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Articles from the August 17, 2023 edition

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  • County welcomes new fire warden

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 17, 2023

    Fresh off the road from the West Coast, newly appointed County Fire Warden Charlie Harrison might be new to the area, but he's certainly not new to firefighting. He has, in fact, been fighting fire since he was an Explorer Scout at the tender age of 14. "I spent 36 years in the retirement system but I had been a volunteer before I became a paid guy," Harrison says. Retirement didn't stick – after a three-year vacation, Harrison found himself looking for a new challenge. "You know, there's a l...

  • Rubber meets the road

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 17, 2023

    Wyoming Wednesday in Sundance was slower – and colder – than many of us have come to expect. Main Street and 3rd, the traditional location for bikers to stop and enjoy the sunshine as they wait for the burnouts at the Dime Horseshoe Bar to begin, was relatively empty until shortly before the main event. Still, the end of town by Deluxe Harley Davidson attracted traffic throughout the day and, by the time the scent of rubber filled the air, it was business as usual for the downtown, with bik...

  • Year's first fatal crash kills two

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 17, 2023

    Crook County’s first fatal road accident of the year took place on July 31 and is still under investigation by Wyoming Highway Patrol. The crash involved two motorcyclists from France and a motorhome whose occupants were from Arizona. At 12:33 p.m., on U.S. 14 at mile marker 170 near the Madison pump station, a two-vehicle crash took place, says Lieutenant Tim Boumeester. “The first vehicle was a motor home pulling a passenger car,” he says. “They were traveling eastbound on Highway 14 when the driver pulled off the roadway into the driveway ac...

  • New principal joins Sundance Elementary

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 17, 2023

    The school year begins anew next week and the students of Sundance Elementary School will be in the capable hands of a new head teacher. Robert Wiegel will be joining the campus as the new principal for SES. "I was born in Wyoming, but spent the majority of my life living in Nebraska. When I was given the opportunity to come to Sundance and wear my favorite colors on a daily basis (red and white), it was a no brainer," Wiegel says. This will be Wiegel's 13th year in education, he says. He...

  • Barbara Glick

    Aug 17, 2023

    Barbara "Dusty" Glick passed away in Sundance, Wyoming, on Sunday, August 6, 3023, with her daughters by her side. After many years of multiples illnesses, she succumbed to a short and courageous battle with leukemia. Barbara was born on October 28, 1936, to Allan and Treva Burns at their home in Covington, Ohio. She was the oldest of five children. Barbara grew up and attended school in Covington and spent time in their family home in Homestead, Florida. Barbara met Warren Glick, the love of... Full story

  • Iris Joan Frederiksen

    Aug 17, 2023

    Iris Joan (Dudrey) Frederiksen left this world holding her loving husband of 71 years' hand on August 6, 2023. She was born February 3, 1934 to Richard and Murel (Taylor) Dudrey in Alva, Wyoming. Joan graduated high school from Sundance, Wyoming in May 1952, and married the love of her life, Karl Henrik Frederiksen on June 1, 1952. They were the first couple to be married at the First United Methodist Church in Sundance. Mom always giggled telling the story dad sure thought he was marrying a ric... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Aug 17, 2023

    Our Thanks Friends are family you choose for yourself. With that in mind, the family of Dot French wants to thank each of you that showed love in so many ways at Mom's passing. Our Thanks 2023 Crook County Hereford Show sponsors: Thank you for sponsoring. Empire Ranch Ivan and Jennifer Cranston Lee Habeck Mike and Karen Dirks W Bar Feeds Ward and Kristy Waters Largant and Sons Pearson Ranch CSC Livestock (Cody and Shannon Chabot) The Wolf Ranch (Tom and Donna Wolf) Geis Ranch Wilhelm Cattle Our... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Aug 17, 2023

    1 Years Ago August 23, 1923 Work has been progressing unusually well on the high school building, there being a full crew of carpenters and stone masons at the present. Arrangements are completed for laying the corner stone next Saturday at 4 p.m. under auspices of Sundance Lodge No. 9, A.F. & A.M. Invitations have been sent out to neighboring lodges and a large number of visitors are expected. County enforcement officers went to Sand Creek Sunday and apprehended George Ferguson, who with his family had been camping on the banks of that...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Aug 17, 2023

    Aug. 7 – Four VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Business checks. Two motorist assists. Two citizen assists. Civil assist. Accident. Animal complaint. House watch. Aug. 8 – Four VIN checks. Prisoner transport. Three traffic stops. Accident. Aug. 9 – Three VIN checks. Fraud. Five traffic stops. Alarm. Motorist assist. Assist other agency. Fire page. Two accidents. Traffic hazard. Aug. 10 – Six VIN checks. Two paper services. Five traffic stops. Business alarm. Traffic hazard. Assist other agency. Two suspicious circumstances. Embezzlement. Three f...

  • Circuit Court

    Aug 17, 2023

    Speeding – Pedro Sanchez Vilchis, Frannie, WY, 86/75, $125; Robert A. Gunn Jr., Buckkner, MO, 79/70, $113; Certain Pierreuincent, Bozeman, MT, 44/30, $100 Windshield View Obstructed – Alvin M. Rosa, Vernal, UT, $60 No Seat Belt (driver) – Randy Peters, Moorcroft, WY, $25; Pedro Sanchez Vilchis, Frannie, WY, $25 No Valid Driver’s License – Thomas Newsome, Cheyenne, WY, $140 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Michael Levitz, Seattle, WA, $140; Elizabeth Ham, Wright, WY, $140 Fail to Drive Vehicle Within Single Lane – Rand...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Aug 17, 2023

    Dear Editor, To the citizens of Crook County: in 2022 the Legislature passed a bill mandating training for boards and elected officials. The intent was probably good, however there is a clause that enables removal of persons that don’t comply. The training (possibly indoctrination) is 8 hours!!! Very few people have the time to accomplish this!! Some have been threatened with removal. If you have, please let me know right away. I personally will not comply for several reasons. We offer training for our boards and don’t need the hea...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Aug 17, 2023

    While my parents were visiting, we found ourselves addicted to a reality tv show by the name of “Alone”. If you’ve never caught an episode, it’s an extreme survival competition for which willing victims are dumped into harsh environments with little more than a tarpaulin and an ax and told to keep themselves fed and warm for as long as they possibly can. The winner of “Alone” walks away with a life-changing amount of money. Everyone else walks away with emaciated arms and PTSD from endless weeks of not being able to catch a fish and the con...

  • CCFV expands to cover both Weston and Crook

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 17, 2023

    Crook County Family Violence and Sexual Assault Services (CCFV) is changing its name to reflect an expansion to its service territory. The organization will now work under the trade name of Northeast Wyoming Advocacy Resource Center (NEWARC) and will cover both Crook and Weston counties. “The Attorney General’s Office contracted with CCFV to take over the Weston County program,” says Executive Director Sandy Stevens. “We officially took over on July 1.” ‘Crook County Family Violence, aka NEWARC,’ as it will less formally be known, is thi...

  • Bird flu affecting domestic animals

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 17, 2023

    As the worldwide epidemic continues, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported an outbreak of H5N1, otherwise known as bird flu, in household cats. The outbreak involved 34 domestic cats across eight provinces in Poland. Many of the infected animals showed neurological signs such as paralysis and seizures and became severely ill or died, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The H5N1 bird flu viruses remain widespread across the globe in both domestic poultry and wild birds. While the CDC still assesses the risk to hum...

  • Carrier gets honorable mention in Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship list

    Aug 17, 2023

    Renee Carrier of Hulett received an honorable mention in this year’s Wyoming Arts Council Fellowships in Visual Arts, Creative Writing, and Performing Arts. Fellowships are merit-based awards to selected Wyoming artists based on their submitted portfolio of work that reflects serious and exceptional artistic investigation. Recipients each receive a $5,000 award and the opportunity to share their work with the community through support from the Wyoming Arts Council. Creative Writing Fellowship recipients include Rod Miller of Cheyenne in P...

  • Old Stoney celebrates centenary

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 17, 2023

    Sundance’s famous historic school will be celebrating its centenary this weekend and the whole community is invited to the party. Old Stoney’s birthday celebration will be held on August 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. “We will be having birthday cake, which will be served at 2 p.m.,” says Rocky Courchaine, Museum Director. Live music throughout the event will feature local artists including Dennis Mack and Matt Stefanich, performing live outside in Sundance Square. The farmer’s market will also be taking place in Sundance Square, including ice cream and...

  • Don't forget mosquito protection to prevent West Nile virus

    Aug 17, 2023

    With human cases in nearby states and a higher-than-usual number of mosquito pools within Wyoming testing positive for West Nile virus, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) wants people to remember to protect themselves from mosquito bites. “Wyoming’s reported human West Nile virus case numbers have been quite low the past several years,” Courtney Tillman, epidemiologist with WDH, said. “But with more positive mosquito pools being reported this summer than we have seen in nearly 10 years and cases popping up in neighbor states, a reminde...

  • Fun day to mark the last weekend of summer

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 17, 2023

    Make the most of the last weekend before summer with a day of fun for the whole family at Clarenbach Park on August 20. Kid Prints Inc. will be hosting their first annual fun day and cornhole tournament throughout the day, with the first bags to be thrown at 10 a.m. You can register your two-person cornhole team at by August 16 to enter, or watch the competition as you enjoy numerous other activities in the park. Entertainment will include a bounce house, face painting and fair games, as well as concessions and small prizes to...

  • Wyoming Medicaid renewals continue across state

    Aug 17, 2023

    Wyoming Medicaid’s renewal process, which was restarted earlier this year to review client eligibility, has reached a key stage, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). Medicaid is a joint federal-state insurance program that pays for the medical and long-term care of qualified low-income and medically needy individuals and families. In 2020, the federal government stopped Medicaid and Kid Care CHIP eligibility reviews in all states in exchange for temporarily increased federal funding. States are now required to return to normal r...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Aug 17, 2023

    Streaming service airs episode on missing Gillette woman GILLETTE (WNE) — The story of missing Gillette woman Irene Gakwa recently aired on a nationwide streaming service. The 25-minute episode titled “American Dream, American Nightmare” follows Gakwa’s journey from Nairobi, Kenya, to Gillette where she disappeared in early 2022. The episode is part of Paramount Plus’ “Never Seen Again” series, which documents families sharing the stories of lost loved ones. Featured on the show are Gakwa’s brothers, Kennedy Wainaina and Chris Gakwa and Chris...

  • Salaries

    Aug 17, 2023

    City of Sundance, Wyoming *Pursuant to Wyoming State Statute 15-1-110(b)(i), the following salaries of the City of Sundance employees are hereby published: NAME POSITION SALARY OVERTIME Paul Brooks Mayor $1,666.67 Callie Hilty Council Person $150.00 Randy Stevenson Council Person $150.00 Brad Marchant Council Person $150.00 Joe Wilson Council Person $150.00 Theresa Curren Clerk-Treasurer $5,713.07 Helen Engelhaupt Deputy Clerk-Treasurer $4,080.27 Toby Shamion Deputy Clerk-Treasurer $3,655.60 $63.26 Mackenzie Erickson Public Works Director... Full story


    Aug 17, 2023

    FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE WHEREAS, default in the payment of principal and interest has occurred under the terms of a Promissory Note (the “Note”) dated September 13, 2019, executed and delivered by Robert S. Myles (“Mortgagor”) to Bay Equity LLC, and a real estate Mortgage (the “Mortgage”) of the same date securing the Note, which Mortgage was executed and delivered by said Mortgagor, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Mortgagee, as nominee for Bay Equity LLC, its successors and assigns, as Mortgagee, and which Mortgage wa... Full story


    Aug 17, 2023

    NOTICE OF SALE OF ABANDONED VEHICLES The following vehicles will be sold at 10 a.m. on September 1, 2023 at 2723 St Hwy 585, Custom Auto & Truck, Sundance, Crook County, Wyoming, to wit: A 1971 Chevrolet C-10, So. Dak. license plate number 49E718, VIN# CE1412638644, titled in the name of Darlene K. & Joe E. Daniels. The seller claims $6800 for expense of removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale. A 1972 Chevrolet C-10, VIN# CCS1425120640, titled in the name of Greg Tefertiller. The seller claims $6200 for expense of removal,... Full story

  • Amended Application

    Aug 17, 2023


  • Strong start to golf season

    Rebecca Maupin|Aug 17, 2023

    The summer is coming to an end and the high school fall sports seasons have begun. The Sundance golf team teed off their fall season in Sheridan and Newcastle this past week, participating in the Kendrick and Upton Invites. Savanah Peterson started the season strong for the Lady Bulldogs, taking the top spot at both invites on the girls' side. Peterson won the Upton invite at Newcastle by 13 strokes, with a score of 97. She also took the top honors in Sheridan shooting a 98 for the course. As a...

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