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Articles from the November 24, 2022 edition


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  • All stars

    Nov 24, 2022

    Four Sundance High School athletes were recently honored for their volleyball and football performances this year. Pictured above, Lexi Marchant was named all-conference volleyball, Jaylin Mills was named all-state and all-conference volleyball, Keaton Mills was picked as all-conference football and Eli Gill received all-state and all-conference football nods....

  • Legislators snag leadership roles

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 24, 2022

    Continuing the recent tradition of punching above its weight, the small county of Crook can once again boast that both of its legislators hold positions of leadership in the Wyoming State Legislature. During a vote held on Saturday, Senator Ogden Driskill was voted the new President of the Senate, while Representative Chip Neiman will start his second term in office as the House Majority Floor Leader. Senate President As Senate President, Driskill will select committee members, appoint...

  • RER gets funding bump from Wyoming Energy Authority

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 24, 2022

    Rare Element Resources announced this week that it has been awarded $4.4 million from the Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA) towards its demonstration plant in Upton. The grant is a cost reimbursement award for future expenditures related to the project, which will see the company test its proprietary extraction technology via a demonstration plant, using ore previously gathered from its proposed mine site in the Bear Lodge to produce commercial grade neodymium/praseodymium high-purity oxide used to produce high-strength permanent magnets. The...

  • Purcell named dispatcher of the year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 24, 2022

    Crook County's own Jennifer Purcell has been honored with the Public Safety Telecommunicator of the Year award from the Wyoming chapter of APCO International. Purcell has worked within the county's dispatch center for seven years, though her experience in the field spans two decades. She was nominated for her pleasant and professional manner with callers and colleagues at all times, no matter what kind of day she is having. In announcing Purcell's award, APCO also recognized her for being...

  • Sundance kicks off the holidays

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 24, 2022

    If the leftovers are all gone, that must mean it’s time for the Christmas season to begin. In traditional style, Sundance will be kicking off the holidays next weekend with a range of festive events. This year, the theme for the parade and associated activities will be “Glowing Christmas Memories”. The Sundance Chamber of Commerce’s annual Parade of Lights will be glistening through the downtown on December 2 this year, with line-up beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the parade itself setting off an hour later. The entries will be judged in two categor...

  • Larry Lee Fowlkes

    Nov 24, 2022

    Bibs, smiles and a big heart was Larry Lee Fowlkes, 65, of Mona, Wyoming. He passed away in the comfort of his own home on November 18, 2022. Larry was born on October 19, 1957, in Casper, Wyoming, to Robert Lee Fowlkes and Wilfreda Bunny-Fowlkes-Livingston. Larry was the oldest of three children. Larry spent his entire life growing up and working on his family ranch. Larry spent many years moving around to different places such as Hauber Mine and Belle Fourche but he always made it back home... Full story

  • George Champ Steele

    Nov 24, 2022

    George Champ Steele, age 70, died in the arms of his wife on November 12, 2022 in Gillette, Wyoming, after a courageous battle with cancer. George was born December 16, 1951 to Edwin and Edna Steele in Sundance, Wyoming. He graduated from Sundance High School in 1971. He is affectionately known as Champ to many friends across the state. He loved to break and train horses, hunt, fish, go to auctions and camp in the Big Horn mountains. Champ retired after many years working for Powder River... Full story

  • David Allen Reynolds

    Nov 24, 2022

    David Allen Reynolds passed away peacefully in his sleep November 3, 2022. Dave was born November 25, 1930 at Hemingford, Nebraska, to Albert Charles and Grace (Watson) Reynolds. The family moved to Moorcroft, Wyoming, when he was seven years old and after leasing many places they bought what became the Circle C Ranch north of Moorcroft. In 1952, the US Army said "we want you". He didn't argue, he just went. When he came back home in 1954, he picked up where he had left off, ranching and... Full story

  • Veterans' assistance available

    Nov 24, 2022

    A State of Wyoming veterans’ service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout December. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available in...

  • William "Bill" Eugene Gartman

    Nov 24, 2022

    William "Bill" Eugene Gartman passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on November 21, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born May 19, 1943, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Eugene and Lorraine (Whitman) Gartman. He attended the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin. During the Vietnam War, Bill joined the U.S. Air Force and honorably served his country in Korea. He married Ruta Kupsis Udris on June 4, 1977, and she became... Full story

  • Ruby Schlup

    Nov 24, 2022

    Funeral services for Ruby Schlup, 96, of Sundance, Wyoming, were held 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Walker Funeral Home, 410 S. Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyoming, with Pastor George Keralis officiating. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2022, at Walker Funeral Home. She was laid to rest with her beloved husband Virgil Schlup at Black Hills, National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota. Ruby passed away Monday, November 14, 2022, at Weston County Health... Full story

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Nov 24, 2022

    We do in-town deliveries for people who are unable to make it into the library and we do curbside delivery for those who would prefer not to come inside. Just give us a call and we will get your books ready. Come check out our numerous magazines we have available for a two-week checkout. Displays: Law Enforcement Patch collection by Steve Stahla. Library Programming: CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD meeting Thurs., Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOARD meeting Wed., Jan. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Moorcroft. SUNDANCE FRIENDS...

  • Peek at the Past

    Nov 24, 2022

    1 Years Ago November 23, 1922 J.W. Zane purchased the frame building on the Rodhdale property and is moving it to the hotel property preparatory to building an ice house. Otis Zimmerschied, sheriff-elect of Crook County, was in from his Carlile ranch Monday arranging for a sale of his personal effects on Saturday. Otis will close out his ranching business and move to Sundance to enter upon the duties of office. E.M. Blakeman accompanied him on the trip here Monday. A mass meeting of citizens...

  • Correction:

    Nov 24, 2022

    The church service held during the Old Settlers’ Picnic was performed jointly by the Oshoto Community Church and First Baptist Church of Hulett.... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor

    Nov 24, 2022

    Dear Editor, I’m finding it harder and harder to understand what has happened to the politics in this country and our county especially. I understand being passionate for a candidate or a cause but I don’t understand the hate for the opposing views that seems to come with it these days. I’ve never seen anyone win an argument by hating the other person the most. I understand the system is set up as Republicans versus Democrats. The “us versus them”, as they say. So, we became a state full of Republicans because we decided that was the closest p...

  • County adds new jobs, increases payroll and weekly wages

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 24, 2022

    In the space of a year, Crook County has added almost 100 jobs to its economy, a 3.5% increase in employment opportunity, according to figures released by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services in its quarterly census of employment. The data spans the second quarter of 2021 to the second quarter of 2022 and shows that, during those 12 months, the total number of jobs rose by 91, much of it within private industry. Total wages within Crook County also rose over that time by 11.5%, or $3,471,400, now sitting at $33,747,862. The average...

  • County Roads

    Nov 24, 2022

    NOTICE OF IDENTIFICATION OF COUNTY ROADS UNDER W. S. 24-3-201 THROUGH W. S. 24-3-206 TO VACATE THE UNUSED AND UNIDENTIFIED PORTIONS OF COUNTY ROADS IN TOWNSHIP 50 NORTH, RANGE 66 WEST OF THE 6th P.M. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The Board of County Commissioners intends to identify county roads in accordance with Resolution No. 2019-4 within Township 50 North, Range 66 West of the 6th P.M. that are generally located east of Moorcroft, Wyoming and Southeast of Pine Haven, Wyoming in the Pine Ridge... Full story

  • Acceptance

    Nov 24, 2022

    Final Acceptance Crook County, Wyoming Dust Mitigation Project Notice of Final Acceptance To all persons, corporations or firms who have any claim for work done for or any materials furnished to Dustbusters, Inc. at PO Box 15, Evanston, WY 82931 for the Crook County Dust Suppression Project, located in Crook County, Wyoming. You are hereby notified that Crook County has accepted as completed, according to plans and specifications and rules set forth in the Agreement between the County and the aforementioned Contractor, the work in connection... Full story

  • Commissioners

    Nov 24, 2022

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, November 15, 2022 9:00 o’clock a.m. Present for the special meeting were Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, via conference call, Vice-Chairwoman Jeanne A. Whalen, Member Fred M. Devish and County Clerk Melissa Jones. Dru Bower, Dru Consulting, LLC was present via Teams to discuss a Letter of Comment to BLM. Larry Schommer, Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, was present to discuss a request for the Sundance Winter Fest. Joe Baron, County A... Full story

  • Election

    Nov 24, 2022

    SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTION PROCLAMATION Kara Circle and Windy Way Improvement and Service District DATE OF ELECTION: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 OFFICES TO BE ELECTED: 1 SPECIAL DISTRICT DIRECTOR 4 YEAR TERM FILING PERIOD: 12/21/22 IS THE FIRST DAY TO FILE FOR OFFICE 01/10/23 IS THE LAST DAY TO FILE FOR OFFICE FILING OFFICE/WHERE TO FILE: Nancy Brown, PO Box 806, Sundance, WY 82729, 307-281-0470 POLLING PLACE LOCATION: Crook County Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse in Sundance, WY POLLS OPEN FROM 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. NOT RECEIVED OR SPOILED B... Full story

  • Application

    Nov 24, 2022

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF WYOMING IN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY Docket No. 2022-CV-8919 In the Matter of the Estate of GEORGE R. BAKER, a/k/a GEORGE BAKER, Deceased. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SUMMARY DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION OF REAL PROPERTY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a sworn application has been made for a decree in the Sixth Judicial District Court in and for Crook County, State of Wyoming, establishing in Renae K. Baker, Trustee of the Renae K. Baker 2014 Living Trust u/a/d 9/30/14, the right and title to... Full story

  • Oil and Gas

    Nov 24, 2022

    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 13, 2022, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, December 12, 2022, 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 1100-2022 / Oildigger Resources Fund I / Flare Gas;... Full story

  • Application

    Nov 24, 2022

    IN THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING In the Matter of the Estate of June Baker, AKA Dorris June Baker, AKA June C Baker Deceased. NOTICE OF APPLICTION FOR A DECREE OF SUMMARY DISTRIBUTION OF PROPERTY, ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE You are hereby notified that any objection to this application must filed before the expiration of thirty (30) days after the date of first publication. An untimely objection is barred. If no timely objection is filed, the court shall enter a decree establishing the... Full story

  • Probate

    Nov 24, 2022

    IN THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING In the Matter of the Estate of Margaret Wales, Deceased. Probate No. 5909 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO: ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE You are hereby notified that on the 28th day of October, 2022 the estate of the above named decedent was admitted to probate by the above named court, and that Jaqueline Marion Engebretson was appointed Personal Representative thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to said decedent or to said estate are requested... Full story

  • Abandoned Vehicle

    Nov 24, 2022

    Abandoned Vehicle Notice of Sale of Abandoned Livestock Trailer The following livestock trailer will be sold at 9 a.m. on December 2, 2022 at 37 Hyland Rd Pine Haven, Crook County, Wyoming, to wit: A 2006 Featherlite trailer, VIN#4FGC212206H085907, Title in the Name of Personal Ponies LTD, Inc. The Seller claims $3,000.00 for removal, Custody, storage and sale. The livestock trailer shall be sold to the highest Bidder who pays in a form acceptable to seller. Seller: Barbara Hardy 37 Hyland Rd Pine Haven, WY 82721 Publish: November 17 and 24,... Full story

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