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  • Hunting season promises mixed results

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 7, 2023

    Hunting seasons this fall may be negatively affected by poor deer numbers, according to Sundance Game Warden Nate Holst, but elk and turkeys are doing just fine and should make for plentiful harvest opportunities. Deer The deer population in this county was hit by an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) a couple of years ago, which affected both white-tailed deer and pronghorn antelope. Cases were identified across the east of the state, including in Crook County, in 2021. EHD is not...

  • Law enforcement scam hits county

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 7, 2023

    A well-known style of scam in which a person claims to be a member of law enforcement and demands money for an outstanding fine or warrant is reported to have now taken place in Crook County. According to the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, a series of scam calls have been made recently to residents of the county. The call involves a male voice on the phone who claims he is Sheriff Jeff Hodge, badge number 387, and is calling about you having warrants, needing to come in and provide DNA sample or pay fines. The call ends with the statement t...

  • Tragic crash kills two local residents

    Sep 7, 2023

    Nels and Jeanette Smith have been named as two of the three people who lost their lives in a vehicle accident last week near Lingle. On September 1, a fatal crash occurred around milepost 112 on US 85, north of Lingle. At 3:45 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers were notified of a two-vehicle crash. Troopers arrived on scene and located a 2023 Toyota passenger car and a 2022 Chrysler minivan. The Toyota was southbound on US 85. The Chrysler was traveling northbound on US 85 when it crossed the center line and collided with the Toyota. The...

  • Once in a blue moon

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 7, 2023

    The last full moon of summer rose over Sundance on Wednesday evening. It not only marked the end of the season, but the last time a blue supermoon will grace the skies until the year 2037. This two-for-one event includes a pair of lunar phenomena, the blue moon and the supermoon. A blue moon is the uncommon occurrence of two full moons in a single calendar month. It gets its name from a 16th-century expression "the moon is blue", which meant something that was impossible. However, after...

  • Dolly Deranleau

    Sep 7, 2023

    On the morning of August 29, 2023 with numerous loved ones and her doting husband present, Dolly Deranleau peacefully left this world behind. Born Dolly Ray Dirks to Charles and Gilda Dirks of Alva, Wyoming on December 19, 1940 on the Giachino family ranch, Dolly spent her early childhood on the ranch with her three siblings helping care for cows, pigs, and farm potatoes. She often spoke of memories about her parents, siblings and activities such as driving the tractor at no more than six years... Full story

  • Tracy Lynn Griebler

    Sep 7, 2023

    Tracy Lynn (Kolb) Griebler, age 29 of Broomfield, Colorado and formerly of Hulett, Wyoming and Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away Monday August 21, 2023, at Denver Hospice in Denver, Colorado. She fought a nearly year-long battle with brain cancer. Tracy was born February 11, 1994, in Englewood, Colorado to Alan and Roberta Kolb. She was home-schooled and attended private school through the eighth grade and graduated from Spearfish High School in 2012. Tracy attended the University of Wyoming... Full story

  • Bank announces branch expansion in Spearfish

    Sep 7, 2023

    Sundance State Bank has announced the purchase of land in Spearfish intended for a future branch expansion. The lot is located on the southeast corner of The Village at Creekside across from Sawyer Brewing. The Village, located near I-90 Exit 10, is an accessible, community-centered place where people can enjoy the natural beauty of Spearfish and the creek. "Over the years, we have had so many customers driving to Sundance to work with us that, in 2014, Sundance State Bank opened a Loan...

  • Carlile Fire Hall open house

    Sep 7, 2023

    The Carlile Fire Zone 16 is celebrating their annual open house Saturday, September 16, starting at 6 p.m. at the Carlile Fire Hall and everyone is invited to dinner. The burgers and brats are provided by Pinnacle Bank; buns, chips and drinks by Carlile Fire Zone #16; and guests are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Entertainment will be live music from Bob, Pat and Doug. This festive event is an important fundraising activity to help these first responders be protected when they answer the needs of neighbors throughout Crook...

  • Five years

    Sep 7, 2023

    Wendy DePina was recently recognized for her five years of service to Crook County....

  • Hospital district considers investment option

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 7, 2023

    In the light of recent cost-of-living increases and a nationwide period of high inflation, Crook County Medical Services District is seeking new ways to increase its liquidity. The Board of Trustees recently approved a rate increase for services and, last week, listened to a presentation from a local government investment pool called Wyoming CLASS. The name stands for “Wyoming Cooperative Liquid Assets Securities System”, a program organized in 2020 to provide public entities in this state with a competitive investment alternative. Par...

  • U.S. Senate candidate to host town hall in Sundance

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 7, 2023

    Newly announced congressional candidate Reid Rasner will be visiting Sundance during his weekly “town hall meetings” tour of Wyoming next month. Rasner will be present between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Crook County Library on September 16. The meetings are intended to kick off Rasner’s “We the People” tour as he campaigns to win U.S. Senator John Barrasso’s seat in 2024. Rasner describes himself as a proud fourth-generation Wyomingite. He has a diploma from Natrona County High School and a degree from the University of Wyoming and is now a wealt...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Sep 7, 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 What will you find? LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Wed., Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Crook County Library Foundation Board Wed., Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRA...

  • Peek at the Past

    Sep 7, 2023

    1 Years Ago September 13, 1923 Lloyd Cole suffered a broken arm Sunday when he fell from the oil derrick on the Cole place. Owing to the absence of Dr. Clarenbach he was taken to Spearfish for attention. Mrs. Frank Haselton brought in some fruit from their ranch Monday which is a wonder for size and beauty. The apples are extra large and mellow, and wild plums are as large as most tame varieties. Earl Mitts returned Sunday from Sheridan, where he has been employed all summer of the Eaton dude ranch. Earl has enjoyed the change, as piloting...

  • New business filings in Wyoming jump 27% compared to last year

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 7, 2023

    CASPER — The number of new business filings in Wyoming surged dramatically this year compared to last, bringing in a whopping 25% increase in revenue from filings. The Secretary of State’s Office has processed roughly 590,000 business filings for fiscal year 2023 — more than a 27% increase compared to last year, Colin Crossman, business division director for the Secretary of State’s Office, told lawmakers last week. “That’s massive,” Crossman said. “That eclipses all of the other years that I tracked here.” As a result of these filings, the Sec...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Sep 7, 2023

    Wyoming decides to leave National School Board Association POWELL (WNE) — The Wyoming School Board Association, which includes Park County School District 1, is no longer a member of the National School Board Association (NSBA). Kim Dillivan, PCSD1 board chairman, said he does not anticipate a change to the school board’s professional development as a result of Wyoming’s exit. Individual school boards can still be a member of the NSBA, but Dillivan does not see a difference between membership to the NSBA or the Consortium of State School Board...

  • Circuit Court

    Sep 7, 2023

    Speeding – Kristina Reynolds, Gillette, WY, 91/80, $115; Phillip R. Tuggle, Savannah, GA, 84/70, $140; Stanley Box, Colorado Springs, CO, 79/65, $188; Lance Horst, Spearfish, SD, 94/75, $155; Margaret Reis, Cincinnati, OH, 80/70, $105; Colby Shemayme, Del City, OK, 85/70, $135; David Temple, Tracy, CA, 51/30, $267; Cortes Rafael Montejo, Brooklyn Park, MN, 40/30, $150; Jovan Alzarez Alaba, Las Vegas, NV, 91/75, $140; Alexandra Adams, Wilmette, IL, 92/80, $120; Jeremiah D. Maddison, Hulett, WY, 83/70, $125; David Menaged, New York, NY, 81/70, $...

  • Hospital district trustee needed to represent Moorcroft

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 7, 2023

    With the resignation of Trustee Ed Ray, the Board of Trustees for Crook County Medical Services District is seeking an appointee to fill out his term representing the Moorcroft area. “It is with great sadness that I hereby resign from my position as a member of the Board of Trustees,” wrote Ray in his resignation letter. “I am grateful for the time I served the residents of Crook County and enjoyed my time serving with my fellow trustees.” Candidates to fulfill Ray’s term are asked to contact the board. The trustee position represent...

  • Notice

    Sep 7, 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

  • Meeting

    Sep 7, 2023

    Meeting Notice The Crook County Tourism Promotion Board will meet at the West Texas Trail Museum in Moorcroft at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13. Publish: September 7, 2023... Full story

  • Meeting

    Sep 7, 2023

    September 28, 2023, CCMSD Board of Trustees Regular Meeting The Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on September 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sundance State Bank meeting room. The meeting will also be hosted via Teams webinar. Join the meeting at the link below: Publish: September 7, 2023... Full story


    Sep 7, 2023

    CROOK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #1 REPORT OF SCHOOL REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES Sources and Uses for the Year Ended June 30, 2023 FUNDS CCSD Capital Capital Special Projects Projects Enterprise Internal Trust Agency General Revenue Fund Fund Lunch Service Funds Activity REVENUES AND OTHER SOURCES: Local 9,230,144 176,282 73,701 268,836 3,641,219 992,582 County 2,359,649 State 10,498,461 1,546,172 2,901 Federal 1,667,859 308,150 Other 32,923 170,000 25,000 TOTAL REVENUE & OTHER SOURCES 22,121,177 3,390,313 - 73,701 749,887 3,641,219 0 1,017,582... Full story

  • Tax Sale

    Sep 7, 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

  • Cowboy Challenge restart on hold due to staffing concerns

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 7, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Officials from the Wyoming Military Department advised legislators against restarting the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy until sufficient staffing for the residential program for at-risk youth is secured. Maj. Gen. Greg Porter, the state’s adjutant general, stressed to the Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee that a restart of the program isn’t possible until the staffing issue is resolved. “What I would offer — and I would tell the governor of Wyoming the same thing — until we are able to solve the s...

  • Golfers play Wright

    Rebecca Maupin|Sep 7, 2023

    The fall golf season is winding down as the Bulldog golfers competed in their final regular season invite in Wright on Friday. Both teams placed in the top five, with the girls' team taking second and the boys fifth. Savanah Peterson maintained her position at the top of the pack, finishing in second place, three strokes behind Upton's Ciarra Moore. Teammate Avery Marchant also finished in the top ten, tying Wright's Bailee Jafek for sixth place with a score of 115. On the boys' side, Porter...

  • Patriots win over Cokeville

    Rebecca Maupin|Sep 7, 2023

    On the road last week, the Upton-Sundance Patriots traveled to Shoshoni to face the Cokeville Panthers. In the past, the Panthers have squashed Upton-Sundance’s chances of moving on in the playoffs, but this time it was the Patriots who took the regular season victory with a 13-6 win over Cokeville. The Panthers were first on the board, scoring in the second quarter and taking a 6-0 lead into halftime. The Patriots, however, continued to push and were able to score twice in the fourth quarter, first with a one-yard rushing touchdown by K...

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