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  • Filling in the void

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 11, 2021

    An informal working group has spent the last year and a half investigating the possibility of expanding passenger rail services throughout the Greater Northwest and claims to have gained backing in Congress along the way. At last week’s meeting, the Sundance City Council agreed to lend its support as the group moves to make its work official. Dan Bilka explained how the Greater Northwest Passenger Rail Working Group functions on Tuesday, telling the council that, “The idea is to advocate to form a full central railroad administration working gr...

  • Zoning request highlights lack of housing

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 11, 2021

    The practical purpose of a public hearing on Tuesday was to figure out whether the Sundance City Council should grant a zoning change for lots within Sundance View Estates. Underlying the debate, however, was a more philosophical question: is Sundance more in need of homes or space for new business? The hearing was scheduled to accept comment on a request from a property owner in the subdivision, who has asked to change five frontage lots that are currently zoned to be "highway business...

  • Jundt named county treasurer

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 11, 2021

    After holding down the fort at the Crook County Treasurer's Office since Mary Kuhl was suspended on suspicion of malfeasance, Tammy Jundt is no longer the acting treasurer. Instead, with the blessing of the Crook County Republican Party (GOP) and the Crook County Commissioners, she will officially serve as the county's treasurer until the next elections in 2022. The party's central committee was tasked with selecting three candidates to fill the seat left open by Mary Kuhl upon her resignation...

  • Council considers rate increases, project progress

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 11, 2021

    At last week's regular meeting, the Sundance City Council discussed whether or not the new year will bring an increase in utility rates for citizens. While no increases were implemented last year, said Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz, the staff at City Hall are proposing a 4% increase this year. The council usually takes action in December for increases to go into effect in January, Lenz said. In the meantime, she presented proposed figures for the council to consider over the coming month. Mayor...

  • Range franchise fees approved

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 11, 2021

    Not every member of the Sundance City Council was comfortable passing the proposed franchise fee agreement with Range Communications at Tuesday’s meeting – even after the cooperative agreed to changes that had previously been requested. However, after a motion to table the question failed, the agreement did ultimately pass its third and final reading. The agreement was originally very similar to the one that has now been instituted with other utility providers in the city, such as Powder River Energy and Visionary. However, in September, Jason...

  • Hageman makes campaign trail stop

    Nov 11, 2021

    Harriet Hageman visited Sundance on Tuesday morning as an early stop on her campaign trail as candidate for U.S. House of Representatives. Hageman shared her thoughts on a variety of topics. She also answered numerous questions from the audience that touched on topics ranging from election integrity to the reliability of voting equipment to the need for election audits, sharing her own research on each topic. She spoke to what one audience member described as the "original sin" of the 2020...

  • Terry Eugene Miller

    Nov 11, 2021

    Terry Eugene Miller, 73, passed away on October 19, 2021 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital after a 50-year struggle with diabetes. He was born on May 18, 1949 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota to Gene and Marie Miller. He graduated from Hulett High School in 1967. Terry excelled in sports throughout high school. Soon after graduation, Terry enlisted in the Air Force and served his country with pride from July 1968 to June of 1972 at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Terry went to work right after he... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Nov 11, 2021

    Our Thanks The family of Ernie Vine would like to give our sincerest thanks to the people of Sundance. Thank you for your kind words, donations and shared stories. We are humbled that Ernie called this place home. Family of Ernie Vine Thank You Thank you, thank you to all my family, present staff, retired staff, friends, etc., that put on, showed up and made my retirement party a very special day. Thank you for the gifts, cards, emails and flowers. It was a very special but emotional day. If I missed anyone or anything, please forgive me. Deb...

  • Peek at the Past

    Nov 11, 2021

    1 Years Ago Nov. 10, 1921 Frank Haselton is reported to be recovering slowly from the effects of a fall from his horse last week. The accident occurred at his ranch when he was pulling a car to start it. The cinch broke, throwing Mr. Haselton with much force. One of the most distressing tragedies in the history of Campbell County occurred last week when Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Neal, homesteaders living 65 miles south of Gillette died from the effects of eating canned duck which had generated some...

  • New judge appointed on retirement of Perry

    Nov 11, 2021

    Upon the retirement of Judge John R. Perry at the end of the year, Governor Mark Gordon has announced his replacement for District Court Judge of the Sixth Judicial District. James Michael Causey has been appointed to the role. “Mr. Causey has a depth of legal experience that will serve him well as a judge. His experience with the Board of Parole is particularly valuable. I appreciate that he is willing to continue to serve the public and specifically the people of Campbell, Crook and Weston Counties,” said the governor. Judge Perry has ser...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Nov 11, 2021

    Oct. 25 – Six VIN checks. Welfare check. EMS page. Information case. Motorist assist. Booking. Animal complaint. Business checks. Oct. 26 – VIN check. Paper service. Three EMS pages. Fingerprints. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. House watch. Business checks. Welfare check. Oct. 27 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. K-9 sniff. Two EMS pages. Fire department page. Civil assist. Civil issue. Animal complaint. Business checks. House watch. Assisted Moorcroft Police. Oct. 28 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Suspicious circumstances. Two EMS pages. Fi...

  • Circuit Court

    Nov 11, 2021

    Speeding – Erin McBride, MT, 86/75, $115; Ofelia F. Myles, Moorcroft, 66/45, $115; Barbara Jo Sowerwine, Hulett, 73/65, $101; Jesus Delgado, CA, 95/75, $160; Saul Larson, Newcastle, 84/70, $130; Sean Goodwin, CA, 89/75, $130; Rebecca Gray, Rozet, 90/80, $105; Dylan Thomas Johnson, MT, 64/45, $223; Sarah Mae Taylor, Pine Haven, 79/70, $113; Craig Lancaster, MT, 85/75, $105; Jeffery Peters, MI, 77/65, $120; David Puckett, SD, 101/70, $215; William Ellis Barber, Devils Tower, 79/65, $130; Nicholas Norman, Gillette, 89/80, $103; Brandon Miller, P...

  • Sundance Revitalization Roadmap

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 11, 2021

    The rescheduled public input sessions for the Sundance Revitalization Roadmap program are coming up next week and the community is encouraged to take part. Sundance is one of five communities in Wyoming to be chosen for a Wyoming Business Council grant to take part in this program. The grant pays for the services of Ben Levenger with Downtown Redevelopment, with the overall idea to create a roadmap for the community so that, as Sundance develops, everyone involved knows where they are headed. The Revitalization Roadmap involves four steps, the...

  • Veterans Day concert presented by school band and choir

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 11, 2021

    Veterans and members of the public are welcomed to enjoy a program from the Sundance Junior High and High School Band and Choir this Thursday, November 11. At 7 p.m. on Veteran’s Day, the free concert will honor our veterans under the direction of Mrs. Teresa Preisner. The program will begin with the Presentation of Colors from American Legion Post #45 and VFW Post #4311, followed by a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”. Additional music will include “Song for the Unsung Hero,” “Still a Soldier,” “Have You Forgotten?” Soldiers Hallelujah,...

  • Veterans storytime at library next Wednesday

    Nov 11, 2021

    The general public is invited to a special storytime to honor our veterans on Wed., Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. The program is open to all ages, including adults, and is free of charge. Local veterans will be on hand to answer questions. The featured story for the storytime will be the book “Cadence Counts with the Amazing C-130 Hercules”, co-written by Sundance native Gay Roberts Arnold and Sandra Breier. The authors will be present to read their book, with a book signing to follow. The book explores the many ways the C-130 Hercules serves our cou...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Nov 11, 2021

    The library will be closed Thursday, November 11, for Veteran’s Day and Thurs. and Fri., Nov. 25 and 26, for Thanksgiving. We are still doing curbside and delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. We have numerous magazines available for a two-week checkout. One of our newest magazines is AARP THE MAGAZINE. It is published every two months and focuses on aging issues. The magazine is donated by one of our patrons. Displays: Jean Adams’ bird collection. If you have a collection you would like to share with Sundance, please let us kno...

  • Christmas tree permits now available

    Nov 11, 2021

    Black Hills National Forest Christmas tree permits are available for purchase either online at Recreation.gov, from your local Forest Service office or from private vendors throughout the Black Hills. Details about where to cut your tree and height restrictions may be found at Recreation.gov. To purchase a Christmas Tree permit online, visit Recreation.gov and search for Black Hills National Forest Christmas Tree Permit. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will...

  • Library to host blockchain program

    Nov 11, 2021

    Tyler Lindholm will present the program “Blockchain Simplified” at Crook County Library in Sundance on Fri., Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The program will focus on what blockchains are, how is Wyoming involved and what are the practical applications in our daily lives. Ogden Driskill will also be on hand to describe his use of blockchain technology in his cattle operation. Sponsored by Crook County Library, the program is free to the public. Lindholm is a Sundance High School graduate, fourth generation Crook County rancher and Navy veteran. He rep...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Nov 11, 2021

    Two of 399’s cubs trapped, radio-collared to beef up monitoring JACKSON (WNE) — Federal agencies trapped three of Grizzly 399’s cubs and then outfitted two with tracking collars before releasing all three Saturday to increase monitoring as a way to curb conflicts with people. While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service touted the successful collaring of two bears as necessary to keep the five-bear family safe, wildlife watchers saw the operation near Astoria Hot Springs as high risk for the well-being of the bears. “The Service recognizes the hig...

  • Warrants

    Nov 11, 2021

    Crook County School District No. 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 18, 2021, at HULETT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund Ackerman, Brandon Isolation $ 558.99 Acme Tools Tools $ 3,898.00 All Around Hardware Supplies $ 771.58 Amazon.com Credit Card Plan Teaching Materials & Supplies $ 7,532.55 Anderson’s School Events Homecoming Supplies $ 779.67 Best W... Full story

  • Council

    Nov 11, 2021

    City of Sundance, Wyoming November 2, 2021 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, Brad Marchant, Callie Hilty, Joe Wilson and Randy Stevenson present. Special recognition was given to Fire Chief Gari Gill for 50 years of service to the town of Sundance. And special recognition was given to Summer Recreation Director Andrea Humphrey for 30 years of service. COUNCIL MEMBER MARCHANT MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON SECONDED a motion to... Full story

  • QUIET TITLE

    Nov 11, 2021

    NOTICE OF COMPLAINT FOR QUIET TITLE IN THE DISTRICT COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT, IN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING, Docket No. 8820, DOUGLAS D. SMITH and LARRY S. SMITH JR., ((Plaintiffs)), vs. GAYLE A. FERDERER, KASEY FLYNN a.k.a. PAMELA SUE FLYNN, DONALD L. FERDERER, Deceased, FRANK E. HOOPES, Deceased, MADALYN M. HOOPES, Deceased, and all unknown heirs at law, devisees, successors, personal representatives, assigns who are, or may be, deceased, and any and all unknown claimants and other persons who claim or may claim any interest in the... Full story

  • ORDINANCE

    Nov 11, 2021

    ORDINANCE NO. 9, 2021 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND REENACTING SECTION 802 OF ORDINANCE NO. 2, 2013, PERTAINING TO FENCE HEIGHTS AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING: SECTION 1: AMENDING AND REENACTING SECTION 802 OF ORDINANCE NO. 2, 2013 Section 802 of Ordinance No. 2, 2013 is hereby amended to read as follows: 802.1 General. For fence setbacks and requirements, see Ordinance No. 1, 1992 and all amendments thereto. 802.2 Fence heights. Fence and retaining wall... Full story

  • ORDINANCE

    Nov 11, 2021

    ORDINANCE NO. 5, 2021 AN ORDINANCE GRANTING TO RANGE TELEPHONE COOPERATIVE, INC., A MONTANA CORPORATION OPERATING UNDER AUTHORITY OF THE WYOMING TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, THE RIGHT, PRIVILEGE AND NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE TO LOCATE, CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE IN THE CITY OF SUNDANCE, STATE OF WYOMING, AS NOW OR HEREAFTER CONSTITUTED, A TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM IN THE CITY HEREOF. Publish: November 11, 2021... Full story

  • Hearing

    Nov 11, 2021

    NOTICE OF INTENT TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE CROOK COUNTY SOCIOECONOMIC SUPPLEMENT BY THE CROOK COUNTY LAND USE PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION Be advised the Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission is proposing to recommend the Board of Crook County Commissioners schedule a Public Hearing to approve and adopt the Crook County Socioeconomic Supplement to the recently adopted Natural Resource Management Plan as follows: On December 13, 2021, at the hour of 7:00 P.M., a public hearing will be held in the Community Room at the Crook... Full story

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