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Articles from the September 23, 2021 edition


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  • Kuhl suspended

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 23, 2021

    Governor Mark Gordon has suspended Mary Kuhl from her position as Crook County Treasurer in an order filed with the county on Thursday. Meanwhile, an amended version of the verified petition for her removal has been filed by the Attorney General’s Office. The amendment adds new information regarding an alleged theft from the vault as well as findings of theft and falsified documents from an FBI investigation into Kuhl’s conduct. Suspended from Office The governor states in his order for temporary suspension that he was asked by the Crook Cou...

  • New rec group seeks community input

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 23, 2021

    A new collaborative covering the northeast of Wyoming is offering the whole community an opportunity to get involved in the future of outdoor recreation in this area. Pioneered at the state level but comprised of local stakeholders, the collaborative will collect ideas to both improve current recreational opportunities and create new ones – and then figure out how to make them happen. “This whole thing is going to be driven by ideas,” Chris Floyd, Manager of the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation. “I have ideas for things that any communi...

  • Running the gauntlet

    Sep 23, 2021

    From beams to barrels and tires to pallets, the kids of Sundance Elementary School tested their skills on Friday against a plethora of bespoke obstacles on a course made extra messy with the assistance of Sundance Fire Department. For more, see p14....

  • Bank president warns of knock-on effects from IRS overhaul

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 23, 2021

    President Joe Biden last week thanked the U.S. House of Representatives for continuing its work to advance his economic plan, which includes new ways to ensure the super-rich are less able to evade paying taxes. However, Andy Miller, President of Sundance State Bank, warns that these changes could have knock-on effects for both banks and the personal privacy of citizens. “If passed, the proposal would essentially require banks to report data to the IRS for any account with at least $600 of inflows or outflows annually,” Miller explains. Exp...

  • Goat show returns for fourth year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 23, 2021

    For the fourth year, the Black Hills Dairy Goat Association (BHDGA) welcomed hundreds of goats and their owners to the Crook County Fairgrounds this weekend for competitions both serious and silly. The event kicked off with the fun and laughter of the costume show on Friday night before transitioning into contests sanctioned by the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA). "It went really smoothly, people had a lot of fun," says Tanja Miller, who organizes the show in partnership with Frances...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Sep 23, 2021

    Thank You Thank you for sharing my 92nd birthday with all your lovely cards. Alice Queen Thank You THANK YOU very much for thinking of me and ALL of the wonderful cards in celebration of my 97th birthday!! I enjoyed each and every one of them!! Louise Griffin Our Thanks Thank you to everyone for all the calls, food, prayers and condolences to the family of Lance McCollum. Having great communities full of friends lets us know it is God’s way of taking care of us in difficult times. Larry and Marie McCollum Jim and Lara Dirks family Alvin and K... Full story

  • Zelva LeAnne Macdonald Rivers

    Sep 23, 2021

    Zelva LeAnne Macdonald Rivers, 65, passed away due to a long battle with cancer on September 18, 2021, in Sundance, Wyoming. Zelva was born on March 26,1956 to William (Bill) Macdonald and Barbara (Redinger) Macdonald in Deadwood, South Dakota. Zelva grew up in Lead, South Dakota, later moving to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and then settling in Sundance for the remainder of her life. She enjoyed cooking, barbecues, camping, watching the Dallas Cowboys football games, reading her books, chatting... Full story

  • George Banks "Skip" Waters

    Sep 23, 2021

    George Banks "Skip" Waters, 71, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away September 17, 2021, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital of COVID-19 complications. Skip was born March 23, 1950 in Douglas, Wyoming, to Albert "Coop" Waters and Elizabeth Tapster Waters. Skip moved to Keyhole Ranch with his parents and paternal grandparents, Fred Van Waters and Millie Gerig Waters because of construction of the Glendo, Wyoming, reservoir on the family ranch in 1954. Skip went to Cedar Hill country school through sixth... Full story

  • Lance Joseph McCollum

    Sep 23, 2021

    Lance Joseph McCollum, 40, joined his savior Jesus, while hunting on Sunday, September 4, 2021. He was born August 11, 1981, in Benkelman, Nebraska and accepted Jesus at a young age. He was presently living in Helena, Montana, with his family. Formerly from Hulett, Wyoming, he graduated from Hulett High School in 2000 where he enjoyed playing football. Lance enjoyed branding, bull riding, helping others and was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman and hunter. Following high school, he attended Easter... Full story

  • Travis Ray Scroggins

    Sep 23, 2021

    Travis Ray Scroggins, 46, passed at his home in Aladdin, Wyoming, on September 4, 2021. Travis was born October 5, 1974, in Anchorage, Alaska, to John Scroggins and Sharon Oster. When he was four years old, Travis and his family moved to Gillette, Wyoming. This is where he would spend the next several years growing up alongside his sister, Miranda Peyrot. In school, Travis proved to be very athletic, becoming an avid teammate of his baseball team and track team; he also enjoyed weightlifting...

  • Bat Festival at Devils Tower

    Sep 23, 2021

    In celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 25, the National Park Service (NPS) and Devils Tower Natural History Association will host a bat festival. The festival will include educational activities about these rarely seen nighttime animals. The northern long-eared bat, Myotis septentrionalis, is among 11 bat species that have been identified at the monument. The northern long-eared bat was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. “Here at Devils Tower we hope that the festival gives visitors the...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Sep 23, 2021

    We are still doing curbside and delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. If you are a master gardener, will you please contact the library? We would like to have some gardening programs, and need a master gardener to lead them. Thanks! The Les Fullerton Memorial pays for all InterLibrary Loan requests. Displays: Bonnie Stahla’s eggbeaters and Violet and Paul Smith’s music boxes. If you have a collection you would like to show to Sundance, please let us know! We have two locking cases that we would love to put your collection in for a m...

  • Peek at the Past

    Sep 23, 2021

    1 Years Ago Sept. 29, 1921 The mail truck went off the road in the Bear Lodge one day last week during the rainy weather, causing considerable damage to the truck. This is another argument in favor of good roads, as this is the second time it has happened. All Saturday and Sunday a searching party was looking through the dense timber in the Cement Ridge country for August Schleichart, of Lead City, who had been missing from home since Saturday noon. Mr. Schleichart owns mining property on the head of Spotted Tail creek, and started out to go...

  • Pinochle Marathon

    Sep 23, 2021

    Anyone interested in playing pinochle is invited to join the Pinochle Marathon. Call Gail Kaiser for more information at 283-1095....

  • Deer disease outbreak identified in county

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 23, 2021

    ase (EHD) in white-tailed deer and pronghorn has seen cases identified across the east of Wyoming, including in Crook County. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department last week announced that it was actively tracking the outbreak of EHD, which is confirmed in the Arvada area as well as near Douglas, Laramie and Cheyenne. The disease was confirmed in Crook County near Moorcroft on September 6. EHD is not unusual in Wyoming; in fact, wildlife managers say they see it in big game every year. However, 2021 could be one of those years when the disease...

  • CCNRD announces return of tree program

    Jack Blackstone, CCNRD Field Technician|Sep 23, 2021

    The Crook County Natural Resource District (CCNRD) is excited to announce the hopeful return of our Tree Program. With the assistance of local volunteers, we will aim to provide Crook County with Conservation-Grade seedlings and potted trees. Orders will also be taken for weed barrier and other materials needed to protect your trees as they become established. This program is offered by the CCNRD to provide everyone with trees at a nominal cost, thereby promoting resource conservation and the resiliency of landowner’s properties through the m...

  • Governor Gordon: We are building a thriving Wyoming

    Mark Gordon, Wyoming Governor|Sep 23, 2021

    As Wyoming’s economy and her communities continue their recovery from the impacts of the global pandemic, the state is now faced with a new challenge. How do we best utilize the additional stimulus funds the federal government has appropriated to help Wyoming regain its footing? The American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds are one-time infusions that can help build a stronger, more resilient Wyoming, and they should be treated as such. We have an opportunity to use these dollars to shape the future of our state, and it’s important to maximize the opp...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 23, 2021

    I am once again under siege. The local wildlife has issued a vendetta against my person and it appears there are multiple species willing to contribute to the cause. My latest tale of woe begins with a fence. It’s a lovely fence that surrounds a sizeable portion of the back yard. It was installed earlier this summer to contain the exuberance of our canine companions. Between our home and the next-door-neighbors, we now possess a total of seven dogs. You might be thinking this is an excessive amo...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Sep 23, 2021

    Dear Editor, I read the recent article in the Sundance Times, about the culling of our local deer population. While I am not in favor of the killing of wildlife, I understand that the deer may cause problems when they become numerous and lose their fear of humans. However, the Mayor was quoted as saying “Anything that you can kill…I am indifferent to what species, I am indifferent to what size.” What a callous remark! I find that lack of empathy surprising and distasteful. As a leader of a community, I would expect him to at least show some...

  • Trial delayed in fatal abuse case

    CJ Baker, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 23, 2021

    POWELL — A trial has been delayed for a Cody man and woman who stand accused of fatally abusing a 2-year-old child earlier this year. Moshe Williams, 30, and Carolyn Aune, 28, each face a count of first-degree murder in connection with the April 4 death of Williams’ daughter, Paisleigh. Williams and Aune have pleaded not guilty, and a trial was originally set to begin Monday in Park County District Court. However, attorneys involved in the case informed District Court Judge Bobbi Overfield earlier this month that they weren’t ready. Defen...

  • WYDOT reminds motorists to sign up for winter travel authorization program

    Sep 23, 2021

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation wants to remind residents and travelers about the offerings under the Wyoming Travel Authorization Program (W-TAP) ahead of the 2021-2022 winter season. Through W-TAP, drivers can apply to receive authorization to travel on sections of closed roadways when it is deemed safe enough to do so. The W-TAP includes the Wyoming Authorized Travel (WAT) program and the Rolling Closure Authorization (RCA) program. The WAT application is open to all drivers but requires justification as to why a driver will need...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Sep 23, 2021

    Algae bloom advisory issued for Keyhole State Park GILLETTE (WNE) — Recreational use and toxin advisories went into effect at Keyhole State Park this month after more of the harmful cyanobacterial blooms, otherwise known as blue-green algae, were spotted in two separate parts of the reservoir last month. Recreational use advisories were issued on Aug. 19 for the Rocky Point and Wind Creek areas of the reservoir, based on samples collected Aug. 16, according to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality map of statewide algae blooms. The b...

  • YES House brings mentor program to county

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 23, 2021

    Gillette’s YES House is expanding its Impact Mentoring program into Crook County and is on the hunt for adults over the age of 21 who would like to make a difference to youth within the community. “It’s truly such a wonderful experience, not just for the mentee but for the mentor, and for people wanting to give back to their community it can be a really great option,” says Stacy Helwig, Mentorship Coordinator. The Impact program is well-established within the YES House, says Helwig. Her goal is now to expand the service territory so as to offe...

  • Thybo elected vice president of Wyoming State Bar

    Sep 23, 2021

    The Wyoming State Bar is pleased to announce that Teresa S. Thybo, an attorney from Green River, Wyoming, has been elected Vice President. The 2021/2022 Election of Officers was held according to Article II, Section 1 and Article VI of the Bylaws of the Wyoming State Bar. The results of the election were announced today during the Bar’s Virtual Annual Business Meeting. Thybo succeeds R. Scott Kath of Powell, Wyoming. Thybo grew up on a ranch in western South Dakota. She began her education at Casper College in the paralegal program. While a...

  • Circuit Court

    Sep 23, 2021

    Speeding – Robert D. Werkele, Rozet, 122/70, $295; Norman Jones, MO, 90/75, $135; Ward Lee, MI, 86/75, $115; Marvin Howard, Jackson, 89/80, $103; Marshall A. Lund, IL, 100/75, $185; Valerie R. Kuenzel, Moorcroft, 90/80, $105; Nicholas Connor, CO, 103/75, $200; Ruby A. Barrera, CA, 101/80, $175; Seth Cornish, NE, 90/80, $115; Paul Hutcherson, MD, 94/80, $130; John Pearce, CA, 98/70, $200; Kenia Perez Vasquez, Ranchester, 88/75, $125; Lisa Stephens, WA, 84/75, $103; Matthew Whitney, NJ, 93/55, $250; Blake Butterfield, MO, 61/45, $202; Samantha Gr...

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