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Articles from the September 29, 2022 edition


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  • Natural gas plans move further ahead than ever

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 29, 2022

    Plans to bring natural gas to Sundance may be closer to fruition than ever, according to Mayor Paul Brooks, speaking after representatives from the city met with Black Hills Energy last week. It’s a project Brooks has been attempting to pursue for a number of years. However, despite finding potential partnerships and answering various practical problems, he was never able to push past all the roadblocks. Until now, he says. The meeting with Black Hills Energy was a level beyond anything he’s managed to achieve before. “I have never got beyon...

  • Fighting fire with forward thinking

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 29, 2022

    When a fire reaches near enough 7000 acres with multiple homes scattered inside its borders on the kind of terrain that's more friendly to flames than human feet, how can it be possible that not a single structure was lost? There are many reasons that the battle against the recent Fish Fire was an astonishing success, but they all boil down to one thing: collaboration. The agencies responsible for taking care of Wyoming's lands and the people who call it home have worked together for a number...

  • Cook Lke colors

    Sep 29, 2022

    Theoretically, the fall season has arrived. In many parts of the county, however, it's hard to tell that summer is over, with the season's colors speckling the still-green foliage....

  • Bird flu is back

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 29, 2022

    After a lull during the summer months, bird flu is back and members of the public are asked to report any suspicious avian deaths to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. According to a statement from the department, positive results for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed in a blue-winged teal, a great horned owl and two turkey vultures. “With bird hunting seasons either ongoing or rapidly approaching, and as migrating birds start to head south, we are asking the public to keep an eye out for dead birds and be aware o...

  • RER announces progress for planned demo plant

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 29, 2022

    Rare Element Resources (RER) announced this week that its demonstration plant project is advancing towards final detailed engineering while the location for the plant in Upton is prepared for construction. According to a statement from the company, the project has just passed the 60% design milestone and the final detailed engineering is scheduled for completion this year. Permitting and licensing activities are underway, while equipment and services with a long lead time are being made now in order to minimize the effects of inflation and...

  • James Ernest Maupin

    Sep 29, 2022

    James Ernest Maupin "Jim" was born May 28, 1949, in Pierre, South Dakota, the son of Thomas J. and Christine Maupin of Eagle Butte, South Dakota. In 1952, the family moved to the ranch south of Alzada, Montana, just over the Wyoming line, where they raised registered Hereford bulls for many years. Jim attended grade school at the country school near the ranch and later attended Hulett High School, where he participated in football, track and wrestling, which started his junior year at Hulett. Th... Full story

  • Joseph Brutus Graham

    Sep 29, 2022

    Joseph Brutus Graham, 98 of Moorcroft, Wyoming was born July 24, 1924, to George and Iola (Sloan) Graham in Custer, Montana. Joe was the middle child of seven and was the last to meet his Lord and Savior on September 23, 2022. Joe married Eunice (Prell) Graham on February 23, 1944, in Broadus, Montana. They lived together on the ranch for 71 years, and Joe was still living in their house when he passed away. Joe served his country and his community in many ways. He was a World War II veteran.... Full story

  • BHDGA goat show celebrates fifth year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 29, 2022

    Now in its fifth year, the Black Hills Dairy Goat Association (BHDGA)’s annual show has well and truly hit its stride. The popular event attracts hundreds of goats and their owners to the Crook County fairgrounds for a day of competition. Organizer Tanja Miller says that what stands out most about the evolution of the show is the difference community makes. From the volunteers who make the show run smoothly to the donors who contribute touches both big and small, her goal has been to involve as...

  • Farm Bureau hosts annual meeting

    Zeta Nuckolls Anderson|Sep 29, 2022

    The Crook County Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting had 36 people in attendance on Sept. 22 at the 77 Steakhouse in Hulett. Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Staff addressed upcoming statewide meetings and events, federal issues affecting agriculture and upcoming legislative issues. This year in the Ag Books for Kids contest, Crook County had four district winners and one state runner-up. CCFB Federation also gave three scholarships as well as supported a variety of events. Certificates for...

  • Veterans' assistance available

    Sep 29, 2022

    A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout October. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available in N...

  • Peek at the Past

    Sep 29, 2022

    1 Years Ago September 28, 1922 At six o'clock Monday morning early risers in Sundance were startled to see a dense volume of smoke rolling over the cliffs of Sundance mountain. Prompt response was made by Hal Baldwin, Walther Williamson, Mel Dudrey, J.C. and Rube Hurtt, and these five held the fire from spreading south and east until a relief of eight more men reached the top. Investigation showed that the fire started from the cabin, which was set on fire from coals left in an old stove by...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Sep 29, 2022

    Our Thanks Thank you to family and friends in the community for the cards, condolences and support after the passing of our husband and father Douglas Hunter. A special thank you to the Crook County Fairgrounds for the use of the Shooting Sports Building and Kyndell Flint for the use of her sound system. All of your support is greatly appreciated. Sheila Hunter and Tonya Gay Thank You Thank you Dave and Uncle Louie’s staff, friends and family for joining in my retirement celebration. Teresa Tenke... Full story

  • Sign-ups available for winter travel authorization

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 29, 2022

    If you will need to travel this winter on roads that may be closed due to weather, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is inviting you to sign up for two programs that will allow you to do so. Collectively known as the Wyoming Travel Authorization Program (W-TAP), the Wyoming Authorized Travel and Rolling Closure Authorization programs allow drivers to apply for authorization to travel on sections of closed roadways when the department has deemed it is safe enough. The Wyoming Authorized Travel application is open to all drivers, b...

  • PRECorp Foundation donates to local fire departments

    Sep 29, 2022

    The Powder River Energy (PRECorp) Foundation has facilitated $15,360 in direct donations to local volunteer fire departments through a single day of fundraising in July this year. Called the WyoGives ‘Day of Giving,’ the annual online fundraiser gives local charities an opportunity to raise funds online and leverage matching funds from entities like the Hughes Charitable Foundation to increase the total dollars raised. The 24-hour fundraiser was held on July 13, and the PRECorp Foundation dedicated 100 percent of the money raised to local vol...

  • Western music in Sundance at the Crook County Library

    Sep 29, 2022

    Two troubadours are coming to Sundance for an afternoon of contemporary western music at the Crook County Library on Thurs., Oct. 6, when award-winning songwriters Kerry Grombacher and Aspen Black will perform their “Songs & Stories of the American West” concert at 7:30 p.m. They are both multi-instrumentalists, and their songs draw vivid portraits and tell fascinating stories that they accompany with guitars, bass and mandolin. “It’s a real treat to bring our cowboy songs back to Crook County,” songwriter Kerry Grombacher said recently. “We’ve...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Sep 29, 2022

    We do in-town deliveries for people who are unable to make it into the library and we do curbside delivery for those who would prefer not to come inside. Just give us a call and we will get your books ready. Come check out the numerous magazines we have available for a two-week checkout. Tracing its roots to Benjamin Franklin, The Saturday Evening Post mirrors cherished American ideals and values, most memorably illustrated by its iconic cover artist Norman Rockwell. The Post is also known for publishing such literary greats as Ray Bradbury,...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Sep 29, 2022

    Last week, we said our final goodbye to a woman who has been a constant presence throughout most of our lives – whether you come from the UK or not. Until that moment, I couldn’t have told you what it means to have a queen. Not really. I couldn’t have explained it because I have never known what it’s like not to have one. Until now. I could wax lyrical about the good things Queen Elizabeth II has done for this world, and for her people. The “soft” power she wielded in the best way possible: b...

  • Keys

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Sep 29, 2022

    I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death – Rev. 1:18 Keys are important. They are essential to both opening and closing. Be it a door, concept or heart. The following are key verses in several books of the Bible. May they assist you in grasping that which God has always been faithful in providing. EXODUS 3:10: Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt. JUDGES 17:6: In those days there was no k...

  • Circuit Court

    Sep 29, 2022

    Speeding – Daniel E. Eicher, Mt. Vernon, MO, 40/30, $150; Scott J. Backes, Gillette, WY, 59/45, $130; Charmaine Carter, Hill City, SD, 86/80, $97; David Martin, Greenwood, IN, 86/70, $150; Ashlynne Simpson, Rapid City, SD, 79/70, $103; (minor), Gillette, WY, 30/20, $30; Xueheng Wan, Seattle, WA, 70/30, $400; Logan M. Taggart, Beulah, WY, 39/30, $143; Kendra Nowak, Morrice, MI, 70/65, $65; Karthick Moorthy, Nashville, TN, 98/80, $150; Trevor Martin, Laramie, WY, 83/65, $216; Tony Kim, Laguna Woods, CA, 51/30, $267; Tahlia Hunter, Rapid City, S...

  • 2022 Family and Consumer Sciences Show

    Chris Maupin|Sep 29, 2022

    Sixty years ago, a group of Extension agents, 4-H leaders and parents held the first Western Junior Home Ec Show, which is now known as the Family and Consumer Sciences Show (FCS Show). According to show president, Peggy Turbiville, Sundance, “We want everyone to come and enjoy, meet new people, and hopefully build friendships that will last a lifetime.” The 60th show will be held Oct. 7 and 8 at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City. The event consists of 12 contests held over two days that are open to all youth ages five though 18, fro...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Sep 29, 2022

    Sept. 19 – Abandoned vehicle. Business checks. Three fire pages. Paper service. Sex offense. Suspicious person/circumstances. Traffic complaint. Four traffic stops. Four VIN checks. Two wanted persons. Sept. 20 – Alarm. Assisted another agency. Business checks. False 911. Lifeflight assist. EMS call. Prisoner transport. Traffic complaint. Traffic hazard. Four traffic stops. Trespassing. Six VIN checks. Sept. 21 – Abandoned vehicle. Two EMS pages. Citizen assist. Civil standby. Paper service. Patient transfer. Four traffic stops. Utility probl...

  • Lady Bulldogs ground Eagles

    Rebecca Maupin|Sep 29, 2022

    The Sundance volleyball team split their competitions this week, taking a victory over the Tongue River Eagles and falling to the Hulett Red Devils. It was an evenly matched competition on Tuesday night as Sundance hosted the Hulett Red Devils for a friendly intra-county competition. The teams were back and forth with points, feeling out each other's offensive attacks and coming up with some defensive stops. Midway through game one, Sundance was able to get a string of five points, behind the se...

  • Rough week at Burns for Patriots

    Rebecca Maupin|Sep 29, 2022

    The Upton-Sundance Patriots took on the Burns Broncs this past Friday in Burns. It was the Patriots who were first on the board Friday night as their explosive offense pushed their way down the field, setting quarterback Keaton Mills up for a one-yard run into the endzone and putting six points on to the scoreboard for the Patriots. Eli Gill would help add two more for the Patriots with a successful two-point conversion, giving them an early 8-0 lead over the Broncs. The Broncs’ offense, however, was quick to jump on the scoring wagon in the s...

  • Lawyers fighting abortion ban seek to limit who participates

    Ellen Gerst, Caper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 29, 2022

    CASPER — Wyoming women and health care providers are asking a Teton County judge to block state lawmakers and an anti-abortion group from joining an ongoing lawsuit over Wyoming’s abortion ban. Right to Life Wyoming and lawmakers Rep. Rachel Rodriguez-Williams, R-Cody, and Rep. Chip Neiman, R-Hulett, filed a motion last month asking to join the lawsuit as intervenors. If accepted, they would plan to make additional arguments about abortion as a procedure and the legislative process. While an attorney representing the state said he isn’t again...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Sep 29, 2022

    Woman charged with hit-and-run in Cody CODY (WNE) — Jennifer Christen Phillips, 40, of Cody, pleaded not guilty Friday to hit-and-run charges after she allegedly struck an 11-year-old on a bicycle. She also pleaded not guilty to one count of failing to yield the right of way in a crosswalk. Parker DeFord was riding his bicycle Sept. 20 with some friends near the intersection of 16th Street and Stampede Avenue. As DeFord attempted to cross 16th Street around 5:30 p.m., a white Dodge Ram turning from 16th onto Stampede Avenue struck him. The vehi...

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