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Articles from the September 14, 2023 edition

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  • Sign o' the times

    Sep 14, 2023

    The first signs of fall are beginning to appear around the area. Up on Warren Peak early this week, yellowing leaves are now dotted throughout the canopy....

  • City passes on septic waste request

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 14, 2023

    Since the county commission echoed the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) new rules for small wastewater systems in 2018, domestic septage can only be land applied on the property at which it was generated. Over the last week, the question has been raised of where sludge is supposed to go in cases where it cannot be dumped on the same property. The rules also state, for example, that septic dumping must occur at least a thousand feet from adjacent properties and 300 feet from a private road, water body or stream. On being a...

  • Officials discuss opening landfill question to vote

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 14, 2023

    The idea of bringing the whole county together in a single solution for solid waste disposal has been raised several times since the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) began its push to close unlined landfills, but has always failed to gain traction. With enough time under people’s belts to have seen the repercussions of no longer having a landfill in the county, Sundance Mayor Paul Brooks and Commissioner Fred Devish are hoping that, this time, it might be possible to get the question in front of voters. Brooks raised the q...

  • City enforces rules on RV living

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 14, 2023

    Two citizens received variances from the Sundance City Council last week that will allow them to keep living in RVs for now. Others who have been occupying campers for more than two weeks will meanwhile be receiving letters reminding them that they are not in compliance with the city’s ordinances. Continuing a conversation that has been ongoing for the last couple of months regarding people who appear to be living in RVs on the city streets and on private property around town, the council began by considering two variance requests at its r...

  • He'll be the judge of that

    Sep 14, 2023

    Chris R. Ringer takes the pledge of office with Mayor Paul Brooks as the Sundance City Council officially appoints him the new municipal judge. The council has been seeking a new judge for a while to help with enforcement of ordinances within city limits. Within an hour of his appointment, as if to prove the need for this position to be filled, Ringer was tasked with assisting in finalizing agreements for a city pound with Crook County Veterinary Service and creating an updated ordinance for...

  • Tree times the charm?

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 14, 2023

    The City of Sundance has promised that a solution will be found for what Commissioner Fred Devish described as the “sad little orphan trees in the front of the courthouse”, all of which are “in various states of dying.” Replacing them, said Mayor Paul Brooks, “Is not just as simple as you think,” because it involves a contract for beautification with WYDOT. The question first arose in July, when Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Larry Schommer brought the question to the Sundance City Council after discovering that all four of the trees have...

  • Nels and Jeanette Smith

    Sep 14, 2023

    Jeanette Rae Smith, daughter of George and Adelaide Keener, was born on January 20, 1938, in Newcastle, Wyoming. Nels Jensen Smith, son of Peter and Helen Smith, was born just over a year later on January 29, 1939, in Newcastle, Wyoming. They lived a full life, side by side, including when they left us to be with our Lord and Savior on September 1, 2023. Together, Nels and Jeanette were pillars of their community; not only Crook County, but the entire state of Wyoming. They shared a love for... Full story

  • Dennis Conway

    Sep 14, 2023

    Dennis Conway, 67, of Sundance, Wyoming, left his home peacefully with his wife, Shirley, by his side on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Dennis was a member of the Sundance Rod and Gun Club for many years. He was a member of the Crook County Museum District and Best of All...Dennis and Shirley were Santa and Mrs. Claus for 15 years for Sundance. He and Shirley came to Sundance on vacation, both fell in love with the people and the town, so after his retirement, made their home in Sundance. Survivo... Full story

  • Marjorie Goodson

    Sep 14, 2023

    Marjorie Viola Watson Goodson was born June 23, 1922, the second daughter of Ralph and Quin (Penny) Watson. She came into this world in the farmhouse of her grandparents, Elmer and Viola Penny, near Petersburg, Nebraska. She spent her youth on farms around Petersburg before moving to the Four Corners Area when she was about three. From there the family moved to Newcastle, Wyoming where her dad worked at the refinery. In the eighth grade, her dad took a job building a refinery in Shaunavon,... Full story

  • PRECorp walking taco booth donates $8550 to local charities

    Sep 14, 2023

    After a four-year absence from the corner of the Crook County Courthouse lawn, PRECorp employees set up a walking taco booth at the Sundance Burnout Wednesday, August 9. The booth raised more than $2500 for three designated local non-profit organizations: Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Long Term Care, Palliative Care; and Sundance Kid Prints, Inc. – daycare. The booth's financial success was matched dollar-for-dollar by two partners to triple the giving. Basin Electric, P...

  • Peek at the Past

    Sep 14, 2023

    1 Years Ago September 20, 1923 Frank Mitts has the banner crop of oats on the divide, he raised them on the Jim Bush land by the new system of culture. The Belshe coal mine will begin operations this week and will soon be placing coal on the Sundance market. Emil Johnson, a miner from the Tinton district, was here Thursday making arrangements to go to work in the mine. This office acknowledges receipt of three of the reddest watermelons we ever saw. They are from the Hub Heaverland ranch on...

  • Card of Thanks

    Sep 14, 2023

    Our Thanks On behalf of our entire family, we would like to express our sincere thanks for your phone calls, cards, food and expressions of sympathy in the loss of our dad, Bruce McAmis. The outpouring of love and support from this community is greatly appreciated and never forgotten. Dave and Peggy McAmis Alvin and Patty McAmis Cheryl McAmis... Full story

  • Tiny house, big question

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 14, 2023

    The potential new owner of the Dog Pound Grill would like to build a detached residential unit behind the eatery. Granting a variance to make this possible is a decision more difficult for the Sundance City Council than it might seem. It’s unclear at this time whether the building would qualify as a tiny house, for which there are currently no rules, or a trailer house, for which approval is needed from the property owner’s neighbors. David Stone approached the council last week to share the details of his proposal and ask for the council to...

  • Perry honored for judicial excellence

    Sep 14, 2023

    The Wyoming State Bar and the Wyoming Supreme Court have announced that the Honorable John R. Perry, retired District Court judge for the Sixth Judicial District, is this year’s recipient of the Larry L. Lehman Award for Judicial Excellence. The award was presented at this year’s Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference in Laramie, Wyoming, by Chief Justice Kate Fox. After serving as a highly respected District Court judge for 21 years, Judge Perry was not content after his retirement in 2022 to ride his Lazy Boy. Instead, he has been active as...

  • Grant will support local youth substance use prevention activities

    Sep 14, 2023

    Prevention activities through the Be Well Coalition here in Crook County just got a boost to the tune of $125,000 a year for the next five to ten years. Earlier this year, the county commissioners supported the Be Well Coalition in applying for one of the 100 Drug Free Communities grants to be awarded in 2023 throughout the entire country. Last week, an official reward notice was received, confirming that the coalition received the grant. “There has definitely been some celebration around this news, it will help us to strengthen and grow the B...

  • School district reacts to annual assessments

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 14, 2023

    Crook County School District (CCSD) continues to fare well in meeting the state's performance expectations, including across-the-board proficiency results assessment that are higher than the average for the state in this year's WY-TOPP assessments. At the elementary and middle school level, Sundance Elementary and Moorcroft Elementary are both exceeding expectations this year, according to the latest Wyoming Department of Education data. Hulett School is meeting expectations. All three schools...

  • Wyoming woman dies of West Nile virus

    Sep 14, 2023

    As Wyoming experiences more West Nile virus (WNV) activity this season than over the past decade or so, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is emphasizing mosquito bite prevention. There have been 20 cases reported, including a death in an older adult Fremont County woman, among Wyoming residents so far this year. Of these, 12 cases have involved the more severe neuroinvasive type of illness. Cases have been reported from Campbell, Fremont, Goshen, Laramie, Natrona, Park, Platte, Sheridan and Washakie counties. Mosquito pools and animals...

  • Encouraging signs on a long road

    Jake Goodrick, From the Gillette News Record, Sept. 9 via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 14, 2023

    With September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, it’s a good time to take stock of the efforts made toward addressing the issue statewide and locally, including the progress made. Wyoming’s standing among the nation at large when it comes to suicide rates has long reached a point of notoriety. The state is routinely at or near the highest rate in the country and often at a figure approaching twice the national average. The simplicity of naming statistics and dreading the implications has become well-trodden territory. But the...

  • Initiative to reduce property tax criticized by lawmakers

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 14, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Wyoming state legislators criticized an initiative to reduce property taxation for homeowners by 50%, arguing the bill’s passage would ultimately strip state funding for public schools. The proposed initiative, formally dubbed the “People’s Initiative to Limit Property Tax in Wyoming through a Homeowner’s Property Exemption,” was conditionally certified by Secretary of State Chuck Gray at the end of last month. Spearheaded by Brent Bien, a former Wyoming governor candidate, alongside committee applicants Cheryl Aguiar and Richard...

  • Wyoming poised to take on carbon dioxide, pump it underground

    Dustin Bleizeffer,|Sep 14, 2023

    Backed by the promise of billions in federal dollars, energy companies are lining up to accept an invitation by Wyoming officials to collect industrial sources of carbon dioxide and pump it deep underground. Essentially, the vision is to build a new low-carbon energy industry that scrubs the planet-warming gas from fossil fuels, keeping those fuels in the energy mix and simultaneously helping to address the climate crisis in a way that pays dividends to developers and the state. Wyoming, accordi...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Sep 14, 2023

    Baby stroller allegedly used to steal drone CODY (WNE) — The Cody man charged in July with endangering his daughter by allowing her to be in the presence of meth was recently charged with burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit burglary after he and another Cody man allegedly used a baby stroller to steal a drone from Walmart on Aug. 2. Jeremy Johnstone, 25, is accused of partnering with Brad L. Corbin to steal the drone. They face the same charges. Cody Police Officer Steven Bassett was dispatched to Walmart at around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 t...

  • Sundance High School Class of 1968 celebrates 55!

    Sep 14, 2023

    SHS classmates from the Class of 1968 gathered on September 8 and 9 to reacquaint, remember and reminisce. Gary Snyder with his family came from Texas, loving the Wyoming weather after 30 days of one hundred degrees at home. Rick Miller and wife Laura came from Florida with pictures and stories about the resident alligators in their backyard. They joined classmates from the area: Cheryl Wales, Doris Oudin, Sue Lojeck, Judy Schloredt and Deb Proctor. Many laughs were heard at the Massey Community...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Sep 14, 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., Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m....

  • Tough week for Patriots

    Rebecca Maupin|Sep 14, 2023

    It was a rough go for the Upton-Sundance Patriots this past week as they faced the Big Horn Rams in Big Horn last Friday. The Rams took the opening kickoff and set the pace for the game, marching their way down the field and into the endzone on the opening drive, all the while taking very little time off the clock. As the Patriots took a turn on offense, penalties and a fumble backed them up close to the endzone. The Patriots were unable to get a fresh set of downs and were forced to punt, setting the Rams offense up for another quick drive...

  • Bulldogs run at Belle Fourche

    Jen Jungwirth|Sep 14, 2023

    The Bulldog Cross Country team competed in its third contest Thurs., Sept. 8 in the Belle Fourche Invitational in Belle Fouche, SD. The Bulldog’s tackled a challenging course, with improved race times and new goals for the upcoming competitions. Senior Deklan Gill competed in a time of 19:55.55, while teammate and junior Angel Villegas ran in 20:32.64. Junior Holden Ayer finished in 21:31.06, while juniors Kyten Johnson and Wyatt Flahaven ran in times of 22:51.15 and 22:48.46, respectively. Junior Jager McLaughlin finished in 23:72.72. Ayer, Jo...

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