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  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 31, 2023

    A mystery recently solved sets up a peculiar connection between your part of the world and mine. To be specific, between a school just down the road from where I grew up and a town in Colorado. The former is Sherborne School in Dorset, an all-boys private boarding establishment that has been in constant operation for 1300 years. In all that time, as you might imagine, it has boasted some illustrious alumni; in more recent days, it has educated students including Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis,...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Aug 24, 2023

    Dear Editor, Good afternoon Sundance! I don’t know about you but I, for one, find the headlines the last few month in our Sundance Times a little concerning when it comes to our mayor and city council. Such negativity! When I open up my weekly Sundance Times, I wonder which entity they will beat up in the next headline. I’d like to see some headlines from the mayor and city council that contain “Mayor Brooks and the Sundance City Council thank the citizens of Sundance, old and new, for all the hard work they do to make our city beaut...

  • State Treasurer defends WyoStar II program

    Wyoming State Treasurer Curt Meier|Aug 24, 2023

    The State’s WyoStar investment programs have recently come under attack, and I would like to share a few facts. These programs allow local governments to make institutional-quality investments with fees lower than what large institutional investors typically pay. The State’s manager charges 0.06 percent and independent bond managers charge 0.5-1.0 percent on average. The State is able to minimize fees by combining many smaller accounts (local government entities) together into a larger fund. These two WyoStar programs have very different pro...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 24, 2023

    There’s an establishment in England that the locals will tell you is the only place serving beer from which you will exit feeling more sober than when you walked in. Or, at least, there was. For decades, the Crooked House has been famous for its structural anomalies. But last week, it became the focus of a classic whodunnit. The Crooked House was first built in 1765 as a perfectly normal red-brick farmhouse, but converted into a pub in 1830. It was called the Glynne Arms, until its name was c...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Aug 17, 2023

    Dear Editor, To the citizens of Crook County: in 2022 the Legislature passed a bill mandating training for boards and elected officials. The intent was probably good, however there is a clause that enables removal of persons that don’t comply. The training (possibly indoctrination) is 8 hours!!! Very few people have the time to accomplish this!! Some have been threatened with removal. If you have, please let me know right away. I personally will not comply for several reasons. We offer training for our boards and don’t need the hea...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Aug 17, 2023

    While my parents were visiting, we found ourselves addicted to a reality tv show by the name of “Alone”. If you’ve never caught an episode, it’s an extreme survival competition for which willing victims are dumped into harsh environments with little more than a tarpaulin and an ax and told to keep themselves fed and warm for as long as they possibly can. The winner of “Alone” walks away with a life-changing amount of money. Everyone else walks away with emaciated arms and PTSD from endless weeks of not being able to catch a fish and the con...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Aug 10, 2023

    Dear Editor, It is wonderful to learn that Sundance is trying to improve ease of access and safety for pedestrians and other non-motorized travelers throughout our town. Perhaps the city, county and high school authorities could get together to rectify some other concerns that I have observed. The crosswalk at 11th and Cleveland could use a flashing light that is triggered by users to alert motorists that it is occupied, this will benefit students who attend the after-school program, athletes who have practice after the crossing guard is off...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Aug 3, 2023

    We all know about the pilgrims arriving in the States on the Mayflower, the penal colonies of Australia, the territories of Canada and all the many other famous instances of humans spreading their influence across the globe. But there’s one tale I’ve only just heard told – and I’m betting I’m not alone in having no idea that a tea clipper once carried 153 Welsh pioneers to the harsh but beautiful land of Patagonia. Today, you’ll find an estimated 70,000 Welsh-Patagonians thriving in a settlement...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jul 27, 2023

    Dear Editor: In the sprawling wilderness of Wyoming’s political landscape, the Wyoming Freedom Caucus stands as a daring posse. This small band of audacious conservatives is a persistent burr under the polished saddles of grandstanding Speaker Albert Sommers and his henchman, Rep. Barry Crago. As of my penning this, a dozen legislators claim allegiance to the Caucus on their website. Yet some prefer the cloak of anonymity, a shield against Sommer’s swift retribution. There is speculation that public Caucus members have fewer committee ass...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jul 13, 2023

    Dear Editor, I would like to preface my comments with the statement that I believe our local elected county officials (treasurer, assessor, clerk, clerk of court, county attorney, sheriff and commissioners) do an excellent job. I have had dealings with all of them, and find them to be extremely professional, and applaud their dedication and service. My question/comment is: why are these positions political? All of their duties are spelled out in statute, and Wyoming law. I personally see no reason that these individuals need to be defined,...

  • The inconvenient truth and the path forward

    Representative Barry Crago|Jul 13, 2023

    Last week, I co-hosted a town hall in Buffalo with the Chairman of the Johnson County Commission to discuss property taxes and possible solutions to the large tax increases faced by the citizens of our great State. The event was well attended by Johnson County and Sheridan County folks. As one might expect, many people were very upset about their property tax amounts. I do not blame them. This continued upward trajectory is going to put a lot of Wyoming people at risk of losing their homes. At one point during the town hall, a local Johnson...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jun 29, 2023

    Dear Editor, Last July 4, 2022, I had neighbors set off 30-40 roman candles that also went over my land, and the neighbor to the south of them, Jim’s, that had dry, raked and wind rowed hay. My pasture had a stand of tall dry western wheat grass that was headed out and dry on the top and starting to dry at the bottom; it would have burned. My ranch fence line is only about 500 ft. from where they were firing off the fireworks. The embers from the fireworks were going over and on my land, neighbor Jim’s and onto Vision Peak, National Forest lan...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 29, 2023

    A couple of weeks ago, I confessed to discovering that one of my parents is a secret smuggler of box knives. It was a shock, but I was still able to labor under the impression that my dad was the only dangerous individual in my immediate family. Unfortunately, I have since had to reckon with my own naivety. My mum, as it turns out, is the more cunning of the pair. She did not attempt to bring contraband with her to Wyoming; rather, she waited patiently until she got here and played the long...

  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of privacy

    Senator Cynthia Lummis|Jun 22, 2023

    We are more connected now than at any time in our history. People in Wyoming can call loved ones across the country. We can consult with our doctors via telehealth. We can submit claims to the Veterans’ Administration online. We can send money with a few simple clicks. With the benefits these new technologies bring, especially for those of us living in a rural state like Wyoming, we also expose ourselves to new risks to our privacy. Big tech companies use our browsing history online to make money by selling targeted ads. Data brokers collect o...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jun 15, 2023

    Dear Editor, If you don’t have a gun, here is a way to ruin someone’s plans for you. Wasp and hornet spray typically shoots 20 to 30 feet and is a lot more accurate, while the pepper or mace spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until the police arrive or they can get to the hospital for an antidote. Wasp and hornet spray is easy to find and more effective than mace or pepper spray and doesn’t attract attention like a can of pepper spray would. I keep a can in my car,...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 15, 2023

    You may have noticed in the news this last week that the “special relationship” between my homeland and yours has once again been strengthened. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak appeared together on Thursday to announce the Atlantic Declaration, tying our two countries together more tightly than ever before. Whatever one might think of the two leaders and their administrations, I have strong ties to both countries and would have difficulty faulting either one of them for thi...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 8, 2023

    The percentage of British occupying the Pridgeon compound has tripled with the arrival of my dear parents, who braved the long voyage from the homeland for more than two months of vacation in the glorious green-up of our Black Hills. They reside for the moment in an old hunting cabin located in our yard, which we repurposed in a roaring hurry upon hearing they’d booked their plane tickets. Once a lodge for a local squirrel with bare wood walls and a tin roof, it has now been properly insulated a...

  • The thin man

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Jun 1, 2023

    Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord – 1 Cor. 15:58 As many know and many more do not, at the end of June 2023 my family and I will be moving from Sundance to the city of Sedalia, Missouri. I was brought to this beautiful town by divine intervention and will leave in the same way. The past fourteen-plus years have been filled with countless people and opportunities, tragic, miraculous but in the end, good. I was taught by my e...

  • Front to Back Pt. 2

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|May 11, 2023

    These are good reminders to keep us living and moving in a world filled with both brokenness and beauty. Only through God and a Biblical Worldview (foundation to hang and sift life through) can people reconcile the evil in the world and the goodness of God. Cling tightly to the LORD your God – Josh. 23:8 Years of obedience made Jeremiah STRONG & COURAGEOUS. Read old books from old men. Your personal history is shaped by your response to God. Your greatest need is spiritual. And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you res...

  • Letter to the Editor

    May 4, 2023

    Hypocrisy – or is it? According to Webster’s, hypocrisy is defined as behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe. On April 27 it was revealed that the President of the Wyoming Senate unilaterally removed the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The President reasoned that because this chairman attended a meeting virtually, he didn’t care enough about his leadership role and deserved to lose it. This move might lead one to infer that the Senate President deeply values perfect legislative attendance, being present and ready...

  • American Legion Post 45

    Phil Colozzi, Interim Commander Post 45|May 4, 2023

    On May 16, 2023 at 6 p.m., we’re holding a meeting at the Sundance Senior Center to consider rebuilding Post 45. I would like to see all vets at the meeting, even if you’re not a member of the American Legion or VFW. You’ll be there to consider programs for the upcoming Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, May 20 and May 29. It’s our job as vets to remind the people of Sundance, of those who are not with us, so someday when we aren’t here, WE will be remembered. Brett, who’s in charge of Boys State in Wyoming, sent me an application from a youn...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 4, 2023

    When you think of ultra-expensive properties, the skyscrapers of Dubai or the sprawling modern palaces of Malibu are what probably spring to mind. You would be incorrect in thinking these are the most spendy housing options in the world. The most expensive home on the entire planet just sold to a new owner and it’s located on a little spit of land jutting out from my home town of Poole. I know, I was surprised too. North Haven Point is on Sandbanks, on a road that’s known as “Mi...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Apr 27, 2023

    Dear Editor, We won’t know the true scope of wildlife losses till the winter’s snow retreats. I am happy to see the Governor, wildlife biologists and sportsmen’s groups are already working to restore wildlife populations devastated by the perfect storm of a severe winter following years of extreme drought. As you can imagine, the winterkill animals have been a windfall for predators and their numbers are still strong. In the next couple of months, baby lambs, calves, deer and antelope fawns and elk calves will become the main source of food...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 27, 2023

    It turns out there is a limit to my parents’ patriotism. You could draft them for national service, you can tax them for the good of the republic, but a line must be drawn at fava beans. In fact, I’m not even going to share with you the kind of language that came out of my mother when I informed her that she’s going to have to eat some. The official dish of the Coronation of King Charles III has been announced and it contains – you guessed it – fava beans, along with tarragon and spinach....

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP|Apr 20, 2023

    Dear NP, How long do I have to get a laceration repaired? Dear Reader, Repair of a laceration depends on several factors, which is likely why you get different answers to your question. Let’s start by discussing what a laceration is. A laceration is a cut or wound caused by tearing the body’s soft tissue. The wound might be irregular or jagged. Lacerations carry a risk of contamination with bacteria or debris from whatever caused the cut. Lacerations can be deep or shallow, long or short and...

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