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  • Changing times

    Oct 1, 2020

    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 the season....

  • Smith argues she didn't get a fair trial

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 1, 2020

    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 felony counts of accessory before the fact to involuntary manslaughter and to aggravated assault and battery. Smith was sentenced to up to 18 years in jail after the verdict. However, Senior Assistant Appellate Counsel Desiree Wilson argued during the hearing that she was not given a fair trial. Wil...

  • County residents added to Cowboy Hall of Fame

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 1, 2020

    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. This year, 40 more names have been added to the prestigious list, including two who hail from Crook County. Each region across Wyoming hosts its own local ceremony to welcome the year’s class of inductees. Region 1, which includes Crook, Campbell and Weston counties, celebrated at The Golf Club at D...

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

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 1, 2020

    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 simply calling the County Clerk’s Office. “There are quite a few of these on social media,” says Fritz. “It’s happening around the state right now.” Websites and social media pages of this nature claim to be able to help you find out whether you have registered to vote. The only way they can do this, sa...

  • State sees spike in COVID-19 cases

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 1, 2020

    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 now very much present but largely undetected throughout this community. One new case within the county was announced by Crook County Public Health on September 22. The male patient was described as showing mild symptoms of the virus. On September 23, Public Health announced three more lab-confirmed cases.... Full story

  • Assistance program re-launches

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 1, 2020

    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 solutions that can help to overcome poverty. Included in the meeting were representatives from Crook County agencies that are actively involved with helping those in need, including the churches, Sundance Police Department and the Crook County Council of County Services. Kyle Borger, Executive Director, e...

  • Eleanor "Sue" Egan

    Oct 1, 2020

    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 95. Eleanor grew up in Alva, Wyoming and attended Sundance High School. She is preceded in death by husband, Thomas (Ray) Egan and sister, Naomi Jean (French) Rounds. She is survived by step-children, Dennis Egan of Coupeville, Washington, Doreen (Egan) Reed of Airway Heights, Washington and David Ega... Full story

  • Delores Mahoney

    Oct 1, 2020

    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, Wyoming. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. The funeral will be “live-streamed” on Tom’s obituary page, located on the funeral home’s website: www.LeveringtonFH.com I... Full story

  • Tom Mahoney

    Oct 1, 2020

    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, Wyoming. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. The funeral will be “live-streamed” on Tom’s obituary page, located on the funeral home’s website: www.Lever... Full story

  • Verle Pierce

    Oct 1, 2020

    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 grade at the Five Mile School, second through sixth grade in Alzada, Montana and then Belle Fourche High School. Following his sophomore year, he was injured in a tractor accident, which prevented him from completing high school. Subsequently he became a r... Full story

  • Wedding

    Oct 1, 2020

    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. The matron of honor was Logan Inghram, sister of the bride; and the best man was Reece Barritt, brother of the groom. Brian Mills officiated the ceremony. The new couple are students at the University of Wyoming and will reside in La...

  • Thanking an officer

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 1, 2020

    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 Sandy Stevens, director, was to recognize the vital role our local law enforcement plays – and the exemplary manner in which they play it. Partnerships with law enforcement are vital for CCFV, Stevens says, for everything from domestic abuse cases to human trafficking. “This was to show our appreciation...

  • Vendors wanted for festive block party

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 1, 2020

    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 Christmas shopping season gets underway, this popular event invites participants to peruse local and hand-crafted items within the downtown businesses. From 5 to 8 p.m. on November 28, shoppers will enjoy a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres as they make their way along the route, seeking out gifts for the...

  • Get the flu shot, state urges

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 1, 2020

    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 more serious illness and death, was beginning to take over as the dominant strain when Wyoming imposed restrictions for the pandemic in March. Said state health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist on Thursday, the measures taken for COVID-19 likely helped to stop that spread. However, she warned, Wyoming is...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Oct 1, 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...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 1, 2020

    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 state level to dip into the pandemic purse for just that goal, and I’m here to bring you proof that this is an excellent idea. Bad internet, as it turns out, can make it difficult to watch your favorite television shows – but not for the reason you might be thinking. This was a lesson recently learned...

  • Implicated

    Oct 1, 2020

    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 attended to, people and society suffer. The primary element to a properly functioning civilization is the treatment of one another with dignity and value. The implication of connecting with the world starts and never ends with treating one another as a worthwhile part of the whole. Individual connection...

  • Peek at the Past

    Oct 1, 2020

    1 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 be turned over to some museum. The coal situation in Sundance continues to linger on lines of uncertainty. Mr. Belshe stated Tuesday that he had yet secured no miners, and that consequently there was no coal to be had at the mine. The first touch of winter will see a stampede to the timber. The...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Oct 1, 2020

    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 the Buttons and Bows Homemaker Club for the luncheon they prepared. To everyone that send flowers and contributions to the memorials, thank you. Thank you to everyone that was a part of the service honoring Dick. The community bond is priceless and we will never take it for granted. With gratitude:... Full story

  • Circuit Court

    Oct 1, 2020

    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, $125; Chason Palmer, SD, 84/70, $130; Tessa R. Garman, Sundance, 92/70, $170; James Schwartz, MO, 77/70, $99; Brian D. Feddeler, CA, 75/65, $70; Daniel Holt, NY, 81/70, $115; Dawn M. Merdink, Gillette, 40/30, $140; Jennifer Pohlman, WA, 90/75, $135; Thomas Lambert, CO, 85/70, $135; Victor A. Lee, MI, 8...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Oct 1, 2020

    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 checks. Paper service. Booked in new inmate. Three courtesy rides given. Prisoner transport. Report of threats. Assisted Moorcroft Police. Report of domestic situation. Report of disturbance. Report of fraud. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Sept. 23 – VIN check. Paper service. Four traffic stops. Courtesy ride....

  • UW football back for fall

    Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 1, 2020

    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 third Football Bowl Subdivision conference to reverse course after postponing football and other fall sports indefinitely last month. The league announced Thursday night that UW and the conference’s other 11 football teams will play an eight-game, conference-only schedule beginning the week of Oct. 24 foll...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Oct 1, 2020

    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 when a customer pulled out of the business s parking lot and struck him, said Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Shay Dillon of Powell, had been attempting to make a right-hand turn onto the state highway. Dillon reported that he had been looking to the left (east) f...

  • Davis named teacher of the year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 1, 2020

    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. Before stepping into her current role in 2018, Davis was a first grade teacher for eight years. She holds a BSc in early childhood and elementary education from Maranatha Baptist University and an MA in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction and an emphasis on literacy from the U...

  • Torrington hands first loss to Patriots

    Rebecca Maupin|Oct 1, 2020

    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 game on Friday night started much like the previous weeks with the Patriots first on the scoreboard when quarterback Brad Kurger found Brayden Bruce for a 75-yard touchdown pass. It wasn’t long after that the Trailblazers were able to find their way into the endzone as well. Quarterback Blaine B...

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