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Articles from the October 13, 2022 edition

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  • Council moves to allow retail sales in industrial zones

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 13, 2022

    The Sundance City Council is pursuing a change to its zoning regulations after a request from a local business owner made it clear that the current wording prevents retail sales from occurring in parts of the city designated as industrial. The request, according to Clerk Treasurer Theresa Curren, came from Hometown Motors. The business would like to lease premises in the industrial area on Highway 585 and use them to build and sell service pickups. As the business involves vehicle sales, Hometown Motors needs a letter from the city confirming...

  • Developers sidestep new county rules

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 13, 2022

    A matter of weeks after approving new regulations that give the county a say in the large development projects going on around the county, the Crook County Commissioners heard last week that developers have already found a way to circumvent them. According to Planning Administrator Tim Lyons, the developer on at least one project has assigned each plot on a large acreage to individual LLCs, ensuring that it does not qualify as a subdivision. The conversation cropped up when local landowner Jim Geis approached the commission to request...

  • Game wardens offer advice on dangerous predator encounters

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 13, 2022

    Crook County's two new game wardens introduced themselves to the county commissioners last week and provided information on the rights of citizens if they find themselves face to face with a dangerous predator. Nate Holst has joined the Wyoming Game & Fish department (WGF) as the Sundance Game Warden, while Mitchell Kern will be his counterpart in Moorcroft. The two men asked to be added to October's agenda after receiving a letter from the commission requesting a more proactive approach to...

  • Homecoming 2022

    Oct 13, 2022

    To the theme of superheroes, it was a joyous Homecoming week for the students of Sundance High School....

  • Willa Rose Beck

    Oct 13, 2022

    Willa Rose Beck was born on April 8, 1924 to Norma and Albert C. "Trusty" Moore on their ranch on the Little Missouri River near New Haven in northeastern Wyoming. She was the youngest of three children with her brother, Norman C. "Sonny" and sister, Betty. They helped with ranch work and attended a one-room country school, riding two miles to school on horseback. Willa's recollections of life there were colorful and fascinating, belonging to a bygone era. Later she attended high school in Moorc... Full story

  • Jean Marie Ericsson

    Oct 13, 2022

    Jean Marie Ericsson, age 86 of Alzada, Montana, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2022, at Belle Estate. She was loved dearly by her family and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., followed by an open house reception until 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Friends may leave written condolences online at: Jean Marie Hodge was born July 4, 1936, on a ranch near... Full story

  • New Clerk

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 13, 2022

    Theresa Curren was sworn in by Mayor Paul Brooks last week as the new Clerk Treasurer for the City of Sundance. Curren will serve out the remainder of her term as County Assessor and take over the role full time in January. For the last month, she has been spending lunch hours, evenings and weekends performing her new duties, she told the council, and will continue to do so until December....

  • Service recognition

    Oct 13, 2022

    Jean Lenz was presented a certificate last week for her years of service to Crook County....

  • Card of Thanks

    Oct 13, 2022

    Our Thanks We want to thank all of you wonderful folks who were so kind when Phyllis passed away, the kind words and support, the food for the celebration of life and donations to the memorial. And a very special heartwarming thanks to all of the folks at Long Term Care here in Sundance. They made the last two and a half years of her life bearable for all of us. They laughed with her, teased with her and most of all loved her. We are so blessed to have so many special people in our lives. Dee Queen and family Tom Queen and family Norma... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Oct 13, 2022

    1 Years Ago October 12, 1922 Mr. and Mrs. Mel Dudrey are the parents of a fine boy baby born Monday. This is the first grandchild in the Dudrey family, and the youngster is receiving most unusual attention. Several small boys of this city were hauled into court last week, charged with entering the shop of the late August Cops. The boys had appropriated quite a bit of plunder, and are in-line for reprimanding. 75 Years Ago October 16, 1947 Drawing for special elk permits for taking elk in...

  • Council hears of progress on court issue

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 13, 2022

    At last week’s regular meeting, the Sundance City Council heard that progress has been made on the municipal court issue. The city has not had a municipal court judge for the last couple of years after opting, as a cost-saving measure, to instead request permission for municipal cases to be heard in circuit court. However, due to switch-ups in the court and the pandemic, progress stalled. Since the issue was raised last month, Sheriff Jeff Hodge and City Attorney Mark Hughes reported that things are moving along. “There have been some ide...

  • Neiman named UW Medallion Service Award honoree

    Oct 13, 2022

    Jim Neiman is among four University of Wyoming graduates set to be honored for their professional achievements and support of the university during Homecoming week this year. Neiman is the Medallion Service Award recipient for 2022, which recognizes outstanding service to the university and honors alumni or friends of UW who are “people of integrity and stature, and who have unselfishly given of their time, talent and support”. Joseph Leimkuhler, Carissa Moffat Miller and Douglas Start will meanwhile receive the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awa...

  • Students step into the past

    Jacqueline Wyatt and Anna Backen|Oct 13, 2022

    Students from the 4th and 7th grades of the Hulett School, taught by Anna Backen and Josh Willems respectively, enjoyed visiting the Vore Buffalo Jump on October 5. These students study Wyoming History, and the Vore Buffalo Jump allows students to step into the past and really imagine what life would have been like during the period in our history when Native Americans trapped large numbers of bison in the Vore site sinkhole. According to Backen, they couldn't have asked for better weather as th...

  • CCMSD moves to create new foundation

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 13, 2022

    The board of trustees has moved to officially create a new foundation for Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) that will operate as an internal arm of the district. The board voted on Friday to file the articles of incorporation with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office. The board decided it was necessary to form an internal foundation after last year’s disagreements with the Crook County Medical Foundation (CCMF) over the Red Bluffs Clinic led trustees to feel that the goals of the two entities no longer align due to CCMF’s manda...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgen|Oct 13, 2022

    It’s always nice to hear that one of my compatriots has been enjoying a dish from my homeland, even when they didn’t know that was where it was from. I’d thought the clue was in the name, but even a feature so defining doesn’t work if you’ve never heard of the person it was intended to honor. I speak of Beef Wellington, one of the more refined of Britain’s culinary exports. It’s a luxury dish that wraps a tenderloin in duxelles, parma ham and pastry and serves it with a Madeira sauce, and it’s every bit as delicious as it is time-consuming...

  • Young adults asked to complete Wyoming Health Survey

    Oct 13, 2022

    Young adults across the state are being asked by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) to complete a brief survey about substance use and other health-related behaviors. Current Wyoming residents ages 18-29 are eligible for the anonymous survey, which is available online at The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. “We know young adults have different stressors and potential barriers involving their health than children and older adults,” said Melissa Taylor, epidemiologist with WDH. “We’re hoping to get a better and more...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Oct 13, 2022

    We do in-town deliveries for people who are unable to make it into the library and we do curbside delivery for those who would prefer not to come inside. Just give us a call and we will get your books ready. Come check out our numerous magazines we have available for a two-week checkout. Smithsonian magazine places a Smithsonian lens on the world, looking at the topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution—science, history, art, popular culture and innovation—and chronicling them every day for our...

  • Wyoming looks to grow its manufacturing sector

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 13, 2022

    CASPER — Wyoming leaders are effectively laying the groundwork for manufacturing sector growth, but the state’s new industries and shifting workforce will need continued support in the years ahead, panelists said at an economic development event Friday. The panel — one of several convened in Jackson by the Wyoming Energy Authority, Wyoming Business Council, University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank — focused on the future of Wyoming’s efforts to diversify its economy....

  • Ballot includes increasing judges' retirement age 

    Jasmine Hall, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 13, 2022

    CHEYENNE — Among the many decisions voters will make in the Nov. 8 general election, they will consider whether Wyoming Supreme Court justices and district court judges could retire five years later. Amendment B was passed out of the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee during the 2021 interim session, and it was approved by both chambers during the 2022 budget session. It would increase the mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75. Rep. Jared Olsen, R-Cheyenne, is a co-chairman of the Joint Judiciary Committee, and he said it is bec...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Oct 13, 2022

    Firefighters rescue trapped man from 15-feet below ground GILLETTE (WNE) — Firefighters rescued a construction worker who was trapped about 15-feet below ground level near West 4J Road and Jayhawker Street Thursday afternoon. The man was working on utilities in a trench when the dirt fell in on him, said Kate Eischeid, Campbell County Fire Department battalion chief. Because he was working at the edge of a trench box, his upper body was shielded from the collapse, but his lower legs and feet were trapped. When the fire department arrived, he wa...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Oct 13, 2022

    Sept. 26 – Traffic accident with damage. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business check. Civil standby. Disturbance. Controlled substance problem. Paper service. Three sets of fingerprints. Two reports of suspicious person/circumstances. Three traffic stops. Seven VIN checks. Two welfare checks. Sept. 27 – Alarm. Business check. Domestic disturbance. Two fire pages. Gun call. Lifeflight assist. Paper service. Fingerprints. EMS page. Two traffic stops. Three VIN checks. Welfare check. Sept. 28 – Two EMS pages. Animal complaint. Assisted anoth...

  • Circuit Court

    Oct 13, 2022

    Speeding – Irenemarie Kennedyarllentar, Mission Viejo, CA, 92/75, $145; Tsvetonka Ybarra, Casper, WY, 88/75, $125; Kyle B. Koons, Bucyrus, OH, 48/30, $150; Paul Meyer, Herington, KS, 97/75, $180; Julia Miller, Broomfield, CO, 91/70, $165; Kelly Francis Simons, Gillette, WY, 87/75, $120; Kyle A. Munier, Livingston, MT, 91/75, $125; Ernan Garcia-Martinez, Sanford, CO, 82/70, $120; Michael Karrick, Middletown, OH, 77/70, $99; Walter Hite, Mooresville, IN, 79/70, $103; Kennth Mayes, Conehatta, MS, 41/30, $167; Jaja Hutton, Aberdeen, MD, 101/70, $...

  • Bids

    Oct 13, 2022

    Invitation to Bid: The Town of Hulett, Wyoming will accept sealed bids for the purchase of Lot 1 in Red Devil Drive Addition Phase 2 to the Town of Hulett, Crook County, Wyoming, according to the recorded plat, consisting of approximately 4.70 acres zoned commercial. The minimum acceptable bid for this lot will be $800,000, payable in cash at closing. The Lot will be sold in "as is" condition, with no warranties except as to title. Bids must be received in a sealed envelope labeled Lot 1, Red... Full story

  • Meeting

    Oct 13, 2022

    Meeting Notice The Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on October 21, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room. The meeting will also be hosted via Zoom. The Zoom webinar link is included below: Please click the link below to join the webinar: Passcode: 338135 Or One tap mobile: US: +12532158782,,84260815986#,,,,*338135# or +13462487799,,84260815986#,,,,*338135# Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your...

  • Probate

    Oct 13, 2022

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CLARA POTTER Deceased. Probate No. 5900 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified on the 6th day of September, 2022, the Last Will and Testament of the decedent was admitted to probate by the above Court and Mark L. Hughes was appointed Personal Representative. Any action to set aside the Will shall be filed with the Court within three (3) months from the date of the first... Full story

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