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  • The band is back together

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    Some are new. Some played the same instrument two decades ago. But every performer involved in the revival of the Sundance Community Jazz Band shares one thing in common: excitement to share their love of music with friends and neighbors. If the name sounds familiar, that's because the performance coming up next weekend will mark the rebirth of a band that was once a fixture of community street dances. Formed by Todd Kahler – both then and now – the Sundance Community Jazz Band actually got its...

  • Teton Pass road closure continues, interim detour planned

    Jun 13, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation has closed access to Wyoming State Highway 22/ Teton Pass due to a landslide at milepost 12.8 and a mudslide at milepost 15. Commuters have been asked to detour around using US 26 through Swan Valley and then into the Snake River Canyon. WYDOT crews are currently evaluating the stability of the area and investigating adjacent areas for potential safety hazards. This is being considered an extended closure, and there currently is no estimated opening...

  • Five grizzly bear cubs make the largest litter in Yellowstone-area history

    Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com|Jun 13, 2024

    Within hours of the sighting on Wednesday, Frank van Manen caught word that there was a grizzly sow with five cubs in tow spotted in Yellowstone National Park. Five cubs following mom is so unlikely that van Manen, who leads the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, pondered an explanation. Maybe, he said, there was an adoption event: Sometimes two female siblings produce cubs in the same year, and one ends up with the other's youngsters. "We've seen that before, with adoptions taking place," van...

  • Water project hits funding roadblock

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    Split the project in two or keep going in the hopes of more funding? This was the decision facing the Sundance City Council last week on hearing that its current water project is likely to cost more than double the original estimate. The intent of the 3rd Street Waterline and Cleveland Street project is to repair a major water leak through which the city estimates it is losing 50,000 gallons of water per day, and to relocate service taps located on an old, four-inch galvanized waterline. To complete this work, the city was awarded just over...

  • Fireworks approved

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    Folks looking to celebrate their freedom with a good, old-fashioned firework show will be pleased to hear that Fire Chief Gari Gill has approved the use of fireworks for the Independence Day holiday. Fireworks may be set off between the hours of noon and 11 p.m. from July 3 to July 5. Please note that, if conditions change between now and these dates, the decision may need to be reversed....

  • Council discusses starter home proposal

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    A new subdivision hosting smaller sized “starter homes” looks like being on the cards for Sundance. Planned for the southern outskirts, Josh Kammerer’s provisional outline contains ten individual lots in two sizes – and it’s something the city council already seems supportive of. “Our city needs stick-built two-level housing and that’s exactly what he’s got there,” said Council Member Randy Stevenson at last week’s council meeting. “As the mayor, I don’t have a problem at all with what you’re doing,” agreed Mayor Paul Brooks, later adding,...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 13, 2024

    1 Years Ago June 12, 1924 Three Sundance boys, Elmer Smith, Will Hawken and Raymond Sterns, left Monday for the military training camp at Salt Lake. The statement in this issue of the Times regarding Grook County and why it is out of debt with a minimum tax levy, is one of the most remarkable exposures of true economy to be found in the United States. First published in the Dakota Farmer, this article has been widely copied and serves as one of the best boosts that Crook County could wish...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jun 13, 2024

    Did you know we have a Library of Things collection? You can check out lots of fun kits for a variety of activities. Check out our “Steam to Go” bags. These are bags for steam activities geared towards learning. Come see what bag you will want to take home. LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Jun 27 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., Jul. 17 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting on break until the fall. PROGRAMMING: Adult Craft Mon., Jun 17 at 6 p.m...

  • White Ranch Park volksmarch next weekend

    Jun 13, 2024

    Black Hills Volkssport Association is sponsoring a volksmarch on Sat., June 22 at Sundance White Ranch Park. Walk registration is from 8 until 11 a.m. and finish by 2 p.m. The distance is 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles). The hike will be on the ranch trails right below Sundance Mountain. This trail system opened to the public in 2021. There are trails available with different difficulties. Cost for the walk is $4. Directions: Take I-90 to Sundance exit 185. Turn left on Hwy 14 for .2 miles to Hwy 116 (Upton). Sundance White Ranch Park is .2...

  • Veteran's assistance available

    Jun 13, 2024

    A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout June. 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 the f...

  • Wyoming braces for mosquito season

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    After a notably bad year for mosquitoes, the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council (WWPC) is warning that the conditions so far in 2024 could mean we're set for another season of swatting. While most mosquitoes limit their nuisance to itchy bites and buzzing, some carry a potentially serious disease: West Nile Virus. In 2023, Wyoming saw the worst outbreak of the disease in a decade, with a case rate far exceeding the national average and four human deaths. The year before, only three cases in total...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 13, 2024

    Speeding – Warren McNatt, Nottingham, PA, 80/75, $15; Aspen Naylor, Gillette, WY, 87/75, $120; Victor Jaramillo Sanchez, Gillette, WY, 85/80, $15; Patrick Hasson, Spearfish, SD, 85/70, $135; Donna Dague, Windsor, CO, 75/70, $25; Jorge Campos Varela, Gillette, WY, 80/75, $15; Alonso Olegario, Denver, CO, 87/75, $145; Basil Wagner, Summerset, SD, 80/75, $15; Jacob Lehtola, Spearfish, SD, 85/75, $105; Tracy Cox, Taberg, NY, 80/75, $15; Romeo Bryce, Safford, AZ, 80/75, $15; Elaina Carlson, Las Vegas, NV, 86/75, $115 No Valid Driver’s License – A...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jun 13, 2024

    May 27 – Juvenile problem. Two welfare checks. Three traffic stops. Other. Disturbance. Animal complaint. Business check. Suspicious circumstances. May 28 – Four VIN checks. Six traffic stops. Assisted another agency. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Citizen assist. Disturbance. Motorist assist. Suspicious person. Trespassing. May 29 – Ten VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Animal complaint. Two EMS calls. Business checks. Information report. Threatening. Trespassing. May 30 – Six VIN checks. Three paper services. Three traffic stops. Crash. Assis...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jun 13, 2024

    New mental health program off to a fast start GILLETTE (WNE) — A new program to help Gillette residents with their mental health has gotten off to a fast start. Earlier this spring, the Northeast Wyoming Community Health Foundation launched Hope Source to help people pay for therapy and counseling costs. Nachelle McGrath, executive director of the foundation, said she’s received 20 applications, and ten of them have been approved. The other applications were sent back because they needed more information, and they will be re-submitted. “I...

  • Can voters elect an AI for mayor?

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 13, 2024

    CHEYENNE — An AI-generated candidate has filed to run for Cheyenne mayor, and county officials are investigating whether VIC, an acronym for Virtual Integrated Citizen, can appear on the ballot. Under Wyoming law, only registered voters can run for local or statewide elected office. But can a person file an artificial intelligence as a candidate? That’s the question Laramie County officials are trying to answer. Cheyenne resident and registered voter Victor Miller put VIC on the mayoral candidate form, listing a house and email address, but...

  • Ballot initiative intended to cut property taxes in half awaits certification

    Jasmine Hall, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 6, 2024

    JACKSON - Brent Bien has high hopes for his ballot initiative that could cut Wyoming property taxes in half for homeowners. And he's one step closer to getting it in front of voters to make it state law. Joined by co-applicants Cheryl Aguilar and Rich Weber, Bien turned in 644 petition booklets to the Wyoming Secretary of State's Office for certification Thursday. "We're anxious to hear the results here in a couple of months," said Bien, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate who... Full story

  • Candidates confirmed

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    Filing has now closed for this year’s primary election, with candidates now finalized for city, county, state and national seats. Chip Neiman will stand again for his seat as State Representative for House District 01. He will be unopposed. At the county level, one county commissioner seat with a four-year term will be voted on this year. Incumbent Kelly Dennis will be challenged by Dale T. Davis. On the national level, John Barrasso will be challenged for his United States Senator seat by John Holtz of Laramie and Reid Rasner of Mills on the R...

  • Grow a little extra

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    Your green thumbs can help your friends and neighbors this year if you choose to take part in the “Grow a Little Extra” program, presented by the Wyoming Hunger Initiative. By adding extra to your vegetable garden, you can provide fresh produce for local people who are facing food insecurity. Free seeds are available at the UW Extension Office in Sundance, all selected for their suitability to grow in Wyoming’s climate. “We have tomato, acorn squash, pepper mix, cucumber and green bean seeds,” says UW Educator Sara Fleenor. “Or people can...

  • CCMSD revenue trickling in

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    The hospital district’s coffers are still looking a little empty, but “Cerner-land” is in sight. Shunting electronic medical records from one system to another back in March left Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) with a temporary shortfall. A contract dispute led to the previous electronic records system (EMR) provider withholding all records that it still held at the time of the switchover, which represented approximately $2.3 million in billable services that currently cannot be accessed by CCMSD. Meanwhile, the regular turno...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jun 6, 2024

    1 Years Ago June 5, 1924 Messrs. Ed Vines and Tucker Proctor were over from Hulett Monday and closed a deal with the Sundance Commercial club to put on a rodeo during the two days of the Crook County Fair in September. These men put on a similar attraction here last September and made good in every particular, giving a high class exhibition that was enjoyed by large crowds. The plans this year are for a larger show, more horses, steers and riders and enlarged chutes and corral. Proctor & Vines open their first engagement this summer on July...

  • Senators decry timber sale reductions

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    Wyoming’s two senators are criticizing the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for its “chokehold” on the timber industry in the wake of the recent layoff announcement from Neiman Enterprises. U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthis Lummis joined their South Dakota counterparts, John Thune and Mike Rounds, in calling for USFS to outline what it plans to do to protect the remaining forest products industry in the Black Hills. Neiman Enterprises announced layoffs and product reductions at its last remaining South Dakota facility, Spearfish Forest Products...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jun 6, 2024

    May 20 – Ten VIN checks. Traffic crash. Three EMS calls. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business checks. Paper service. Fingerprints. Suspicious person. Four traffic stops. May 21 – Five VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Business checks. Citizen assist. Motorist assist. Three fingerprints. Property damage. EMS call. Runaway juvenile. Welfare check. May 22 – Six VIN checks. Paper service. Eight traffic stops. Two assist other agencies. Burglary. Business checks. Extra patrol. Motorist assist. Prisoner transport. Suspicious circumstances May 2...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 6, 2024

    Speeding – Tom Bradshaw, Gillette, WY, 90/75, $135; Matthew Yoder, Butler, OH, 90/80, $105; Aaron Terrell, Vicksburg, MS, 50/45, $25; Lyle R. Brunson, Sundance, WY, 100/70, $210; Benjamin Chute, Oshoto, WY, 80/75, $15; Leandro Rodrigues Dias, Raynham, MA, 55/45, $105; Steven White, Woodbury, MN, 85/75, $105; Kottie Buck, Rapid City, SD, 80/75, $15; Catina Nickoson, Gillette, WY, 82/70, $120; Joan Wagner, Sundance, WY, 70/65, $65; Thomas Badura, Jefferson, GA, 84/75, $103; (truck) – Robert Behrends, Windom, MN, 50/45, $15 No Seat Belt – Aaron Te...

  • Victim witness program impresses state

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    The Crook County Attorney Victim Witness Program (CCAVW) has passed review by the Wyoming Division of Victim Services (DVS) after a thorough review of its operations. CCAVW is headed by Dave Osborne, Victim Witness Coordinator, and located within the County Attorney’s Office. It provides services for victims and witnesses throughout the court process. These range from administrative assistance, such as notifications of court hearings and information about the court process, to emotional support and safety planning. Victims and witnesses are a...

  • Pine Haven man acquitted on aggravated assault charges

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    A Pine Haven man has been acquitted on aggravated assault charges related to an incident in which he was accused of pulling a knife on a person who was attempting to make him leave a local bar. Todd Wiseman was tried by a jury of his peers on May 20 to 22, presided over by Judge Stuart S. Healy III. After hearing the testimony of witnesses, evidence and the arguments of counsel, the jury found Wiseman not guilty of one count of aggravated assault and battery....

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