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Articles from the June 6, 2024 edition


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  • Derby day

    Jun 6, 2024

    Kids and their families gathered at Sundance Pond on Saturday afternoon to take part in the annual Sundance Rod & Gun Club fishing derby. The club has sponsored the event for many years, introducing new generations to the pleasures of the outdoors. Hot dogs and soda kept the young fisherfolk fueled as they competed to bring home the first and biggest fish. Above, Rod Malo demonstrates the finer points of baiting a hook....

  • Paddle in the Park starts this week

    Jun 6, 2024

    Keyhole State Park will be offering its popular "Paddle in the Park" events again this summer, an opportunity to learn new skills relating to kayaking, paddle boarding and staying safe on the water – all while having fun! Alternatively, the events provide visitors who may already be experienced in the basics of kayaking and paddle boarding the access to hone their skills in a new location. During the Paddle in the Park events, all watercraft and life jacket supplies are provided free of c...

  • Good catch

    Jun 6, 2024

    On a nine-day vacation in Alaska to celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary, Crook County residents Tanya and Dustin Harden booked a fishing charter in the town of Seward with Saltwater Safari Company, under Captain Noah Wamsteker. "This day of fishing, May 28, was planned for halibut fishing," says Dustin. "It was mid-afternoon when the captain instructed us to reel up so we could move to another location. The fishing had slowed up a bit, so it was time to try another spot." Or was it? Tanya...

  • Crook County Farm Bureau announces 2024 scholarship winners

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Crook County Farm Bureau Federation has selected the winners for two scholarships awarded for 2024. The scholarship committee reviewed all applications submitted, five in total. Based on the course of study, recommendation letters, extracurricular involvement and the desire for higher education and need, two scholarships were awarded. Determining the recipient of the Crook County Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship is always a very difficult decision and is based on many factors. The...

  • Ballot initiative intended to cut property taxes in half awaits certification

    Jasmine Hall, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 6, 2024

    JACKSON - Brent Bien has high hopes for his ballot initiative that could cut Wyoming property taxes in half for homeowners. And he's one step closer to getting it in front of voters to make it state law. Joined by co-applicants Cheryl Aguilar and Rich Weber, Bien turned in 644 petition booklets to the Wyoming Secretary of State's Office for certification Thursday. "We're anxious to hear the results here in a couple of months," said Bien, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate who...

  • Sondra Courtney

    Jun 6, 2024

    Sondra Lee Floyd (Giacometto, Courtney) 84, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, passed into God's hands on May 29, 2024. She was born on November 16, 1939, in Spearfish, South Dakota, to Gifford and Leone Floyd. Her dad passed when she was just four years old, and her mom leased out the ranch, packed-up and moved them to Miles City, Montana, where Leone taught school until they returned to the Floyd Family Ranch. Sondra attended the Five Mile School, which was within walking distance from the... Full story

  • Candidates confirmed

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    Filing has now closed for this year’s primary election, with candidates now finalized for city, county, state and national seats. Chip Neiman will stand again for his seat as State Representative for House District 01. He will be unopposed. At the county level, one county commissioner seat with a four-year term will be voted on this year. Incumbent Kelly Dennis will be challenged by Dale T. Davis. On the national level, John Barrasso will be challenged for his United States Senator seat by John Holtz of Laramie and Reid Rasner of Mills on the R...

  • Burn ban back on

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    The county burn ban is back in place after Fire Warden Charlie Harrison determined that the fire danger is higher now than it has been over recent weeks. The ban was temporarily lifted in mid-May, and remained that way until the end of the month. Harrison said at the time that he intended to review the situation at the end of May based on weather conditions and fire risk assessments. The National Weather Service (NWS) is currently predicting that temperatures have a 40 to 50% chance of being above normal until mid-June, and an up to 70% chance...

  • Grow a little extra

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    Your green thumbs can help your friends and neighbors this year if you choose to take part in the “Grow a Little Extra” program, presented by the Wyoming Hunger Initiative. By adding extra to your vegetable garden, you can provide fresh produce for local people who are facing food insecurity. Free seeds are available at the UW Extension Office in Sundance, all selected for their suitability to grow in Wyoming’s climate. “We have tomato, acorn squash, pepper mix, cucumber and green bean seeds,” says UW Educator Sara Fleenor. “Or people can...

  • CCMSD revenue trickling in

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    The hospital district’s coffers are still looking a little empty, but “Cerner-land” is in sight. Shunting electronic medical records from one system to another back in March left Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) with a temporary shortfall. A contract dispute led to the previous electronic records system (EMR) provider withholding all records that it still held at the time of the switchover, which represented approximately $2.3 million in billable services that currently cannot be accessed by CCMSD. Meanwhile, the regular turno...

  • Card of Thanks

    Jun 6, 2024

    Our Thanks The American Legion Post 45 would like to thank all the members and citizen volunteers who came out to assist with the placement of flags at cemeteries for Memorial Day. It is important that we honor those who have served and who have lost their lives in service of their country. We would also like to enlist the help of the family members of service members who are buried in our local cemeteries. If you noticed that your loved one did not get recognized by the placement of a flag, please contact Welchie Patterson at 307-283-1852. We... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 6, 2024

    1 Years Ago June 5, 1924 Messrs. Ed Vines and Tucker Proctor were over from Hulett Monday and closed a deal with the Sundance Commercial club to put on a rodeo during the two days of the Crook County Fair in September. These men put on a similar attraction here last September and made good in every particular, giving a high class exhibition that was enjoyed by large crowds. The plans this year are for a larger show, more horses, steers and riders and enlarged chutes and corral. Proctor & Vines open their first engagement this summer on July...

  • Senators decry timber sale reductions

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    Wyoming’s two senators are criticizing the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for its “chokehold” on the timber industry in the wake of the recent layoff announcement from Neiman Enterprises. U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthis Lummis joined their South Dakota counterparts, John Thune and Mike Rounds, in calling for USFS to outline what it plans to do to protect the remaining forest products industry in the Black Hills. Neiman Enterprises announced layoffs and product reductions at its last remaining South Dakota facility, Spearfish Forest Products...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jun 6, 2024

    May 20 – Ten VIN checks. Traffic crash. Three EMS calls. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business checks. Paper service. Fingerprints. Suspicious person. Four traffic stops. May 21 – Five VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Business checks. Citizen assist. Motorist assist. Three fingerprints. Property damage. EMS call. Runaway juvenile. Welfare check. May 22 – Six VIN checks. Paper service. Eight traffic stops. Two assist other agencies. Burglary. Business checks. Extra patrol. Motorist assist. Prisoner transport. Suspicious circumstances May 2...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 6, 2024

    Speeding – Tom Bradshaw, Gillette, WY, 90/75, $135; Matthew Yoder, Butler, OH, 90/80, $105; Aaron Terrell, Vicksburg, MS, 50/45, $25; Lyle R. Brunson, Sundance, WY, 100/70, $210; Benjamin Chute, Oshoto, WY, 80/75, $15; Leandro Rodrigues Dias, Raynham, MA, 55/45, $105; Steven White, Woodbury, MN, 85/75, $105; Kottie Buck, Rapid City, SD, 80/75, $15; Catina Nickoson, Gillette, WY, 82/70, $120; Joan Wagner, Sundance, WY, 70/65, $65; Thomas Badura, Jefferson, GA, 84/75, $103; (truck) – Robert Behrends, Windom, MN, 50/45, $15 No Seat Belt – Aaron Te...

  • Victim witness program impresses state

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    The Crook County Attorney Victim Witness Program (CCAVW) has passed review by the Wyoming Division of Victim Services (DVS) after a thorough review of its operations. CCAVW is headed by Dave Osborne, Victim Witness Coordinator, and located within the County Attorney’s Office. It provides services for victims and witnesses throughout the court process. These range from administrative assistance, such as notifications of court hearings and information about the court process, to emotional support and safety planning. Victims and witnesses are a...

  • Pine Haven man acquitted on aggravated assault charges

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    A Pine Haven man has been acquitted on aggravated assault charges related to an incident in which he was accused of pulling a knife on a person who was attempting to make him leave a local bar. Todd Wiseman was tried by a jury of his peers on May 20 to 22, presided over by Judge Stuart S. Healy III. After hearing the testimony of witnesses, evidence and the arguments of counsel, the jury found Wiseman not guilty of one count of aggravated assault and battery....

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jun 6, 2024

    Student demonstrations have been attacked for expressing their appraisal of what is happening before their eyes in Gaza. The evidence of the mass slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza is available daily on Democracy Now and select programs available on YouTube. There is no evidence that Israel, under the right wing leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, is interested either in a two-state solution or a one-state solution with equal rights for all. What is evident since October 7 and long before that was that Israel intends to concentrate the...

  • Why it's important to tell Social Security about your financial accounts

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Jun 6, 2024

    Do you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? If so, you need to tell us about any financial accounts you own, alone or with someone else. That’s because SSI is a needs-based program, and eligibility is determined by your resources as well as your income. Examples of financial accounts include: • Checking, savings and credit union accounts. • Christmas club accounts. • Certificates of deposit, also known as CDs. • Stocks and U.S. savings bonds. What you need to tell us You need to tell us about changes to your financial accounts or accoun...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jun 6, 2024

    Did you know we have a Library of Things collection? You can check out lots of fun kits for a variety of activities. Check out our Maker bags to explore art, architecture and creativity. There is a bag for each activity geared towards different age groups. One for preschool to kindergarteners and one for first to sixth graders. LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Jun. 27 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., Jul. 17 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting...

  • Officials: 2024 wildfire season will be 'average to normal'

    Alyssa Crutcher, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 6, 2024

    CHEYENNE — Forestry and public land officials said Friday that they expect Wyoming to experience an “average-to-normal” wildland fire season, with the north-central part of the state experiencing the driest conditions. In what has become an annual tradition, Wyoming State Forestry Division and Bureau of Land Management officials joined Gov. Mark Gordon in a media briefing that covered wildfire safety, prevalence and steps officials are taking to lower the risk of wildfires in Wyoming this year. State Forester Kelly Norris said when it comes...

  • Will private schools get a boost from voucher program?

    Austin Beck-Doss, The Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 6, 2024

    RIVERTON — Beginning next year, Wyoming families with qualifying income will have access to government assistance for private schooling. Gov. Mark Gordon signed House Bill 166, “Education Savings Accounts,” into law in April. His line-item vetoes significantly narrowed the scope of the legislation, but it’s still likely to spark a host of lawsuits and widespread debate as its activation date approaches. And the new legislation could cause an uptick in enrollment for Wyoming’s private schools. The passed version of the measure caters only to f...

  • WYDOT reminds residents to keep signs out of rights-of-way and off traffic poles

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation would like to remind residents, businesses and realtors that placing signs along the roadways, on traffic poles or fences along state and federal highways is prohibited. Wyoming statute (W.S. 24-10-104) states that outdoor advertising must meet certain conditions for placement. Placing signs or objects within highway rights-of-way is prohibited, including on right-of-way fencing or on trees, traffic signs or traffic signal poles within the right-of-way. Signs in the rights of way and on traffic poles...

  • Rabies prevention: not just shots for family pets

    Jun 6, 2024

    With the onset of warmer weather, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is warning residents to beware of wild animals that may carry rabies, especially bats, as they become more seasonally active. “Many people do a good job of protecting their family pets from rabies, but don’t realize other animals can sometimes be a threat,” said Dr. Emily Curren, state public health veterinarian with WDH. “Rabies can infect any mammal, including humans.” Humans and pets can get infected from the bites or scratches of an animal with rabies. People ca...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jun 6, 2024

    Commissioners protest BLM coal leasing change GILLETTE (WNE) — Campbell County Commissioners are protesting the Bureau of Land Management’s recent proposal to put an end to federal coal leases in the Powder River Basin. The federal agency announced its changes to the Buffalo Field Office land use plan in mid-May, and if it goes through, it would effectively kill coal mining in Campbell County 17 years from now. The plan targets the Powder River Basin and its 12 Wyoming coal mines, which are all located in Campbell County, and would allow mines...

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