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Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition


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  • Chuck Graf

    Dec 28, 2023

    Chuck Graf was born and raised in Onaga, Kansas to parents Ellen and Ted Graf. He grew up with two older brothers, Jerry and Larry, plus many cousins, second cousins and even a double cousin, Daryl Graf. Chuck graduated from Onaga High School in 1969 and went on to NCK in Beloit, Kansas, where he graduated in welding, working for several companies before running his family's bar and grill, aka: "Ted's Grill." His first love was always hunting since his childhood; be it deer, quail, coyotes, rabbits or frogs, you name it! In his late 20s, his...

  • Peek at the Past

    Dec 28, 2023

    1 Years Ago December 27, 1923 One of the largest and most successful social events that ever took place at Farrall was the dance and entertainment given by the three schools December 22. The music furnished by Wren Gardner, Earl McClellen and Ed Finch made the dance the best ever held at Farrall. It was not quite a green Christmas in Sundance this year, although for weeks past the indications were that way. A light skiff of snow and freezing temperature were quite seasonable Tuesday, while...

  • Veterans assistance available

    Dec 28, 2023

    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 in N...

  • Two-dollar bill promotion winner announced

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 28, 2023

    For the last few weeks, the Sundance Economic Development Task Force and the Sundance Chamber of Commerce have been running a promotion to encourage local citizens to "Shop Small". A number of $2 bills were distributed through the community – a rare currency that stands out in a stack of bills. The idea was that shoppers would notice when they were handed a $2 bill and would also notice when and where they spent it. Citizens were encouraged to spend them at local businesses in and around S...

  • BCR defends property tax ballot initiative

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 28, 2023

    A campaign calling for residential property taxes to be cut by 50% is not just about saving folks money. The most important aim of the ballot initiative is to make sure Wyomingites aren’t priced out of their own homes, say the three people who launched the campaign, but the secondary goal is about freedom. Specifically, BCR Voter Initiatives wants to empower the people to take back control of their government affairs and once again have a say in the future of their state. The campaign has caused controversy, particularly with those r...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Dec 28, 2023

    Have you heard about the Libby app? With your Library card you can unlock a wide range of eBooks, Audiobooks and magazines right to your smart devices. Just download the app and sign in to enjoy all your favorites. 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. PROGRAMMING: Axel Bee Gang Program by Mike Madler Fri., Jan 12 at 7 p.m. Lunch Bunch Book...

  • Public invited to comment on Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

    Dec 28, 2023

    If a flood washes away homes or a tornado damages outbuildings, every county in Wyoming is expected to have a plan in place with which to handle it. The Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan details exactly what Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties are doing to minimize the impacts of the many hazards that could potentially impact this area. The newest draft of this plan, which must be updated every five years, is now available for public comment. It details each hazard, from drought, hazardous materials and dam failures to...

  • Recycle those lights

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 28, 2023

    As a festive spin on its annual efforts to assist the community with disposing of its unwanted goods, Crook County Natural Resource District (CCNRD) invites you to bring your used and broken Christmas lights to the office to be taken to Rapid City for recycling. “For this event, it is only string lights and extension cords,” says Bridget Helms, Office Manager. “We can’t accept anything else at this time.” The idea came about, says Helms, when CCNRD heard that Rapid City is taking these items for free recycling. “I asked EchoWorks at Western...

  • Circuit Court

    Dec 28, 2023

    Speeding – Damon Anderson, Brooklyn Center, MN, 92/80, $130; Antonio Valencia, New Harmony, UT, 77/55, $170; Reynaldo Narvaiz, Jr., Gillette, WY, 94/75, $155; Hailey Shelstad, Gillette, WY, 84/65, $223 No Seat Belt (passenger) – Andrea Clark, Sioux Falls, SD, $10 Stop Sign Violation – Wade Jeffery Regan, Newcastle, WY, $140 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – John Shumate, Calera, AL, $140 Exhibit Acceleration – Stetson Mykel Niehoff, Gillette, WY, $150 Weight Over Permit Limits (0-2000) – David Hammons, Ft. Worth, TX,...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Dec 28, 2023

    Dec. 18 – Two VIN checks. Two fingerprints. Four traffic stops. Four business checks. Two house watches. Welfare check. Traveler’s aide. Motorist assist. Dec. 19 – Motorist assist. Two paper services. Four traffic stops. House watch. Two suspicious circumstances. Information. Two business checks. EMS page. Dec. 20 – Three VIN checks. Two paper services. Three traffic stops. Four business checks. Four house watches. Fingerprints. Prisoner transport. Project Life Saver. Three EMS pages. Dec. 21 – Four VIN checks, Fingerprints. Two traffic s...

  • DEQ - Land

    Dec 28, 2023

    Public Notice Bentonite Performance Minerals, LLC of Colony, Wyoming has applied for a mining permit amendment from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming. The mining permit amendment area for the mining of bentonite will be located in: S2SW4, S2N2SW4 of Section 27; SE4SE4, portion of NE4SE4 East of HWY 112 of Section 28; Portion of the NE4NE4 North of Crook County Road 200 of Section 33; NE4NW4, Portions of NW4NW4, N2SW4NW4 North of Crook County Road 200 Section 34 in Township 58 North, Ra...

  • School District Warrants

    Dec 28, 2023

    Crook County School District #1 Notice is hereby given that the Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees issued warrants for the following bills exceeding $500.00 at the regular meeting of the board held on DECEMBER 18TH, 2023 IN SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 21 ELECTRIC Repairs $644.60 A & B WELDING SUPPLY CO INC Supplies $1,791.16 ABLE LLC Contract Services $2,220.00 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Supplies $4,193.57 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Books $9,776.31 AXE, CYNTHIA J Refund Deposit $979.04...

  • SUBDIVISON

    Dec 28, 2023

    NOTICE OF A CONTINUED SUBDIVISON HEARING FOR APPLICATION OF SUBDIVISION PERMIT Be advised that the Crook County Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a continued public hearing to continue the review of the application and plat of the Massie Estates Minor Subdivision on Monday, January 8, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. in the Crook County Courthouse Basement Community Room, 309 East Cleveland Street, Sundance, Wyoming 82729. Dated this 20th day of December 2023. Collin Massie Publish: December 28, 2023...

  • PUBLIC INPUT

    Dec 28, 2023

    NOTICE OF INTENT TO HOLD PUBLIC INPUT MEETINGS Notice is hereby given that the Board of Crook County Commissioners is hosting a series of public input meetings where options for growth management in Crook County will be discussed. These sessions will be led by a facilitator and are free and open for the public to attend. The same information will be presented at each meeting. The dates and locations of the meetings are: January 9, 2024, at 6pm - Greater Hulett Community Center Gymnasium, 401 Sager Avenue, Hulett, WY 82720 January 11, 2024, at...

  • FORECLOSURE

    Dec 28, 2023

    FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE WHEREAS, default in the payment of principal and interest has occurred under the terms of a Promissory Note (the “Note”) dated September 13, 2019, executed and delivered by Robert S. Myles (“Mortgagor”) to Bay Equity LLC, and a real estate Mortgage (the “Mortgage”) of the same date securing the Note, which Mortgage was executed and delivered by said Mortgagor, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Mortgagee, as nominee for Bay Equity LLC, its successors and assigns, as Mortgagee, and which Mortgage wa...

  • Permit Application

    Dec 28, 2023

    PUBLIC NOTICE In accordance with the provisions of the Wyoming Environmental Quality Act and Chapter 1 of the Solid Waste Rules, Giant Rubber Water Tanks has submitted a Chapter 6 Mobile Treatment renewal permit application. Giant Rubber Water Tanks operates a mobile tire cutting unit that cuts large scrap tires into water tanks and feeders for livestock. The facility and is responsible for ensuring any waste generated is properly managed. The service area for solid waste management activities conducted by Giant Rubber Water Tanks includes the...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Dec 28, 2023

    Applications open for internship program for new farmers, ranchers CHEYENNE (WNE) — The GrowinG Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2024, according to a news release from University of Wyoming Extension. “The goal of this program is to provide interns with a hands-on internship at a working farm or ranch in Wyoming, in cooperation with state producer organizations and educational institutions,” said Kendra Faucett, program coordinator, in the release. The program provides a $5000 stipend for a 10-week work experience, which...