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Changing times

Up in the Bearlodge, fall has arrived. The changing foliage is a clear sign of the closing in of winter, but, before the inevitable snow, there’s still time to get out there and enjoy the beauty of...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 1, 2020

Smith argues she didn't get a fair trial

The Wyoming Supreme Court convened on Wednesday to consider Marty Smith’s appeal against her conviction as an accomplice to the death of local man Doug Haar in 2018. Justices will now decide whether to overturn the jury’s guilty verdict on...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 1, 2020

County residents added to Cowboy Hall of Fame

The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame finds and celebrates the men and women who introduced this state to its ranching heritage, honoring the cowboys and ranchers who helped to break those first trails....

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 1, 2020

Beware of sites that "help" voters, says county clerk

Be wary of claims on websites and social media that a third party entity can assist you in matters to do with the upcoming general election, says County Clerk Linda Fritz. No matter their intentions, they are less reliable and less secure than...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 1, 2020

State sees spike in COVID-19 cases

Crook County’s caseload of COVID-19 patients has continued to rise over the past week, while Wyoming as a whole repeatedly broke its records for daily and active cases. The county’s ten new cases further cement concerns that the coronavirus is no... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 1, 2020

Assistance program re-launches

Goshen HELP representatives visited the community last week, hosting a meet-and-greet to re-launch the program in this area. The agency’s primary purpose is to work with communities to provide...


Eleanor "Sue" Egan

Eleanor “Sue” Egan was born Eleanor Jane French January 25, 1925 in Belle Fouche, South Dakota, to Victor and Delia French. She passed away September 20, 2020, of natural causes at her home at Maple Ridge in Freeland, Washington, at an age of... Full story


Delores Mahoney

Delores Mahoney, age 77 of Alva, Wyoming, died Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Greater Hulett Community Center in Hulett,... Full story


Tom Mahoney

Tom Mahoney, age 77 of Alva, Wyoming, died Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at the Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Greater Hulett Community Center in Hulett,... Full story


Verle Pierce

Verle Pierce, 84, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, died September 27, 2020, at the Hospice House in Rapid City, South Dakota. Verle was born December 20, 1935, in Belle Fourche to Alfred “Swede” and Edith (Johnstone) Pierce. He attended first... Full story



Madison Gill and Dillon Barritt were married at 4 p.m. on August 15, 2020, at the Barn at Aspen Acres in Spearfish, South Dakota. Madison is the daughter of Rick and Shelby Gill of Sundance. Dillon is the son of Loren and Marsha Barritt of Upton....

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 1, 2020

Thanking an officer

In honor of “Thank an Officer Day” on September 19, Crook County Family Violence (CCFV) put together “survival kits” for each of the county’s law enforcement departments. The idea, says...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 1, 2020

Vendors wanted for festive block party

Local producer with some festive gifts to offer? The Sundance Downtown Business Association will once again be hosting a Ladies’ Night Block Party this November and is looking for vendors who would be interested to display their wares. Just as...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 1, 2020

Get the flu shot, state urges

Flu season has arrived and the Wyoming Department of Health is urging citizens to get their flu shot to help avoid the double impact of a serious flu season combined with the COVID-19 pandemic. Influenza A, which is the type of flu associated with...


This Week at Your Library

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...


This Side of the Pond

We’ve heard endless talk over the last few years about improving access to broadband for people who live in the more far-flung corners of Wyoming. Right now, for instance, there’s a push at the...



You shall love your neighbor as yourself – Matthew 22:39 We are connected to the world and the world to us. As part of it we have responsibility for it. There exist unseen absolutes we are accountable for and when these fundamental items are not at...


Peek at the Past

100 Years Ago Sep. 30, 1920 The petrified jawbone of some prehistoric mammal was picked up in a washout near the Gose ranch and is on display at Newcastle. The bone is two feet long, with three well defined sets of tusks. The specimen probably will...


Cards of Thanks

Our Thanks Thank you to all the people that helped our family through the sorrow we experienced with the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and uncle. The kindness and compassion we experienced was the glue that held us together. Thank you to... Full story


Circuit Court

Speeding – Karen Brannam, Gillette, 89/80, $103; Tania Johnson, Gillette, 87/75, $120; William Schaefer, SD, 93/75, $150; John Metz, WA, 79/70, $113; Douglas Romero, Rawlins, 70/65, $25; Guizhen Yu, CA, 81/65, $140; Daniel A. Ness, WA, 79/65,...


Crook County Sheriff's Office

Sept. 21 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Assisted Moorcroft Police. Removed animal carcass. Booked in new inmate. Report of vehicle crash. Theft report. Residential alarm. Suicidal subject. Three EMS pages. Two fire pages. Sept. 22 – Two VIN che...

 By Davis Potter    News    October 1, 2020

UW football back for fall

CASPER — Wyoming football is officially back.  So is the rest of the Mountain West.  After a week of various media reports, statements from university administrators and state officials, and rampant speculation, the Mountain West has become the...


Wyoming News Briefs

Longtime Powell professor killed in accident POWELL (WNE) — A longtime professor at Northwest College died last week after being run over by a vehicle on a Coulter Avenue sidewalk.  Dennis Brophy, 75, had been walking in front of Rimrock Tire...


Davis named teacher of the year

Michelle Davis has been recognized as Crook County’s Teacher of the Year, and will also join the list of finalists for the state award for 2021. Davis is a reading specialist at the Moorcroft K-8....


Torrington hands first loss to Patriots

After a great start to the season, the Upton-Sundance Patriots were handed their first loss on Friday night in a tough defensive matchup against the number four-ranked Torrington Trailblazers.  The g...


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