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Articles from the November 30, 2023 edition


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  • Shopping big

    Nov 30, 2023

    Sundance's festive shopping opportunity is growing every year, with more shoppers and more shopping opportunities than ever before during this year's event. An estimated 180 people participated in Saturday's Ladies' Night Block Party throughout the downtown area on Saturday evening. With a glass of wine in hand, shoppers were able to visit a total of 13 businesses during the event, with 31 vendors spread out between them offering gifts and treats for the season. "It was a great night and...

  • Reviews complete for RER demo plant

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 30, 2023

    Rare Element Resources (RER) reports that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized its review of the demo plant that the company anticipates will soon be built in Upton, officially completing the federal permitting process prior to construction. The DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review was consistent with the one performed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, RER says, with both finding no significant impact. This previous NEPA review will allow RER to make use of around 1000 tons of stockpiled material from t...

  • A gift for every child

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 30, 2023

    Kids from Girl Scout Troop 1989 and the Sundance Methodist United Church helped to hang tags on the Boot Tree inside Sundance Hardware this weekend, part of the annual effort to make sure every child in the community has a gift waiting for them under the tree on Christmas Day. Stop in at the hardware store to see the tree, which is now festooned with numerous tags that provide the details of individual present recipients. Each tag details the age and gender of the recipient, and some also...

  • Midshipman introduces students to academy opportunities

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 30, 2023

    You don't hear much about boat school as a student in this region, says Midshipman Aiden Coberly. That's why he took the opportunity to spend the week before Thanksgiving traveling around northeast Wyoming to present at schools on behalf of the United States Naval Academy, including in Sundance and Hulett. His aim was to sharing his reasons for being at the academy – and why he'd love for more kids from this area to consider it for themselves. Now in his second year at the academy, Coberly says he hasn't come across many peers who e...

  • Hulett author releases study on the Book of Luke

    Nov 30, 2023

    Debi Plekan embarked on a journey to deepen her relationship and knowledge of Jesus, seeking guidance through prayer. Her answer came in the form of a three-year exploration and intense personal study of the book of Luke, leading to the creation of "With Jesus: an Intimate, In-depth Study of the Book of Luke" published by Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. This in-depth study and real-world teaching offers an invitation to forge a deeper intimacy with the Savior, sparking self-examination and enlightenment. The book unfol...

  • Veterans assistance available

    Nov 30, 2023

    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 f...

  • Cattlewomen plan Christmas party

    Nov 30, 2023

    The Crook County Cattlewomen Christmas party will be held at the Gulch at Devils Tower on December 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by dinner. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable beef products for Hulett, Sundance and Moorcroft Schools. RSVP Tracy Bush....

  • Patsy Ann Jensen

    Nov 30, 2023

    Patsy Ann Jensen died November 27, 2023. Funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, December 4 at the Sundance United Methodist Church. Full obituary to follow.... Full story

  • Devota Dawn Hadley

    Nov 30, 2023

    Devota Dawn Hadley, 90, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2023 at Custer Monument Health. Devota was born March 22, 1933, the fourth and last child of Bert and Amy (Coon) Ferwerda in Murdo, South Dakota. The family lived in the Okaton area and Devota graduated high school in Belvidere. Devota attended Secretarial/Bookkeeping College in Pierre where she met and married Billie Creasman. The couple traveled while Billie worked construction on I-25 and I-90, making their home in Rapid City full time. To this union, three children were born:... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Nov 30, 2023

    1 Years Ago November 29, 1923 When Engineer Reed started the engine for the picture show Saturday evening, he found that someone had tampered with the machinery to a serious extent, resulting in an interrupted show before everything was got in order again. The mischief may or may not have been done intentionally, but it is a serious offense and the culprit may be sure of prosecution if apprehended. Thomas A. Edison, world famous scientist and wizard, is now the owner of property in Pennington County, So. Dak., according to a recent deed...

  • Card of Thanks

    Nov 30, 2023

    Our Thanks Thank you, Crook County! Thank you to everyone who called, sent cards or attended Luke’s memorial. And thank you to those that have kept us in their prayers. The sorrow of Luke’s passing will be felt by many for a long time. We are grateful to have so many friends we consider extended family to lean on during this difficult time. Your love, compassion and generosity is something we didn’t know we would ever need to lean on but this community was right there for us. Thank you. Please continue to pray for us. With sincere grati... Full story

  • Circuit Court

    Nov 30, 2023

    Speeding – Christopher W. Bears, Hulett, WY, 80/65, $135; Clinton Snook, Hulett, WY, 80/65, $135; Travis Hartman, Bozeman, MT, 80/70, $105; Joseph Wiles, Manitowoc, WI, 84/75, $103; Oscar Arbelaez Vargas, Tampa, FL, 94/80, $130; (truck) – Chase K. Roundy, Cedar City, UT, 37/30, $414; David Shenkel, Spokane, WA, 88/80, $396 No Valid Title, Registration and License Plates – Cullen P. Kelly, Hulett, WY, $140 Intermediate Permit Passenger Violation – (minor), Moorcroft, WY, $90 Meet or Pass Stopped School Bus – Beth Ellsbury, Sundance, WY, $440...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Nov 30, 2023

    Nov. 13 – Seven VIN checks. Property damage. Traffic stops. Livestock. Civil standby. Motorist assist. Two business checks. House watch. EMS page. Nov. 14 – Six VIN checks. Two fingerprints. Fraud. Two business checks. Welfare check. Fire page. EMS page. Nov. 15 – Five VIN checks. Paper service. Four traffic stops. Livestock. Public relations. Suspicious. Two business checks. EMS page. Nov. 16 – Two accidents. Two motorist assists. Traffic stops. Fingerprints. Two business checks. Welfare check. EMS page. Nov. 17 – Animal complaint. Citizen d...

  • Feds look to regulate public climbing opportunities

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 30, 2023

    To guide how climbing opportunities are managed in national forests, grasslands and parks, public input is requested on new guidance for U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and National Park Service (NPS) personnel. The public comment period is open until January 16. The guidance covers all climbing types, including rock climbing, snow and ice climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering and caving. It affirms that this is an appropriate use of public lands, including wilderness, and that it should be managed in a way that protects cultural and natural resour...

  • Complaints in coal country 

    Zak Sonntag, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 30, 2023

    CASPER — Wyoming’s Black Butte Mine in January 2021 applied to add federal coal reserves at its Sweetwater County operations, which supplies the Jim Bridger Power Plant and a sizable share of baseload thermal energy throughout the West. It was a run-of-the-mill application that state regulators expected to be approved smoothly. Instead, it has become mired in a nightmarishly tedious approval process that’s brought state leaders to their wits’ end. Concerns at the Black Butte Mine are among a host of recent complaints coming out of coal country...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Nov 30, 2023

    Dear Editor, During this time of thanks and giving, I have been reflecting on the blessings of our small community. I wanted to bring to light a beautiful partnership that recent took place here in Sundance. The children from Kid Prints, Inc. went on two walking field trips that brought them to Crook County Medical Services District long term care unit. These experiences resulted in a safe place for the small children to practice their curiosity and brought invaluable, youthful joy to the elderly residents. The first visit was short and sweet....

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 30, 2023

    After all these years, you’d think there were few things left for me to discover about how differently our two nations utilize the same language. Trust me to find something new on Thanksgiving, when everyone was watching. You might have noticed that last week was the big holiday. I know I did – I never pass up an opportunity for company potatoes. In our family, this family gathering has been claimed by my sister-in-law. She is an excellent cook and terrifyingly organized, which means she pre...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Nov 30, 2023

    Did you know your library card gives you access to a wide range of online databases at your fingertips? You can find everything from auto repair to genealogy, from health and medicine to practice tests and skill preparation. There is a little something for everyone at gowyld.net. What will you find? LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. in Sundance. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m....

  • Bill on parental rights going to session

    Aedan Hannon, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 30, 2023

    CASPER — In August, lawmakers on the Joint Education Committee shot down a controversial ban on the “instruction” of gender identity and sexual orientation in Wyoming’s K-3 classrooms. For some conservative lawmakers and parents, it was a blow. But at the same time that the panel rebuffed Wyoming’s own version of a “Don’t Say Gay” law modeled after Florida’s, it also advanced the rest of a proposal to expand “parental rights” in education. After some debate, that draft bill is now heading to the 2024 legislative session. The Joint Education C...

  • Crook County School District #1

    Nov 30, 2023

    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 NOVEMBER 20TH, 2023 IN MOORCROFT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 21 ELECTRIC Repairs $6,885.98 A & B WELDING SUPPLY CO INC Supplies $789.84 A & J SCREENING Sports Banners $975.00 ABLE LLC In District Transition Services Contract $2,890.00 ALLSOP, ,MORGAN Mileage Reimbursement $1,360.44 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Supplies $1,893.16... Full story

  • PSC

    Nov 30, 2023

    PUBLIC NOTICE Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) Rules, the Commission hereby gives notice of Powder River Energy Corporation’s (PRECorp or the Cooperative) Application for authority to decrease its Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) by $2,309,389 per annum, effective January 1, 2024, to reflect a change in average wholesale power costs. 1. PRECorp is a non-profit cooperative public utility subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction. Wyo. Stat. §§ 37-1-101(a)(vi)(C) and 37-... Full story

  • Election

    Nov 30, 2023

    Proclamation of Election for Vista West Improvement District On March 19, 2024, there shall be an election held for one (1) Board Seat of the Vista West Improvement District by mail ballot for a four-year term. The term date will commence April 1, 2024, and run through March 2028. Any qualified elector residing within the Vista West Improvement District may file an application for this position. If an application form is requested the form shall be distributed by email to residents who have Internet, and postal mail to all others. Application... Full story

  • SUBDIVISON

    Nov 30, 2023

    NOTICE OF SUBDIVISON HEARING FOR APPLICATION OF SUBDIVISION PERMIT Be advised that Kristopher & Kara Doornink, PO Box 796, Sundance, WY 82729 is hereby giving notice of an application for subdivision permit for a Minor Subdivision. The proposed Kara Creek Country Living Minor Subdivision lies in the W1/2SE1/4 of Section 34, T51N, R65W, of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Crook County, Wyoming. The Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a hearing to review the application and plat of the Kara Creek Country Living Minor... Full story

  • SUBDIVISON

    Nov 30, 2023

    NOTICE OF SUBDIVISON HEARING FOR APPLICATION OF SUBDIVISION PERMIT Be advised that Collin Massie, P.O. Box 1063, Moorcroft, WY 82721 is hereby giving notice of an application for subdivision permit for a Minor Subdivision. The proposed Massie Estates Minor Subdivision lies in the NE¼ SE¼ of Section 17, T50N, R66W, of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Crook County, Wyoming. The Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a hearing to review the application and plat of the Massie Estate Minor Subdivision on Monday, December 11, 2... Full story

  • PSC

    Nov 30, 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... Full story

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