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  • State files to remove Kuhl from office

    Sarah Pridgoen|Aug 26, 2021

    On the instruction of Governor Mark Gordon, the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office has filed a civil case with District Court that could see County Treasurer Mary Kuhl removed from office. The petition, signed by Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill on behalf of the State of Wyoming, cites the felony and misdemeanor charges that are pending against Kuhl and also accuses her of theft from the Crook County Treasurer’s Office vault. The petition for Kuhl’s removal is based on a verified complaint filed by the county commissioners with the Gover...

  • Digging in

    Aug 26, 2021

    Construction has begun on the water line for the new Sundance Kid Water Tank, which will replace the two outdated tanks located across the interstate and replace the water lines serving them with new, larger lines. Hot Iron Inc. of Gillette was awarded the bid for the project, which is mainly funded through an Abandoned Mine Lands act grant....

  • Man arrested after high speed chase

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 26, 2021

    A Montana man was arrested near Sundance last week after a high-speed chase that involved the theft of three separate vehicles, one of which he allegedly used to crash into a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper's vehicle and another that was involved in a serious crash in Campbell County. Roger Forsman's flight was brought to an end when a Crook County Sheriff's Office deputy used his own vehicle to disable the Jeep that Forsman was driving. This decision was made for civilian safety as Forsman...

  • Second sentence for Smith

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 26, 2021

    Marty Smith has been sentenced for a second time on charges that she was criminally involved in the death of local man Doug Haar in 2018. The remainder of her sentence will be suspended pending successful completion of a year of unsupervised probation with Smith to be issued an alcohol monitoring device for the duration. Smith was originally found guilty of both accessory to involuntary manslaughter and to aggravated assault and battery by a jury in 2019 and sentenced to a minimum of six years and a maximum of 18 years in jail. However, a succe...

  • Schools aim for normal year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 26, 2021

    s the bell rings the start of the new school year, the situation within the county’s educational buildings is set to remain largely the same as it stood at the end of May in terms of pandemic guidance. Though signs of social distancing will still be in evidence, Crook County School District is aiming for as normal a school experience as possible. Good news too for sports fans as the fall season begins: spectators will once again be welcomed in full numbers to every home game. “Our plan is to go into the school year the same way that we end...

  • Elbert Orla "E.O." Sowerwine IV

    Aug 26, 2021

    wine IV of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away in an ATV accident near his home on Friday, August 13, 2021. E.O. was born on October 28, 1964, in Bozeman, Montana to Helen Venier (Edgar) and Elbert Sowerwine III. He grew up in Cody, Wyoming, on Trout Creek Ranch with his parents, two younger brothers J.F. and Jon, and his younger sister, Nicole. E.O. attended Wapiti School in elementary and graduated from Cody High School in 1983. He met his wife of 37 years, Barbara Sowerwine (Wilson), while they... Full story

  • Old beauties shine at Devils Tower Car Show

    Grace Moore|Aug 26, 2021

    The 18th annual Devils Tower Car Show, sponsored by the Texas Trail Cruisers Car Club, hosted over 100 vintage vehicles, including 96 that were registered and about a dozen more that were driven in just to be seen Saturday. They were from Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wisconsin. There were automobiles in various stages of restoration and renovation with proud owners more than willing to chat. Enthusiasts, both novices and veterans of the pastime, mingled, visited...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Aug 26, 2021

    Our Thanks What a 30th-Anniversary-of-Going-Steady celebration! Thank you to everyone who came, sent cards, gifts and made this even such a happy, joyful time! A special thank you to daughter Tally Hughes, who sure knows how to plan and carry out a party; it was a total, unforgettable success. To all our family members who came to this get together, it meant so much to us. All four generations of Tom’s family were there, and many of Barb’s attended – so special. Thank you to all our family for what you did, all the behind-the-scene helpe... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Aug 26, 2021

    1 Years Ago Sept. 1, 1921 While attempting to hasten a fire in the stove with coal oil, Mrs. Charles Barrett, Thronton, Wyo, was seriously injured as a result of the explosion of the can containing the oil. Mrs. Barrett escaped being burned to death by jumping into a barrel of water. Dismantling the Sundance flour mill has been going on for a few days past, and numerous parts of the machinery will be hauled to Newcastle and Beulah. Since all three mills passed into the same ownership there...

  • Wyoming libraries offer digital resource for legal needs

    Aug 26, 2021

    Wyoming residents can now access Gale LegalForms, an online collection of free legal forms through With access to Wyoming-specific “attorney forms,” residents can better understand common legal procedures and the involved documents. Many of the forms are available as Word documents or editable PDFs, so users need only to fill in the blanks. “Gale LegalForms delivers legal information to residents in customizable formats,” Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, said. “This will help users take cont...

  • Veterans' assistance available

    Aug 26, 2021

    A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout September. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available at t...

  • Support group launched for grieving families

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 26, 2021

    No parent prepares for the death of their child. When the worst of all tragedies happens, it’s common for parents to find themselves lost and confused with no idea where to look for help – and that’s exactly what Dave and Kristi Collins are aiming to prevent. The couple has launched a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a group that aims to provide support for family members who have lost a child. The group honors Lil’ Dave, the couple’s young son who sadly passed away in March, 2014 due to a vehicle accident. “When we lost our son, we...

  • Soaring to success

    Aug 26, 2021

    The thirty-one climbing routes on the east face of the Tower at Devils Tower National Monument are now open to climbing after three Peregrine Falcon chicks successfully fledged from their nest. Each year some climbing routes are temporarily closed during the spring and summer to protect falcon nesting sites, and to protect climbers from adult falcons who will defensively dive to protect their young. Protected nesting locations, such as Devils Tower, have been crucial in the recovery of Peregrine Falcons. Falcons experienced sharp declines in...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Aug 26, 2021

    The library will be closed Monday, September 6, for Labor Day. 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 help plan 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 h...

  • Man arrested on drug charges after Beulah crash

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 26, 2021

    David Gray of South Dakota has been charged with multiple drug-related felonies after marijuana and TCH was found in his vehicle when it crashed into the Stateline Station in Beulah. On August 12 at around 9:35 a.m., a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched in response to reports that a blue vehicle had crashed in Beulah. No injuries had been reported. The deputy reports arriving to find five people outside the building and the vehicle parked in a parking spot. When the deputy asked who had been driving, he was allegedly d...

  • Circuit Court

    Aug 26, 2021

    Speeding – Wade William Barry, Rozet, 41/30, $125; Cale Turner, ND, 89/70, $155; Michael Swenland, WA, 88/75, $125; William O’Kane, WI, 82/65, $145; Joseph Lubanski, WA, 90/80, $105; Mark Lewis, GA, 83/70, $135; Benjamin George, UT, 90/80, $105; Remi D’huyvetter, WI, 86/75, $115; Helen Cushman, WA, 80/75, $15; John Binning, TX, 91/80, $115; Amber Zeisler, NE, 43/30, $181; Benjamin Vreibel, WI, 86/75, $115; Thomas A. Vanluvan, Sundance, 87/80, $99; Bich Thuy Le, IL, 89/75, $130; Perry Pupo, WA, 90/75, $135; Zachary Fouch, Gillette, 87/80, $99; M...

  • Booster shots recommended for all

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 26, 2021

    The United States will be rolling out booster shots from September 20 for all persons who have previously been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Though the vaccines are still protecting people from developing serious symptoms, new data shows that their effectiveness wanes over time. This is far from an unexpected outcome. It’s common for a person’s antibody levels to decline over time after a vaccine is first administered, and that appears to be exactly what’s happening with the COVID-19 shots. “Even though this new data affirms that vaccine...

  • Active cases continue to soar

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 26, 2021

    Officials are continuing to urge people who have not yet been vaccinated to book a first shot as COVID-19 continues its steady spread across Wyoming during this second wave of infections. According to the Wyoming Department of Health, the vast majority of new cases and hospitalizations are among those who have not been fully vaccinated. “We continue to see a rise in cases driven by the more transmissible Delta variant, with cases concentrated in communities with lower vaccination rates,” said Jeff Zients, the head of the President’s COVID...

  • 2021 Crook County Fair Results

    Aug 26, 2021

    Open Painting, Drawing, Sculpting – Amateur: Grand Champion Teagan Timberman, Reserve Champion R. Jean Schmidt; Junior Ages 11 to 18: Grand Champion and Best of Show Maria Villegas, Reserve Champion Riley Banker Open Crafts – Adults 19 and over: Grand Champion and Best of Show Tom Necklason, Reserve Champion JoAnn Necklason; Junior Ages 11-18: Grand Champion Annie Harmon, Reserve Champion Jude Crago Open Needlework – Embroidery: Best of Show R. Jean Schmidt; Quilts: Grand Champion Regina Bowman, Reserve Champion Rhianna Heaster Open Photography...

  • Judge rules against stalking claim

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 26, 2021

    CODY — Two outspoken local residents sparred head-to-head in Park County Circuit Court on Monday over alleged stalking activity. Park County Republican Party Commiteeman Vince Vanata accused Cody resident Dewey Vanderhoff of stalking, for sending him three emails and one hand-delivered message over the course of four months. The emails contained derogatory language and characterizations of former President Donald Trump. “The charges Vanata is reflecting back on me – three emails in four months – I get that before noon everyday,” Vanderhof...

  • Sale for delinquent taxes

    Aug 26, 2021

    NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY FOR 2020 DELINQUENT TAXES The State of Wyoming ) ) ss County of Crook ) County Treasurer’s Office August 20, 2021 Notice is hereby given that I, Mary Kuhl, the duly elected, qualified and acting county treasurer within and for the county and state aforesaid, will on the 16th day of September, 2021, 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 local o... Full story


    Aug 26, 2021

    NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPLY FOR TAX DEED TO: American Acres, Inc. Attn: Moger Scott 12051 Indian Creek Court Belsville, MD 20705 and, TO: All Owners, Possessors or Occupants of the real property described as: Township 50 North, Range 68 West, 6th P.M., Crook County, Wyoming Section 11: Part of the SW¼SE¼, described as: The point of beginning shall be the NW corner of Lot 11 Oleo Acres Addition according to the plat thereof on file and of record in the county courthouse at Sundance, Wyoming. Thence from the point of beginning southerly and f... Full story


    Aug 26, 2021

    WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CHEYENNE, WYOMING NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF AND FINAL SETTLEMENT FOR HIGHWAY WORK Notice is hereby given that the State Transportation Commission of Wyoming has accepted as completed according to plans, specifications and rules governing the same work performed under that certain contract between the State of Wyoming, acting through said Commission, and S & L Industrial, The Contractor, on Highway Project Number B204027 in Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston Counties, consisting of installing... Full story

  • School Warrants

    Aug 26, 2021

    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 16, 2021, at SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 2 Guys Deco, Inc. Carpet Replacement $ 12,513.48 Agile Sports Technologies HUDL Subscriptions $ 897.23 Credit Card Plan Teaching Materials & Supplies $ 15,254.22 Amplified It Annual Subscription $ 4,043.00 Architectural... Full story

  • Liquor Licenses

    Aug 26, 2021

    NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A RENEWAL OF RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSES, RENEWAL OF RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSES, AND RENEWAL OF COUNTY RETAIL MALT BEVERAGE PERMITS FOR 2021-2022 APPLICANT DESCRIPTION OF PLACE AND PREMISES DATE FILED RENEWAL OF RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSES Aladdin Café & Motel HMR LLC dba Aladdin Café & Motel 3989 State Hwy 24 Aladdin, WY 82710 8-20-2021 RENEWAL OF RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSES Buffalo Jump Hospitality Partners LLC dba Buffalo Jump Saloon & Steak House 5877 Old Hwy 14 Beulah, WY 82712 8-20-2021 Historic Aladdin LLC dba Aladdin G... Full story

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