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  • Homecoming 2021

    Oct 7, 2021

    Rebecca Maupin photos This year's Homecoming royalty were crowned on Monday night as the annual week of sporting celebration began, followed by the traditional Burning of the S. Court members Gunner McLaughlin, Nate Schommer, Brook Hofland and Bailey Hofland joined King Levi Rudloff and Queen Briska Johnson on the stage along with their crown bearers, Jhett Olson and Riley Maupin. Homecoming Week continues with a BBQ lunch for students and staff on Thursday, followed by the Bulldog Olympics....

  • Setting boundaries

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 7, 2021

    Representatives from the northeast of Wyoming met on Thursday to address redistricting in Crook, Weston and Campbell counties. This process will redefine the boundaries of each voting district across the state, which in turn dictates which citizens each legislator is responsible for. The informational session was an opportunity for the Legislative Service Office to walk officials through the basics of the process and for members of the public – and elected officials – to provide initial input. K...

  • Hospital district distances itself from foundation

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 7, 2021

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has dropped the idea of occupying the new Hulett clinic without, at this time, attempting to intervene in the Crook County Medical Foundation’s (CCMF) plans to rent it to a competing company. At last week’s meeting of the board of trustees, Chairman Mark Erickson made it clear that the district does not intend to cease providing services in Hulett or make any changes to the current services on offer. He also clarified that the district is not affiliated with the foundation in any way. During the...

  • CCMSD on edge over vaccine mandates

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 7, 2021

    Crook County Medical Services District is starting to see difficulties with staffing on the horizon. CEO Micki Lyons last week shared her concerns over the impending federal vaccine mandate with the board of trustees. The announcement from President Joe Biden that all healthcare workers will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is, “Causing a lot of stress in our staff,” Lyons said. Many are talking about leaving because they do not want to be vaccinated, which could lead to a situation in which the district must use traveling staff to...

  • Bad medicine

    Sarah Pridgoen|Oct 7, 2021

    Ivermectin cannot be used to cure COVID-19 – so where did we get the idea that it can? Why do so many people still want to be treated with a medicine that’s only effective against the coronavirus in a dose that would kill a human being several times over? Wesley Davis (Emergency Nurse Practitioner: DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC) says Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) is seeing an alarming increase in the number of patients asking to be prescribed ivermectin. Though these patients are often angry when their request is denied, he say...

  • Open house

    Oct 7, 2021

    Members of the community were treated to a meal and games during the open house for Grossenburg Implement's new facility Sept. 24....

  • Wanda Alice Blakeman

    Oct 7, 2021

    Wanda Alice Blakeman, 55, passed away October 1, 2021 at Crook County Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming. She was born November 22, 1965 in Rapid City, South Dakota, to Ted and Clara (Morganflash) Blakeman. She was living in Sundance at the time of her passing. Wanda enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially with her grandkids. She was an avid fisherman, often catching more fish than anyone she was with. She also enjoyed puzzling and crafting. She worked several years at the Crook County Hospital and Long Term Care Center as a CNA...

  • William "Bill" H. Sherrard

    Oct 7, 2021

    William "Bill" H. Sherrard, 73 of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away quietly at his home the morning of October 4, 2021. Bill was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, and graduated from Sundance High School. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Izmir, Turkey for two years. He attended the University of Wyoming. His passion was in Ford Automotive Parts and went on to be Parts Manager at dealerships in Buffalo, Wyoming and Cody, Wyoming. He was married in Buffalo in 1983 to Cathy Terry. The couple made...

  • Olive Jean Neil

    Oct 7, 2021

    Olive Jean Neil, 89, of Riverton, Wyoming, passed away at her home on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Services were held Monday, October 4 at the Davis Funeral Home. Olive Jean Minard was born on November 15, 1931, in Custer, South Dakota, to Levi Roy and Susan MacRory (Gibson) Minard. She attended schools in Lingle, Wyoming and Riverton. She dropped out at the age of 16 to marry the love of her life, Doyle Neil. She did go back to school and received her G.E.D. in 1970. She and Doyle married on November 21, 1947, at the Methodist Church in...

  • Peek at the Past

    Oct 7, 2021

    1 Years Ago Oct. 6, 1921 Word has been received in Sheridan that a notorious grey wolf which has been preying on livestock in the Pryor mountains near Lodge Grass, Montana, for the past six years has been captured by U.S. Biological Trapper Walter Standish and his son, Dell Standish. It is estimated that over 150 head of stock have been killed by this lone wolf up to the time of his capture. Other government trappers from different parts of the state have vainly attempted to ensnare the beast...

  • Raffle winner

    Oct 7, 2021

    Brandon Hartwell of Gillette was the lucky winner of the side by side raffled off as a fundraiser for the Sundance Volunteer Fire Department....

  • Big beet

    Oct 7, 2021

    Austin Peterson harvested this large beet last week from his garden in Sundance. The scale showed this beet to be a whopping eight pounds....

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Oct 7, 2021

    We are still doing curbside and delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. If you are a master gardener, will you please contact the library? We would like to have some gardening programs, and need a master gardener to lead them. Thanks! Thanks to the generosity of Les Fullerton’s family, we now have the Les Fullerton Memorial that is paying for all InterLibrary Loan requests. Displays: If you have a collection you would like to show to Sundance, please let us know! We have two locking cases that we would love to put your collection in f...

  • Trap club requesting public input

    Oct 7, 2021

    A public meeting will be held to discuss proposed trap range improvements at the Bear Lodge Trap Club, which is the trap range part of the Sundance Rod and Gun Club. The meeting is set for Fri., Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Sundance State Bank Meeting room by the Post Office. Anyone interested in the trap range is encouraged to attend. Please contact Rhonda Dick with any questions or concerns, 290-2753....

  • Seventh graders holding annual fundraiser

    Oct 7, 2021

    The Sundance seventh graders are starting the annual Watkins fundraiser. The fundraiser will run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 13. Products should be delivered by Nov. 15 unless a backorder occurs. This has been a valuable money-maker for this class for two decades. Watkins has been in business for 150 years. The product line includes spices, extracts, seasonings, sauces, soup bases, liniments, lotions, health supplements and cleaning solutions. Please contact any Sundance seventh grader, Lance Hofland, Lisa Dutton or Susan Wilson at Sundance...

  • Why we need a community forum

    Brian J. Allfrey, Executive Director, Utah Press Association|Oct 7, 2021

    I am not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured and so bogged down in hate. My oldest son was a year old on September 11, 2001. The wave of patriotism following that day gave me hope for the America that my kids would inherit. Fast forward twenty years, and that hope has been overtaken by fear. Fear that our country has become so polarized on every issue that it may not survive. In 1858, Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Never in Ame...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 7, 2021

    One of the more common stereotypes about the British is that we have a tendency to be snobbish. I would argue that most of us aren’t, but I’m not going to deny there is a certain sector of society that embraces the sensation of looking down on the choices of others. I’ve never been particularly interested in whether or not Lady Something-or-Other likes my socks, but I did have a revelation this week when society magazine “Tatler” released its latest list of the things that one is and is not al...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP|Oct 7, 2021

    Dear NP, “How can I lower my cholesterol without taking prescription medications? Does a keto diet worsen cholesterol levels?” Dear Reader, Prescription medications are often recommended to treat elevated cholesterol levels. However, many people wish to try to lower their cholesterol levels through diet before taking medication. When considering how to lower cholesterol levels, you’ll need a basic understanding of the different types of cholesterol and how they respond to various inter...

  • Public input requested for Sundance Revitalization Roadmap

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 7, 2021

    Sundance is one of five communities in Wyoming to be chosen for a Wyoming Business Council grant to take part in the Revitalization Roadmap program. The grant pays for the services of Ben Levenger with Downtown Redevelopment, with the overall idea to create a roadmap for the community so that, as Sundance develops, everyone involved knows where they are headed. The Revitalization Roadmap involves four steps, the first of which is “destination discovery,” in which local stakeholders are brought together to develop a collective vision for the...

  • Local positivity rate begins to drop

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 7, 2021

    The rate of COVID-19 tests coming back with a positive result is slowly dropping in Crook County, which is good news for Crook County Memorial Hospital. Last week, according to Micki Lyons, CEO, the positivity rate had decreased to 17% from a significantly higher 38% just the week before. “It’s slowing down – slowly,” she said. “It’s still much higher than we would like.” The threshold at which requirements change for such things as testing in a long-term care facility is 10%, according to Lyons. When the positivity rate drops below that le...

  • Circuit Court

    Oct 7, 2021

    Speeding – Michael Garcia, NE, 85/70, $135; Hannah Phillips, ND, 91/80, $115; Lisa Mulqueen, NY, 88/80, $101; Saul Valle, ND, 87/70, $99; Gwenda Blake, CO, 84/75, $103; Matthew S. Friest, WI, 87/80, $99; Clement Booth, NH, 95/75, $160; Wesley Verwoert, AZ, 86/75, $115; Smith Henry, MI, 90/75, $135; Michael Fitzpatrick, MN, 84/75, $103; Peter Guerra, Gillette, 85/75, $105; Thomas Kirkman, Gillette, 58/45, $181; Marc Lea Smith, MI, 26/20, $170; (minor), Gillette, 88/80, $101; Valeri L. Wales, MO, 59/45, $130; Pyatt Potuzak, WA, 88/75, $125; G...

  • Liquor License

    Oct 7, 2021

    NOTICE OF APPLICATION TRANSFER OF RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSE, FOR THE CITY OF SUNDANCE, 2021/2022. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the applicant whose name is set forth below has filed their application for transfer of the Retail Liquor License in the Office of the Sundance City Clerk, City of Sundance, County of Crook, Wyoming. The name of said applicant and the description of the place and premise which the applicant desire to use as the place of sale is set forth as follows: LIQUOR LICENSE Lucky Horseshoe Enterprises, LLC Original Town, Sundance,...

  • School Warrants

    Oct 7, 2021

    Notice is hereby given that the Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees issued warrants for the following bills exceeding $500.00 at the regular meeting of the board held on SEPTEMBER 20, 2021, at MOORCROFT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund A&B Welding Supply Co., Inc. Welding Supplies $ 4,463.17 Amazon.com Credit Card Plan Teaching Materials & Supplies $ 17,388.46 American Solutions for Business Check Stock $ 507.23 Amplified It Google Workspace $ 4,000.00 Architectural Specialties LLC Repairs $...

  • Probate

    Oct 7, 2021

    State of Wyoming County of Crook In the District Court Sixth Judicial District IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: DONALD ALLAN ANDERSEN, Deceased. Probate No. 5863 Notice of Probate TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 8th day of September 2021, the estate of the above-named decedent was admitted to probate by the above-named court, and Dawn A. Watts of Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, was appointed Personal Representative thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the decedent or to...

  • Completion

    Oct 7, 2021

    NOTICE OF COMPLETION AND FINAL ACCEPTANCE In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 16-6-116, title 16, Chapter 6, Wyoming Statutes, 1982 Republished Edition, Notice is hereby given that JOURNEY GROUP COMPANIES d/b/a AINSWORTH BENNING CONSTRUCTION, 345 Industrial Drive, Spearfish, SD 57783, as Contractor, has completed the SUNDANCE SQUARE PROJECT in accordance with all plans and specifications. In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 15-1-113 (h) all persons having claims for labor and material furnished the contractor shall...

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