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    Dec 15, 2022

    Due to road conditions causing a delay in newspaper distribution, online acess to this week's news stories will be free.... Full story

  • Winter Fest back on Main Street

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 15, 2022

    The Sundance Winter Festival will be coming back to Main Street after all – a change of plans that prompted a positive reaction from the city council last week. “I can’t tell you how happy that would make me,” commented Mayor Paul Brooks on hearing the news from Tony Barton, who is volunteering as organizer through the Sundance Chamber of Commerce. The rest of the council was equally vocal in support. The council heard during November’s meeting that it would not be possible for the popular festival to take place downtown. The only way to ke... Full story

  • Just in time

    Dec 15, 2022

    In anticipation of what promised to be one of the bigger blizzards to hit this region in recent years, the U.S. Forest Service began its road closures a little early this week. Not long after, roads and schools began to close as the winds gusted and the snow steadily fell. For more, see page 5.... Full story

  • City seeks to solve court issue

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 15, 2022

    The City of Sundance has opted to seek a new municipal judge rather than continue to wait for the Wyoming Supreme Court to approve its request for ordinance citations to be handled in Circuit Court. Meanwhile, at the suggestion of Sheriff Jeff Hodge, the Crook County Sheriff’s Office will likely start enforcing a select number of city ordinances. The city has contracted with the sheriff’s office for law enforcement for the last couple of years, to the overall satisfaction of both sides. However, two loose ends still remain and, at last Tue... Full story

  • CCMSD moves to replace records system

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 15, 2022

    The board of trustees for Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has officially moved to replace its electronic medical records system (EMR), which has been causing serious issues with cash flow and is deeply unpopular with staff. The board met in special session on Friday to discuss the potential contract. The majority of the meeting was spent in executive session to allow board attorney Kara Ellsbury to provide legal advice on the terms of the contract and any other legal issues associated with it. Following the executive session,... Full story

  • New EPA rules to impact city water system

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 15, 2022

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of changing its rules on lead and copper in public drinking water systems. Within the next couple of years, according to Public Works Director Mac Erickson, this is likely to have a significant impact on the City of Sundance. The first step in the process, according to Erickson, will be a requirement for the city to create a complete inventory of every service line within its water system by 2026. Once this is complete, he expects that the EPA will require the city to replace a... Full story

  • Deck the halls

    Dec 15, 2022

    Sundance's fourth graders convened on the Bearlodge Ranger District office on Thursday to hang the Christmas decorations they had made the day before for the tree that takes pride of place in the lobby. The kids were then invited for juice and cookies in the company of Smokey Bear. Pictured, Blair King and Tyce Erickson hang their ornaments.... Full story

  • Roy "Dutch" Hoyer

    Dec 15, 2022

    Roy "Dutch" Hoyer, 86, of Glenrock, Wyoming, passed peacefully in his sleep on December 11, 2022, at Banner Medical Center in Casper. Dutch was born on January 31, 1936, in Sundance, Wyoming, to George and Betty Hoyer. He attended Sundance Elementary and Sundance High School until the eighth grade before striking out to pursue an incredible life of self-learning and experiences. Having been blessed with a strong mind and body, Dutch quickly found his way into a career in oil exploration and... Full story

  • James B. Frisbee, Jr.

    Dec 15, 2022

    James B. “Jim” “Jimmy” Frisbee, Jr., 75, of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away on November 24, 2022, at Monument Health in Rapid City, South Dakota. Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.... Full story

  • Card of Thanks

    Dec 15, 2022

    Blessings in a Backpack would like to thank everyone for the donations to our program this year. Donations were received from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Wyoming Governors Residence Foundation, Wyoming Hunger Initiative, Powder River Energy Foundation, Neiman Enterprises, INC., Sundance State Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Summit National Bank, Hulett Lions Club, Hulett Student Counci and Jeff and Reneé Carrier. Also, thank you to the Corner Market for providing a box to collect food items, and their... Full story

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Dec 15, 2022

    We do in-town deliveries for people who are unable to make it into the library and we do curbside delivery for those who would prefer not to come inside. Just give us a call and we will get your books ready. Come check out our numerous magazines we have available for a two week checkout. WebMD Magazine you will receive informative, trustworthy health news, features and self-assessments. Displays: Christmas Village by Violet Smith and Melissa Mitchell. Snowmen by Jane Wilkerson. Library Programming: CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD meeting Thurs.,... Full story

  • Pinochle Marathon

    Gail Kaiser|Dec 15, 2022

    These are Pinochle average scores for individuals as of December 6, 2022: Lyle Brunson 4484 Vivian Brunson 4146 Mary Jayne Jordan 4025 Carol Jordan 3960 Barbara Byrne 3765 Richard Wilkerson 3675 Gail Kaiser 3652 Jacquie McInerney 3633 Tracy Santistevan 3623 Larry Byrne 3578 Jennifer Adams 3402 Terry Wilkerson 3325 Joann Salyer 3123 Jean Adams 3064 Alan Loken 2995 Karol Santistevan 2463 Marla Loken 2423 Dave Daniels 2155 These are Pinochle average scores for couples as of December 6, 2022: Lyle and Vivian Brunson 8630 Carol Jordan and Mary... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Dec 15, 2022

    1 Years Ago December 14, 1922 George Holden announces a fare well reception party at their ranch on Pine Ridge next Saturday evening. Dancing and refreshments, to which all are invited. Miss Dain Holden is soon to leave for a course in college. The cold snap reached bottom last Friday morning at 11 degrees below zero. This was supposed to end the winter period for a time and Sunday was pleasant as a basket of chips. But Monday started out at 6 below again, so there you are. Miss Ripley and Leta Butterfield will give a Christmas entertainment... Full story

  • Circuit Court

    Dec 15, 2022

    Speeding – Kyle D. Williams, Newcastle, WY, 37/20, $345; Lorrie P. Lefave, Moorcroft, WY, 86/70, $140; Zane Minney, Cheyenne, WY, 79/70, $103; Elise Patton, Pine Ridge, SD, 93/75, $150; Isaac Havens, Iron River, MI, 85/80, $25; Lauren Mosher, Liscomb, IA, 88/80, $101; Joshua Frederick, Emmetsburg, IA, 89/75, $130; Vaibhav Gopisetti, Rancho Palos Verde, CA, 90/75, $135 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – Jason Davis, Gillette, $440 No Seat Belt (driver) – Samantha Simmons, Newcastle, WY, $25 Fail to Yield Right of Way for E... Full story

  • Crook County Sheriff

    Dec 15, 2022

    Dec. 5 – Six VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Business check. Citizen assist. Two house watches. Prisoner transport. Patient transfer. Dec. 6 – Eight VIN checks. Six traffic stops. Abandoned vehicle. Traffic accident with damage. Animal complaint. Assisted Moorcroft Police. Business check. House watch. Vehicle lockout. REDDI report. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Dec. 7 – Three VIN checks. Traffic stop. Two traffic accidents with damage. Business checks. Fraud report. House watches. Two EMS pages. Dec. 8 – VIN check. Three traffic stops. Busines... Full story

  • County hears first subdivision exemption request

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 15, 2022

    The commissioners have heard their first request for an exemption to the county’s new rules for subdivisions over 35 acres in size. However, due to the need for more information, a decision has been tabled until January. According to the new rules, which come into effect this month, there is a list of exemptions that can be requested by an applicant. For example, an exemption may be possible if the land is greater than 140 acres in size or the applicant is only requesting a boundary adjustment. The owner of any land that has not been changed s... Full story

  • Black Hills National Forest to begin seasonal closures

    Dec 15, 2022

    Due to an impending winter storm, staff began closing seasonal gates and recreation sites that are not open through the winter on the Black Hills National Forest, Mon., Dec. 12, ahead of the regularly scheduled Dec. 15 date. Gates are closed to provide a seasonal refuge for wildlife, protect road and trail surfaces and other resources, and provide for public safety as some of the roads are converted into part of the snowmobile trail system. Seasonally closed roads and trails are identified on the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). Black... Full story

  • UW Extension announces 2022 award recipients

    Dec 15, 2022

    At an annual conference in Casper last month, the University of Wyoming Extension recognized educators across the state for outstanding service in 2022. For her efforts to extend the 4-H experience to district students who might not otherwise have access to livestock events, Crook County educator Sara Fleenor earned the Diversity Enhancement Recognition Award. The livestock show, now in its second year, connects 4-H and FFA members with students enrolled in special education programs in local public schools. More than 100 students participated... Full story

  • BLM plans slash pile burns

    Dec 15, 2022

    The Bureau of Land Management Newcastle Field Office has announced plans to burn slash piles this winter on BLM-administered lands in Crook and Weston counties. Burning may continue as conditions permit through April 2023. In Crook County, BLM will burn approximately 700 acres of slash piles in the Moore Canyon, Proctor, Jackpot, and Goldie Divide project areas. All prescribed burn projects are conducted in accordance with approved burn plans and burning is contingent on fuel moisture and weather meeting appropriate treatment condition on... Full story

  • Salazar seeks clarity for Food Freedom Act

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, The Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 15, 2022

    RIVERTON — Sen. Tim Salazar, R-Riverton, is authoring a bill to clarify language in the state’s Food Freedom Act after Department of Ag inspectors balked at the sale of raw milk on Riverton’s Main Street. “This is an issue also of just small business development, small business growth,” Salazar said of the legislation to a crowd of community members during a town hall event earlier this month. “My belief is that it will receive widespread support in the legislature.” One of Main Street’s newest businesses, Fremont Foods LLC, works much like... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Dec 15, 2022

    Committeewoman cited over errant shots fired during hunt POWELL (WNE) — Nina Webber, the Wyoming Republican National Committeewoman and a two-time candidate for House District 24, has been charged with reckless endangerment stemming from a morning elk hunt Nov. 30 near Wapiti. Ranch manager Cory Williams at Trout Creek said he and his wife were forced to seek cover as bullets from a group of hunters buzzed over their heads while they were outside their home preparing for work. He said he heard roughly two dozen shots being fired as elk s... Full story

  • County Commissioners

    Dec 15, 2022

    COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, December 6, 2022 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Vice-Chairwoman Jeanne A. Whalen, Member Fred M. Devish and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. After discussion, Jeanne moved to approve the following resolution: RESOLUTION NO. 2022-26 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING USUAL BUSINESS HOURS WHEREAS, per Wyoming Statute 18-3-103(b), county officers shall k... Full story

  • City Council

    Dec 15, 2022

    City of Sundance, Wyoming December 6, 2022 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Roll call was taken by Mayor Brooks with Council Members Joe Wilson, Bradley Marchant, Callie Hilty and Randy Stevenson present. COUNCIL MEMBER MARCHANT MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON SECONDED a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. Andi Grine-Customers Deposit Payable $3.12; 21 Electric-Water-Elec Maint. $227.80; A &T-Water $34.98; B&B Valley Scale Service & Sales-Garbage TS... Full story

  • Probate

    Dec 15, 2022

    THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF WYOMING IN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY Case No. CV-8918 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DORIS ANN BENOIT, Deceased. NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 30th day of November 2022, the Estate of Doris Ann Benoit was admitted to probate by the above-named Court, and that Beth Rubus and John P. Fritz were appointed the Co-Administrators thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to Doris Ann Benoit or to her Estate... Full story

  • Basketball season underway

    Rebecca Maupin|Dec 15, 2022

    Girls at Upton The winter sports seasons got underway this past weekend as the Sundance basketball teams participated in the Bobcat Invitational in Upton. Playing three games over the two days, the Lady Bulldogs open their season with a 2-1 record. Starting off Friday night, the Sundance Lady Bulldogs were matched up against the Hulett Lady Red Devils. Opening play with a full court press, the Lady Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and only added to it as the game continued. Nine Lady... Full story

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