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Articles from the October 29, 2020 edition

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  • Quarter of county votes already in

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 29, 2020

    Whether for reasons of convenience, health or politics, more people than ever before are casting their votes before election day this year. Crook County has followed the nationwide trend, with a quarter of votes already cast. Reports suggest that nearly 90% of the total number of absentee votes cast for the last presidential election have already been cast nationwide. In Crook County, however, absentee votes have long since outpaced the number that were cast for in 2016. “We’re bigger than we...

  • Preparations nearly complete for Election Day

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 29, 2020

    As was the case for August’s primary, Wyoming is doing its best to ensure that next week’s presidential election goes off without a hitch. A few changes here and there and plenty of preparation will pave the way to what Secretary of State Ed Buchanan hopes will be a “tremendous turnout” at the polls. Absentee voting is nothing new in this state, Buchanan said last week, but this time around it was considered more important than ever to ensure voters knew about their choices. For that reason, he said, request forms were sent to every registe...

  • Low temps, high spirits

    Oct 29, 2020

    Homecoming week saw costumes, parties and a parade that went off without a hitch despite the weather’s best efforts....

  • Mixed bag expected for local hunting seasons

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 29, 2020

    As deer season opens next week, Game Warden Chris Teter feels that hunting opportunities are likely to be a mixed bag this year in local hunt areas. Deer Mule deer numbers are good in most of the county, says Teter, and hunters who have access to private land should have luck. The white-tailed deer population has also been productive and remains high. “Doe/fawn license numbers have been kept at a liberal level and there are currently over 2100 leftover licenses available for the hunt areas north of I-90,” he says. “Hunters should note that...

  • James David Clark

    Oct 29, 2020

    James “Jim” David Clark, 77, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away peacefully at home on October 21, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation was Monday, October 26, 2020, from 4-6 p.m. at Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 1 p.m. at the Crook County Central Administration School Gymnasium, in Sundance. Burial followed the funeral at Green Mountain Cemetery in Sundance, Wyoming. Jim was born in Sundance, Wyo... Full story

  • Earl Milten "Mick" Gray

    Oct 29, 2020

    Earl Milten “Mick” Gray, 97, passed away peacefully at Sheridan’s VA Mountain View Living Center in Sheridan, Wyoming, on October 20, 2020. Milten resided at his home in Sundance, Wyoming, for 26 years following the death of his wife. Milten was born the second child of ten children to Nellie M. Lull and Earl W. Gray on March 31, 1923, in Osage, Wyoming. His family settled in the Kara Creek area. Milten attended school in Sundance. He worked on the ranch until he was drafted into the Unite... Full story

  • Larry Glen Riehemann

    Oct 29, 2020

    Larry Glen Riehemann, 64, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away on October 14, 2020, at his home of natural causes. He was born May 5, 1956, in Sundance, Wyoming, to William C. and Ledel (Baldwin) Riehemann. Larry shared a birthday with his brother Bob. He lived on the family ranch outside of Osage until 1963 when the family moved to Upton, Wyoming and he attended school through the fifth grade. In 1966, the family moved to Moorcroft where he attended school, graduating in 1974. Following graduatio... Full story

  • This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, know the signs you could be in danger

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 29, 2020

    Have you spotted purple ribbons hanging around the county? Each one represents peace, courage and survival and recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The ribbons also show support for survivors and recognize those who have been lost to domestic violence, says Sandy Stevens of Crook County Family Violence. “Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, including Crook County,” she says. “One in four women and one in seven men in the United States have experienced some form...

  • First COVID-19 death recorded in county

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 29, 2020

    It’s not too late to turn this ship around, said state health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist last week. Wyoming is seeing a significant surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, but we can still slow the spread. “Six weeks ago, Wyoming was in a much better position with this virus than we are today,” she said, reporting that the 77 deaths seen in the state so far is more than double the worst flu season in decades. However, she said, “I do not think that it’s too late to improve the situation.” “There is a surge of COVID-19 cases that began ea... Full story

  • Wyoming prepares for COVID-19 vaccine

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 29, 2020

    Hopes are high that one of the many vaccines being developed for COVID-19 will soon successfully pass the testing phase and be made available to the public, part of an overall strategy to see the pandemic brought under control once and for all. According to national reports, at least half a dozen potential vaccines have been developed and tested at unprecedented speed and the Food and Drug Administration is preparing the groundwork for its deliberations as to which of them are safe to recommend for public use. In preparation for that moment,... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 29, 2020

    Dear Editor, Why should judges really be retained? Why do people vote to retain any judges? What do we really know about their performance on the bench? What does that poll of attorneys really tell us? Does that poll include prosecutors? How do we know if a judge is fair, yet protects the citizens of Wyoming from criminals, including those that put our lives at risk when they choose to drive under the influence? Your “Circuit Court” column leaves out an essential item that would enable us to decide which judges should or should not be ret...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN|Oct 29, 2020

    Dear NP, How often should I be screened for type II diabetes? What is prediabetes? Is there anything I can do to reverse prediabetes and prevent diabetes? F. F. Dear F. F., November is diabetes awareness month. Diabetes is a huge health issue in the United States, affecting 34.2 million adults, just over 1 in 10. You are right to be concerned, and it’s great that you’ve reached out to get some advice. As in any chronic, dangerous illness, it’s easier to treat diabetes if you catch it early and m...

  • Tuppence

    Pastor Dave Jagemann, Chapel of Faith|Oct 29, 2020

    And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. – Acts 28:2 A five-day journey substituting Elementary Music and a continuing exposure to one of my favorite films “Mary Poppins” has helped me in seeing how powerful simple and small acts of kindness are. Although never reaching my favorite song in the movie, “Feed the Birds,” this song possesses a tiny, and yet substantial message....

  • Crook County 4-Hers earn ribbons at FCS Show

    Oct 29, 2020

    The 58th Annual Western Family and Consumer Science Show was held at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City. While this is called a show, it consists of various contests for developing life skills that 4-Hers, youth and adults may participate in. It runs in conjunction with the Western Junior Livestock Show. The 2020 FCS Show had 175 contestants with over 450 entries. The contestants came from South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana. Crook County participants earning ribbons were: Liberty Cook (Junior) – Produce, Skill-A-Thon, b...

  • Storm hits area

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 29, 2020

    The year’s first significant blizzard saw the Black Hills coated in multiple inches of snow over the weekend. For two days the skies stayed white, leaving behind very different scenes depending on location. The highest level of snowfall recorded within the storm system was near Johnson Siding in Pennington County, SD, which saw 16 inches fall. Crook County wasn’t far behind in its top measurement, though: in Aladdin, a total of 12 inches piled up on the ground. Six miles southwest of Beulah, 11 inches were recorded, while Colony and a mile nor...

  • Sundance applies for CARES Act funding

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 29, 2020

    The Sundance City Council convened via online meeting on Monday evening with a single purpose in mind: to approve the mayor’s signature on a grant application to the State Lands and Investments Board (SLIB) for $25,000. SLIB administers applications for CARES Act funding, for which any state entity can make a request as long as it meets the established criteria. The application must be related to the pandemic and must involve costs that can be demonstrably tied to expenses incurred in dealing with combatting the virus. Sundance’s grant app...

  • Two new state programs to assist businesses and ag producers

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 29, 2020

    More of the state’s pandemic-related federal funding has been put towards assisting businesses, nonprofits, farmers and ranchers who are still suffering losses and additional expenses due to COVID-19. Two new funds will open to applications for around two weeks on November 2. “These two funds serve important purposes as we near the deadline of the current CARES Act funding,” Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell said in a press release on Monday. “First, because of the seasonality of agriculture production, this $90 million relief fund allows...

  • Circuit Court

    Oct 29, 2020

    Speeding – Maureen Koeltl, CA, 97/80, $145; Emilee Goldy, SD, 96/80, $140; Cameron McPherson, WI, 92/80, $120; Stacey Stone, Moorcroft, 89/80, $103; Michael Werner, TN, 84/70, $130; Diego D. Valeriano Ochoa, Gillette, 86/80, $97; Wendall Sutcliffe, IL, 76/65, $115; Stephen Bechler, IL, 87/70, $145 No Seat Belt (driver) – Wallace Hloucha, Gillette, $25 Stop Sign Violation – Victoria A. Fedora, Alva, $140 No Registration and Improper Display of Tabs – Chance Jensen, Gillette, $90; Tina Haefele, Douglas, $20 No Valid Title, Registration and Lic...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Oct 29, 2020

    Oct. 19 – Two VIN checks. Traffic stop. Assist to Wyoming Highway Patrol twice. Suspicious person. Business check. Six EMS pages. Fire department page. Oct. 20 – Four VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Business checks. One subject booked into jail. Traffic complaint. Three EMS pages. Oct. 21 – Four VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Three EMS pages. Oct. 22 – Four VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Assist to Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business check. Motorist assist. Two EMS pages. Fire department page. Oct. 23 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Two traff...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Oct 29, 2020

    The library will be closed Wednesday, November 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. i...

  • Peek at the Past

    Oct 29, 2020

    1 Years Ago Oct. 28, 1920 Hugh Heckinger completed a deal Saturday whereby he takes over the barber shop of Nick Taylor in Spearfish. Mr. Taylor in turn has sold the Sundance shop to Harry Burgett, who took charge this week. Mr. Burgett and family will occupy the Heckinger residence. The deal was handled by P.J. Christiansen, the real estate hustler of Sundance and Spearfish. The open season on big game starts next Monday and continues for thirty days. Numerous and varied preparations are being made around Sundance and some early birds will...

  • State seeks extension for spending federal stimulus money

    Nick Reynolds, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 29, 2020

    CASPER – Wyoming leaders are hoping for more money from the federal government as Congress remains gridlocked over an additional round of stimulus funding. The state is working to spend the remainder of the $1.25 billion in federal relief granted earlier this year before its Dec. 30 deadline. Still, Wyoming leaders are hoping for more time to spend the money. Simultaneously, they are looking for additional funds to help bolster the state amid a structural decline in revenues driven by woes in the extractive energies. The feeling is a common one...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Oct 29, 2020

    Two Campbell County residents killed in Thursday morning crash GILLETTE (WNE) — Two Gillette residents were killed in a two-car crash about 9 a.m. Thursday about 34 miles south of Gillette on Highway 59 near Breene Road. A Ford E-350 with seven people inside was headed southbound on Highway 59 when it rotated counterclockwise due to the snow and ice on the road and went into the opposite lane, said Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeremy Beck. A 33-year-old man in a Ford F-150 was driving north and veered to the right to avoid a crash, but the t...

  • SHS Honor Roll

    Oct 29, 2020

    Seniors Dalton J. Byrne Tristin L. Crowder Devin Rylan Diede Peyton Lee Ewing Ashlynn Jane Fowler Lane A. Gill Nevada J. Gill Wyatt John Gillespie Owen A. Haiar Baillee T Heaster Rhianna L Heaster Lane S. Hodge Blake Kermit Homola Austin Clay Humphrey Isaiah K Kammerer Jesaiah J. Keller Bradley William Kruger Aftyn L. Marchant Teagan I. Marchant Landon A Martin Echo M. Miller Sherry Sheridan Negaard Kaylee E. Price Joshua T Pridgeon Gavin Hawk Robinson Hunter Pearce Skeens Benjamin Charles Tinsley Janessa Jean Wilen Juniors Ella Sharon Bifulco...

  • SDSU Dean's List

    Oct 29, 2020

    The following students have been named to the dean’s list for academic excellence after the spring 2020 semester at South Dakota State University. To earn dean’s list distinctions in SDSU’s colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students from Crook County appearing on the list are Jessica Elizabeth Ryan (4.0) of Aladdin and Shelby Carolyn Garoutte of Sundance. Both are College of Nursing students. Students from 35 states and 36 foreign nations are on the list....

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