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Articles from the December 14, 2023 edition

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  • Breaking a leg

    Dec 14, 2023

    Sundance High School's thespian troupe had a great showing at the Wyoming State Thespian Festival at Casper College. The group received third place for 1A/2A schools for a one-act play titled "Complaint Department and Lemonade" by Kameron Klitgaard. Bren Anderson also received an honorable mention for performing monologues, one of them being "To Be or Not to Be" from Hamlet. Mr. Gillis extends praise and appreciation to the cast and crew: Bren Anderson, Jade Weaver, Gracie Davis, Curtis...

  • Structures lost in late evening fire

    Dec 14, 2023

    A shop and lean-to were lost during a late evening fire at the Mills Ranch on Saturday. According to Fire Chief Gari Gill, firefighters arrived at the scene around 10 p.m. to find the structures fully engulfed and set up lines on all sides to contain the flames. Sundance Volunteer Fire Department sent an engine and tender to the fire. As the home is located on Hwy 116, about halfway between the two municipalities, Upton Volunteer Fire Department also sent an engine and tender and the Weston...

  • City not giving up on fire hall project

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 14, 2023

    The Sundance Volunteer Fire Department is not giving up its hopes to expand and improve the fire hall, despite being unsuccessful in securing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding during the last two go-arounds. Fire Chief Gari Gill said last week that there are several options being pursued. The first is the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program through FEMA, which funds critically needed resources for emergency personnel. New grants will be available at the beginning of next year, he said, and these could be pursued for the fire hall...

  • City attorney speaks out against property tax petition

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 14, 2023

    City Attorney Mark Hughes is concerned about a petition currently circulating in this area – so much so that he felt the need to speak publicly about the damage it could do at last week’s meeting of the Sundance City Council. The night before, he said, he attended a meeting at which the Republican Central Committee was urged to adopt a petition that demands property taxes be cut by 50%. “I didn’t sign it, but I think a lot of people did. It was urged by the people there to sign the petition, and I just want to say publicly that people ought to...

  • A new way to honor veterans?

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 14, 2023

    Changes may be made to the rules for inclusion Crook County War Memorial to reflect the fact that some county veterans did not serve during wartime, while others have lived here for many years but do not qualify for their names to be included. Veterans who fall into these categories would not necessarily be added to the wall itself, but could still be honored with paving stones. The conversation was spurred by Kenny Byrne, who approached Commissioner Bob Latham a little while ago to discuss maintenance of the memorial and to suggest some...

  • Subdivision rule changes pass muster

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 14, 2023

    The Crook County Commissioners have approved updates to the regulations for minor subdivisions and the bylaws of the Land Use Planning Commission following a public hearing last week. The updated versions differ only slightly from the proposals originally put forth by Land Use. Subdivision Updates One of the most significant changes to the minor subdivision rules was to reduce the minimum size of an allowable lot from five acres to 2.5 acres. “It does not mean they have to make 2.5 acre lots, but it gives them that opportunity if they want t...

  • New Arrival

    Dec 14, 2023

    Proud parents Bren and Robin (Moberg) Rasmussen are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Kate Autumn Rasmussen. Kate was born in Bozeman, MT on November 3, weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz. She joins her big brother, Cal. Maternal grandparents are Jeff and Yvonne Moberg of Sundance. Paternal grandparents are Kelly and Kristi Rasmussen of Rock Springs....

  • Keith Haagensen

    Dec 14, 2023

    Keith Haagensen, Sr., 83 of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away, Thursday, December 7, 2023 at Crook County Memorial Hospital. Keith Sr. was born February 8, 1940 in Elizabeth, Colorado, to Oswald and Veva (McLean) Haagensen. He was raised in Colorado and graduated from Pierce High School. Keith Sr. began working for a saddle company and later worked as a carpenter. In 1965, Keith Sr. married Verna White and started their family. Keith Jr. was born in 1966, followed by four other children: Bud, Janna... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Dec 14, 2023

    Our Thanks Blessings in a Backpack would like to thank the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Lieutenant Boumeester, for donating $500 for the Christmas food boxes. The donation was made through the Governor’s Residence Foundation Board, supporting the Shop with a Cop Program, to purchase food from the Corner Market. Our Thanks We cannot thank Dr. Waddell enough for his quick and professional response to have gotten Larry to Casper quickly and get us to the heart doctors. He had extensive heart surgery (five stints) and is up walking now. Thank you to a... Full story

  • Five years

    Dec 14, 2023

    Kathaleen Spencer was recognized last week for her five years of service to Crook County. She is shown with Commissioner Fred Devish and County Attorney Joe Baron....

  • Peek at the Past

    Dec 14, 2023

    1 Years Ago December 13, 1923 Ernest Pattinson is carrying mail on the Aladdin-Alva line, succeeding Jack Minnis, who with his family is leaving for California to spend the winter. Dr. C. L. Calvert moved about 400 sheep into Sundance Saturday enroute to the home ranch in Grand Canyon. The band was purchased from W. A. Ripley of Hulett. One of the curious anomalies of our fall weather was shown Saturday when Matt Whalen of Aladdin was plowing with a gang plow, while Sundance people were...

  • Council seeks solution for storm flooding

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 14, 2023

    The council is seeking a way to storm-proof the area of town around High Mile Road, where heavy rains have made it clear that a significant drainage issue exists. The problem was brought before the council a month ago, when a resident requested attention on the water jumping the curb with no gutter to catch it, which has led to flooding in nearby homes. He asked if there might be a possibility of adding drainage in the area. Brooks agreed that this is an issue that is also happening in the downtown, perhaps because roofs these days are larger t...

  • City hall finally gets a fix for hail damage

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 14, 2023

    The roof of City Hall has been leaking for the last couple of years thanks to damage caused by hail, but the city’s insurance company was not inclined to pay for repairs. There’s “obvious hail damage on it,” said Public Works Director Mac Erickson last week, but the insurers did not feel it required repairs. Mayor Paul Brooks elaborated, explaining that the adjustor came out after a hail storm and said the dents in the roof did look like hail damage, but weren’t hurting anything. However, as time went on, the plastic underneath the asphalt memb...

  • Circuit Court

    Dec 14, 2023

    Speeding – Andrew Pinski, La Crosse, WI, 98/75, $175; Randy Peterson, Palermo, ND, 93/80, $125; Mark Maliske, Denver, CO, 79/70, $103; Jose Granados Dominguez, Gillette, WY, 96/80, $140; Devin Garza, Belle Fourche, SD, 82/65, $209; Jeremy Cuff, Kearns, UT, 84/70, $130 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – Lane Efreaimson, Saginaw, MN, $440; Layla Marie Zink, Gillette, WY, $450 No Valid Driver’s License – Jermaine Brooks, Gillette, WY, $150 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Vance J. Petersen, Piedmont,...

  • Why Wyoming sent 240 inmates to a Mississippi prison

    Maggie Mullen,|Dec 14, 2023

    The Wyoming Department of Corrections’ transfer of 240 inmates to a private Mississippi prison due to a staffing shortage is a temporary fix to an ongoing problem, WDOC Director Dan Shannon says. “We don’t have an inmate housing issue,” Shannon told WyoFile. “We have a staffing problem.” Roughly 25% of the department’s uniformed staff positions are vacant, with most of those occurring at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins and the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk. To account for that, the department has also transferred 40 inmates to the Li...

  • Two Campbell County jail death investigations sent out of county

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 14, 2023

    GILLETTE — Two separate investigations into deaths that have happened in Campbell County Sheriff’s Office custody have been forwarded to special prosecutors in neighboring counties to review for potential charges. At their regular meeting this week, Campbell County Commissioners approved sending the cases out of county to avoid potential conflicts of interest with the Campbell County Attorney’s Office. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation report on the death of Kenneth R. Durrah, who died while he was an inmate in the Campbell Count...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Dec 14, 2023

    Children, mother injured in fiery crash near Ralston POWELL (WNE) — A woman and her two school-aged children suffered “extensive” injuries on Sunday evening after their vehicle crashed down an embankment and caught fire just east of Ralston. The 36-year-old woman, her nine-year-old son and her six-year-old daughter were all taken by ambulance to Powell Valley Hospital and then flown on to larger hospitals in neighboring states, said Trooper Kaycee Shroyer of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Authorities were unsure of the occupants’ place of residen...

  • Forest Service completes assessments for revised forest plan

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 14, 2023

    The assessment phase is now complete for the Black Hills National Forest Plan Revision process and a total of 20 revised, forest-wide resource assessments have been released. The 20 assessments evaluate existing information about current and relevant ecological, economic and social conditions, trends and sustainability on the Forest, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The purpose of conducting assessments is to identify the need to change the Land Management Plan. These will be used, according to the USFS, alongsi...

  • PRECorp members to see slight drop on monthly bills

    Dec 14, 2023

    The Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) Board has approved a Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) for implementation in January. The COPA is a mechanism to recoup or return changes in the wholesale cost of power that PRECorp pays to Basin Electric Power Cooperative from the previous year and weave in anticipated changes in the wholesale power cost in the coming year. This is a separate line item that appears on electric bills each month and is calculated as an addition or reduction to the base rate charges, which is related to the actual cost...

  • Beulah to form service district

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 14, 2023

    Residents of the Beulah area are coming together to create a service and improvement district that will broadly include the Beulah Land Estates and Redwater Estates subdivisions and a couple of additional properties. The main purpose of the district, according to County Clerk Melissa Jones, is to properly govern the shared well through which these residents obtain water for their homes. The shared well is owned by the homeowners’ association, said Jones, “But there has been controversy on who owns it, so they want to form a district so tha...

  • WYDOT warns of stolen blank vehicle titles

    Dec 14, 2023

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation would like to warn residents of potential fraudulent titles after a blank Wyoming title stock was stolen from a Wyoming county. Some of these blank titles, which have control numbers ranging from 8790001 to 8790500, have been used for criminal purposes in Colorado. The control numbers are located at the lower right side of the title in silver print with a security box around the number. On the lower left side of the title will be marked "MV-301 (4/21)"...

  • Council

    Dec 14, 2023

    City of Sundance December 5, 2023 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. in Sundance Council Chambers with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Roll call was taken by Mayor Paul Brooks with Council Members, Callie Hilty, Randy Stevenson, Joe Wilson and Brad Marchant present. CONSENT AGENDA COUNCIL MEMBER MARCHANT MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON SECONDED a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. Mike Coy-Customer Deposits Payable $18.21; Cody Selting-Customer Deposits Payable $76.68; 9 S Consulting- Audit $315... Full story

  • Commissioners

    Dec 14, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, December 5, 2023 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Petition for Formation of Beulah I&S District The County Clerk presented and filed with the Board a Certificate of Petition for the Formation of Beulah Improvement & Service District. Presenting that, on October 2, 2023, a ... Full story

  • Abandoned Vehicles

    Dec 14, 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 / Board Member

    Dec 14, 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

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