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Articles from the October 26, 2023 edition

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  • Svoboda sentenced for vehicular homicide

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 26, 2023

    Ed Svoboda has been sentenced to between four and 14 years of incarceration and a $5000 fine for aggravated vehicular homicide. The charges relate to the death of his wife two years ago. Svoboda pled “no contest” to the charge as part of a plea agreement. Defense attorney Rob Oldham told the court during the sentencing hearing on Thursday that Svoboda chose to enter this plea not because he refuses to take responsibility for what happened to Kathleen, but because, “He really does not recall all of the details of what happened that day.” In Svob...

  • School district implements new library policy

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 26, 2023

    Crook County School District (CCSD) has updated its policy for evaluating the books that are available in the school libraries. Recognizing the right of the individual parent to request that their child not read a specific book, the policy sets up a system whereby a book can be challenged and removed, but kept at Central Office to be loaned out with parental permission. “Community members and staff are still able to challenge books in much the same manner as previously stated in the policy. Book challenges have become popular in some portions o...

  • Treats for little spooks

    Oct 26, 2023

    Throngs of little revelers gathered on Saturday for an early start to the spooky season. From a raccoon in a tree to a banana, Hogwarts students to a plague doctor, the costume choices ranged from cute and funny to frightful. Meanwhile, community members dressed up in their own finery and offered treats to fill every bucket, from a trunk themed to the Harry Potter school houses to farmyards and beekeepers. Once their buckets had been filled, the kids were invited indoors for a Halloween...

  • SHS junior officiates volleyball tourney

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 26, 2023

    A new class that was introduced to Sundance High School this year has already seen one young lady take the title of being the first student official in Wyoming to put her new skill to use. According to Lisa Dutton, "sports officiating" is both an opportunity for the students and a great help for high school sports in Wyoming. "I had six students sign up, and in the first quarter we covered volleybally officiating. These students had a strong curriculum to use through RefReps," she says....

  • Robert Harold Hadley, Jr.

    Oct 26, 2023

    Robert Harold Hadley, Jr., 93 of Sundance, Wyoming, died on October 2, 2023 at Monument Health in Custer, South Dakota. Robert was born on June 24, 1930 to Robert Harold and Matilda (Klietsch) Hadley in Berkeley, California. He grew up and graduated from high school in San Diego, California. He graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1951, where he was a three-year starter for the basketball team. On August 28, 1949 he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Aseltine; they... Full story

  • James Benjamin Heath

    Oct 26, 2023

    James Benjamin Heath, 78, of Mancos, Colorado, and more recently of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at Spearfish Canyon Healthcare. Jim struggled with multiple health challenges for many years, but the stubborn spirit he was known for kept him going until last week, when he finally laid down his earthly burdens. Jim (or Jimmy, as his childhood friends knew him) was born on September 17, 1945, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Benjamin Taylor Heath and Evelyn Etta... Full story

  • Carter "Niel" Stephens

    Oct 26, 2023

    Carter “Niel” Stephens, 88, passed away October 22, 2023 in Sundance, Wyoming. A full obituary will be published at a later date.... Full story

  • Library introduces year-round book sale

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 26, 2023

    As you head into the Crook County Library for your regular literary fix, your eye may be caught by a new addition: a bookcase that now stands in the entranceway, filled from end to end with interesting titles. Unlike most of the library's offerings, each of those books is for sale. They represent an expanded version of the annual Friends of the Library book sale, which for a number of years has been one of the group's major fundraising efforts. The bookcase will allow the sale of donated books...

  • Trick-or-Treat for Hunger

    Oct 26, 2023

    The SHS Student Council plans to do a Trick-or-Treat for Hunger on Monday, Oct. 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Students will “trick-or-treat” for non-perishable food items to donate to the Crook County Food Pantry. Residents who may not be home are welcome to leave non-perishable food items on their doorstep for students to collect....

  • Card of Thanks

    Oct 26, 2023

    Thank You I recently had total knee replacement surgery. On Monday I pushed the panic button. Medical stuff scares me. But the GOOD LORD was with me and guided me and my sister to the Bearlodge Rehabilitation. Roni (the owner and main physical therapist) and her two associates, Sarah and Ali, were so kind, loving, caring and helpful to me. We are very fortunate to have them in our small town. A big “shout out” card of thanks to those girls at Bearlodge Rehabilitation! Peggy Howard 1 John 4:7-8... Full story

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Oct 26, 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 What will you find? LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Crook County Library Foundation Board Wed., Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m....

  • Peek at the Past

    Oct 26, 2023

    1 Years Ago October 25, 1923 Reports from north of Hulett Friday indicated a murder for a while until the affair simmered down to a mere shooting scrape over a misunderstanding. It seems that S. F. MeConnaughy was hunting some lost hogs in the Hickey pasture when Fred Hickey and son rode up on him. There having been previous bad blood between the two men, suspicion was rife and culminated in a flare of guns. McConnaughy said that both Hickeys had guns unslung, and he flashed a Luger...

  • Driver killed after failing to negotiate curve in the road

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 26, 2023

    Wyoming Highway Patrol has released information on a rollover accident that took place recently on New Haven Road. The crash claimed the life of 29-year-old Wyoming resident Michael Wood. No town of residence was listed in the report. The accident took place at 8:50 a.m. on September 21 at milepost .25. According to Wyoming Highway Patrol information, Wood was traveling east on New Haven Road when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve in the roadway. Wood’s pickup drifted into the oncoming traffic lane, where he overcorrected back to the r...

  • Circuit Court

    Oct 26, 2023

    Speeding – Bruce D. Murphy, New Prague, MN, 25/20, $60; Elijah J. Wolfe, Fargo, ND, 69/55, $198; Edward Otten, Harlowton, MT, 80/65, $195; Jonah Rhodehamel, Oakland, CA, 86/70, $140; Michael Rutkowski, Mankato, MN, 87/70, $145; Chastity C. Hughes, Mesa, AZ, 91/75, $140; James Stamper, Casper, WY, 99/75, $180; Bradly Ramer, Parchment, MI, 90/80, $105; Mikayla Watson, Whitesboro, TX, 90/80, $105; Simon Sanchez Zamarron, Everett, WA, 90/80, $105; Troy Hess, Liverpool, PA, 91/80, $115; Dustin Morris, Sheridan, WY, 91/80, $115 No Seat Belt (...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Oct 26, 2023

    Oct. 16 – Three VIN Checks. Two paper services. Three traffic stops. Animal complaint. Business check. Oct. 17 – Three VIN Checks. Fingerprints. Four traffic stops. Medical. Motorist assist. Hemorrhage. Alarm. Suspicious. Fire. Three EMS pages. Oct. 18 – Two VIN checks. REDDI report. Six traffic stops. Business check. Animal complaint. EMS page. Oct. 19 – Seven VIN checks. Domestic. Three traffic stops. Animal noise. Two assists to other agency. Three business checks. Oct. 20 – Seven VIN checks. Six fingerprints. Four traffic stops. Eight bus...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 26, 2023

    To the Editor: We’re glad to see more Wyoming lawmakers support improving mental healthcare access. This includes one of our own legislators, Senate President Ogden Driskill of Crook County. We know what happens when people can’t access mental health treatment, because of our son’s experience. We want to prevent others from going through our experience. At Gov. Mark Gordon’s mental health summit in Casper, Driskill encouraged residents to “lean on” lawmakers and tell them what changes are needed to solve the mental health crisis. “From the l...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Oct 26, 2023

    Shooting complex task force finalizes pre-proposal survey SHERIDAN (WNE) — The State Shooting Complex Oversight Task Force completed work during its meeting Friday morning that will help it identify communities interested in being home to the complex. The task force was established by Senate File 169, which Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law March 2. The task force comprises several legislators and representatives from Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources, Wyoming Travel and Tourism, firearm and archery m...

  • Game & Fish reports local wildlife violation totals

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 26, 2023

    Wyoming Game & Fish (WGF) has released its law enforcement statistics for the year of 2022, showing that both the regions that encapsulate Crook County saw a modest decrease in violations. Sundance forms part of the Casper region, while Moorcroft, Pine Haven and Hulett sit in the Sheridan region. Within the Casper region, WGF has seven district game wardens, one access coordinator, a regional game warden and a regional wildlife supervisor. In 2022, law enforcement documented 522 violations in this region, which was a decrease of 20% from the...

  • Members sought for Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board

    Oct 26, 2023

    The Black Hills National Forest is seeking nominations for positions on the Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board which was established in 2003 for the purpose of providing advice and recommendations on a broad range of forest issues such as forest plan revisions or management, forest monitoring and evaluation, recreation fees, and site-specific projects having forest-wide implications. The nomination period closes December 1, 2023. The committee is comprised of 16 members who represent the following categories of interests: 1. Economic...

  • Ellis Wildlife Habitat Management Area opens

    Alex Hargrave, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 26, 2023

    BUFFALO — The Ellis family has welcomed hunters and anglers onto its remote mountain property off Hazleton Road for more than 50 years. “Give the Ellises a holler and get written permission and enjoy the land” was how it always worked, said Brendan Ellis, one of three siblings who sold the Ellis Sheep Co. Ranch to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in November 2022. Now, the 3835-acre parcel is known as the Ellis Wildlife Habitat Management Area. It’s open to the public and managed by Game and Fish for wildlife conservation and recreat...

  • Wyoming 988 suicide hotline is performing well. But it faces a fiscal cliff.

    Madelyn Beck,|Oct 26, 2023

    CASPER – Katrina Ferrell helps people in crisis. As program coordinator for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, she assists callers who may be feeling desperate or despondent. The lifeline provides free emotional support and resources day and night. “I think we make a really big difference in a lot of lives,” she said. For years, Wyoming has struggled with one of the nation’s worst suicide rates. And for years, it did so without a lifeline staffed by local folks. That’s no longer the case. Wyoming is now home to a pair of call centers t...

  • Name Change

    Oct 26, 2023

    Name Change STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT 6th JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE OF NAME OF Beckon Blue Skies Roeckel Civil Action Case No. 8976 NOTICE OF PUBLICAION You are hereby notified that a Petition For Change of Name, Civil Action No. 8976, has been filed on behalf of Beckon Blue Skies Roeckel 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 Beckon Blue... Full story

  • Name Change

    Oct 26, 2023

    Name Change 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...


    Oct 26, 2023

    LIQUOR LICENSE NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSE FOR 2023-2024 Notice is hereby given that the following submitted applications for the 1 available Retail Liquor License APPLICANT ADDRESS OF PREMISES DATE FILED Kara Creek Ranches LLC dba Kara Creek Ranches LLC 20 Ridge View Drive Sundance, WY 82729 9/8/2023 Patrick L. Donahue dba Triple P Partners LLC 18137 US HWY 14 Sundance, WY 82729 10/12/2023 Protests, if there be any, against the issuance of this license, will be heard at 2:30 o’clock p.m. on November 7, 2023, in the C... Full story

  • Oil and Gas

    Oct 26, 2023

    BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) will meet at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, November 13, 2023, and subsequent days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to consider the following matters at the office of the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, 2211 King Boulevard, Casper, Wyoming. DOCKET NO. / APPLICANT / MATTER / S-T-R / FORMATION / COUNTY 521-2022 / WOGCC / Show Cause; Pine Haven... Full story

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