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Articles from the June 20, 2024 edition


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  • Creek Fire under control

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 20, 2024

    A sizeable fire northwest of Hulett had been fully contained by Monday morning, thanks to the combined efforts of local, state and federal firefighters. Located northwest of Hulett, the Creek Fire was reported late in the afternoon of June 11 and is believed to have been caused by lightning, according to Incident Commander Karsten Milek. The fire reached approximately 1470 acres on a mixture of private, state and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. A command center was set up at the...

  • School buzz

    Jun 20, 2024

    Summer school students at Sundance Elementary were treated to a visit from "The Bee Guys" on Monday. The kids looked on with great interest as Doug Carter (pictured above) and Rocky Courchaine introduced the class to the honey-making insects and their hive behavior....

  • New jusdge added to District Court

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 20, 2024

    The Sixth Judicial District officially has a fourth judge. Governor Mark Gordon announced last week that he has appointed Mike McGrady to fill the newly created role for the district that covers Crook, Campbell and Weston counties. A bill passed by the Wyoming Legislature earlier this year increased the number of judges in the district from three to four and appropriated $1.24 million to fund the additional judge for the first two years, beginning on July 1. It also authorized three full-time positions for the personnel necessary to staff and...

  • Flag Day

    Jun 20, 2024

    Sundance Masons Lodge #9 lead a Flag Day Proclamation and said the Pledge of Allegiance Friday to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of our national flag....

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 20, 2024

    I would never describe myself as domesticated, though I was the only 19-year-old in my student halls who forewent the fast food to batch cook chicken and vegetable stews. I can whip up a soup in a heartbeat, I can make pastry and put anything in it you might fancy, I can whip up a broth from scratch and I can bake a cake that doesn't bring shame to my family. All of this makes it sound like I have a handle on the homemaking thing, right? Unfortunately not. The gaps in my knowledge are wide...

  • Girls State

    Jun 20, 2024

    Ellie Jay, Hulett, and Shannon Gilmartin, Sundance, participated in Wyoming Girls State June 9-15, in Cheyenne. Willow Lindholm, Sundance, was elected Girls State Governor last year and presided over this year's camp. Girls State is a week-long government and leadership camp. The Sundance and Hulett delegates' camp fees were paid for by the Roy Montgomery Unit 80, American Legion Auxiliary, Hulett. Janet Cole Lake is the Girls State Chair. Delegates are placed in "cities" where they run for...

  • Miss Wyoming Job's Daughter

    Jun 20, 2024

    Gracie Davis was selected as Miss Wyoming Job's Daughter and Miss Congeniality for the 2024-2025 term at the annual Job's Daughters Grand Session held in Green River, Wyoming on June 14, 2024. Three contestants were judged in five categories. A written test, an oral recitation, robe and appearance, personal interview and stage presence. Gracie received the highest score for oral recitation and the highest score for the written test. She was selected by her peer contestants for Miss...

  • DTNHA Scholarships awarded

    Jun 20, 2024

    istory Association Board of Directors are pleased to announce the 2024 DTNHA Scholarship recipients. Congratulations to Abigail Palus from Hulett and Riley Banker from Sundance! Abigail Palus has lived in Hulett, Wyoming for the past 16.5 years. She is the third of six kids with four sisters and one brother. Abigail has been homeschooled throughout her education and participated in cross-country and track with the Hulett High School. In her spare time, Abigail enjoys playing piano and French...

  • Graduation

    Jun 20, 2024

    Mr. Chase Ryan Hoel graduated from Pusch Ridge Christian Academy in Oro Valley, AZ in May and will be reporting to Annapolis, MD later this month, where he will be attending the United States Naval Academy. Chase's parents are Ryan and Katie Hoel of Oro Valley, grandparents Randy and Shelly Evans of Sundance. He is pictured here with his maternal great grandmother, Donna Lamb....

  • Constance Colleen Shepard

    Jun 20, 2024

    Constance "Connie" Colleen Shepard, 69 of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away on April 29, 2024 after a short illness. Connie was born in Sterling, Colorado on September 22, 1954 to Royce and Dorothea (Hall) Shepard. She attended grade schools in Belle Fourche, Arpan and Nisland, South Dakota. Connie attended high school in Newell and graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1973. Connie is survived by her son, Adan Lincoln; daughter, Krissa (Shanen) Bolden; six grandchildren; three... Full story

  • Inez Arlene Hauber

    Jun 20, 2024

    Inez Arlene Hauber went to be with the Lord and her cowboy, Walter, on June 13, 2024. She was born on August 5, 1933, in Hulett, Wyoming, to Edward and Inez (Stockton) Fowlkes. She was born at home in a one-bedroom cabin, weighing less than three pounds. Her father wrapped her up and put her in the oven of a wood burning cook stove to keep her warm. She was raised with three brothers, Don, Bob and Melvin. She was raised in a shack with three little rooms with no electricity or running water.... Full story

  • July 4 fireworks

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 20, 2024

    The Independence Day holiday brings with it two familiar opportunities to enjoy patriotic firework displays. On July 4 itself, the Devils Tower will form the backdrop for a display at the KOA. The event begins in the afternoon, when proudly coiffed visitors may take part in the annual mullet contest. Should your hairdo not meet the requirements but you’re still feeling competitive, you can instead sign up for a cornhole tournament. Meanwhile, enjoy music on the deck and food from vendors. The firework display will be set off as night falls. V...

  • Hamming it up

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 20, 2024

    Once a year, ham radio enthusiasts around the nation spend a full day demonstrating their skill and service to the community. But Field Day is not just about spending 24 hours testing technical skills and reaching out to other operators across the country and the world. It’s also about being prepared. “It’s basically the nation’s largest amateur radio emergency preparedness exercise,” says Katie Allen of the Black Hills Amateur Radio Club (BHARC). “So that we know when weather or other natural events, or even nonnatural events, occur and c...

  • Fire claims family home

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 20, 2024

    A structure fire near Oshoto last week saw a family home already engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived on scene. “The structure burned all the way to the ground,” says Dallas Burch, Oshoto Zone Warden, confirming that the house was a total loss. The landowners called the fire department at 1:30 p.m. on June 12 to report that their main house was on fire. Five engines responded from the Oshoto Fire Zone, as well as a couple of nearby landowners with personal vehicles. Three units from the Moorcroft Fire Department also ans...

  • Service: Tom Symonds

    Jun 20, 2024

    Graveside services for Tom Symonds will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 29 at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota with a luncheon at 4:30 p.m. at the Sundance Fairgrounds Shooting Sports Building.... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 20, 2024

    1 Years Ago June 19, 1924 Lawrence Good and Tom Roark were out to Hulett last week and closed a deal for all concessions at the big rodeo which Proctor & Vines will put on at the Devils Tower on July 4 and 5. A feature will be a barbecue each day. The management added another attraction last week when they engaged the Sundance Band for the Fourth, Sundance Chautauquans will accompany the band on a big booster trip and it is planned to make the day a special outing for all Sundance people. The...

  • Bird flu confirmed in Wyoming dairy cattle

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 20, 2024

    The spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza into dairy cows has now been confirmed in Wyoming, making it one of 12 states to be affected by this recent outbreak. Instances of bird flu appearing in cattle began near the end of March, when animals from two Texas herds tested positive. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control believe the spread is linked to the movement of cattle, rather than through wild birds, with further local spread between dairy farms. Over 90% of affected farms reported thickened or clotted milk from the animals,...

  • Americans for Prosperity to host discount meal event

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 20, 2024

    Enjoy a discount at The Longhorn Saloon & Grill this Friday courtesy of Americans For Prosperity (AFP), a libertarian conservative advocacy group hoping to bring awareness to their view of the impact of “Bidenomics” on the average American. “At the Longhorn on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to close, every customer will receive a 17% discount,” says Tyler Lindholm, State Director. “That’s funded by AFP Wyoming, and that 17% represents the average percentage increase in price at restaurants across the country since Biden took office.” AFP will be p...

  • Beulah author releases second historical novel

    Jun 20, 2024

    Brad McKim’s second historical novel, A Presidents Story Too: Another Novel of Power and Personality, delves into the lives of the fourteen men who followed Lincoln as Chief Executive. McKim says, “I came to appreciate their strengths, their weaknesses, their victories, their potential, their passions and their tragedies. Most of all, I am fascinated by their humanity.” The novel spans the tense aftermath of the Civil War, as nineteenth-century presidents labor to secure peace amid competing calls for forgiveness and retribution, to the first g...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jun 20, 2024

    June 10 – Two VIN checks. Fingerprints. Three traffic stops. Two suspicious circumstances. Alarm. Accident. Two civil standbys. Citizen assist. Two motorist assists. House watch. June 11 – Six VIN checks. Fingerprints. Traffic stop. Traffic complaint. Citizen assist. Two business checks. Accident. Suspicious circumstance. Motorist assist. Animal complaint. June 12 – Four VIN Checks. Seven traffic stops. Two animal complaints. Fingerprints. Business checks. Assist to Probation & Parole. Fire page. EMS page. June 13 – Five VIN checks. Two pap...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 20, 2024

    Speeding – Michael J. Cymbaluk, Bismarck, ND, 78/55, $175; Leonard King, West Islip, NY, 85/80, $15; Cassandra Doyle, West Jordan, UT, 80/75, $15; Dillon Collins, Vale, SD, 80/75, $15; Jack Perkovich, Rock Springs, WY, 80/75, $15; Riley Rosenlund, 84/75, $103; Darren Jones, Lebec, CA, 80/75, $15; Matthew James Hall, Clearwater, FL, 80/70, $105; Arlus Oworu, Maple Grove, MN, 102/80, $170; Maxammed Xalane, Columbus, OH, 80/75, $15; Kaitlin Peterson, Erie, OH, 82/70, $120; Hattie Pool, Buffalo, MN, 94/75, $155; Garrett Cestnik, Casper, WY, 8...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jun 20, 2024

    Wyoming’s average gas prices are down again this week CHEYENNE (WNE) — Average gasoline prices in Wyoming have fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.27 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy.com’s survey of 494 stations in Wyoming. Prices in Wyoming are 5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, and stand 27.3 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. According to GasBuddy price reports, the lowest price in the state Sunday was $2.82 per gallon, while the highest was $4.19, a difference of $1.37. The national average price...

  • Warrants

    Jun 20, 2024

    Crook County School District #1 Notice is hereby given that the Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees issued warrants for the following bills exceeding $500.00 at the regular meeting of the board held on JUNE 17TH, 2024 IN SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 2 GUYS DECO INC Building Repairs $20,151.68 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Supplies $26,612.64 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Curriculum $22,379.21 ARCHITECTURAL SPECIALTIES LLC Building Repairs $14,233.60 AT&T MOBILITY Cell Phone Charges $2,072.01 BEHAV... Full story

  • Budget

    Jun 20, 2024

    Budget Hearing Crook County Predator Management District Budget Hearing Meeting to be held Monday, July 1, 2024 at 6 p.m. in the Hulett Community Center. Income Expenses Operating revenue 50,000 Administrative 1,780 Grants 200,380 Operations 232,500 Miscellaneous 5,000 Indirect cost 1,100 Publish: June 20, 2024... Full story

  • Budget

    Jun 20, 2024

    LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING TOWER RIDGE IMPROVEMENT & SERVICE DISTRICT Pursuant to the provision of the Wyoming Uniform Municipal Fiscal Procedures Act, a public hearing will be held July 15th at 32 Tower Ridge Drive, Devils Tower, WY, 6PM. Tower Ridge Improvement & Service District proposed 2024– 2025 budget is as follows: Balance Carryover 2023-2024 $19201.30 Total Revenue 2023-2024 $2880 Total Expenditures 2023-2024 $1344.91 TotalEst, Revenue 2024-2025 $3360 Total Estimated Expenditures 2024-2025 $2310 To contact the District or f... Full story

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