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Articles from the September 8, 2022 edition


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  • Drought creeps back into county

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 8, 2022

    The drought conditions that have plagued Crook County over the last couple of years have largely lifted, but the latest climate reports show this region creeping slowly back towards dry conditions. The good news is that the drought conditions are considerably less severe at this time and have the potential to resolve for most of the county within the next few weeks. The northeastern corner of the county is now listed as experiencing moderate drought conditions, while the rest of the county is...

  • County gains new voters

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 8, 2022

    The number of registered voters in Crook County took a significant leap upwards this year, according to the official tallies from August’s primary election. Crook County had 4103 registered voters in total at the 2018 primary, a number that grew only modestly to 4143 by the 2020 general election. This year, on the other hand, 4558 people were registered to vote in the county on election day – an increase of 415 people, or 10%. On election day itself, Crook County gained 205 new voters. Unsurprisingly, the number of ballots that were cast for...

  • CCMSD hopes record system switch will increase efficiency

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 8, 2022

    No longer willing to struggle with an electronic medical records (EMR) system that Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) employees have precious little liking for, the district has undertaken an extensive vetting process to replace it. It’s all in the name of patient safety and efficiency, according to Wesley Davis, DNP, who led the EMR selection steering committee. Davis gave a presentation to the board of trustees last week after a ten-month process during which the committee was able to whittle its options down to a single f...

  • Fish Fire declared controlled

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 8, 2022

    The U.S. Forest Service officially declared the Fish Fire to be controlled last week, almost exactly a month after it first ignited. There is no longer an area closure in place for the safety of the public. However, the Forest Service has asked that members of the public use extreme caution in the vicinity of the fire due to the dangerous conditions that still exist, which includes dead standing trees that could fall at any time. The human-caused fire, located seven miles south of Sundance, was reported on the morning of July 31. It had grown...

  • On parade

    Sep 8, 2022

    The annual Pine Haven Days parade took place on Saturday with 26 floats entertaining the crowd, including this one from the Pine Haven Fire Auxiliary. With a 1920s theme, these "gangsters" and their "molls" celebrated a time when they drank champagne and danced on tables. The float won secon place....

  • Kayla Kindsfater

    Sep 8, 2022

    Kayla Kindsfater, age 71, of Aladdin, Wyoming, died Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at her home, after several months of respiratory issues. A memorial service was held Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Inurnment took place in Alva Cemetery, in Alva, Wyoming. Kayla Rae Bucher was born November 28, 1950 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Merle Dean and Lois (Borchgrevink) Bucher. Kayla grew up in Belle Fourche, where... Full story

  • Douglas Leroy Hunter

    Sep 8, 2022

    Douglas Leroy Hunter, 65, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away with a wave goodbye on August 26, 2022, at Monument Health in Rapid City, South Dakota. Doug was born October 6, 1956, in Newcastle, Wyoming, to Kenton and Lois (Fillinger) Hunter. He was the first born of two sons. The family resided in Newcastle until 1965 when they moved to Gillette, Wyoming. Doug was a graduate of Campbell County High School in 1975. After a summer of fun, he attended Casper College where he completed a degree in... Full story

  • Shane Richard Vansickel

    Sep 8, 2022

    On Monday, August 22, 2022, Shane Richard Vansickel, passed away tragically and went home to be with the Lord, whom he loved with all of his heart. Shane was born in Sturgis, South Dakota, on October 6, 1970, to Beverly "Bev" (Sternad) and Billy "Bill" Vansickel. He attended schools in Moorcroft, Wyoming, Faith and Sturgis, South Dakota. He has lived in Spearfish, South Dakota, for the past 20 years, but the Opal ranch was where he felt most at home. He was a man of many talents, installing... Full story

  • Correction

    Sep 8, 2022

    In last week’s article listing the candidates for district seats at the upcoming general, we incorrectly placed one candidate for the hospital board in the wrong category. The correct information for Crook County Medical Services District Board of Trustees is as follows: Three trustee seats will be available, one for Hulett (unexpired two-year term) and two at-large, both of which will serve a four-year term. Bob Richey will stand for the Hulett seat. Candidates for the at-large seats include Sandy Neiman, Brent Fowler and Mark K... Full story

  • Write-ins will likely fill pair of district seats this election

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 8, 2022

    With a couple of seats on district boards lacking candidates for the general election, County Clerk Melissa Jones would like to ensure voters are aware that write-ins work differently to the primary election, but are still a valid way to make your choices known. Jones says she was prompted to give voters a reminder after she was asked how many write-in votes a potential board member would need at the general election. “For the museum district, for example, there are only two people running and there are three spots,” she says. The answer, she...

  • Old Settlers' Picnic planned for Sept. 25

    Sep 8, 2022

    A place takes on meaning for people when they become attached to it. The sights, sounds and smells make a powerful imprint on our memories; they help us connect to an area. We develop a sense of place based on our experiences, and the shared culture and folklore associated with those experiences. Many residents of the Black Hills region identify with Devils Tower because of the sense of place that has been cultivated by using the land as a gathering spot for many generations. Modern gatherings...

  • Peek at the Past

    Sep 8, 2022

    1 Years Ago September 7, 1922 Ed Vines rode the high, wide and handsome buckers at Moorcroft and brought home two prizes: one for saddle riding and the other for bareback. A good crowd was reported to have been present. George Firestone rode Yellow Fever for a purse of $35.00. Charles Whitney slid down off a load of bundles and hit a pitchfork that was standing up along the load, causing serious injury to his intestines. He was taken to Deadwood immediately where he was operated on and at...

  • Annual open house for Carlile Fire Hall next weekend

    Sep 8, 2022

    The Carlile Fire Hall celebrates their annual open house Saturday, September 17 at 6 p.m. at said fire hall. Burgers and brats will be provided by members of Carlile Fire Zone #16 and guests are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert. Live music will be provided by favorites Bob, Pat and Doug and the party’s over when everyone goes home....

  • Circuit Court

    Sep 8, 2022

    Speeding – David Spencer, Minot, ND, 90/70, $160; Nicholas Gonzalez, Easton, MD, 80/70, $115; Craig A. Dolphay, Upton, WY, 92/80, $120; Steven Acuff, Citrus Heights, California, 102/80, $180; Adrian Nature, June Lake, CA, 90/80, $115; Clarence Marshall, Billings, MT, 77/65, $174; (minor), Moorcroft, WY, 98/70, $200; Brandon Grudzinski, West Bend, WI, 82/70, $120; Albert Phillips, Prineville, OR, 89/80, $113; Holly Stock, Mahnomen, MN, 89/80, $103; Clyde Trombley, New Haven, KY, 87/80, $99; Robert Krause, Petersburg, FL, 80/70, $105; Dominic P...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Sep 8, 2022

    East HS student killed, three hurt in car crash CHEYENNE (WNE) — One student from Cheyenne’s East High School was killed and three other teenagers from East were seriously hurt in a single vehicle accident Sunday night, according to local authorities. The incident reportedly occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on East Lincolnway, just in front of the McDonald’s on East Lincolnway. As the 16-year-old driver of a Ford Taurus was apparently speeding and also “switching lanes” on the street, “he spun out of control into the parking lot” of the McDonald...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Sep 8, 2022

    Aug. 29 – Eight VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Two citizen assists. Two fingerprints. Two assists to Hulett Police. Property damage accident. Welfare check. Business check. Three EMS pages. Aug. 30 – Five VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Two trespassing complaints. Burglary report. Business checks. Two theft reports. Search warrant. Property damage accident. Fingerprints. Citizen assist. EMS page. Aug. 31 – Five VIN checks. Paper service. Five traffic stops. Loitering complaint. Three motorist assists. Two trespassing complaints. Finge...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP|Sep 8, 2022

    Dear NP, The news is full of information about monkeypox. Since my children are preparing to return to school, I am worried about their exposure. What are the signs and symptoms of monkeypox? How is it transmitted? Is it deadly or debilitating? I would appreciate you sharing any other information you may have Dear Reader, Monkeypox has been prominently featured in the news recently. This spring, an outbreak began in the United States, raising concerns that more and more cases would develop. The...

  • As new vaccines arrive, COVID-19 settling in for the long term

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 8, 2022

    Two new vaccines, both updated to address the most recent strains of COVID-19, were authorized for use last week, just in time for the indoor weather to arrive. In Crook County, the virus is still cropping up on a regular basis, though in what appears to be a significantly milder form. Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has reported no recent hospitalizations due to COVID-19, with only 29 people hospitalized across Wyoming at the end of August. The virus has caused six deaths in this county so far in 2022, bringing the overall...

  • Throwing a shoe: 42 compete in state horseshoe championship in Gillette

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 8, 2022

    GILLETTE - The sounds of metal against metal rang out Saturday morning, with two-and-a-half pound horseshoes clanking against stakes in the dirt after traveling more than 25 feet in the air. Forty-two competitors took part in the Wyoming Horseshoe State Championship at Fireside Horseshoe Club behind Fireside Lounge Saturday and Sunday. The tournament, put on by the Wyoming Horseshoe Pitching Association, included nine people from Gillette, but it also brought in people from all over the state,...

  • Bids

    Sep 8, 2022

    Crook County School District #1 2022-2023 Custodial Supplies Bid Need Unit Size Item & Specifications Unit Cost Total 140 cases/12 quarts Bowl cleaner, non acid TISSUES & TOWELS 100 cases/80 rolls Toilet tissues, 2-ply, 4-1/2x4-1/2, 500 sheets 130 cases/12 rolls Roll towels, 8"x400' COMPANY NAME ________________________________ __________ Address ________________________________ Phone ________________________________ Authorized Bidder ________________________________ __________ Fax Signature ________________________________ Bid must be... Full story

  • Bids

    Sep 8, 2022

    6-2023 PAPER BID FORM Crook County School District #1 PO Box 830, Sundance, WY 82729-0830 307-283-2299 Quantity Unit Item Cost per Case TOTAL COST 400 case/10 reams 20# WHITE 8.5"x11" All bids must be FOB to the CCSD#1 warehouse site 105 South 8th Street, Sundance, WY 82729. Bids must be returned by THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 @ 1 PM. Notification of bid acceptance will be emailed to your company on or before Thursday, September 30, 2022. CCSD#1 reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive irregularities in bidding.... Full story

  • Storage Unit Bids

    Sep 8, 2022

    Public Notice Leinen Storage will be taking bids for contents of two storage units, unpaid, Sept. 14, 2022. Viewing and bidding only from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Located at Leinen Storage, 2301 Cleveland Street, Sundance, WY. Publish: September 1 and 8, 2022... Full story

  • Probate

    Sep 8, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: ROBERT EDGAR HOCKERT, Deceased. Probate No. PR-5898 NOTICE OF VERIFIED APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PROPERTY PURSUANT TO W.S. § 2-1-205 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Betsy Hockert, the sole distribute of the above referenced estate, has filed a Verified Application for Decree of Distribution of Property pursuant to W.S. § 2-1-205 with the Clerk of the above-entitled court wherein s... Full story

  • Civil

    Sep 8, 2022

    Summary for publication: In the Circuit Court for the Sixth Judicial District, Crook County, Wyoming, Civil Action No. 2022-60, Blakeman Propane, Inc, v. Outlaw Oil & Gas, LLC and Keith Adels. Plaintiff, Blakeman Propane, by and through counsel, Davis & Cannon, LLP, files complaint for damages resulting from breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Plaintiff request the Court enter judgment against Defendant for damages and any other such relief as the Court deems just and equitable.... Full story

  • 2022 Crook County Fair Results

    Sep 8, 2022

    Open Painting, Drawing, Sculpting Children 10 and Under: Grand Champion-Maya Miller; Reserve Champion-Trapper Idler Junior Ages 11 to 18: Grand Champion, Best of Show-Tana Timberman; Reserve Champion-Lily Lindholm Open Crafts Adults 19 and over: Grand Champion-Jessica Van Woerkom; Reserve Champion-Jessica Van Woerkom Junior Ages 11-18: Grand Champion, Best of Show-Kimberly Fowler; Reserve Champion-Zoe Skeens Children Ages 10 and Under: Grand Champion-Audrey Crawford; Reserve Champion-Tony Manning Open Needlework Cross Stitch: Reserve...

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