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  • Stealing the show

    Aug 5, 2021

    This year's fair concluded over the weekend with the annual parade through Sundance, following this year's theme of "unmasking the outlaws, bandits and thieves and stealing the show." Spectators lined up to wave and watch as horses, vehicles, musicians and more made their way along Main Street. The parade brought to an end another successful week of animal shows and entertainment. As always, the fair attracted visitors and participants from all across the county and beyond. Preliminary reports...

  • Commission moves ahead with Kuhl suspension

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 5, 2021

    County Treasurer Mary Kuhl will no longer have access to the credit cards used within the Crook County Treasurer’s Office. The county commissioners moved on Monday morning to cancel the old cards and have new ones issued, with Acting Treasurer Tammy Jundt listed as the authorized user. This decision was made following the arrest of Kuhl last week on charges related to her conduct while in office. Kuhl is accused of placing a customer’s license tabs on her own vehicle after claiming they were lost in the mail, adjusting the tax system to hid...

  • Delta variant causing surge of new cases

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 5, 2021

    Crook is among the counties nationwide in which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is once again recommending everyone should wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The new guidance also recommends that students, teachers and staff in K-12 schools return to wearing masks. The guidance is based on community transmission of COVID-19. In Crook County, as for most of Wyoming, this has recently been upgraded to “high,” which is the most concerning level of transmission on the CDC’s ranking system. Only four Wyoming counties curre...

  • Commission sets annual mill levies

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 5, 2021

    The number of mills to be levied in this county has not changed this year, though the county’s valuation has once again slightly increased. This, said County Assessor Theresa Curren on Monday, is why the amount each entity will receive this fiscal year has gone up. This year’s valuation, as fixed by the state board, is $220,612,930. This compares to a valuation of $214,543,363 in 2020 and $201,069,634 in 2019. “It’s just a little bit higher because of the amount collected,” Curren told the county commissioners as she presented this year’s pr...

  • Upton man dies in rollover crash

    Aug 5, 2021

    A fatal crash occurred south of Sundance on Sunday. Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating driver fatigue as the possible cause. The crash took place at around milepost nine on Wyoming 116. Troopers were notified at approximately 5:36 a.m. of a one-vehicle rollover involving a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. The vehicle was reportedly heading north when it crossed into the southbound lane, exited the left side of the road and overturned. The driver has been identified as Shon D. Engel, a 41-year-old resident of Upton. Wyoming Highway Patrol reports...

  • Shon Del Engel

    Aug 5, 2021

    Shon Del Engel, 41 of Upton, Wyoming, passed away August 1, 2021, in a car accident. Born in Sundance, Wyoming, December 27, 1979, to Keith and Gayle Engel of Upton, joining his siblings, Kelly, Jim and Lora. Shon went to school K-12 in Upton where he met and has kept his lifelong friends. He loved his craft as a skilled equipment operator working both in California and Wyoming over the past 23 years. He loved life and had an adventurous spirit including, basketball, golf, fishing,...

  • Service recognition

    Aug 5, 2021

    County employees were recently recognized for their years of service....

  • Cards of Thanks

    Aug 5, 2021

    Our Thanks The family of Barbara Clark would like to extend their thanks to all the family, friends and neighbors that pitched in during this difficult time. It is a wonderful blessing to live in a community like ours. We are grateful for the many acts of kindness, the donations, the phone calls, the food and all those people who came out to celebrate the life of a wonderful person. Barbara was proud of her community and the people in it. Our Thanks We would like to thank Croell Inc., Neiman Enterprises, Blakeman Propane, Sundance State Bank,...

  • Peek at the Past

    Aug 5, 2021

    1 Years Ago August 11, 1921 J.W. Caskaden, for thirty years a resident of Crook County, left Friday for his old home in West Virginia. For the last nine years he has made his home on a sheep wagon, being employed by John McKean. Grant Bay of Hulett was a caller at this office Thursday and left a sample of Yellow Transparent that were grown on his ranch ten miles north of Hulett. There were thirteen perfect apples growing on one stem. Mr. Bay will have a fruit display at the county fair next month. J.T. McGuckin, post commander of the...

  • Devils Tower Natural History Association seeks board members

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 5, 2021

    The Devils Tower Natural History Association (DTNHA) is looking for new board members to replace the three present directors whose terms will be coming to an end this fall. Since 1958, the association has supported projects and tourism at the Tower, including publication of interpretive books, guides and materials about the monument and its surrounding area. Major projects that the association has contributed to include the Jr. Ranger program, interpretive panels for the information desk, development and renovations of multiple park...

  • Early deadlines

    Aug 5, 2021

    Due to the motorcycle rally we will be on an early printing schedule for the August 12 papers. Deadline for the Wyoming Pioneer will be noon on Friday, August 6. Deadline for the Moorcroft Leader and Sundance Times will be noon on Monday, August 9....

  • Thunderstorms to be announced by severity

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 5, 2021

    As of this week, the National Weather Service has changed how hazard information is communicated with the public. From now on, thunderstorms will be announced according to three tiers of impact. “Severe thunderstorms can be life-threatening, but not all severe storms are the same,” according to the announcement, which lists conditions ranging from tornadoes and hail to cloud-to-ground lightning and flash floods. The three categories begin with “base” severe thunderstorms, which include the following criteria: quarter-sized hail and/or 58 mph...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Aug 5, 2021

    We are still doing curbside and delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. If you are a master gardener, will you please contact the library? We would like to have some gardening programs, and need a master gardener to lead them. Thanks! Thanks to the generosity of Les Fullerton’s family, we now have the Les Fullerton Memorial that is paying for all InterLibrary Loan requests. Displays: If you have a collection you would like to show to Sundance, please let us know! We have two locking cases that we would love to put your collection in f...

  • SHS fall sports reminders

    Aug 5, 2021

    All athletes must have turned into the SHS office or bring to the first day of practice a physical and consent and release form before participating in any sports. Both forms can be found on the ss.crook1.com website under the athletic tab. The individual and all sport schedules can also be found on the website. Please note they are subject to change. First practices: Golf – Aug. 9, 4 p.m., Golf Course JH Volleyball – Aug. 16, 1 p.m., SHS Gym JH Football – Aug. 16, 8 a.m., SHS Practice Field HS Volleyball – Aug. 16, 8 a.m., SHS Gym HS Footbal...

  • We will miss Mike Enzi

    Gillette News Record, July 31 Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 5, 2021

    Sometimes, people come into our lives and change them forever. We believe that happens for communities, too. Sometimes, people come into communities and change them forever. Mike Enzi is one of those. He came to Gillette in 1969 and spent the next 52 years being not only its biggest cheerleader, but also its clutch three-point shooter. That was Enzi when he first decided to run for mayor and then turned the boomtown in the right direction. That was Enzi as a state legislator when he helped lead the state out of significant downturn. That was...

  • It

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Aug 5, 2021

    “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). IT: A pronoun used to refer to that one previously mentioned. We are often told in this world to get with it. A movie has been made named “IT”, and we are usually the last ones to realize we have lost it. One thing we all wrestle with on earth is how we decide to live it, and more importantly as Jesus stated, “to have it [life] more abundantly.” The life we live is consumed with making it (work, money, family), keeping it and the fear of losing it....

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 5, 2021

    You can’t please all of the people all of the time, even when they’re on vacation. We’ve had our fair share of baffling reviews for tourist destinations here in Wyoming, from the person who didn’t think there was much point going up to Devils Tower because you can “clearly see the rock approaching when you drive at it” to the one who thought Yellowstone was awful because “it was too hot the day I went.” It’s the same in my homeland, where even places that are littered with history both recent an...

  • Arizona man sentenced following high-speed chase

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 5, 2021

    Christopher Elman of Arizona will serve up to ten years on charges related to an incident last year in which he led law enforcement on a high-speed chase along I-90, crossing the border into South Dakota and eventually crashing his vehicle near Spearfish. At around 3:15 p.m. on April 6, 2020, a Crook County Sheriff’s Department deputy received a report of a pickup truck speeding and swerving in and out of its lane, eastbound on I-90. Around milepost 172, observed the truck straddling both lanes and clocked its speed at 92 mph in the 75 mph zone...

  • Sundance man gets 40 years for child molestation

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 5, 2021

    Travis Price of Sundance has been sentenced to up to 40 years for two felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. He was originally accused of 13 individual felony charges related to sexual abuse of a minor. He pled guilty on two of the charges. According to court reports, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy on February 2 interviewed the victims, who claimed Price had touched them inappropriately while they were minors. Price was interviewed after the deputy had spoken with the alleged victims and the deputy reports t...

  • Beulah man charged with possession and domestic battery

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 5, 2021

    A Beulah man has been arrested on felony possession charges and for domestic battery. On July 19, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a possible domestic in Beulah. He arrived to find a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper had already responded and was able to advise it was an active domestic; he requested Sundance Ambulance respond to the scene. The trooper advised that, when he arrived, Tyron Miller was laying on the driveway on top of a female subject. Miller was detained, at which point the trooper located suspected m...

  • Scam targets unemployment insurance recipients

    Aug 5, 2021

    If you receive a text message that claims to be from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS), the agency is asking that you delete it. A known scam has recently been targeting the personal information of people who are claiming unemployment insurance in Wyoming. According to DWS, the scam involves messages that claim to be from DWS and often include links. The agency urges anyone who receives such a message to avoid clicking on those links, which could allow scammers to access your personal data. “DWS does not use text messaging. W...

  • Circuit Court

    Aug 5, 2021

    Speeding – Stephen Whitlatch, OH, 82/75, $99; Sarah Thompson, CA, 78/70, $101; Roman Rubio-Romero, MN, 92/75, $145; Alyssa Gilliam, SD, 85/75, $105; Joshua G. Pfeifle, Gillette, 92/75, $145; Andrew Leisure, MN, 95/80, $135; Lee Brendemuehl, WI, 89/80, $103; Togai K. Atac, IL, 66/45, $175; Aidan Peterson, Newcastle, 93/80, $125; Stephanie L. Maston, Gillette, 32/20, $85; Christopher Sterk, WA, 93/75, $150; Richard Phelps, MN, 85/80, $15; Heather Murdock, UT, 99/75, $180; Christopher King, SC, 95/80, $135; Nicole Newman, FL, 91/80, $115; Mira S...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Aug 5, 2021

    July 26 – Two paper services. Eight VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Abandoned vehicle. Two animal complaints. Fingerprints. Domestic; subject arrested. One subject booked into jail. Assist Wyoming Highway Patrol. Assist Keyhole State Park. Business checks. Runaway report. EMS page. Fire page. July 27 – Four VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Suspicious circumstance. Traffic complaint. Civil assist. Fingerprints. Three assists to Wyoming Highway Patrol. Motorist assist. Business checks. Welfare check. Lost property. Four EMS pages. July 28 – Paper...

  • Minnesota woman given deferred sentence for possession

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 5, 2021

    The last of three Minnesota residents who were arrested last year after a large amount of marijuana was found in their vehicle during a traffic stop has been sentenced. Judgement has been deferred for Antaysia Bolton, who must now complete three years of supervised probation. On June 22, 2020 at around 1:50 p.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper performed a traffic stop near milepost 176 of I-90 and made contact with the three occupants of the vehicle. The front seat passenger was later identified as Bolton. The trooper allegedly smelled the...

  • BID

    Aug 5, 2021

    BID ANNOUNCEMENT Crook County Road & Bridge Department is seeking sealed bids for the manufacture and delivery of unpainted 7’ x 12’ and 7’ x 16’ cattleguard sections. The entire bid package is available at http://www.crookcounty.wy.gov or can be picked up at the Road & Bridge office in the Courthouse. Bids must be received at the Crook County Clerk’s Office at 309 Cleveland Street, Sundance, WY by 11:00 am on September 7, 2021, any bids received after this time will be rejected. Sealed bids will be opened and awarded on September 7, 2021 at 1...

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