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Articles from the June 16, 2022 edition


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  • Zoning plans put on the backburner

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 16, 2022

    Can Crook County control its own future without zoning? This question has been troubling the Crook County Commissioners, who dedicated time on Wednesday for further discussion on the problem of large-acre parcels and subdivisions cropping up with little opportunity for input from the county. However, it’s unlikely the commission will consider moving forward on zoning until the soon-to-be-approved large-acre subdivision rules have been given a chance to solve ongoing concerns about lack of oversight on new development. The Process The new l...

  • Commission focuses on EMS sustainability

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 16, 2022

    Calling 911 doesn’t guarantee that an ambulance will be sent to your aid. At least, it’s not a guarantee in Wyoming, because emergency medical services are not considered essential. This is something that could change in the near future, however, and the Crook County Commissioners are keen to start looking for ways to support local ambulance services now, rather than wait for the state to make its own changes. At the request of Commissioner Jeanne Whalen, representatives from each of the cou...

  • Council gives go-ahead for fireworks

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 16, 2022

    It’s looking like a green start to the summer, said Mayor Paul Brooks as the Sundance City Council approved the use of fireworks for this year’s July 4 celebrations. Brooks noted that Fire Chief Gari Gill has agreed to keep an eye on conditions and alert the council if this needs to change. At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the council also revisited the issue of “man camps” and the city’s desire that they be hooked up to utilities. Both businesses currently utilizing these camp sites are willing to adhere to this, said Brooks. Karla Greaser of...

  • Fire department to seek ARPA funds for hall upgrades

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 16, 2022

    Sundance Fire Chief Gari Gill about had a heart attack when he saw the estimates to renovate the city fire hall, he said. Three years ago, he told the council last week, you could have done it for half as much. Still, the upgrades are necessary, so the approximately $500,000 will need to be found – and, hopefully, that’s where the state’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding will come in. “We’ll start looking for money,” Gill told the council, stating that he has looked through the upcoming grants available to a fire department but, as of...

  • Pooling around

    Jun 16, 2022

    The municipal pool is open for the summer, but so far the number of swimmers to venture into it has been more limited than usual due to the weather. According to Public Works Director Mac Erickson, it was first opened on June 3, but then closed again over the weekend due to cold and rain. Still, there's no keeping some kids from their summer fun and they're sure to be joined by many more as temperatures rise...

  • Unsettled weather brings sizeable hail

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 16, 2022

    The unsettled weather continued over the weekend with three days of thunderstorms, bringing plenty of rain and hail. The crescendo was a storm on Sunday night that scattered destructive hailstones across the county. The region was placed on tornado watch and, for the first time this year, Sundance's warning siren sounded – minutes before an ominous black cloud rolled into view. The largest recorded hailstones during the storm fell northeast of Aladdin at 2.75 inches. North of Hulett, stones o...

  • Norbert James Bankenbush

    Jun 16, 2022

    Norbert, AKA Norbie, Norman, Snorkie, Snort'n Nort'n, brother, Uncle, Daddy, father of us all, Grandpa, Papa, old man, boss, 78, left a huge hole in this world June 8, 2022, surrounded by family listening to gospel music. He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor in March of 2022. He accepted the diagnosis because of his faith in the Lord. He went on a final adventure to Wisconsin to see friends and family. He came back to Wyoming to live his best life full of family, friends, candy and... Full story

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 16, 2022

    Speeding – Anthony Tripp, Spearfish, SD, 80/65, $195; Lohit Inguva, Hillsboro, OR, 90/70, $160; Nancy Teramoto, Rosemead, CA, 93/80, $125; Ryan Schetzen, Melbourne, FL, 86/80, $97; Melvin Lashomb, Bismarck, ND, 80/65, $195; Justin-Shane Agulay, Puyallup, WA, 90/80, $105; Roselynne Watt, Seattle, WA, 91/75, $140; Corey Thiel, Colorado Springs, CO, 84/70, $130; Caleb Grieve, Miles City, MT, 81/70, $115; Anthony Cain, Spearfish, SD, 76/65, $167; (minor), Moorcroft, 77/70, $99; Peter Gordon, Aurora, CO, 81/70, $115; Rodney Fuller, Fairfield, CA, 9...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 16, 2022

    1 Years Ago June 15, 1922 In referring to the petitions for naturalization last week one of the mysteries of the Bear Lodge was brought to wind. The petition of Thomas Whitelaw has been on docket for many years, and at this session the case was dismissed. At the time of his petition, Whitelaw had proved up on a homestead and his deed was held pending the receipt of citizenship. Whitelaw was prospecting in the Bear Lodge, and had a cabin somewhere in the mountains. The last known of him was...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Jun 16, 2022

    Our Thanks Todd and I would like to thank the employees of the courthouse who had such a nice retirement and going away party for us. Thank you to all those who attended and to those who have reached out to wish us well. It has been very much appreciated! We wish you all the best! Thank you, Todd and Linda Fritz Thank You Thank you to the community for the great show of respect for Old Glory. The VFW received over 350 flags for retirement on Flag Day. Kenneth Byrne... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jun 16, 2022

    Gordon forms group to examine gas prices PINEDALE (WNE) — Gov. Mark Gordon on June 8 announced the formation of a Gas and Diesel Price Working Group to address rising fuel costs. That working group includes members of the governor’s cabinet, representatives of the transportation and agricultural sectors, citizens and legislators. “Fuel prices have hit yet another high this past week, driving inflation affecting our seniors, veterans and all Wyoming citizens,” Gov. Gordon said in a release. “Yet, all we hear out of Washington, D.C., is that i...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 16, 2022

    I’ve been confusing my husband for years, but neither of us realized I was doing it. While that sentence could probably apply to our entire marriage, in this case I’m talking specifically about my reaction to the weather. If there’s one good thing about all these storms (and it’s really only the one thing – just ask the holes in my windshield), it’s that they’ve been an opportunity to wheel out a few of the many, many sayings I’ve learned from my people about weather. As you may know, we’re obse...

  • Budget

    Jun 16, 2022

    CITY OF SUNDANCE ORDINANCE NO.2, 2022 AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR THE 12 MONTH PERIOD BEGINNING JULY 1, 2022 AND ENDING JUNE 30, 2023. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING: SECTION 1: GENERAL CARRYOVER 3RD READING GENERAL CHECKING ACCOUNT $ 300,000.00 SWEEP HIGH YIELD SAVINGS ACCOUNT $ 500,000.00 CLARENBACH PARK CHECKING ACCOUNT $ 10,600.00 1 % SPECIFIC PURPOSE TAX II $ 50,000.00 Total Carryover $ 860,600.00 SECTION 2: RESTRICTED FUNDS UTILITY CHECKING ACCOUNT $ 53,300.00 CEMETERY BEQUESTS $ 6,50... Full story

  • Complaint

    Jun 16, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT REED W. SANDNESS, Plaintiff, -vs.- TIMOTHY GERBER, WILLIAM GERBER, NANCY GINKENS, TODD FOXHOVEN, TANYA FOXHOVEN, and THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES AND LEGATEES OF VICTOR J. GERBER AND BEVERLY A. GERBER, and ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN INDIVIDUALS CLAIMING ANY INTEREST IN THAT CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Defendants. Civil No. 8886 NOTICE OF COMPLAINT STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES AND LEGATEES OF VICTOR J. GERBER AND... Full story

  • Liquor License

    Jun 16, 2022

    NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP FOR A RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSE Notice is hereby given that on the 13th day of June, 2022, LA Driskill LLC dba Devils Tower Gulch filed an application for a transfer of ownership of a retail liquor license from Devils Tower Gulch LLC dba Devils Tower Gulch located at 601Highway 24 Devils Tower, WY, in the office of the Crook County Clerk. Protests, if there be any, against the issuance of this license, will be heard at 1:30 o’clock p.m. on June 23, 2022 in the Commissioner’s Room at the Cou... Full story

  • Quiet Title

    Jun 16, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT DELBERT W. HARRISON, DENNY R. HARRISON, LESLIE E. HARRISON, FRANKIE L. SMITH, DEREK F. SMITH, RANDY C. KUSMA AND MICHAEL D. KUSMA, Plaintiffs, vs. GAYLIN GRANT, VICKIE ANDREWS, KERRI HUVON AND JOHN DOES 1-10 and JANE DOES 1-10 Defendants. Civil No. 8891 NOTICE TO the above named defendants John Does 1-10 and Jane Does 1-10: Delbert W. Harrison, Denny R. Harrison, Leslie E. Harrison, Frankie L. Smith, Derek F. Smith, Randy C. Kusma and Michael D. Kusma, have filed a c... Full story

  • Irrigation District

    Jun 16, 2022

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WITHIN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF CROOK AND STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE CROOK COUNTY IRRIGATION DISTRICT Civil Action No. 5367 NOTICE OF HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on the 14th day of July, 2022, at the hour of 11:30 o’clock a.m., the District Court of the Sixth Judicial District of Crook County, Wyoming, will examine the budget of the Crook County Irrigation District and the Irrigation District’s Assessment Roll. The Court will hear all objections thereto at tha... Full story

  • North takes Shrine Bowl

    Jun 16, 2022

    By a score of 37-3, the North team took home bragging rights from the annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl football game in Casper on Saturday. Upton/Sundance's Reece Barritt played defensive corner for the winning squad this year after being selected for the honor by North Team coaching staff. In addition to Barritt, Hulett's Bryce Ackerman was also selected to the North squad but was unable to participate. Trent Pikula of Thunder Basin High School was named as the North's head coach, while Boz Backen...

  • UW President's Honor Roll

    Jun 16, 2022

    The University of Wyoming has announced students on the 2022 spring semester President’s Honor Roll. Crook County students on the list include: Payson G. Birkeland of Aladdin; Katrina A. Bauman, Joseph S. Kennah and Taylor Olivia Kennah of Hulett; Tianne M. Fischbach, Audrey Lynn Merwin and Luke R. Norris of Moorcroft; Madison Rae Barritt, Shelby Heaster and Teddi M. Marchant 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, student...

  • BHSU Dean's List

    Jun 16, 2022

    Black Hills State University released the Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester. A total of 638 students maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours. In addition, a total of 141 students maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher while taking less than 12 credit hours. Appearing on the Dean’s List from Sundance are: Molly Amann, Lauryn Holt, Nicholas Peterson and Melissa Purvis. Receiving Academic Recognition is Ariana Cudney....

  • White Ranch Park volksmarch next weekend

    Jun 16, 2022

    Black Hills Volkssport Association is sponsoring a volksmarch on Sat., June 25 at Sundance White Ranch Park. Walk registration is from 8 a.m. until noon and finish by 4 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 last year. There are trails available with different difficulties. Cost for the walk is $3. Directions: Take I-90 to Sundance exit 185. Turn left on Hwy 14 for .2...

  • UW Construction Management Program graduates first class

    Jun 16, 2022

    Twenty-seven University of Wyoming students are the first to obtain a Bachelor of Science in construction management through the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science. The graduates experienced faculty team teaching through a teaching methodology titled “Teaching with Industry” across all 19 integrated courses. The program is designed to help bridge a disconnect between theory and practice and to be more applicable to the real-world construction management environment. The Construction Management Program, established in 2019, is among U...

  • Croell Redi-Mix prepares to expand

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 16, 2022

    A zoning change request heralds a potential expansion for the Croell Redi-Mix headquarters in Sundance, with owner Roger Croell telling the city council last week that a significantly sized building to enable the hiring of new staff is on the cards in the near future. Croell visited the council to explain his request, which would see his property on the south edge of town largely rezoned to industrial. The rezone would encompass all but 300 feet on the western portion of the property, which he said he would like to reserve in case he decides...

  • Pickleballers ask to expand for the summer

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 16, 2022

    Local pickleball players requested additional support from the City of Sundance last week. Representing the large group of passionate picklers, Susan Worthington made three requests for the coming summer season. The council did not consider the first two requests to be any problem. The old tennis courts near the schools will receive their own trash can for use by pickleball players and kids at the skate park, and the city will spend $720 to provide a portapotty over the next three months for use by the same two groups. Mayor Paul Brooks called...

  • County accepts petition for service district on Warbonnet Canyon Estates

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 16, 2022

    The County Commissioners have begun the process to approve a new service and improvement district for Warbonnet Canyon Estates. The 847-acre subdivision hosts tracts ranging from 35 to 48 acres and is located ten miles north of Hulett and next door to the 476-acre Warbonnet Canyon Ranch, owned by the same developer. Sandcreek Investments 5, LLC, a Nevada-based company, filed a petition for a service and improvement district with the commission. The purpose of the district, according to that petition, would be to, “repair and maintain the r...

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