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Articles from the November 16, 2023 edition

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  • Is zoning still a four-letter word?

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 16, 2023

    Once upon a time, the word “zoning” was akin to a curse in this part of the world – but that doesn’t seem to be the case any more. To make sure this is more than an illusion, the county commissioners will include public forums in the process of researching possible new zoning rules. Last month, the commission kicked off the process of developing a possible zoning plan for the county by inviting a community planning and zoning consultant to do the necessary groundwork of figuring out exactly what the county wants and needs. As Jayna Watson...

  • Raising a stink

    Nov 16, 2023

    The county is not willing to financially prop up a private enterprise no matter the service it offers was the crux of a heated conversation last week about the ongoing issue of draining septic tanks. For the last couple of months, business owner Jim Geis has reported on his progress in attempting to solve the issue of state regulations no longer allowing him to only land-apply sewage on the land on which it was generated. The regulations were changed in 2018, but Geis was only informed that he was breaking the law in September. Since then, he...

  • For honor

    Nov 16, 2023

    Sundance's American Legion and VFW posts joined together on Saturday to host a Veterans Day ceremony at the war memorial, including a reading of In Flanders Fields, a gun salute and Taps. Attendees then headed to the senior center for lunch and time to socialize....

  • Go-zebo

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 16, 2023

    Despite creaks and groans and a couple of hair-raising moments, the gazebo was successfully moved across the courthouse lawn on Wednesday to rest in its new home, where it will offer a better view of town for those looking to enjoy an al fresco lunch hour and for visitors to town. It was by no means an easy task, with no guarantee of success. Moving the gazebo took a great deal of planning to accomplish, with the county's Facilities department led by Director Larry Schommer enlisting the help of...

  • Council unsure how to handle zoning variance request

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 16, 2023

    The Sundance City Council is wrestling with a business proposal that will require a variance on the zoning that applies to the downtown area. The Coders, owners of the corner lot on which higbee’s Café used to sit, intend to use the lot to display recreational vehicles, with the building next door as the sales premises. Jason and Darlene Coder chose this business, they said, because “we feel that there’s a need” considering the city’s proximity to so many trails and outdoor spaces. The aim, they told the council, is to add something new to the...

  • Albert Dwayne Ridgway, Jr.

    Nov 16, 2023

    Albert Dwayne Ridgway, Jr. 74, of Aladdin, Wyoming, passed away November 11, 2023, in Rapid City, South Dakota, following a brief illness. Al was born in Wagner, South Dakota, to Albert Sr., and Pearl (Bradley) Ridgway and was the youngest of seven children. On that hot August day, the only member of the family to be born in a hospital. His siblings fondly remember walking into the hospital to meet their baby brother. As a young child, Jr. lived on a farm near Marty, South Dakota. He attended... Full story

  • Clayton Moore Peters

    Nov 16, 2023

    Clayton Moore Peters, 87, formerly from Upton, Wyoming, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2023, at Big Horn Rehabilitation and Care Center in Sheridan, Wyoming. Online condolences may be made to Arrangements are under the care of Sheridan Funeral Home.... Full story

  • Gary Gilbert Cronin

    Nov 16, 2023

    Gary Gilbert Cronin, 87, passed away November 6, 2023, in Sundance, Wyoming. You may sign his online guestbook at Full story

  • Betty Louise Phillips

    Nov 16, 2023

    Betty Louise (Carter) Phillips went to be with our Lord and Savior on November 7, 2023 with her loving daughters and son-in-law by her side. Betty was born on October 12, 1940 in Kingstree, South Carolina, the seventh child of nine to Herbert and Hattie Carter. She spent her childhood in Kingstree on a cotton and tobacco farm with five brothers and two sisters (one brother passed as an infant.) She helped with the family gardens and taking care of her younger siblings. In the late 1950s, Betty...

  • Early deadline

    Nov 16, 2023

    Due to an early printing schedule the week of Thanksgiving, deadline for all news and advertising for the November 23 issue of the Sundance Times will be noon on Monday, November 20.... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Nov 16, 2023

    Thank you Thank you to the Branding Iron Steakhouse for their social room. Very nice, Roxi. Thanks to my family for hosting my 85th birthday party. Don, finger food, Tina Fish, Alvin McAmis Band, “mistress of Ceremonies”, Ramona Hlebichuk (cousin), cup cakes. Big thanks to all who came, the cards, kind words, flowers. Eunice Leitner Our Thanks Special thanks to the family and friends in the community for the cards, support and condolences after the passing of our Mom/Grandma Suzanne Peterson. Memorial donations have been sent to St. Jud... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Nov 16, 2023

    1 Years Ago November 15, 1923 A good crowd attended the corn show in Sundance last Saturday and for a first effort it was an unqualified success, paving the way for future exhibits at a time when conditions are more favorable. Many farmers were too far behind with work to lay off at this time, and several exhibits prepared failed to arrive for the show. The judging by Albert Christenson of Spearfish was a feature of the show, and his brief lecture was of great interest to those who are...

  • So close, and yet so far

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 16, 2023

    The council faces a conundrum with a parcel of land under development at the east end of town. City rules don’t allow for a lot within reach of a sewer line to have a septic tank, but this particular lot sits at an elevation that makes it tough to tap in at the available connection point. Heith Waddell, who is currently constructing a garage on the Cleveland St. property, told the council on Tuesday that he had stopped the installation of his planned septic tank upon hearing about the d...

  • Council considers deer, dogs and failing culverts

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 16, 2023

    The city’s annual efforts to cull deer are underway with 22 animals harvested so far. At last week’s regular meeting, the Sundance City Council heard a report from the two individuals who have been contracted to fulfill the permit, Shad Schloredt and Rusty Speidel. A Wyoming Game and Fish permit was approved earlier this year to allow the City of Sundance to cull double the number of deer this year with no restrictions on season timing in response to evidence that chronic wasting disease (CWD) may be more prevalent than previously thought. Mos...

  • Commission accused of unfair road maintenance decisions

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 16, 2023

    The county commissioners were offended during last week’s hearing by the suggestion that road maintenance decisions have anything to do with racism. Terry McNeil approached the commission to complain about the state of New Haven Rd, which he travels as a driver for the Amish community. He suggested the road is not properly maintained due to a racist attitude towards the Amish, claiming that the Road and Bridge Department is just covering holes with dirt rather than cutting them out and is only grading as far as the Amish property. ...

  • Honor loved ones on Tree of Life

    Nov 16, 2023

    Crook County Senior Services (CCSS) is launching this year’s Tree of Life project, a way to honor and remember the people who are special in your life during the holiday season. In each of the senior centers around the county, a tree will bear lights that each signify an individual. The white lights are in memory of a person who has passed away, while a colored light honors a person who is still alive. Meanwhile, a list of the names of those people who have been commemorated on the trees, as well as the person who chose to honor them, will b...

  • Circuit Court

    Nov 16, 2023

    Speeding – Ronald Evan Tugby, Cheyenne, WY, 66/55, $100; Todd Klopp, Spearfish, SD, 75/65, $140; Jackie S. Griffith, Aladdin, WY, 75/65, $105; Chase Fred, Gladstone, ND, 85/70, $135; Rigan Pauline McInerney, Gillette, WY, 90/80, $105; Nicholas Hale, Sheridan, WY, 92/80, $120; Ronald Watkins, Corpus Christi, TX, 94/80, $130; Susan M. White, Cheyenne, WY, 98/80, $135 No Seat Belt (driver) – Kenneth Leroi-Heneri Eden, Gillette, WY, $25; Dalton Page, Newcastle, WY, $25 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – David N. Gaskins, Clove...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Nov 16, 2023

    Nov. 6 – Seven VIN checks. Paper service. Three traffic stops. Medical. Fingerprints. Assist other agency. Motorist assist. Juvenile problem. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Nov. 7 – Five VIN checks. Two paper services. Six traffic stops. Four business checks. Assist other agency. Suspicious. Prisoner transport. Traffic hazard. Fire page. Three EMS pages. Nov. 8 – Six VIN checks. Paper service. Three traffic stops. Two fingerprints. Two business checks. Two motorist assist. Citizen assist. Fire page. EMS page. Nov. 9 – Four VIN checks. Two paper s...

  • Candle lighting ceremony Dec. 10 in Gillette

    Nov 16, 2023

    The Compassionate Friends were founded to provide support to every family experiencing the death of a son or daughter, a brother or sister or grandchild for any reason. Your local Compassionate Friends group (From the Big Horns to the Black Hills Chapter) would appreciate you in joining with us for friendship, understanding and a listening ear on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the George Amos building Gillette, Wyoming for the annual candle lighting ceremony to remember our children that we have lost. Please visit (From the Big...

  • Employment numbers back to pre-pandemic levels in Wyoming

    Jackie Galli, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 16, 2023

    BUFFALO — The state of Wyoming continues to recover from the pandemic, with unemployment trending down and the average monthly employment back to pre-pandemic levels. The preliminary numbers for the first-quarter average monthly employment this year was 3187 compared with 2978 in 2020 in Johnson County, according to data from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. The first quarter in Wyoming had 269,312 average monthly employees, a few hundred more employees than in the first quarter of 2020. That’s the first time the quarterly emp...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Nov 16, 2023

    Information sought about missing Cody woman POWELL (WNE) — Family members of a missing Cody woman are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to get in touch with law enforcement. Katie Ferguson was last seen on Oct. 10 in Arkansas, Ferguson’s mother, Mona Hartling, wrote in a Nov. 5 Facebook post. Ferguson had been traveling from Dothan, Alabama, to Cody with her ex-boyfriend and their two children, but “somewhere near Little Rock, Arkansas she disappeared,” Hartling wrote. Hartling shared few other details, explaining in a Saturd...

  • Lawmakers split over advanced legislation banning delta-8

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 16, 2023

    CHEYENNE — State lawmakers advanced a bill draft on Monday that aims to ban all hemp-products containing any psychoactive properties, including delta-8, without providing a distinction between “synthetic” and “naturally occurring” properties. Members of the Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee were divided in their opinions of the bill. Some members said the draft was a necessary step toward protecting youth, while others hesitated over the bill’s broad language. Committee co-Chairman Rep. Art Washut, R- Casper, said the bill was “not read...


    Nov 16, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, November 7, 2023 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Petition for Formation of Yellowstone L&R Ranch I&S District The County Clerk presented and filed with the Board a Certificate of Petition for the Formation of Yellowstone L&R Ranch Improvement & Service District. Presenting that, o... Full story

  • Council

    Nov 16, 2023

    City of Sundance November 7, 2023 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. in Sundance Council Chambers with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Roll call was taken by Mayor Paul Brooks with Council Members, Callie Hilty, Randy Stevenson, Joe Wilson and Brad Marchant present. CONSENT AGENDA COUNCIL MEMBER MARCHANT MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON SECONDED a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. 21 Water-Electric Maint- $264.30; AT & T-Water Misc $106.94; Campbell County Public Works – Garbage Gate Fee $1543.2... Full story

  • Application

    Nov 16, 2023

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ESTATE OF DAISY BELL BAUMEISTER Deceased. Case No. CV-8979 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 Lyle Baumeister, pursuant to W.S. §§ 2-1-201 and 2-1-205 and pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Last Will and Testament of Daisy Bell Baumeister, seeking to establish t... Full story

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