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Articles from the July 13, 2023 edition

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  • A brand to ride for

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 13, 2023

    To the theme of “A Brand of Its Own”, this year’s Crook County Fair will officially kick off next week, bringing all the events and entertainments it has long been known for. Entertainment Begin fair week on July 25 with the ice cream social at 3:45 p.m. The next evening will bring a 4-H/FFS volleyball tournament, while the Muley Fanatics Family Fun Night is scheduled for July 27 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuck into a pancake breakfast cooked by your elected officials at 7 a.m. on July 28. That evening, a youth dance will take place at the rodeo...

  • Council puts curb on RV living trend

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 13, 2023

    The Sundance City Council will be taking steps to stop people from living in RVs on the driveways of residents or public streets within city limits. It’s believed to be a growing problem, but the city already has the ordinance in place to deal with it. Public Works Director Mac Erickson described a “handful” of complaints about occupied RVs, notably involving power cords strung across the public sidewalk, creating a tripping hazard. “I’ve had a couple of people talk to me about an RV parked on the city street with people living in it,” said...

  • Dying trees cause conundrum

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 13, 2023

    The fruit trees lining the sidewalk in front of the courthouse may need to be removed, but what should be put in their place? Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Larry Schommer brought this question to the Sundance City Council last week after discovering that all four of the trees have blight. An arborist from American Forestry inspected the trees, he said, and told him that, "More than likely, they aren't going to make it." Consequently, Schommer said that it is his desire to pull them out and...

  • City looks to link 21st Street

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 13, 2023

    A potential new project could see the north and south ends of Sundance connected on the east end of town via an extension to 21st Street. Jeremy Holt of the Economic Development Committee approached the city council last week with news of a potential federal grant that could bring the two ends of the street together, passing under the interstate to create both a road and walkway. The funding would come through the through U.S. Department of Transportation "Safe Streets and Roads for All"...

  • City cancels credit card on fraud suspicions

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 13, 2023

    The Sundance Council has taken action to restrict usage of the city’s credit card after unauthorized charges were discovered on its statement. Clerk/Treasurer Theresa Curren reported the issue to the council, explaining that her office has been unable to locate the source of certain charges. The fraudulent charges were on what Public Works Director Mac Erickson described as “oddball” items that are clearly unrelated to city business. Curren and Erickson listed, for example, purchases such as a pair of shoes and a subscription to Amazon Prime...

  • Daniel Roark Dobbs

    Jul 13, 2023

    Daniel Roark Dobbs, 72, of Frisco, Texas, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, June 27, 2023. Dan was born in Monroe, Michigan, on September 26, 1950. Dan served our country both in the military and federal government. He enjoyed riding motorcycles in his healthier years and was always a history enthusiast and avid reader. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Elder Dobbs and Norma Lee Dobbs; and his sister, Dee Ellen Winter. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Kristine Dobbs, of... Full story

  • Judy Mae Cayton

    Jul 13, 2023

    Judy Mae Cayton, 66, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away at her home and went to Heaven on June 30, 2023. She is missed beyond measure. Judy was born on January 3, 1957 in St Ignace, Michigan, to Darlene and Joseph Carson. She was one of ten children. She moved around a lot as a child and spent time living in Michigan, Colorado, Nebraska, Gillette and Sundance, Wyoming. She was a proud member of the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and was teaching her granddaughter the native culture and... Full story

  • Local spirit

    Jul 13, 2023

    Members of the Bearlodge Writers gathered at the library on Saturday to celebrate the launch of the club's second anthology, "Spirit of the Bear Lodge". Pictured above, Jyette and Jim Bowers, Jean Helmer, Holly Mosby, John Guiteraz, Pat Frolander, Bruce Redland and Kathy Bjornestad met with visitors and performed readings from the book, welcoming an estimated 37 curious readers to the event....

  • Circuit Court

    Jul 13, 2023

    Speeding – Anoop R. Gayam, Elkhorn, NE, 94/75, $155 Open Container of Alcohol in Moving Vehicle – Brianna K. Graham, Weston, WY, $150 Window Tint Violation – Kile L. Tarrant, Moorcroft, WY, $90 No Daily Use Permit – Brittani J.K. Johnston, Kelowna, BC, Canada, $85 Fail to Require Child Age 12 and Under to Wear Life Jacket – Robert B. Rogers, Newcastle, WY, $150...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jul 13, 2023

    June 26 – Six VIN checks. Eight traffic stops. Property damage. Business check. Industrial accident. Prisoner transport. Patient transport. Two REDDI reports. Parking problem. Gun call. June 27 – Four VIN check. Traffic stops. Paper service. Two prisoner transports. Citizen assist. Fingerprints. Motorist assist. Three business checks. Sex offense. June 28 – Eight VIN checks. Traffic stops. Paper service. Four EMS pages. Two animal complaints. Two prisoner transports. Two fingerprints. Assist another agency. Extra patrol. Suspicious. House...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jul 13, 2023

    1 Years Ago July 19, 1923 W.E. Banks, former assistant state game warden, returned Saturday from Spearfish where he took a business course at the Normal, and Monday entered upon his new duties as bookkeeper for the Sundance State Bank. Another real estate transfer was concluded last week when J.T. McGuckin purchased from A.E. Hawken the cottage he has occupied on West street. It is a very cozy location and means that the popular county attorney has cast his lot with Sundance. F.J. Stevens was...

  • Celebrate National Forest Week

    Jul 13, 2023

    Celebrate National Forest Week (NFW), July 10 – 16, 2023 on the Black Hills National Forest. NFW highlights the incredible 193-million-acre National Forest System across the country and all the benefits it provides to the public. Several free Forest events, including a guided hike, a forest photography workshop, educational programs at the Pactola Visitor Center and a campground sing-along will be taking place next week to showcase some of the amazing outdoor opportunities that can be found within the Black Hills National Forest. Upcoming P...

  • Bat Festival coming to Devils Tower

    Jul 13, 2023

    On Sat., July 22, the National Park Service and Devils Tower Natural History Association will host the Annual Bat Festival in the picnic area of the monument from 12 to 10 p.m. This festival will include presentations and fun educational activities all about the amazing nighttime resident of Devils Tower/Bear Lodge – The Bat! There will be an interactive inflatable cave, movie screenings, demonstrations on building bat roosts, information booths, costume contests, crafts, games, activities for kids and special guest presenters. There will a...

  • City to set rules for out-of-town water

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 13, 2023

    On hearing that another situation has cropped up involving an out-of-town landowner interested in purchasing water, the Sundance City Council will be convening in the near future to iron out its policy on providing water to people who don’t live within city limits. Already aware of an enquiry from a landowner who would like to tie in from his 35-acre property on Wild Bunch Trail, the council heard another request on Tuesday involving an existing subdivision. Ken Rathbun of Engineering Associates, speaking on behalf of subdivision developer Ryan...

  • City pursues funding to upgrade fire hall

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 13, 2023

    The City of Sundance is hoping that another round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding through the state might see the fire hall finally upgraded. The Sundance Volunteer Fire Department previously submitted a grant application for the Local Government Funding portion of the ARPA funds administered through the State Loans and Investments Board (SLIB). Unfortunately, due to a hiccup, notice was not received in time that SLIB required further information and the application was not successful. However, the Office of State Lands and...

  • BLM enters scoping period for land use plans

    Jul 13, 2023

    The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday opened a 45-day public scoping period to gather comments to inform an environmental impact statement for planned revisions to the resource management plans for the Newcastle Field Office and Nebraska planning area. The proposed revision would replace the existing 23-year-old Newcastle RMP that guides the management of approximately 287,900 acres of public lands and 1.7 million acres of federal mineral estate managed by the BLM in Crook, Weston and Niobrara counties in Wyoming. Through this process, BLM...

  • UW President's Honor Roll

    Jul 13, 2023

    The University of Wyoming lists six students from Crook County on the 2023 spring semester President’s Honor Roll. The President’s Honor Roll consists of regularly enrolled undergraduates who earned a 4.0 (“A”) grade-point average for the semester. To be eligible, students must have been enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours taken for letter grades. Students are: Alessandro Mastrovito of Hulett; Tianne M. Fischbach, Daylie M. Fuller and Audrey Lynn Merwin of Moorcroft; Ella S. Bifulco and Sherry Negaard of Sundance....

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jul 13, 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 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 p.m. in Sundance. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m....

  • 988 marks first anniversary

    Katie Allen|Jul 13, 2023

    July 16 marks one year since the country transitioned to 988 as the easy-to-remember number to connect with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). Congress designated 988 in 2020 and the Lifeline transitioned to the 3-digit number July 16, 2022. The transition to 988 is an important step forward and offers an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen and transform crisis care in our country. Data for the months following the transition to 988 continue to show an increase in overall calls,...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jul 13, 2023

    Dear Editor, I would like to preface my comments with the statement that I believe our local elected county officials (treasurer, assessor, clerk, clerk of court, county attorney, sheriff and commissioners) do an excellent job. I have had dealings with all of them, and find them to be extremely professional, and applaud their dedication and service. My question/comment is: why are these positions political? All of their duties are spelled out in statute, and Wyoming law. I personally see no reason that these individuals need to be defined,...

  • The inconvenient truth and the path forward

    Representative Barry Crago|Jul 13, 2023

    Last week, I co-hosted a town hall in Buffalo with the Chairman of the Johnson County Commission to discuss property taxes and possible solutions to the large tax increases faced by the citizens of our great State. The event was well attended by Johnson County and Sheridan County folks. As one might expect, many people were very upset about their property tax amounts. I do not blame them. This continued upward trajectory is going to put a lot of Wyoming people at risk of losing their homes. At one point during the town hall, a local Johnson...

  • UW struggles with post-pandemic enrollment, retention

    Aedan Hannon and Ashton Hacke, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 13, 2023

    CASPER — The University of Wyoming continues to struggle with falling enrollment and retention rates as fewer students seek out and stay in Laramie for their college education. UW Provost Kevin Carman addressed ongoing enrollment concerns at Wyoming’s only four-year university in an email last week to university staff and announced a schoolwide effort to solve what he described as the school’s “enrollment challenges.” Forecasts suggest the school’s total enrollment at the start of the fall semester will be down 5% from 2022, while the school...

  • Road Vacate

    Jul 13, 2023

    NOTICE OF HEARING TO VACATE A PORTION OF A PUBLIC ROAD NO. 281, KNOWN AS THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN ROAD TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The Board of County Commissioners of Crook County, Wyoming has resolved in Resolution No. 2023-12 pursuant to Wyoming Statute 24-3-101 et seq. and W.S. 34-12-106 through 111, to vacate a portion of a public road known as the South Mountain Road No. 281 on the Map of Survey recorded at Instrument No. 518315 located at Rod 22 Map 1220 (formerly File 311 Map 1220) as altered in Resolution No. 2022-11 as shown on the Map of... Full story

  • Distribution

    Jul 13, 2023

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: CHARLES A. MITTS Deceased. Civil No. 8963 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SUMMARY DISTRIBUTION OF REAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that an Application for Summary Distribution of Real Property has been filed in the District Court, Sixth Judicial District, Crook County, Wyoming, by Marla M. Mitts pursuant to Wyoming Statute §2-1-205, seeking to establish the right and title to the following described real property in... Full story


    Jul 13, 2023

    NOTICE OF SALE OF ABANDONED VEHICLES The following vehicles will be sold at 9 a.m. on Aug 1, 2023 at 749 New Haven Rd., Hulett, Crook County, Wyoming, to-wit: A 1959 Mercury MontClair, VIN# M92B511587. The seller claims $11,500 for removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale. A 1979 Dodge MPV, VIN# A10JEAC15509. The seller claims $8250 for removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale. A 1945 Dodge Power Wagon, VIN# 42393437 The seller claims $15,000 for removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale. The vehicles shall be sold to... Full story

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