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  • Cookies for heroes

    Apr 18, 2024

    Girl Scout Troop 1989 made a special trip around town last week bearing boxes of cookies for heroes of the community. This year, the girls nominated Crook County Memorial Hospital staff and residents and the Crook County Sheriff's Office as the recipients of their collection of cookies. As the girls have sold the popular treats this season, they have offered the opportunity to also donate towards the cause. They combined the cookie-giving trip with a community service: picking up trash along...

  • Property tax refund program now open

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 18, 2024

    The property tax refund program for homeowners has opened for applications, with an extra $20 million allocated by the Legislature this year and expanded eligibility. The program assisted 9000 families last year and is expected to help an additional 2000 this year. Homeowners can apply for a refund of up to one-half of the median residential property tax amount or 75 percent of their 2023 property tax bill, whichever is less. HB-04 made changes to the program this year to widen the eligibility requirements. To be eligible in the past, your...

  • Through the looking glass

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 18, 2024

    For the first time since the StoryWalk® first graced the Sundance walking paths, its contents don't tell a single story. Instead, each frame will display a photograph of a piece of fusion glass artwork and the unique story behind it. The pieces were created by students of Sundance High School under the tutelage of art teacher Tobi Miller-Ayer. Depending on the complexity of the project a student has chosen, she says, they can take as little as a month or as much as a semester to complete....

  • Sawmill announces layoffs in Spearfish

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 18, 2024

    Neiman Enterprises has announced layoffs and production reductions at Spearfish Forest Products, its last remaining facility in South Dakota. The company says the decision is due to a decrease in the timber sale program on the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF). “We have done everything possible to prevent this unfortunate outcome that will impact these employees, our community, and ultimately the health of the forest,” said Jim Neiman, President. “We’ve weathered economic and market downturns over the decades. These layoffs, however, are a d...

  • Peek at the Past

    Apr 18, 2024

    1 Years Ago April 18, 1924 Highest Water Known: the Belle Fourche river reached a new high mark Wednesday of last week when it was three feet higher than ever known, caused by five days of rising flood from melting snows on the headwaters. From that time the water receded fast, but the city of Belle Fourche had suffered damage of approximately $100,000. Nearly 100 residences were destroyed and much other damage resulted to bridges, fair grounds and merchandise stock. The farm loss in Belle...

  • Carlile Wranglers chili feed next week

    Apr 18, 2024

    The Carlile Wranglers 4-H Club will host their annual chili feed on Fri., Apr. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Carlile Fire Hall. Come and enjoy chili, soup and dessert, followed by bingo and door prizes!...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 18, 2024

    Woman arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly hitting motorcycle with her car GILLETTE (WNE) — A 63-year-old woman was arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly chasing a motorcycle throughout town and intentionally hitting it with her car Sunday afternoon. She and a 53-year-old man have been in an ongoing dispute over the ownership of two motorcycles, said Police Deputy Chief Brent Wasson. Sunday afternoon, the woman sat outside the man’s room at the Arrowhead Motel and waited for him to leave. The man left his motel room and...

  • Saving yourself: Fire 101

    Sara Fleenor, UW Extension Educator|Apr 18, 2024

    The County Commissioners are an elected board that determines budgets and makes decisions about issues that affect citizens in the county, as well as oversee several county departments. The board directly governs several operations such as Road and Bridge, fire districts and county maintenance for entities such as the fairgrounds, library, public health, and the courthouse. Each department has a department head or manager that reports to the commissioners. As such, the infrastructure of rural counties such as Crook County does not include...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Apr 18, 2024

    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., May 9 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., April. 17 at 1 p.m. in Sundance. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., May 7 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: Lunch Bunch Book Club Thur., Apr. 25 at 11:30 a.m. Storytime: Going...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Apr 18, 2024

    April 8 – Two VIN checks. Two paper services. Three traffic stops. EMS page. Two citizen assists. Project Lifesaver. Two business checks. Alarm. April 9 – Six VIN checks. Two paper services. Five traffic stops. Prisoner transport. House watch. Traffic hazard. Animal complaint. Abandoned vehicle. Business check. April 10 – Four VIN checks. Six paper services. Traffic stops. Traffic complaint. Fingerprints. Motorist assist. Business check. Fire ban violation. Assist other agency. Fire page. April 11 – Five VIN checks. Paper service. Two traffic...

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 18, 2024

    Speeding – Dalton Stearns, Edgemont, SD, 92/80, $120; Dustyna L. Smolik, Newcastle, WY, 75/70, $15; Edward Kirchoff, Gillette, WY, 80/75, $15; Mick Blakeman, Sheridan, WY, 90/75, $135; Maxwell Bosse, Lake Stevens, WA, 96/75, $165; Phil Tambouridis, Rochester Hills, MI, 75/65, $105; Angela Nichole Smith, Newcastle, WY, 86/70, $140; Roger Black, Helena, MT, 90/75, $135 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Angela Nichole Smith, Newcastle, WY, $150 No Registration and Improper Display of Tabs – Joseph R. Hintz, Gillette, WY, $...

  • WYDOT widens access to road-closure data in severe weather

    Apr 18, 2024

    When snow, high winds and other severe weather conditions require the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) to close Interstate 80 – one of the nation’s primary east-west highways – conditions on secondary roads are often even more dangerous. Yet without sufficient data, some navigational apps may reroute I-80 motorists and commercial vehicle operators onto those very roads. WYDOT is now working to improve safety and facilitate the efficient movement of freight by sharing road-closure data directly with Google and other navigation compa...

  • Library Week

    Apr 11, 2024

    The City of Sundance and Crook County both proclaimed April 7-13 as National Library Week....

  • SPOT tax to appear on this year's ballot

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    Voters will be asked this year to again approve the Specific Purpose Sales and Use Tax (SPOT), which raises money that goes directly to the four municipalities and the county and is used for infrastructure needs that are often difficult to fund elsewhere. This time, at the suggestion of Pine Haven Mayor Karla Brandenburg, the amount to be raised for each entity may be increased from $1.5 million to $3 million. This doesn’t change the amount of the tax itself – it’s still just a penny, she said, and it’s a penny that is already in place,...

  • County to update land use plan

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    As the county moves to update its land use plan, the commission must make certain decisions about the process and its outcome. Key to these decisions will be the involvement of the public, and also the municipalities – especially, said Community Planning and Zoning Consultant Jayna Watson, if the commission still wants to encourage development towards the county’s population centers. A refresh of the comprehensive land use plan is a potential first step towards zoning, which the county has been considering as a way to provide more control over...

  • Commission at end of patience with plow request

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    A scuffle over road maintenance on a quarter-mile stretch of Old Sundance Rd may have reached its conclusion for now, it seems, after the county commissioners said they would not add it to the agenda again for at least another year. The commission’s answer has not changed since Eric Akola first attended a meeting to request that this portion of road be plowed in the winter. “We are going to maintain the county roads that we maintain now,” stated Commissioner Fred Devish, later adding, “I don’t know how we can make it any plainer that an unmain...

  • No need for speed

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    Speed limits can be a tricky thing on a gravel road: driving at the posted limit doesn’t always mean you’re driving safely. This concern has led a county resident to request that the county reduce the speed limit on Barlow Canyon Rd to 30 mph, which passes right through the middle of his land. With new neighbors moving into the area and construction taking place nearby, Dave Wolfskill says the number of people traveling more quickly than he feels is safe has increased. He told the commission last week that this has led him to fear that har...

  • City considers new ordinances

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    The City of Sundance is preparing to modernize its ordinances to tackle new challenges such as solar panels and tiny houses. Trevor Keyworth of the Land Use Planning Committee spoke with the council last week to confirm that examples of such ordinances have been sourced from other Wyoming municipalities for review. He asked council members to look them over to see whether they would like to adopt something similar and how they should or could be adapted for Sundance’s needs. Some of the issues u...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Apr 11, 2024

    April 1 – VIN check. Three paper services. Three traffic stops. Four fingerprints. Welfare check. Suspicious circumstance. Three business checks. Two EMS pages. April 2 – Four VIN checks. Three citizen assists. Traffic stops. Civil standby. Lift assist. Business check. Assist other agency. Three EMS pages. April 3 – Eight VIN checks. Four paper services. Traffic stops. Prisoner transport. Motorist assist. House watch. Business check. Assist other agency. Protection order. Fire page. EMS page. April 4 – Three VIN checks. Four paper service...

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 11, 2024

    Speeding – Julie Chick, Gillette, WY, 85/75, $105; Brennan Michael Aga, Spearfish, SD, 89/75, $130; Alan P. Jeanpierre, San Antonio, TX, 82/70, $105 No Seat Belt (driver) – Chase White, Thermopolis, WY, $25; Kenny Craig, Elkmont, AL, $25; Sheldon Hayter, Gillette, WY, $25; Brooke Sanders, Gillette, WY, $25 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Chase White, Thermopolis, WY, $150...

  • Entries open for Rodeo Royalty Contest

    Apr 11, 2024

    Entries are now open for this year’s Crook County Rodeo Royalty Contest! Contestants must attend a Crook County School, or parent(s) must reside in Crook County. Contestant age requirements are 7-22 by January 1, 2024. Deadline for applications to be received is May 31 at 5 p.m. Please contact Amber Burch at (307) 467-5678 or message our Facebook page to receive an application. Contest will be held in Moorcroft with horsemanship on the evening of July 8, and an evening banquet on July 9....

  • Ag laws explained for newcomers

    Sara Fleenor, UW Extension Educator|Apr 11, 2024

    Westward expansion is not a new concept and the movement is trending again. As implants move in and set up residence here in Crook County, it is important to have knowledge about Wyoming agriculture laws and regulations that can be causes of upset and strife. After several sensational cases involving misunderstandings surrounding landowner rights and responsibilities, here are some common issues and ways to avoid trouble. Good fences make good neighbors. This is a saying that is very common in Wyoming, but what does that mean? Wyoming is a...

  • Peek at the Past

    Apr 11, 2024

    1 Years Ago April 11, 1924 Secretary Banks of the Sundance commercial club received a wire from Senator Kendrick last week stating that favorable action had been taken to include the bridge at Devils Tower in the appropriations for national parks this year. This is welcome news to all Crook County and will make the Tower a favorite resort for tourists. Although a sharp rise in the river Tuesday forced several citizens to move out, at Hulett, a drop of six inches was reported Wednesday and it is hoped that the crest has passed. The main...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 11, 2024

    Minor killed at Casper mall CASPER (WNE) — A minor is dead following a stabbing just before noon Sunday outside Eastridge Mall in Casper. “The two people most directly involved are in custody,” police lieutenant Scott Jones said, adding that additional individuals who may have been involved have been identified, questioned and may face “further action.” The victim, who is under the age of 16, will not be publicly identified until after an autopsy is performed Tuesday by the Natrona County Coroner. He died shortly after law enforceme...

  • City to issue free landfill day coupons

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    City of Sundance residents will once again receive a coupon this year for a free landfill day. This coupon grants every resident the opportunity to bring their trash to the city’s transfer station completely free of charge on a day of their choosing. For the last few years, the City of Sundance has issued a free trash coupon to each of its utility customers. Originally, the city hosted a single “free landfill day” each year. This process was changed several years ago when the landfill closed and the city transitioned to using a transfer stati...

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