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Articles from the July 11, 2024 edition


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  • The view from above

    Jul 11, 2024

    A number of locals turned out to enjoy the view from Warren Peak as fireworks lit up the sky over Devils Tower on July 4....

  • Bug school

    Jul 11, 2024

    "Bug School" was in session for the month of June at Sundance Elementary School's summer session. Students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade enjoyed a plethora of activities devoted to the study and learning of insects. The upper grades collected, pinned and identified insects from the playground, pond area and the Sundance hill near the school. The collection will live in the library for all students to learn from and observe. The students researched entomophagy (eating insects) and ba...

  • Retirement

    Jul 11, 2024

    Jim Brandenburg was recognized last week for his 36 years with Crook County at his retirement....

  • 35 years

    Jul 11, 2024

    The Wyoming Public Transportation Association presented Robert Wagner with a plaque June 25 to recognize 35 years of service with the Crook County School District, originally as a driver, then a mechanic....

  • Daniel Ray Jones

    Jul 11, 2024

    We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Daniel "Danny" Ray Jones on June 19, 2024, at the age of 71 at The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center, Gillette, Wyoming, from complications of COPD. He was born on May 31, 1953. Danny was the beloved son of Raymond Claude Jones and Janie Sue (Alford) Jones. Danny was married to his loving wife, Donna Kay (Hall) Jones, on March 21, 1977, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Together, they raised their twins Sarah and Curtis. He was a devoted husband,...

  • Garman named Tree Farmer of the Year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 11, 2024

    Crook County's Jeff Garman has been named the 2024 Wyoming Tree Farmer of the year by Wyoming State Forestry. Each year, the award recognizes a family-owned woodland for its outstanding sustainable forest management, honoring individuals who go above and beyond in their commitment to responsible forest management. The Garmans have spent several decades working with professionals from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wyoming State Forestry on stewardship of their land. The goal of this...

  • Flare Up

    Jul 11, 2024

    A fire flared up off Douglas Road on Tuesday afternoon, southwest of Sundance, sending a sizeable column of smoke into the sky. Units from Crook and Weston counties and the surrounding areas responded, along with multiple air units. At time of going to press, size and cause of the fire was not yet known....

  • Rancher compensation bill for hungry elk rises from ashes as proposed rule change

    Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com|Jul 11, 2024

    When grass on private land intended for livestock gets munched first by elk - and other big game - wildlife managers are taking steps to better compensate ranchers left with hungry animals. A proposed Wyoming Game and Fish Department regulation change came about because of elk populations that have exceeded state goals and caused landowners problems, said Craig Smith, the agency's deputy chief of wildlife. "It's reached a point where we do feel like we need to do something a little bit extra in...

  • Lost child recovered after all-night search

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 11, 2024

    With the help of dozens of community members and emergency personnel, Crook County Sheriff’s Office was able to reunite a young boy with his family last weekend after the child disappeared from his home, leaving only a footprint behind. On July 5, at around 12:47 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of a missing child who had gone missing from his home near Hulett. According to sheriff’s office reports, the ten-year-old, who is autistic and nonverbal, had last been seen at 2 p.m. the day before. The caller enlisted between 20 and 30 peo...

  • City floats no-parking zone

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 11, 2024

    A no parking zone is to be enforced on one block of a city street – the Sundance City Council’s response to an issue with a driver who is said to be blocking his neighbor’s drive. Mayor Paul Brooks described the situation as a person who parks on the driving lane on the block of E. Sewell Street behind the high school. The neighbors, he said, are having issues backing out of their driveway due to the presence of this vehicle on a narrow stretch of road. The vehicle’s owner is unwilling to move it elsewhere, said Brooks. He told the council...

  • Council makes pickleball call

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 11, 2024

    It’s hard to play pickleball without a net, but will it be safe from thieves if it’s left up at the court? Sundance’s pickleball club has been keeping the net locked up to protect it, said Clerk-Treasurer Theresa Curren last week, but this has caused a problem because the city has received requests from members of the public who would like to make use of it. Until now, she said, a potential pickleballer has had to contact a member of the club to borrow the net. Curren suggested that a better option would be to have the net at City Hall to loan...

  • Correction:

    Jul 11, 2024

    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....

  • Card of Thanks

    Jul 11, 2024

    Our Thanks The family of Arnold “Arnie” Altaffer appreciates all the condolences, donations and food from friends, neighbors and others. We thank all who attended his funeral and celebrated his life with us. If we did not personally thank you, please know we are grateful to each and every one of you. Penny Altaffer, Natasha and Jim Archer and family, James and Rebecca Altaffer and family...

  • New Haven picnic coming soon

    Jul 11, 2024

    The annual New Haven community picnic will be held July 21 with a potluck meal at 6 p.m. and an auction to follow. Proceeds pay for utilities and insurance. The trustee meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Picnic attendees also will be able to take part in volleyball, badminton and cornhole....

  • Peek at the Past

    Jul 11, 2024

    1 Years Ago July 10, 1924 Although dry conditions have made grain and grass crops somewhat of a hazard, Judge Partlow exhibits a sample of barley from his farm east of Sundance. The stalks are full five feet in height and the grain is nicely headed. A young fellow from the north country created some excitement at the Tower Saturday when he showed symptoms of severe moonshine poisoning. Eventually he was removed to a cool shelter and came out of it with symptoms of a severe jag. To the credit of the management, it may be said that moonshine...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jul 11, 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 “Stamp” kits. These are rubber stamps and ink pads for card making and scrapbooking. We have a wide range of stamps for different occasions and ink colors. Come see what you can create with these great take home kits. LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. in Sundance. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., Jul. 17 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Sundance Friends of...

  • Council opts to cost-share sewer line work

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 11, 2024

    The Sundance City Council has agreed to chip in on a bill of several thousand dollars to fix a backed up sewer line, raising the question of where exactly the city’s responsibility ends when it comes to a utility issue around a property’s connection point. Levi and Sophia Galloway attended last week’s meeting to make a polite request for assistance on a bill of $7533. Sophia explained that, two months ago, the couple began noticing a sewer smell at their home and eventually discovered that the sewer had backed up under the building and had a...

  • County updates hazard mitigation plan

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 11, 2024

    As the final stage of adopting the new hazard mitigation plan for the county, Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Robinson has been presenting it for approval to the governmental bodies it will affect. The Region 1 Hazard Mitigation Plan is, Robinson says, “A plan that is adopted by all of the municipalities and the county every five to seven years.” As the last adoption was in 2018, the time for renewal has arrived. The mitigation plan identifies the demographics and characteristics of the county and the major hazards faced here. These inc...

  • Behavioral health overhaul will impact service users

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 11, 2024

    The state has been working to overhaul and strengthen its behavioral health system since 2021, when the Wyoming State Legislature passed new laws to support the effort. The goal, says the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), is to focus the state’s resources on the people who need them most: acute psychiatric adults, criminal justice-involved clients, high needs children and families and low income and indigent general access populations. “For many years, our department has paid millions of state dollars to community mental health centers to hel...

  • Circuit Court

    Jul 11, 2024

    Speeding – Nariah Flot, Greeley, CO, 85/80, $15; Colton James Gray, Gillette, WY, 89/80, $103; Jon Lane, Spearfish, SD, 90/80, $105; Heather Heringer, Bismarck, ND, 74/70, $10; Ryan Morrison, Pasadena, CA, 102/80, $170; Charles Brookens, Rapid City, SD, 79/75, $10; Jeffrey King, Gillette, WY, 68/65, $61; Anthony Chapman, Rapid City, SD, 84/80, $10; Patick Williams, Upton, WY, 79/70, $103; Louise M. Negaard, Sundance, WY, 81/65, $140; Lorn Graham, Helena, MT, 89/75, $130; Shelby L. Chatman, Mountain Home, AR, 91/75, $140; David Haakinson, Anchor...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jul 11, 2024

    July 1 – Traffic hazard. Seven VIN checks. Two suspicious circumstances. Paper service. Four motorist assists. Accident. Two EMS calls. July 2 – Traffic complaint. Four VIN checks. Three business checks. Fingerprints. Assault. Two paper services. Citizen assist. Fireworks. Fire page. July 3 – Two assist other agency. Nine VIN checks. Six business checks. Two fire pages. Life Flight. Accident. Motorist assist. Property damage. Paper service. Citizen dispute. Two EMS pages. July 4 – Two traffic stops. Two paper services. VIN check. Busines...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jul 11, 2024

    We can all help prevent suicide. This month marks two years since our nation launched 988, the easy-to-remember, nationwide mental health crisis helpline. Since launch, 988 has received over eight million calls from people in distress seeking support when they need it most. 988 is confidential, effective, and available to everyone via phone, text or chat. America has a lifeline. Spread the word: Help is available. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): • 988 callers connect quickly with trained c...

  • Social Security's top five ways to protect against identity theft

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Jul 11, 2024

    Identity theft is when someone uses your personal information to impersonate you or steal from you. It is important that you stay safe online. Please review these data privacy and identity protection resources: 1. A great online resource is www.ssa.gov/myaccount. You can visit this page to open a secure my Social Security account, keep track of your earnings record, and identify any suspicious activity. 2. Our blog post, Protect Yourself from Identity Thieves, helps you understand how to spot, prevent, and report identity theft. You can check o...

  • UW Extension

    Vicki Hayman, Community Vitality and Health Educator|Jul 11, 2024

    An authentic Caesar salad is all about crisp, chilled romaine hearts served with homemade creamy dressing and croutons. It is quick, simple and bursting with flavor! Today, I will share with you how to make a Caesar salad from scratch. Everything from the dressing to the croutons. Once you try this, you’ll never want the store-bought dressing and croutons again! The classic lettuce to use is Romaine, which has a crispy, mild, sweet flavor. Instead of using Romaine lettuce, I recommend using Romaine hearts because they are crisper than the o...

  • Crypto scams enter the fold as fraud rises in Gillette

    Bailey Wilson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 11, 2024

    GILLETTE — In June, someone claiming to be Lt. James Davis with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office contacted a Gillette woman, saying there was a warrant for her arrest. The problem was that no one under that name and title works with the sheriff’s office, and the 62-year-old woman was scammed out of $1750 in Bitcoin the caller instructed her to send. Almost two weeks before that, this fictitious Lt. Davis called a 76-year-old man in Gillette and told him that he had to pay a $3500 fine — in Bitcoin — for missing jury duty. The man sent the c...

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