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Articles from the November 23, 2023 edition


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  • CCMSD looks to bolster ambulance service funding with resolution

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 23, 2023

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has proposed the county pass a resolution that would increase the amount of reimbursement it receives for ambulance services and therefore ensure that these services remain affordable to keep providing in the future. A public hearing for the resolution has been set for January’s regular meeting of the county commissioners, after a 45-day notice period is complete. The resolution would significantly increase the amount CCMSD makes through reimbursements for its ambulance services, said Ellsbury, a...

  • Catch me if you can

    Nov 23, 2023

    The most popular creature in town this week makes a break for the safety of the trees. Happy Thanksgiving!...

  • Start the season

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 23, 2023

    By There are jingles in the distance and Sundance is ready to welcome Santa back to town. Coming up next weekend is the grand Christmas kick-off, with events from wreaths to candy tasting for the family to enjoy. As always, the Festival of Lights will begin the festivities, illuminating Main Street at 5:30 p.m. on December 1. This year’s theme is “Sugar Plums and Magical Memories”. The winner of the Shop Small Punch Card event from the previous weekend will be announced during the parade. If the weather is a little chilly for your likin...

  • CCSD announces mental health care access partnership

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 23, 2023

    Crook County School District has this week announced a partnership with Care Solace to improve mental health care access for students, staff and their families. Care Solace is a social purpose organization that aims to remove barriers in accessing mental health care. It serves as a central hub of care, streamlining communication and coordination in order to connect people with the resources they need. The service acts as a “middleman” of sorts, acting to connect a person with mental health or substance abuse care provider. It is a com...

  • Future citizens

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 23, 2023

    Almost a hundred seventh graders from across the county convened in Sundance last week for a day of learning about civics. Elected officials were on hand to introduce the students to the functions of local government and the impact each office will have on their adult lives. Arranged by Sara Fleenor, 4-H Educator, and educators from each of the three schools, the field trip included visits to each of the county offices, as well as the museum. The visit began with a welcome speech from Sundance...

  • Luke James Sullivan

    Nov 23, 2023

    Luke James Sullivan couldn’t wait to be born on July 31, 2000; he was nine weeks early. Sadly, just as he came into this world early, he left it too early. Luke passed away on November 13, 2023. Luke was a gentle giant that was known for his huge smile, goofy laugh and huge bear hugs. He made everyone around him feel like they were important. Luke would come from across the street just for a smile and a hug. Luke graduated from Sundance High School and went straight into the family business. He was the top hand for R&S Services, a f...

  • Benjamin Herbert Buckmiller

    Nov 23, 2023

    Benjamin Herbert Buckmiller, dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away in his sleep at Legacy in Gillette, Wyoming, on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. He was 92 years old. Benjamin Herbert was born to Benjamin Harrison and Orpha June (Glass) Buckmiller in Hot Springs, South Dakota, on March 27, 1931. He went by numerous names. Herbert, Herb, Bert, Bertie and his favorite Buck. As a child, Buck spent time with his mother in Cheyenne, Wyoming and time at the ranch with his dad. He joined the Army in 1952....

  • LaVerne Jannette Bennett

    Nov 23, 2023

    LaVerne Jannette Bennett passed away November 10, 2023, in Chyenne, Wyoming, at the age of 89, surrounded by her sons and other family members. LaVerne was born October 29, 1934 in Sundance, Wyoming and was a Sundance High School graduate. Laverne was preceded in death by her husband, Orvin of 68 years; her parents, Charlie and Kate Donaldson of Sundance; and her brother, Raymond. Laverne worked for many years in the Converse County Sheriff's office in Douglas, Wyoming, before moving to Story, Wyoming. Later, Orvin and Laverne lived at...

  • Gayle Ann Ferderer

    Nov 23, 2023

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Gayle Ann Ferderer on November 5, 2023. Gayle departed peacefully at her home on the ranch, surrounded by the love and comfort of her family. May Gayle rest in peace, and may her memory be a source of strength and inspiration for all who were touched by her remarkable spirit. In accordance with Gayle's wishes, no services will be held....

  • Margie Lienemann

    Nov 23, 2023

    Margie was born on November 20, 1935, to Clifford and Elsie Crites in Enid, Oklahoma. She grew up on the family farm outside of Lahoma, Oklahoma, with her parents and older sister Mary. This led to her first love, farm life, as she helped with the daily chores of caring for the cattle and helping with the wheat harvest. After graduating high school, Margie attended Oklahoma A&M, which became Oklahoma State University, before her graduation. Her love for kids led her into teaching and she continued that love throughout her life. Margie met Richa...

  • Pine Ridge Christmas Bazaar Dec. 2

    Nov 23, 2023

    The Pine Ridge Community Church is holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Sat., Dec. 2 with a potluck meal at 6 p.m., annual meeting, Santa Claus at 7 p.m. followed by cake walk, fishing for treats and dessert/gift auction. All are welcome. Come to the Pine Ridge Community Church on US Hwy 14, about 15 miles north of Moorcroft....

  • Peek at the Past

    Nov 23, 2023

    1 Years Ago November 22, 1923 Alive after a wholesome period of rest the Sundance Commercial Club met in special session Monday evening with a good attendance. The chief topic of the evening was the proposition of the club cooperating with the school board to finish up the gymnasium in the new sohool building. The district is without funds for this purpose, and the club members feel that it would be a great detriment to the high school to go without the gym until such a time as the money would be available. The club must borrow in order to...

  • Governor proposes conservative budget

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 23, 2023

    Governor Mark Gordon’s proposed budget for the next biennium is a conservative one, recognizing that the pandemic-related “funding tsunami” has receded but the circumstances that led to program cuts three years ago still exist. However, it also addresses immediate challenges faced by Wyomingites, such as expanding property tax relief to $20 million. “It is not easy to have to reduce programs, especially those providing services for our most vulnerable populations. And yet that is what circumstan...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Nov 23, 2023

    Dear Editor: I have been following the septic issue in the paper and I would like to add my two cents. If my interpretation of the current law is correct, a county landowner needs a square block of 160 acres or more to be able to apply effluent on their own property. Anything less will not meet the distance setback from a property line. During my 40 years living in Crook County, both in town and a rural setting, I have noticed most of our county growth has been rural. Owning a piece of the rock was a dream of mine growing up in Cody, but it...

  • Christmas tree permits now available

    Nov 23, 2023

    This is the time of year to celebrate old and new traditions with family and friends, like venturing into your favorite national forest to harvest your own Christmas tree. Black Hills National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available for purchase either online at Recreation.gov, from your local Forest Service office or from private vendors throughout the Black Hills. To purchase a permit online, visit Recreation.gov and search for Black Hills National Forest Christmas Tree Permit. It is important to carefully read the overview and...

  • Powder River Energy Foundation supports local organizations in annual Holiday giving

    Nov 23, 2023

    The Powder River Energy Foundation recently donated a total of $20,000 to 19 charitable organizations in the five-county area of northeast Wyoming through its annual Holiday giving program. “The Foundation’s mission is to demonstrate our commitment to nonprofit charitable organizations in northeast Wyoming by lending a helping hand to improve the quality of life or services in their community,” said Foundation Executive Director Joe Roth. “People in our communities are experiencing a variety of socioeconomic challenges. The charities that br...

  • Library looking for magazine donors

    Nov 23, 2023

    The Crook County Library has provided a wonderful selection of periodicals, magazines and newspapers to our patrons over the years. The titles we currently have are checked out by our patrons or read in the library on a regular basis and we would like to continue to provide these items in our collection. Providing such a wide selection has been made possible by the great generosity of our patrons and Friends of the Library group, who have donated many of our subscriptions. Unfortunately, several of our magazines and newspapers are in need of...

  • PSC

    Nov 23, 2023

    Public Notice The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) hereby gives notice of the Application of Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) for authority to decrease its Heat Rate Tariff credit from $0.039750 to $0.037620 per kWh. 1. PRECorp is non-profit cooperative electric utility subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction. Wyo. Stat. §§ 37-1-101(a)(vi)(C) and 37-2-112. PRECorp is a member of the Members 1st Power Cooperative which is a member of Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) through which PRECorp purchases all power req...

  • PSC

    Nov 23, 2023

    Public Notice The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) hereby gives notice of the Application of Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) for authority to revise its Small Power Production (SPP) rate tariff from $0.016843 to $0.020437 per kWh. 1. PRECorp is non-profit cooperative electric utility subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction. Wyo. Stat. §§ 37-1-101(a)(vi)(C) and 37-2-112. PRECorp is a member of the Members 1st Power Cooperative which is a member of Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) through which PRECorp purchases a...

  • Oil and Gas

    Nov 23, 2023

    BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) will meet at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, December 11, 2023, and subsequent days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to consider the following matters at the office of the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, 2211 King Boulevard, Casper, Wyoming. DOCKET NO. / APPLICANT / MATTER / S-T-R / FORMATION / COUNTY 1757-2023 / Oildigger Resources Fund I / Flare Gas;...

  • Hearing

    Nov 23, 2023

    NOTICE OF INTENT TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED AMENDED CROOK COUNTY MINOR SUBDIVISION REGULATION AND THE PROPOSED CROOK COUNTY LAND USE PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION AMENDED BY-LAWS BY THE BOARD OF CROOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Be advised the Board of Crook County Commissioners intends to approve and adopt the Amended Crook County Minor Subdivision Regulation and the Amended Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission Amended By-Laws pursuant to W.S. 18-5-305 and W.S. 16-3-103 and 18-5-202. On Tuesday December 5, 2023, at the hour...

  • Nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to onions

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 23, 2023

    A salmonella outbreak is currently affecting 22 states including Wyoming and is believed to be associated with onions. The specific products with which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have linked the outbreak are from the Gills Onions brand and have been recalled. They include some lots of diced yellow onions, both three-pound bags and 8 oz cups; diced celery and onion mirepoix (10 oz); and diced red onions (8 oz cups). The affected produce has use-by dates between August 8 and 28, 2023. While this date is long passed, the CDC notes that...

  • SD man charged with fifth DUI

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 23, 2023

    Harold Chant of New Underwood, South Dakota has been charged with a felony count of driving while drunk after being pulled over on the highway for unsafe driving. According to court reports, Chant was pulled over for failing to maintain a single lane of travel on Hwy 14 at mile marker 202.2 at around 10 a.m. on November 2. Chant was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was observed to have bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and the odor of alcohol about his person. He allegedly admitted to drinking a lot “last night” and said he had stopped dri...

  • Circuit Court

    Nov 23, 2023

    Speeding – Reynard M. Graham, Colorado Springs, CO, 75/65, $105; Mychael Checky, Round Rock, TX, 85/70, $135; Veronika Williamson, Belle Fourche, SD, 99/80, $155; Sergey Badeshko, Lake Mary, FL, 87/75, $120; Tina C. Hart-Herrboldt, Rapid City, SD, 106/80, $200; Gabriel Knowlton, Upton, WY, 83/70, $125; Miguel Velasco Lopez, Knoxville, TN, 96/70, $190; Michael J. Cymbaluk, Bismarck, ND, 88/70, $150; Bowen Brann, Thomaston, ME, 95/75, $160; Tyler B. Sasse, Moorcroft, WY, 90/80, $105; Edward Engle, Adrian, MI, 81/70, $115; Tyreece A. Roberts, P...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Nov 23, 2023

    Black 14 Philanthropy delivers 40,000 pounds of food to Laramie LARAMIE (WNE) — Cathedral Home and the University of Wyoming Food Share Pantry welcomed a delivery of 40,000 pounds of food and goods that traveled to Laramie last Tuesday. The delivery is made possible through a partnership between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Black 14’s “Mind, Body and Soul” initiative, which dispatches food to communities identified by active Black 14 players, according to a news release from the Cathedral Home. Mel Hamilton and John Gr...

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