asked people to contact his ex-girlfriend on his behalf has pleaded not guilty to felony stalking charges. Jonathan R. Fishbeck, 29, remains in Campbell County jail. The two had a falling out March 20, and when his former girlfriend tried to leave through the garage, Fishbeck allegedly forcibly restrained her and prevented her from leaving the house by grabbing her hair and pulling her back inside before t...

  • Field day held early

    Jun 3, 2021

    Field day typically happens the last day of school and is a great way to send the students off for summer vacation. After looking at the weather report, the Parent Involvement Committee opted to host the event on Tuesday, May 25. Instead of a half-day event and sack lunch, the students and staff made a full day of it. There were seven stations to rotate through and do not forget the dunk tank with Mr. Hartwig and Mrs. Ingram. Mrs. Rodriguez’s third grade class raised the most money during the S...

  • UW President's Honor Roll

    Jun 3, 2021

    The University of Wyoming lists the following students from Crook County on the 2021 spring semester President’s Honor Roll. Students are: Cort Ingalls, Myles T. Stefanich and Richard Logan Stefanich of Beulah; Katrina A. Bauman and Taylor Olivia Kennah of Hulett; Faith Marie Sanderson of Moorcroft; Amanda G. Otto of Pine Haven; and Shelby Heaster of Sundance. The President’s Honor Roll consists of regularly enrolled undergraduates who earned a 4.0 (“A”) grade-point average for the semester. To be eligible, students must have been enrolle...

  • Athletes of the Year

    Jun 3, 2021

    Brad Kruger (senior) and Bailey Hofland (junior) have been named as Sundance High School 2020-2021 athletes of the year....