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Articles from the December 1, 2022 edition


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  • Radio station sending letters from the North Pole

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 1, 2022

    Would your child enjoy getting a letter from one of Santa’s elves? Thanks to a seasonal project from Dirt Road Radio (KYDT-KBFS), this year they can look forward to getting mail straight from the North Pole. “Any child of eight years and younger will be able to write letters to Santa. As long as they have a return address, we are going to work with the local high school students and student organizations like student council and National Honor Society to write replies to those letters,” says Andrea Wood, organizer. The return letters will...

  • Hospital district hits cash flow bottleneck

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 1, 2022

    Ongoing problems with the electronic medical records system have led to a situation where Crook County Medical Services District is experiencing serious issues with cash flow. Though she expects the business office to catch up with the billing in the near future, CEO Micki Lyons requested a transfer of $500,000 from the board of trustees’ account last week to cover payroll and other costs until the issue is resolved. While happy to consider the request, the board expressed concern that the issue is still not resolved. The problem relates to o...

  • 'Tis the season of giving

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 1, 2022

    Kids from Girl Scout Troop 1989, along with a few helpers, hung tags on the Boot Tree inside Sundance Hardware this weekend, an annual effort to make sure every child in the community has a gift under the tree on Christmas Day. The tree now features numerous tags with the details of individual present recipients. The tags detail the age and gender of the recipient, and some also include suggestions for the type of gift you might like to buy. If you would like to put a gift under the tree for a...

  • One for the girls

    Dec 1, 2022

    A steady stream of shoppers made their way through town on Saturday for teh Sundance Chamber of Commerce's annual Ladies' Night. enjoying the wares of numerous local businesses and vendors in th erun-up to the gift-giving season....

  • CCMSD to introduce career progression program

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 1, 2022

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) is introducing a new program that it hopes will encourage staff members to progress their own careers – and simultaneously offer an opportunity to people who may be interested in the medical field but are either unable to afford the education required or cannot justify leaving a current job to go back to school. “It’s our belief that the best way to staff our facilities is from within,” said board chairman Mark Erickson at last week’s meeting, explaining the program to incoming board member Br...

  • Margaret Frances White

    Dec 1, 2022

    Margaret Frances White, 99, of Devils Tower, Wyoming, passed away Wednesday, November, 23, 2022, at Crook County Memorial Nursing Home. Margaret was born February 23, 1923, at home on Houston Creek in Crook County, Wyoming, to James and Amalia (Reinhold) Bowers. She attended Houston Creek country school and later graduated from Sundance High School. Margaret then attended Spearfish Teachers College. She taught at various country schools in Crook County before moving to Seattle, Washington, where she worked for Boeing Aircraft during WWII. She r... Full story

  • Lila June Lamb-Dudrey

    Dec 1, 2022

    Lila June Lamb-Dudrey, 93, was received into God's holy kingdom on November 21, 2022, leaving her family with a treasured legacy of quiet, steadfast love. She passed at the Legacy Living Center in Gillette, Wyoming, where she has resided for the past few years. Lila June was born on April 23, 1929, at the family residence in Albion, Nebraska. She was the fifth of seven children born to Chester Oliver Lamb and Pearl LaVina McCone-Lamb. All of the children were born at home. Her father was a farmer and her mother a housewife. Lila and her family... Full story

  • Donna Jean Collinson

    Dec 1, 2022

    Donna Jean Collinson, 89, of Sandpoint, Idaho, went to rest with the Lord on Monday, November 7, 2022, at Crook County Medical Services in Sundance, Wyoming. Donna was born on July 19, 1933, in Sandpoint, in her mother's bed, just as the rest of her siblings were. She and her five siblings, Evelyn, Gene, Jerry, Beverly and Shirley grew up in a small town in Idaho with their parents, Hugh Eugene and Eva Rose Thurlow. As a child, Donna was always a quick-witted little girl always teasing her brothers and sisters, and making everyone in her path... Full story

  • Craig Wilfred Lederer

    Dec 1, 2022

    On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, Craig Wilfred Lederer, 62, of Sundance, Wyoming, was called home to be with the Lord. He was born April 22, 1960, to Wil and Shirley Lederer in Willows, California. He attended and graduated from Willows High School in 1978. In 2005 he built, owned and operated CDL Habitat, a reclamation company spanning many states. Craig married Suranne Stineman, September 1, 2013. Together they attended Truth Calvary Church in Littleton, Colorado and Chapel of Faith in Sundance. He was involved in many ministries within both... Full story

  • Joseph Richards

    Dec 1, 2022

    Joseph “Joe” Richards, 91 of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana. Services are being planned for the spring of 2023. A full obituary will follow. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com... Full story

  • Local authors plan book signing event

    Dec 1, 2022

    Four regional authors are excited to celebrate their books at a signing/meet and greet to be held Dec. 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the Sundance Library meeting room. Kathy Bjornestad and Heidi Stefanich’s new children’s poetry book, Rhymes from the Reef, will be on display, as will Viktoria Peterson’s romance, A Dream of Destiny, based on her Ukrainian culture and traditions. Dawn Newland (Colony) is excited to chat about the third book in her series, Of Men and Horses, based on the historical figures of Kid Curry, Jim Thornhill and Lucy Tress...

  • Crook County Cattlewomen reminders

    Dec 1, 2022

    Attendees to Crook County Cattlewomen Christmas Party need to RSVP to Tracy Bush. The party will be held Dec. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Check with Tracy Bush to make sure that if your brand is not in 2022 brand book, it is in the little Crook County Brand book supplement coming out in 2023....

  • Pine Ridge Christmas Bazaar this weekend

    Dec 1, 2022

    The Pine Ridge Community Church would like to announce that their Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held this Sat., Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. for a potluck meal followed by a visit from Santa at 7 p.m., followed by games for the kids, a cake walk and a holiday auction fundraiser. The Pine Ridge Community Church is located on US Hwy 14, about 15 miles north of Moorcroft. See you there!...

  • Peek at the Past

    Dec 1, 2022

    1 Years Ago November 30, 1922 Sundance Post of the American Legion will put on a novelty dance entertainment Thanksgiving night in the way of a “49 dance.” All the bad men from Bitter creek and smooth workers from Dead Man’s Gulch will be on hand to entertain the chechaco. Everything will be wide open with the lid broken off and it’s certain to be a wild, gay night. It is said the boys have a fund of $13,000 to stage the event, and money will flow like water. Chas. Rathbun, an employee of the Empire Sheep company, was victim of a most pe...

  • CCMSD questions red-level transmission status

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 1, 2022

    Masks are still required inside the Crook County Memorial Hospital, and regular testing is still taking place, but it’s becoming increasingly unclear as to why. CEO Micki Lyons told the Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees last week that the hospital is following the protocols laid out by the Centers for Disease Control for when a county is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 community transmission. However, she said, “We’re not really seeing any positives.” Because the number of cases is so low, Lyons said she is...

  • Peak Motion celebrates new ownership

    Dec 1, 2022

    Peak Motion Physical Therapy held an open house on November 11 to celebrate the new ownership of Dr. Erin Fiedler PT, DPT. The open house took place at both the Sundance and Spearfish locations and included free assessments and treatments from, Dr. Fiedler, Kim Cockrum PT, and Dr. Janie Hett for anyone in the community. The staff enjoyed meeting many members of the community, as well as serving those that came in with any aches and pains. "This event was such a success! I truly enjoyed meeting...

  • Existence

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Dec 1, 2022

    “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (Rev. 4:11) Existence. Life, reality, presence, subsistence, actuality. It is not something that is merely or non as the attaching of words before or after does not change it or you. It is who we are. The truth of the matter and all that matters in human life is that existence has always intended to mean something. It is from Someone, towards another for all. It’s the substance (not a shadow) of not only...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 1, 2022

    How do you kick back and enjoy your favorite sporting event when you know that people have suffered to make it happen? It’s a question that billions of us have been forced to ask ourselves over the last couple of weeks. The 2022 World Cup is now happening in Qatar, and there’s quite a few things wrong with that statement. First and foremost, it’s tough to appreciate the temporary soccer stadiums, made from recycled shipping containers that will then be dismantled and sent to under-developed coun...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Dec 1, 2022

    Gillette man charged with first-degree arson GILLETTE (WNE) — A man accused of setting his trailer on fire and covering himself in bleach has been charged in circuit court with first-degree arson. Andrew L. Boyer, 34, was charged Sept. 8 and his preliminary hearing in circuit court is scheduled for Dec. 14. The incident began about 10 a.m. Aug. 2, when a trailer fire was reported in the 1600 block of Echeta Drive, where responders found Boyer’s trailer full of smoke. Neighbors in a nearby lot told officers that Boyer had stopped by their home e...

  • Women gain seats in Wyoming Legislature

    Jasmine Hall, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 1, 2022

    CHEYENNE – Wyoming continues to make advances in female political representation, adding four more women to the Legislature this election cycle. Twenty out of 93 legislators who will serve constituents in the upcoming general session will be women, including eight women who were elected to their first term. Yet, as many celebrated the incoming additions to the state’s legislative governing body, there was also recognition of the barriers many women face when deciding to run for office. “It’s wonderful to see women more present in governa...

  • School Warrants

    Dec 1, 2022

    Crook County School District #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 NOVEMBER 21st, 2022, at MOORCROFT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 21 ELECTRIC Building Repairs $632.65 A & B WELDING SUPPLY CO INC Ag Supplies $2,436.35 ACE MART RESTAURANT SUPPLY Water Treatment System $55,561.24 AIR-TECH HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING INC Replace 3 Rooftop Units $214,666.20... Full story

  • Meeting

    Dec 1, 2022

    Meeting Notice The Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on December 27, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room. The meeting will also be hosted via Zoom. The Zoom webinar link is included below: You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: December 27, 2022 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Topic: CCMSD Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87546587683 Passcode: 452783 Or One tap mobile : US:... Full story

  • Election

    Dec 1, 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

    Dec 1, 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

  • Application

    Dec 1, 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

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