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Articles from the December 8, 2022 edition


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  • Santa comes to town

    Dec 8, 2022

    Santa arrived on Friday in a dazzle of lights and music. Waving to the crowds during the light parade, he seemed unperturbed by the presence of the green guy - perhaps because he'd already been apprehended by the Crook County Sheriff's Department before he could steal any Christmas. This year's winners were Powder River Energy in the business category, with a lighted tree atop their electric vehicle, and the Bearlodge FFA's horse-drawn carriage. See page 12 for more....

  • SHS, SES present Christmas concerts

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 8, 2022

    Enjoy a little holiday cheer on Monday with a Christmas concert proudly presented by the Sundance Junior High and High School Band and Choir. Your musical evening will begin with a solo performance of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Cole Robinson, followed by three songs from the combined choirs: “Sleigh Ride”, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Deck the Nutcracker Hall”. Next up will be a piano solo from Mary Villegas, followed by a performance of “That’s Christmas to Me” from the women’s choir, featuring Zoe Skeens, Lauryn Brooks,...

  • A hunt to remember

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 8, 2022

    When Cindi and Brandon Baudhuin asked for help to create a unique hunting experience for a 13-year-old boy who is battling a form of bone and soft tissue cancer, a group of local outdoorsmen did not hesitate to answer the call. As it turned out, fate was also listening in. Thanks to a series of coincidences, the passionate young hunter was able to take his first lion right here in Crook County. Oconto River Kids The Baudhuins volunteer with Oconto River Kids, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit with...

  • Governors unhappy with forest plan

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 8, 2022

    Governors Mark Gordon (WY) and Kristi Noem (SD) have penned a joint letter to Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Jeff Tomac requesting a rethink of the revision assessments being used to draft an updated version of the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF) Land Management Plan. The two governors also expressed concern over the potential impact of the plan on the timber industry within the Black Hills The plan has already caused concern at the county level, with Crook County penning a letter of comment that also expressed “significant c...

  • Gerald E. Bunney

    Dec 8, 2022

    Gerald E. Bunney, 83, of Aladdin, Wyoming, passed away December 1, 2022 at the Department of Veterans Hospital, Ft. Meade, South Dakota.Gerald was the youngest of five children, all boys, born to John and Loretta Bunney on May 31, 1939 in Spearfish, South Dakota. He grew up on a ranch at Aladdin and attended Bunney Country School and then Belle Fourche South Dakota High School. This is where he met the love of his life, Patsy Tanner. They were married on September 24, 1957 and moved to the family ranch at Aladdin. Together they took over the ra... Full story

  • Josh Ryan Britton

    Dec 8, 2022

    Josh Ryan Britton, 63, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota. Josh was born November 2, 1959, outside of Pierre, South Dakota, to GW and Patricia (Poseley) Britton. In the mid-1960s the family moved to Whitewood, South Dakota. Josh graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1978. After graduation he continued doing what he loved and that was to work. He was known to be able to fix anything and would help anyone. He first got his start fixing things as a child, becoming known as a "wi... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Dec 8, 2022

    1 Years Ago December 7, 1922 The Legion dance Thursday night was successful beyond expectation and will be remembered as a novel and most pleasant affair. The spirit of ’49 prevailed, with accompanying features of a busy barkeeper, roulette, twenty one and fan tan, all of which attracted a good patronage. During the evening the bar suffered a desperate holdup, the bad men getting away with several suspicious looking bottles. Wilber Goodson returned Saturday from shipping stock to Omaha, after which he spent some time in Cheyenne looking into...

  • CCSD audit gives clean bill of health

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 8, 2022

    A clean bill of health for Crook County School District’s finances this year was marred only by a single flagged item that turns up regularly in audit reports penned for small governmental entities. Leo Riley & Co. found just one deficiency within the district’s accounting, involving the separation of duties. This is a problem that has often appeared over the years on audits performed for Crook County’s towns, boards and the county. “Separation of duties requires that someone other than the employee responsible for safeguarding the asset m...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP|Dec 8, 2022

    Dear NP, My primary care provider has offered me the bivalent COVID booster. Should I get it if I have already had COVID and multiple COVID vaccines? Are there any different side effects than the original COVID booster? Does it work well? Dear Reader, We’d all hoped that COVID-19 infections would be a thing of the past by now, but the reality is that infections continue to occur. Older adults are at the highest risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, and there is a higher risk of death for t...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 8, 2022

    Nestled on the western border of Dorset is a place I’ve only just discovered. Somehow, I’ve gone decades without realizing that a town of almost 5000 people – with all the associated amenities – exists just a short drive from my own home town. Obviously this came as a surprise and caused some deep reflection on my observation skills, but then it turned out that Poundbury’s skill at playing hide-and-seek is not the most interesting thing about it. The more I delved into its history, the more...

  • California man arrested for possession

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 8, 2022

    Michael Rodriguez of California was arrested late last month on possession charges when the vehicle he was traveling in was pulled over for speeding. On November 24, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper observed a vehicle traveling 1-90 near milepost 202 faster than the posted 80 mph speed limit. Radar showed the vehicle’s speed to be 96 mph. The trooper reports stopping the vehicle and making contact with the driver, who claimed he was heading to Indiana for Thanksgiving with his two passengers, one of whom was Michael Rodriguez. The driver was a...

  • Circuit Court

    Dec 8, 2022

    Speeding – Jordan Thurston-Miller, Moorcroft, WY, 81/70, $115; Silvia Esther Rios, Gillette, WY, 85/65, $170; Thomas Woodman, Greensburg, PA, 84/65, $155; Donavan R. Crain, Spearfish, SD, 95/65, $210; Lorena Espino, Gillette, WY, 81/65, $202; Delbert Hamilton, Whitewood, SD, 80/70, $105; Amanda Galliway, Hulett, WY, 79/70, $103; Luke D. Hill, Sundance, WY, 95/80, $135; Kevie Eileen Morrison, Aladdin, WY, 75/65, $105; Elias Smith, Cape Elizabeth, ME, 88/75, $125; (minor), Moorcroft, WY, 80/65, $135; Leonardo Leon, Gillette, WY, 88/75, $125; B...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Dec 8, 2022

    Nov. 28 – Three VIN checks. Three medical calls. Fraud. Welfare check. Assist another agency. Animal bite. House watch. Business check. Accident. Nov. 29 – Two VIN checks. Four medical calls. Four traffic stops. Fingerprints. Two house watches. Business check. Citizen assist. Nov. 30 – Four VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Welfare check. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Accident. Two house watches. Business check. Citizen assist. Dec. 1 – Three VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Fraud. Theft. Prisoner transport. Traffic accident with damage. Welfare...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Briefs|Dec 8, 2022

    Campbell County hospitalizations for RSV on the rise GILLETTE (WNE) — Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, cases at Campbell County Health rose in the last two months, keeping with recent trends seen throughout the United States. Typically, the virus starts to make an appearance in January or spring, but this year, cases have shown up earlier, said Sherry Bailey, director of acute care at the hospital. In September, Bailey said those tested for RSV at the hospital had no positive cases. In October, the number increased to 5% and those tested f...

  • Meeting

    Dec 8, 2022

    Meeting Notice The Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on December 9, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom webinar. The Board of Trustees will meet to discuss CCMSD’s electronic health records system. You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Dec 9, 2022, 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Topic: CCMSD Board of Trustees Special Meeting Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84422338889 Passcode: 049611 Or One tap mobile: US: +12532050468,,... Full story

  • Application

    Dec 8, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Civil No. 8921 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: LESLIE H. FULLERTON, Deceased. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that Allen D. Darlington has filed an Application for Decree of Distribution with the Clerk of the above-entitled court wherein he prays that the following-described property interest be set over and distributed to Allen D. Darlington and Wanda Ellen Donges, Successor... Full story

  • Meeting

    Dec 8, 2022

    Meeting Notice The Crook County Tourism Promotion Board will meet on Wednesday, December 21st at the Hulett Community Center in Hulett at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Publish: December 8, 2022... Full story

  • Abandoned Vehicle

    Dec 8, 2022

    Notice of Sale of Abandoned Vehicle The following vehicle will be sold at 11 a.m. on December 19, 2022 at 72 Thorn Divide Rd, Carlile, Crook County, Wyoming, to wit: A 1973 Chevy Nova 2 Door Coupe, VIN# 1X27D3L204449, titled in the name of Josh Manning. The seller claims $2,600.00 for expense of removal, preservation, custody storage and sale. The vehicle will be sold to the highest bidder who pays in a form acceptable to the seller. Seller: Robert J. Thole 72 Thorn Divide Rd Carlile, WY 82721 307-756-2737 Publish: December 1 and 8,... Full story

  • All I want for Christmas…

    Dec 8, 2022

    The Sundance first graders have written the following letters to Santa. Dear Santa, How do your reindeer fly? For Christmas I would like a remote-controlled viper snake because they are fun to play with. Also, I want an Alexa because it sings songs. Thank you for bringing presents! Love, Morgan Dear Santa, How does your magic work? For Christmas I would like a plastic green anaconda because I like snakes. Also, I want a plastic spinosaurus because they are really cool. Have a Merry Christmas! Love, Rhys Dear Santa, What house do you go to...

  • National Honor Society

    Dec 8, 2022

    Sundance High School members of the National Honor Society (new members in robes), left to right: Jameson Fleenor, Parker Speidel, Lexie Marchant, Keaton Mills, Jesse Harmon, Deklan Gill, Aspen Jones, Autumn Groth, McKaya Gillespie....

  • Celebrating Christmas

    Dec 8, 2022

    Scenes from the lighted parade....

  • Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes

    Dec 8, 2022

    Local 4-H club No Goats No Glory had great fun spreading Christmas joy all over the world. Marcus, Nolan and Jada Reynolds, Noah and Mason Porter, Hadley and Cooper Hanson and Tony, Josie and Markie Manning are pictured preparing the boxes, with Hayden, Blakesly and Ava Nelson, Charlee Porter and Camden Hanson helping in the back. If you're interested in joining our club please contact our leaders Ami Hanson or Tanja Miller....

  • Keyhole closes check stations for ice fishing season

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 8, 2022

    Wyoming Game & Fish (WGF) has announced that the watercraft check station at Coulter Bay has been closed for the season to allow recreationists to enjoy Keyhole Reservoir for its more winter-based activity: ice fishing. Regulations came into effect a couple of months ago to protect Keyhole Reservoir from the growing threat of invasive zebra mussels, which had been documented at Pactola Reservoir in South Dakota in July. This was considered concerning as it was the first time zebra mussels had...

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