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  • William Charles Rogers

    Dec 31, 2020

    With deep sadness and much affection, the Rogers family mourns the passing of William Charles Rogers “Bill” of Concord, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at the age of 87 years. Bill was born on January 17, 1933, to Henry and Hilda Rogers in Amsterdam, New York. He grew up during the Great Depression and learned early to work hard, clean his plate and sometimes go without. Shortly after graduating from Amsterdam High School, Bill married Marilyn Jean (McKnight), his spouse of 66 years. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, ser... Full story

  • Senior Services triple meal delivery

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 31, 2020

    For the month of December, a donation from the Powder River Energy Foundation was utilized to make meals for seniors around the county completely free of charge. Seniors were not asked to pay a suggested donation portion and simply needed to call Crook County Senior Services (CCSS) to request their meal. Jenna Ellsbury, Director of CCSS, reports that this increased the number of meal requests in the run-up to Christmas by a significant amount. “We have been very busy with the senior meals,” she...

  • County businesses net almost $1 million in pandemic funding

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 31, 2020

    A last-minute state fund that aimed to use leftover CARES Act funding to support businesses across Wyoming has closed after providing aid to almost 1000 applicants. This included almost $1 million allocated to ten businesses from Crook County. However, the available funding was only enough to assist half the businesses that applied for grants. According to the Wyoming Business Council (WBC), the Endurance Fund paid out $82.8 million in total before running out of money. The fund opened on November 2 with around $24 million in unspent dollars fr...

  • The Year in Review

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 31, 2020

    A difficult year dominated by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, 2020 still saw plenty of important business conducted throughout Crook County. January The county commissioners hosted their first meeting of 2020 in a larger, renovated space featuring additional audience room and file storage. This was achieved as part of a larger project to also re-work the County Clerk’s Office. The commissioners meanwhile penned a letter of comment on the state’s plans to purchase a chu...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGADNP-BC, CEN|Dec 31, 2020

    Dear NP, I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with end-stage colon cancer at a young age. Please tell me what the recommendations are for colorectal cancer screening? Are there any options for screening besides having a colonoscopy? Dear Reader, Unfortunately, the rate at which people under 65 are diagnosed with colorectal cancer has been steadily increasing since the mid-1980s. About 12% of colorectal cases in 2020 are in people aged 65 or lower. However, the rate at which older people...

  • Vaccines trickle into county

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 31, 2020

    The first doses of the Moderna vaccine have arrived in Crook County and are set to be administered this week, according to Carol Stutzman, Public Health Nurse Manager. In accordance with the state’s priority plan, the first to receive them will be first responders and healthcare employees. “It is to be used for the first tier of Phase I, for providers and people that are giving direct care to acute COVID 19 patients in the hospital,” she says. A total of 200 doses have been received. “There will...

  • Business council looks for stories of Wyoming resilience

    Sarah Pridgeon|Dec 31, 2020

  • Commercial solar project proposed in Sheridan County

    Kristen Czaban, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 31, 2020

    SHERIDAN — Sheridan County officials will consider a large solar energy project proposed near Swaim Road in the coming months as it makes its way through the permitting process. Sheridan Solar, LLC, has proposed to construct an approximate 20-megawatt commercial utility-scale solar energy facility on a 163-acre parcel of land at the west end of Swaim Road. According to application documents, the property is locally owned by SunSource, LLC, and is leased to Sheridan Solar, LLC. It’s currently used for cattle grazing. Sheridan County Planner Mar...

  • Peabody reaches deal with creditors

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 31, 2020

    GILLETTE — In a move that could potentially stave off a second Chapter 11 bankruptcy in five years for Peabody Energy Corp., the company has announced an agreement with its creditors to refinance $459 million of debt. The agreement, made in a Christmas Day a press release, includes all of its revolving lenders and about 65% of its 6% senior secured notes due in 2022. In the release, the company calls the deal a “comprehensive financing solution” to help give it some financial breathing room as it continues to drown in red ink. “Toda...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Dec 31, 2020

    Former Grand Teton Park superintendent dies from COVID JACKSON (WNE) — A onetime Grand Teton National Park superintendent who rose to the top of the National Park Service has died after contracting COVID-19. Gary Everhardt, 86, led Teton Park from 1972 to 1975, departing to become the ninth director of the National Park Service under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Both Gary and his wife, Nancy, succumbed to complications from the novel coronavirus during the past week in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, according to longtime f...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Dec 31, 2020

    The library will be closed Fri., Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. The library doors are open. We are still doing curbside and in town home delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. In compliance with the statewide mask order, masks are now required to enter the library. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. Children under 13 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Two computers are available for adults. Teen and Children’s computers are not available. Displays: This month on display, we have Violet Smith and Melissa Mitchell’s Chris...

  • Circuit Court

    Dec 31, 2020

    Speeding – James Eric Zimmerschied, Carlile, 80/70, $115; Cheyanne Salugao, Gillette, 86/75, $115; Michael T. Nisselius, Gillette, 91/75, $140; Daniel J. Richards, Casper, 84/75, $103; Timothy Almand, OK, 87/80, $99; Thomas R. Hallock, WA, 90/80, $105; Jay Barlow, MT, 90/80, $105; Javier Moreno, FL, 97/75, $170; Monte Linneman, MN, 93/75, $150; Michael Woolf, UT, 88/80, $101; Michael Gibbs, CO, 83/70, $125; Roman Valenzuela, UT, 86/80, $97 No Seat Belt (driver) – James Eric Zimmercheid, Carlile, $25; Gary McDowell, Pine Haven, $25 Stop Sig...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Dec 31, 2020

    Dec. 21 – Two VIN checks. Two welfare checks. Two fingerprints. Two fire pages. Two EMS pages. Domestic disturbance call. House watch. Dec. 22 – Two fingerprints. Wanted or stolen. Booked in subject. Trespass. Three VIN checks. EMS page. Fire page. Dec. 23 – VIN check. EMS page. Vehicle crash. Assisted Highway Patrol. Dec. 24 – Three traffic stops. Assisted Highway Patrol. Civil assist. Threats. Theft report. EMS page. Fire page. Life Flight. Assisted Sundance Police. Two business checks. Dec. 25 – Open door. EMS page. Vehicle crash. Assisted...

  • Horn Night

    Dec 31, 2020

    Horn Night...

  • MSU Honor Rolls

    Dec 31, 2020

    Montana State University has announced its undergraduate honor rolls for fall semester 2020. To be eligible for the lists, students must have earned in at least 12 college-level credits. The Dean’s List includes the 3,834 students earning grade point averages of 3.5 or above for the semester. Sundance’s Nathan Davis appears on the Dean’s List....

  • COVID-19 Daily Update - December 30

    Dec 31, 2020

    Wyoming's total lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 have increased by 78 since yesterday and now stand at 37,798. Probable cases have increased by 132 to 6335. Crook County has had a total of 358 confirmed cases and 30 probables after 1 new confirmed case and 2 probables were recorded today. Of those cases, 15 confirmed and 6 probable are currently active. 405 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in Wyoming. Crook County has recorded 6 deaths. A total of 36,260 confirmed and 5937 probable cases have recovered. Campbell County reported 15 new... Full story

  • COVID-19 Daily Update - December 31

    Dec 31, 2020

    Wyoming's total lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 have increased by 212 since yesterday and now stand at 38,010. Probable cases have increased by 64 to 6399. Crook County has had a total of 358 confirmed cases and 30 probables. Of those cases, 5 confirmed and 2 probable are currently active. 438 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in Wyoming after 33 new deaths were reported today. Crook County has recorded 7 deaths after one new death was added to the tally today: an older adult woman who died earlier this month. She was a resident of a... Full story

  • COVID-19 Daily Update - January 2

    Dec 31, 2020

    Wyoming's total lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 have increased by 153 since yesterday and now stand at 38,163. Probable cases have increased by 11 to 6410. Crook County has had a total of 358 confirmed cases and 30 probables. Of those cases, 2 confirmed and 1 probable are currently active. 438 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in Wyoming. Crook County has recorded 7 deaths. A total of 36,914 confirmed and 6123 probable cases have recovered. The highest number of new laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases was 27 in Sweetwater County;... Full story

  • COVID-19 Daily Update - January 3

    Dec 31, 2020

    Wyoming's total lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 have increased by 277 since yesterday and now stand at 38,440. Probable cases have increased by 25 to 6435. Crook County has had a total of 358 confirmed cases and 30 probables. Of those cases, 2 confirmed and 1 probable are currently active. 438 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in Wyoming. Crook County has recorded 7 deaths. A total of 36,936 confirmed and 6132 probable cases have recovered. The highest number of new laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases was 46 in Park County; Campbell... Full story

  • COVID-19 Daily Update - January 4

    Dec 31, 2020

    Wyoming's total lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 have increased by 302 since yesterday and now stand at 38,742. Probable cases have increased by 70 to 6505. Crook County has had a total of 358 confirmed cases and 30 probables. Of those cases, 1 confirmed and 1 probable are currently active. 438 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in Wyoming. Crook County has recorded 7 deaths. A total of 37,208 confirmed and 6212 probable cases have recovered. Laramie County had 53 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the highest increase of any county in the... Full story

  • COVID-19 Daily Update - January 5

    Dec 31, 2020

    Wyoming's total lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 have increased by 212 since yesterday and now stand at 38,954. Probable cases have increased by 110 to 6615. Crook County has had a total of 360 confirmed cases and 30 probables after 2 new confirmed cases were reported today. Of those cases, 3 confirmed and 1 probable are currently active. 464 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in Wyoming after 26 new deaths were reported today. Crook County has recorded 7 deaths. A total of 37,330 confirmed and 6233 probable cases have recovered. Laramie... Full story