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Articles from the June 30, 2022 edition


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  • On top of the world

    Jun 30, 2022

    This year's Sundance Volksmarch made good use of the scenic trails at Sundance White Ranch Park at the weekend. Sponsored by the Black Hills Volkssport Association, the event offered climbers a 5k or 10k option....

  • Full summer ahead for Cook Lake

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 30, 2022

    Landslide dangers and necessary construction have hindered use of Cook Lake Recreation Area in recent seasons – but not this year. According to Mike Gosse, District Ranger, the popular site will be offering a full set of amenities over the coming weeks of summer. “Cook Lake, Reuter, Bearlodge and Sundance Horse Camp are all open for camping with a full season of use expected. There are campground hosts at Reuter Campground and Cook Lake,” he says. “New additional horse corrals have been installed at the Sundance Horse Camp with a new restroo...

  • Drought declared over

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 30, 2022

    The rain might have interrupted a few early-summer barbecues around the area, and many a vehicle and siding panel could have done without the hail, but Crook County has officially been raised out of drought conditions thanks to all the recent precipitation. While the lower half of the county does remain “abnormally dry”, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the northern half is experiencing no drought conditions at all at this time. This is quite the turnaround from just three months ago, when the entire county was listed as experiencing ong...

  • Passing the book

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 30, 2022

    You don't need to be quiet in the library. You're allowed to talk, and laugh, and enjoy yourself. The cliché of the stern librarian with a finger to her lips, hair pulled back in a bun and a cross look as she shushes you, is one that Jill Mackey and Bonnie Stahla have always wanted to dispel. "We've worked hard, especially with the kids, to make sure they know they're welcome at the library and they know what the library provides," says Mackey, who steps down at the end of the month as director...

  • Keith LeRoy Shelstad

    Jun 30, 2022

    With heavy and grateful hearts, we mourn the passing of our father, Keith LeRoy Shelstad on June 20, 2022. Keith was born the youngest son of nine children in Chinook, Montana on July 15, 1937. Ever responsible, he worked on the farm, did odd jobs all over town and later joined a seismograph crew working in Montana and the Dakotas. At 17, he joined the United States Air Force, stationed in Morocco, North Africa as a Tech Specialist 4. He served with pride for four years, returning to Montana... Full story

  • Services: Boyd Dean Jensen

    Jun 30, 2022

    Celebration of Life for Boyd Dean Jensen will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at the Crook County School District Central Office Gym in Sundance, Wyoming. Lunch will be served.... Full story

  • Willis A. "Bill" Hughes

    Jun 30, 2022

    A family graveside memorial will be held on Saturday, July 2 at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon at the Moorcroft Presbyterian Church at high noon. The community is welcome to attend the luncheon to reminisce of Bill's life well lived. Willis A. "Bill" Hughes, 100, longtime resident and businessman from Moorcroft, Wyoming passed away on January 12, 2022, at the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center located in Gillette, Wyoming after a long battle with Father Time, with his son Doug and... Full story

  • State Park Backpacks available at the library

    Jun 30, 2022

    Crook County Libraries are joining with the Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails to offer the "Check-Out State Parks Library Program." Backpacks can be checked out at any of our Crook County Library locations – Sundance, Moorcroft and Hulett. Library patrons can check out a backpack and day use State Parks pass for up to two weeks. The pass provides entry into any Wyoming State Park or Historic Site. Each backpack includes binoculars, magnifying glass, bug jar, compass and field g...

  • Card of Thanks

    Jun 30, 2022

    Our sincere thanks to our friends, neighbors and extended family for your love, comfort and support in memory of our dear husband, father and grandfather/great grandfather – Chester Hejde. Special thanks to Rocky Courchaine for organizing the auditorium in Old Stoney for Chester’s memorial service; Katie Whalen and Todd Kahler for their beautiful, inspiring music; Sundance Masonic Lodge #9 for conducting the service; and the Crook County Cattlewomen, Heritage Association and Aladdin Homemakers for providing refreshments. We are so blessed to...

  • Powder River Energy Foundation/Basin Electric donate

    Jun 30, 2022

    Powder River Energy Foundation and Basin Electric have joined forces to make a $7500 donation to Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC), supporting educators to implement the Wyoming Stewardship Project (WSP) in their classrooms and develop students' understanding of Wyoming's vast natural resources. Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom is a statewide organization that brings curricula covering agriculture, minerals, energy, outdoor recreation and tourism to youth. WAIC also provides...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 30, 2022

    1 Years Ago June 29, 1922 Missing Issue 75 Years Ago June 26, 1947 The annual fireworks display sponsored by the Sundance Commercial Club will be held at the time of the Crook County Fair instead of July 4 as is the custom, it was announced this week. In former years, only businessmen donated money for the display, but this year, in addition to the businessmen, all residents of the county are asked to make any contribution that they wish. The club hopes that in this way they can secure more money and have a larger display of fireworks. A...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Jun 30, 2022

    The library will be closed on Mon., July 4, for Independence Day. We are still doing curbside and in-town delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. We have numerous magazines available for a two-week checkout. PREVENTION MAGAZINE is a healthy-lifestyle magazine featuring articles about health conditions, wellness, food and nutrition, weight loss, fitness and beauty. Displays: Sundance Elementary Summer School Students’ creations. If you have a collection you would like to share with Sundance, please let us know! We have two locking c...

  • Farm Bureau Federation hosting candidate forum

    Jun 30, 2022

    Crook County Farm Bureau Federation is hosting a local candidate forum at the RAM Center at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., July 14. The RAM Center is located at 18048 US Hwy 14. Senate District 1 candidates as well as Crook County Commissioner candidates will be in answering questions. Moderating the event will be David Iverson of Cowboy State Politics. Water and cookies will be provided by Farm Bureau and the Republican Women. Please send potential questions for the candidates to Diana Burian at [email protected]....

  • CCMSD financials given clean bill of health

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 30, 2022

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) was given a relatively clean audit report last week, courtesy of Scott Nelson of Eide Bailly of Montana. Only two issues were noted in the report, neither of which came as a surprise. Both, said Nelson, are common issues for smaller medical organizations. The first was a concern that has been noted over the years for almost every governing body receiving an audit in the county: lack of complete segregation of duties. This occurs when an entity lacks the employees to be able to assign a different pe...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jun 30, 2022

    Former Little League treasurer accused of stealing nearly $30K pleads guilty to felony theft GILLETTE (WNE) — A Campbell County man accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from Gillette Little League while he was the club’s treasurer has pleaded guilty to felony theft. Rory Geis, 40, reached a plea agreement June 16 in which he agreed to plead guilty to felony theft. The prosecution agreed to dismiss a second count of felony theft. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state recommends a suspended four- to six-year sentence with a 30-day split sen...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 30, 2022

    The scientists of my alma mater solved a bird-based mystery last week, but the solution was not nearly as bizarre as it first seemed. The head-scratcher involved an oystercatcher that seemed to be the best-traveled creature in the UK, making its way through an impressive swathe of the islands’ most popular attractions. Animal tracking is no novel phenomenon here in Wyoming – our Game and Fish department uses this method constantly to keep an eye on the wildlife of our state. Researchers fro...

  • Pandemic still active in county

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 30, 2022

    The COVID-19 pandemic may have been on the down-low over the last few months, but it certainly isn’t gone. According to CEO Micki Lyons of the Crook County Medical Services District, the virus is still cropping up in the local community. “We’ve seen some positive employees and also some positive in the community,” she told the board of trustees at last week’s regular meeting. However, Lyons noted last week that this doesn’t seem to be having an impact on the community level system used by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to indicate th...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jun 30, 2022

    June 20 – Three traffic stops. Four VIN checks. Alarm. Business checks. Citizen assist. Coroner call. Harassment. House watch. Patient transfer. Suspicious person. Auto theft. June 21 – Fifteen traffic stops. Two VIN2 checks. Two business checks. House watch. Two paper services. Patient transfer. Theft. June 22 – Nine traffic stops. Four VIN checks. Animal complaint. Citizen dispute. Lockout. REDDI report. Suspicious person. Traffic complaint. Welfare check. June 23 – Seven traffic stops. VIN checks. Traffic accident. Animal bite. Assiste...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 30, 2022

    Speeding – Kane Wolkey, Kansas City, MO, 75/65, $140; Megan Schleifer, Okawville, IL, 85/75, $105; Nathan Perko, Richland, WA, 89/70, $155; Miriam Dashtipour, Willard, MO, 94/80, $130; Christopher Sullivan, Moorcroft, WY, 95/80, $135; Julie Gonzalez, Gillette, WY, 91/75, $140; Rick Wagner, New Underwood, SD, 89/75, $130; Johnny Cantrell, Yakima, WA, 87/75, $120; Lawrence Kuch, Lancaster, PA, 77/70, $99; Jason S. Nichols, Hulett, WY, 86/70, $140; Elizabeth Eloe-Reep, Idaho Falls, ID, 75/65, $140; Jamie Rost-Robinson, Baker, MT, 77/65, $174; J...

  • 4-H Camp revived

    Jun 30, 2022

    4-H Summer Camp is a much-anticipated event for youth in Crook and Weston Counties and this year was no exception. After a three-year hiatus, over 50 youth and adult volunteers flocked to Mallo Camp for the return of the annual Crook-Weston County 4-H Camp. 4-H Summer Camp began with a leadership training for teen leaders who serve as camp counselors. The group of 21 outstanding teens participated in interactive team building exercises and learned other essential camp management tools. Campers...

  • FFA and 4-H members attend NE 307 Show Clinic

    Jun 30, 2022

    The ninth annual Northeast 307 Show Clinic was held in Sundance June 9-10. FFA and 4-H members from several counties and two states attended this two-day learning symposium. The 307 Show Clinic brings in show industry experts that teach participants all about showing, fitting, feeding and care of their animal projects. The multi-species show clinic program began with Danice Conzelman in 2010, who established the Northeast Wyoming (NEW) Livestock Camp. The program evolved to be a multi-county...

  • Budget

    Jun 30, 2022

    NOTICE OF HEARING ON BUDGET Notice is hereby given that a public hearing on the final budget for Eastern Wyoming Board of Cooperative Educational Services (EW BOCES) for the 2022-2023 fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, which is now being considered by the EW BOCES Board, will be held in the Tebbet Classroom Building, room T110, on Eastern Wyoming College’s main Torrington, Wyoming campus, on the 7th day of July, 2022, 12:30 p.m., at which time any and all persons may appear and be heard. Call to arrange for access via teleconference (... Full story

  • Warrants

    Jun 30, 2022

    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 20th, 2022, at SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 2 GUYS DECO INC Replace Carpet $ 9,764.54 21 ELECTRIC Electrical Repairs $ 1,007.50 A & B WELDING SUPPLY CO INC Teaching Supplies $ 1,151.12 ACKERMAN, BRANDON B Isolation $ 728.32 ALL AROUND HARDWARE LLC Supplies $ 648.74 AMAZON.COM... Full story

  • Quiet Title

    Jun 30, 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

  • Abandoned Vehicle

    Jun 30, 2022

    Notice of Sale of Abandoned Vehicle The following vehicle will be sold at 12:00 p.m. on July 5, 2022 at 2111 E. Cleveland St., Sundance, Crook County, Wyoming, to-wit: A 2016 Hyundai Sonata, VIN# 5NPE34AF9GH295622, titled in the name of Jorge Ivan Bermudez Colon. The seller claims $6550 for expense of removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale. The vehicle shall be sold to the highest bidder who pays in a form acceptable to the seller. Seller: Iron Horse Towing P.O. Box 1366 Sundance, WY 82729 (307) 281-0000 Publish: June 23 and 30,... Full story

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