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Articles from the October 5, 2023 edition


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  • RER to break ground

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 5, 2023

    Rare Element Resources (RER) is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony and open house on Monday for its planned separation and extraction demonstration plant in Upton. Construction is expected to begin at the plant before the end of the year. The event is a celebration of progress towards the eventual goal of constructing a full-scale separation plant using the company’s proprietary extraction technology, which it says is environmentally friendly and can successfully produce pure oxides that are more than 99.5% pure. The open house will also i...

  • Event coordinator has big plans for fairgrounds

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 5, 2023

    "Why not?" Before Crook County's newly minted event coordinator turns down any opportunity to make more use of the fairgrounds, that's the question she wants to hear answered. Why can't we bring Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PCRA) rodeo events to Sundance? Why can't we have the circus come to town, or give the community a chance to come face-to-face with a sea lion? Why can't we host festivals and seasonal events, evening dances or concerts, or create a permanent community hangout...

  • Fair Board member needed

    Oct 5, 2023

    The Crook County Fair Board is currently seeking an individual to serve out a current term. No qualifications or specific area of residency is required to join the board. Interested parties should contact the Crook County Clerk’s Office to apply. The county commissioners will select a candidate from applications received....

  • CCMSD looks at restrictions on ambulance duties

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 5, 2023

    If a Sundance ambulance is asked to stand by at an event, or is called out multiple times by a commercial entity to assist a person who has fallen, Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) is considering whether it should reserve the right to assess a charge. The Board of Trustees considered two policy changes at last week’s regular meetings, both suggested by EMS Director Antony Vopat. “One of the things our EMS director is wanting to do is to have the option to charge for standby ser...

  • Treats, no tricks

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 5, 2023

    Friendly ghosts and ghouls are needed to help treat the kids this Halloween at the annual Trunk or Treat kids’ carnival. The hour-long event will take place on October 21 in the Sundance High School parking lot from 4:30 p.m., to be accompanied by a kids’ carnival in the gym that will continue until 7 p.m. To participate, simply decorate the trunk of your vehicle, get dressed up for the season, invest in some delicious candy and call the high school at 283-1007 to be added to the lineup. Little ones will be able to tour the trick-or-treat lin...

  • Beverly Watts

    Oct 5, 2023

    Beverly "Bev" Watts, born on February 8, 1958, left this world on September 25, 2023 after a courageous and valiant battle with multiple sclerosis. Bev was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend who touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing her. On May 18, 1979, she embarked on a journey of love and commitment when she married Rene Watts. Their union was blessed with two wonderful sons, Justin and Tyler, who would become the pride and joy of her life. In the summer of... Full story

  • Jimmy Dale Schlosser

    Oct 5, 2023

    Jimmy Dale Schlosser was born to Jim C. and Katherine (Kari) Schlosser on August 30, 1959, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. His father was so excited to have a son that Jimmy's sister, Treva, who was only 28 months old at the time, remembers her dad running in, smiling and yelling, "Mama had a great big boy!" He was delighted he had a son. Jim grew up in Belle Fourche and learned invaluable lessons about life while working with his dad building the family trucking business. As a boy, still too... Full story

  • Loren King

    Oct 5, 2023

    Loren King, 89, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away at his home on Thursday, September 21, 2023. A graveside service was Friday, September 29, 2023, at Greenwood Cemetary in Upton, Wyoming. Loren Ivan King was born on March 13, 1934, in Thornton, Wyoming, the son of Ivan and Norma (Degner) King. He had three brothers: Larry, Robin and Lyle, and a sister Lorna. He joined the United States Marines in 1953. Loren married Clarice Phillips on January 23, 1958. Clarice passed away in 2005. Loren met... Full story

  • Veto override fails on bat endangered species listing

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 5, 2023

    U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis and all members of the Senate Western Caucus on which she serves as chairman, as well as U.S. Senator John Barrasso, voted to override President Joe Biden’s veto of the resolution that questioned the listing of the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species. In total, 47 senators voted for and 45 against, failing to meet the two-thirds majority required to overturn the veto. “The Biden administration’s heavy-handed interpretations and ongoing abuse of the ESA continues to punish private property owners rathe...

  • Card of Thanks

    Oct 5, 2023

    Our Thanks Our family wants to apologize for not doing this sooner, but life got in the way. We want to thank John Dunbar, Allen Cowardin, Pat and Dave Rentsch for all the kindness they showed the day of Larry’s passing. Also, the Hulett Ambulance crew. Thank you to all those who brought food, sent cards and gave to the Larry Fowlkes Memorial (the memorial account is set up at Summit National Bank in Hulett). To all those who came to Larry’s memorial held May 26. It showed Larry was very well liked. Thank you again to all, Sincerely, Terry Fow... Full story

  • Circuit Court

    Oct 5, 2023

    Speeding – Benjamin Ingram, Ellettsville, IN, 86/75, $115; Jose Antonia Saldaha Jr., Seabrook, TX, 45/30, $100; Avigail Rudnick, Saint Louis Park, MN, 85/75, $105; Jennie R. Lacomb, Boca Raton, FL, 25/20, $60; Keeton Rosales, Belle Fourche, SD, 82/70, $120; Jamie Ann Cedar, Dupree, SD, 96/80, $140; Danea Jean Kraft, Upton, WY, 30/20, $100 No Seat Belt (driver) – Lili Fox, Martin, SD, $25; (passenger) – Alexander Gonzales, Gillette, WY, $10 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – Robert Michael Crawford, Gillette, WY, $440; J...

  • Hulett woman accused of punching deputy

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 5, 2023

    A Hulett woman has been charged with interference with a peace officer after allegedly punching a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the stomach. According to court reports, two deputies responded to a welfare check request on September 26 at 4:54 p.m. after a lone female was seen walking along U.S. Highway 14 towards Moorcroft from Highway 24. The female was identified by the reporting party as Natalie Johnson. According to the affidavit of probable cause, one of the deputies was actively investigating a case in which Johnson was the susp...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Oct 5, 2023

    Sept. 25 – Eight VIN checks. Accident. Fingerprints. Two motorist assists. Livestock. Information. Citizen dispute. Fraud. Gun call. Sept. 26 – Seven VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Two paper services. Two business checks. Two welfare checks. Motorist assist. Fingerprints. Drugs. Suspicious circumstance. Sept. 27 – Two VIN checks. Three traffic stops. Parking problem. Fingerprints. Alarm. Suspicious circumstance. Sept. 28 – Four VIN checks. Three traffic stops. Coroner call. Two business checks. Alarm. Trespassing. Two animal complai...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Oct 5, 2023

    Did you know your library card gives you access to a wide range of online databases at your fingertips? You can find everything from auto repair to genealogy, from health and medicine to practice tests and skill preparation. There is a little something for everyone at gowyld.net. What will you find? LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Crook County Library Foundation Board Wed., Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m....

  • Letter to the Editor

    Oct 5, 2023

    Dear Editor, I have been providing a septic tank pumping service, dba Geis Honeywagon, for the rural residents of Crook County for nearly 28 years. In September it was brought to my attention that due to the DEQ regulations adopted by our County Commissioners and the Land Use Planning Office back in 2018, it is no longer lawful to land apply sewage to property without following the strict permitting process laid out by the Department of Environmental Quality. Since the majority of residents in the county do not have enough acreage to legally...

  • This week, and every week, newspapers are for you

    Dean Ridings|Oct 5, 2023

    Americans have more media options than ever. We are inundated with stories, memes, videos and promotions 24 hours a day. Most of us are on social media, which is built to provide an endless feed of content to keep us glued to our screens. And unfortunately, misinformation is prevalent and much of that content isn't fact-checked, verified or professionally produced. The result is that we're not always shown what we need to know, or the information that is most likely to impact our lives. That's...

  • Forest Service collecting traffic survey data

    Oct 5, 2023

    Individuals wearing orange vests will be out and about in the Black Hills National Forest over the next year collecting input on traffic within the forest. Contract employees will be stationed in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along forest service roads and will be out in all types of weather conditions near signs that say “Traffic Survey Ahead.” The National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey began on October 1 and will go through September 30, 2024. The information gathered is useful for forest planning as well as local com...

  • Increased Wyoming syphilis cases cause concern

    Oct 5, 2023

    With a marked increase in reported syphilis cases in Wyoming over the past few years, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is sharing prevention strategies to help protect residents from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and their serious consequences. Reginald McClinton, Communicable Disease Unit Surveillance Program manager, reports Wyoming has experienced a 54% increase in reported syphilis cases since 2018. “There were 43 cases in 2018 and 66 cases in 2022. With syphilis, we have a particular concern related to pregnancy.” Dr. Ale...

  • Homeowners speak in favor of a new property tax system, lawmakers move to draft new bill

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 5, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Members of the Joint Revenue Committee moved to draft legislation during their Monday meeting that would amend the state constitution and implement an acquisition value property tax system in Wyoming. An acquisition value property tax system assesses a property at its market value from the time the property was purchased, with limited annual tax increases until the property is resold, according to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Acquisition value is defined under HB 100 as “the purchase price paid for the acquisition of pro...

  • Lack of affordable housing in Gillette leads to increase in homelessness, agency says

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 5, 2023

    GILLETTE - A few years ago, life was good for Jacob Smith. He had a construction business, two homes and "all the cars I needed." Now everything he owns fits into a storage container that sits in the hallway of the Way Station at the Council of Community Services. Smith moved to Gillette when he was 16 years old, and he's lived here for 23 years. For the last year and a half, Smith has been homeless. He's bounced around, staying at a friend's house for a bit before going to another friend's home...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Oct 5, 2023

    Ft. Washakie man charged with embezzling funds for guns, furniture LANDER (WNE) — A federal grand jury has charged Logan James Savage, Fort Washakie, with five counts of wire fraud and one count of embezzlement, alleging he used a company credit card to make personal purchases for more than $25,000. Savage worked as the finance director for Wind River Family and Community Health Care Between July 2022 and May 2023. He was one of several employees who had been granted company credit cards to cover business-related purchases, according to the f...

  • Meeting

    Oct 5, 2023

    Meeting Notice The annual meeting of the Crook County Senior Services, Inc. Board will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at the Moorcroft Senior Center. Publish: October 5, 2023... Full story

  • RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES

    Oct 5, 2023

    CROOK COUNTY STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES PURSUANT TO W.S. §18-3-515 FISCAL YEAR 2022-2023 RECEIPTS EXPENDITURES Taxes Property $ 3,384,935 County Commissioners $ 168,473 Sales & Use $ 1,668,795 County Clerk $ 249,471 County 1% Option $ 1,297,205 County Treasurer $ 262,558 Capital Facility 1% $ 425,305 County Assessor $ 260,422 911 $ 77,876 County Sheriff $ 1,806,740 Motor Vehicle $ 412,512 County Attorney $ 359,599 Mineral Severance $ 113,773 County Planner $ 406,732 Railroad Car $ 1,988 County Coroner $ 73,635 Gas $ 248,026 Ag.... Full story

  • Meeting

    Oct 5, 2023

    Meeting Notice The Crook County Tourism Promotion Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 in Sundance at the Crook County Museum and Cultural Center. Publish: October 5, 2023... Full story

  • Name Change

    Oct 5, 2023

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT 6th JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE OF NAME OF Destiny Michelle Gustafson Civil Action Case No. 8965 NOTICE OF PUBLICAION You are hereby notified that a Petition For Change of Name, Civil Action No. 8965, has been filed on behalf of Destiny Michelle Gustafson in the Wyoming District Court for the 6th Judicial District, whose address is P.O. Box 406, Sundance, WY 82729, the object and prayer of which is to change the name of the above-named person from Destiny Michelle... Full story

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