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Articles from the August 24, 2023 edition


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  • E-cycling event coming up soon

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 24, 2023

    Your annual opportunity to rid your home of difficult-to-dispose-of electronics is coming up in a couple of weeks. Crook County Natural Resource District (CCNRD) will be offering this year’s e-cycling events on September 9 and, as always, the first 100 lbs will be free. Properly e-cycling your electronics protects your own digital safety as well as groundwater and the environment. CCNRD utilizes ProTech Computing of Gillette to collect and transport items to MeTech Recycling in Denver, an R2-certified facility. At that point, the electronics a...

  • 100 years of local history

    Aug 24, 2023

    Old Stoney celebrated its centenary on Saturday with a party in the park. To the musical sounds of the band in the shade structure, guests browsed numerous art, craft and historic items in the silent auction; made their way through the stands of Sundance Farmers Market; took tours of the historic building; and, of course, enjoyed the sunshine in Sundance Square. For more about the celebration, see page 2....

  • Active shooter training open to all

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 24, 2023

    Active shooter training isn’t just about school safety. It’s for anyone and everyone who would like to know more about how to protect themselves in a dangerous situation. For this reason, Crook County Sheriff’s Office offers its Critical Incident Response Training to any interested member of the public and will be hosting sessions in each of the four municipalities in the coming weeks. The events are open to anyone and will begin in Sundance on September 12, starting at 4 p.m. and expected to last for between three and four hours. Dates for H...

  • Suicide still on the rise – but help is available

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 24, 2023

    Suicide continues to rise in the United States and Wyoming continues to top the list in the number of deaths per capita by suicide. “In 2022, Wyoming saw a drop in the number of people who died by suicide but, yet, per capita, we remain at the top nationally. We are experiencing an unprecedented mental health crisis in our country – and here in Crook County, we aren’t immune to it,” says Katie Allen, Crook County Prevention Specialist. “If anything, our residents are struggling in silence. Those that we’ve lost to suicide, and those that...

  • Tower hosts 20th annual car show

    Aug 24, 2023

    The 20th Annual Devils Tower Car Show was held on Saturday at the KOA Campground at the entrance to Devils Tower. The show is sponsored each year by the Texas Trail Cruisers Car Club out of Moorcroft, Wyoming. There were 127 entrants this year, the largest turnout ever, with lots of comments of many very cool vehicles. The following vehicles received trophies: 1st Place Car: Dave & Bonnie Wackel, 1967 Mercury Cougar GTXR7, Summerset, SD. 2nd Place Car: Robert Walter, 1969 Chevy Camero,...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Aug 24, 2023

    Our Thanks The Sundance Pickleball Club is enjoying outdoor play time using the metal equipment storage box recently installed at the city courts. It was purchased through a grant from the Powder River Energy Foundation. The box now allows for maximum court use by area residents and members of the club. The club extends its gratitude to the foundation for their support. The club is playing their summer hours of 6-8 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, also 7-9 a.m. on Tuesdays. The public is welcome to... Full story

  • Old Stoney celebrates 100th birthday

    Missy Gill|Aug 24, 2023

    Back in 1922, a letter was written and published in the Sundance Times stating that Crook County was in need of a new district high school. The current building at the base of Sundance Mountain was inadequate for the number of students it housed. Former school superintendent F.J. Stevens stated, "Most of us will spend our lives in this county and all that we have is right here. Our children will grow to men and women and their future depends upon the kind of education we give them." With that...

  • Stonecroft Bible studies announced

    Aug 24, 2023

    The Stonecroft Ministry is a rural American ministry, which holds women’s/men’s Bible studies in the area. If any lady is interested in studying the Holy Bible, non-denominational, the ministry is coordinating a Bible study which is held in various homes throughout the area. Please call 307-283-2395 if interested to set up time, date, etc. Everyone is invited!...

  • Peek at the Past

    Aug 24, 2023

    1 Years Ago August 30, 1923 Leveled, plumbed and squared by the implements of operative masonry, as applied to the high standards of speculative Masonry; consecrated with corn, the Masonic emblem of plenty, with wine, the emblem of joy and gladness, and with oil, the emblem of peace, the corner stone of the new Crook County High School building was laid at 4 p.m. on Saturday by the Wyoming Grand Lodge, A.F. & A. M., in special session at Sundance. The corner stone, itself a striking example...

  • County sees wage and employment increases

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 24, 2023

    Crook County saw a 14.1% jump in wages between the first quarters of 2022 and 2023, according to the latest figures from the Wyoming Department of Revenue. The average weekly wage for Crook County employees rose from $898 to $1025 during that time, an increase of 14.1%. Growth was higher in state government at 16.4% and private industry at 16.1%. Wages grew less in federal government (13.7%) and local government (6.6%). The largest increases in the private sector were in professional and technical services at 27%, mining at 21.9%, real estate...

  • Michigan man charged with sexual exploitation of a child

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 24, 2023

    Julian Russell of Michigan has been charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of children after allegedly contacting a 14-year-old girl on social media and encouraging her to send him sexually explicit material. On May 13, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a Sundance address for a report of a 19-year-old male “messing around with” teenage girls. In his report, the deputy states that his investigation revealed that Russell had been speaking to a 14-year-old girl...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Aug 24, 2023

    Aug. 14 – Six VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Fingerprints. Traffic hazard. Two motorist assists. Welfare check.. Harassment. Found property. Aug. 15 – Four VIN checks. Protection order. Two traffic stops. Four business checks. Fraud. Assist other agency. Animal complaint. Aug. 16 – Four VIN checks. Explosives. Five traffic stops. Two business checks. Juvenile problem. Two EMS pages. Prisoner transport. Aug. 17 – Two VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Two fingerprints. Business checks. Civil standby. Two REDDI reports. Suspicious circums...

  • Circuit Court

    Aug 24, 2023

    Speeding – Aimie Wise, Hope Hempstead, AR, 58/40, $150; Robert F. Piazza, Litchfield, CT, 40/30, $140; Brian Critchley, Bountiful, UT, 81/65, $150; Daniel W. Mittag, Littleton, CO, 84/70, $140; Victor Alejardro Torres, Gillette, WY, 31/20, $100; Kyle Ramaeker, Van Wert, IA, 80/70, $105; Brett Makedonski, 84/70, $130; Chauncey Grant Jenerou, Sundance, WY, 70/45, $185; (minor), Leuorah, TX, 40/30, $100; Richard White, Greencastle, IN, 81/70, $115; Ion Buia, Edmonton, AB, Canada, 82/65, $155; Piotr Hababicki, Upper Halliford, United Kingdom, 1...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Aug 24, 2023

    Dear Editor, Good afternoon Sundance! I don’t know about you but I, for one, find the headlines the last few month in our Sundance Times a little concerning when it comes to our mayor and city council. Such negativity! When I open up my weekly Sundance Times, I wonder which entity they will beat up in the next headline. I’d like to see some headlines from the mayor and city council that contain “Mayor Brooks and the Sundance City Council thank the citizens of Sundance, old and new, for all the hard work they do to make our city beaut...

  • State Treasurer defends WyoStar II program

    Wyoming State Treasurer Curt Meier|Aug 24, 2023

    The State’s WyoStar investment programs have recently come under attack, and I would like to share a few facts. These programs allow local governments to make institutional-quality investments with fees lower than what large institutional investors typically pay. The State’s manager charges 0.06 percent and independent bond managers charge 0.5-1.0 percent on average. The State is able to minimize fees by combining many smaller accounts (local government entities) together into a larger fund. These two WyoStar programs have very different pro...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 24, 2023

    There’s an establishment in England that the locals will tell you is the only place serving beer from which you will exit feeling more sober than when you walked in. Or, at least, there was. For decades, the Crooked House has been famous for its structural anomalies. But last week, it became the focus of a classic whodunnit. The Crooked House was first built in 1765 as a perfectly normal red-brick farmhouse, but converted into a pub in 1830. It was called the Glynne Arms, until its name was c...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Aug 24, 2023

    Did you know your library card gives you access to a wide range of online databases at your fingertips? You can find everything from auto repair to genealogy, from health and medicine to practice tests and skill preparation. There is a little something for everyone at gowyld.net. What will you find? LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thurs., Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. in Sundance. Crook County Library Foundation Board Wed., Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tues., Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m....

  • Tax Sale

    Aug 24, 2023

    NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY FOR 2022 DELINQUENT TAXES The State of Wyoming ) )ss County of Crook ) County Treasurer’s Office August 18, 2023 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 20th day of September, 2023, 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

  • LIQUOR LICENSES

    Aug 24, 2023

    NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL OF RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSES, AND RENEWAL OF COUNTY RETAIL MALT BEVERAGE PERMITS FOR 2023-2024 APPLICANT ADDRESS OF PREMISES DATE FILED RENEWAL OF RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSES Buffalo Jump Hospitality Partners LLC dba Buffalo Jump Saloon & Steak House 5877 Old Hwy 14 Beulah, WY 82712 8/16/2023 Historic Aladdin LLC dba Aladdin General Store 3983 State Hwy 24 Aladdin, WY 82710 8/14/2023 Buffalo Jump Hospitality Partners LLC dba Sand Creek Trading Post 5879 Old Hwy 14 Beulah, WY 82712 8/16/2023 LA Driskill dba Devils... Full story

  • FORECLOSURE

    Aug 24, 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

  • ABANDONED VEHICLES

    Aug 24, 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 24, 2023

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATES OF MAY L. CHITTIM, DECEASED, REED H. CHITTIM, DECEASED, KEVIN CHITTIM, DECEASED, CHARLES CHITTIM, DECEASED, MARILEE FATTOR, DECEASED, AND ETTA MARIE WILSON, DECEASED. Probate No. CV-8967 NOTICE OF AMENDED APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 2nd day of August, 2023, Oildigger Resources Fund I, LLLP, Applicant, filed in the above named Court an Amended... Full story

  • Oil and Gas

    Aug 24, 2023

    BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) will meet at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, September 11, 2023, and subsequent days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to consider the following matters at the office of the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, 2211 King Boulevard, Casper, Wyoming. DOCKET NO. / APPLICANT / MATTER / S-T-R / FORMATION / COUNTY 1117-2023 / Oildigger Resources Fund I / Statutory... Full story

  • Notice

    Aug 24, 2023

    NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that Warren Whalen, of 2615 Lookout Mountain Road, Spearfish, SD 57783, is the Trustee of an Irrevocable Trust for the benefit of Linda M. Peterson. Linda M. Peterson, died on June 11, 2023. Creditors of the decedent must file their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or their claims may be barred. Claims may be mailed to the Trustee at the address above or delivered to Nies Karras & Skjoldal, P.C., of 109 Main Street, Spearfish, South Dakota 57783, and shall be... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Aug 24, 2023

    11-acre fire south of Wright sparked by mine blast GILLETTE (WNE) — The Campbell County Fire Department fought its biggest fire of the season Sunday caused by a blast at Black Thunder Mine. At 2:15 p.m., firefighters responded to the Hilight Road area, south of Highway 450, for a reported grass fire. The fire was contained at 1370 acres and was caused by a blast from Black Thunder mine, said Battalion Chief Bryan Borgialli. The fire department had 17 firefighters and two chiefs working the fire, which was contained by 6 p.m. Sunday. The U...

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