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Articles from the December 7, 2023 edition


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  • Lighting up the night

    Dec 7, 2023

    Again this year, the annual Lighted Christmas Parade transformed the streets into a winter wonderland Friday evening. As the sun set and darkness descended, a procession of festively decorated floats adorned with thousands of twinkling lights took center stage. Bringing up the rear, in their modern-powered sleigh, Santa and Mrs. Claus spread joy to the delight of children and adults alike. Grossenburg Implement (below) combined new and old with their entry. For more photos of the parade, see...

  • CCMSD focuses on efficiency

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 7, 2023

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has been making strides in fixing the “bottlenecking” issue that was keeping the number of patients served in the Sundance Clinic each day at a lower level than the district would like. The district has also been improving the efficiency of the hospital’s emergency department. According to CEO Micki Lyons, the district has been looking at, “What we need to do, from check-in through notifying the back that they’re ready and getting them in with a provider…more efficiently so that we can see more pat...

  • Best entry

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 7, 2023

    Amid great fanfare, the first annual winner of the Crook County Courthouse's festive door decorating contest was announced on Friday. Clerk of District Court Julie Crawford and Deputy Clerk Amy Porter were victorious with their 3-D rendition of the Polar Express, complete with snow-heaped signs throughout the courthouse and ticket stickers on the corridor walls. A surprisingly competitive contest saw entries ranging from a carol-singing reindeer to a jailed Grinch, tax notices stuffed in...

  • Patsy Ann Jensen

    Dec 7, 2023

    Patsy Ann Jensen, age 86 was called home to the Lord on November 27, 2023. Patsy was born on November 24, 1937, in Garrison, North Dakota to Fred and Hilda Tschetter. She is survived by her siblings sister Donna Waugh, brother Fred D. Tschetter and sister Peggy (Gary) Jensen. Patsy graduated from Sundance High School as the class Salutatorian on May 18, 1955. Patsy was very involved within her high school. She was a Sundance Cheerleader, involved in the Pep Club, FHA President, Class Vice President, on the Student Council, Member of National... Full story

  • Phillis Goodman

    Dec 7, 2023

    Phillis Goodman, 81, of Story, Wyoming, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at her home with her loving family at her side. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Kane Funeral Home. Following the service interment will take place at Quiet Rest Cemetery in Story. A reception will then take place at the Story Women’s Club. If you cannot attend, please join the family via ZOOM. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87064673278?pwd=4ocNq74jbYAAjFGu25bQ9JMsBXRfrp.1 Passcode: 103436 Online condolences may be w... Full story

  • Robert "Bob" Lee Plemmons

    Dec 7, 2023

    Robert "Bob" Lee Plemmons went to be with the Lord on November 17, 2023, in Clemmons, North Carolina. Bob was born in Gillette, Wyoming on March 20, 1956, to Harold and Mary (Sohl) Plemmons. He graduated from Moorcroft High School and went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University. Bob had a generous and caring heart full of joy and good humor. He loved entertaining people and bringing joy into the lives of others. This passion led him to becoming an Activity Coordinator in retirement homes, a career he loved for over 35... Full story

  • Roderick "Rod" Thornton

    Dec 7, 2023

    Some things are worse than death which means not all deaths may be as tragic as another. There is still the grief of losing a loved one but knowing that they are finally free of misery helps in accepting the loss. At the Billings Clinic Hospital, on November 29, 2023, at the age of 84, Roderick Raymond Thornton was released from a life that had all but ended a few months earlier due to complications resulting from Myasthenia Gravis. Born on June 14, 1939 in Houlton, Maine to Raymond Thornton and Hope Lougee, Rod was the fourth child born to... Full story

  • Billie Jo Bauman

    Dec 7, 2023

    Billie Jo was born in Casper, Wyoming, on July 10, 1970. Billie Jo succumbed to pancreatic cancer. She fought a great fight. She moved to Rapid City to finish her life with her pride and joy, her son, Cody Bauman. She often stated she found her happy place. I believe it was divine providence that she died on her gramma, Billie’s birthdate. Billie Jo Bauman, 53, of Rapid City, South Dakota, died Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Monument Health Hospice House. She is survived by her son, Cody of Rapid City; her mom, Teresa and stepdad, Joe S... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Dec 7, 2023

    Our Thanks Thank You to all of the Businesses who decorated wreaths for the “A Wonderland of Wreaths” silent auction and to everyone that came out and supported the Crook County Library during the chili feed on Dec. 1. Your Support is greatly appreciated. Our Thanks Crook County Medical Service District EMS would like to thank the community, local businesses and the volunteers for all of their support at the annual Chili Feed Fundraiser this year. Our community support is like no other and we would like to show our appreciation to everyone tha... Full story

  • Mysterious mailers attack Wyoming lawmakers, prompt investigation

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Dec 7, 2023

    As summer turned to fall in Wyoming this year, red and gold political leaflets began to appear in mailboxes. At first glance, the oversized glossy postcards didn’t look much different than any other campaign material. They featured an official lawmaker headshot, his name, contact info and the word “conservative” several times over. The header “Legislative Update” was emblazoned on the front. Albeit early for a campaign season that won’t officially kick off until May — when the candidate filing period opens — the mailers appeared normal...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Dec 7, 2023

    12-year-old arrested Thanksgiving Day bound over on drug charges GILLETTE (WNE) — A 75-year-old Gillette man arrested on drug charges Thanksgiving Day has been bound over to District Court. Dickie F. Sandy waived his preliminary hearing Nov. 30, binding him over to District Court for possession with intent to deliver meth and possession of meth and liquid meth, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of cocaine and amphetamine pill possession, according to court documents. A Sheriff’s deputy, who recognized Sandy from his past work wit...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Dec 7, 2023

    Nov. 27 – Five VIN checks. Two property damage. Traffic hazard. Three business checks. Three house watches. Runaway juvenile. Assist other agency. Sex offense. Traffic stop. Nov. 28 – Three VIN checks. Prisoner transport. Theft-automobile. Five business checks. Three house watches. Motorist assist. Animal complaint. Nov. 29 – VIN check. Two business checks. Two traffic stops. Two motorist assists. Life Flight. House watch. Assist other agency. Nov. 30 – Four VIN checks. Two paper services. Five traffic stops. Accident. Stroke. Three EMS pag...

  • Circuit Court

    Dec 7, 2023

    Speeding – Sherie Denise Jones, Pine Haven, WY, 80/70, $100; David J. Snyder, Bethel, CT, 94/80, $130; Noah T. Rygh, Anchorage, AK, 85/70, $195; (minor), Coeur D’Alene, ID, 91/75, $140; Jeffrey Bjorkman, Park Rapids, MN, 88/75, $125; Dalton Blake Mayfield, Rapid City, SD, 89/65, $180 Stop Sign Violation – Paul Soliz, Gillette, WY, $140 No Valid Driver’s License – Jason A. Watt, Gillette, WY, $150 Open Container of Alcohol in Moving Vehicle – Michael Ray Hooper, Sundance, WY, $150 Violate Legal Weight (6001-8000) – Michael Case, Helena, MT, $...

  • Hospital board still seeking trustee

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 7, 2023

    The Board of Trustees for Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has been working with just four members since August, when Trustee Ed Ray resigned his position representing the Moorcroft area. At last week’s meeting, the board discussed next steps in finding a volunteer to fill out his remaining term, which ends in 2024. “I know this board has made significant efforts, I know there have been personal contacts, I know there was an article published in the newspaper,” said Board Attorney Kara Ellsbury. “If we don’t find someone s...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dec 7, 2023

    Dear Editor, In response to the letter about Kid Prints, Inc., My child attends Kind Prints in Sundance, Wyoming and we are very happy with the care received there, my child, however, has been deeply saddened by the abrupt end of the field trips to the hospital to play Legos. As a parent, there is no better joy than knowing your child is happy and healthy. On the two days that the field trips took place, my child came home with a happiness I had not seen before. Kid Prints did not notify me as a parent that the field trips would stop, so now I...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Dec 7, 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., Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m....

  • CCMSD to work with Sundance State Bank on investment portfolio

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 7, 2023

    The Board of Trustees has approved a new investment policy that will allow Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) to invest excess money as a way of increasing its liquidity. CCMSD intends to entrust Sundance State Bank with its portfolio. The board kickstarted this process in August after listening to a presentation from a local government investment pool called Wyoming CLASS. The name stands for “Wyoming Cooperative Liquid Assets Securities System”, a program organized in 2020 to provide public entities in this state with a competitiv...

  • Large-acre subdivision aims to organize service district

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 7, 2023

    The developer of one of the county’s newer large-acre subdivisions has filed a petition to form an improvement and service district for the 46 parcels contained within. A public hearing will take place for the proposed Yellowstone L&R Ranch Improvement and Service District on January 3 at 2 p.m., during the regular meeting of the Crook County Commissioners. The developer is Yellowstone L&R Ranch, a South Carolina limited liability company. The purpose of the district is to repair and maintain the roads within the subdivision, though it will n...

  • PSC

    Dec 7, 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

  • Abandoned Vehicles

    Dec 7, 2023

    Notice of sale of abandoned vehicles The following vehicles will be sold at 9:00 a.m. on December 26, 2023 at 3 Limestone Pit Rd., Sundance, Crook County, Wyoming, to wit: A 2003 Ford Explorer, SD license plate number 9J4562, VIN# 1FMZU73K23ZA95853. Titled in the name of Seth Donald. The seller claims $8406.00 for expense or removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale. A 1996 Dodge Dakota, SD license plate number 1JZ848, VIN# 1B7FL26X9TS534723. Titled in the name of Robert Cory. The seller claims $6112.35 for expense or removal,... Full story

  • Meeting

    Dec 7, 2023

    Meeting The Cook County Tourism Promotion Board will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. at the West Texas Trail Museum in Moorcroft. Publish: December 7, 2023... Full story

  • Meeting

    Dec 7, 2023

    Public Notice Crook County Senior Services, Inc. Board Meeting will be held December 19, 2023 at 1 p.m. at the Hulett Senior Center for amendments to the bylaws. Publish: December 7, 2023... Full story

  • Board Member/ Meeting

    Dec 7, 2023

    Meeting – Seeking Board Member Do you love history and want to make a positive impact in our communities? The Crook County Museum District is seeking a board member. Send questions and/or a letter of interest to [email protected]. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the next board meeting at 5:00 p.m. on January 22, 2024 in Hulett at the Greater Community Center. Publish: December 7 and 14, 2023; January 11 and 18, 2024... Full story

  • DEQ - Land

    Dec 7, 2023

    Public Notice Bentonite Performance Minerals, LLC of Colony, Wyoming has applied for a mining permit amendment from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming. The mining permit amendment area for the mining of bentonite will be located in: S2SW4, S2N2SW4 of Section 27; SE4SE4, portion of NE4SE4 East of HWY 112 of Section 28; Portion of the NE4NE4 North of Crook County Road 200 of Section 33; NE4NW4, Portions of NW4NW4, N2SW4NW4 North of Crook County Road 200 Section 34 in Township 58 North, Ra... Full story

  • Tax Deed

    Dec 7, 2023

    Notice of Intent to Apply for Tax Deed Pursuant to Wyoming Statute Title 39-13-108, I Mark Mayer, who on September 18, 2019 purchased at the Crook County Tax Sale Certificate of Purchase 603, shall make application for Treasurers Tax Deed on or after March 21, 2024 for failure to redeem delinquent taxes for tax years 2018 through 2022. Tax Acct. Number 000000002564 District 0152, assessed in the Name of Glenn Laurie A & Robert L., PO Box 232, Sundance, WY 82729, Legal Description of Property: T 51N R 63W SEC 14 SENE TRACT IN TOTAL ACRES: .500... Full story

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