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Articles from the July 28, 2022 edition


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  • Fair week gets underway

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 28, 2022

    Fair week is underway, and the fairgrounds are full to brimming with livestock, exhibits and their owners. On Tuesday, judges were hard at work judging static exhibits, FFA projects and open class, as well as overseeing the public fashion review. Their hard work was rewarded later in the day by the official fair-kick off ice cream social. Events continue this week with Thursday's animal shows, including sheep, rabbits, cats and pocket pets, and the beef and wool shows on Friday. Upcoming...

  • Out with the old

    Jul 28, 2022

    The old Sundance Kid water tank sits discardes as its replacement comes online. The old takn was leaking and causing issues for the city water system, prompting the council to seek Abandoned Mine Lands funding to replace it....

  • Sundance welcomes new businesses

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 28, 2022

    Sundance welcomes several new businesses this summer, all of which offer services for mind, body, soul – or all three. As well as the community of wellness entrepreneurs that have come together in the Morale Business Center, two barbershops have recently opened their doors. Business Center Now under new ownership, the Morale Business Center at 113 S. West Street has completed its journey to becoming a community of entrepreneurs who offer different, but complementary services related to health, beauty and wellness. New owner Carol Jordan, t...

  • Accident claims young man's life

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 28, 2022

    A traffic accident claimed the life of a young Moorcroft resident last week. The teenager was traveling near Pine Haven when his vehicle left the road and rolled over. According to Wyoming Highway Patrol’s accident report, the incident took place just south of the intersection with Wyoming Highway 113 on Liberty Lane, a gravel county road. The vehicle left the roadway to the left for a short distance before re-entering the roadway. The 17-year-old driver is believed to have overcorrected, which caused the vehicle to rotate counterclockwise a...

  • E-cycling event confirmed again this year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 28, 2022

    It’s time again to scour your home for electronic items you no longer need, but aren’t sure how to dispose of. Crook County Natural Resource District (CCNRD) has announced it will be offering this year’s e-cycling opportunity on August 27, and the first 100 lbs will once again be free. Properly e-cycling your electronics is important, both for your own digital safety and for the sake of groundwater and the environment, says Bridget Helms, CCNRD. In terms of personal safety, she points out that CCNRD utilizes ProTech Computing of Gillette to co...

  • Donald Lee Peterson

    Jul 28, 2022

    Early Friday, July 22, 2022, Donald Lee Peterson, better known as “Pete”, passed away peacefully in his home on his ranch property south of Sundance, Wyoming, at age 83. Pete was born November 3, 1938, in Sundance to Harriet (Waters) Peterson and Lenard Peterson. He was the fifth of nine children and grew up on the family ranch in the Sundance area and graduated from Sundance High School. He married Suzanne Marie Gustin on June 6, 1970 and they first made their home on his mother’s ranch and l... Full story

  • Gavin Reynolds

    Jul 28, 2022

    Memorial service for Gavin Reynolds will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2022, at High Plains Community Church with Pastor Dan Knust officiating. Gavin Chase Reynolds, age 17 was called home July 21, 2022, to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Gavin Reynolds was the youngest child born to Dusty and Heather Reynolds on January 19, 2005, in Gillette, Wyoming. He joined his two older sisters Maddison and Taylor to complete Dusty and Heather's family. From a young age, Gavin w... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Jul 28, 2022

    Our Thanks Thank you to all our prayer warriors out there. God hears you and may His blessings be back on you. Love you all, MaryAnn and Woody Our Thanks Joshua McLaughlin was recently diagnosed with an aggressive, Stage 4, Medulloblastoma, brain cancer. A successful surgery removed a large percentage of the golf ball-sized tumor deep in the cerebellum. The benefit Sundance had for Joshua and his family was a huge success. The way this town pulls together to support and lift each other up is imp... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Jul 28, 2022

    1 Years Ago July 27, 1922 Folders have been received in Sundance announcing the opening of the Short-Cut West hiway, from the Twin Cities to the Yellowstone Park. The route traverses almost a direct line across South Dakota, coming from Belle Fourche direct to Beulah and Sundance. The new hiway certainly is a short cut geographically, and with good road conditions along the "45th paralled" will appeal to the tourists. Merritt Barton received severe injuries Sunday evening by being thrown from...

  • Early deadlines

    Jul 28, 2022

    We will be on an early printing schedule due to the motorcycle rally. Deadline for the Aug. 11 Sundance Times and Moorcroft Leader will be noon on Mon., Aug. 8. Deadline for the Aug. 11 Wyoming Pioneer will be Fri., Aug. 5 at noon.... Full story

  • Veterans' assistance available

    Jul 28, 2022

    A State of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout August. 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 at t...

  • Circuit Court

    Jul 28, 2022

    Speeding – (minor), Gillette, WY, 111/80, $155; Carlos Naranjo Paida, Oak Harbor, WA, 92/80, $120; Ian J. Cummings, Richlandtown, PA, 86/65, $175; Theodore Kandler, Thomaston, GA, 80/65, $195; Kenneth Phipps, Grinnell, IA, 96/75, $165; Matthew Wright, La Miranda, CA, 83/70, $125; Roman Oliferchuk, Sedalia, MO, 80/70, $105; Benjamin Banonis, Schuykl Havn, PA, 52/30, $274; Landon L. Kuenzel, Belle Fourche, SD, 90/65, $195; Randall Sears, Powell, WY, 78/65, $181; Michael Clay, Camp Hill, PA, 79/70, $103; Cory Marchand, Midlothian, TX, 79/70, $...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jul 28, 2022

    July 11 – Three animal complaints. Assisted another agency. Business checks. Fire page. EMS page. Fingerprints. Suspicious person/circumstances. Two traffic complaints. Two traffic stops. Seven VIN checks. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. July 12 – Three VIN checks. Two paper services. Four traffic stops. Alarm. Animal complaint. Assisted another agency. Burglary. Business check. Child abuse. Citizen assist. Coroner call. Vehicle lockout. EMS page. Motorist assist. Fingerprints. Suspicious circumstances. Wanted person. July 13 – Ten traff...

  • Gillette man arrested for DUI with kids in the vehicle

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 28, 2022

    A Gillette man faces a felony charge of driving under the influence while his two minor children were present in the vehicle after being caught speeding on Pine Haven Rd. On July 2, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy was stationary on Pine Haven Rd. at around 9.18 p.m. when he observed a vehicle approaching at a higher rate of speed than the posted 20 mph. As the vehicle passed the deputy’s position, it allegedly accelerated to 34 mph and almost drove off the roadway. The deputy reports that he conducted a traffic stop and made contact wit...

  • Michigan man jailed on DUI felony charge

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 28, 2022

    A Michigan has been sentenced to up to 72 months of incarceration on a felony drunk driving charges after being spotted driving erratically on I-90 while in the process of moving to Gillette. According to court reports, on November 30, 2021, at around 2:30 p.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper received a report that Kevin Grusczynski’s vehicle was all over the road, nearly causing crashes and hitting a delineator post. When the trooper made contact with Grusczynski, he reports observing he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, poor manual d...

  • Loving

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Jul 28, 2022

    He who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8). It should be immediately noticed from the above verse who God is. He is love. On its own, humanity cannot sufficiently classify the totality of HIS love. This only comes through intimately knowing and experiencing God and is a crucial concept in the cosmic puzzle as well as a necessity for the soul. Love is not something the world gets to define on its own and place conditions upon, for in that there is no rest or freedom. This results in an unknowable, and unlovable God. Thi...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 28, 2022

    When I say the Brits can’t cope with the heat, I’m not kidding. While Wyoming baked in 104-degree weather last Monday, most of the UK was suffering through exactly the same temperatures. But unlike us, my home nation had to get by with no air conditioning and bodies conditioned for light rain while relying on a countrywide infrastructure system that was not designed to handle a real summer. Why would it have been, when we’d never had one? Our homes are built to trap the heat and don’t come pr...

  • UW launches wool initiative; program's goal to expand the sheep industry in Wyoming

    Abigail Landwehr, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 28, 2022

    CASPER — Wyoming is the wine country of wool. At least, that’s how the University of Wyoming Extension sheep specialist, Whit Stewart, describes it. And with the state ranking No. 1 in wool production in the 2017 Census of Agriculture — with 2,796,792 pounds shorn — it kind of is, in a way. With the goal of continuing to expand the sheep industry in the state and to further its current value, the University of Wyoming recently announced the launch of the Wyoming Wool Initiative at the annual Wyoming Wool Growers Association conference this mo...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jul 28, 2022

    We are still doing curbside and in-town delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. We have numerous magazines available for a two-week checkout. One of our newest magazines is GUNS OF THE OLD WEST. This magazine is designed for collectors and enthusiasts, as well as those involved in competition shooting matches. It highlights firearms, holsters and more. Displays: If you have a collection you would like to share with Sundance, please let us know! We have two locking cases that we would love to put your collection in for a month or so!...

  • Campbell County resident claims county's public records policy is illegal

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 28, 2022

    GILLETTE — A county resident who has been involved in some large public records requests is claiming that the county’s new public records policy is illegal. Jacob Dalby made a public records request in May that the county is saying cost $4407. Dalby questioned why he was singled out when there were nine other people who had signed the request, including Kimberly Glass Dalby, Terri Glass, Roger Glass, Josh Glass, Jeff Raney and Rodney Hopson. Campbell County’s new policy was put in place to help departments recoup the costs, mostly in staff...

  • County still tops statewide employment rankings

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 28, 2022

    Crook County’s position in the state’s unemployment rankings is holding steady this summer. With just 2.6% of citizens unemployed, the county sat at number four on the statewide list during the month of June. Ahead of Crook County are Teton and Niobrara counties, both at 2.2%, and Weston County at 2.5%. The statistics are an improvement on this time last year, when Crook County had 4.4% unemployment, and is also lower than the state average of 3.1% for June. Overall, Wyoming has slowly been returning to its pre-pandemic unemployment lev...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jul 28, 2022

    After Gordon certifies trigger bill, abortion will be banned in Wyo. Wednesday JACKSON (WNE) — Abortion will be banned in Wyoming, with narrow exceptions, starting Wednesday, July 27. Gov. Mark Gordon certified Friday the state’s “trigger bill,” which was passed during the 2022 budget session and intended to go into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade. The Supreme Court overturned the 49-year-old precedent on June 24, prompting Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill to review the Wyoming law. Hill said Thursday that th...

  • Commissioners

    Jul 28, 2022

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2022 9:00 o’clock a.m. Present for the Final Budget Hearing were Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Vice-Chairwoman Jeanne A. Whalen, Member Fred M. Devish (via conference call) and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Present for the Final Budget Hearing for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 were Bonnie Stahla, Director, County Library, Tammy Jundt, County Treasurer, Joe Baron, County Attorney, Theresa C... Full story

  • Records

    Jul 28, 2022

    Notice Weston County Children’s Center/Region III Developmental Services will be destroying children’s records with the birth year of 2009. If you wish to obtain these records please come to the main office; 104 Stampede, Newcastle, WY 82701, with proper ID. Last day to obtain records: July 29, 2022. Publish: July 21 and 28, 2022... Full story

  • Probate

    Jul 28, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JAMES A. REEVES, Deceased Probate No. 5840 NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION AND APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF SUMMARY DISTRIBUTION OF REAL PROPERTY AND IMPROVEMENTS AND PERSONAL PROPERTY PURSUANT TO WYOMING STATUTE SECTION 2-1-205 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on June 23, 2022, the Claiming Distributees of the Estate of James A. Reeves filed a Petition and Application for Decree of Summary Distribution... Full story

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