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Splashes of summer

With summer in Sundance comes the sound of happy kids as they splash into the pool to cool off. This year’s hours are from noon until 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, with open lap swim from 5 to 6...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Five fires sparked on single day

County firefighters found themselves stretched in several directions over the weekend when lightning strikes caused five individual fires to spark at the same time. Fortunately, only one of the five grew to a significant size: the Seely Fire,...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Council makes changes to zoning regs

An ordinance making amendments to the city’s zoning specifications was passed on first reading at last week’s meeting of the Sundance City Council. The changes were suggested by the Land Use Planning Committee and will affect three aspects of...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

City hopes relief fund guidance will include infrastructure

American Rescue Plan (ARP) distributions will begin arriving in Wyoming soon and the City of Sundance is eager to hear guidance on how it can be spent. On Tuesday, Mayor Paul Brooks shared his hope that some of it can be directed towards city...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Council confirms July 4 fireworks

The council has confirmed that fireworks will be permitted for the July 4 holiday this year as long as Fire Chief Gari Gill determines that the ground is not too dry for public safety to be threatened. This is similar to the decisions made by the cou...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Legislators clash over ethics of "pledge"

An interim meeting of the Joint Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee became the unexpected venue for a discussion of ethics on Monday. Crook County’s two legislators found themselves at loggerheads over a “pledge” that had...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Colony railroad set to get an upgrade

The current owners of the hundred-year-old railroad leading into Colony is planning to upgrade the line. The county commissioners have offered their support for the project, which is expected to cost around $84 million and will include 80 miles of...

 News    June 10, 2021 

Ruth Evelyn Smith

Longtime Crook County resident Ruth Evelyn Smith, 83, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2021, at Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming. Ruth was born April 12, 1938, to Clarence and Mollie (Mauch) Malliot in Garland, Wyoming. She... Full story


Sean Tracy Amann

June 4, 2021, marked the passing of Sean Tracy Amann in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. An accomplished attorney and father of seven children: Amy Vail, Tabitha Richardson, Madison Amann, Molly Amann, Mason Amann, Megann Amann and Grace Amann. He is als... Full story


Service: Ruth Marie Gurkowski

Ruth Marie Gurkowski passed away peacefully in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on December 22, 2020, at the age of 90. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Sundance United Methodist Church in Sundance. Online condolences may be... Full story



Kaare Dane Sigvartsen was born in Middletown, New York and raised in Lusk, Wyoming. He attended the University of Wyoming, earning a degree in Bachelor of Arts. Kaare currently works remotely from...


Shrine Bowl kicks off this weekend

The annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl will kick off in Casper on Saturday, giving spectators a look at Wyoming’s top football athletes from around the state. Sundance/Upton standouts Wyatt Gillespie and Brad Kruger will play on the North squad coached by...


Sundance Golf Course hosting 10-Man Shootout

There is a fun activity this Friday night, June 11 for all at the Golf Course. It’s called the Sundance 10-Man Shootout and those who have attended the last three years have loved it. You can place bets, get some food and drink, grab a cart and...


Black Hills National Forest announces 2021 Moon Walk schedule

The Black Hills National Forest announces the Moon Walk interpretive program schedule for the 2021 season. In its 26th year, Forest visitors will explore the importance of caves and karst systems, beavers, learn about the stars in the night sky and...

 News    June 10, 2021 

Peek at the Past

100 Years Ago June 9, 1921 County Clerk Ball received thirteen cans of young trout Thursday from the government hatchery at Story. The youngsters arrived in first class shape and were promptly placed in adjacent streams to the approximate number of...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

County moves ahead with opposition to Biden's land conservation plan

Crook is set to be the first county in the state to come out against President Joe Biden’s “30 by 30” land conservation initiative. Though the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) is working on a unified resolution for all counties...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Coronato cleared on all charges

A 12-person jury has found Bob Coronato not guilty on all counts related to an alleged altercation last summer. Coronato was tried on three charges: strangulation of a household member, aggravated assault and battery (threats to use drawn deadly...

 News    June 10, 2021 

Crook County Sheriff's Office

May 24 – Paper service. Eight VIN checks. Eight traffic stops. EMS page. Two motorist assists. Traffic complaint. Fingerprints. Animal complaint. Wanted person. Arrest. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Booked in subject. Business check. May 25 ...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Recycling program will continue

After a couple of months gathering feedback from the community about whether Sundance’s recycling program needs to change, Public Works Director Mac Erickson says he’ll be taking on board the clearest indication possible that residents would...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Blakeman Propane advocates for buying local

Whether or not the county should seek alternative bids for its propane supply came into question on Wednesday when representatives from Blakeman Propane attended the regular meeting of the commissioners to advocate for “shopping at home.” Tally...

 News    June 10, 2021 

Circuit Court

Speeding – Dana Johnson, CO, 94/80, $130; Kaitlin Hinrichs, MN, 91/75, $140; Deming Tang, CO, 88/80, $101; Carlos Alegria Hernandez, SD, 87/75, $120; Michael Waggener, SD, 86/75, $115; (truck) – Juan Flores Martinez, FL, 60/45, $497 No Valid...

 By Kim Heaster    News    June 10, 2021 

This Week at Your Library

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...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    Opinion    June 10, 2021 

This Side of the Pond

The Casper Star Tribune published a lovely article last week about a 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex called Lee – the only T. rex skeleton found in this state that will be staying in Wyoming...


Special legislative session plans canceled

By Victoria Eavis and Morgan Hughes Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — In an unexpected turn, there will not be a special legislative session in mid-July, Gov. Mark Gordon and statehouse leaders announced in a joint statement...

 News    June 10, 2021 

Wyoming News Briefs

Final health order expires CASPER (WNE) — As expected, the state of Wyoming entered June without any remaining health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The state health department announced late last month that it was immediately eliminati...


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