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Articles from the September 21, 2023 edition


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  • Pathmaking

    Sep 21, 2023

    K&K Concrete pours a new path running across the lawn of the Crook County Courthouse on Monday morning. The new path also includes a pad that will house a seating area for visitors to town to make use of. The work is at the behest of the county commissioners, says Facilities Director Larry Schommer, who would like the courthouse grounds to be more accessible and useful for the community....

  • Looking for a solution that doesn't stink

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 21, 2023

    On behalf of local septic tank pumper Jim Geis, the Crook County Commissioners hosted a special meeting on Friday to seek guidance on the proper disposal of domestic sewage. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) changed its rules on “land spreading” a few years ago, with the county following suit a couple of years later in the regulations instituted in 2018 for small wastewater systems. According to those rules, domestic septage can only be land applied on the property at which it was generated. Having not been previously awa...

  • Honoring lives well lived

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 21, 2023

    The Wyoming State Flag flew at half staff over Crook County and the Capitol building in Cheyenne on Tuesday in honor of Nels Smith, who passed away following a vehicle accident early this month along with his wife, Jeanette. The flag at half staff from sunrise to sunset was intended to honor Nels' service to the county and state during his service in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1963 to 1978, including two years as Speaker of the House from 1977 to 1978. Nels sponsored Resolution...

  • County supports street connection project

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 21, 2023

    In a show of continued support for the Sundance Economic Development Committee’s (SEDC) efforts to encourage growth and more housing opportunities, the Crook County Commissioners have approved a letter of support for the group’s latest grant application. The SEDC has been looking at the possibility of connecting the north and south ends of Sundance on the east end of town via an extension to 21st Street. A couple of months ago, the committee announced it had applied for funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation “Safe Streets and R...

  • Bulldog royalty

    Sep 21, 2023

    Homecoming King Keaton Mills and Queen Aspen Jones preside over this year's ceremony along with king candidates: Tucker Dobson, Ben Miller and Deklan Gill; queen candidates Rylie Marchant, Lexie Marchant, Autumn Groth and crown bearers Graeson Hooper and Ashlyn Erickson....

  • Hail Mary for landfill district?

    Grace Moore|Sep 21, 2023

    As Moorcroft attends the final aspects of their landfill closure, Sundance Councilman Joe Wilson came to call during the regular town council meeting last week, joined by Crook County Commissioners Fred Devish, Bob Latham and Kelly Dennis. The topic? Revisiting the possibility of a solid waste district. “I spent a lot of time with former Mayor [Dick] Claar, talking about possibly forming a trash district a handful of years ago, with your landfill,” said Wilson. “It’s been brought out again with the fact that you are looking at the cease a...

  • Richard Davis

    Sep 21, 2023

    Richard "Dick" Elburn Davis went to meet his Maker on September 14, 2023, at Crook County (Wyoming) Memorial Hospital after a long battle with heart disease. Born in Nashville, Wisconsin, on March, 21 1932, Dick grew up in Forest County on the family farm, and graduated from Crandon, Wisconsin, High School in 1949. He served his country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army airborne from 1952-54, participating in early experiments air dropping heavy equipment into battle. Dick married the love of...

  • Ruth Boucher

    Sep 21, 2023

    Memorial Services for Ruth Boucher will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 25 at the Upton Community Center. Ruth Ann Giffin Boucher was born April 23, 1947 in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Ruth spent the first few years of life in the oil patch and she loved it! She also lived in Edgerton, Wyoming, where her dad pastored his first church. At the age of four she moved to Belle Fourche, South Dakota and attended school there. She married William Nairn and to this union three children were born:...

  • Levi Marvin Finn

    Sep 21, 2023

    A memorial service for Levi Marvin Finn will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, September 25 at the Sundance United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery. A fellowship will be held at Crook County Courthouse Basement following services....

  • Janice Smith

    Sep 21, 2023

    Janice C. (Sann) Smith passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at the age of 86 from extended medical conditions after suffering a stroke. She grew up in San Diego, California with fond memories of time spent at the beach. She was proud to be the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. Janice was an avid hand quilter and greatly enjoyed corresponding with pen pals across the country. She also loved cooking, gardening, hiking, John Wayne movies, John Denver music and always her endearing group of chickens....

  • Peek at the Past

    Sep 21, 2023

    1 Years Ago September 27, 1923 Further evidence of the corn productiveness of Crook County is given by the exhibition of an ear furnished the Times office by Jesse Guidinger of Williams Divide. This ear of corn is twelve inches long and is well filled in twelve even rows. One such ear makes a nice lunch for any Berkshire and is a strong argument for the planting of corn in place of too much wheat in this country. Dr. J. F. Clarenbach, county health officer, has been quite busy of late in...

  • Circuit Court

    Sep 21, 2023

    Speeding – Daphne Chen, Pittsburgh, PA, 57/30, $195; Dillon Bower, Sioux City, IA, 49/30, $155; Robert Donald Breck Jr., Casper, WY, 43/30, $100; Matthew R. Knowlan, Centereach, NY, 40/30, $140; Krista O. Leonard, Rapid City, SD, 40/30, $150; Kelsea Hyde, Gillette, WY, 85/65, $230; Larae Gieske, Sioux Falls, SD, 80/65, $195; Glynn DeSilva, Laconia, NH, 75/65, $115; Brent McCown, Gilbert, AZ, 103/75, $210; Colton Jon Schnobrich, Belle Fourche, SD, 97/70, $205; Tony Paez, Oakland, CA, 86/70, $140; Jared A. Lucas, Potosi, MO, 109/80, $215; L...

  • Crook County Sheriff

    Sep 21, 2023

    Sept. 11 – Six VIN checks. Three traffic stops. Fingerprints. Motorist assist. Two livestock. Alarm. Three business checks. Citizen assist. Trespassing. Two EMS pages. Sept. 12 – Three VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Traffic hazard. Trespassing. Two suspicious. Welfare check. Sex offense. Two information. Business check. Two EMS pages. Sept. 13 – Four VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Animal complaint. Motorist assist. Two house watches. Two business checks. Six EMS pages. Fire page. Sept. 14 - Three VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Theft repor...

  • CDC recommends booster shots

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 21, 2023

    COVID-19 is no longer considered a pandemic, but the Centers for Disease Control are nevertheless recommending that everyone over the age of six months consider an updated vaccine this fall alongside your flu shot. The updated vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are now available and the CDC says they are the best protection against hospitalization and death, and also reduce the chances of Long COVID. An updated vaccine is recommended if you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine within the last two...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Sep 21, 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 gowyld.net. 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....

  • Passport Awareness Month

    Cynthia M. Lummis, U.S. Senator|Sep 21, 2023

    As the month of September begins, people in Wyoming are focused on their kids going back to school and the start of football season. What many might not realize is that September is also Passport Awareness Month, a time to check your documentation, especially if traveling overseas during the holiday season. One of the top requests my staff receives from constituents is help getting or renewing a passport. This process has become aggressively long and drawn out and has caused more than one hiccup in people’s travel plans. Currently, the U.S. D...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 21, 2023

    There’s something to be said for perseverance, but there’s also virtue in knowing when to stop beating the dead horse. The Loch Ness Monster, for example. She’s arguably the most famous cryptobeast on the planet and we’ve been searching for her for 1300 years, yet we’ve never managed to introduce ourselves. We had an excuse back when the best you could do was a quick sketch of what you just saw, and even when it took half an hour to snap a photo, but can we really keep the charade going des...

  • Girl Scout STEM Van coming to Sundance 

    Sep 21, 2023

    Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (GSMW) will be bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics programming to Sundance, WY on Wednesday, September 27 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with their Mobile STEM Learning Center. Programming will take place at Sundance Square Park located at 105 N. 4th Street. All programming is free and open to girls in grades K-12. The Mobile STEM Learning Center is a new resource to GSMW that will provide valuable programming to girls across 78 communities across Montana and Wyoming. The cargo-style van is equipped...

  • Support for little ones and their parents

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 21, 2023

    Early Head Start is expanding in Crook County and looking for moms and dads who would be interested in some extra support during their little one’s first years. The program is provided through Wyoming Child and Family Development Inc, a nationally recognized program partnering with parents that is free of charge for pregnant women and children up to three years of age. It involves a weekly home visit focused on the child with the aim of promoting the parents’ ability to support their development. All children are welcome, including those wit...

  • Wyoming's 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: key things to know

    Sep 21, 2023

    As part of its commitment to help reduce suicide deaths across the state, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is sharing key information about the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and its operations in Wyoming. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is free, confidential and always available. The system involves a national network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Two call centers within Wyoming are part of the lifeline network. “We believe it’s a benefi...

  • Pesticide classes coming soon

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 21, 2023

    If you would like to be able to apply pesticides to your property, Crook County Weed & Pest encourages you to attend this fall’s local Private Pesticide Applicator Program class, hosted by UW Extension. The class will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on November 13 in the community room of the Crook County Courthouse. It is tailored for people who want to be able to apply or supervise the application of restricted use pesticides on their own or leased properties, or to do so for other people for no charge or as an exchange of services (in other word...

  • Wyoming State Parks celebrates National Public Lands Day

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, in conjunction with various other state agencies, celebrates National Public Lands Day on Sat., Sept. 23. As part of the celebration, day-use fees to all Wyoming state parks and historic sites that day are waived. A goal of Public Lands Day is to get people out to Wyoming’s parks and historic sites to enjoy the values of public lands and to become stewards by helping with specific projects. Everyone is invited to check parks’ Facebook pages to see if there is an event near the...

  • Delta-8 – AKA 'diet weed' – could be criminalized in Wyoming

    Madelyn Beck, WyoFile.com|Sep 21, 2023

    Wyoming has long had an adversarial relationship with smokable or edible intoxicants, and that may continue with delta-8 – colloquially known as "weed light" and "diet weed." Members of the Legislature's Judiciary Committee will consider a draft bill Tuesday in Casper that would effectively ban that substance and any other with "similar chemical structure and pharmacological activity." The discussion comes at a time when stores selling the substance are proliferating in Wyoming, national l...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Sep 21, 2023

    Wyoming senators join effort to ban federal mask mandates CHEYENNE (WNE) — U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, both R-Wyo., joined U.S. Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, in introducing legislation to prevent the government from imposing new federal mask mandates for domestic air travel, public transit systems and in schools. The Freedom to Breathe Act would also prevent air carriers, public transit authorities and all educational institutions from refusing service to those who choose not to wear face masks. On Thursday, Senate Democrats b...

  • SETTLEMENT

    Sep 21, 2023

    PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE AND FINAL PAYMENT AND SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that on the 15th day of October 2023, final settlement will be made by Crook County School District No. 1, for and on account of a contract with Montana Sports Equipment Co. for the MHS and SHS Bleacher Replacement Project. The above work having been completed and accepted according to the plans and specifications of Schutz Foss Architects, P.C., and the above date being the 41st day after the first publication of this notice, the said Contractor will be...

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