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Articles from the July 20, 2023 edition


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  • Svoboda enters "no contest" plea in murder case

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 20, 2023

    The murder case involving the untimely death of Ed Svoboda’s wife is now heading towards sentencing after his change of plea to “no contest” was entered into the official record on Wednesday. However, while the court has recorded Svoboda’s plea agreement, District Judge James Michael Causey did so while reserving the right to accept or reject it at the sentencing hearing, which will take place after a pre-sentence investigation is complete. 73-year-old Svoboda’s change of plea hearing took place on Wednesday, having been originally scheduled...

  • Ready for the show

    Jul 20, 2023

    Larry Schommer and Eli Gill place the finishing touches on the show ring Tuesday morning at the fairgrounds as the county gears up for its annual fair week to begin this coming weekend....

  • WYDOT projects hit by cost escalations

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 20, 2023

    During the annual presentation from WYDOT on proposed upcoming state transportation improvement projects, District Engineer Scott Taylor told the county commissioners last week that rising costs have had a serious impact on what the department is able to achieve. The department was forced to delay $70 million's worth of projects in 2023 due to this issue, Taylor said. "We're all getting hit by that pretty hard right now," said of the cost escalations. "Just over the last couple of years it's...

  • Let's tree what we can do

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 20, 2023

    The county commissioners are keen to solve the issue of the dying trees in front of the courthouse. No resolution was reached earlier this month when Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Larry Schommer approached the Sundance City Council to find out who is responsible for maintaining and replacing them. Schommer told the commissioners last week that it would cost between $400 and $900 to treat the one fruit tree that is certainly going to die from blight without intervention. After finding this out, he said, he spoke with Mayor Paul Brooks and th...

  • City and county team up on housing crisis

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 20, 2023

    When Jeremy Holt of the Sundance Economic Development Committee approached the county commissioners last week, his aim was to offer thanks for the county’s support of efforts to increase local housing options and his hope for continued support in future. He was perhaps not expecting the commission to suggest giving each of Crook County’s municipalities a much larger area of influence. Under state law, said Commissioner Kelly Dennis, municipalities of the size of Sundance, Hulett, Pine Haven and Moorcroft have “some say-so” within a mile of town...

  • Jack Sands Proctor

    Jul 20, 2023

    Jack Sands Proctor was born January 3,1943 in Sheridan, Wyoming, to Albert Leon Proctor and Myrtle May (Graham) Proctor. Jack attended grade school in country schools on Inya Kara Creek. He went to high school in Hulett, and graduated his senior year at Moorcroft High School in May 1962. In December 1963, Jack married Irene Hauber and to this union his oldest son Bill Proctor was born in January 1965. Jack was drafted into the army on December 7, 1966 and took his basic training in Huntsville, Alabama, then took missile training in Fort Bliss,... Full story

  • Anabel Jean Wattier

    Jul 20, 2023

    Anabel (Ann) was born December 24, 1931 and passed away in a nursing home in Mobile, Alabama, on June 10, 2023 at the age of 92. At the age of seven Ann lost her adoptive parents, Troy and Jennie Lambert and her beloved grandmother, Anna Johnson. When she was 20, she lost her dear Aunt Freida, who had raised her after the loss of her parents; her daughter, Nancy Ann Johnson, died at the age of thirty-two; and Ann was preceded in death by her aunt Betty and uncle Harold Johnson and her loving hus... Full story

  • Laurie Lee Bondora

    Jul 20, 2023

    Laurie Lee Bondora went home to be with our Heavenly Father on July 15, 2023, after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born October 17, 1952, to Edward Dykstra Sr. and Lillian (Ament) Dykstra in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She grew up there and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1971. She liked to clog dance and was interested in fashion design. She met her lifelong best friend Pam Hurtgen at a clothing store where they worked. They competed together in the Shriver's Sweet 16... Full story

  • Card of Thanks

    Jul 20, 2023

    Our Thanks The Sundance Kids Trap Team would like to thank the family of Doug Hunter for the donation they made in Doug's honor. We were able to purchase a Browning BT 99 micro trap gun for kids to use or try out if they do not have a gun or are needing one that fits them better.... Full story

  • Card of Thanks

    Jul 20, 2023

    Our Thanks The Sundance Methodist Church would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who helped make this years’ VBS a huge success, with 100 youth attending: 86 students three years to sixth grade and 14 teenage helpers. The theme for this year was “You are God’s Treasure” and the Bible points were: God Knows you, God Hears you, God Comforts you and God Forgives you. We would like to extend a special thank you and recognition to the VBS Staff. Imagination/science Teacher: Janet Lake. Bible Stories Teachers: Teri Buckman and Kara Cr... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Jul 20, 2023

    1 Years Ago July 26, 1923 J.F. Chaffin made proof on his homestead entry Monday before R.D. Thomas. Oliver Boone and Tom Lytle were his witnesses. Although there is still a shortage of stone masons on the high school job in Sundance, work is progressing very satisfactorily and the foundation walls begin to give promise of the splendid structure in view. The corner stone was delivered on the ground Saturday, Leo Boone bringing it in by truck from the Tower. This important detail of the building is a slab of the Devils Tower structure and is a...

  • Circuit Court

    Jul 20, 2023

    Speeding – Mario Alexander Bautista Vargas, Gillette, WY, 38/30, $136; Brandon Braun, North Prairie, WI, 85/75, $105; Martin Kerkenbush, Rapid City, SD, 89/80, $103; Otilio Munoz Franco, Harvey, IL, 87/75, $120; (minor), Sheridan, WY, 107/80, $205; Christopher Janzen, Grand Junction, CO, 83/65, $216; Reagan Lewis, Cedarbluff, MS, 79/70, $103; Trenten Moody, Gillette, WY, 92/80, $120; Mayur Patel, North Providence, RI, 80/65, $195; Joshua Case, Gillette, WY, 88/80, $101; Brandin Kolski, Glasgow, MT, 93/70, $175; Perry R. Sheehan, Gillette, W...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jul 20, 2023

    July 10 – Six VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Three paper services. Escort. Accident. Civil standby. Citizen dispute. Assist Wyoming Highway Patrol. July 11 – Seven VIN checks. Traffic stops. Suspicious. Two business checks. Welfare check. Fraud. Abandoned vehicle. REDDI report. Motorist assist. Traffic complaint. July 12 – Four VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Two paper services. Motorist assist. Three business checks. Suspicious. Animal complaint. Assist other agency. Prints. Deliver message. July 13 – Six VIN checks. Three traffic stops....

  • New foundation begins mission to support CCMSD

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 20, 2023

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has officially launched its new foundation – an internal fundraising arm dedicated to serving the needs of the district and its patients. “For quite some time, CCMSD has not had a direct charitable foundation,” states a press release from the Board of Trustees. “A foundation has been created and forms have been filed with the State of Wyoming, Internal Revenue Service granting the Foundation 501(c)(3) status.” Dubbed Crook County Medical Services District Foundation, Inc, it is intended to be the...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jul 20, 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 gowyld.net. What will you find? LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thurs., Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Crook County Library Foundation Board Wed., Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m....

  • County looks to fix up Colony's community building

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 20, 2023

    Though a misunderstanding briefly threatened to derail the county’s plans to help fix up the community building in Colony, all was cleared up in the end. On behalf of the commission, County Clerk Melissa Jones sent a letter to residents of the Colony area enquiring about their interest in contributing to the cost of maintenance needed on the old building. However, the letter was not received quite as intended and led to concern in the Colony community that the county intended to demolish the b...

  • PRECorp resurrects walking taco booth for Rally Wednesday

    Jul 20, 2023

    After a four-year absence from the corner of the Crook County Courthouse lawn, the Burnout Wednesday Walking Taco Booth is returning to Sundance at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 9. For more than 15 years, Powder River Energy employees have raised funds for local charities through its booth in downtown Sundance. From 2019 through 2022, the project was absent from the festivities for a variety of reasons. “We were experiencing a shortage of volunteers, then COVID-19 hit. It was a little sad to not see the walking taco booth prominently on the c...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jul 20, 2023

    New Cheyenne park shooting defendants plead not guilty CHEYENNE (WNE) — Brothers Jalen and Santana Trujillo, who are facing charges of misdemeanor accessory after the fact to first-degree murder (not a relative), pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing Monday morning. Their case is set for a jury trial, with a scheduling conference scheduled to take place in November. The brothers, 19, are co-defendants with Johnny Munoz, 17, and Julian Espinoza, 16. The four of them, along with Jeremy Lackey, 18, were allegedly in a black SUV, driven by E...

  • UW Honor Rolls

    Jul 20, 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. The University of Wyom...

  • The Legislature's ethics rules are 12 years old. Critics say it's time for an update.

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Jul 20, 2023

    Wendy Volk thought long and hard about filing an ethics complaint against a Laramie County senator after she said the lawmaker effectively sent a social media mob her way in August 2021. The incident began when the lawmaker posted to her professional social media page, questioning her status as a longtime Republican and asking why the Republican Party hadn’t done something sooner to take her out, Volk recounted. In the lawmaker’s online attack, Volk said, he referenced her many years of testifying at the Legislature. Soon, Volk said, the pos...

  • Public comments sought for Shotgun Project on the Bearlodge Ranger District

    Jul 20, 2023

    The Black Hills National Forest is proposing to conduct timber harvest and thinning operations on approximately 1400 acres, in the Shotgun project area on National Forest lands in the Bear Lodge Mountains and northwestern Black Hills of Wyoming. Proposed timber harvest areas are ponderosa pine forest, consisting of scattered mature trees and many seedlings and saplings. The project area consists of three divisions: Blacktail, Lehner and Wapiti, spread across the district. The sequence of treatments in this system includes 1) an optional...

  • Commissioners

    Jul 20, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, July 11, 2023 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Kelly moved to approve and ratify the minutes from June 6, 7 & 19, 2023. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Kelly moved to accept the bond for Randy Leinen, Treasurer, Crook County Library Board. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion c... Full story

  • Meeting

    Jul 20, 2023

    Meeting Notice The Crook County Museum District will hold a special meeting at Old Stoney Business & Cultural Center on July 20, at 5:00 p.m. to accept a board member’s resignation. Publish: July 20, 2023... Full story

  • Name Change

    Jul 20, 2023

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE OF NAME OF Michelle Lynn Ramos Petitioner Civil Action Case No. 8955 Notice of Publication You are hereby notified that a Petition For Change of Name, Civil Action No. 8955, has been filed on behalf of Michelle Lynn Ramos in the Wyoming District Court for the 6th Judicial District, whose address is 309 Cleveland, PO Box 406, Sundance, WY 82729, the object and prayer of which is to change the name of the above-named person from Michelle... Full story

  • SETTLEMENT

    Jul 20, 2023

    PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE AND FINAL PAYMENT AND SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that on the 30th day of August 2023, final settlement will be made by Crook County School District No. 1, for and on account of a contract with Wyoming Wood Floors, LLC. for the Gym Floor Refinishing Project. The above work having been completed and accepted according to the plans and specifications of Schutz Foss Architects, P.C., and the above date being the 41st day after the first publication of this notice, the said Contractor will be entitled to... Full story

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