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Articles from the June 27, 2024 edition


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  • Getting the goat

    Jun 27, 2024

    (Top photo) Kayson Branby stretches out a heading loop during Saturday evening's roping event at the fairgrounds. The second annual goat roping was hosted by the Crook County Farm Bureau Federation and saw plenty of young participants as keen to capture a prize as their adult counterparts....

  • Bear sightings on the rise

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 27, 2024

    Bear sightings near populated parts of the county have been more common than usual so far this year, according to Game Warden Nate Holst. A few sightings have taken place near Sundance, as well as one in Moorcroft that Holst says was hanging around for a while near the D Road. The latest sighting near Sundance took place on Monday evening, says Holst. In this case, the spotter thought it was a grizzly due to its coloring, but it was identified as a blond phase black bear. Grizzlies are not...

  • Celebrate the holiday at Keyhole

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 27, 2024

    Keyhole State Park will be celebrating independence next weekend with a series of outdoor events for the whole family to enjoy. On July 4 itself, head to the dam area between 5:30 a.m. and noon to take part in a bird banding exercise. Park staff will be joined by the Audubon Rockies, the regional office of the National Audubon Society in an annual exercise that helps to conserve migratory birds by understanding the health of populations and individual creatures. Banding involves determining age...

  • 4-H club and library team up to introduce seed library

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 27, 2024

    Give a little, take a little at the county's newly installed seed library. If you have an excess of garden seeds, consider donating them. If you have knowledge of how to make them grow to abundance, consider sharing it. And if you could benefit from either seeds or know-how, you can visit the Moorcroft Branch Library to make use of this new community resource, introduced in conjunction with the No Goats No Glory 4-H Club. The seed library is an effort to provide donated seeds and local knowledge...

  • Team 307 impresses at first showcase

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 27, 2024

    Team 307 returned undefeated from the Colorado Live Showcase in Denver, a summer basketball tournament in front of dozens of college coaches. The team formed this year under coach and organizer Thomas Bush, with the aim of increasing basketball play opportunities for local kids over the summer months and helping them work towards their personal goals, as well as towards college sports. The showcase took place on June 21 and 22 and the team went 3-0, says Bush. The first game was against Meeker,...

  • Christine Diane Campbell

    Jun 27, 2024

    Christine Diane Campbell, also known as Grandma Big Rock, was born on January 16, 1955, Peoria Illinois. She passed away on September 28, 2023, at the age of 68 in Sundance, Wyoming. Christine was the kindest, quirkiest, fun-loving mother, grandmother and friend. She had a passion for gardening and could often be found playing in the dirt. Christine enjoyed shopping for unique gifts to give to others and never met a stranger; she cherished meeting people from all walks of life, making them a...

  • Jerry Levere Hagemeier

    Jun 27, 2024

    Jerry Levere Hagemeier, 85, went Home to be with the Lord, June 16, 2024. He passed away, family by his side, after a courageous battle with MDS. Jerry was born March 24, 1939 to Herbert and Bonnie (Fiscus) Hagemeier in Westphalia, Indiana. The second of six children, he grew up tending the animals and, when old enough, worked for nearby farmers. Jerry was musically inclined. He played the accordion well but could teach himself to play any instrument. Once, he even took a saw, held the handle...

  • Marjory Ilene Ousnamer

    Jun 27, 2024

    Marjory Ilene Ousnamer, beloved wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother passed away June 20, 2024, at the age of 84. Born on April 24, 1940, to Lyle and Lena Gray in Kemmerer, Wyoming, Marjory was the second of four children and their only daughter. She shared countless stories about the various places her family lived and all her dad's adventures – especially the ones about flying airplanes. In her early teens, an accident took the life of her father and put her mother in the h...

  • Diane Ruth Gerhart

    Jun 27, 2024

    Diane Ruth Gerhart, 65, went to be with the Lord on December 2, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Diane was born on June 6, 1958, in Spearfish, South Dakota, to Eugene and Ruth Gerhart. She graduated from Sundance High School and went on to earn her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming. Diane continued to live in Laramie and worked at First Interstate Bank in the accounting department for several years. Upon leaving there, she began her 25-year career at the University of...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Jun 27, 2024

    Thank You On behalf of Team 307, I would like to give a special thank you to the following businesses and community members who donated to the silent auction for our fundraiser night. Your help and contributions to this night have been more than we could have ever imagined. We look forward to making this a tradition to the community to kick off the summer months. A special shoutout to Amanda Watt; she did all the groundwork in order to make that night run as smooth as it did. Thank you to: Sundance State Bank, Holt Realty, Sundance Country...

  • Happy birthday senior center

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 27, 2024

    For half a century, the Sundance Senior Center has offered services and socializing to the older members of this community. Celebrate the center’s 50th anniversary and its commitment to supporting and enriching the lives of seniors at an open house this July. The event is scheduled for July 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to the whole community. Enjoy a lunch, along with beverages and time to visit with friends and neighbors. The event will be hosted by Sundance Senior Center and Crook County Senior Services....

  • Game & Fish monitoring for rabbit disease

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 27, 2024

    Wyoming Game & Fish is asking citizens to keep their eyes peeled for dead rabbits, whether in your yard or on your property or in another outdoor area. The department is currently monitoring for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHD2V), which was first detected in this state in 2020 and has already been identified in 20 rabbits across eight counties this year. The disease is highly contagious and is believed to kill between a third and half of wild rabbits that become infected. It has been detected in wild cottontails and jackrabbits but may...

  • UPDATED: Lummis staff remote office hours in Crook County CANCELLED

    Jun 27, 2024

    The remote office hours with Ally Garner, staff for U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, scheduled in Moorcroft, Hulett and Sundance on Wed., July 3 has been cancelled. Original article: Staff for U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming will hold remote office hours in Moorcroft, Hulett and Sundance on Wed., July 3. Field Representative Ally Garner will be available to meet with residents and hear ideas, comments and concerns about what is happening in the U.S. Senate, and to help anyone having trouble working with a federal agency. Of the...

  • County budget holds the line

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 27, 2024

    The county is entering the final stages of setting the budget for the coming year and it seems like holding steady will be the name of the game. While revenue from the mill levy has increased, other revenue sources went in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, inflation has made its presence known on numerous budget lines. This, along with an eye to future sustainability, has led the commissioners to decide that it won’t be possible to greenlight any departmental projects during the fiscal year of 2024-25. Revenues Revenue has been a mixed bag t...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jun 27, 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., Jul. 2 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. 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: Lunch Bunch Book Club on bre...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 27, 2024

    Speeding – Linda Neumiller, Rapid City, SD, 78/75, $5; Harmon Jeffress, Crossett, AR, 98/70, $200; David Valadez-Quezada, Parker, CO, 90/70, $160; Mackenzie K. Rush, Beulah, WY, 90/70, $170; Shijie Chen, Santa Fe, NM, 84/75, $103; Sierra Gullickson, Las Vegas, NV, 80/75, $15; Vicki Faaborg, Sun City West, AZ, 79/75, $10; Sierra Gullickson, Las Vegas, NV, 80/75, $15; Jack R. Horning, Sundance, WY, 60/45, $205; James C. Ray, Gillette, WY, 80/75, $15; Russell Steed, 91/75, $140; Marta Teshale, Kent, WA, 93/70, $175; Kurt M. Watson, Moorcroft, WY,...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jun 27, 2024

    June 17 – Crash. Assisted another agency. Business checks. Citizen assist. EMS call. Four sets fingerprints. Five traffic stops. Four VIN checks. Three welfare checks. June 18 – Two assists to another agency. Business checks. Child abuse case. Motorist assist. Three suicidal subjects. Seven VIN checks. June 19 – Crash. Assisted another agency. Business checks. Citizen dispute. Traffic hazard. Five traffic stops. Nine VIN checks. June 20 – Crash. Animal complaint. Business checks. Citizen assist. Missing person. EMS call. Traffic hazard....

  • Wyoming challenges public lands rule

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 27, 2024

    An analysis of the comments sent to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) while the agency worked on its new Public Lands Rule suggests that more than nine in ten were in favor of placing more focus on conservation. Wyoming, however, has strongly objected to the rule and is calling for it to be retracted. Last week, Governor Mark Gordon announced that the states of Utah and Wyoming had filed a lawsuit to challenge the rule. “Ever since this abomination of a rule raised its ugly head, demonstrating the Biden Administration’s disregard for the law...

  • Gillette man charged with fourth DUI

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 27, 2024

    A Gillette man faces a fourth charge of driving while under the influence after being found asleep at the wheel on the shoulder of the interstate on-ramp. A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper responded on June 13 at 3:13 p.m. to a traffic report about a vehicle that was having trouble staying on the roadway. He found Peter Wayne Sachse’s vehicle parked on the shoulder of the on-ramp at milepost 199 of I-90. Sachse was allegedly asleep at the wheel. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Upon makin...

  • Budget

    Jun 27, 2024

    LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING KARA CIRCLE AND WINDY WAY IMPROVEMENT & SERVICE DISTRICT Pursuant to the provision of the Wyoming Uniform Municipal Fiscal Procedures Act, a public hearing will be held in the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room, 207 N. 2nd Street (North end of the Post Office Building), Sundance, Wyoming on TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2024, at 6:00 PM. At the hearing, the final 2024-2025 budget will be reviewed. The Kara Circle and Windy Way Improvement & Service District 2024-2025 budget is as follows: Balance Carryover 2022-2023...

  • Probate

    Jun 27, 2024

    State of Wyoming County of Crook In the District Court Sixth Judicial District IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: LOREN IVAN KING, Deceased. Probate No. 9007 Notice of Probate TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 23rd day of April, 2024, the estate of the above named decedent was admitted to probate by the above named court, and that Kathleen Jay King of Gillette, Campbell County, Wyoming was appointed Personal Representatives thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the decedent or to...

  • Commissioners

    Jun 27, 2024

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Monday, June 17, 2024 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. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Kelly moved to remove Jeanne Whalen, Cindi Bauduin and Tina Wood and to add Bob Latham, Joan Bethea, Julie Crawford and Trish Habeck to the Court Security Committee. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Bob moved to approve the bond f...

  • Budget

    Jun 27, 2024

    Budget Hearing The Crook County Museum District will hold a Budget Hearing July 15, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Stoney Conference Room in Sundance. Publish: June 27, July 4 and 11, 2024...

  • District

    Jun 27, 2024

    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 18th day of July, 2024, at the hour of 9:00 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...

  • Budget

    Jun 27, 2024

    Budget Hearing Notice The Sundance Canyon Ranch Improvement and Service District will hold a regular meeting and budget hearing for the final budget on July 3, 2024 at 5:00 pm at the Sundance State Bank meeting room, 207 N 2nd St, Sundance. Publish: June 20 and 27, 2024...

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