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Moskee burn restoration project proposed

Black Hills National Forest officials are proposing to restore the Moskee burn area, located approximately 15 miles southeast of Sundance off Moskee Road. In August, 1936, a wildfire burned approximately 4700 acres on National Forest lands and 2400...

 

Keyhole, Glendo watercraft will be inspected before launching

Two popular Wyoming boating locations are changing their protocols for watercraft inspections to protect waters from zebra mussels, an aquatic invasive species. These changes, instituted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Wyoming Department...

 

Fighting fire with forward thinking

When a fire reaches near enough 7000 acres with multiple homes scattered inside its borders on the kind of terrain that's more friendly to flames than human feet, how can it be possible that not a...

 

Cook Lke colors

Theoretically, the fall season has arrived. In many parts of the county, however, it's hard to tell that summer is over, with the season's colors speckling the still-green foliage....

 

BLM begins revisions of land management plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun the long process of revising the document that defines how it approaches management of everything from livestock grazing and fire management to air quality and minerals on the lands it governs within...

 

County requests help with predator problem

At the request of Commissioner Kelly Dennis – himself acting on behalf of a “concerned citizen” in Hulett – a letter has been sent to the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission to request a new approach to a predator problem in the area. Dennis told...

 

Recovery project planned after Fish Fire

The U.S. Forest Service has announced its plans to rehabilitate the land burned during the recent Fish Fire, with the goal of reducing the risk of beetle infestation, mitigating future fire hazards...

 

Landowners needed for new conservation project

Crook County Natural Resource District is looking for landowners to participate in a new conservation project developed in partnership with its counterpart in Weston County. The aim of the Northeast Wyoming Habitat Improvement Partnership is to,...

 

Local hunt areas targeted for CWD sampling

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has designated Crook County’s six deer hunt areas (1-6) as focus areas this year for monitoring Chronic Wasting Disease. Hunters are asked to submit lymph node samples from deer and elk taken within the county...

 

Plan in place if invasive mussels reach Keyhole

With invasive zebra mussels now known to be present nearby, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGF) has developed a rapid response plan specific to Wyoming water bodies including Keyhole Reservoir. Meanwhile, watercraft owners have been reminded to...

 

Forest Service imposes fire restrictions

The U.S. Forest Service has followed the lead of local counties, cities and state agencies in calling for fire restrictions within the Black Hills National Forest. Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Jeff Tomac has signed a special order BKFfor...

 

County calls for rethink of Black Hills National Forest Plan assessments

Crook County has joined the call for the U.S. Forest Service to rethink its draft assessments for the revised Black Hills National Forest Plan. A comment letter submitted by the county commissioners t...

 

Fair week gets underway

Fair week is underway, and the fairgrounds are full to brimming with livestock, exhibits and their owners. On Tuesday, judges were hard at work judging static exhibits, FFA projects and open class,...

 

Game and Fish concerned about zebra mussel discovery in SD

The threat of zebra and quagga mussels to Wyoming’s waters is closer than ever before. Last week, zebra mussels were discovered in Pactola Reservoir, located 13 miles west of Rapid City, South Dakota, in the Black Hills. The reservoir is only 27 mi...

 

Game & Fish issues fire ban

A fire ban goes into effect on lands owned or administered by Wyoming Game & Fish this Friday, following the example of the county-implemented restrictions that will become effective at the same time. Both fire bans are in response to the good grass...

 

Burn ban in effect next week

A full burn ban will be in effect across the county beginning July 22. Fire Warden Doug Leis sought the blessing of the Crook County Commissioners last week to implement the restrictions,...

 

On top of the world

This year's Sundance Volksmarch made good use of the scenic trails at Sundance White Ranch Park at the weekend. Sponsored by the Black Hills Volkssport Association, the event offered climbers a 5k or...

 

Full summer ahead for Cook Lake

Landslide dangers and necessary construction have hindered use of Cook Lake Recreation Area in recent seasons – but not this year. According to Mike Gosse, District Ranger, the popular site will be offering a full set of amenities over the coming...

 

4-H Camp revived

4-H Summer Camp is a much-anticipated event for youth in Crook and Weston Counties and this year was no exception. After a three-year hiatus, over 50 youth and adult volunteers flocked to Mallo Camp...

 

Public comment sought for first phase of forest management plan

The first stage of the process to update and revise the Land and Resource Management Plan for the Black Hills National Forest is complete and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is now seeking public...

 

Pooling around

The municipal pool is open for the summer, but so far the number of swimmers to venture into it has been more limited than usual due to the weather. According to Public Works Director Mac Erickson,...

 

Unsettled weather brings sizeable hail

The unsettled weather continued over the weekend with three days of thunderstorms, bringing plenty of rain and hail. The crescendo was a storm on Sunday night that scattered destructive hailstones...

 

White Ranch Park volksmarch next weekend

Black Hills Volkssport Association is sponsoring a volksmarch on Sat., June 25 at Sundance White Ranch Park. Walk registration is from 8 a.m. until noon and finish by 4 p.m. The distance is 5k (3.1...

 

Hooked up

It was only a matter of minutes before the first fish was caught during this year's Sundance Rod & Gun Club fishing derby. The call came out from across the pond as Cash Peterson announced he'd...

 

Tree Farmers of the Year

The Wyoming Tree Farmers of the Year for 2022 reside on land beautified by orchard and forest south of Sundance. Terry and Alison Everard say they became involved in the Stewardship/Tree Farm...

 

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