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Articles from the October 27, 2022 edition


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  • GOP at odds with senate candidate

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 27, 2022

    Historically speaking, political parties tend to support their winning candidates from a primary election as they move forward to the general. Not this time, though, according to Senator Ogden Driskill, who is accusing the central committee for the Crook County Republican Party of going against its own bylaws in an effort to tacitly support his write-in opponent. At this time, the central committee has not officially endorsed anyone for Senate District 1. Driskill, however, argues that the party’s failure to support his candidacy is de facto s...

  • RER announces new top chief

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 27, 2022

    Local mining organization Rare Element Resources has announced the appointment of a new CEO to replace Randall Scott, who will shortly be retiring. Brent Berg will be taking the reins of the company, which is gearing up to build and operate a demonstration plant for its rare earth extraction technology in Upton, using ore previously gathered from its proposed mine site in the Bear Lodge. According to a press release from RER, Berg is a mining and mineral professional with more than 25 years of experience in the minerals industry, including 16...

  • Game & Fish sampling for CWD in mule deer

    Oct 27, 2022

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department needs help from mule deer hunters this fall collecting lymph node samples for chronic wasting disease testing (CWD). Samples are requested from any mule deer harvested in the Black Hills (Hunt Areas 1-6). CWD is a fatal disease of the central nervous system in mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. Game and Fish has tracked the distribution and prevalence of CWD since 1997 to better understand how it affects deer and elk populations. Hunters submitting samples from their harvested deer are crucial to h...

  • Board candidates share their motivations

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 27, 2022

    Numerous seats will be filled on the county’s various boards at November’s general election. While many seats are uncontested, two boards in particular will see high levels of competition. To assist voters in making their choice for these contested positions, we asked every candidate for Crook County School District and Crook County Medical Services District to provide a brief bio and answer the question: what was the driving force behind your decision to run for this seat? Hospital Board: At Large (2 seats) Brent Fowler My name is Brent Fow...

  • Freezin' season

    Oct 27, 2022

    The first signigicant snow storm of the year blew in on Sunday night, snow-packing roads and hobbling road construction, not to mention throwing a damber on every ofther fall project that hadn't made it past the procrastination stage....

  • Kathleen Ann Shamion

    Oct 27, 2022

    Kathleen Ann Shamion passed away peacefully at her home in Sundance, Wyoming, on October 20, 2022, and went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, at the age of 82 years. Kathleen was happily married for 64 years to Robert John Shamion. They wed on August 16, 1958. Kathleen was born in Stambaugh, Michigan on April 6, 1940. In 1958, she graduated from Iron River High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Education from Black Hills State University, with Suma Cum Laude Honors in... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Oct 27, 2022

    1 Years Ago October 26, 1922 E.L. Blodgett came over from Lead Tuesday and connected up the new batteries for the Sundance State Bank lighting system. The result is much improved lights. Mr. Blodgett was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Nason of Minn. Mr. Nason is district engineer for the Willys Lighting Co. The party made a trip to the Tower yesterday. Dubois – Archie Campbell of Oklahoma City and G. Woolery came back from their hunting trip with one of the largest bears that have ever b...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Oct 27, 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. This Old House Magazine features step-by-step instructions to making home improvement projects a success, stunning before and after photos of home makeovers, solutions for every style and budget and the latest tools and products to make projects even easier...

  • Card of Thanks

    Oct 27, 2022

    Thank You We would like to thank the Crook County Fire Department, Hulett Fire Department, the Forest Service out of Newcastle and all the neighbors who came to help. Thank you for your quick response to the fire last Sunday. Tom Moore Ken and Rosie Carlson... Full story

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 27, 2022

    Well, that was quick. Hot on the heels of losing the longest-reigning monarch in British history, we have a new record-holder for the shortest-serving prime minister and someone new in charge of the UK for the second time in two months – it’s enough to give you whiplash. Liz Truss was doomed from the start, but few could have predicted she’d only last 45 days in the job. George Canning, the man who held this dubious record before her, managed five months – and he didn’t really step down so m...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 27, 2022

    Dear Sundance area residents, We moved to the area almost seven years and LOVE it here! We own a home on Canyon Springs Road and so enjoy living in the country EXCEPT one night a year...Halloween! When we lived in towns we always decorated like crazy and would play Halloween music during Trick or Treating hours, and handed out lots of candy. Loved see everyone out having fun and enjoying a good old fashioned event! Since we moved to the country we have missed all that fun and have many times said we need to find a spot in town to set up to see...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP|Oct 27, 2022

    Dear NP, I was recently diagnosed with sciatica. What causes it? I have tried numerous medications without any relief. What are some other alternatives for treatment? Will physical therapy help? Dear Reader, Sciatica is often caused when a herniated disc or overgrowth of bone (bone spurs) in the lower back puts pressure on a nerve. You might hear this called a “pinched nerve.” This results in inflammation and pain that can travel from the lower back through the hips, buttocks, and even down the...

  • Versed

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Oct 27, 2022

    There are roughly over 31,100 verses in the Bible and of those I do have a few favorites or “life verses.” I never set out to make this list, they found me and took off the “rough edges” in my soul. A few of my favorites in no particular order. 1 Cor. 15:58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. Jer. 33:3: Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Ezra 7:10: For Ezra had prepare...

  • Rod Miller: The Hypocrisy of the Wyoming GOP

    Rod Miller, columnist|Oct 27, 2022

    Reprinted with permission from CowboyStateDaily.com Once upon a time, the Republican Party in Wyoming was a proud, respected political institution that represented the bedrock conservative ideals of Wyoming’s citizens. But, before our very eyes, the Wyoming GOP is transforming itself into a hypocritical, comic opera theater of the absurd. And it wants desperately for the good people of the Cowboy State to follow them down their path of madness. Today’s Republican Party, and the MAGA brand it rides for, is a hollow caricature of its former sel...

  • Fire restrictions all now lifted

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 27, 2022

    The Bureau of Land Management has followed the lead of the county in lifting its fire restrictions on public lands in Crook County, as well as in Campbell, Converse, Platte and Sheridan counties. Meanwhile, the U.S. Forest Service has lifted its stage one restrictions on the Bearlodge and Hell Canyon Ranger Districts. It is now once again permissible to build a campfire on BLM-administered lands. Smoking is also allowed, as is the operation of a chainsaw and the use of an arc of gas welder or an acetylene or other type of torch. However, the BL...

  • Veterans' assistance available

    Oct 27, 2022

    A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout November. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims, or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available at t...

  • CCMSD sees significant increase in patient numbers

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 27, 2022

    After hearing concern from the community that patients are no longer choosing to make use of the facilities offered by Crook County Medical Services District, board chairman Mark Erickson and CEO Micki Lyons felt the need to make sure this wasn’t the case. To do that, they ran some numbers. Specifically, they looked at the figures for outpatient visits, swing beds and visits to the ER in the years 2019 through 2022. For this year – because, obviously, there are a couple of months yet before it ends – they used the run rate through August to pr...

  • Crossen selected as Tower superintendent

    Oct 27, 2022

    National Park Service (NPS) Acting Regional Director Kate Hammond announced the selection of Doug Crossen as superintendent of Devils Tower National Monument. He began working in his new assignment at the park on October 11. The position reports to the superintendent of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.   Crossen has worked for the National Park Service for over 30 years, most recently as the acting superintendent at Jewel Cave National Monument. "Doug's experience in park opera...

  • Glendo, Keyhole boat ramp hours adjusting

    Oct 27, 2022

    Boat ramp and aquatic invasive species inspection hours at both Glendo and Keyhole state parks are adjusting to accommodate the waning sunlight hours. Beginning Mon., Oct. 24, boat ramp use and AIS inspection hours will be limited to sunrise to sunset. Boaters can check the Keyhole and Glendo sunrise/sunset tables for time references. Ramp restrictions — and the requirement for an aquatic invasive species inspection before launching — are due to the threat of zebra mussels from Pactola Reservoir in South Dakota spreading to Wyo...

  • Fair to Fork

    Oct 27, 2022

    Madeline Fleenor, Crook County 4H and FFA member, presented Teresa Tenke at the Crook County Food Bank with over 80 pounds of pork sausage that she donated through the Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon's new effort, the Wyoming Hunger Initiative called "Fair to Fork". Fleenor was selected from Crook County and donated an extra market hog that hadn't made weight at county fair. "Helping others that need food, and knowing that it is quality food, makes me feel good about my project", said...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Oct 27, 2022

    Unemployment rate in Campbell County and state remains steady GILLETTE (WNE) — Campbell County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from August to September, staying at 3.3%, which is in line with the state average. It’s the seventh highest unemployment rate in the state. The local labor force increased by more than 300, growing to 21,897 people, and the number of employed people increased by nearly 350 to 21,180. Campbell County’s 3.3% mark is a big improvement over last September’s mark of 4.2%. It was the second largest year-over...

  • Wyoming fentanyl deaths up as state pushes awareness

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 27, 2022

    GILLETTE —The number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths has steadily increased in Wyoming since 2017. The number of yearly deaths fluctuated prior to that, with up and down years since 2013, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. But the change has drawn the attention of the state department of health, which released information about the rising deaths and what to know about the synthetic opioid drug. There were 106 fentanyl overdose deaths in Wyoming in 2021. That number increased from 99 deaths in 2020, 78 deaths in 2019, 65 d...

  • Warrants

    Oct 27, 2022

    Crook County School District #1 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 OCTOBER 17th, 2022, at HULETT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 21 ELECTRIC Building Repairs $1,003.20 ABC DESIGNS Floor Decal $700.00 ARCHITECTURAL SPECIALTIES LLC Building Repairs $3,065.73 BIFULCO, KATHERINE M Physical Therapy Services $1,541.70 BIG HORN TIRE INC Trailer Repair $928.11 BLUUM USA,... Full story

  • Ballot

    Oct 27, 2022

    OFFICIAL BALLOT ON THE FORMATION QUESTION FOR WARBONNET CANYON ESTATES IMPROVEMENT AND SERVICE DISTRICT CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING November 8, 2022 “FOR” OR “AGAINST” FORMATION Instructions to Voter 1. To vote you must make an X next to “For Formation” or “Against Formation”. 2. Use only a BLACK ink pen. 3. If you spoil your ballot, do not erase, but ask for a new ballot. Vote for or against the formation of the Warbonnet Canyon Estates Improvement and Service District. “Shall an improvement and service district named “Warbonnet Canyon Estates Impr... Full story

  • Ballot proposition

    Oct 27, 2022

    NOTICE OF CROOK COUNTY BALLOT PROPOSITION TO BE ON THE NOVEMBER 8, 2022 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT “Shall Crook County be authorized to renew a lodging tax at a rate of two percent (2%) upon the sales price paid for sleeping accommodations for guests in hotels, motels, tourist courts, trailer parks, campgrounds, dude ranches, short-term condominiums, and similar establishments, in accordance with Wyoming Statute 39-15-204(a)(ii)” Publish: October 20, 27 and November 3, 2022... Full story

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