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  • Chick or treat

    Oct 28, 2021

    Treat-getters and treat-givers alike were dressed for the occasion on Saturday as little ones enjoyed their first Halloween party of the season. The "Trunk or Treat" event took place in the high school parking lot, where locals in their spooky best - and a few in their official uniforms - waited to hand candy to well-attired youngsters before they headed inside to the carnival....

  • Hospital still under pressure

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 28, 2021

    The situation changes day by day at Crook County Memorial Hospital. While the number of recorded active cases in Wyoming has been trending downwards, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 hit an all-time high last week and, like many of Wyoming’s healthcare facilities, Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) is still feeling the strain. “Every time we have a couple of calm days and think that maybe there will be some reprieve, we have a day with multiple positives,” says CEO Micki Lyons. “Things seem to be calming down some, b...

  • Domestic abuse on the rise

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 28, 2021

    The pandemic has taken its toll in countless ways, some of them hidden behind closed doors. Over the last year, Crook County Family Violence and Sexual Assault Services (CCFV) has seen its caseload double. "Since the pandemic hit, we are seeing more and more cases of domestic violence and sexual assault. It's because of the stress and the being shut in, and people's coping mechanisms are turning towards drugs and alcohol," says Sandy Steven, CCFV Director. "Extra stress can cause mental health issues, and the reaction to stress can be through...

  • Honor band and choir present free concert

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 28, 2021

    The public is invited to a free presentation by the Northeast District Junior High Honor Band and Choir this weekend. The concert will take place on October 29 at 4 p.m. and will be held in the Sundance School Gym. The Honor Band will perform the Star Spangled Banner, followed by “Lightning,” “By the Sword” and “Angry Beavers.” The Honor Choir is set to perform “Hi! Ho! The Rattlin’ Bog,” “Pie Jesu,” “The Canoe Song” and “Nine Hundred Miles.” The band includes a number of Crook County students, including Tylla Gerry and Annika Haugen on first f...

  • Booster shots approved for all vaccines

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 28, 2021

    The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week that emergency use authorizations have been granted for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster shots. This means that all three of the vaccine types in use within the United States have now received approval for the booster program. The FDA and CDC have also given approval to “mix n’ match” booster doses, which means the booster shot does not have to be the same brand as the original vaccine a person received. “The available data sugge...

  • Ernest George Vine

    Oct 28, 2021

    Ernest George Vine passed away on Thursday October 21, 2021 at Gillette Memorial Hospital. Ernie was born on January 11, 1965, in Gering, Nebraska, to Ernest G. Vine and Caroline Castoe. They moved to Sheridan, Wyoming, where they were raised and he developed his love of the mountains. He graduated with a GED at the age of 16, which he was very proud of. He moved around a bit working with big machinery on construction sites, and he would always point out the roads he helped build. He was an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting, fishing and camping.... Full story

  • Pete Krush

    Oct 28, 2021

    Pete Krush, age 79, passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Pete moved to Belle Fourche 57 years ago and the town has never been the same since. Pete began selling western wear at the age of 23 at the Hitchin' Post, a store that would later become Pete's Clothing Western Wear (or just Pete's), a fixture of downtown Belle Fourche. Pete truly loved his customers and found the perfect career. He was skilled at remembering a customer's name, their hat or boot size and, most of all,... Full story

  • Duane Thomas

    Oct 28, 2021

    On October 13, 2021, we were forced to say good bye to Duane Thomas, 74, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. He was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska, to Millard Thomas and Juanita (Vitto) Thomas on July 16, 1947. He was the oldest of seven children. The family settled in Hulett, Wyoming when he was 12 and he graduated from high school there. Duane married his high school sweetheart, Judy Mahoney. They started their life together in Hulett until they moved south of Gillette when he went to work for True Oil Company. They were blessed... Full story

  • Steven Lester Mauch

    Oct 28, 2021

    Steven "Doc" Mauch, 74, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2021 at his home in Sundance, Wyoming. Doc was born to Lester and Arlene Mauch on March 8, 1947, in Deadwood, South Dakota, the first of four children. He grew up in Sundance and graduated from Sundance High School. After graduation, Doc attended Casper College before joining the U.S. Army. He traveled to several overseas countries, one of which was South Korea, where he met his first wife, Su. To their union came two children, Steven Jr. and Angel (Dennis) Johnson. During this time,... Full story

  • Celebrate Halloween at the Sundance Senior Center

    Oct 28, 2021

    Seniors, do you want to see the kids in their costumes but live out of town or don’t feel like getting up and down to answer the door? Don’t miss out! Bring your treats to the Senior Center, visit with friends and enjoy the evening. Trick or treaters, do you want to show off your costumes and get your bags filled at the same time? Stop by the Senior Center as you travel around town. Parents, you may see some old friends you haven’t seen for a while, so take a minute to warm up, have a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the evening. Everyone is we...

  • Pet parade moved to this week

    Oct 28, 2021

    The pet parade has been rescheduled for Thurs., Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. in front of the long-term care at the hospital. This will be a fun event and all pets are welcomed – does not have to be a dog. The residents at long-term care will be the judges for the best costume. First, second and third prizes will be given along with a treat. Please register pets and costumes 20 minutes beforehand. The registrations will be passed along to the long-term care. They will have an announcer inside for the residents. Crook County Senior Services is completing t...

  • Card of Thanks

    Oct 28, 2021

    Our Thanks Many, many thanks! The Don Andersen family would like to thank all of you who attended our Dad’s/Grandpa’s memorial service, sent cards, sent donations and/or spent time with him in his last days. We thank the Buttons and Bows club for their spread of food as well as others who brought food to the service. Thank you to the Greater Hulett Community Center for allowing us to have our service in their facility. Special thank yous are extended to Jenny and Kim, Curtis Galliway and Scott and Melony Newlin for all you did for our Dad and...

  • Peek at the Past

    Oct 28, 2021

    1 Years Ago Oct. 27, 1921 T.H. Smelser and Wade Baggett started Saturday to move the Smelser company's Herefords from Houston creek to the Weaver ranches north of Hulett, which will be the company's home ranch for some time to come. Mrs. Louise Fredrica Cody, widow of the late Colonel William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill), died at her home in Cody, Wyo, last Friday, aged 78, of heart disease. 75 Years Ago Oct. 31, 1946 Ranger T.R. Cochran announced this week that he has resigned his position in the...

  • Redistricting meeting planned

    Oct 28, 2021

    Region 6 will be holding its final rounds of redistricting meetings on the following dates and locations. The first in Wright, Newcastle and Upton are informational meetings. The final meeting in Moorcroft will be where we try to reach a consensus for Region 6 going to the corporations committee. • Wright – 5 p.m., Oct. 29, Wright Town Hall • Newcastle – 7 p.m., Oct. 29, Lodge • Upton – 6 p.m., Nov. 1, Upton Community Center • Sundance – Nov. 3 following Central Committee meeting (approx. 8 p.m.), Courthouse Basement Final meeting of all...

  • PRECorp Foundation donates $10,000 to local fire departments

    Oct 28, 2021

    Thanks to the WyoGives “Day of Giving,” an annual online fundraiser that gives local charities the opportunity to raise funds online and leverage matching funds from entities such as the Hughes Charitable Foundation to increase the total raised, the Powder River Energy Foundation has facilitated $10,000 in direct donations to local volunteer fire departments. Across northeast Wyoming, counties will each receive $2000 for locally focused volunteers. This includes Crook County, where the funds will be used to support maintenance, tools, fuel and...

  • Conservation District seeks supervisor

    Oct 28, 2021

    District Supervisors are volunteers who make a difference in their communities. The Crook County Natural Resource District is still seeking an urban representative for its board. Conservation districts have been around since the early 1930s, when, along with the greatest depression this nation ever experienced, came an equally unparalleled ecological disaster known as the Dust Bowl. Following a severe and sustained drought in the Great Plains, the region’s soil began to erode and blow away, creating huge black dust storms that blotted out t...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Oct 28, 2021

    The library will be closed November 11, for Veteran’s Day. We are still doing curbside and delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. If you are a master gardener, will you please contact the library? We would like to have some gardening programs, and need a master gardener to lead them. Thanks! Thanks to the generosity of Les Fullerton’s family, we now have the Les Fullerton Memorial that is paying for all InterLibrary Loan requests. Displays: Jean Adams’ bird collection. If you have a collection you would like to share with Sunda...

  • Circuit Court

    Oct 28, 2021

    Speeding – Tre M. Brinson, Gillette, 41/30, $125; Okki Kim, MT, 87/75, $120; Calvin Schiltz, MN, 89/75, $130; Steven Gale, Newcastle, 84/70, $130; Katherine Baker, Sheridan, 89/75, $130; Brice D. Fauber, Lingle, 61/50, $125; Katelyn Bailey, Sheridan, 85/70, $135; Mark Stinson, WI, 86/75, $115; Michael Steinmeyer, SD, 90/80, $105; Anisa Parks, WA, 85/45, $260; Jody Lawson, CA, 79/70, $103; Alexis Klemke, MN, 80/75, $15; Gary Funke, MO, 83/70, $125; Jessica Beahan, MO, 88/80, $101; Roger Gustafson, Gillette, 94/75, $155; Randy Snyder, 87/80, $...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Oct 28, 2021

    Dear Editor, Senator Driskill’s opinion essay (Sundance Times, October 14) on the topic of Medicaid expansion stated that we should base our opinions on the facts. I could not agree with him more, so I undertook a search of facts. On the issue of the financial impact on hospitals, I found an American Hospital Association study that showed hospitals in Medicaid expansion states are doing better than they were before. Mr. Driskill is right that Medicaid reimbursement rates are lower than private health insurance rates (although there is no r...

  • A new "normal"

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Oct 28, 2021

    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Gen. 1:1) NORMAL: Conforming to a standard, pattern, level or type. Considered usual, typical and routine. We’ve heard a lot about returning to a new normal post COVID-19. Whatever that is, whatever that was, we find difficult to define or desire to do. For many, the before was not very attractive, nor is the ahead. A reason for this apprehension of the prior and subsequent normal is that our soul may not be satisfied with the standard that was set and routine that followed. What is n...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 28, 2021

    Everything changes, nothing lasts forever: these are facts we are all expected to live with. Unless your name is Nigel, in which case a formal request has been sent for your assistance in raging at the dying of the light. A pub landlord over in the UK is asking every Nigel in the world to head through his doors next year for a prestigious event known as “Nigel Night.” And if you scoffed as you read that sentence because it seems unlikely we’ll find any Nigels to send, you should know that the l...

  • La Niña set to bring colder than average winter

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 28, 2021

    La Niña is returning for another winter, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and that means we’re likely to see another colder-than-average season here in northeast Wyoming. While the majority of the continental United States is expected to experience temperatures up to 60% above normal, most of Wyoming will see normal temperatures for the season. Crook County, however, sits within a sweep of territory across the northern part of the nation, beginning in the Pacific northwest and traveling east to the no...

  • Salmonella outbreaks linked to seafood, raw onions

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 28, 2021

    If you have traveled to Colorado recently, eaten seafood or both, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have suggested you may want to watch out for symptoms of salmonella. A second outbreak in nearby states has been linked to onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico. The first of the recent outbreaks has so far caused 102 cases in 14 states – including Wyoming – appears to be linked to restaurants and grocery stores in Colorado that served or sold seafood distributed by Northeast Seafood Products of Denver. The seafood was sold in a number of gr...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Oct 28, 2021

    Cheyenne school district experiences pandemic-driven bus driver shortage CHEYENNE (WNE) — Laramie County School District 1 has not been immune from the national bus driver shortage caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The shortage has led to governors across the nation having members of the National Guard drive buses, and even the federal government proposing legislation to ease the guidelines for commercial driver’s license holders. Although the local school district has not been driven to this point yet, the burden of being sho...

  • As closure nears, miners grapple with next steps

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 28, 2021

    CASPER — With four weeks left before Wyoming’s last underground coal mine shutters, the employee transition is well underway. The long-anticipated closure of the Bridger Underground Coal Mine was originally expected to impact 94 mine workers, according to the layoff notice sent to the Rock Springs City Council a month ago. The number of affected staff has since fallen to 89 and is continuing to shrink as staff leave to start new jobs. “Employees are aware that the mine will be closing,” said Tiffany Erickson, media relations manager for Roc...

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