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  • "Pledge" clash continues at town hall

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 1, 2021

    Four Wyoming legislators answered a host of questions at last week’s town hall meeting in Sundance, but one topic in particular seemed at the front of everyone’s minds. The event saw further friction between Senator Ogden Driskill and Representative Chip Neiman over a “pledge” the latter asked legislators to sign in support of a bill to introduce run-off elections. Crook County’s reps were joined by Representatives John Bear of Campbell County and Chuck Gray of Natrona County. At least the...

  • Judge turns down Smith's plea agreement

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 1, 2021

    It’s not because further punishment is needed that Judge Thomas W. Rumpke chose to decline Marty Smith’s plea agreement last week. Instead, he said, it’s because he feels she needs more supervision for her drug and alcohol problems before being released back into the community. Smith changed her plea to “no contest” on charges that she was criminally involved in the death of local man Doug Haar. She was found guilty of both accessory to involuntary manslaughter and to aggravated assault and battery by a jury in 2019, but the case was to be hea...

  • CCMSD: conduct called into question again

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 1, 2021

    Conversations about the conduct of the Crook County Medical Services District Board of Trustees were initiated at May’s regular meeting, but put on hold due to the absence of the Trustee Sandy Neiman, whose actions had been called into question. Though Mark Erickson, board chairman, did not feel the need to continue that discussion last week, Trustee Connie Lindmier felt that Neiman had a right to hear what she had been accused of. Acquiescing, Erickson began by commenting that, “We have a lot of discussions that go on that we are not in agr...

  • Clinic contract back on hold

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 1, 2021

    Who will pay the outstanding costs associated with the Red Bluffs Clinic in Hulett, recently estimated to stand at approximately $1.5 million? This question caused a sticking point during last week’s meeting of the Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees, while the board also heard that their latest offer to lease space in the building has been rejected. Bill Motley, secretary of the Crook County Medical Foundation (CCMF), presented a letter to the district that stated his board, “has made the unanimous decision not...

  • Banking on the community

    Jul 1, 2021

    Sundance State Bank hosted an evening of entertainment on Saturday to celebrate its 125th anniversary. With live music from Todd Kahler and a BBQ on offer, the event then transitioned into a street dance as evening arrived with music by Dirty Word....

  • Steven Ray Rolf

    Jul 1, 2021

    Steven Ray Rolf, a beloved resident of Madison County, Alabama, has passed away peacefully on June 27, 2021, at his home at the age of 72. Steve was born on April 9, 1949, in Spearfish, South Dakota, to Lloyd and Patricia (Finch) Rolf. His birth was during the blizzard of 1949, so the family had a miserable time getting to Spearfish. He attended Sundance High School in Wyoming then went to South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, where he met and married Frances Merwin. After earning his bachelor’s degree in physics, he went back to S... Full story

  • Arrangements Pending: Terry Lee Newlin

    Jul 1, 2021

    Terry Lee Newlin, age 74, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021, at Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance. Arrangements are pending with Fidler-Roberts and Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance.... Full story

  • George Zimmerschied

    Jul 1, 2021

    Graveside services for George Zimmerschied were held Friday, June 25, 2021, at Pine Grove Cemetery, Oshoto, Wyoming. George Lee Zimmerschied 75, lifetime Crook County Pioneer, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on June 21, 2021. George was born on April 5, 1946, to Howard and Grace Zimmerschied of Carlile, Wyoming. He grew up on the family ranch and attended school at Cabin Creek and Moorcroft. He graduated Moorcroft High School in 1964. George was active in the F.F.A. and raised Suffolk sheep; he worked and helped his dad on the... Full story

  • Aladdin fire department erects pole buildings

    Jul 1, 2021

    For many years, the Aladdin Fire Department (official name Crook County Fire Zone 12) has been holding various fundraisers to pay for repairs, fire food and improvements. Finally, after all this time, and with a generous donation from Dick and Terry Pfister, owners of the 76 Ranch, this year we finally had enough money to purchase five pole buildings to house some of our fire trucks. Former Zone Warden George Whalen worked with Adam Rydquist at 4 Aces Fabrication on the design, and current Zone...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Jul 1, 2021

    Our Thanks The family of LeRoy Bush would like to thank you for the cards, prayers, delicious food and attendance at his memorial service. It meant a lot to us. He was such a special person. Jean Bush Greg Bush Todd Bush Tammy, James, Shaun and Tyler Sally Ann and Jim Neiman and families Our Thanks Our family deeply appreciates all the kindnesses shown to us during the illness and death of our beloved Peggy – sweetheart, wife, mom and grandma. Each card, message and tribute to her life were reminders of the many people she influenced, cared f... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Jul 1, 2021

    1 Years Ago June 30, 1921 Sundance ball players retrieved their long lost winning gait Sunday when they trimmed Hulett by a score of 13 to 4. As we said before, now watch ‘em go right down the line for the pennant. Joe Jolley and Carl Todd arrived in Sundance early Sunday morning with 16 students of the Normal summer school en route to the Tower. After breakfast at Zane’s hotel the party proceeded to the famous landmark and had a splendid outing, returning to Sundance for a supper at the tourist camp grounds. The drivers report the road in...

  • Resurrection tour comes to Crook County

    Jul 1, 2021

    Senator Ogden Driskill is sponsoring a political event by the name of “The Resurrection Tour” this weekend, an evening of speakers that claims to be making 84 stops in 50 states to discuss faith, family and freedom. Arranged by “Arise USA!”, the evening begins at 5:30 p.m. on July 2 on the county courthouse lawn, followed at 6 p.m. with an opening song and prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. Local speakers will open the main program at 6:15 p.m., followed by featured speakers at 6:30 p.m. including Robert David Steele,...

  • CCMSD creates new strategic plan

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 1, 2021

    With the assistance of a firm called FutureSync, the Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has given a new look to its strategic plan, said CEO Micki Lyons last week. The district has announced the new vision statement it will aim to live up to in the future, she said: “CCMSD is recognized for setting the standard for rural healthcare across generations.” Lyons informed the board of trustees that she had instigated the session because she wanted the district’s strategic plan to be fresh, new and specifically tailored to the distr...

  • LTC reopens, but Delta variant is on the rise

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 1, 2021

    Micki Lyons, CEO of Crook County Medical Services District, was able to confirm last week that the long term care unit is once again open to visitation. “We did have a positive employee in our long term care, which caused us to have to lock down our long term care to visitors for two weeks,” she stated. However, as there have been no further positive COVID-19 tests, the unit has been opened back up. Lyons reported that the infection numbers in Wyoming are “staying pretty steady” and at this time there are no hotspots near this county. Wyoming D...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Jul 1, 2021

    We are still doing curbside and delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. If you are a master gardener, will you please contact the library? We would like to have some gardening programs, and need a master gardener to lead them. Thanks! Thanks to the generosity of Les Fullerton’s family, we now have the Les Fullerton Memorial that is paying for all InterLibrary Loan requests. Displays: Violet and Paul Smith’s music boxes. If you have a collection you would like to show to Sundance, please let us know! We have two locking cases that we...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jul 1, 2021

    I ran for office as a CCMSD Board Trustee in order to make a difference, and to work with a team of people who want what is best for the district, and the people of this county. I wish to thank the people of Crook County for putting their faith in me as a representative for them. We’ve come a long way from eight and a half years ago when I was first elected. I appreciate the work the healthcare staff has done to make this hospital and district a high quality and people-centered program. We now – presently, at least – have monies to spend on im...

  • Simple?

    Pastor Dave Jagemann, Chapel of Faith|Jul 1, 2021

    The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. ~ Ps. 116:6 Is anything in life simple? The answer is no and yes. The world, in general, is not an easy place. Since the fall in the Garden of Eden and the introduction of sin, what was once good is now complicated and corruptible. Here are several straightforward observations to assist in simplifying your life: There is no side-stepping the simple message of salvation and subsequent peace found in Jesus Christ. Simple to see...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN|Jul 1, 2021

    Dear NP, “I was recently started on metoprolol for high blood pressure. I have never taken any prescription medications for blood pressure problems. Before starting the medication, I was able to walk at a fast pace for about 30 minutes. Now, I cannot tolerate any exercise, and I get tired very easily. Could it be due to the new medication?” Dear Reader, First, I’m happy to hear that you are addressing your high blood pressure. High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” because it often...

  • Crook County Sheriff

    Jul 1, 2021

    June 14-20 June 14 – Six VIN checks. Six traffic stops. Business checks. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Two bookings. Six fire pages. Two suspicious circumstances. Motorist assist. Gas drive off. Two fingerprints. Disturbance. Protection order violation. Arrest. Theft. Extra patrol request. June 15 – Four paper services. Six VIN checks. Six traffic stops. Six fire pages. EMS page. Three bookings. Business checks. Two motorist assists. Courtesy ride. June 16 – Six VIN checks. Three traffic stops. Motorist assist. Three fire pages. Litte...

  • Circuit Court

    Jul 1, 2021

    Speeding – Joshua A. Medaries, LA, 90/70, $145; Petre V. Costache, WA, 97/80, $155; Coleman Johnson, Gillette, 87/75, $120; Clark Powell, MO, 78/65, $125; Nathan Leroy Musser, Casper, 44/30, $188; Sebastian Gregg, IL, 83/70, $125; Jeffrey Hendricks, UT, 92/75, $145; (minor), Gillette, 87/80, $110; Levi Louis Vernette, MI, 96/75, $165; Patricia Ann Brietich, WA, 85/75, $105; (minor), Aladdin, 84/70, $130; Jose Cruz Dominguez Gonzalez, AZ, 77/65, $120; Wesley E. Prosenick, MT, 82/70, $120; Cory Grace, SD, 93/80, $125; Kayla Ederveen, Gillette, 8...

  • Man given suspended sentence for assaulting Sundance police officer

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 1, 2021

    Trevor Hartl of Gillette has been given a suspended sentence following an incident in which he allegedly refused to leave a local bar and caused bodily injury to the police officer who was called to escort him from the premises. According to a statement from the Sundance officer involved in the incident, a disturbance took place at around 9:35 p.m. on August 20, 2020 at the Dime Horseshoe Bar. The bartender told the officer that she wanted Hartl, the man allegedly causing the disturbance, to be removed from the bar. The officer reports that he...

  • Surplus Bids

    Jul 1, 2021

    CALL for BIDS Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees is accepting sealed bids for sale of the following surplus property: QUANTITY DESCRIPTION One (1) Case Cruzer iPad cart/charging station. Fits iPad model with Griffin Survivor Case – 20 iPads fit in foam inserts in large wheeled plastic cart. Two (2) Case Cruzer iPad cart/charging station. Fits iPad 2 model with Griffin Survivor Case – 10 iPads fit in foam inserts in a large wheeled plastic cart. Foam insert has been removed but is available. Three (3) Sanyo 50” flat screen TV wi... Full story

  • Trust

    Jul 1, 2021

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF NATRONA IN THE MATTER OF MARY CATHERINE RULAND, a/k/a MARY C. RULAND, a/k/a MARY RULAND, TRUST, DATED MAY 30, 1995, AND ANY AMENDMENTS THERETO, Successor Trustee’s Notice of Intent to Distribute COMES NOW Dan A. Ruland the Successor Trustee under the Mary C. Ruland Revocable Living Trust, dated May 30, 1995, and any amendments thereto and pursuant to the Wyoming Uniform Trust Code, W.S. § 4-10-507 advises all persons interested in the estate of Mary Catherine Ruland, a/k/a Mary C. Ruland, a/k/a Mary Ruland as fo... Full story

  • OIL AND GAS

    Jul 1, 2021

    BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING CORRECTION: The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) will meet at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, July 12, 2021, and subsequent days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., at the office of the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, 2211 King Boulevard, Casper, Wyoming, to consider the matters which were identified in the legal notice dated June 16, 2021, and which published on or about June 24, 2021. DATED... Full story

  • FORECLOSURE

    Jul 1, 2021

    FORECLOSURE SALE The Foreclosure sale originally scheduled for June 28, 2021, in the matter designated below is now postponed until July 12, 2021, as set forth below. Default having occurred and all prerequisites to foreclosure having been met, notice is hereby given that the mortgage executed by Chance L. Englebert, married man, mortgagor, in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Bay Equity LLC, mortgagee, dated November 7, 2018, recorded November 8, 2018, in Book 591 of Photos at Page 662, in the Office of... Full story

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