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Articles from the August 13, 2020 edition


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  • Absentee ballots to be counted early

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 13, 2020

    On the authority of Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, the process of counting votes for the primary will start a little early this year. A directive sent to county clerks across Wyoming permits the processing of absentee ballots a few days before the election. The directive is intended to address the fact that a high number of voters are expected to opt for the absentee ballot method for this year’s primary due to the pandemic. “An influx of absentee ballot requests and absentee ballots returned to the county clerks as a result of the COVID-19 pa...

  • Rollin' through

    Aug 13, 2020

    On Wednesday, as two-wheeled visitors began to arrive in town for the annual motorcycle rally, the”Iron Horse Clan” were among a sizeable contingent of riders accompanying the “Remember Our Fallen” mobile monument and a group of veterans along their trail to Sturgis....

  • Hulett man charged with strangulation and aggravated assault

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 13, 2020

    Bob Coronato has been charged with felony counts of strangulation and aggravated assault after an alleged altercation in the early hours of the morning that saw him attack a female victim several times. On July 31 at around 5 a.m., Crook County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an altercation in Hulett. A deputy responded to the address and was advised while en route that the reporting party had locked herself in the bathroom for protection. Shortly after, dispatch advised that the male, identified later as Bob Coronato, held a knife to the h...

  • Unique collection

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 13, 2020

    One fair’s loss is another fair’s gain. Due to the cancellation of Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Cross family was unfortunately unable to partake this year in the annual parade with their collection of restored vintage John Deere tractors – so they brought them to the Crook County parade instead. The family has taken part in Frontier Days for 35 years, but it’s been a long time since the collection came to Crook County, says Forrest Cross. The four tractors that rode in the parade include...

  • Old Stoney crosses final hurdles

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 13, 2020

    Slowly but surely, Old Stoney is creeping towards the finish line. The final hurdle is close to being crossed with the arrival of the flow control valve needed to get a certificate of occupancy. Public Works Director Mac Erickson reported last week at the Sundance City Council meeting on the fire suppression system in the old building. In May, the state fire marshal declined to grant an occupancy award on the basis that this system did not meet requirements. As the city was going to need to extend a water line down the street in front of Old...

  • Statue set to move

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 13, 2020

    Don’t worry, he isn’t planning an escape from the law again. The Sundance Kid will be moving from his pedestal outside the courthouse, but only because he will have a new home next to Old Stoney. Moving the statue is part of the plan for the development on that block, which includes Old Stoney and Sundance Square, the park now under development next to the building. On behalf of the City of Sundance, Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz approached the county commissioners last week to make the request. According to Lenz, the statue is currently own...

  • District judge announces retirement

    Aug 13, 2020

    District Judge Michael N. Deegan has announced that he will be retiring from the Sixth Judicial District, which covers Crook, Campbell and Weston Counties. Deegan’s official retirement date will be December 25. Judge Deegan has served the Sixth Judicial District since his appointment by Governor Dave Freudenthal in September, 2005. The announcement from Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael K. Davis indicates that the Judicial Nominating Commission will be accepting expressions of interest from people who would like to fill the vacancy u...

  • Sundance man faces 52 charges of pedophilia

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 13, 2020

    A Sundance man in his eighties faces 52 separate felony charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. Each count carries a potential sentence of life imprisonment without parole. The incidents allegedly took place over a period of approximately four years, according to court reports. The allegations were investigated by Sundance Police Department with the assistance of the Department of Family Services. According to police statements, the man ultimately admitted to the allegations, which had been brought forth by the victim. To...

  • Motorcycle crash near Sundance claims rider's life

    Aug 13, 2020

    A motorcycle crash near Sundance claimed the life of a 58-year-old motorcyclist on Thursday. The fatal crash took place near milepost 183 on I-90, west of Sundance. Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a crash involving a motorcycle at 6:08 p.m. The 2016 Harley Davidson had been headed eastbound on the interstate and exited the right side of the roadway, colliding with a delineator post before overturning further off the road. The driver has been identified as Aaron Hall of Phoenix, Arizona. According to Wyoming Highway Patrol, he...

  • Beulah woman sentenced for aggravated assault

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 13, 2020

    Tateum Mae Moss of Beulah has been given a suspended sentence for a charge of aggravated assault and battery related to an alleged fight that took place at her Beulah residence. On September 8, 2019, at around 1 a.m., two Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a couple fighting at a residence in Beulah. Arriving at the scene, they allegedly found a man standing in the driveway who claimed to have called 911. The male victim allegedly stated that, following an argument, Moss came to the room where he was sleeping and “started to kick...

  • Pandemic spread shows signs of easing

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 13, 2020

    Tentative signs that the pandemic may be loosening its hold were on Governor Mark Gordon’s mind during his recent press conference, including a slow drop in the number of active COVID-19 cases across Wyoming. The percentage of tests that come back positive has increased slightly, however, with a 14-day average at 3.2% last week, up from around 2.8%. “I do think that Wyoming is indeed cautiously on the right track,” said the governor. Two items are still marked as concerning on the state’s metrics chart, which is used to guide decisio...

  • Carlile water study nears completion

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 13, 2020

    The county’s study to find a solution for water quality issues in the Carlile area is reaching the final stages, the county commissioners heard last week. Stakeholders can expect to hear information about the potential for a regional water system at a public meeting in October. Through water sampling and analysis, the study has revealed water quality issues with the current permitted wells in operation and the next step will be to identify possible solutions, such as to create a water district that hooks onto the City of Gillette’s Madison Wat...

  • Water tank projects move ahead

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 13, 2020

    Of the two water tank project currently underway for the City of Sundance, both have made significant strides forward. The final steps are now being taken for construction to begin on the Sundance West tank, while the design process has begun on the Sundance Kid tank south of the interstate. The Sundance City Council approved a bid from Timberline Services for $593,000 to complete the Sundance West tank project a couple of weeks ago. The project will replace the 40,000 gallon Brewer and Canyon tanks in the canyon area, which are old and require...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Aug 13, 2020

    To Editor Sundance Times: The 30 July 2020 edition had an article “Voters to decide on senior services levy”. I have some problems with your against argument. 1. The levy is not taking revenues from the individual and putting it into the hands of the government for distribution. I wish to state that the government has failed to ensure vital services for our seniors it has provided. That is why we at the local level have been forced to institute the levy. The need is vital and exceeds the abilities of families and churches. We, the seniors of Cr...

  • The State of Wyoming stands ready to support agriculture

    Hans Hunt and Brian Boner, Representative R-Newcastle, Senator R-Douglas|Aug 13, 2020

    The crisis caused by the novel coronavirus has substantially impacted our state, nation and world. This has impacted most, if not all, facets of daily life in our state. Wyoming agriculture has not been spared from these dynamics. In fact, this crisis has been compounded for our ag producers by an extremely fragile and inflexible meat packing industry. The incompetence of large international meat processing monopolies in responding to this crisis has left ranchers scrambling to find a place to sell their livestock as consumers find themselves...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN|Aug 13, 2020

    Dear NP, My 69-year-old mother is becoming more than just forgetful. She recently got lost in a town she has lived in her whole life. She has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and offered a lot of medications to help with the symptoms. Can you tell me about some of these medications? L. S. Dear L. S., First of all, so many of us know all too well what it is like to see a parent struggle with Alzheimer’s. I hope the advice in this column will make things easier for you and for her. Unf...

  • Ted Wilson

    Aug 13, 2020

    Ted Wilson, 91 of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away on August 4, 2020. Ted was born on October 11, 1928, at the family home to Carl and Lola Wilson. He grew up working on the ranch with his father and brother, Dick and sister, Myrna Lea. He attended grade school in a country schoolhouse across the creek from their home. In 1953, he met Betty Wilson at a church social at the Hulett Baptist Church and asked her to go flying in his Piper Cub. That was the beginning of a beautiful love story that continued for over 65 years. They married on April 8,... Full story

  • Hannah Opal Delores Lincoln Spracklen

    Aug 13, 2020

    Hannah Opal Delores Lincoln Spracklen passed away July 22, 2020, one day after her 95th birthday. Delores was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan and Anna (Sorenson) Lincoln; her husband, Richard C. Spracklen; husband, Quentin Spracklen; two sisters, Eleanor Ward of Newcastle, Wyoming and Twila Hawley of Newcastle; and two brothers, Rodger Lincoln of Hulett, Wyoming and Harold Lincoln of Newcastle. Delores is survived by her children, Doris Bomboy of Farmington, New Mexico, Kathy Baker of Bloomfield, New Mexico and Richard L. Spracklen of... Full story

  • New Arrival

    Aug 13, 2020

    Kyle Schmaltz and ShyAnne Blake are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Rhyett Hayze Schmaltz. Rhyett was born on June 8, 2020, at Regional West Medical Center of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz. and measured 21 inches long. Welcoming Rhyett home was big sister Kyley Schmaltz. Grandparents are Stanley and Victoria Reimann of Sundance, Wyoming and Kent Blake of Oshkosh, Nebraska, Kelly Schmaltz of Lyman, Nebraska and Toni Buettner of Minatare, Nebraska. Great-grandparents are Wilma Blake of Julesburg Colorado, Richard and...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Aug 13, 2020

    Our Thanks Thank you to the following sponsors of the 2020 Crook County Hereford Show: Empire Ranch Ivan and Jennifer Cranston Lee Habeck Mike and Karen Dirks Schelldorf Ranches Inc W Bar Feeds Geis Ranch George Whalen Family Ward and Kristy Waters Our Thanks A very special thank you to everyone who said some prayers, stopped in or called to see how Larry was recovering from his recent surgery on July 6. A huge thank you to Monte for hauling feed, to Mary and Robin for taking care of the feed...

  • Peek at the Past

    Aug 13, 2020

    1 Years Ago August 11, 1920 The Sheridan Post says that Bert Waddell and George Lytle, of Sundance, who was formerly of the Sundance Times, have purchased the Moorcroft Democrat from Charles McKee, the former editor, and state that they intend to run an independent newspaper. The deal will be completed within a few days. For two hours Sunday morning the main streets of Sundance had the appearance of an auto parade on fast time. An unusual number of tourists were heading west and hundreds of cars were passing through filled with berry pickers...

  • Local state legislators buck-back against gun group's tactics

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 13, 2020

    GILLETTE — Multiple Campbell County Republican legislators and primary candidates are bucking against an outspoken pro-Second Amendment group after a bevy of political attacks targeting incumbents and other candidates ahead of this month’s election. State Sens. Michael Von Flatern and Ogden Driskill, former Speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives Tom Lubnau and others are rebuking the claims and question the motivations of Wyoming Gun Owners following a steady flurry of social media posts targeting them and other politicians. The cam...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Aug 13, 2020

    Wyoming unemployment call center sometimes strained as claim levels remain high CHEYENNE (WNE) – Despite Wyoming’s unemployment rate ticking down slightly in recent months, ongoing steep demand for assistance has kept the phone lines busy – and sometimes unreachable – at the state’s Department of Workforce Services. “We’re getting a lot of calls,” DWS Communications Manager Ty Stockton said Friday. “Quite a few of those are people wanting to make a claim over the phone, and those do take some time. …But quite a few are people who have an...

  • Circuit Court

    Aug 13, 2020

    Speeding – Xavier J. Bradford, CO, 35/20, $100; Brad H. Thompson, FL, 79/70, $103; Emily R. Hoover, IL, 90/80, $105; Jennifer K. Farley, Osage, 85/70, $135; Gary D. Elton, Gillette, 48/30, $150; Connor I White, Gillette, 81/70, $115; Mutaz M. Fahm M. Abu Khalaf, MN, 89/75, $115; Shelby E. Miller, CO, 87/80, $84; David A. Wenaas, MN, 50/45, $15; Justin M. Greenway, OR, 95/80, $135; Christopher P. Rushton, ND, 88/80, $101; Barry E. Steeg, Gillette, 79/70, $103; Ilianeliz M. Diaz, FL, 89/75, $115; Omar Arellano, TN, 85/75, $105; William R. C...

  • Crook County Sheriff

    Aug 13, 2020

    Aug. 3 – Five VIN checks. Two paper services. Two fingerprints. Aug. 4 – Three VIN checks. Two paper services. Two traffic stops. Assist to Big Horn County. Gun call. Missing person report; subject located. Animal complaint. Fingerprints. Fight. Motorist assist. Two EMS pages. Fire department page. AUG. 5 – Three VIN checks. Assist to DFS. Assist to Probation/Parole. Domestic dispute. Fraud complaint. Checked address for wanted subject; no contact. Subject booked into jail. Two EMS pages. Fire department page. Aug. 6 – VIN check. Eight traffic...

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