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Bat Festival at Devils Tower

In celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 25, the National Park Service (NPS) and Devils Tower Natural History Association will host a bat festival. The festival will include educational activities about these rarely seen...

 

Deer disease outbreak identified in county

ase (EHD) in white-tailed deer and pronghorn has seen cases identified across the east of Wyoming, including in Crook County. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department last week announced that it was actively tracking the outbreak of EHD, which is...

 

CCNRD announces return of tree program

The Crook County Natural Resource District (CCNRD) is excited to announce the hopeful return of our Tree Program. With the assistance of local volunteers, we will aim to provide Crook County with Conservation-Grade seedlings and potted trees. Orders...

 

Soaring to success

The thirty-one climbing routes on the east face of the Tower at Devils Tower National Monument are now open to climbing after three Peregrine Falcon chicks successfully fledged from their nest. Each year some climbing routes are temporarily closed...

 

Moon Walk to host "Introduction to The Night Sky"

The Black Hills National Forest will conduct its third Moon Walk of the year on Sat., Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. The activity will take place at the Sundance Horse Camp, located about five miles from Sundance. Participants will learn how to identify some comm...

 

National Park Service completes project to increase accessibility at Devils Tower

Major improvements to the accessibility of trails, exhibits, parking and restrooms were completed in July at Devils Tower National Monument. It is the first major upgrade to the park's infrastructure...

 

Crook County Fair champions

Crook County Fair champions...

 

City plans volunteer group to clean creek

At the suggestion of a concerned resident, the City of Sundance is looking into the possibility of putting together a group of volunteers to clear out the creek as it flows towards Sundance Pond. The creek is in need of attention because the water...

 

Bike trail to be extended out of Sundance White Ranch Park

The City of Sundance has granted permission for the bike trail through Sundance White Ranch Park to be extended across city property. The trail, which was created by the Sundance Chain Gang, is...

 

The Forestry Corner

By Jeremy Dedic Wyoming State Forestry Division and Ed Mignery Wyoming Tree Farm, landowner County assessors and realtors in Crook and Weston counties report that residences in rural properties have been in high demand in recent years. We offer this...

 

Steer stopper

Steele Fencing works on the new tie rail to allow animals to remain at the fairgrounds overnight. A tent loaned by Pinnacle Bank will also be going up for livestock shelter prior to fair week's...

 

Devils Tower announces new Chief Ranger

Superintendent Amnesty Kochanowski announced the selection of a new leadership team member at Devils Tower National Monument, Chief Ranger Matt Roland. He began June 20. Roland will lead the visitor...

 

White-nose syndrome detected in bats at Devils Tower National Monument

Wildlife researchers have confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats at Devils Tower National Monument. While this is the first confirmation of WNS in the state, the fungus that causes WNS, Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), was...

 

Splashes of summer

With summer in Sundance comes the sound of happy kids as they splash into the pool to cool off. This year’s hours are from noon until 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, with open lap swim from 5 to 6...

 

Black Hills National Forest announces 2021 Moon Walk schedule

The Black Hills National Forest announces the Moon Walk interpretive program schedule for the 2021 season. In its 26th year, Forest visitors will explore the importance of caves and karst systems, beavers, learn about the stars in the night sky and...

 

Fishing fun

The Sundance Rod and Gun Club hosted their annual kids’ fishing derby last Saturday with an amazing turnout of 57 kids. The club provided hot dogs, sodas and prizes for each participant. McKinlee Kylander had the longest trout at 11” and Jackson...

 

White Ranch Park preps to open

George and Betty White always wanted to leave a legacy for their community. This Memorial Day weekend, the foundation that has worked for more than a decade to fulfill their vision invites you to...

 

Fishing derby this weekend

Sundance Rod and Gun Club will be sponsoring a kids’ fishing derby at the Sundance Pond on Sat., May 22. The derby will start at 1 p.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Registration will start at noon. The derby is free for all kids 13 years old and...

 

Local attractions opening this weekend

Devils Tower National Monument has announced that the Belle Fourche River Campground and picnic area will be opening on May 15. Cook Lake will also be opening for both camping and day use on May 14....

 

Wyo Game and Fish issues 2K new elk tags as herds exceed goals

Elk populations in Wyoming’s major herds are nearly 30% over objective Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel revealed as their governing commission approved hunting seasons and nearly 2000 additional licenses Wednesday. Some 101,800 elk...

 

The Forestry Corner

By Ed Mignery, WY Tree Farm Committee and Jeremy Dedic, WY State Forestry Division Have you ever taken something for granted, then really looked at it and realized how special it is? I have passed oak trees in our area many times. I did not give...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft) Current Snow Depth (in) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in) 30-yr Median (1981-2010) SWE (in) Last Year’s SWE (in) Current Percent of 30 Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8 - Blind Park Snotel 6870 10.0...

 

Ten graduate Hunter Education

A class of ten students recently completed the Wyoming Game & Fish Department Hunter Education Class held in Sundance. This class involves about 17 hours of class instruction, marksmanship, gun handling and the passing of a written test. The class...

 

Temporary closures to protect nesting falcons and climbers

Rock climbing routes on the southwest face and the southwest edges of Devils Tower summit will be temporarily closed effective immediately to protect nesting Peregrine and Prairie Falcons. The...

 
 By Mark Watson    Outdoors    March 25, 2021

Ryan Ranch welcomes triplet calves

ALADDIN, Wyo. — Ranchers through the Northern Great Plains are in the midst of calving season right now, and that is true at the Ryan Ranch, located north of Aladdin, Wyo. But unlike nearly every ot...

 

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