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 By Seth Klamann    News    February 13, 2020

Medicaid expansion dies again

CASPER — Hours into the start of the 2020 legislative session, the Wyoming House killed a bill Monday that would’ve set the stage for Medicaid expansion.  The bill fell at the earliest hurdle in the House, with nearly two thirds of the body...

 

Bill would take away UW's gun rules

LARAMIE — At least 14 legislators are backing a bill that would prevent the University of Wyoming from regulating firearms on campus. As with other previous failed legislation, Senate File 88 would require UW to allow the carrying of concealed...

 
 By Kathy Brown    News    February 13, 2020

Legislator pulls firearms bill, says it was mischaracterized

GILLETTE — A Campbell County state legislator has withdrawn a controversial bill he’d proposed on firearms reporting for national background checks. Rep. Bill Pownall, a Republican who serves on the Judiciary Committee, has withdrawn House Bill...

 

Reports of virus in state discredited

Rumors spread last week that coronavirus had been diagnosed in Wyoming. Crook County Public Health reassures the public that this information was incorrect and there is currently no danger of contract...

 

Crook County Food Pantry

During the month of January, the pantry served 153 people. This included six new clients, 53 under the age of 18 and 44 over the age of 60. Items needed this month include peanut butter, beef and/or chicken ramen and soup. These items may be dropped...

 

This Week at Your Library

The Library will be closed February 17, for President’s Day. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY TRAVELING BAKE SALE, Thursday, February 13. The Friends will head out around the town starting at approximately 8:30. Library Programming: TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL...

 

Peek at the Past

100 Years Ago The Times February 4, 1920 Influenza has appeared in Sundance, C.H. Massie being afflicted and his home quarantined. The disease is reported to be of light form and it is sincerely hoped neither Mr. Massie’s family, nor others, will...

 

Financial Peace University offered to high school students

It’s not too late to sign up for the Financial Peace University group meeting, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the SHS library. Students are invited to “show your money who’s boss” with help from Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts. The...

 

Sundance bell choir hosts event

Read and Ring Super Bell Saturday VIII was held on February 1 in Sundance, hosted by Sundance Community Handbell Choir. Ringers from Sundance, Beulah, Upton, Spearfish, Rapid City, Summerset and...

 

Bridger Pipelines looks to settle road agreement with county in March

Ken Dockweiler of Bridger Pipelines updated the county commissioners Tuesday morning on progress made within the county to install a new oil pipeline that will match the route of the existing Butte Pipeline line in this area. Beginning near Hulett...

 

LEPC reforms, seeks new members

According to federal law, every county must organize a group of people whose role is to prepare for a hazardous material spill or environmental hazard. Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Robinson is reintroducing that committee but first, he’s...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    February 6, 2020

Legislator proposes hunting, firearm safety classes

CHEYENNE — A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a resolution that would encourage the Wyoming Department of Education to offer voluntary gun and hunting safety classes in the state’s high schools.  If passed during the legislative...

 

Enzi receives lifetime achievement award for work on education and dedication to helping children succeed

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., received the National Head Start Association’s (NHSA) highest congressional award today for his career-long dedication to supporting children and families. NHSA programs provide comprehensive early childhood educatio...

 
 By Katie Roenigk    News    February 6, 2020

Schools will require $222 million transfer

RIVERTON — A structural deficit in Wyoming’s K-12 school system will require a $222 million transfer from savings in the coming biennium, forecasters have informed the Joint Appropriations Committee.  “That is what is supporting the school...

 

Firearms seized from man convicted of game violation

SHERIDAN — The case against Gregg Lambdin, who was convicted of 11 counts of wanton destruction of a big game animal in October, concluded in 4th Judicial Court Jan. 30 when Lambdin’s firearms were forfeited to the Wyoming Game and Fish...

 

UW confirms Nichols investigation, won't appeal court order

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming announced Friday that its board of trustees will not appeal a court decision that requires the university to publicly release numerous documents regarding former UW President Laurie Nichols’s departure from...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Man in fatal crash identified as Casper resident GILLETTE (WNE) — The man who was killed on icy roads Friday morning was 46-year-old Peter P. Godwin of Casper. He died instantly after his 2017 Dodge Ram pickup collided with a semi-trailer Friday...

 

Sundance Municipal Court

Speeding – Jed Smeenk, OK, 71/55; Roberto Flores, CA, 49/30 Operate Motor Vehicle on Revoked License – Henry McGrill, CO...

 

Circuit Court

Speeding – Glads J. Garza, Newcastle, 90/75, $120; Tonya K. Wynne, Gillette, 85/75, $90; Thomas E. Schlater, Moorcroft, 86/70, $125; Wade H. Habeck, Sundance, 87/70, $130; Matthew J. Petersen, Gillette, 79/70, $88; Nace Tinsley, MO, 81/65, $125;...

 

Sundance Police Department

Jan. 25 – House watch and business checks. VIN inspection. Three bar checks. Four traffic stops. Jan. 26 – House watch and business checks. Suspicious vehicle. Report of mountain lion in town; turned out to be house cat. Two traffic stops. Jan....

 

Stuck truck leads to burglary arrest

Dewey Schoenewald has been arrested on burglary charges after his vehicle was found stuck in snow at a private property where several buildings had been broken into. On January 19, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office sergeant was dispatched to a...

 

Belle Fourche woman pleads guilty to smuggling marijuana into jail

A Belle Fourche woman has been given a suspended sentence and fines of $1050 after pleading guilty to charges of smuggling a controlled substance into a jail and driving under the influence. Sandra Vinson was arrested on June 30, 2019, after her...

 

Moorcroft man arrested on drug possession charges

Moorcroft resident Charles Clarence Birr has been arrested on possession charges after a search of his residence for an associated case revealed numerous items related to meth use. On January 21, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy was...

 

Crook County Sheriff's Office

Jan. 27 – Four VIN checks. Two courtesy rides given to people who got stuck in snow. Checked on abandoned vehicle. Fingerprints outside employment. Investigated suspicious person complaint. Investigated crash; no injuries. Two people booked into ja...

 

Old Stoney project nearly complete

With an estimated date for completion now set near the end of February, the long-awaited refurbishment of Old Stoney has reached its last leg. Museum Director Rocky Courchaine is already planning the...

 

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