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Articles from the September 24, 2020 edition


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  • Fire breaks out in Sundance home

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 24, 2020

    A Sundance family was evacuated from their home during a structure fire on Alden Street at the weekend. The blaze began on Saturday evening at around 10 p.m. Sundance Volunteer Fire Department responded to the incident. “We had help from Moorcroft,” says firefighter Bob Latham. The house did not burn down entirely, Latham says, and there is a possibility that some household items can be retrieved. The fire was reportedly confined mainly to the living room and caused limited damage. Both res...

  • Cook Lake project nears completion

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 24, 2020

    An ongoing project to replace the dam at Cook Lake is reaching its final stages, says District Ranger Mike Gosse. The popular site is still open for day use activities and will be open for camping in the 2021 season. “Work continues to proceed nicely,” says Gosse of the $1.2 million dam project, which saw the 60-year-old dam replaced due to wear-and-tear and leakage. The new structure will be able to handle a larger volume of water in the event of heavy rain or snow melt. “The Bureau of Recla...

  • CCMSD counterclaims for damages in HMS lawsuit

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 24, 2020

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has responded to a second lawsuit filed by its ex-management firm. Denying all allegations against it, the district claims that Health Management Services (HMS) overbilled for its management fee and repeatedly breached its contract. The second lawsuit was filed in August after the original complaint was withdrawn because it did not meet the standards of the Governmental Claims Act. The new suit is essentially identical to the first and repeats HMS’s claims that the company is still owed payment a...

  • COVID-19: cases still rising

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 24, 2020

    Confirmed daily cases of COVID-19 hit triple digits in Wyoming for the first time during the pandemic this week. Locally, a minor outbreak in Crook County’s schools and elsewhere in the community appears to have slowed, though a few new cases have continued to crop up. Three confirmed cases and five probable cases have been added to the tally, bringing Crook County’s totals during the pandemic to 29 confirmed and six probable. Over half the confirmed and all probable cases have been recorded over the past two weeks. Community spread is doc...

  • Lady Bulldogs triumph at State

    Sep 24, 2020

    The Sundance Lady Bulldogs return triumphant from the State Golf Tourney in Kemmerer, where they achieved top team with two team members placing in the top five. For more about the tournament, see inside....

  • Bridge dedication

    Sep 24, 2020

    Kid Prints Daycare & Preschool would like to invite the community to a celebration of Betty White on October 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the daycare. We will be dedicating a beautiful garden bridge in her name for the children to play on. Drinks and cookies will be served....

  • Rev. Stanley Cameron Cliver

    Sep 24, 2020

    Rev. Stanley Cameron Cliver, 96, Sundance, Wyoming, died September 9, 2020. Stanley was born August 28, 1924, to Benjamin and Elsie Cliver in St. Louis, Missouri. It was in St. Louis that he met his future wife, Marceline Blankenship. They were married on December 24, 1943, in Lubbock, Texas, where he was attending college. Shortly afterward, Stan went off to WWII in Europe. Sergeant Stanley Cliver served as an Aerial Gunner in the USAAF. Upon his return, they moved back to St. Louis where Stan... Full story

  • Carol Ann Baker

    Sep 24, 2020

    Carol Ann Baker of Sundance, Wyoming, passed on to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, in Rapid City, South Dakota, at the age of 74. Carol was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, on December 3, 1945, to Lyle and Berniece Goodroad. She attended elementary school in Deadwood and Whitewood, and high school in Sturgis. She met Eric Baker at a dance in Whitewood and they were married on March 7, 1963, in Sturgis, South Dakota. She was a loving mother, wife and... Full story

  • Tom Mahoney

    Sep 24, 2020

    Tom Mahoney, age 77 of Alva, Wyoming, died Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at the Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral arrangements are pending with Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. When service times are set this website will be updated immediately: www.LeveringtonFH.com In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Tom is survived by his wife, Delores of Alva; sons, Steve (Leslie) of Belle Fourche, Justin (Amber) of Phoenix, Arizona; d... Full story

  • Delores Mahoney

    Sep 24, 2020

    Delores Mahoney, age 77 of Alva, Wyoming, died Sunday, September 20, 2020, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral arrangements are pending with Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. When service times are set this website will be updated immediately: www.LeveringtonFH.com In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Delores is survived by her sons, Steve (Leslie) of Belle Fourche, Justin (Amber) of Phoenix, Arizona;... Full story

  • Legion quilt raffle

    Sep 24, 2020

    Jim Bowman and Linda Fritz with the quilt Linda made and donated to the American Legion Post 45 for their raffle. The Legion will sell 100 tickets for the 89x90” (queen size) quilt. Proceeds will go to the post’s scholarship fund. The last two years, Justin Tenke received the scholarship. Drawing for the quilt will be held Dec. 15....

  • Local producers eligible for emergency loans

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 24, 2020

    Because Crook County is contiguous to one of the two Wyoming counties that was last week designated a primary natural disaster area, producers here are now eligible to apply for emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designate Campbell and Converse counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the drought conditions that have affected much of Wyoming this year. This declaration opened up the emergency farm loan program in those...

  • Missouri man faces felony drug charges

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 24, 2020

    A Missouri man faces felony charges of possession of both marijuana and methamphetamine after being pulled over for speeding in Pine Haven. On August 27, while on patrol in Pine Haven, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office Deputy saw a truck traveling towards him at a speed that seemed faster than the posted 45 mph. Radar allegedly recorded a speed of 51 mph, so the deputy turned around and executed a traffic stop. The deputy reports that he made contact with the driver and identified him as Nickolaus Hayward from his Missouri identification card. H...

  • Unemployment rates dropping in Crook County

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 24, 2020

    As the Extended Benefits program comes to an end for Wyoming residents who are currently claiming unemployment, the number of people in Crook County who are making continued claims for unemployment benefits has dropped significantly from its highest point during the pandemic. Unemployment rates in Crook County are unfortunately still high, according to DWS figures. The number of people making continued unemployment claims during the first week of September was 60, up slightly from 55 during the last week of August. This compares to much lower u...

  • Ranch A launches raffle fundraiser

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 24, 2020

    Crook County’s most famous historic residence has launched a raffle fundraiser to replace the usual banquet that takes place each August or September. The destination is also still open to the public this year for everything from a weekend getaway to a family reunion. “Ranch A had to make some changes this past summer as have a lot of businesses due to COVID-19,” says Gayle Ryan, of the Ranch A Restoration Foundation Board. “However, the Restoration Foundation Board feels we have had a relatively good season overall.” The board estimates...

  • Circuit Court

    Sep 24, 2020

    Speeding – Mark F. Trump, UT, 84/65, $165; Melissa M. Leedom, AZ, 89/80, $88; Jonathan Crites, AZ, 87/75, $120; Carmen Rosenlund, WA, 81/75, $97; Derek Banocy, VA, 93/80, $125; Heather M. Kohrs, SD, 89/80, $55; Ryan Foy, Casper, 87/80, $99; Chesley Hull, MO, 88/70, $150; Kevin Farr, CA, 97/75, $180; Samantha Strickler, Gillette, 97/75, $170; Wade K. Haveman, MI, 81/75, $82; Rebecca Frakie, MN, 90/80, $105; Evan Wiseman, IA, 95/75, $170; Jacqueline Souza, IL, 85/75, $105; Paul J. Siekierski, IL, 83/70, $125; Richard D. Mastin, SD, 88/75, $...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Sep 24, 2020

    Sept. 14 – Eight VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Two animal complaints. Removed animal carcass from highway. Two motorist assists. EMS page. Sept. 15 – Eight VIN checks. Paper Service. Traffic stop. Fingerprints for outside employment. Traffic control. Domestic issue. Booked in two new inmates. Assisted Highway Patrol. Assisted Moorcroft Police. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Sept. 16 – Four VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Booked in new inmate. Prisoner transport. Two assists for Highway Patrol. Civil assist. Two EMS pages. Sept. 17 – Three VIN che...

  • This Week at your Library

    Sep 24, 2020

    The library will be closed Monday, October 12, for Columbus Day. The library doors are open. We will still be doing curbside delivery if you would prefer not to come into the library. We do ask that you wear a mask to enter the library. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. Children under 13 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Two computers are available for adults. Teen and Children’s computers are not available. We are no longer accepting book donations. Library Programming: Meetings scheduled for now: CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD m...

  • Pinochle Marathon

    Sep 24, 2020

    These are Pinochle final average scores for individuals for 2019-2020 as of September 14, 2020: Larry Byrne 4092 Lyle Brunson 3978 Jennifer Adams 3722 Gail Kaiser 3578 Kari VanLuvan 3562 Carol Jordan 3260 Jacquie McInerney 3170 Barbara Byrne 3090 Shannon Weaver 2992 Vivian Brunson 2965 Joann Salyer 2773 Jean Adams 2665 Barbara Glick 2285 Mary Jayne Jordan 2203 These are Pinochle final average scores for couples for 2019-2020 as of September 14, 2020: Larry and Barbara Byrne 7182 Lyle and Vivian Brunson 6943 Jacquie McInerney and Gail Kaiser...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 24, 2020

    So let’s say you’re kicking back bored on the sofa, somewhere in the south of England, wishing you could have a vacation to clear the cobwebs. You’re dubious of planes and bored to tears of caravan parks, and you certainly can’t spend a couple of weeks on an all-expenses-paid cruise. But there’s still a way you can enjoy the glitz and glamor of those giant ships, thanks to an entrepreneur from my home county. Paul Derham lives in Mudeford, a modest coastal village in Dorset where not a lot usual...

  • Man accused of kidnapping wife, leaving her naked at Walmart

    The Gillette News Record, Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 24, 2020

    GILLETTE — A Gillette man is accused of kidnapping his wife and leaving her naked at Walmart, allegedly telling her he wanted her to be embarrassed. John Jesse Crump, 37, is charged with kidnapping, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. He also has been charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic battery and false imprisonment. The two had been to Boot Hill Nightclub on Sept. 12 and had begun to argue on the drive home. She told police he told her she needed to pack her belongings and move out, but she said couldn’t because it...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Sep 24, 2020

    Gillette man faces five drug charges after 121 fentanyl pills found in home GILLETTE (WNE) – A stash of 121 fentanyl pills found in a home on Rohan Avenue in July — an amount described as “large” and “not indicative of a user quantity” by an agent with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation — and has led to drug charges against a 38-year-old man. Matthew Skipper has been charged three counts of delivery of fentanyl and heroin and two counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and fentanyl. Skipper was convicted in 2012 and serv...

  • Patriots continue winning streak

    Rebecca Maupin|Sep 24, 2020

    It was a battle between two of the top five seeded teams this past week as the #2 ranked Wheatland Bulldogs came to town to face the #4 Upton-Sundance Patriots. Both teams came into the game undefeated but it was the Patriots who were able to keep their record. A rapid offensive start put the Patriots to a third and long position. Quarterback Brad Kruger then found Brayden Bruce on a quick slant and Bruce was able to find the end zone for a 53-yard touchdown run as the Patriots jumped out to a s...

  • Girls win state golf

    Sep 24, 2020

    The Sundance Lady Bulldogs were the top team at the State Golf Tourney held over the weekend at Fossil Island Golf Club in Kemmerer. Individually, Sheridan Schubarth placed second and Allie Crawford was fifth. Girls Teams: Day 1 Day 2 Total Sundance 345 348 693 Lusk 351 344 695 Upton 353 371 724 Tongue River 369 357 726 Wright 422 408 830 Boys Teams: Day 1 Day 2 Total Thermopolis 369 366 735 Big Horn 379 375 754 Kemmerer 385 394 779 Tongue River 443 474 917 Sundance 476 494 970 Lusk 495 477 642...

  • Lady Bulldogs on a roll

    Rebecca Maupin|Sep 24, 2020

    The Sundance Lady Bulldogs continued their dominance on the court as they took on Wright this past week and were able to walk away with a 3-0 victory. “We are working hard to reach our full potential,” commented Coach Blasczyk. This weekend was no exception as Sherry Negaard and Ty Holloman dominated the net throwing down 12 kills each for the night. Twelve was the lucky number on the defensive end as well with Bulldog senior Aftyn Marchant coming up with 12 digs for the night, helping the Bulldogs add to their 25-16, 25-22 and 25-19 vic...

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