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  • Hospital board shake-up fails to pass muster

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 9, 2021

    One trustee’s suggestion that Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) might benefit from a shake-up in leadership failed to pass the vote on Thursday. Trustee Sandy Neiman nominated Trustee Ed Ray to take over as the chairman of the board for the next year, citing his soft-spoken demeanor and how far he’s come since he was nominated to the seat two years ago. She also suggested that it might bring forth the possibility of getting the Crook County Medical Foundation (CCMF) to work with the district again. “I don’t think that would h...

  • Lighting up the night

    Dec 9, 2021

    The Crook County Sheriff's Office was successful in nabbing the Grinch Friday night, presumably just before he was able to interfere with the annual Christmas Lighted Parade and related holiday events. The first lighting of Sundance's official Christmas tree took place following Friday's parade of lights. The tree, which is situated in the center of Sundance Square, was donated by the family of Paul Jacobson (LuAnn and Josh Jacobson) in his memory. The family was present to place the star and...

  • Weston County commissioner battles residency complaint

    Alexis Barker, Newcastle News Letter Journal via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 9, 2021

    Weston County Commissioner Tony Barton is standing his ground and asserting his legal right to remain on the Board of Weston County Commissioners until the end of his term, as stated by his attorneys, Samuel R. Yemington and Kasey J. Benish, who are associated with the Cheyenne firm Holland and Hart. Barton’s response to challenges to his continued presence on the county board was filed on Nov. 18 and urges the Sixth Judicial Court to dismiss the suit filed by Garrett Borton on Oct. 26. According to court documents, Borton is seeking an i...

  • Public meeting scheduled for county socioeconomic plan

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 9, 2021

    If you would like to comment on the county’s soon-to-be-adopted socioeconomic plan, your opportunity to do so is coming up on Monday. The plan is the end result of a study that focused on the impact of natural resources on the health of Crook County. The Crook County Socioeconomic Supplement is to be added to the Natural Resource Management Plan if it passes the approval of both the Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission and the county commissioners. Prepared by DJ&A of Missoula, it was funded by the state as an addition to the p...

  • Lisa Kay Eustice

    Dec 9, 2021

    On November, 24, 2021 Lisa Kay Eustice, proud mother, loving grandmother, sister and friend was set free at the age of 55. Lisa grew up in Broadus, Montana, but as an adult moved around to Colorado, Texas and Wyoming. She eventually settled in Sundance, Wyoming, where she lived out her life. Through the years Lisa had various careers. Bartending was her favorite and with her larger-than-life personality it was perfect. The proudest moments of Lisa's life were the birth of her children. Chessa... Full story

  • Curtis Hanzlik

    Dec 9, 2021

    Curtis Hanzlik, best known as Curt, age 49, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly at his home with his wife at his side on Sunday, December 5, 2021. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021, at Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Home in Sundance. Curt was born to Mary McHenry and Curtis Pokorney, Sr. on July 3, 1972, in Yankton, South Dakota. He was the second of five children. He grew up in Yankton and of course got into the typical mischief a boy could... Full story

  • Luena Lent

    Dec 9, 2021

    Luena Lent, 87, of Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, in Spearfish. Luena Fern Lent was born in Campbell County, Wyoming, to Frele and Vera (Cook) Lent on July 12, 1934. She attended schools in the area, finishing elementary school in Sundance, Wyoming. She then graduated high school in Potter, Nebraska. Luena then went on to attend Nebraska State College in Chadron, Nebraska, where she received her Teaching degree in 1958. She was also a member of the Delta... Full story

  • CCMSD looks to the future with facility assessment

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 9, 2021

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has begun a condition assessment of its hospital and long-term care facility in Sundance. The aim of the study is to figure out what upgrades or replacements would be possible and useful, and whether they would be financially feasible. According to CEO Micki Lyons, three main options are on the table. The first would be to take the existing facility and “make better use of our space.” In this scenario, changes could include such things as creating more private rooms for patients and ensuring iso...

  • Hospital district tallies relief funds

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 9, 2021

    The time has come for Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) to tally up the relief funds it has spent to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The district is set to benefit to the tune of $2.2 million from the Provider Relief Funds (PRF), which were distributed to the district through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HSS) funds around 18 months ago. CEO Micki Lyons explained to the board that three different phases of money were sent out, intended for nursing homes, clinics, acute care and testing. However, she said, this...

  • Booster doses recommended for all adults

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 9, 2021

    With the new variant of COVID-19 now officially present in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is once again strengthening its recommendations on booster doses for people over the age of 18. Scientists are scrambling to collect data on Omicron, which was first documented in South Africa and has been listed as a variant of concern. It is known to have more than 50 mutations, but little is yet known about whether illnesses caused by the variant will be different or any more or less severe than from other forms of the virus....

  • Rapid City woman arrested for stealing pickup

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 9, 2021

    A Rapid City woman has been charged with a felony count of theft after allegedly taking a pickup that had been left running in a parking lot in Beulah. On November 21, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy received a report of a stolen pickup from State Line Station. The witness informed the deputy that he saw a female, later identified as Oksana Brush, walking down the frontage road. She allegedly came up to the window of his pickup and asked if she “could stay on his couch, it would save her life.” The witness reported that he decli...

  • California man given deferred sentence after $100,000 marijuana seizure

    Dec 9, 2021

    One of two California residents who faced felony charges of possession with intent to deliver after THC concentrate with an estimated street value of $100,000 was discovered in their vehicle during a traffic stop has been given a deferred sentence. On November 29, 2020, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop on a pickup traveling eastbound on I-90 at a high rate of speed. When the trooper approached the vehicle, he allegedly smelled an overwhelming odor of perfume even through his cloth face mask. The trooper reports that...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP|Dec 9, 2021

    Dear NP, “In a recent column, you discussed how to lower cholesterol levels without taking medications. Please talk about the long-term side effects of taking statins, such as the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and memory loss/confusion.” Dear Reader, Statins are a class of medications often prescribed to lower cholesterol levels when diet and exercise alone have not been successful. These medications are safe for most people, but they have been linked to some side effects. One of...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 9, 2021

    Something sinister is happening and I don't know what to do about it. Every time I walk into my office, there's a new piece of holiday detritus staring at me. It started with a cardboard snowflake, leaning nonchalantly on a shelf as though it had always been there. I should have known better even at that early stage. Innocent that I am, I left it where it was because I assumed someone had forgotten where they left it while planning out the office decorations for the year. But then a length of...

  • Public Service Commission

    Dec 9, 2021

    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 increase its Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) by $1,386,882 per annum, effective January 1, 2022, to reflect a change in the average wholesale power costs. 1. PRECorp is a non-profit cooperative public utility as defined in Wyo. Stat. § 37-1-101(a)(vi)(C), subject to the Comm... Full story

  • School Warrants

    Dec 9, 2021

    Crook County School District No. 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 15, 2021, at MOORCROFT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 4G Ranch Supply, Inc. Gates and Cowhide Rugs $ 1,762.00 A & B Welding Supply Co., Inc. Welder, Leads, & Supplies $ 12,853.82 All Around Hardware Supplies $ 2,077.05 Credit Card Plan Teaching Materials & Supplies $... Full story


    Dec 9, 2021

    NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR NEW BAR AND GRILL LIQUOR LICENSE, FOR THE CITY OF SUNDANCE, 2021/2022. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the applicant whose name is set forth below has filed their application for a new Bar and Grill Liquor License in the Office of the Sundance City Clerk, City of Sundance, County of Crook, Wyoming. The name of said applicant and the description of the place and premise which the applicant desire to use as the place of sale is set forth as follows: LIQUOR LICENSE David Stewart 203 Cleveland Street Block 9 Lots 5 & 6 of... Full story

  • Adoption

    Dec 9, 2021

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF: DUSTIN J. HEYING and DAXTON J. HEYING, MINOR CHILDREN. Doc. No. AD-4089 LEGAL NOTICE OF ADOPTION DEBRA LYNN HEYING, whose address is unknown, take notice that DUSTIN HEYING AND SHANNON HEYING have petitioned the Sixth Judicial District Court, County of Crook, Wyoming, docket number AD-4089 for the adoption of the minor children and the following relief: The parental rights of Debra Lynn Heying to the minor children should be... Full story


    Dec 9, 2021

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Wednesday, December 1, 2021 4:00 o’clock p.m. Present for the special meeting were Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, via conference call, Vice-Chairwoman Jeanne A. Whalen, Member Fred M. Devish and Deputy County Clerk Melissa Jones. Present for the liquor license hearing were Casey & James Moore and Cody Galloway. Discussion was held on the application to transfer a retail liquor license from Sand Creek Trading Post LLC dba Sand Creek Trading Post t... Full story

  • Name change

    Dec 9, 2021

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF: CHARITY MICHELLE NORTHUP For Change of Name Civil Action No. 8836 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME Notice is hereby given that on the 24th day of November, 2021, a Petition was filed in the District Court in and for Crook County, State of Wyoming, by Charity Michelle Northup, praying for an Order of the Court changing her name to Charity Michelle Burch. Any person desiring to object to the granting of the... Full story

  • Election

    Dec 9, 2021


  • Circuit Court

    Dec 9, 2021

    Speeding – Anatoliy Popovich, WA, 90/80, $105; Sydney Lindeman, UT, 96/80, $140; Gwendelyne Kepakisan, SD, 90/75, $135; David Hamon, OK, 87/75, $120; Jamie Eckroth, CO, 88/75, $125; Spencer Durfee, MT, 88/75, $125; (minor), Rozet, 34/20, $140; Clifford Westendorp, MI, 85/80, $15; Donald Little, MN, 97/80, $145; Laura Johnson, WA, 80/70, $105; Quang Dang, Gillette, 99/75, $180 No Valid Driver’s License – Gwendelyne Kepakisan, SD, $140 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – David D. Means, Moorcroft, $270 No Auto Insurance (2nd+ o...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Dec 9, 2021

    Nov. 29 – Five VIN checks. Two traffic stops. County house watches. Seven Sundance house watches. Removed animal carcass. Two harassment complaints. Welfare check. Sundance business checks. County business checks. EMS page. Nov. 30 – Three VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Theft report. Suicidal subject. Suspicious circumstances. Suspicious person. Fingerprints for concealed carry permit. Two assists to Wyoming Highway Patrol. Booked in new inmate. County business checks. Business alarm. EMS page. Dec. 1 – Three VIN checks. Traffic stop. Paper...

  • Taking advantage of the weather

    Dec 9, 2021

    Sundance high School physical education classes enjoyed canoeing and football as part of their curriculum last week, making good use of the warmer than usual weather just before the temperatures took a plunge....

  • Elementary program next week

    Dec 9, 2021

    The public is invited to celebrate the holidays with Sundance Elementary first and second graders at 6 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 14. Songs will include Nice, Nice Christmas, Time for Love, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Hip Hop Reindeer, If I Could Fly Like a Snowflake, Come and See the Baby, Cancion De La Navidad and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Please come and join us for a little Christmas cheer....

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