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Articles from the July 4, 2024 edition


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  • Fair week promises parades, rodeos and fun

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 4, 2024

    CORRECTION Last week’s newspaper listed the day of the parade, bicycle rally, color run, livestock sale and Tris Munsick concert incorrectly. Parade day will take place on Saturday, July 27. The youth rodeo is scheduled for July 20, the ranch rodeo for July 23 and the youth rough stock rodeo for July 25. Fair week is coming right up, this year to the theme of "Country Freedom". Promising all the familiar contests and attractions, there will be a few small schedule changes to watch out for t...

  • Ready for a big bang

    Jul 4, 2024

    As Independence Day arrived, the firework stand in Sundance was open for business to all revelers looking to enjoy the July 4 holiday with colorful skies, bangs and crackles....

  • Foundation donates to Climb Wyoming

    Jul 4, 2024

    Powder River Energy Foundation and Basin Electric Power Cooperative have joined forces to make a $10,000 donation to Climb Wyoming, fostering workforce development so low-income single mothers can discover self-sufficiency through career training and placement. Climb Wyoming is a statewide nonprofit that creates brighter futures for struggling single mothers and their families. The program includes job training and placement in high-demand careers, such as truck driving and healthcare, as well...

  • Bit windy

    Jul 4, 2024

    Duck pens on Randy and Kathleen Lincoln's land south of town were blown over Sunday night when a wind storm passed through the area. One of the pens was blown over a five-foot fence. All mama and baby ducks survived the ordeal....

  • Grasshopper program winds up for the year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 4, 2024

    Just under 61,000 acres of land have been treated for grasshoppers, bringing an end to this year's insecticide program through the Crook County Weed & Pest District. The district launched the program in response to predictions of a bad grasshopper season this year, planning an overhead spray of Dimilin® to combat the pests. The process began in March with outreach to gauge public interest, after which District Supervisor Alycia Conroy-Davis worked to obtain an emergency insecticide managemen...

  • CCMSD sued for breach of contract

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 4, 2024

    A lawsuit has been filed against Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) by the company responsible for the electronic medical records (EMR) system that was recently replaced throughout the district. TruBridge Inc has filed the suit in the Southern District of Alabama, claiming that the district broke its contract and owes the company just under $1 million in damages. According to the complaint, CCMSD entered into an agreement with TrBridge for the use of its EMR system, Evident. The system was to provide full accounts receivable...

  • Man reunited with family by search and rescue team

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 4, 2024

    Crook County Sheriff’s Office reports a successful search and rescue operation last week in which a young man was reunited with his father and brother at Reuter Campground. The report came in at around 9:15 p.m. on June 20 that an 18-year-old who had been camping with his brother and father had gone missing. According to the father, the male had gone mountain biking at around 5 p.m. on the trail system, but had not returned by 8 p.m. The father had gone looking for him, but was not able to locate him before dark so called 911 to report him m...

  • Bexley Lorraine Jeppesen

    Jul 4, 2024

    Bexley Lorraine Jeppesen, Hulett, Wyoming, born May 31, 2022, passed away June 29, 2024. Bexley was such a spitfire little girl, born to Athena Peterson and Hayden Jeppesen. Her attitude would put a smile on even the grumpiest faces. She was as wild as they come, loving everything to do with animals, dancing, swimming and keeping up with her big brother and sisters. She especially loved her Grammy and Papa John (sometimes even more than her parents). Bexley was one of the sweetest little girls... Full story

  • Veteran's assistance available

    Jul 4, 2024

    A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout July. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available in S...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jul 4, 2024

    1 Years Ago July 3, 1924 This section was visited by a terrific windstorm on Friday, accompanied by rain and hail in various localities. On Pleasant Valley, the Kellogg and Haines places were victims to the extent of outbuildings and sheds. There are no reports of hail damage, but considerable hail fell on the north Bear Lodge country. Three, tourist cars came into Sundance Friday evening with tops torn off, having met the blow at Rozet. The Campfire girls met in weekly session to climb Sugar...

  • Card of Thanks

    Jul 4, 2024

    Our Thanks Tina’s Wild Ideas: A huge thank you for providing the Average Joe jerseys for the game. We appreciate everything. 307 Basketball... Full story

  • WYDOT to hold STIP meetings in northeast Wyoming  

    Jul 4, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has scheduled its annual State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) meetings this summer. District 4, which encompasses Sheridan, Campbell, Crook, Weston and the northern half of Johnson Counties, has meetings scheduled over the next three months. The STIP outlines WYDOT’s construction project schedule over the next six years. A dynamic plan, the STIP is updated every year to make sure it addresses both current and future needs. The STIP shows communities where to find grant information a...

  • New laws take effect

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 4, 2024

    Numerous laws go into effect this week from this year’s session of the state legislature. From new crimes to benefits for emergency personnel, some of the statutes that became active on July 1 include: School and Childcare • School districts have additional duties related to notification and consent. For example, there are now procedures to provide notice about a child as soon as possible if there is a change in their well-being and policies must be adopted to, “reinforce the fundamental right of parents and guardians to make decisions regar...

  • Upton site ready for RER demo plant

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 4, 2024

    Rare Element Resources (RER) released a progress report this week on construction of its demo plant in Upton. Despite budget issues caused by inflation, the company expects to begin operation at the end of the summer. It’s been all systems go at the site since RER’s ground breaking ceremony last October. Shortly after, the company announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had finalized its review of the demo plant that the company anticipates will soon be built in Upton, officially completing the federal permitting process prior to con...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jul 4, 2024

    Dear Editor, I drove by a church in a small town. The name of the church was ‘Connection Church’. It got me to thinking about the Wyoming Republican primary in August. Connections, “unseen”, can be made throughout the Wyoming political landscape. According to a Cowboy State Daily article of June 1, 2024, the Democrats exposed one of these connections at their state convention. The Democrats are willing to work with Republicans like the “Wyoming Caucus” but they are unwilling to work with the Freedom Caucus. Many of the legislators running for...

  • Communities reconnect after Teton Pass opens

    Jasmine Hall, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 4, 2024

    JACKSON - The pace picked up in Wilson as soon as Teton Pass reopened at noon Friday. Cars lined up to drive up Highway 22. Gas pumps at Basecamp bustled. Travelers, locals and construction workers grabbing lunch could only discuss one thing: the road. A paved, two-lane bypass reconnected Jackson Hole and Teton Valley, Idaho, less than three weeks after the Big Fill landslide on June 8. It's a short-term fix that Wyoming Department of Transportation and Evans Construction crews have been...

  • Circuit Court

    Jul 4, 2024

    Speeding – Benjamin Shean, Brunswick, ME, 79/70, $103; Misty Yount, Poseyville, IN, 78/65, $125; Stephen Hennies, Rapid City, SD, 80/75, $15; Susan Hassinger, Maple Valley, WA, 89/80, $103; Rick A. Hardcopf, Minneapolis, MN, 90/75, $135; (minor) Custer, SD, 75/70, $15; Trent Nickels, Bellevue, NE, 111/80, $215; Ramses Ceniceros Garcia, Santiago, Mexico, 99/80, $155; Javier Garcia Hernandez, Gillette, WY, 80/75, $15; Somasundaram Gomathinayagam, Frisco, TX, 85/80, $15; Rebecca Madison, Corvallis, MT, 69/65, $63; Gunner M. Swanson, Bismarck, N...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jul 4, 2024

    June 24 – Alarm. Two animal complaints. Business checks. Two EMS calls. House watch. Motorist assist. Three paper services. Fingerprints. Traffic hazard. Three traffic stops. June 25 – Crash. Three alarms. Two animal complaints. Assist another agency. Assist Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business checks. DUI. Two paper services. Suspicious circumstances. Mental health call. Two traffic hazards. Eight VIN checks. June 26 – Motorist assist. Six VIN checks. June 27 – Crash. Animal complaint. Assist Wyoming Highway Patrol. Two citizen assists. EMS call....

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jul 4, 2024

    Police arrest man known for harassing people at Cheyenne businesses CHEYENNE (WNE) — Laramie County Sheriff ’s deputies arrested a 42-year-old man known locally for harassing and “hexing” business owners on June 20 for trespassing. On the day of Joshua Hayden-Ali’s arrest, Deputy Aaron Veldheer responded to a disturbance in progress at the Safeway supermarket at 700 South Greeley Highway. The description of the man matched that of Hayden-Ali. Veldheer spoke with the woman who said Hayden-Ali had been threatening her. She told Veldheer...

  • Budget

    Jul 4, 2024

    NOTICE OF HEARING ON BUDGET Notice is hereby given that a public hearing on the proposed budget for Eastern Wyoming Board of Cooperative Educational Services (EW BOCES) for the 2024-2025 fiscal year ending June 30, 2025, which is now being considered by the EW BOCES Board, will be held on the 10th day of July, 2024, 12:30 p.m., at which time any and all persons may appear and be heard. Please feel free to join us via zoom at https://ewc-wy.zoom.us/j/95142619402. SUMMARY OF BUDGET SCHOOL/COLLEGE DISTRICT CASH AVAILABLE JULY 1ST (1) ESTIMATED... Full story

  • Budget

    Jul 4, 2024

    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, 2025, 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 15th day of July 2024 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 Est...

  • Probate

    Jul 4, 2024

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Probate No.2024-CV-0009029 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: C. ALAN ROBERTS, aka CLYDE ALAN ROBERTS, aka ALAN ROBERTS, Deceased. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that, pursuant to W.S. §2-1-205, Aileen Gay Arnold has filed a sworn Application for Decree of Distribution with the Clerk of the above-entitled court wherein she prays that pursuant to the Last Will and Testament of the... Full story

  • Budget

    Jul 4, 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: July 4 and 11, 2024... Full story

  • Budget

    Jul 4, 2024

    Meeting/Budget Hearing Notice The Crook County Tourism Promotion Board will hold its regular meeting and budget hearing on Wednesday, July 17th in Sundance at the Crook County Museum and Cultural Center at 6 p.m. The meeting will begin with the budget hearing. The board is proposing a $397,330.05 budget. Publish: July 4, 2024... Full story

  • Probate

    Jul 4, 2024

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Probate No.2024-CV-9032 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: R. MONICA MADDEN, Deceased. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that, pursuant to W.S. §2-1-205, John R. Pierce has filed a sworn Application for Decree of Distribution with the Clerk of the above-entitled court wherein he prays that pursuant to W.S. §2-4-101(c)(ii) the Rule of Descent, and through the intervening estate of Bonnie P... Full story

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