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Articles from the June 29, 2023 edition


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  • Light up the skies

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 29, 2023

    Watch the sky light up this holiday at the annual Devils Tower celebration of Independence Day or head over to the fireworks exhibition at Keyhole State Park on July 1, a fundraiser hosted by the Pine Haven Volunteer Fire Department. At the lake, free park admittance begins at 8 p.m. and the fireworks begin as dark falls. The event draws a big crowd and the park is expected to be at capacity, so attendees are advised to arrive early to get a good spot. Donations received help cover the costs of...

  • Fair entries open this week

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 29, 2023

    The county fair is only weeks away and everyone planning to enter their animals can do so beginning this Saturday. Compete this year to the theme “A Brand of Its Own” from July 22, when the fair itself will open with the youth rodeo and team roping. Each type of class has a different deadline to fill in the forms online at crookcofair.com or hand them in at the fair office. All entries for the horse show must be in by July 10, while 4H and FFA should submit entries by July 14. For animal open classes, to include beef, sheep, goat futurity, ope...

  • RER gets $4.4 million grant from WEA

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 29, 2023

    Rare Element Resources (RER) has announced the completion of a $4.4 million grant from the Wyoming Energy Authority that will be used to assist with the cost of constructing the company’s planned demonstration plant in Upton. The grant is a cost reimbursement award for future expenditures related to construction of the rare earth processing and separation demo plant, which the company has described as the next step in the process of establishing a rare earth mine in the Bearlodge Mountains and an associated processing plant, likely also in U...

  • Invasive mussels intercepted

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 29, 2023

    Increased vigilance for invasive mussels has already resulted in five thwarted attempts to cross the Wyoming border this summer. Two of the five infested watercraft traveled through the check station in Beulah. Wyoming Game & Fish stepped up its efforts to stop zebra and quagga mussels from reaching waters in this state after an infestation of the invasive creatures was reported at Pactola Reservoir around this time last year, just 30 miles from the Wyoming border. This was the closest location...

  • Colton Daniel Otto

    Jun 29, 2023

    Colton Daniel Otto, 24, of Havre, Montana and Pine Haven, Wyoming passed away on June 17, 2023 in Pine Haven. Colton was born in Havre on January 11, 1999 to Jason and Dyann Otto. He lived in Rudyard, Montana before moving with his family to Pine Haven. He went to school at North Star Schools in Gildford/Rudyard and Moorcroft High School in Moorcroft, Wyoming. He attended MSU-Northern in Havre for three semesters studying to be a diesel mechanic. He was very athletic and was involved in... Full story

  • Raymond Osloond Sr.

    Jun 29, 2023

    On Friday, June 23, 2023, Raymond Osloond Sr. "Stretch", 93, passed away at his home with his son by his side. Raymond was born on August 16, 1929 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to parents William and Rena (Rishor) Osloond. He was drafted into the United States Army on November 4, 1950. He left his home near Mona, Wyoming, for base camp in California, boarded the USNS Marine Phoenix, sailed to Japan and then to Korea where he served in the Korean War. After returning, Stretch married his... Full story

  • Service: Todd Slattery

    Jun 29, 2023

    Mass of Christian Burial for Todd Slattery will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 30, 2023 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Moorcroft, Wyoming. Fellowship to follow prior to interment at Moore Hill Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 29 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Rosary starting at 6 p.m. Fellowship to follow.... Full story

  • Card of Thanks

    Jun 29, 2023

    In conjunction with Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Hunting with Heroes Wyoming board of directors have suspended most of their annual disabled veterans hunts for 2023. Based on the Wyoming Game and Fish decision to reduce total license numbers and in some areas shorten the season lengths, the Hunting with Heroes Wyoming board of directors have chosen to suspend the annual Veterans Day disabled veterans deer hunt. Hunting with Heroes Wyoming would like to publicly thank all of our local business sponsors, volunteers and our generous... Full story

  • Correction:

    Jun 29, 2023

    The new plates apply to any light trailer that weighs 1000 lbs. or less, not trailers weighing less than 1000 lbs. WYDOT sent out a correction to their press release after last week’s papers had gone to press.... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 29, 2023

    1 Years Ago July 5, 1923 Glen Hartman arrived in Sundance Sunday for a short visit with friends. As former county agent, Mr. Hartman is well known and cordially esteemed throughout Crook County. He is now assistant professor of agronomy at the agricultural college department of Laramie university. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Haselton have moved into Sundance and are occupying the Jelbert residence on West street. Mr. Haselton has entered upon his duties as deputy sheriff and janitor for the county...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jun 29, 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., July 6, at 1 p.m. in Hulett. 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....

  • Spirit of the Bear Lodge

    Jun 29, 2023

    Local authors Pat Frolander, Andi Hummel and Viktoria Peterson are proud to offer a second collection of work from the Bearlodge Writers, Spirit of the Bear Lodge, launching on July 8, 2023. Spirit of the Bear Lodge is a celebration of poetry, fiction, essay and memoir with wide-ranging themes. The works in this volume encompass the best of the Bearlodge Writers, a critique group based in Sundance, founded in 1979. Bearlodge Writers was first envisioned as a place where writers could gather to share, create and encourage each other. Its...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jun 29, 2023

    Dear Editor, Last July 4, 2022, I had neighbors set off 30-40 roman candles that also went over my land, and the neighbor to the south of them, Jim’s, that had dry, raked and wind rowed hay. My pasture had a stand of tall dry western wheat grass that was headed out and dry on the top and starting to dry at the bottom; it would have burned. My ranch fence line is only about 500 ft. from where they were firing off the fireworks. The embers from the fireworks were going over and on my land, neighbor Jim’s and onto Vision Peak, National Forest lan...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 29, 2023

    A couple of weeks ago, I confessed to discovering that one of my parents is a secret smuggler of box knives. It was a shock, but I was still able to labor under the impression that my dad was the only dangerous individual in my immediate family. Unfortunately, I have since had to reckon with my own naivety. My mum, as it turns out, is the more cunning of the pair. She did not attempt to bring contraband with her to Wyoming; rather, she waited patiently until she got here and played the long...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jun 29, 2023

    North Antelope Rochelle Mine workers injured in tornado released from hospital GILLETTE (WNE) — All mine workers hospitalized after a tornado carrying up to 130 mph gusts struck North Antelope Rochelle Mine early Friday night have been released and the large open-pit coal mine is gradually resuming its operations. The tornado touched down at about 6 p.m. Friday while shift change was underway, knocking over at least 12 empty train cars, flipping multiple buses there to transport workers and sparking a search and rescue operation that drew n...

  • Judge suspends ban on abortion pills

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 29, 2023

    Judge Melissa Owens of the 9th Judicial Court has placed a temporary restraining order on the new law prohibiting the use of abortion pills in Wyoming. The injunction will remain in place while the plaintiffs and state continue to argue the constitutionality of the law, which was passed earlier this year by the Wyoming Legislature. Due to this decision, abortion remains legal in Wyoming for now. Earlier this year, Owens placed a temporary restraining order on the “Life is a Human Right Act” of 2023, which itself invalidated the “trigger ban...

  • Mercantile menagerie

    Katie Klingsporn, WyoFile.com|Jun 29, 2023

    DAYTON - A headless mannequin greets visitors to the Dayton Mercantile Museum, a silent docent ushering people into one of Wyoming's most eclectic collections. Here, on the second floor of a building built 131 years ago, exotic mounted animals adorn the walls and scores of arrowheads line glass cases amid old stamps and bottles unearthed in the yard. A piano stands in a corner, a nod to the room's original purpose and reminder of the lively dances that once filled it. Henry Baker built the first...

  • BUDGET

    Jun 29, 2023

    NOTICE OF HEARING ON COUNTY BUDGET Notice is hereby given that a public hearing on the proposed budget for Crook County for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024, which is now being considered by the Board of Crook County Commissioners, will be held in the Crook County Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse in Sundance, Wyoming, on the 11th day of July 2023 at 9:00 o’clock a.m., at which time any and all persons interested may appear and be heard respecting such budget. A summary of such proposed budget follows: SUMMARY OF BUDGET Fund Total Cas... Full story

  • School Warrants - May

    Jun 29, 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 MAY 15TH, 2023 IN SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 21 ELECTRIC Repairs $660.00 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Curriculum $967.36 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Suppllies $12,513.96 APPLE INC Technology $28,980.00 BH PHOTO VIDEO Equipment $593.89 BIFULCO, KATHERINE M Physical Therapy Contract $952.20 BIG... Full story

  • Budget

    Jun 29, 2023

    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 11, 2023, at 6:00 PM. At the hearing, the final 2023-2024 budget will be reviewed. The Kara Circle and Windy Way Improvement & Service District 2023-2024 budget is as follows: Balance Carryover 2021-2022... Full story

  • BUDGET

    Jun 29, 2023

    LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING SUNDANCE CANYON RANCH 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 Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. At the hearing a review of the 2023 – 2024 budget will be discussed. The Sundance Canyon Ranch Improvement & Service District proposed 2023 - 2024 budget is as follows: Balance C... Full story

  • Name Change

    Jun 29, 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

  • Probate

    Jun 29, 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

  • Irrigation District

    Jun 29, 2023

    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 13th day of July, 2023, at the hour of 8:45 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

  • Budget

    Jun 29, 2023

    Budget Meeting The Crook County Museum District will be holding a Budget Meeting on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 5:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the conference room at Old Stoney Business & Cultural Center, with the Museum District’s monthly meeting to follow. Publish: June 29 and July 6, 2023... Full story

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