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Articles from the June 13, 2024 edition


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  • A splash of summer

    Jun 13, 2024

    Kids enjoy the sunshine at the municipal pool on Tuesday afternoon - a clear sign that summer has arrived....

  • The band is back together

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    Some are new. Some played the same instrument two decades ago. But every performer involved in the revival of the Sundance Community Jazz Band shares one thing in common: excitement to share their love of music with friends and neighbors. If the name sounds familiar, that's because the performance coming up next weekend will mark the rebirth of a band that was once a fixture of community street dances. Formed by Todd Kahler – both then and now – the Sundance Community Jazz Band actually got its...

  • Crook County kids participate in Ag Books for Kids 2024

    Jun 13, 2024

    The Crook County Farm Bureau Federation promoted a program called Ag Books for Kids in the Crook County elementary school classrooms. This year's book was "Seed, Soil and Sun" by Cris Peterson. The purpose: to instill the knowledge that many of our daily necessities come from agriculture! American agriculture provides us with the food we eat, the clothes we wear and so much more. "Donating accurate agriculture books to Wyoming elementary schools has been the goal of the Wyoming Farm Bureau...

  • Derby winners

    Jun 13, 2024

    Winners of the Sundance Rod and Gun Club's 2004 kids' fishing derby, left to right: Bergen Hammersley –first fish 9" trout, fourth longest trout (tie) 10¼"; Wyatt Cheshier – longest sucker 9"; Livia Ellsbury – third longest trout 10-5/8"; Brynlee Bock – longest trout 11-7/16"; Ella Ellsbury – fourth longest trout (tie) 10¼"; CK McDonald – second longest trout 11". About 30 kids, from three years old to twelve, fished from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 1. Everyone had at least one hot dog...

  • All-around cowboy

    Jun 13, 2024

    Doug Griffis presents the 2024 Hulett Rodeo All Around Cowboy buckle to Sundance's Ben Miller who topped the ranch bronc riding event on Saturday and Sunday....

  • Teton Pass road closure continues, interim detour planned

    Jun 13, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation has closed access to Wyoming State Highway 22/ Teton Pass due to a landslide at milepost 12.8 and a mudslide at milepost 15. Commuters have been asked to detour around using US 26 through Swan Valley and then into the Snake River Canyon. WYDOT crews are currently evaluating the stability of the area and investigating adjacent areas for potential safety hazards. This is being considered an extended closure, and there currently is no estimated opening...

  • Five grizzly bear cubs make the largest litter in Yellowstone-area history

    Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com|Jun 13, 2024

    Within hours of the sighting on Wednesday, Frank van Manen caught word that there was a grizzly sow with five cubs in tow spotted in Yellowstone National Park. Five cubs following mom is so unlikely that van Manen, who leads the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, pondered an explanation. Maybe, he said, there was an adoption event: Sometimes two female siblings produce cubs in the same year, and one ends up with the other's youngsters. "We've seen that before, with adoptions taking place," van...

  • Water project hits funding roadblock

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    Split the project in two or keep going in the hopes of more funding? This was the decision facing the Sundance City Council last week on hearing that its current water project is likely to cost more than double the original estimate. The intent of the 3rd Street Waterline and Cleveland Street project is to repair a major water leak through which the city estimates it is losing 50,000 gallons of water per day, and to relocate service taps located on an old, four-inch galvanized waterline. To complete this work, the city was awarded just over...

  • Fireworks approved

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    Folks looking to celebrate their freedom with a good, old-fashioned firework show will be pleased to hear that Fire Chief Gari Gill has approved the use of fireworks for the Independence Day holiday. Fireworks may be set off between the hours of noon and 11 p.m. from July 3 to July 5. Please note that, if conditions change between now and these dates, the decision may need to be reversed....

  • Mailing delay

    Jun 13, 2024

    Next week’s papers (dated June 20) will be mailed on Thursday due to the post office closure Wednesday for the Juneteenth federal holiday....

  • Council discusses starter home proposal

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    A new subdivision hosting smaller sized “starter homes” looks like being on the cards for Sundance. Planned for the southern outskirts, Josh Kammerer’s provisional outline contains ten individual lots in two sizes – and it’s something the city council already seems supportive of. “Our city needs stick-built two-level housing and that’s exactly what he’s got there,” said Council Member Randy Stevenson at last week’s council meeting. “As the mayor, I don’t have a problem at all with what you’re doing,” agreed Mayor Paul Brooks, later adding,...

  • Arnold "Arnie" Altaffer

    Jun 13, 2024

    Arnold Ray "Arnie" Altaffer, 77, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at the VA Black Hills Healthcare, Fort Meade Hospital at Fort Meade, South Dakota. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend lost his battle with prostate cancer on June 4, 2024 at Ft. Meade Hospice care in Sturgis, South Dakota. He was born on August 10, 1946, to Larena (Blake) and James Altaffer in Gillette, Wyoming. He was the youngest of three brothers and one sister. His childhood and... Full story

  • Wayne S. Conklin

    Jun 13, 2024

    Wayne S. Conklin, 80, Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at Spearfish Canyon Healthcare after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Wayne Stephen Conklin was born May 13, 1944 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Oscar Conklin and Margaret Mahoney Conklin. After military service, his dad's work in the timber industry had them living in the mountainous areas of Wyoming. Hulett, Meeteetse, Jackson, Wilson and Buffalo were a few of the communities in which they lived. Wayne... Full story

  • Card of Thanks

    Jun 13, 2024

    Our Thanks The family of Elvin Rush would like to express our sincere thank you for the wonderful food, beautiful flowers, memorial donations, the many hugs and kind words. A special, heartfelt thank you to the members of The Church of Christ for the delicious meal and all the hard work preparing for the services. We fee the love of our community and church family. Eva Rush Todd and Nancy Rush and Family Pam Garman and Family Rob and Marsha Connour and Family Dane and Trisha Willey and Family... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 13, 2024

    1 Years Ago June 12, 1924 Three Sundance boys, Elmer Smith, Will Hawken and Raymond Sterns, left Monday for the military training camp at Salt Lake. The statement in this issue of the Times regarding Grook County and why it is out of debt with a minimum tax levy, is one of the most remarkable exposures of true economy to be found in the United States. First published in the Dakota Farmer, this article has been widely copied and serves as one of the best boosts that Crook County could wish...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jun 13, 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 “Steam to Go” bags. These are bags for steam activities geared towards learning. Come see what bag you will want to take home. 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 on break until the fall. PROGRAMMING: Adult Craft Mon., Jun 17 at 6 p.m...

  • White Ranch Park volksmarch next weekend

    Jun 13, 2024

    Black Hills Volkssport Association is sponsoring a volksmarch on Sat., June 22 at Sundance White Ranch Park. Walk registration is from 8 until 11 a.m. and finish by 2 p.m. The distance is 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles). The hike will be on the ranch trails right below Sundance Mountain. This trail system opened to the public in 2021. There are trails available with different difficulties. Cost for the walk is $4. Directions: Take I-90 to Sundance exit 185. Turn left on Hwy 14 for .2 miles to Hwy 116 (Upton). Sundance White Ranch Park is .2...

  • Veteran's assistance available

    Jun 13, 2024

    A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout June. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available at the f...

  • Wyoming braces for mosquito season

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    After a notably bad year for mosquitoes, the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council (WWPC) is warning that the conditions so far in 2024 could mean we're set for another season of swatting. While most mosquitoes limit their nuisance to itchy bites and buzzing, some carry a potentially serious disease: West Nile Virus. In 2023, Wyoming saw the worst outbreak of the disease in a decade, with a case rate far exceeding the national average and four human deaths. The year before, only three cases in total...

  • BHNF management plan largely dormant

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    We likely won’t be seeing much about the revised management plan for the Black Hills National Forest this year, according to Dru Palmer, consultant to the county commissioners. She said last week that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has pushed back publication of the notice of intent to begin developing the plan to fall or early winter. This is partly because USFS is also working on its environmental impact statement for old growth forests, she said, and some of the same personnel are involved with both projects. In the meantime, Palmer told t...

  • County continues battle to be involved in old growth forest planning

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    The Crook County Commissioners have signed up as a cooperating agency as the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) decides how to manage old growth forests, but will be making their thoughts clear on how the process has gone so far. Earlier this year, the commissioners called for a rethink of USFS plans to amend every national forest land management in the nation to create an overall strategy. The county criticized the one-size-fits-all approach and failure to include local governments in the planning. In a letter sent to the USFS in April, the...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 13, 2024

    Speeding – Warren McNatt, Nottingham, PA, 80/75, $15; Aspen Naylor, Gillette, WY, 87/75, $120; Victor Jaramillo Sanchez, Gillette, WY, 85/80, $15; Patrick Hasson, Spearfish, SD, 85/70, $135; Donna Dague, Windsor, CO, 75/70, $25; Jorge Campos Varela, Gillette, WY, 80/75, $15; Alonso Olegario, Denver, CO, 87/75, $145; Basil Wagner, Summerset, SD, 80/75, $15; Jacob Lehtola, Spearfish, SD, 85/75, $105; Tracy Cox, Taberg, NY, 80/75, $15; Romeo Bryce, Safford, AZ, 80/75, $15; Elaina Carlson, Las Vegas, NV, 86/75, $115 No Valid Driver’s License – A...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jun 13, 2024

    May 27 – Juvenile problem. Two welfare checks. Three traffic stops. Other. Disturbance. Animal complaint. Business check. Suspicious circumstances. May 28 – Four VIN checks. Six traffic stops. Assisted another agency. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Citizen assist. Disturbance. Motorist assist. Suspicious person. Trespassing. May 29 – Ten VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Animal complaint. Two EMS calls. Business checks. Information report. Threatening. Trespassing. May 30 – Six VIN checks. Three paper services. Three traffic stops. Crash. Assis...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jun 13, 2024

    New mental health program off to a fast start GILLETTE (WNE) — A new program to help Gillette residents with their mental health has gotten off to a fast start. Earlier this spring, the Northeast Wyoming Community Health Foundation launched Hope Source to help people pay for therapy and counseling costs. Nachelle McGrath, executive director of the foundation, said she’s received 20 applications, and ten of them have been approved. The other applications were sent back because they needed more information, and they will be re-submitted. “I...

  • Can voters elect an AI for mayor?

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 13, 2024

    CHEYENNE — An AI-generated candidate has filed to run for Cheyenne mayor, and county officials are investigating whether VIC, an acronym for Virtual Integrated Citizen, can appear on the ballot. Under Wyoming law, only registered voters can run for local or statewide elected office. But can a person file an artificial intelligence as a candidate? That’s the question Laramie County officials are trying to answer. Cheyenne resident and registered voter Victor Miller put VIC on the mayoral candidate form, listing a house and email address, but...

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