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Articles from the June 22, 2023 edition


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  • County delegates excel at Girls State

    Jun 22, 2023

    Wyoming Girls State was held June 4-10 at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne and offered three local students the experience of being elected to high office. Girls State is a week-long session all about learning how government works on the city, county and state levels. Willow Lindholm, Sundance, was elected as Governor. Ahnya Moody and Natalee Harrison, Hulett delegates, were elected as Treasurer and County Commissioner, respectively. The girls were sponsored by Hulett Post 80,...

  • Rolling along

    Jun 22, 2023

    Wes Pridgeon photo Sacrison Paving works to rehab the outdoor basketball courts, a joint project between the City of Sundance and Crook County School District. The courts were in bad shape, says Public Works Director Mac Erickson, and are being overlayed to make them once again usable for the public as well as for recess play for the kids once the next school year begins....

  • Local kids to compete in rodeo finals

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 22, 2023

    Five kids are representing Crook County in rodeo this summer, with three of them set to compete during the seven days of the 75th National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Gillette. Two meanwhile headed for the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, GA this weekend for the week-long National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR). High School Standings for the NHSFR are calculated using the points accumulated during each competitor’s top 12 rodeos throughout the season. In individual events, the top four qualify for the national finals. This y...

  • Mill levy bump could help grasshopper control

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 22, 2023

    Though the Crook County Weed & Pest District budget is not yet finalized for the year ahead, it's looking likely that it will include some extra that could be used to assist landowners who are dealing with grasshopper problems this summer. Alycia Conroy-Davis, District Supervisor, presented the most recent draft of the district's annual general budget to the Crook County Commissioners on Monday. She explained that the grasshoppers are so bad in some areas that the Crook County Weed & Pest Board...

  • New laws coming into effect

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 22, 2023

    A number of new Wyoming laws that were passed by the State Legislature this year and could impact residents of northeast Wyoming are set to become official next week. Crime and Law When SF-120 passes into law on July 1, any person who has been convicted of a non-violent felony will see their civil rights restored five years after their sentence is complete. These rights include the ability to vote, serve on a jury, hold “any office of honor, trust or profit within this state” and to use or knowingly possess a firearm. The sale of edible and...

  • Jenerou facing felony charges after spate of area burglaries

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 22, 2023

    A man currently serving up to ten years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary after pleading guilty to burglary and theft in Weston County is now facing similar charges in Crook County. According to court documents, Donald Jenerou stole items in both Hulett and Moorcroft in October, 2021. On October 14, 2021, an officer of Moorcroft Police Department took a report of a burglary at the Converse Carwash and Laundromat in which $4500 in cash, computer hard drives (including from a security system), keys and cameras were taken. The officer contacted...

  • Sundance man charged for failing to register as a sex offender

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 22, 2023

    A Sundance man has been charged with a felony for failing to register as a sex offender in Crook County. According to court documents, the Crook County Sheriff's Office received information that Johnnie Ronco was living in this county but had not registered as a sex offender. The last known place in which he was registered was Canon City, Colorado. A deputy attempted to make contact with Ronco at his residence and then at his place of employment. Ronco allegedly replied in the affirmative when...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jun 22, 2023

    June 12 – Six VIN checks. Paper service. Seventeen traffic stops. Fire page. Three EMS pages. Business checks. Motorist assist. Fingerprints. Traffic hazard. June 13 – Five VIN checks. Paper service. Three traffic stops. Six EMS pages. Four sets fingerprints. Citizen assist. Three business checks. Property damage. Alarm-fire. Two house watches. Found property. June 14 – Seven VIN checks. Paper service. Six traffic stops. Motorist assist. Citizen assist. EMS page. Fingerprints. Traffic complaint. Animal complaint. Two business checks. House...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 22, 2023

    Speeding – Dennis Selting, Hermosa, SD, 82/65, $209; Kang Shih, Champaign, IL, 97/75, $170; Samuel Schaefer, Tallahassee, FL, 79/70, $103; James C. Mooney, Mandeville, LA, 89/70, $165; Tanner Kirk, Gillette, WY, 79/70, $103; Campbell Credeur, Hempstead, TX, 88/70, $150; Bert D. Norfolk Jr., Gillette, WY, 87/75, $130 No Seat Belt (driver) – Bert D. Norfolk, Jr., Gillette, WY, $25 Drive Over, Across or Within Median – Bert D. Norfolk, Jr., Gillette, WY, $100 Pass in No-Passing Zone – Gunner J. McLaughlin, Sundance, WY, $150 Expired Tempora...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 22, 2023

    1 Years Ago June 28, 1923 Federal officers Bruce Hodge of Sheridan and R.E. Hoffman of Salt Lake City, accompanied by Sheriff Otis Zimmerschied, made a four-day survey of Crook County last week in search of the illusive hooch-maker with his silent still. The officers failed to find anything worth taking into custody and are convinced that, although operations probably have been carried on at different points, the illicit business has been dropped through the activities of the county staff. Cro...

  • Early Deadlines

    Jun 22, 2023

    Due to the Independence Day holiday, deadline for all news and advertising for the July 6 Sundance Times will be noon on Monday, July 3. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!... Full story

  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of privacy

    Senator Cynthia Lummis|Jun 22, 2023

    We are more connected now than at any time in our history. People in Wyoming can call loved ones across the country. We can consult with our doctors via telehealth. We can submit claims to the Veterans’ Administration online. We can send money with a few simple clicks. With the benefits these new technologies bring, especially for those of us living in a rural state like Wyoming, we also expose ourselves to new risks to our privacy. Big tech companies use our browsing history online to make money by selling targeted ads. Data brokers collect o...

  • Library to present "In the Company of Thomas Jefferson"

    Jun 22, 2023

    Crook County Library will host two programs “In the Company of Thomas Jefferson” by Tom Pitz on Thurs., July 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the library meeting room in Sundance. Both programs are free and open to the public. At 2 p.m., “Mr. Jefferson” is pleased to present a program for fourth through ninth graders on the American Revolution. Participants will be moving around within the room, but have no fears, their “revolution” will be much more controlled than our country’s original one. He would love to have at least a dozen participants. Atten...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jun 22, 2023

    Did you know your library card gives you access to a wide range of online databases at your fingertips? You can find everything from auto repair to genealogy, from health and medicine to practice tests and skill preparation. There is a little something for everyone at GOWYLD.NET. What will you find? LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD meeting Thurs., June 29, at 1 p.m. in Sundance. CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOARD Wed., July 12, at 1 pm in Sundance. SUNDANCE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY meeting Tue., Sept., 12 at 1:30 p.m....

  • Movie and a message

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 22, 2023

    Head to the courthouse basement in a couple of weeks for an afternoon movie and pizza party with the added opportunity to learn how hazards are tackled in this county. Intended for both newcomers to the county and long-time residents who would like to know more about how local firefighting works and how to keep yourself and your property safe from wildfire, the free event is sponsored by Crook County Emergency Management and the Local Emergency Planning Committee. On Saturday, July 22, watch acclaimed movie “Only the Brave”. Starring Josh Bro...

  • WYDOT reminds residents about new permanent light trailer license plate

    Jun 22, 2023

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation wants to remind residents about upcoming changes to license plates for light trailers. Starting July 1, owners of light trailers – defined as trailers weighing less than 1000 lbs. – can purchase a permanent plate for their trailer. Light trailers that are less than 6 years old would incur a $350 one-time permanent registration fee for the plate. To register older trailers, owners will need to pay a $50 one-time administration fee, a one-time fee equ...

  • Man who crashed into Walgreens after chase with deputies pleads guilty

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 22, 2023

    GILLETTE — A man who led Sheriff’s deputies on a chase through Gillette that caused more than $10,000 in damage has pleaded guilty and had a sentencing enhancement dropped that could have put him in prison for life. Rusty D. Locke, 44, pleaded guilty May 30 to aggravated eluding and no contest to aggravated assault and battery. District Judge Stuart S. Healy III found Locke guilty of each count and withdrew a habitual criminal sentencing enhancement that carried a maximum penalty of life in prison. Counts of failure to register and mis...

  • Wyoming advocates applaud Supreme Court's decision to uphold ICWA

    Jasmine Hall, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 22, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Wyoming advocates pushing to preserve the Indian Child Welfare Act celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court decision issued Thursday. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett delivered the majority opinion that rejected all constitutional challenges to the federal law. Some were based on the merits of the law, while others were for lack of standing, and the high court affirmed the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals “regarding Congress’s constitutional authority to enact ICWA.” Affirming the constitutionality of ICWA was conside...

  • Warrants

    Jun 22, 2023

    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 19TH, 2023 IN SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid General Fund Purpose of Expenditure Amount 2 GUYS DECO INC Carpet Replacement $7,631.60 21 ELECTRIC Building Repairs $3,827.25 A & B WELDING SUPPLY CO INC Supplies $1,397.81 A & H TURF & SPECIALTIES INC Supplies $604.86 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Summer School Supplies $6,120.26... Full story

  • Name Change

    Jun 22, 2023

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT 6TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE OF NAME OF Carmen Elisa Richards, Petitioner Civil Action Case No. 8959 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION You are hereby notified that a Petition For Change of Name, Civil Action No. 8959, has been filed on behalf of Carmen Elisa Richards in the Wyoming District Court for the 6th Judicial District, whose address is 309 Cleveland, Box 406, Sundance, WY 82729, the object and prayer of which is to change the name of the above-named person from Carmen... Full story

  • Distribution

    Jun 22, 2023

    THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF WYOMING IN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY CASE NO. CV-8961 In the Matter of the Estate of STEVEN W. FARBER, Deceased. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION UNDER W.S. § 2-1-205 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that an Application for Decree of Distribution Under W.S. § 2-1-205 has been filed in the above-named Court alleging that Steven W. Farber, at the time of his death, owned the following legally described oil, gas, and other mineral interest... Full story

  • Probate

    Jun 22, 2023

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT In the Matter of the Estate of KENNETH SIPE, Deceased. Probate No. CV-8953 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on May 25, 2023, the estate of the above named decedent was admitted to probate by the above named Court, and that Chris Sipe and Paul Sipe were appointed co-administrators thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the decedent or to his Estate are required to make immediate payment to the... Full story

  • Oil and Gas

    Jun 22, 2023

    BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) will meet at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, July 10, 2023, and subsequent days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to consider the following matters at the office of the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, 2211 King Boulevard, Casper, Wyoming. DOCKET NO. / APPLICANT / MATTER / S-T-R / FORMATION / COUNTY 858-2023 / Oildigger Resources Fund I / 1280-Acre D&S Unit /... Full story

  • COMMISSIONERS

    Jun 22, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Monday, June 19, 2023 9:00 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman, Kelly B. Dennis, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. Present for the Malt Beverage Permit hearing for Saryls Properties LLC dba Devils Tower View were Jeff Hodge and Larry Schommer. After discussion, Kelly moved to approve the Malt Beverage Permit application contingent upon receiving the required fees. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion c... Full story

  • GFU Dean's List

    Jun 22, 2023

    Briska Johnson of Sundance was among those who earned dean’s list recognition at George Fox University for the spring 2023 semester. Traditional undergraduate students must earn a 3.5 grade point average or above on 12 or more hours of graded work to earn a spot on the dean’s list. Johnson is a sophomore majoring in biology....

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