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  • Zoning conflict resolved

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 13, 2022

    A zoning issue that first cropped up for the Sundance City Council at the latter end of 2021 was brought to a resolution on Tuesday through a simple motion. The motion updated the zoning for five frontage lots within Sundance View Estates from “highway business district” into “low density residential,” as per the request of the owner. The proposed change initially caused divided opinion among the residents of the subdivision, though most who commented on the matter seemed to feel the decision should be based on what would best help the City of...

  • Fire department looks to continue momentum

    Satah Pridgeon|Jan 13, 2022

    The Sundance Fire Department had a productive year in 2021, Fire Chief Gari Gill said last week, and the year ahead may bring even more good news. "It's kind of amazing how things are coming together," he told the Sundance City Council. Among the progress and achievements the department can boast from last year, Gill said that Sundance has eight new firefighters and over half of them have already completed firefighter training. "We are a pretty cohesive group," he said. According to Gill, local...

  • Freeze Your Fanny confirmed for February

    Jan 13, 2022

    Save the date for this year's Freeze Your Fanny – and if you find yourself in need of a reminder, it might trigger your memory to know that it will as always be held on the morning of the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 13. The registration portal is not yet active and further details will be available closer to the time, but organizer Ann Marie Mickle is pleased to confirm that the chilly marathon will be returning to its usual in-person format this year. Walkers will begin at 8 a.m. and r...

  • Bike trail doc surprises council

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 13, 2022

    The Sundance Chain Gang Mountain Bike Association has extended its bicycle trails past the edge of White Ranch Park, but who’s on the hook to pay for maintaining it? This unexpected question arose during Tuesday’s meeting of the Sundance City Council, when City Attorney Mark Hughes presented an agreement document that had been brought to him by Adrian Whitmore of the association. Surprised to receive it, Hughes asked the council for clarification on what had been agreed to regarding the bike trail. In July, 2021, the council granted permission...

  • Landowners ask to improve Little Missouri Rd

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 13, 2022

    The condition of Little Missouri Road has troubled residents Jim and Otto Schlosser for several years, prompting an unsuccessful effort in 2018 to pave a 15-mile portion of it with the assistance of federal funding. Last week, however, the pair informed the county commissioners that they are now planning to fix the road themselves. “We were hoping to fix up that piece of road from the bridge to the highway,” said Jim, explaining that the goal is a gravel road in good condition both for residents and the bentonite companies that use it. Accordin...

  • Winterfest preparations begin

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 13, 2022

    Preparations have now begun for this year’s Sundance Winter Festival, safe in the knowledge that Gillette Skijoring Derby has stepped up to handle the responsibilities of organizing the popular event. Sheryl Klocker of the Sundance Chamber of Commerce visited the council last week to make some of the necessary arrangements. “We will be sponsoring the Winterfest on Saturday, February 12, hopefully on Main Street with your blessing,” she told the council. Last year, when Winterfest first ran into issues with finding volunteers to organize the d...

  • Five years

    Jan 13, 2022

    Commissioner Kelly Dennis and County Attorney Joe Baron present Deputy County Attorney Lynda Bush with a Certificate of Appreciation for her five years of dedicated service to Crook County....

  • Charles Anthony Larsen

    Jan 13, 2022

    Charles Anthony "Chuck" Larsen was born June 7, 1953, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Charles E. Larsen and Phyllis M. (Wachendorf) Larsen. He passed from this life January 5, 2022, at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, after a brief illness, with family at his side. Chuck was an amazing man. He truly loved people and never met a stranger. Everyone that knew him loved him and he loved them all. Chuck retired in June of 2015 after 36 years with Carbon Power and Light in Sarato... Full story

  • Juli A. Hancock

    Jan 13, 2022

    A Celebration of Life for Juli A. Hancock will be held Friday, January 14, 2022 from 5-9 p.m. at the Spearfish Snapper's Club, 416 S. Canyon St., Spearfish, South Dakota. She was born July 2, 1965 and passed away December 16, 2021. Friends and loved ones are invited to join her family to celebrate her life. Please bring photos or your favorite stories to share.... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Jan 13, 2022

    1 Years Ago Jan, 1922 No paper available. 75 Years Ago Jan. 8, 1947 Chester Guidinger, a partner of Edgar Partlow in the Gamble Store here for the past year, last week purchased the interest of Partlow in the business and has assumed private ownership and management of the store. Guidinger said Monday that the store would be completely restocked within the next two weeks. Members of the Town Council meeting in regular session Monday Night accepted the resignation of Chas. B. Chittim as town...

  • County reestablishes two roads

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 13, 2022

    Two county roads were officially established last week – neither are new roads, but both are incorrect on the county’s official maps. Neither Wagner nor Rifle Pit Rd actually exists in its original position, requiring an update for the books. Rifle Pit Rd. was surveyed a while back and easements for its true location were obtained, said County Attorney Joe Baron, who has been working to properly establish these and other county roads in their true locations for several years. The road was originally established over a century ago, and has bee...

  • Omicron variant dominates statewide infections

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 13, 2022

    The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) announced last week that Omicron has quickly become the most common variant of COVID-19 causing new infections in Wyoming. This has been determined, according to State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist, through variant sequencing and estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). “We are currently seeing big jumps in Wyoming’s case counts again, likely due to the Omicron variant. This is again not like the COVID-19 we have become familiar with because it spreads much more easily between peo...

  • Circuit Court

    Jan 13, 2022

    Speeding – Justin Perecz, ND, 88/80, $101; Matthew Mickelson, MN, 86/75, $115; Christopher B. Massie, Moorcroft, 92/80, $120; Nastassja Jennings, SD, 90/80, $105; Dalton J. Butler, Hulett, 84/70, $130; David C. Christianson, SD, 43/30, $181; Travis Caine Burhans, MT, 91/80, $115; Julie Sinclair, Gillette, 88/75, $125; Kamari Brown, CO, 90/80, $105; Nicholas Bluhm, MN, 80/70, $105; Sherrylyn Korst, MT, 90/80, $105; Jaila Hansen, MN, 89/75, $130; Samantha Frias, Casper, 90/80, $105; Tacey Fischbach, Moorcroft, 87/75, $120; Suecelia A. Bjerke, N...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 13, 2022

    This week’s column is brought to you at the request of a reader who came to visit the office last week and happened to mention a particular dish that he ate in the UK, but has never been able to make or find since his return. I promised my new friend that I’d tap into the expertise of my mother, who is something of an authority on this matter. Steak and kidney pie has never been on my list of favorites, which is why I haven’t mentioned it before despite its status as the quintessential Briti...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Km Heaster|Jan 13, 2022

    The library will be closed Mon., Jan. 17, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We are still doing curbside and in-town delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. We have numerous magazines available for a two-week checkout. COUNTRY MAGAZINE is a lifestyle magazine that highlights the joys of rural living. With gorgeous photographs, travel ideas and heartwarming stories, it offers readers an inside look at some of the most stunning places in rural America. Displays: Jean Adams’ bird collection. If you have a collection you would like to s...

  • Wyoming State Parks reminds the public about ice safety

    Jan 13, 2022

    With ice forming on lakes and reservoirs throughout the state, the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails reminds anglers of potential dangers on the ice. Ice fishing and other ice-related activities are a great way to enjoy Wyoming’s state parks and sites in the winter. However, ice is always in a state of flux, so anglers and other recreationists are reminded that driving any kind of motorized vehicle, and in some instances even walking on the ice, is risky. Pressure ridges can cause thin patches in the ice that cannot s...

  • Idea of giving Wyoming residents more game licenses examined

    Alex Hargrave, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 13, 2022

    BUFFALO — Stakeholders are again exploring increasing residents’ share of big game hunting licenses from 80% to 90%, which would decrease the percentage of licenses available to nonresidents. The issue is a delicate one, and one that has come before the Wyoming Legislature at least three times before, including during the 2021 and 2020 sessions. Though the bill was unpopular, the conversation has made it to the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce, an 18-member board of stakeholders who study the state’s wildlife policies. Adam Teten, a Buffalo resident...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jan 13, 2022

    Cheney criticizes Wyoming GOP officials CASPER (WNE) — The Wyoming Republican Party apparatus includes people who are “quite radical,” Rep. Liz Cheney said Thursday. Cheney made the comment on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The lawmaker gave multiple interviews that day, while also observing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives. Since the attack, Cheney has steadfastly insisted former President Donald Trump helped to incite the riot, which occurred as Congress worked to certify the presi...

  • City Council

    Jan 13, 2022

    City of Sundance, Wyoming January 4, 2022 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Roll call was taken by Mayor Brooks with Council Members Joe Wilson, Callie Hilty, Brad Marchant present. Randy Stevenson, present by phone. Mayor Brooks presented the council members with the recommended 2022 appointments: Brad Marchant-Acting Mayor in the absence of Mayor Brooks, Sundance Times-Official Newspaper, Kathy Lenz-City Clerk Treasurer/Emergency Management Coordinator, Mac Erickson-Public Works... Full story

  • Commissioners

    Jan 13, 2022

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, January 4, 2022 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Vice-Chairwoman Jeanne A. Whalen, Member Fred M. Devish and County Clerk Linda Fritz. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Jeanne moved to appoint Kelly B. Dennis as Chairman of the Board of Crook County Commissioners and to appoint Jeanne as the Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of Crook County Commissioners. Fred seconded, all ayes, motion carried. J... Full story

  • Public Hearing

    Jan 13, 2022

    PUBLIC NOTICE The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on March 1, 2022 at 2:30 P.M. in the Crook County Commissioners Room in the Courthouse in Sundance, WY to consider approving the Socioeconomic Supplement to the recently adopted Natural Resource Management Plan. The proposed Socioeconomic Supplement can be viewed at www.crookcounty.wy.gov under the Public Notice tab. DATED this 10th day of January, 2022. Linda Fritz, Crook County Clerk Publish: January 13, 2022... Full story

  • Non-Discrimination

    Jan 13, 2022

    NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION ON BASIS OF HANDICAP Crook County does not discriminate on the basis of handicapped status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. A copy of the Crook County ADA Grievance Policy is on file and available for public inspection at the Crook County Clerk’s Office from 8:00 o’clock a.m. to 5:00 o’clock p.m. Monday through Friday. County and Prosecuting Attorney, Joseph M. Baron, has been designated to coordinate county efforts against discrimination on the basis of handi... Full story

  • Probate

    Jan 13, 2022

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: MINTA GRAY Deceased. Probate No. 5877 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SUMMARY DISTRIBUTION OF REAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that an Application for Summary Distribution of Real Property has been filed in the District Court, Sixth Judicial District, Crook County, Wyoming, by Debbie Kipp, Robert E. Gray, Cindy V. Paschall and Frank Gray pursuant to Wyoming Statute §2-1-205, seeking to establish the right and title to... Full story

  • Trainings

    Jan 13, 2022

    Public Notice RT-130 Refresher Trainings Jan 17, 2022- 6pm, Moorcroft Fire Hall Feb 16, 2022, 6pm, Sundance Community Room Publish: January 6 and 13, 2022... Full story

  • Probate

    Jan 13, 2022

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF BARBARA A. CLARK, Deceased. Probate No. 5872 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 13TH day of December, 2021, the estate of the above-named decedent was admitted to probate by the above-named court, and Merle Clark was appointed personal representative thereof. Notice is further given, all persons indebted to the decedent or to her estate are requested to... Full story

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