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Articles from the September 2, 2021 edition


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  • Outdoor exploration

    Sep 2, 2021

    To conclude the first week back to school at Sundance Elementary, four buses filled with 220 students and 40 staff embarked on an excursion to the Sundance White Ranch Park on Thurs., Aug. 26. The main purpose of the outing was to celebrate the start of a new school year and to have fun together building on the team community the school has established. It was a great way for students and staff to enjoy some time together outside at a new beautiful venue for outdoor exploration. There were lots...

  • Kuhl pleads not guilty

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 2, 2021

    At an arraignment hearing last week, County Treasurer Mary Kuhl was asked how she intends to plead to the felony and three misdemeanors she has been charged with. “Not guilty, your honor,” she repeated four times. This plea gives Kuhl the right to a public jury trial, said Judge Stuart S. Healy III, who presided over the hearing and said he will now enter a criminal case management order. The date of Kuhl’s trial was not set, though the judge stated that the order kickstarts a number of deadlines on both sides and a date for her pre-t...

  • Hospital nears crisis point

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 2, 2021

    Crook County Memorial Hospital is reaching crisis point due to the number of people with severe COVID-19 symptoms who are currently seeking medical care. At this time, the hospital is battling to cope with the influx of patients in need of life-saving assistance. "COVID-19 is definitely on the rise in Crook County, across the State of Wyoming and the nation," says Micki Lyons, CEO of Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD), who says there has been an explosion of new cases. "Hospitals,...

  • Clinic negotiations get outside help

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 2, 2021

    Though little in the way of concrete information about the new clinic building in Hulett was offered at Friday’s meeting, the Crook County Medical Services District Board of Trustees heard that progress may be in the cards. According to board chairman Mark Erickson, not much actual movement towards an agreement has taken place over the last month. However, an “effort in its very infancy” is beginning to take shape involving people “outside the foundation.” This group, he said, is looking to assist the Crook County Medical Foundation in findin...

  • CCMSD appoints trustee

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 2, 2021

    A new board member to represent the Hulett area has formally been appointed to the Crook County Medical Services District Board of Trustees. Robert Richey will serve in the position of Hulett area trustee until the next general election in November, 2022, when the position will be up for the public vote. The appointment is necessary to replace outgoing board member Connie Lindmier, who recently tendered her resignation. At Friday’s meeting, Trustee Sandy Neiman stated that she and Trustee Trish Habeck had interviewed an applicant the week b...

  • Returning home

    Sep 2, 2021

    Hundreds of community members and visitors gather in downtown Jackson on Monday to honor the family of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum as they are escorted home on their return to Jackson. McCollum, a graduate of Jackson High School, was one of 13 American servicemen killed in a bombing in Afghanistan last week....

  • Merle "Lynn" Duvall

    Sep 2, 2021

    Merle “Lynn” Duvall, 71, of Rozet, Wyoming, died August 26, 2021. A celebration of Lynn’s life will be held at a later date.... Full story

  • John C. Long

    Sep 2, 2021

    John C. Long, 77, of Gillette, Wyoming, formerly of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette. A private family interment with full military honors will take place in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Sundance. A public celebration of life will be held with the date and place to be announced. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com... Full story

  • Mary Ann Boe

    Sep 2, 2021

    Mary Ann Boe (Short) of Spearfish, South Dakota, died peacefully at her daughter's home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a year ago on August 13, 2020, at the age of 93. She was a loving, devoted wife to her husband and loving and supportive mom to her children, especially cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren and she was always happy to cuddle a baby. She will be dearly missed by her children, Dean, North of Arpan, South Dakota, Susan Obermoller (Douglas) of Sioux Falls, Sharon Boe... Full story

  • New Arrival

    Sep 2, 2021

    Kyle and Telise Nilemo of Parker, Colorado, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Marlow Mae. She was born April 22, 2021 and weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces. She joins a sister, Oaklyn Rose. Maternal grandparents are Bruce and Karla Jensen of Brighton, Colorado and paternal grandparents are Eric and Pam Nilemo of Elizabeth, Colorado. Maternal great grandparents are Gary and Darlene Gorsky of Colyer, Kansas and Geraldine (Gerry) and the late Ben Jensen of Sundance, Wyo...

  • Peek at the Past

    Sep 2, 2021

    1 Years Ago No paper available 75 Years Ago Sept. 5, 1946 Joe Decker of Sundance who was knocked down by a stampeding horse at the fairgrounds Saturday afternoon received only minor injuries and is up and around, although still at the hospital. It was reported at first that he had been seriously injured. William Bonelli of Saugus, Calif., buyer of the $30,000 top Polled Hereford bull of the John E. Rice Sale at Lodge Grass, Mont., last June, has purchased 18 head of yearling registered...

  • Fundraiser next week for suicide prevention awareness

    Sep 2, 2021

    To mark this year’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a fundraiser will be taking place in Pine Haven with food, song and a silent auction. Hosted by Crook County Prevention, it will take place at the Ponderosa Café on September 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will include music from country-influenced band Badger Horse, as well as a BBQ dinner for $10 per plate. This and the silent auction will be raising money for the Wyoming chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. All donations are tax deductible and may be made via ht...

  • Learning is in our nature

    Sep 2, 2021

    Wyoming Tree Farm and Wyoming Project Learning Tree (WY PLT) recently donated books to the Crook County Library to benefit our youth. Wyoming Tree Farm Chairman Ed Mignery and WY PLT Coordinator Jessie Halverson met with Sundance Youth Services Librarian Bonnie Stahla to donate the books. The books include Owls, Whoo Are They?, Where Do Rivers Go, Momma? and Greening Up. "Outreach to youth about nature and forests is important to both Wyoming Tree Farm and Wyoming Project Learning Tree," said...

  • Frolander wins WILLA Literary Award

    Sep 2, 2021

    Women Writing the West® (WWW) is proud to announce the 2021 WILLA Literary Award for Poetry is presented to Second Wind by Patricia Frolander of Sundance, Wyoming. This nationally recognized award represents the best of 2020 published literature by Women set in the North American West. Selected by professional librarians, historians, and university affiliated educators, Ms. Frolander will be honored during the Women Writing the West annual conference....

  • Caseworker working to get assistance out

    Sep 2, 2021

    Crook County welcomes a new caseworker for WYO HELP, a community action agency that has expanded to now be available here. Elise Hanslip says she is thrilled to represent the agency’s goals in this county. “WYO HELP has intrigued me from the beginning. We don’t offer a simple hand out. My primary role as a case manager is to offer our clients a method to become self-sufficient,” she says. “With the tools that we have, auto repair, mental health, ability to help with minor home repairs and decreasing hunger, we are providing a step for self-...

  • Puzzling

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Sep 2, 2021

    I like to put puzzles together, it’s something I do. When all the pieces come out of the box, very little looks much like anything, yet it is all something. The relaxing effort of taking each individual piece and placing into its proper place speaks much of what life is: individual events that come together to produce a whole reasonable, purposeful, perspective. This month I have been handed many pieces that have yet to come together. I offer them to you to ponder in head, heart and find a place in your life. “A belief about God is really a bel...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 2, 2021

    It’s not often I’m ashamed of my country of birth, but today is one of those days. I find myself horrified at the latest news coming out of the UK and I’m not sure I’ll ever see my people the same way. An online delivery service called Foodhub ran a survey among 2000 citizens of my once-proud nation, the results of which have made me question everything I thought I knew. The topic of said survey was the most important ingredient known to mankind: cheese. Now, I’ve always thought of the Brits as...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Sep 2, 2021

    The library will be closed Mon., Sept. 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! The Les Fullerton Memorial pays for all InterLibrary Loan requests. Displays: Bonnie Stahla’s antique eggbeaters. If you have a collection you would like to show to Sundance, please let us know! We have two locking cases that we would love to p...

  • Circuit Court

    Sep 2, 2021

    Speeding – Jesse R. Williams, Upton, 32/20, $130; John Wesley Philips, Moorcroft, 37/20, $140; Benjamin Spore, MI, 42/30, $184; Lucas Ramsey, IN, 58/30, $200; Nilesh Charpe, IL, 69/30, $393; Robert Becker, IN, 50/45, $15; Patrick T. Goldhammer, NV, 50/45, $15; Edward Huffman, TX, 50/45, $25; (minor), CO, 50/45, $25; Ryan Jurgens, CO, 50/45, $25; Robert Merrill, NV, 50/45, $25; Sandra Merrill, NV, 50/45, $25; Mona Gambardella, NJ, 54/45, $103; Justin Kabilian, MA, 54/45, $103; Jeremy LaPlant, IA, 54/45, $113; Roland McPhail, SC, 54/45, $103; Cor...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Sep 2, 2021

    Aug. 23 – Six VIN checks. Traffic stop. Vehicle crash. Two destruction of property calls. Assist Wyoming Highway Patrol. Fingerprints for outside employment. Fight. Arrested female subject. Booked in subject. Transient check. Two fire pages. Four EMS pages. Aug. 24 – Five VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Two paper services. Traffic complaint. Fingerprints for outside employment. Welfare check. Aug. 25 – Six VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Suspicious person. Two vehicle crashes. Booked in subject. Assisted another agency. Missing person. Fire...

  • Fourth DUI earns split sentence

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 2, 2021

    A North Dakota man has been given a split sentence for a felony charge of driving while under the influence, fourth offense, after being spotted driving in a suspicious manner on the off ramp of I-90 in July, 2020. Myron Jepson has three previous known convictions for DUI. According to court reports, Jepson’s vehicle was spotted by a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper with a car waiting behind it. The vehicle then allegedly went straight onto the on ramp and appeared to swerve, possibly trying to park beside a delineator post. The trooper r...

  • Moorcroft woman arrested for child abuse, aggravated assault

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 2, 2021

    A Moorcroft woman has been arrested on 16 separate counts of child abuse as well as one of aggravated assault and battery. Karey Hedlund's alleged victims accuse her of years of mental and physical abuse ranging from locking them in cages to withholding meals. According to reports from a Crook County Sheriff's Office deputy, an investigation was launched at the beginning of June into a report of "abusive and neglectful behavior" by Hedlund towards some of her adopted children. The victims...

  • North Dakota man given deferred sentence for possession

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 2, 2021

    A North Dakota man faces possession charges after he was pulled over for speeding on the highway in January and marijuana products were found in his vehicle. According to court reports, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper noticed a black vehicle traveling above the speed limit near mile marker 20 of Highway 585. The trooper reports he performed a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Paul Uskevicz, and his female passenger. Uskevicz allegedly stated that the vehicle was a rental and he was on his way to visit a family...

  • California man given suspended sentence on drug possession charges

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 2, 2021

    A California man has received a suspended sentence after a wide range of controlled substances were discovered scattered throughout the vehicle in which he was a passenger. On July 10, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper was patrolling I-90 near mile marker 187 when a white van approached at a speed radar recorded as 96 mph. The trooper conducted a traffic stop. While looking around the interior of the van, the trooper reports observing a vape pen with a cartridge he recognized as similar to THC cartridges. The trooper was given permission to...

  • Sale for delinquent taxes

    Sep 2, 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

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