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Articles from the October 12, 2023 edition


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  • County begins zoning process

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 12, 2023

    To kick off the process of developing a possible zoning plan for the county, the commission has invited a community planning and zoning consultant to do the necessary groundwork of figuring out exactly what the county wants and needs. Jayna Watson brought a questionnaire to last week’s meeting that was intended to assess what each commissioner wants from the zoning rules. “The next step will be for me to write a scope of work for a planning consultant, who will be bringing to you a process and project that reflects your desires,” she said....

  • Daycare grapples with loss of pandemic grant

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 12, 2023

    Kid Prints Inc. is facing a significant budget deficit after losing a grant that has been in place since the pandemic began. The board of directors is pursuing numerous options to keep the daycare’s doors open to local young families. “As of September, we lost the $60,000 grant we’ve been receiving,” said Janie Hett, Board of Directors. This grant has been in place since the pandemic began and was intended to facilitate COVID-19 relief. The daycare is still managing to operate at under a $43,000 deficit, said Hett, but this obviously needs t...

  • Mini house gets go-ahead

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 12, 2023

    The Sundance City Council has offered its blessing to plans for the new owner of the Dog Pound Grill to construct a small house on the lot behind the eatery. David Stone approached the council last month to ask for a variance, which would be necessary because current regulations state that no housing is permitted on lots zoned as “general business”. The residence, Stone said, would be a smaller prefab modular located in a place that would not have an effect on current traffic flow. He also intends to install two charging stations for ele...

  • Fire department hosts annual open house

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 12, 2023

    Sundance Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its annual open house this weekend, a chance to support your volunteers while indulging in food, fun and fire prevention activities. Among the opportunities on offer for the community during the day-long event are three fire prevention demonstrations. The first is CPR and AED training at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the second is use of fire extinguishers at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the third is “Jaws of Life Jenga” at noon and 3 p.m. Other activities that will take place throughout the day include fir...

  • RER celebrates groundbreaking

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 12, 2023

    Rare Element Resources (RER) held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for its demonstration separation and processing plant in Upton. A crowded room of local and state officials and community members from both Crook and Weston counties filled the community center to listen to remarks from dignitaries including RER's CEO Brent Berg and newly appointed Director Paul Hickey. Also present was General Atomics CEO Neal Blue – who described Wyoming as his favorite place to do business "in t...

  • Richard Leslie Hooper

    Oct 12, 2023

    Richard Leslie Hooper passed away at his home in Vancouver, Washington, on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Born on August 8, 1941 in Spearfish, South Dakota, to Richard and Redell (East) Hooper. The second of seven children, Rich grew up in Sundance, Wyoming. He was nurtured by a small community that included nearly all of his relatives and the particular magic of the Black Hills, influences he would feel all his life. After graduating from Sundance High School in 1959, Rich attended the Universit... Full story

  • Marshall Earl Osloond

    Oct 12, 2023

    Marshall Earl Osloond, 39 of Rapid City, South Dakota, died in a car accident East of Spearfish on October 5, 2023. Marshall was born November 7, 1983, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Jim and Marsha Osloond. He graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 2002. Marshall enlisted in the National Guard and went to basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in 2002 and was honorably discharged in 2009. He attended college at Black Hills State and Northern State University where he graduated as a cert... Full story

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Oct 12, 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., Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m....

  • Peek at the Past

    Oct 12, 2023

    1 Years Ago October 11, 1923 Engineer Spangle, who lost his life in the terrible railway accident near Casper last Thursday when a Burlington passenger train ran into the flood waters of Coal creek, the bridge over which had just been carried away, was a nephew of Frank Koch of Moorcroft. Chickens are so plentiful in the Bear Lodge that teamsters have difficulty getting a load of logs. The drummers won’t give up their log and it’s against the law to hurt them. Much to the disappointment of this community, the Belshe mine discontinued work las...

  • Card of Thanks

    Oct 12, 2023

    Our Thanks The family of Ruthie Boucher would like to say thank you to everyone for all the love and support. For the cards, calls and prayers at the loss of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother.... Full story

  • Solid waste board to be resurrected

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 12, 2023

    A joint powers board formed in 2016 to investigated options for a countywide solid waste district will likely soon be revived. The board, which included representatives from the county and each municipality, met regularly but ultimately disbanded without reaching a resolution. Last week, after a discussion that involved numerous elected officials from across the county, the county commissioners determined that resurrecting the board was the most reasonable next step in answering the lingering question of whether it’s worth constructing a l...

  • Downtown lot zoning request must follow "sequence of events"

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 12, 2023

    A variance request that would allow a used ATV business on the corner lot where higbee’s café once stood must follow the appropriate “sequence of events”, said Mayor Paul Brooks last week. Jason Coder approached the council to present the proposal, explaining that he and his wife, Darlene, now own both the corner lot and the building next door, which was previously Sundance Realty. The Coders would like to use the empty lot to display used ATVs, adventure bikes and other such vehicles and the building as the base of operations, he said. Brooks...

  • Septic issue still unsolved

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 12, 2023

    Since the county commission arranged for Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reps to meet with Jim Geis last month to help him find a way to continue draining county septic tanks despite regulations limiting his choice of places to take it, he has had little luck in pursuing any of the options that were given to him. DEQ changed its rules on “land spreading” a few years ago, with the county following suit a couple of years later in its 2018 regulations for small wastewater systems. According to those rules, domestic septage can on...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Oct 12, 2023

    Dear Editor, The article “Homeowners Speak in Favor of a New Property Tax System” in last week’s Times points out once again how government always wants to spend more of our money. Always. First, the word “stakeholders” is purposefully evasive in the article. Who are stakeholders? Aren’t the homeowners stakeholders in their community? Why not use the word “government” in lieu of “stakeholders” since that’s what is being referred to in this article? I’m sure that all departments of all levels of government, whether it be state, county, city, sc...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Oct 12, 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...

  • Circuit Court

    Oct 12, 2023

    Speeding – Roman Javier, Alameda, CA, 86/75, $125 No Valid Driver’s License – Robert C. Bridwell, Gillette, WY, $140 No Seat Belt (passenger) – Kaitlyn Wardle, Newcastle, WY, $10 Camping Outside Designated Areas – Beau James Yonkee, Gillette, WY, $150 No Camping Permit – Beau James Yonkee, Gillette, WY, $150 Fire Not Confined to Fire Rings – Beau James Yonkee, Gillette, WY, $100 Fail to Provide Animal with Food, Drink or Protection – Kevin L. Swett, Hulett, WY, $320, 30 days jail suspended, unsupervised probation through Feb. 21, 2024 Posses...

  • Legislature to consider multiple property tax relief bills in 2024

    Joseph Beaudet, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 12, 2023

    SHERIDAN — Property tax relief for Wyomingites is set for consideration after several bills were approved by the Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee last week. Tax relief was a hot-button issue during the 2023 session and Sheridan County’s delegation was critical of the Wyoming Legislature’s failure to provide substantial property tax relief for residents. “People want us to get something done, and they want us to act,” Co-Chair Sen. Bo Biteman, R-Ranchester, said during the revenue committee meetings. Homeowner tax exemption The committee c...

  • Wyoming passes up federal funds to voluntarily close oil and gas wells

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|Oct 12, 2023

    Gov. Mark Gordon announced this week the state will decline an invitation to apply for millions in federal Inflation Reduction Act funds aimed at shuttering low-producing oil and gas wells. The Mitigating Emissions from Marginal Conventional Wells program would pay the costs of voluntarily closing and remediating wells that produce less than the equivalent of 15 barrels of oil per day - aka "stripper" wells. Wyoming is eligible for up to $5 million of the $350 million program, according to feder...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Oct 12, 2023

    Solar eclipse will be visible in Western U.S. Saturday morning GILLETTE (WNE) — When Wyomingites look up at the sky Saturday morning, they should be able to see a partial eclipse. During an annular solar eclipse, the apparent size of the Moon’s disk is slightly smaller than the apparent size of the Sun’s disk, so that only the outer edge of the Sun remains visible. For those who are inside the path of the eclipse, this will give the appearance of a bright ring of light, hence the name, ring of fire. The path of annularity, in which 91% of the s...

  • COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

    Oct 12, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, October 3, 2023 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Bob moved to approve the minutes from September 5, 6 & 15, 2023. Kelly seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Kelly moved to approve the BOE minutes from September 15 & October 2, 2023. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Bob moved t... Full story

  • Settlement

    Oct 12, 2023

    Final Acceptance Crook County, Wyoming Dust Mitigation Project Notice of Final Acceptance To all persons, corporations or firms who have any claim for work done for or any materials furnished to Dustbusters, Inc. at PO Box 15, Evanston, WY 82931 for the Crook County Dust Suppression Project, located in Crook County, Wyoming. You are hereby notified that Crook County has accepted as completed, according to plans and specifications and rules set forth in the Agreement between the County and the aforementioned Contractor, the work in connection... Full story

  • Settlement

    Oct 12, 2023

    PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE AND FINAL PAYMENT AND SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that on the 24th day of November 2023, final settlement will be made by Crook County School District No. 1, for and on account of a contract with Scott Brothers Electric for the SHS theatre lighting and sound upgrade. The above work having been completed and accepted according to the plans and specifications of West Plains Engineering, Inc., and the above date being the 41st day after the first publication of this notice, the said Contractor will be... Full story

  • Settlement

    Oct 12, 2023

    PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE AND FINAL PAYMENT AND SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that on the 24th day of November 2023, final settlement will be made by Crook County School District No. 1, for and on account of a contract with Powder River Heating and Air Conditioning for the Gym Air Quality Project. The above work having been completed and accepted according to the plans and specifications of Mechanical Design Works, and the above date being the 41st day after the first publication of this notice, the said Contractor will be... Full story

  • Council

    Oct 12, 2023

    City of Sundance, Wyoming October 3, 2023 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. in Sundance Council Chambers with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Roll call was taken by Mayor Paul Brooks with Council Members, Callie Hilty, Randy Stevenson, Joe Wilson and Brad Marchant present. CONSENT AGENDA COUNCIL MEMBER MARCHANT MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON SECONDED a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. James Quinlan-Customers Deposit Payable $16.64; Ray Stutzman-Customers Deposit Payable $100.00; 21... Full story

  • Name Change

    Oct 12, 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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