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Articles from the August 18, 2022 edition


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  • Burn, baby burn

    Aug 18, 2022

    AJ from Nevada, a popular return contestant to the burnouts during Wyoming Wednesday, shows the crowd how it's done. Wednesday during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the traditional time for bikers to head across the border and sample the sights of Crook County. Below, the day was unusually quiet within the downtown area of Sundance, but the crowds began to arrive in time for the burnouts to begin....

  • Upsets mark several local primary races

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 18, 2022

    Tuesday's primary election saw several local races called for challengers in contested races. County According to the unofficial initial results, in the race for commissioner, incumbent Fred Devish and challenger Bob Latham won the vote. The county coroner seat was also contested, with incumbent Mike Frolander winning the nomination over challenger Everett Zimmerschied. However, most candidates for county seats went unchallenged. The results confirm Joe Baron as the Democratic candidate for...

  • Crowdfunding program launches for locals only

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 18, 2022

    The Sundance Economic Development Task Force is introducing a new way to invest in your community, whether by pioneering a project you think would improve local lives or offering financial support for someone else’s good idea. The program is based on the idea of crowdfunding, popularized through such sites as GoFundMe and Kickstarter. What makes it different, says Andy Miller, who is spearheading the effort for Crook County, is that the Northeast Wyoming Crowd (or NEW Crowd) is entirely local. It began, he says, with a $25,000 grant from The L...

  • Robert Joseph Gean

    Aug 18, 2022

    Robert “Bob” Joseph Gean, 84, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away August 11, 2022, at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital. He fought a brave battle but was called home to be with his loved ones that left this Earth before him. Robert was born on April 6, 1938, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Sophie (Kuckuka) Gean. He was welcomed by older sister, Roberta, and both were joined later by sister Nancy. They grew up in a strict Polish Catholic family. His father immigrated to America when he was five years old from Austria and his mot... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Aug 18, 2022

    Our Thanks We would like to thank all the individuals and firefighters for your heroic efforts during the Fish Fire. Were it not for you in the middle of the blazing inferno our property would have a different outcome. On behalf of the Kunath Patent Ranch we will be forever thankful. We appreciate all the determination to keep our property from harm. No amount of thanks will ever repay for all everyone has done, but we hope you feel our gratitude for years to come. Kunath Patent Ranch family Thank You Sundance Lodge #9 would like to thank the... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Aug 18, 2022

    1 Years Ago August 17, 1922 Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Zane are busily engaged in moving the hotel this week to the new quarters. They announce a public opening for next Sunday’s dinner, to which the general public is invited. The Raymey Brothers have been making good headway on excavating for the cement cellar under the Grice hardware store. They expect to finish the dirt work this week and will then start on the foundation. The open season on sage chickens closed Tuesday, to the relief of many a tired, hot hunter. Chickens were reported quite p...

  • Limited monkeypox vaccines now available

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 18, 2022

    Wyoming is now the only state in the nation to still be monkeypox-free, according to data from the Centers of Disease Control. Vaccines are now being made available to residents of this state – but only if you are considered to be at a high risk of contracting it. The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) announced last week that vaccines are being made available on a “limited, targeted basis”. “We’re recommending vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and also for people who may be more likely to get monkeypox based on the curr...

  • Bearlodge Wranglers 4-H Club reports successful county fair

    Chelsea Helms|Aug 18, 2022

    It started at the Youth Rodeo, with Josey Franzen winning the all-around cowgirl and Jax Franzen winning the all-around cowboy and the high point saddle. Next was the horse show, where Jax won champion in the timed events and Josey was reserve champion in the timed events. Jax also won his halter class. Lane Helms showed in the Cloverbud showmanship event, taking first place. Chelsea Helms was the overall junior performance horse champion with wins in programmed ride, hunter under saddle, equitation, horsemanship, reining and western riding....

  • Forest Service imposes fire restrictions

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 18, 2022

    The U.S. Forest Service has followed the lead of local counties, cities and state agencies in calling for fire restrictions within the Black Hills National Forest. Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Jeff Tomac has signed a special order BKFfor Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on both the Bearlodge and Hell Canyon Ranger Districts. The restrictions became effective at the end of last week. In a press release, the U.S. Forest Service stated that restrictions are not taken lightly, but are necessary due to dry fuel conditions, persistent fire...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Aug 18, 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. Made by quilters for quilters, FONS & PORTER’S QUICK + EASY QUILTS features fast, yet dynamic projects combined with storytelling elements that make it unique. Filled with colorful projects and patterns, personal stories from the designers themselves, an occasional recipe and the tips we love, Quick + Easy Quilts is a magazine for every quilter. Displays: If you have a collection you would l...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Aug 18, 2022

    I am writing this on the Saturday before the primary election on Tuesday. Win or lose, I wanted to thank the voters of Senate District 1, for their support and help through the years. I truly did (do) the best I can to represent their views and wishes. It is a tough job, making many constituents feel hurt, abused and angry. There is almost never a bill that all feel happy about. I truly do not know of a single legislator that I have worked with in my 12 years that didn’t think they were doing the right thing for the State of Wyoming and their c...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 18, 2022

    The concept of personal sacrifice isn’t exactly foreign to these parts. You need only look south to Fish Mountain to be reminded the strong streak of courage that runs through our community. I came across a story from my homeland last week that, on the face of it, is really quite sad. However, its centuries-spanning impact is a testament to the importance of doing the right thing, even when you can’t be sure what impact your actions are going to have – or who exactly will be impacted. Our story...

  • Judge halts federal coal leasing

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 18, 2022

    CASPER — The federal government must reevaluate the environmental impacts of coal mining on federal lands before it can issue new leases, a judge ruled Friday. Just over a week after he ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to revise its coal leasing allowances in the Powder River Basin for a second time, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana found that a Trump-era environmental review of coal leasing “was arbitrarily curtailed and failed to consider relevant factors.” He reinstated an Obama-era moratorium on most federal coal...

  • State-mandated service may not be as available as it's supposed to be

    Stephen Dow, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 18, 2022

    SHERIDAN — On paper, the state of Wyoming has some of the strongest guardian ad litem laws in the country. The only problem, lawyer Jonathan Martinis said, is there seems to be a world of difference between the law itself and how it is applied in many courts across the state. “I do a lot of guardianship work across the country, and I can tell you that Wyoming’s law is actually very good,” Martinis said. “You have one of the only laws in the country that absolutely guarantees someone facing a guardianship petition the right to a guardian...

  • Nuclear firm TerraPower raises $750M from investors

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 18, 2022

    CASPER — TerraPower, the advanced nuclear developer planning to build a demonstration reactor in Kemmerer by 2028, announced Monday that it has raised $750 million from new private investments. The bulk of the funding came from Bill Gates, the company’s founder, and subsidiaries of SK Group, a major South Korean energy and technology conglomerate that contributed $250 million. “To our knowledge, no other advanced nuclear company has achieved an investment of this magnitude, and we have continued interest from the financial community,” said Te...

  • Texas woman given suspended sentence for vehicle theft

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 18, 2022

    A Texas woman has been given a suspended sentence on a felony theft charge. Merinda Fisher allegedly stole a vehicle from a business in Sundance and drove to South Dakota, where she was seen driving the vehicle away from a truck stop. On November 7, 2021, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a local business on a report of two stolen vehicles, both with the company’s logos and decals on them. Prior to the report, the deputy reports that he had been with an abandoned vehicle with Texas plates parked across the road from the...

  • Moorcroft man jailed on possession charge

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 18, 2022

    Robert Myles of Moorcroft has been sentenced to up to four years in a state penal institution following an incident in which he was reported for attempting to steal a vehicle from a residence. On October 15, 2021, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a residence in Moorcroft after a call was received that Myles was trying to take the homeowner’s vehicle. A warrant was confirmed for his arrest. The deputy reported contacting Myles’ probation officer and then responding to the residence, where the homeowner said Myles had left on f...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Aug 18, 2022

    Aug. 1 – Nine VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Traffic accident with damage. Alarm called in. Business check. Citizen assist. Coroner call. Fingerprints for outside employment. Theft report. Suspicious person/circumstance. Traffic complaint. Trespassing. Welfare check. Two EMS pages. Aug. 2 – VIN check. Six traffic stops. Traffic accident with damage. Assist Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business check. Citizen assist. EMS meeting paged. Motorist assist. Traffic complaint. Traffic hazard. Aug. 3 – Eight VIN checks. Seven traffic stops. Traffic acciden...

  • Circuit Court

    Aug 18, 2022

    Speeding – Burton Little, Columbus, OH, 86/75, $115; Benjamin D. Osborne, Omaha, NE, 97/80, $155; Alexandra Reyes, Kansas City, KS, 73/65, $126; Kirk Oja, Moorcroft, WY, 78/65, $181; River Halverson, Box Elder, SD, 63/45, $216; Tiffany Deyoung, Fox Lake, IL, 94/80, $130; Charles Dawson, Lodi, CA, 91/80, $115; Lance Wasdin, Woodstock, GA, 58/45, $181; William R. Wilhelm, Sundance, WY, 79/70, $103; Randell J. Sich, Devils Tower, WY, 83/65, $150; Thomas Reichen, Portland, OR, 89/80, $103; Katherine E. Painter, Moorcroft, WY, 82/70, $120; Alejandro...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Aug 18, 2022

    Transient man arrested for setting another man on fire CHEYENNE (WNE) – A 54-year-old transient man was arrested early Sunday morning after Cheyenne Police said he set another man on fire. Kenneth Potter, 54, was found at Martin Luther King Park with a knife and lighters in his possession. He was arrested and booked into the Laramie County Jail on an aggravated assault charge without incident. At approximately 1:15 a.m. Cheyenne Police officers were dispatched to a report of an aggravated assault at 1111 Martin Luther King Court, according t...

  • Gas prices down, may fall more, and drivers starting to notice

    Jonathan Make, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 18, 2022

    CHEYENNE — Gasoline prices are falling nationwide, prices at gas stations across the state draw closer to the U.S. average and experts say prices in many places may decline further still. Frequent drivers also are starting to notice, according to two driving professionals with whom the Wyoming Tribune Eagle spoke by phone Saturday. They, too, were hopeful that what they pay for a gallon of gas locally will continue to fall. Among reasons for the nationwide trend is wholesale prices for oil are falling. At the same time, motorists seem to be c...

  • Tax Sale

    Aug 18, 2022

    NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY FOR 2021 DELINQUENT TAXES The State of Wyoming ) )ss County of Crook ) County Treasurer’s Office August 12, 2022 Notice is hereby given that I, Tammy Jundt, the duly elected, qualified and acting county treasurer within and for the county and state aforesaid, will on the 14th day of September, 2022, at the courthouse at Sundance in the county and state aforesaid, offer for sale the following described real estate for taxes due and unpaid. The real estate will be sold subject to any special assessments for l... Full story

  • School Warrants

    Aug 18, 2022

    Crook County School District #1 Notice is hereby given that the Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees issued warrants for the following bills exceeding $500.00 at the regular meeting of the board held on August 15th, 2022, at SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund AGILE SPORTS TECHNOLOGIES Athletic Subscription $ 3,352.00 AGILE SPORTS TECHNOLOGIES Athletic Subscription $ 5,646.00 AMAZON.COM CREDIT CARD PLAN Teaching Supplies $ 17,101.92 BLACK HILLS ENERGY Natural Gas $ 770.62 BLACK HILLS STATE... Full story

  • County Salaries - Amended

    Aug 18, 2022

    Amended JUNE 2022 Pursuant to Section 18-3-516 (b) (i) Wyoming Statutes Annotated, the following salaries are hereby published. NAME POSITION BASE ANNUAL SALARY OVERTIME Kelly B. Dennis Commissioner, Chairman $ 25,950.00 Jeanne A. Whalen Commissioner, Vice-Chairwoman $ 25,950.00 Fred M. Devish Commissioner, Member $ 25,950.00 Brenda Wagner Preservation Specialist/PT Clerk of Court $ 22,471.80 Linda Fritz Clerk $ 60,408.37 Melissa Jones Deputy Clerk \ Clerk $ 48,259.74 $ 353.33 Janelle Peterson Assistant Deputy Clerk $ 3,685.00 Meghan Porter... Full story

  • Council

    Aug 18, 2022

    City Of Sundance August 2, 2022 The Town Council met this day in work session at 6:00 p.m. with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Mayor Brooks with Council Members Joe Wilson, Bradley Marchant Callie Hilty and Randy Stevenson present. Public Hearing was opened at 6:00 p.m. Comments were heard as follows: Dave Tonak-1519 Black Buttes Road: Would like to see what the project entails. Concerns are what type of industrial use is planned for the 48 acres. Is that much land needed for industrial use and are any provisions being planned for the residents... Full story

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