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Articles from the September 17, 2020 edition

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  • COVID-19: community spread present in county

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 17, 2020

    An unprecedented number of new cases of COVID-19 have appeared in Crook County over the last week, including a small outbreak within the school district for the first time since in-person learning resumed. Crook County Public Health has reason to believe that the coronavirus is now spreading within the community. New Cases Twelve new confirmed and one probable case have brought the county’s overall tally to 27 over the last week (26 confirmed, one probable). Of the confirmed cases, 12 are currently active; the probable case is also still a... Full story

  • Truck overturns on I-90, kills driver

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 17, 2020

    A semi trailer carrying a load of soda pop products came off the road during last Monday's storm, unfortunately leading to the death of its driver. Weather conditions are believed to have caused of the crash. The incident occurred on September 7 at approximately 7:20 p.m. and was located on I-90 eastbound at milepost 185, according to Lieutenant Tim Boumeester, Wyoming Highway Patrol. "Weather conditions at the time of the crash were heavy snow, blowing snow," he says. "Road conditions were snow...

  • Board candidates confirmed for general election

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 17, 2020

    At the general election this November 3, voters will be asked to decide who will fill numerous seats on local boards of trustees, including the school, museum, natural resource, senior services and medical services districts. School Four trustees for Crook County School District are up for election this year. Brian Neiman and Shane Wolf will compete for the Hulett area trustee seat, while Thayne Gray will run unopposed to regain his Moorcroft area seat. Two seats are up for election in the Sundance area. Heith Waddell will stand for...

  • 2020 Census reaching deadline

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 17, 2020

    With just a couple of weeks to go until the 2020 Census wraps up, Crook County has had one of the lowest self-response rates in the state – and the nation. Efforts are still underway to complete the population picture before the deadline at the end of the month. The U.S. Census Bureau has recorded just 50% of Crook County’s households self-responding to the census, which indicates the number of people who completed the questionnaire online, by mail or by phone. This is significantly lower than the overall Wyoming rate of 60.2%. Response rat...

  • E-cycling events return for the fall

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 17, 2020

    Busted computer taking up space under your desk? Need to get rid of your old phone, but don’t want to risk its data being accessed by someone else? Crook County Natural Resource District has been solving this problem for the last few years with annual e-cycling events. Once again this October, you will have two chances to recycle your unwanted electronics at events in Hulett and Sundance. Sponsored by the two towns, Crook County and ProTech Computing, the events will be held in Hulett on O...

  • Dickie D. Conzelman

    Sep 17, 2020

    Dickie D. Conzelman, 73, passed away on September 10, 2020. Dick was born April 12, 1947, in Spearfish, South Dakota, the youngest of six children to Glenn Conzelman and Effie Mae (Lawrence) Conzelman. He attended a rural school through the eighth grade and graduated from Hulett High School in 1965. Dick enlisted in the US Navy and left in a blizzard on April 19, 1966, arriving in Denver, Colorado, 12 hours AWOL. In 1967, while home on leave from Vietnam, he married his high school sweetheart... Full story

  • Stanley C. Cliver

    Sep 17, 2020

    Reverend Fr. Stanley C. Cliver, 96 of Sundance, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending with Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at Full story

  • Marilyn 'Kay' Storms

    Sep 17, 2020

    Marilyn ‘Kay’ Storms, age 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at her home in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Please join in celebrating Kay’s life at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Mount Pisgah Cemetery, 804 S Emerson Ave, Gillette. Kay was born on August 30, 1935, to Harold and Bertha Jane Scott in Gillette, Wyoming. She grew up with her four brothers on the Scott Family Ranch northwest of Gillette. She attended school just two miles from the ranch and graduated in 1953... Full story

  • James Keith Fowler

    Sep 17, 2020

    James Keith Fowler, 64, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 4, 2020. Memorial services will be Saturday, September 19 at 2 p.m. at Clarenbach Memorial Park in Sundance, if you plan to attend, please bring a chair due to the limited seating. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at Full story

  • Gary Harold Donner

    Sep 17, 2020

    Gary Harold Donner was born in Billings, Montana, March 12, 1933, the second youngest of Charlie and Dora Harvey Donner. Gary passed away on September 7, 2020, in Crook Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming. Gary moved at a young age from Idaho to Rozet, Wyoming, where he attended school and lived the country life. Gary loved the outdoors and building with his hands. He went to work at an early age, one of his first jobs being the Homestake Uranium mine in New Haven, Wyoming. He could do anythi... Full story

  • Project to Improve Accessibility at Devils Tower

    Sep 17, 2020

    Work resumes this week on a project to improve accessibility at Devils Tower. Superintendent Amnesty Kochanowski said, “We want all people to be able to experience the nation’s first national monument. The accessibility project has been in the planning and design phase for nearly a decade. As it comes to fruition in 2020 and 2021, we thank the community and visitors for their patience with construction.” Ground broke in February and work completed in the visitor center area thus far inclu...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 17, 2020

    The pandemic has always seemed comfortingly far away here in Crook County. Halfway up a mountain, safe in our small towns, few of us know anyone who’s been diagnosed with the dreaded virus – right? Well, if you’re reading these words, now you do. I am the sixteenth identified case of COVID-19 in this county. I caught the virus despite not having left Sundance since March. Despite having avoided almost every gathering and large event. Despite staying away from public meetings and doing every...

  • State aims to solve meat processing bottlenecks

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 17, 2020

    Applications opened this week for a new state initiative called the Meat Processing Expansion Grant Program (MPEG), an attempt to strengthen the local food supply chain and address meat shortages at retail locations and food banks. The program will utilize $10 million of the funding allocated to Wyoming through the CARES Act and is open to meat processing businesses and non profits who would be interested in making improvements to their business that will increase capacity. Improvements must be complete by December 30; the grant also applies...

  • Natural resource plan ready for public comment

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 17, 2020

    A management plan for Crook County’s natural resources is now ready for public scrutiny and the comment period will remain open for the next month, with public meetings planned at the end of September. The plan has been in development since April under the guidance of Y2 Consultants and a six-person steering committee. A Natural Resource Management Plan is intended as a tool for a local government – in this case the Crook County Commissioners – to have an impact on federal decisions, plans, policies and programs. The plan will include an asses...

  • Health officials reiterate procedures amid outbreak

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 17, 2020

    With cases of COVID-19 on the rise in Crook County, the chances of a community member experiencing symptoms appear to be higher than at any other point yet during the pandemic. At least ten new cases have appeared in just the last week, prompting Crook County Medical Services District and Crook County Public Health to reissue guidance on how you should react if you have been exposed to COVID-19. “In light of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Crook County and within the Crook County School District, CCMSD and Crook County Public Health w...

  • Enzi accepting nominees to military academies

    Sep 17, 2020

    U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is accepting applications for nominations to the U.S. military service academies for the 2021-22 school year. Every year, Enzi gives Wyoming youth considering military careers the opportunity to apply for a nomination to the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Military Academy at West Point and the Naval Academy. This will be the last opportunity to be nominated by Enzi. “Military service academies provide exceptional opportunities to young people, including a quality education,” Enzi said. “Th...

  • Patriots throttle Newcastle in road opener

    Rebecca Maupin|Sep 17, 2020

    With a chill in the air, the Upton-Sundance Patriots travelled to Newcastle to face the Dogies in the first road game of the season. In a back and forth of downs to start the game, the Patriot defense was soon able to back the Dogies deep into their own territory. As the Newcastle offense continued to struggle, the Patriot defense capitalized with Keaton Mills finding the Dogie quarterback in the end zone for a safety and put the Patriots up 2-0. Reece Barritt continued to help the Patriot...

  • Lady Bulldogs sweep Dogies

    Rebecca Maupin|Sep 17, 2020

    The Sundance Lady Bulldogs held their senior night Thursday as they took on the Newcastle Dogies and what better way to celebrate those seniors than a three-game sweep over their opponent. Serving was the key to the game on Thursday night and the Lady Bulldogs were unlocking all the doors. Game one started out a back and forth of points as each team was trying to find their spot on the floor. With the score 13-10 in favor of the Bulldogs, Newcastle decided to take a timeout to straighten things...

  • FCCLA officers

    Sep 17, 2020

    Sundance FCCLA installed new chapter officers on September 9. Nevada Gill is the new chapter President. The group changed their by-laws in order to rename officer positions. Instead of the traditional President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer offices, they decided to follow the national and state officer leadership to designate officers with multiple vice president positions. These officers will be traveling to Casper September 30 for a chapter officer training lead by the WY State FCCLA...

  • Cross Country teams continue to improve

    Jennifer Jungwirth|Sep 17, 2020

    It was another successful day for the Sundance Bulldog Cross Country team in the Big Horn Invitational at the Big Horn Equestrian Center in Sheridan Friday, Sept. 11. Freshman Deklan Gill ran a state-qualifying time of 20:00, shaving off more than five minutes of his previous race time. Senior Hunter Skeens placed fifth in a time of 16:57 and freshman Riley Marchant placed 15th, finishing in a time of 21:29. Freshmen Rylie Banker and Jordan Mouat also competed for the SHS in the high school 5k....

  • SHS Golf

    Sep 17, 2020

    Lusk Fall Invite Boys: Dawson Flahaven – 106 (2nd) Parker Speidel – 110(3rd) Peyton Ewing – 115 (6th) Coyle Love – 119 (8th) Gavin Robinson – 148 Tony Villegas – 152 Girls: Sheridan Schubarth – 97 (2nd) Allie Crawford – 130 (6th) Ashlynn Fowler – 142 (9th)...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Sep 17, 2020

    Grand Teton sees near-record visitation JACKSON (WNE) — Despite a lack of in-park lodging due to COVID-19, Grand Teton National Park reported the second highest number of recreational visits — an estimated 710,198 — on record for August. Although recreational visits grew by just 1.2% compared to the previous August, that number still marks the second highest recreational visitation on record — eclipsed only by August 2017 when an actual solar eclipse drew lots of visitors. Below are August trends for recreational visits over the last several...

  • Sundance Police Department

    Sep 17, 2020

    Sept. 5 – House watch and business checks. Three bar checks. Nine traffic stops. Sept. 6 – House watch and business checks. Two traffic stops. Sept. 7 – House watch and business checks. REDDI report. Alarm at business. Traffic stop. Sept. 8 – House watch and business checks. Assisted EMS. Two traffic stops. Sept. 9 – House watch and business checks. Traffic complaint. Three bar checks. Six traffic stops. Sept. 10 – House watch and business checks. Three bar checks. Seven traffic stops. Sept. 11 – House watch and business checks. Two VIN inspe...

  • Circuit Court

    Sep 17, 2020

    Speeding – Henry R. Hall, IL, 99/80, $155; Jerald Noreen, MN, 79/70, $103; Jason Bartz, CA, 88/80, $101; Lori Pilgrim, GA, 50/45, $65; Justin Jones, Moorcroft, 101/80, $165; Hanlin Tian, IL, 95/80, $135; William Warren Reed, TX, 54/45, $103; Cesar Mendez Garcia, SD, 94/75, $155; Jeffrey Connor, Gillette, 90/80, $105; Alec Holland, CO, 78/70, $101; Collin Fitzgerald, FL, 89/80, $103; Stephen Davenport, PA, 57/45, $120; Samuel Boskovich, NV, 81/70, $115; Susan Blood, IL, 61/45, $140; Zachary Bindert, SD, 87/75, $120; Arul Mudaliar, NJ, 95/80, $...

  • Crook County Sheriff

    Sep 17, 2020

    Aug. 31 – Six VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Traffic complaint. Civil assist. Fingerprints x 2. Suspicious person complaint. Domestic disturbance. Burglary. Assist Hulett Police. Two EMS pages. Two fire pages. Sept. 1 – Six VIN checks. Two traffic stops. EMS page. Fire page. Motorist assist. Prisoner transport. Abandoned vehicle. Sept. 2 – Three VIN checks. Two paper services. Four traffic stops. Three sets of fingerprints. Motorist assist. Domestic disturbance. Sept. 3 – Eight VIN checks. Eight traffic stops. Two animal complaints. Assiste...

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