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Articles from the December 29, 2022 edition


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  • Ronald Ericsson

    Dec 29, 2022

    Ronald Ericsson, age 87 of Alzada, Montana, died Thursday, December 22, 2022, at his home following a cardiac event. Funeral arrangements are pending with Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Ronald is survived by his daughter, Julie (Gary) Anderson of Sheridan, Wyoming; son, Scott Ericsson (Patricia) of Texas; three grandchildren, Marie, Spencer and William; two great grandchildren; brothers, Lee Ericsson of Wyoming, Roland Ericsson of Henderson, Nevada; and sister, Beverly Ericsson of Wyoming.... Full story

  • Bruce Lang

    Dec 29, 2022

    Bruce Lang, 68, of Pine Haven, Wyoming died doing what he did best, taking care of everyone else, on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at Keyhole Reservoir. Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 23, 2022 at Keyhole Country Club, Pine Haven, Wyoming, with Chaplain Charlie Gulley and Pastor Gordon Harper officiating, and Military Honors provided by American Legion post 42 and the Wyoming Fire Marshals. Interment will be in Pine Haven Cemetery. Bruce Wayne Lang was born on December 7,... Full story

  • Jason Jerry Otto

    Dec 29, 2022

    Jason Jerry Otto, 48, of Pine Haven, Wyoming, passed away on Keyhole Reservoir on December 15, 2022. Jason was born in Havre, Montana, May 14, 1974 to Jerry and Debra Otto. He grew up on the family farm west of town with his two brothers near the Big Sandy Creek. He attended Havre Public Schools, graduating early from Havre High. He married his high school sweetheart, Dyann (Spangler) Otto, on his birthday in 1994. They have two children, Colton and Amanda. Jason worked mostly in the oilfield,... Full story

  • Polar plunge brings frigid Christmas week

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 29, 2022

    Hot on the heels of a nation-spanning storm that closed down the region for several days came a “polar plunge” last week, just in time for Christmas. Travel once again became difficult as temperatures began to plunge and the new snow joined what was already on the ground to blow whiteouts across the roads. The strong, gusty winds continued until the end of the week, with the combination of fresh snow and wind resulting in blizzard-like conditions in some parts of the region. The bigger problem for human fingers and toes, though, was the dan...

  • In memory

    Dec 29, 2022

    On Friday, Governor Mark Gordon ordered that U.S. and State of Wyoming flags across the state be flown at half-staff to honor the memory of Bruce Lang, who lost his life attempting to assist with an ice rescue at Keyhole Reservoir last week. Lang was a volunteer firefighter and training officer with the Pine Haven Volunteer Fire Department. He died when his UTV plunged into open water as he was heading to assist an individual who had fallen through the ice. "Jennie and I send our deepest...

  • Peek at the Past

    Dec 29, 2022

    1 Years Ago December 28, 1922 Last Sunday morning a burning chimney set fire to the kitchen roof of the Ball residence. Prompt action prevented a serious blaze and damage was minimal. Rev. and Mrs. J.S. Gillespie arrived Friday from Gillette to make their future home in Sundance. Rev. Gillespie has accepted the pastorate of the Church of the Good Shepherd, and conducted services Sunday morning and Christmas morning. Christmas Day was generally observed in Sundance. The weather turned warm and pleasant, and many family gatherings enjoyed the...

  • Campbell County Commission chairman claims group conspired to take him down

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 29, 2022

    GILLETTE —Campbell County Commission Chairman Del Shelstad claimed that a fellow commissioner and a county resident are conspiring to take him down. “Cancel culture has infiltrated this board, and that’s sad,” he said. “I’ve seen it in the last four and five years.” Earlier this month, Commissioner Rusty Bell sent out an email with screenshots showing Shelstad and Commissioner Colleen Faber, along with two library board members, as members of the Wyoming MassResistance Facebook group. Shelstad claimed he received threatening text messages from...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 29, 2022

    I don’t suppose you noticed that it was a bit chilly over Christmas? I know I did because, in all my days, I have never experienced temperatures like it. But when I told my mother that it was 50 degrees warmer in my fridge than it was outside the door, she scoffed. When I complained that I’d had to put socks on inside the house, she wasn’t impressed, even though she knows full well that socks are my lifelong nemesis and I have the same relationship with keeping them on my feet as your average to...

  • Circuit Court

    Dec 29, 2022

    Speeding – Alexis Munoz Almanza, Gillette, WY, 81/70, $115; Sherrianne Murphey, Moorcroft, WY, 91/80, $115; Daniel Novak, Newcastle, WY, 88/75, $125; Adam Martinez, Gillette, WY, 85/75, $105; John T. Jones, Moorcroft, WY, 70/50, $170; Peggy Milster, Spokane, WA, 79/65, $188; Taranvir Ghuman, Federick, MD, 94/70, $190; Charles Glenn Allen, Sundance, WY, 91/80, $115 Child Safety Restraint System Violation – Taranvir Ghuman, Frederick, MD, $80 No Seat Belt (driver) – John T. Jones, Moorcroft, WY, $25; (passenger) – Jianang Wang, Seattle, WA, $10...

  • Man who fled local police officer appeals aggravated assault conviction

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 29, 2022

    A Gillette man whose altercation with a police officer in Crook County led to a high speed chase back across the county border has successfully appealed one of his two convictions of aggravated assault on the basis that the jury was given improper instructions. The Wyoming Supreme Court released its opinion on the case last week, reversing and vacating one count of aggravated assault for Nathan Jess Michael Schuerman and also finding that the record is unclear as to the state of his second aggravated assault conviction and it should be...

  • Newcastle man appeals guilty verdict on possession charge

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 29, 2022

    A Newcastle man has appealed his sentence on a felony charge of possession after illegal substances were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop in Crook County. On the morning of January 3, 2022, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper noticed a vehicle traveling over the posted speed limit on Highway 16. The trooper reports activating his lights to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle slowed, but did not immediately pull over. After around half a mile, the vehicle pulled over; the trooper recognized it from previous contact. The trooper...

  • Crook County Sheriff

    Dec 29, 2022

    Dec. 19 – Eight VIN checks. Two business checks. Three traffic stops. Fire alarm. Paper service. Three EMS pages. Dec. 20 – Seven VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic accident with damage. Assist Wyoming Highway Patrol. Motorist assist. Property damage reported. Welfare check. EMS page. Dec. 21 – VIN check. Paper service. Animal complaint. Citizen assist. Disturbance call. Motorist assist. Prisoner transport. Patient transport. Suspicious person. Traffic hazard. Welfare check. Fire page. EMS page. Dec. 22 – VIN check. Business check. House w...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Dec 29, 2022

    6 busiest year on record for Teton County Search and Rescue JACKSON (WNE) — This year marked the busiest year on record for Teton County Search and Rescue. “Through November, we have had 123 calls for service,” the report issued by the group states. “Our previous record for the whole calendar year was 105, in 2021.” A Dec. 21 press release sent by Matt Hansen, the communications director for the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation, detailed the findings of 2022. “This past summer we responded to bike wrecks, horse wrecks, injured or ti...

  • Warrants

    Dec 29, 2022

    Crook County School District No. 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 19TH, 2022, AT SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 21 ELECTRIC Building Maintenance $2,628.82 A & B WELDING SUPPLY CO INC Teaching Supplies $1,015.84 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Office Supplies $1,389.35 AMAZON.COM CREDIT CARD PLAN Curriculum $1,780.42 AMAZON.COM CREDIT CARD PLAN... Full story

  • Bids

    Dec 29, 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... Full story

  • Estray Livestock

    Dec 29, 2022

    Notice of Estray Livestock Pursuant to the Laws of the State of Wyoming, W. S. 11-24-114, we hereby give notice that a list of unclaimed estray livestock taken up by brand inspectors at various locations during the past year is posted and is available for examination in the courthouse of this county. Publish: December 29, 2022... Full story

  • Probate

    Dec 29, 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

  • Census: Wyoming deaths exceed births

    Mary Steurer, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 29, 2022

    CASPER — For the first time in at least a century, Wyoming recorded more deaths than births over a year-long period, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The state reported 6679 deaths between July 2021 and July 2022 compared to 6,189 births. In a census data table dating back to 1922 compiled by the Wyoming Department of Health, it’s the only year where deaths overtook births. According to a report published by the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division, 23 other states also recorded more deaths than births from July 2021 to Jul...