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Articles from the October 22, 2020 edition


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  • Through the decades

    Oct 22, 2020

    It’s Homecoming Week at Sundance High School and, on Tuesday, the kids enjoyed the festivities with their personal interpretations of the “Decades Day” daily theme. The Homecoming Court was to announced later that day, followed by the Burning of the S. Join in the fun on Thursday with the parade at 3 p.m., which will kick off at 3 p.m. and will leave from the SHS parking lot before traveling past the hospital and down Main St, then turning down Cleveland St. back to the school. Upcoming Homec...

  • Hospital seeks pandemic hazard pay

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    With COVID-19 hitting this region hard, CEO Micki Lyons is seeking to provide hazard pay for employees of Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD). The main hospital has been closed to visitation and regional hospitals are now full to overflowing, she said on Friday; employees are feeling the strain. For months, CCMSD was able to keep the pandemic on the other side of its doors. However, confirmed cases have now topped 70 in Crook County, Lyons told the board of trustees on Friday, “which is a pretty significant [increase] from the n...

  • CCMSD alleges management company committed fraud

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    After reviewing its own finances, Crook County Medical Services District has amended its counterclaim against Health Management Services, the management company with which it severed ties earlier this year. CCMSD now alleges that the company deliberately committed fraud against the district. HMS filed a second lawsuit against the district in August after the original complaint was withdrawn because it did not meet the standards of the Governmental Claims Act. The new suit is essentially identical to the first and repeats HMS’s claims that t...

  • General Election: what are the issues?

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    The general election is coming up fast and voters this year will not only be asked to make their choices for national and state elected seats. A number of issues will also be placed before you on the ballot, ranging from retention of local judges to constitutional amendments and the renewal of local taxes. These issues include: Judge Retention District Court Judges in Wyoming stand for retention every six years, and Circuit Court Judges face a retention vote every four years. Circuit Court Judge Matthew F.G. Castano and District Judges Thomas W...

  • Midwest region becomes latest pandemic hotspot

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    The pandemic has continued to worsen in Wyoming over the last week – as well as across most of the Midwest. This region is now one of the most significant hotspots on the planet for the COVID-19 pandemic. Crook County recorded its most new confirmed cases in a single week, on three occasions in greater daily numbers than at any time before. Of the 21 new confirmed cases that have been added to Crook County’s tally, six were listed on Thursday and five each on Friday and Tuesday. Sunday was the only day when no new cases were recorded. Cro... Full story

  • Sending out the stork

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    Hulett EMS and Crook County Sheriff’s Office E911 dispatchers were recognized this week with stork pins, having played the role of the stork themselves for a little one who was all too eager to make a first appearance in this world. On October 7, Dispatch was notified of a pregnant woman who was on her way to Hulett in a private vehicle. She was reported to be in labor and the baby was in breech position. Hulett EMS was paged and Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) was used to help the caller assis...

  • Wedding

    Oct 22, 2020

    U. S. Navy Commander Dustin Engel and Amy Boyd were married on September 18, 2020, in Anacortes, Washington. Dustin is the son of Janet and Jack Lake of Sundance, Wyoming and Donald and Melissa Engel of Lewellen, Nebraska. Amy is the daughter of Jill and Sonny Rose of Redding, California and Larry and Trish James of Snohomish, Washington, and mother of Cedar Boyd of Bellingham, Washington. Dustin is the commanding officer of electronic attack squadron 209 stationed at NAS Whidbey Island,...

  • Murray Hugh Dennis

    Oct 22, 2020

    Murray Hugh Dennis, 65, of rural western Crook County passed away at Gillette, Wyoming, on October 13, 2020, following a sudden illness. Murray was born in Gillette on August 24, 1955, to Raymond and Daisy (Blakeman) Dennis. He grew up on the family ranch near New Haven and went to Homestake School nearby, followed by Moorcroft High School where he graduated in 1973. He attended several colleges in Wyoming and worked in the energy industry before returning to the ranch in the late 1970s. From... Full story

  • Loretto Preuss

    Oct 22, 2020

    Loretto Preuss (Carr), 62, passed away on October 5, 2020, in Hulett, Wyoming. The Lord gained a new angel to His choir. Loretto was born on February 25, 1958, in Hettinger, North Dakota, to Keith and Marilyn Carr. She grew up in Prairie City, South Dakota with her two brothers and sister. She attended high school in Hettinger. She was active in the choir during her years in Hettinger. This was the beginning of her hard work ethic as she worked her way through high school. She worked at the... Full story

  • From walking to cycling

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    Two years ago, volunteers from Powder River Energy were able to raise enough money through their annual walking taco stand to enable the Crook County Library Foundation to purchase a “book bike”. It’s taken a while to arrive, but Librarian Kim Heaster was able to show off the new purchase to representatives from PRECorp on Tuesday morning. The $5800 donation was achieved through the money raised during the event and a matching donation from the Powder River Energy Foundation. Initially sugge...

  • Holiday raffle to raise funds for Sundance Square

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    The holiday raffle that marks the countdown to Christmas each year for the Sundance community will be looking a little different this time around. Tickets go on sale this week – act quickly if you’d like to partake, as only 250 will be made available. The Raffle Ticket Fundraiser will have a sizeable prize for one lucky winner: $3000, or $3500 if you choose to accept your winnings in the form of Sundance Bucks, which can be redeemed at all participating businesses within the city. Proceeds from the raffle this year will go towards the pur...

  • EWC outreach presents the "Horsemeat March" and Slim Buttes Battle

    Oct 22, 2020

    Discover one of history’s less well known events with a free class hosted by the Eastern Wyoming College Outreach Community Education Program. On October 27, Tim Velder will introduce the “Horsemeat March” to Deadwood and the 1876 Slim Buttes Battle. Following the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, Native American and U.S. Cavalry forces scattered across the northern Great Plains to resolve the ongoing conflict. Forces led by U.S. General George Crook and Sioux warrior Crazy Horse classed at the Slim Buttes in northwestern South Dakot...

  • Lyons officially named hospital district CEO

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    Micki Lyons has officially been offered a six-year contract to act as the permanent CEO of Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD). The board of trustees moved to appoint her at August’s regular meeting, after having seen her in action as interim CEO for four months. At the suggestion of chairman Mark Erickson, the board decided to make the transition on the basis that the district’s financial situation is in a good place and morale among the staff is high. Board members were pleased with Lyons’ performance as interim CEO and felt it wo...

  • Mental Health First Aid training available to the community

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    When a loved one is in crisis, it can be tough to understand what’s wrong and even harder to figure out how best to help them. Mental Health First Aid is a training course that’s designed to give you the tools to feel confident you can offer the right support, and the next class is open to anyone in the community and set for November 6. “Life is complicated now, more than ever. Many people are struggling to get through the day and may be experiencing mental health issues and/or having a substance use issue to deal with their chall...

  • At-home virus tests now available free

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    Using of the federal CARES Act funds allocated to Wyoming, Governor Mark Gordon has purchased thousands of at-home COVID-19 tests for citizens of this state. Wyoming residents may now order tests free of charge and take them in the comfort of their own home. The tests have been purchased from Vault Health and ordinarily cost $150 each; this charge, however, has been waived for all kits that are shipped to a Wyoming address and insurance is not required. The test kits utilize the first saliva tests for COVID-19 authorized by the FDA, which are... Full story

  • Burn restrictions lifted

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    With the change in weather bringing snow, rain and considerably colder temperatures to the county, there will no longer be restrictions on burning for county residents. A partial burn ban was put in place on July 5 as summer kicked into full swing and the danger of wildfire increased. With that danger now quickly receding, the Crook County Commissioners moved on Monday afternoon to lift the burn restrictions entirely....

  • Guest editorial

    Steven R. Peck, Riverton Ranger|Oct 22, 2020

    Wyoming legislators have been working this fall on further erosion of public notices in newspapers. This time the target is the publication of the salaries of local government employees. A bill changing state law so that those no longer have to be published is in the works. A committee passed it in September. As it stands now, our taxpayer-funded municipal governments, county governments and public school districts must, at the very least, publish a list of positions and how much the people who hold them are paid. In some cases the actual...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 22, 2020

    You’re welcome, America. I bring you news this week that a delicacy this country has long been known for was originally brought to you from my side of the pond. I speak, though it might surprise you, of one of the most iconic dishes of them all: fried chicken. It’s as American as apple pie – to me as much as it is to you – so I was surprised to find its origins in Scotland. Not all of it, of course, as there are likely hundreds of ways to go about frying a chicken; we are specifically talking...

  • Grizzly relocation less common, still important management tool

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 22, 2020

    POWELL — As a grizzly bear chased a wounded elk into the river in the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park, a Cody wildlife photographer trained her video camera on the surprising series of events. The result of B.E. Judson’s effort gave the world a somewhat hard to watch, yet intimate and educational view of a day in the life of predator and prey. What may be a common event outside the view of visitors became a rare glimpse of the savage nature of wild places. The video has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people since being pos...

  • Committee drafting bill for new Gillette college

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 22, 2020

    GILLETTE — The Select Committee on Community College Funding agreed Friday to start working toward drafting a bill that would clarify state statute regarding community colleges and potentially clear the way for the possible creation of Gillette College’s own community college district. Several parts of the state law, specifically regarding the mill levy requirements for community college districts, needed clarification, said Sen. Jeff Wasserburger, R-Gillette, co-chairman of the committee, which is comprised of state senators and rep...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Oct 22, 2020

    Brand inspection case to resume in December PINEDALE (WNE) — The 2019 livestock brand-inspection misdemeanor case against Rex. F. Rammell is picking up about where it left off eight months ago – in Sublette County Circuit Court. Rammell contested five citations after a deputy stopped him in June 2019 and he did not have current brand inspections for horses he was moving from Sweetwater to Sublette County. He has a Rock Springs mailing address and owns a veterinary clinic in Pinedale. He argued the state law requiring brand inspections bet...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Oct 22, 2020

    Oct. 12 – Three VIN checks. Theft report. Fingerprints. Destruction of property. Two EMS pages. Oct. 13 – Seven VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Fingerprints. Three EMS pages. Oct. 14 – Three VIN checks. Four paper services. Three fingerprints. Assist to Sundance Police. Three EMS pages. Oct. 15 – VIN check. Five paper services. Assist to Wyoming Highway Patrol. Fingerprints x3. Animal complaint. EMS page. Oct. 16 – Five VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic stop. Booked in new inmate. Motorist assist. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Assisted...

  • Circuit Court

    Oct 22, 2020

    Speeding – Thad Hicks, SD, 96/80, $140; Minthu Kyaw, NJ, 93/80, $125; Patrick Ducey, IL, 50/40, $105; Curtis Hamrick, NC, 93/80, $125; Logan White, TN, 89/80, $103; Moises C. Perez, CO, 86/70, $140; Keith Miller, IN, 87/75, $120; Michael Olivares, AZ, 85/80, $15; Jonathon Jeglum, WI, 89/80, $103; Paul Vargas, Thermopolis, 88/75, $125; Erin E. Goodart, Gillette, 90/75, $145; Walter G. Gonzales Rivera, CO, 82/70, $120; Artur Kraszewski, NJ, 54/45, $113 Fail to Provide Proof of Liability Insurance – Jose Sarmiento Fernandez, CO, $500 Drive Whi...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Oct 22, 2020

    The library will be closed Wed., Nov. 11, for Veterans 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. Library Programming: Meetings scheduled for now: CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD meeting Thursday, November 5, at 1 p.m. in S...

  • Two more wins for Lady Bulldogs

    Rebecca Maupin|Oct 22, 2020

    The Sundance Lady Bulldogs had two conference matches this past week as they travelled to play the Tongue River Eagles and hosted the Wright Panthers. Facing off against the Eagles on Friday night, the Lady Bulldogs walked away with the first two sets, winning 25-13 and 25-19. Set number three, however, gave them a little hiccup. Going down to the final points, it was the Eagles who sealed the deal with a 25-23 victory, forcing the Bulldogs into a fourth set. While the Lady Bulldogs haven’t been pushed to four sets very often this season, t...

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