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Articles from the December 23, 2021 edition


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  • Commissioners frustrated with Kuhl plea agreement

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 23, 2021

    Though the court has officially accepted Mary Kuhl’s new plea of “no contest” against a felony charge related to her conduct in office as county treasurer, the Crook County Commissioners are less than happy with the agreement. A letter filed with Crook County District Court and signed by all three commissioners questions whether allowing Kuhl to plead “no contest” will truly offer justice to the taxpayers of this county. “Under this plea agreement, Ms. Kuhl is afforded the opportunity to plead no contest to the felony charge…by way of a defe...

  • All we want for Christmas

    Dec 23, 2021

    Santa brings a dash of extra joy to cousins Zoe and Ruby, two of many little visitors who enjoyed meeting him during his annual visit to Sundance State Bank on Friday....

  • Judge Perry bids farewell

    Dec 23, 2021

    Colleagues and friends came together on Thursday to pay their respects to Judge John R. Perry, who is retiring at the end of the year. Cake and conversation punctuated the usually solemn surrounds of the county courtroom. Above, the judge (center) shares stories of his time serving the district as guests begin to arrive for his retirement party. Judge Perry has served as District Court Judge for the Sixth Judicial District, which covers Campbell, Crook and Weston counties, since 2000. He...

  • Redistricting hits snag

    Dec 23, 2021

    Senator Ogden Driskill was feeling optimistic about the redistricting plan he helped devise for northeast Wyoming, which would have seen both Crook and Weston Counties form the basis of their own voting districts. That was, he says, until the counties to the south threw a wrench in the works. Driskill says he was excluded from discussions about redistricting when he was specifically asked not to attend a meeting for Region 7, one of the eight districts into which Wyoming has been divided for the purposes of redistricting. Region 6 includes...

  • School district breaks enrollment record

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 23, 2021

    Crook County School District broke its own record for kindergarten enrollment this year, according to statistics released last week by the Wyoming Department of Education. “As other districts have seen enrollments drop, Crook County School District has not. Our numbers have continued to move upward,” says Mark Broderson, Superintendent. For the 2021 to 2022 school year, a total of 112 children are attending kindergarten – the highest number since the first available state statistics from 1991. In that school year, the district reported 96 ki...

  • Retirement

    Dec 23, 2021

    County staff gathered on Wednesday to pay their respects to two long-time members of the Crook County Road and Bridge Department upon their retirement. Ted Moline, equipment operator, and Scott Newlin, north area foreman and equipment operator, both received plaques to commemorate their service to the county and, of course, celebrate the occasion with cake....

  • Veterans' assistance available

    Dec 23, 2021

    A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout January. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims, or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available at t...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Dec 23, 2021

    The library will be closed Friday, December 24, for Christmas and Friday, December 31, for New Year’s. We are still doing curbside and in-town delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. We have numerous magazines available for a two-week checkout. A patron favorite is BETTER HOMES & GARDENS MAGAZINE. The magazine is an everyday guide to caring for your home and fostering a healthy lifestyle. BETTER HOMES & GARDENS focuses on interests regarding homes, cooking, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating and entertaining. Displays: J...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Dec 23, 2021

    Thank You I would like to thank my family for hosting an 80th birthday party. A special thanks to Syrene and Tracey. Thanks to all who came and sent cards. Love you all. Carol Petersen Our Thanks A very sincere thank you to everyone who purchased items at our bake sale on Thurs., Dec. 16! We appreciate your generosity and donations. Proceeds go toward projects, such as the Christmas Baskets, Post Prom and numerous others. A special thank you to the ladies who made such an assortment of delicious goodies; every single item was sold. It was a...

  • Peek at the Past

    Dec 23, 2021

    1 Years Ago Dec. 22, 1921 The final chapter of house cleaning for Crook County ended when Special Deputy L.C. Hurtt arrived with Andrew Mickelson in custody, who is charged with moonshining in connection with the still which was found at his ranch in Grand Canyon. The Christmas entertainment committee has arranged all details for the Christmas tree to be given Saturday evening in Commercial Hall. A fine spruce tree has been secured, which will be loaded down with the usual good things for boys...

  • Christmas Eve Services

    Dec 23, 2021

    Chapel of Faith – Christmas Eve, 6 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal – Christmas Eve, 5 p.m. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church – Christmas Eve, 5 p.m.; Christmas Day, 10 a.m. St. Paul’s Catholic Church – Christmas Eve, 4 p.m.; New Year’s Eve, 5 p.m. Sundance United Methodist Church – Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. Black Hills Cowboy Church – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 4:30 p.m. Pine Ridge Ministries – Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. This will be outdoors but we will have it on the radio again so that you can enjoy from your vehicle if you like. Sun....

  • Helping small businesses? Don't forget your local newspaper!

    Lusk Herald, Dec. 8|Dec 23, 2021

    Small newspapers are dependent on local advertising. They employ your friends and neighbors, working as journalists and as historians. They promote local events, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Remember when your child, your friend, you, made the front page? Or the photos of the big game, the local play, the band concert? Remember when the newspaper did a story about your fundraiser? How about the publicity given to your service organization? Remember seeing friends or family in the photos of the local parade, craft show or concert?...

  • National hoax threat issue hits school district

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 23, 2021

    Hoax threats of school shootings and public acts of violence that appear to originate with juveniles are becoming an increasing problem across the nation. FBI Denver issued a warning last week that these threats have serious consequences, while Crook County School District (CCSD) found itself dealing with just such a situation. CCSD was last week obliged to issue a letter regarding a troubling post on social media platform TikTok describing a threat to school safety for “every school in the USA” on Friday. “The post appears to be part of a nat...

  • Michigan man arrested for fourth drunk driving offense

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 23, 2021

    A Michigan man faces felony drunk driving charges after allegedly being spotted driving erratically on I-90 while in the process of moving to Gillette. According to court reports, on November 30 at around 2:30 p.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper received a report that Kevin Grusczynski’s vehicle was all over the road, nearly causing crashes and hitting a delineator post. When the trooper made contact with Grusczynski, he reports observing he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, poor manual dexterity and inconsistent responses. The trooper c...

  • Gillette residents charged for possession

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 23, 2021

    Two Gillette residents face possession charges after being pulled over for speeding on the highway in Crook County. On November 24 at 7:44 p.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper was patrolling U.S.14 when he reports observing a vehicle traveling at 84 mph in a 70 mph zone. He conducted a traffic stop, during which he reports recognizing the driver and passenger from a previous stop, when he had found the driver had a suspended license. According to court reports, the trooper asked the driver, Jesse David Larralde, if he was still suspended, to...

  • South Dakota woman extradited on grand theft charge

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 23, 2021

    A South Dakota woman who was arrested in Sundance for possession of a stolen vehicle has been extradited to face charges of grand theft. According to court reports, McKenzie Jay Marie Harrod was arrested by a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy on December 8 for felony possession of stolen property. The trooper reports being contacted by dispatch on December 7 at 11:42 p.m. about a possible stolen vehicle parked in Sundance. He had earlier been advised that the vehicle was leaving Gillette and was en route to Sundance to get gas. The i...

  • Omicron variant present in Wyoming

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 23, 2021

    Omicron is now confirmed to be present in Wyoming, though at this time the only known cases are across the state from Crook County. The latest Greek letter to be associated with the COVID-19 pandemic was identified on Friday in Albany County. A press release from the University of Wyoming states that the first Omicron case in Wyoming was a student living off campus who had recently traveled domestically. When the announcement was made on Friday, a second off-campus student who is also thought to be infected. By Monday, three cases of the...

  • Circuit Court

    Dec 23, 2021

    Speeding – Cameron Chimenti, Laramie, 90/80, $105; Jagannath Koratagere, IL, 80/70, $105; Thomas Vandort, SD, 96/75, $165; Trysman Swope, UT, 91/80, $115; Jill Lo Presti, IL, 87/80, $99; Nicolle Cruz, Powell, 96/75, $165; Joshua M. Wertish, MN, 44/30, $198; Felix Gorfin, IL, 84/70, $140; Deana Schroeder, NV, 89/80, $103; Miguel Jose Brown, WA, 103/80, $175; Collin Watkins, SD, 86/80, $97; Christopher Green, OR, 91/80, $115; Howard W. Wick, Moorcroft, 30/20, $115 No Seat Belt (driver) – Robert D. Fletcher, Casper, $25 No Valid Driver’s Licen...

  • COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

    Dec 23, 2021

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, December 7, 2021 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Vice-Chairwoman Jeanne A. Whalen, Member Fred M. Devish and Deputy County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. After discussion, Jeanne moved to approve the following resolution: RESOLUTION NO. 2021-19 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING USUAL BUSINESS HOURS WHEREAS, per Wyoming Statute 18-3-103(b), county officers shall keep their o... Full story

  • Name change

    Dec 23, 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

  • Name Change

    Dec 23, 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, as mother and next best friend of ROWDY W. NORTHUP, RIATA L. NORTHUP and RIGIN S. NORTHUP For Change of Name Civil Action No. 8837 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, as natural mother and next best friend,... Full story

  • Final Acceptance

    Dec 23, 2021

    Final Acceptance Crook County, Wyoming Dust Mitigation Project Notice of Final Acceptance To all persons, corporations or firms who have any claim for work done for or any materials furnished to Dustbusters, Inc. at PO Box 15, Evanston, WY 82931 for the Crook County Dust Suppression Project, located in Crook County, Wyoming. You are hereby notified that Crook County has accepted as completed, according to plans and specifications and rules set forth in the Agreement between the County and the aforementioned Contractor, the work in connection... Full story

  • Hearing

    Dec 23, 2021

    PUBLIC NOTICE Pursuant to Wyoming Statute 16-4-112, notice is given that a Resolution has been proposed to transfer the following funds. Notice is further given that a hearing of the Crook County Library Board will be held on January 6, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. to consider such proposed resolution: $27,000.00 to 105 Premium Pay – American Rescue Plan Funds line – from Unanticipated Revenue. Publish: December 23, 2021... Full story

  • BIDS

    Dec 23, 2021

    Bids CALL for BIDS Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees is accepting sealed bids for the sale of the following surplus property: • (1) PlasmaCam Model DHC Serial # 46849 - Includes Hypertherm Powermax 900 Plasma cutter and consumables, 4’x4’ table, computer, software and is a working unit. • (1) 4’x4’ Lincoln Plasma Table - This is the table only and is currently not working due to issues with the power box. The PlasmaCam is located at Sundance High School in Sundance, WY, and Lincoln Plasma Table is located at Hulett High School... Full story

  • Probate

    Dec 23, 2021

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Michael Jon Mansager, Deceased. Probate No. 5871 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 17th day of November 2021, the estate of the above-named decedent was admitted to probate by the above-named Court, and that Deana Ashby Watkins was appointed Personal Representatives thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the decedent or to his estate are... Full story

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