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Articles from the August 31, 2023 edition


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  • Team Spirit

    Aug 31, 2023

    Jake Schommer fires up his teamates during player introductions on Friday night in Upton. The Patriots opened their season with a home win over Moorcroft. For more, see page 7....

  • County lays out stance on BLM plan

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 31, 2023

    The Crook County Commission has submitted comments on the Bureau of Land Management’s plans to revise its resource management plan (RMP) for northeast Wyoming. Pointing out that the county needs its natural resources to survive economically, the commission’s letter urges the federal agency to be mindful of the priorities laid out in the Crook County Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP), which was adopted at the end of 2020. “Crook County’s economic viability is highly dependent on the availability and utilization of natural resourc...

  • County to be focus area for CWD

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 31, 2023

    Crook County is one of the focus areas for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing this year and hunters are asked for their help to collect lymph node samples. "Game and Fish is requesting samples from herds we've not addressed in a while, where we are trying to get a significant sample size so we can accurately determine what the CWD prevalence is in these herds," says Jessica Jennings-Gaines, Game and Fish Wildlife Health Laboratory supervisor. Deer hunt areas 1 through 6, all located in this...

  • Ballot safety sets focus of new bills

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 31, 2023

    Taking proactive measures to protect Wyoming’s elections was a major focus for the Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions committee at its interim meeting on Thursday in Douglas. From preventing non-Wyomingites from voting to making sure that private parties cannot fund the election administration process, a number of bills were moved forward – some for further consideration, but others directly to the floor of next year’s legislative session. Voter Residency The first bill on the table aimed to reduce the risk of non-r...

  • Former local rancher to join Hall of Fame

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 31, 2023

    A Sundance native will be inducted into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame at a ceremony coming up soon in Casper. Wallace Canfield has been named to the Class of 2023. The induction ceremony will be held on September 15 to 16 at the Ramkota and will begin with a Cowboy Social on the Friday evening, which will include a live auction. The next day, vendor areas will be available all day and the induction program itself will start at noon. This event will feature special recognition for each...

  • Bruce Langdon McAmis

    Aug 31, 2023

    Bruce Langdon McAmis, age 94 of Alva, Wyoming peacefully entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on August 22, 2023. Bruce was born February 9, 1929 to Carp and Elizabeth (Langdon) McAmis. He was the oldest of seven children. On June 24, 1950, Bruce married Peggy Charlene Shaul and they were married 70 years and 11 months. Bruce was a lifelong farmer and rancher in the Alva area. Bruce was well known for his friendly personality, always looking to make a new friend with a... Full story

  • Wanda "Dee" Carroll

    Aug 31, 2023

    Wanda "Dee" Carroll, 68, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed peacefully into the loving arms of our Lord on August 24, 2023 after fighting a valiant and brave battle with ovarian cancer. Dee, daughter to Nina Mae Watts and George Malven Watts Jr., was born in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, on January 18, 1955. She spent her youth running the hills with her five siblings (Sandy, Melvin, Jim, Rene and Mae) and helping on their ranch near Devils Tower. After her junior year of high school, she met her... Full story

  • Joseph Loren Richards

    Aug 31, 2023

    Joseph Loren Richards, 92, of Sundance, Wyoming, died on November 27, 2022 at St. Vincent's Healthcare in Billings, Montana. Joe was born on December 10, 1930, to Ernest "Ernie" and Marie (Roth) Richards in Houston County, Minnesota. He married Nancy Steele on April 23, 1948, in New Albin, Iowa. They were married for 71 years, Nancy passed away on January 18, 2020, in Sundance. They were blessed with three children, Alan, Loren and Tracy. Joe and Nancy made their home in New Albin and Decorah,... Full story

  • Bruce Langdon McAmis

    Aug 31, 2023

    Bruce Langdon McAmis, age 94 of Alva, Wyoming peacefully entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on August 22, 2023. Bruce was born February 9, 1929 to Carp and Elizabeth (Langdon) McAmis. He was the oldest of seven children. On June 24, 1950, Bruce married Peggy Charlene Shaul and they were married 70 years and 11 months. Bruce was a lifelong farmer and rancher in the Alva area. Bruce was well known for his friendly personality, always looking to make a new friend with a... Full story

  • Circuit Court

    Aug 31, 2023

    Speeding – Timothy Signer, Overland Park, KS, 80/70, $105; Elizabeth Kroll, Papillion, NE, 75/65, $105; Taylor Garman, Sundance, WY, 90/65, $185; Paul J. Laurenzi, Milton, DE, 84/70, $140 Fail to Drive Vehicle Within Single Lane – Leonard Schleuning, Beulah, WY, $90 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Benjamin Jasinski, Spearfish, SD, $140 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – (minor), Newcastle, WY, $440 Waterskiing Violation – Tyler B. Sasse, Moorcroft, WY, $100 Fail to Provide Life Jackets – Nathan W. D...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Aug 31, 2023

    Aug. 21 – Three VIN checks. Assist other agency. Traffic hazard. Trauma. Vicious animal. Four business checks. Animal complaint. Aug. 22 – Three VIN checks. Two prisoner transports. Four traffic stops. Animal complaint. Business check. Harassment. Aug. 23 – Five VIN checks. Two paper services. Four traffic stops. Livestock. Domestic. Traffic hazard. Fingerprints. Citizen assist. Aug. 24 – Seven VIN checks. Fingerprints. Traffic stop. Citizen assist. Three business checks. Fire page. Title 25. Sex offense. Burglary. Aug. 25 – Four VIN checks. F...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Aug 31, 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 Tue., Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. S...

  • Peek at the Past

    Aug 31, 2023

    1 Years Ago September 6, 1923 A friend of the Times writes the following account of an occurrence in the western hay fields: "While working the hay four miles west of Carlile, Hazel McDaniel and Wain Meglemre found one of the largest tarantulas ever seen in this section. The spider was quiet until they drew up to examine it, then it jumped and both had a narrow escape from being bitten. It was killed and is now in the possession of Wain Meglemre." The tarantula is a poisonous spider from the...

  • County maintains better-than-average employment levels

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 31, 2023

    After last year returning to “normal” employment levels in the wake of the pandemic, Crook County’s statistics have improved a little more during the busiest season of 2023. According to the latest figures from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Crook County is still one of the most employed counties in the state. In July, just 2.1% of residents of this county were unemployed. This was a drop of 0.5% from June, when the unemployment rate was 2.6%. The unemployment rate was significantly lower than the overall Wyoming average of 3....

  • Comment period begins for Spruce Vegetation Management Project

    Aug 31, 2023

    The Black Hills National Forest is announcing the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Spruce Vegetation Management Project and is seeking public comment on the proposed project. The project is located on National Forest System lands south of Spearfish Canyon, east of the Wyoming/South Dakota border, north of the Crazy Horse Memorial and west of Interstate 90. The project includes management activities on approximately 3614 acres in mixed conifer stands. The modified proposed action includes approximately 493 acres...

  • Op-Ed: Wyoming's Permanent Savings

    Ogden Driskill and Albert Sommers, President WY Senate & Speaker of WY House of Reps|Aug 31, 2023

    Guided by the Wyoming value of “save when you can,” the Legislature over several decades set up endowments and smart savings to help support the state and its people into the future. The system of reserves they created receives income generated off a portion of our mineral taxes and one-time surpluses. This savings structure not only protects our kindergarten through twelfth-grade (K-12) schools and ensures that our state agencies continue to provide critical services to Wyoming citizens; it also allows the taxes paid by the people of Wyomi...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 31, 2023

    A mystery recently solved sets up a peculiar connection between your part of the world and mine. To be specific, between a school just down the road from where I grew up and a town in Colorado. The former is Sherborne School in Dorset, an all-boys private boarding establishment that has been in constant operation for 1300 years. In all that time, as you might imagine, it has boasted some illustrious alumni; in more recent days, it has educated students including Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis,...

  • Bus driver clinic held

    Aug 31, 2023

    Crook County School District #1 recently held their Wyoming State-required six hours of training in Sundance. All bus drivers and substitute drivers attended. Trainings this year included Suicide Intervention and Behavior Management, provided by the Campbell County Transportation Department. Other items covered at the training included district policies and online trainings. Several bus drivers received pins and plaques from the Wyoming Pupil Transportation Association for their years of...

  • CCSD announces free and reduced school lunch program

    Aug 31, 2023

    Crook County School District #1 has announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, and/or School Breakfast Program. Each school and the office of the Crook County School District have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. The following household size and income criteria will be used for determining eligibility. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or...

  • Cross country gets underway at Newcastle Invite

    Jennifer Jungwirth|Aug 31, 2023

    The Sundance Bulldogs cross country team opened their 2023 season competing in the Newcastle Invite at Mallo Camp on Friday, Aug. 25. Six Sundance runners competed in the men’s 5000-meter varsity contest. Senior Deklan Gill ran in a time of 19:50.71. Junior Angel Villegas competed in a time of 20:32.23. Juniors Holden Ayer, Kyten Johnson and Wyatt Flahaven ran in times of 23:11.86, 23:42.06 and 23:50.58, respectively. Junior Jager McLaughlin rounded out the varsity Bulldogs, running in a time of 24:23.17. Freshman Maddison Neiman competed in h...

  • Patriots dominate Wolves in season opener scrimmage

    Rebecca Maupin|Aug 31, 2023

    It was a beautiful night for football as the Upton-Sundance Patriots kicked off their 2023 season in Upton against the Moorcroft Wolves. Because the Wolves opted down into the nine-man class, this matchup was played as a hybrid game in which the Moorcroft Wolves played nine-man on offense, and 11-man on defense, while the Patriots played 11-man offense and nine-man on defense. Both teams had to brush off the dust on their opening plays for the night. Moorcroft received the opening kickoff but a...

  • Lady Bulldogs open season strong

    Rebecca Maupin|Aug 31, 2023

    The Sundance Lady Bulldogs opened their 2023 volleyball season competing in the Dogger Invitational in Lingle this past weekend. The Lady Bulldogs came out with a winning record, sweeping Lusk, Lingle-Ft. Laramie, and Rock River two games to none. The team faltered momentarily as they faced Pine Bluffs, losing the second game, but the Lady Bulldogs regained momentum and took the set two games to one. Jaylin Mills and Lexie Marchant dominated the offensive play at the net, throwing down 36 and 25...

  • Two more team wins for Lady Bulldog golfers

    Rebecca Maupin|Aug 31, 2023

    The Sundance golfers have made it to the halfway point of their fall season as they participated in the Keyhole and Upton Invites this past week. Consistency is key on the golf course and teammates Savanah Peterson, Karen Ulmer and Kiley Sheubrooks have consistently found themselves finishing in the top ten for the Lady Bulldogs. Peterson claimed the top spot at the Keyhole Invite and took second place in Upton by one stroke. Ulmer and Sheubrooks continue to stay close with only a few strokes separating them. The Bulldogs Boys also competed at...

  • Tax Sale

    Aug 31, 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 31, 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

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