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Articles from the December 21, 2023 edition

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  • A thousand more homes to get broadband access

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 21, 2023

    Over a thousand homes in Crook County are set to have access to broadband internet for the first time thanks to federal grant awards that aim to make access available across the nation. Two local projects were among 32 applications to be approved for funding, with a total of $70.5 million in federal funds to be spent expanding broadband to more than 11,000 locations across the state that do not currently have access to high-speed internet. “This is the single-largest broadband investment in Wyoming history,” said Governor Mark Gordon in the...

  • Decking the halls

    Dec 21, 2023

    Smokey the Bear was on hand last week to help Sundance's fourth graders decorate the Christmas tree in the Bearlodge Ranger District Office's reception area. The kids were invited on a special field trip to hear a presentation about trees, and the important role they play in our world, and then decorate their own slices of tree trunk, or "tree cookies". Once complete, Smokey arrived as a special surprised and watched on as the kids hung their ornaments from the branches of the tree, brightening...

  • Public input sought for zoning plans

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 21, 2023

    A series of public meetings has been scheduled for January to solicit input on plans to potentially introduce zoning to Crook County. These meetings will form the next step of the county’s exploration of whether zoning would suit this county in the light of the high level of development that has gone on over the last few years, and will aim to gauge exactly where the public stands on the issue. Meetings will take place in all four municipalities throughout January, led by a facilitator, and will focus on options for growth management. A c...

  • No mussels found in state waters

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 21, 2023

    Wyoming Game & Fish announced this week that, despite breaking records for high-risk watercraft inspections this year, the state’s waters appear to still be free from invasive mussels. According to the announcement, the department inspected over 73,000 boats across the state. Personnel decontaminated 1154 watercraft and found mussels on 64 of them, both the highest number since the Aquatic Invasive Species program began in 2010. “This year we saw another increase in high-risk watercraft moving through Wyoming’s check stations,” said Josh Le...

  • Local vet honored by Quilt of Valor Foundation

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 21, 2023

    Local veteran Ed Kinsall was honored earlier this month with a Quilt of Valor®, a handmade work of art created to honor his service during the Vietnam War and say, in the words of the foundation, "Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor in serving our nation." The Quilts of Valor Foundation places its focus on comfort and healing, lovingly creating each civilian award for those veterans who need to know their sacrifice is acknowledged or never heard the words "welcome home". "I'm...

  • St. Nicholas comes to visit

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 21, 2023

    For the first time in a generation, look outside your window as Christmas Day draws to its close and you’ll see a full moon hanging in the sky. It’s a scene immortalized in many a festive tale, most famously “The Night Before Christmas”, in which, “The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave a luster of midday to objects below”. It also lit the way for everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer, and many a Christmas card and decoration has depicted Santa’s sleigh flying in front of a bright, full moon. In reality, the “Cold Moon” can...

  • Ellen Griffis

    Dec 21, 2023

    Funeral services for longtime Hulett, Wyoming, resident Ellen Griffis will be held December 22, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Greater Hulett Community Center. Pastor Wayne Wilson of Newcastle, Wyoming will be officiant. Mary Ellen (Morris) Griffis left this world peacefully on December 12, 2023, at the age of 82. She was born to Glenn and Edna Morris on November 8, 1941. Ellen was the youngest of six kids. She graduated from Hulett High School in 1960. Ellen married Gene Griffis on November 25, 1960 and they spent 63 wonderful years loving, annoying... Full story

  • Service: James Heath

    Dec 21, 2023

    Memorial Services for James Heath will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27 at the Church of the Good Shepherd.... Full story

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Dec 21, 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 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....

  • Christmas Services

    Dec 21, 2023

    Black Hills Cowboy Church Christmas Eve: 3 p.m. at 5 p.m. (no Sunday morning service) Church of Christ Christmas Eve: Bible Class at 10 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m. Good Shepherd Christmas Eve: 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Christmas Eve: 5 p.m.; Christmas Day: 10 a.m. Pine Ridge Community Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Service: 7 p.m. St. Paul’s Catholic Church Christmas Eve: Morning Service at 10:30 a.m. and Christmas Eve Service at 5 p.m. Sundance United Methodist Blue Christmas Longest Night Service: Thurs., Dec. 21, 6...

  • Card of Thanks

    Dec 21, 2023

    Thank You Saint Paul’s Catholic Women appreciate your generous donations to our annual bake sale December 14. They will be most helpful with both local and other projects. Our wishes to all of you for a Blessed Christmas Season and peaceful New Year.... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Dec 21, 2023

    1 Years Ago December 20, 1923 At a meeting of the Commercial Club Monday night, it was voted to have a community Christmas tree on Christmas eve, Monday night at 7:30. A committee was appointed on finance and decorating as follows: Paul M. Lewis, H. G. Schloredt and Tom Roark. Immediately following the Christmas treat the regular Tuesday show will be given at 8:15. Regular admission will be charged adults, but all juniors are invited to the show free of charge. The disappearance of Forest Reynolds, mail contractor on the Sundance-Aladdin line...

  • Circuit Court

    Dec 21, 2023

    Speeding – Ramsey Livingston, Eau Claire, WI, 93/75, $150; Michael Hefron, Bloomington, IN, 89/75, $130; Kyle Vandyke, Thornton, CO, 79/70, $103; Peyton Stoneking, Douglas, WY, 107/80, $195 No Seat Belt (passenger) – Blake Harding, Gillette, WY, $10 No Valid Driver’s License – Patricia Edwards, Liberty Lakes, WA, $140 Vehicle Off Road – Joseph S. Sorenson, Gillette, WY, $250 No Left Side Mirror – Payton E. Brock, Quapaw, OK, $90 Window Tint Violation – Chase Loebs, Newcastle, WY, $90 No Auto Insurance – Patricia Edwards, Liberty Lakes,...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Dec 21, 2023

    Dec. 11 – Five VIN checks. Fingerprints. Seven traffic stops. Two business checks. Citizen assist. Suspicious circumstance. Dec. 12 – Two VIN checks. Property damage. Two traffic stops. Four house watches. Two welfare checks. Suspicious circumstance. Three citizen assists. Project Life Saver. Traffic hazard. Dec. 13 – Two suspicious circumstances. House watch. Three traffic stops. Two motorist assists. Two business checks. Assist other agency. Property damage. Dec. 14 – Four VIN check. Prisoner transport. Three traffic stops. Three busines...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Dec 21, 2023

    Dear Editor, In regard to your front page article, Mr. Hughes needs to be more thorough before making such extreme comments about the property tax petition being circulated. He, according to the paper, alleges that the petition “demands that property taxes be cut by 50%”. That is absolutely untrue. If those quotations are accurate, Mr. Hughes is doing a disservice to the citizens of Sundance. The fact is that the petition clearly states that it would establish “…A homeowners exemption for primary residences….”. It goes on to state very clearl...

  • Wyoming needs to be bullish about energy!

    Mark Gordon, Governor of Wyoming|Dec 21, 2023

    Loading an unwilling bull into a trailer can be daunting, even if it is for its own good. Bulls tend to be testy and their size presents a special challenge. My dad’s approach involved roping the bull, dragging it to the trailer, attaching a block and tackle and then – after a good deal of cussing and a lathered-up saddle horse or two – we might wrench it into the trailer. We never hurt a bull, but we had some impromptu rodeos in the process. It didn’t always work, especially if the bull was distracted by somebody’s yappy dog or a party of...

  • Fewer elk. Sicker elk. That's what the experts expect if Wyoming keeps on feeding.

    Mike Koshmrl,|Dec 21, 2023

    If Wyoming keeps throwing hay to help elk survive the winter, the state is creating a future where wapiti will be ravaged by chronic wasting disease and dramatically reduced in number. Hunter opportunities, likewise, will fall off significantly. At least that’s what the experts expect. Eight experts, to be exact, including three employees of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Here are their projections for what’s coming to northwest Wyoming elk herds in two decades if state officials entrusted to manage the herds continue feeding while alw...

  • Seasonal closures now in effect

    Dec 21, 2023

    Seasonal gates and recreation sites that are not open through the winter on the Black Hills National Forest were closed on Friday, December 15. Gates are closed to provide seasonal refuge for wildlife, protect natural resources and provide for public safety as some roads are converted to snowmobile trails. Seasonally closed roads and trails are identified on the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). Snowmobile trails are open from December 15 to March 31 annually. Wheeled vehicles are not allowed on the snowmobile trails during that time...

  • Idler jailed for violating protection order

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 21, 2023

    Josh Idler has been jailed after being accused of breaking the terms of his bond and violating a protection order, which states that he cannot visit his wife’s place of employment or be within 500 feet of his children. Idler currently faces felony charges of child abuse and aggravated assault and battery, to which he changed his plea to guilty in October. Idler has also admitted to breaking the terms of his probation on a previous case in which he was adjudicated guilty of counts including reckless endangerment, child abuse and domestic a...

  • Quaker recalls granola bars and cereals due to possible health risk

    Dec 21, 2023

    Quaker Oats Company has announced a recall of specific granola bars and granola cereals because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The recalled products were distributed in Wyoming and throughout the nation in retail stores and other outlets. Along with this, recalled products may have been sent home as part of the school nutrition program in Wyoming. The recalled product list consists of various granola bars, granola cereal and granola bars that were a part of variety packs or snack boxes. Please use the following...

  • UW Extension

    Vicki Hayman, Community Vitality and Health Educator|Dec 21, 2023

    Prime rib roast is the undisputed king when it comes to a large cut of beef. Prime rib is a spectacular centerpiece for a holiday dinner. Prime rib is expensive because it’s a highly desirable, delectable meat cut known for being juicy, flavorful and tender. However, if you have ever had a well-cooked cut of prime rib, you know it is worth every penny for this beautiful, show-stopping piece of meat. The prime rib is a tender, flavorful roast cut from the center of the rib section of the animal. It is incredibly flavorful and juicy because it is...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Dec 21, 2023

    Man accused of strangling girlfriend, holding her against her will GILLETTE (WNE) — Officers forced their way into a home and later arrested a 37-year-old man who allegedly strangled his girlfriend and held her against her will Friday night. Police went to the 100 block of Bay Avenue for the report of a man and woman in a fight at about 11:15 p.m., Police Cpl. Dan Stroup said. When they arrived, they forced their way into the home after they heard a woman whimpering and what sounded like strangling noises. In the home, they spoke to the man a...


    Dec 21, 2023

    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE BEULAH IMPROVEMENT AND SERVICE DISTRICT BEFORE THE BOARD OF CROOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with W.S. §22-29-109 that a hearing is to be held on behalf of those petitioning for a service and improvement district before the County Commissioners as follows: 1. The name of the proposed district shall be the “Beulah Improvement and Service District.” 3. The proposed district is located within Crook County, Wyoming, and the boundaries of the district and the land sit... Full story

  • Oil and Gas

    Dec 21, 2023

    BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) will meet at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, January 8, 2024, and subsequent days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to consider the following matters at the office of the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, 2211 King Boulevard, Casper, Wyoming. DOCKET NO. / APPLICANT / MATTER / S-T-R / FORMATION / COUNTY 1757-2023 / Oildigger Resources Fund I / Flare Gas;... Full story

  • Tax Deed

    Dec 21, 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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