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  • Burn ban in effect next week

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 14, 2022

    A full burn ban will be in effect across the county beginning July 22. Fire Warden Doug Leis sought the blessing of the Crook County Commissioners last week to implement the restrictions, anticipating that what started as a moisture-filled summer may turn more dangerous in the coming weeks. "Everybody has been really enjoying this nice, green grass – and a lot of it – but it's just going to be a lot more to burn when it dries out," Leis explains. After a long period of drought, this will cha...

  • City sets sights on ARPA funding

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 14, 2022

    The Sundance City Council has approved four applications to the State Loans and Investments Board (SLIB) for almost $2 million in project funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Three involve improvements to the city water system, while the fourth is for a capital improvement plan. The intent of the capital improvement plan, according to the resolution, is “to map out future projects and development”. Explained Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz, it’s something SLIB likes to see a city complete in order to set its priorities for the near...

  • Hearing date set for new subdivision regs

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 14, 2022

    The Crook County Commissioners have set a date in September for a public hearing regarding proposed new rules for large acre subdivisions. The hearing will take place on September 6 at 2 p.m., during the commissioners’ regularly scheduled monthly meetings. It will be held in the commissioners’ room within the courthouse and will be an opportunity for oral and written comments on the regulations to be heard. The purpose of the proposed rules, which apply to subdivisions that include parcels between 35 and 140 acres in size, is to establish “st...

  • Lummis opens field office in Sundance

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 14, 2022

    Is Sundance now the smallest city in the nation to host a congressional office? With the opening of U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis' new digs within Old Stoney, it might just be. Having a presence in the smaller communities of Wyoming was the plan all along, says Kristin Walker, Chief of Staff for Senator Lummis. She and State Director Jackie King came to town last week for the grand opening of the office and spent the afternoon meeting the community, playing cornhole and indulging in a spot of...

  • Mary Louise Griffin

    Jul 14, 2022

    Mary Louise Griffin passed away July 7, 2022, in Yankton, South Dakota at the age of 97. Louise was born September 15, 1924, in Sundance, Wyoming, to Frank and Bessie (Arnold) Mitts, the first of ten children. Louise grew up and attended school in Sundance. She married Joseph Beal in 1944 and they made their home on the Beal ranch southwest of Sundance until his death in 1957. Louise then moved to Sheridan, where she attended and graduated from cosmetology school. After graduating, she moved to...

  • Duane Thomas

    Jul 14, 2022

    A celebration of life for Duane Thomas will be held on July 16, 2022 at the Greater Hulett Community Center, 401 Sager Ave, Hulett, Wyoming at 1 p.m. This day would have been his 75th birthday. He passed away October 13, 2021. Please join us as we recognize and celebrate the life of a wonderful man who is missed dearly. Bring your memories, your stories, your "whoppers" and tell everyone about "the one that got away"! In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Levi Thomas... Full story

  • Cindy Borchgrevink

    Jul 14, 2022

    Memorial service for Cindy Borchgrevink will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gillette, Wyoming. Cynthia J. (Clear) Borchgrevink passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2022 in Gillette from Alzheimer's. Cynthia was born on February 27, 1957 in Riverton, Wyoming, to John and Collen Clear. She met and married Larry Borchgrevink in 1978. Cindy graduated from Eastern Montana College. After college she and Larry moved back to Riverton and had two children, Jason... Full story

  • Virginia Mae Solomon

    Jul 14, 2022

    Virginia Mae (Heiden) Solomon of Lincoln, Nebraska, died of complications related to COVID-19 on July 4, 2022. She was 93 years old. Virginia was born on February 13, 1929, to Victor and Violet (Cataldo) Heiden in York, Nebraska. Virginia graduated from Sundance High School in Sundance, Wyoming, in 1947 and married her husband Bernard V. Solomon in 1948. Virginia was a devoted mother to her daughters Maxine (Solomon) Rucker and Linda (Solomon) Jensen. She loved spending time with family and... Full story

  • UW Graduates

    Jul 14, 2022

    The University of Wyoming accorded degrees upon the following students from Crook County at the completion of the 2022 spring semester. Students are: Jonathan Tinsley (Bachelor of Science) of Aladdin; Yuli D. Viergets (Bachelor of Science) of Beulah; Taylor Olivia Kennah (Bachelor of Science) of Hulett; Darbi G. Buckmiller (Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering), Sarah L. Lewis (Master of Arts) and Luke R. Norris (Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering) of Moorcroft; Courtney S. Feehan BSDH of Pine Haven; Shelby Heaster...

  • Western Dakota Tech Dean's List

    Jul 14, 2022

    Western Dakota Technical College congratulates the more than 250 students named to the Spring Semester 2022 Dean’s List. To qualify, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a minimum of 12 credit hours in a given semester. Haley Peil of Sundance, a Medical Laboratory Technician student, is on the Dean’s List....

  • City prepares to receive Old Stoney recapture

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 14, 2022

    The City of Sundance is set to receive a financial boon from Old Stoney in return for its help to manage and sponsor the grant that made possible the first phase of the renovation. With the basement and main floor now done, said Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz, the Old Stoney Committee is currently looking into funding avenues for the final phase, which would see the auditorium on the top floor rejuvenated. In the meantime, she said, “They also have an obligation to the city for a recapture plan.” The recapture plan was built into the structure of...

  • Local director to premier movie in Black Hills

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 14, 2022

    Sundance-raised filmmaker Chris Canfield will be premiering his new feature in Rapid City later this month. A “classic western with a horror twist,” Canfield decided to make his first feature-length movie in his childhood home of the Black Hills. The premiere will be taking place at 7 p.m. on July 22 at the Historic Elks Theatre, followed by a Q&A with Canfield and producers Eric Corneliuson of Denver and Ryan Hall of Rapid City. The plot centers on Dowanhowee, a Sioux Indian woman who cro...

  • Library presenting shark program

    Jul 14, 2022

    Crook County Library presents “Sharks” By Ruth A. Musgrave on Wed., July 20 at 1 p.m. in the library meeting room to learn all about sharks. Ruth A. Musgrave is an award-winning children’s writer specializing in marine and animal science. As director of WhaleTimes, Inc., she’s explored the deep ocean, interacted with gray whales, kayaked with sharks and been part of many exciting research expeditions. Musgrave shares her love of animals, the ocean and ocean exploration through her freelance work. Ruth is the author of more than 35 books,...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jul 14, 2022

    1 Years Ago July 13, 1922 Tom Hawken reports considerable damage on Black's Flat from a hailstorm Saturday afternoon. Garden crops and barley were the hardest hit, the wheat not being far enough along to receive much damage. Manager Linstrum of the Sundance creamery is somewhat elated over the rating received last week on his butter shipment, it being held at 88, which is above average for the small creameries and extra high for a new institution. A rather healthy cyclone struck the Four...

  • Card of Thanks

    Jul 14, 2022

    Thank You I would like to send my sincerest thanks to everyone who sponsored my trip to the High School Clay Target League Nationals. It was an amazing experience that would not have been possible without the Muley Fanatic Foundation, Chapel of Faith, Sundance High School, Sundance State Bank, Janie Hett at Peak Motion, Angie and Jim Butts, Sarah and Colter Ellsbury and Joyce and Terry Speidel. Your support is greatly appreciated and it would not have been possible without you. Sincerely, Parker Speidel... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jul 14, 2022

    Wyoming Department of Health: state saw 98 abortions in ’21 CODY (WNE) —Nearly 100 women were reported as having received abortions in Wyoming in 2021, according to a recently released report by the Wyoming Department of Health. The 2021 Wyoming Abortion Report was released soon after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, triggering a bill sponsored by a Cody representative to ban nearly all abortions in the state. The report is required to be released by June 30. It records that the Wyoming Department of Health Vital Statistics Ser...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jul 14, 2022

    Dear Editor, We are being confronted with a number of crisis that are simultaneously demanding our attention; for example, the Ukraine war and the expense of maintaining an empire of 750 military bases around the world, the rising inflation in fuel prices, groceries, housing, etc., , the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roes vs Wade, the growing disparity of incomes, the unaffordability of health care when hundreds of thousands of people go bankrupt every year because they can’t pay their medical bills and the rising debt incurred by those see...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 14, 2022

    Getting Boris Johnson out of 10 Downing Street has proven to be a lot like trying to persuade a wasp out through an open window. It doesn’t want to go and its main skill set involves dipping and diving past your rolled-up newspaper as though it hasn’t noticed it doesn’t belong indoors. I used to be a fan of Boris, back when he was mostly notable for hanging on zip lines waving flags, the hair of a madman and a policy that introduced bicycles for hire to Londoners. Unfortunately, it turns out t...


    Jul 14, 2022

    FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS ANNOUNCEMENT Crook County School District #1 has today announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, and/or School Breakfast Program. Each school and the office of the Crook County School District have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. The following household size and income criteria will be used for determining eligibility. Children from households whose income is at or below... Full story

  • Budget

    Jul 14, 2022

    Notice of Public Hearing CROOK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #1 2022-2023 PROPOSED BUDGET SUMMARY FISCAL YEAR FISCAL YEAR PROPOSED 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 ACTUAL ESTIMATED BUDGET Revenue $ 21,755,852 $ 22,796,025 $ 21,524,000 GENERAL FUND Expenditures $ 21,839,261 $ 21,488,470 $ 26,228,331 Revenue $ 2,876,717 $ 3,648,210 $ 4,825,000 SPECIAL REVENUE FUND Expenditures $ 1,994,594 $ 2,751,384 $ 4,825,000 Revenue $ 348,516 $ - $ 67,335 CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND Expenditures $ 351,993 $ - $ 67,335 Revenue $ 326,310 $ 1,800 $ 1,800 CCSD CAPITAL PROJECTS E... Full story

  • Absentee Ballots

    Jul 14, 2022

    ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE CROOK COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE FOR ALL REGISTERED VOTERS. • Where to apply for an absentee ballot: Crook County Clerk’s Office, PO Box 37, 309 Cleveland, Sundance, WY 82729, phone 307-283-1323, email: [email protected] • You can request an absentee ballot anytime during the calendar year in which the election is held, but not on the day of the election. • Your request for an absentee ballot may be made in person, in writing or by telephone. • Your absentee ballot must be returned to the Crook Cou... Full story

  • Mining Permit

    Jul 14, 2022

    SECOND PUBLICATION Public Notice Black Hills Bentonite, LLC of Casper, Wyoming has applied for a mining permit from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming. The mining permit area for the mining of bentonite will be located in: Section 16, Township 50 North, Range 66 West, Crook County, Wyoming. The Keyhole State Project is approximately two (2) miles to the Southeast of the town of Pine Haven, Wyoming, and approximately fifteen (15) miles to the Northwest of the town of Upton, Wyoming. The... Full story

  • Budget Hearing

    Jul 14, 2022

    Budget Hearing The Crook County Tourism Promotion Board will hold its regular meeting and budget hearing on Wednesday, July 20 at the West Texas Trail Museum in Moorcroft. The meeting will begin with public comment and review of the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget at 5:30 p.m. followed by the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. The board has proposed a $373,233 budget. Publish: July 14, 2022... Full story

  • Budget Meeting

    Jul 14, 2022

    Budget Meeting The Crook County Museum District will be holding a Budget Meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 4:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the conference room at Old Stoney Business & Cultural Center, with the Museum District’s monthly meeting to follow. Publish: July 14 and 21, 2022... Full story

  • District Organization

    Jul 14, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK BEFORE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE: WARBONNETT CANYON ESTATES IMPROVEMENT AND SERVICE DISTRICT NOTICE OF HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a hearing is to be held on behalf of those petitioning for a service and improvement district before the County Commissioners as follows: 1. The name of the proposed district shall be the “Warbonnet Canyon Estates Improvement and Service District”. 2. The nature and purpose of the district shall be:... Full story

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