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Articles from the December 22, 2022 edition


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  • Giant blizzard batters region

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 22, 2022

    As much of the region braced under the impact of a storm so enormous that it eventually impacted most of the nation, some were left wondering what all the fuss was about – especially within the Sundance city limits. That was, until last week’s blizzard began to pick up pace again just as it was meant to be winding down. The storm itself was enormous enough to caused tornadoes in the south of the country and heavy snow further north at exactly the same time. By Friday, according to national news sources, at least 50 tornadoes had been sighted ac...

  • Tragedy hits rescue mission

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 22, 2022

    Two local men perished during a search and rescue effort at Keyhole State Park that began on Thursday and continued until dusk on Sunday. Bruce Lang, 68, and Jason Otto, 48, both tragically lost their lives while attempting to rescue a stranded recreationist who had fallen through the ice. The Crook County Sheriff's Office received a call on December 15 at around 9:10 p.m. that a male subject had gone through the ice while driving his UTV on the reservoir. Dispatch spoke to the subject on the...

  • Flocking together

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 22, 2022

    The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is a widespread effort in which an estimated 80,000 volunteers in more than 2600 locations across the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Latin America will track the health of bird populations at a scale that scientists could not accomplish alone. Crook County is among the locations where volunteers can help gather valuable data about such things as number of bird species and numbers of each species within set geographic areas on an early winter day. Birders of all...

  • Governor calls for property tax relief

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 22, 2022

    Among the details added to Governor Mark Gordon’s budget proposal last week was a proposal to offer more property tax relief to the Wyoming residents most impacted by inflation: seniors and people living on fixed incomes. “As you know, inflation reached a 40-year high in 2022, resulting in sky-rocketing property values and significant increases and thus homeowners now are seeing higher bills for property taxes,” the governor wrote in a letter to the Joint Appropriations Committee. “Many Wyoming...

  • Eric Orval Huseby

    Dec 22, 2022

    Eric Orval Huseby, 88 was born July 28, 1934 to Louis and Muriel Huseby on the Huseby Ranch. Eric passed away on December 13, 2022. Eric attended the country school here on the place through the eighth grade. Eric worked with his dad on the ranch and in the timber industry. His fairness, honesty and kind heartedness is matched by few. He will be greatly missed. On June 5, 1955, Eric married Jeannie Davis in a ceremony at the Baptist Church in Hulett. The couple made their home on the ranch for...

  • Bruce Lang

    Dec 22, 2022

    Funeral service for Bruce Lang will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 23, 2022 at Keyhole Country Club, Pine Haven, WY with Charlie Gulley and Gordon Harper officiating. Bruce Lang age 68, passed away December 15, 2022 at Keyhole Reservoir doing what he did best: taking care of everyone else....

  • Card of Thanks

    Dec 22, 2022

    Our Thanks Kid Prints Inc. Daycare and Preschool of Sundance has recently received a very generous donation from an organization, who would like to remain anonymous, within the community. Kid Prints Inc. is a nonprofit child care organization integral to our community. Their mission is loving, teaching and nurturing children in a home away from home. They value family, education, integrity, compassion, imagination and safety. Your support, through donations and participation in fundraisers such...

  • Horn Night

    Dec 22, 2022

    (Above) Winners of each category, left to right: Rod Malo (best Northern Pike), Cash Peterson (best youth elk), Hunter Idler (best youth whitetail), Zoe Shoun (best turkey overall), Terry Speidel (best antelope), Bruce Speidel (best mule deer), Scott Tschetter (best walleye), Andy Miller (best whitetail), Randy Gill (best cutthroat trout); not pictured: Doug Gustafson (best elk) and Eli Gill (best youth antelope)....

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Dec 22, 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. Wild West Magazine presents the great American frontier from its beginnings to today. America’s western frontier has been a vital part of the country’s myths and reality, from the earliest exploration beyond the territory of the first colonies, to the wide exp...

  • Peek at the Past

    Dec 22, 2022

    1 Years Ago December 21, 1922 Jesse Guidinger was over from Manhattan yesterday and reports that elk are fast cleaning up the crops on Williams Divide. The animals destroyed three wheat stacks for Williams Bros. and are now visiting the alfalfa and seed stocks every night in spite of repeated driving and scaring them away. It is high time the line was drawn between real game and a monstrous nuisance. Lawrence Good started this week on the ice harvest from Medicine Lake. The ice is of fine...

  • Crook County Sheriff

    Dec 22, 2022

    Dec. 12 – Four VIN checks. Business checks. Citizen assist. Gun call. Traffic hazard. Trespassing complaint. EMS page. Dec. 13 – Alarm. Assisted another agency. Business checks. EMS page. Dec. 14 – Traffic stop. Business check. Welfare check. Dec. 15 – Traffic accident with damage. Assist another agency. Assist Wyoming Highway Patrol. Fingerprints for outside employment. Suspicious person. Arrest subject on warrant. Dec. 16 – Three VIN checks. Traffic accident with injuries. Traffic accident with damage. Fire alarm. Domestic disturban...

  • RIDE group paints picture of the future of education

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 22, 2022

    The future of education in Wyoming could be based on “personalized learning”, if the state opts to follow through with the recommendations released last week by the RIDE Education Advisory Group. Formed by Governor Mark Gordon in 2021, the RIDE (“Reimagining and Innovating the Delivery of Education”) group gathered input from 7000 stakeholders through surveys and held 17 listening sessions in its quest to find the right path forward for education in this state. The result of this research is a report with two main themes: the need to address...

  • Circuit Court

    Dec 22, 2022

    Speeding – Jesse Kropf, Ritter, OR, 81/75, $97; Camey Rae Gathman, Mandan, ND, 90/75, $135; Richard Summers, Nederland, TX, 88/80, $101; Rebecca Podio, Newcastle, WY, 82/70, $120; Ryan Remington, Rapid City, SD, 86/75, $115; Patrick Hoover, Ashburn, VA, 94/75, $155; Michael Landsverk, Billings, MT, 91/80, $115; Derick H. Douglas, Newcastle, WY, 77/70, $99; Nicholas Mattson, Daniel, WY, 88/80, $101; William Streidl, Broomfield, CO, 47/30, $209; Oakley Aaron Hanson, Gillette, WY, $80 No Seat Belt (driver with passenger under 12) – Timothy Fox...

  • PRECorp announces capital credit refund

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 22, 2022

    Powder River Energy has announced that it will be issuing almost $20 million in capital credit retirements this year. The cooperative describes these credits as one of the major benefits of being a member and say they reflect one of the seven principles of a cooperative: member economic participation. Each year, all revenue that has been received in excess of the expenses for that year is allocated to members as a capital contribution based on their power purchased. The unretired amount in a member’s capital credit account represents the v...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 22, 2022

    Since I wrote my column about the architectural prowess of King Charles, a few people have told me that he isn’t quite the person they always thought he was. This didn’t surprise me – on this side of the pond, he’s mainly known as the man who broke Princess Diana’s heart. But while the tale of Diana is a sad one, it’s not what defines him. To be clear, I was a huge fan of the princess – I almost even met her, when she flew to my home town by helicopter and spent a great deal of time speaking...

  • Santa's sneezes

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 22, 2022

    As Santa’s big day approaches, medical experts are recommending caution – especially around members of your family and social circle who are more vulnerable to serious illness, such as infants and the elderly. An increase in contagious diseases has been reported all around the nation, with an earlier flu season than usual. “We have been seeing some RSV, especially in the pediatric population,” says Micki Lyons, CEO for Crook County Medical Services District. “There has been an uptick of Influe...

  • Stateline Shootout cut short due to weather

    Rebecca Maupin|Dec 22, 2022

    The Sundance Bulldogs were able to dig out of the snow and play one game of the Stateline Shootout on Friday. Rescheduling to just the varsity, the Bulldogs hosted the Newcastle Dogies. “The boys played well coming off a week of no practice,” commented head coach Nic Olson, “It took us a little bit to get into the game but overall I was happy with their performance after a long break.” Despite their slow start, the Bulldog defense fueled their offense. Keaton Mills led the charge with eight steals for the night and put up an impressive 36 poin...

  • Future of Campbell County library board members up in the air after call for removal

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 22, 2022

    GILLETTE — The future of two library board members is up in the air after Commissioner Rusty Bell revealed their membership in the Wyoming MassResistance private Facebook group and called for their removal from the board. Commission Chairman Del Shelstad said Thursday he has no issue with putting that on the agenda for Tuesday’s commission meeting, but that he wanted to run it by the other commissioners before making it official. In an email written Tuesday morning to deputy county attorney Kyle Ferris, who was recently hired by the com...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Dec 22, 2022

    WyDOT cautions drivers about winter conditions SHERIDAN (WNE) — The Sheridan Police Department reported 38 motor vehicle accidents on city streets, not including hit and run accidents, between Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. Data for Dec. 8 was not available, so the number could be even higher. “One of our biggest safety issues is the number of people that drive without their headlights on, especially in windy, foggy or snowy conditions in the middle of the day,” said Wyoming Department of Transportation District 4 Public Involvement Specialist Laura...

  • BIDS

    Dec 22, 2022

    CALL for BIDS Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees is accepting sealed bids for the sale of the following surplus property: • 4x4 Lincoln Torchmate Plasma table with all attachments. This does not include the plasma cutter. There are holes in the water pan that will need to be repaired. Everything else works as it should. The property is located at Moorcroft High School in Moorcroft, WY, and can be inspected by scheduling an appointment with Randy Gill at (307)-290-0701. Photos are available upon request by emailing g...

  • Probate

    Dec 22, 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...

  • Oil and Gas

    Dec 22, 2022

    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 10, 2023, and WOGCC Examiners will meet beginning Monday, January 9, 2023, 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 1100-2022 / Oildigger Resources Fund I / Flare Gas;...

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