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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...

 

Keyhole announces summer fun for June

Looking for some outdoors family fun this summer? Keyhole State Park has announced plenty of programs for the rest of the month, from night hikes to nature walks. Explore the park by night with the night hike series, which tun from 7 to 8:30 p.m....

 

Drought conditions lifting – at least for now

As we transition into summer, Crook County is starting to see a little more badly needed moisture than it has for many months. In fact, this county experienced the fourteenth wettest April on record, with 1.24 extra inches of precipitation. The year...

 

Hunter Education begins soon

A Wyoming Game and Fish Department authorized and approved Hunter Education Class is scheduled in Sundance. Even if you never hunt, the class provides students of all ages valuable information about firearm and archery safety, wildlife management,...

 

Fishing derby June 4

The annual kids’ fishing derby, sponsored by Sundance Rod and Gun Club, will be held on Sat., June 4 at Sundance Pond for kids age 13 and under. Registration starts at noon and fishing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Hot dogs and soda will be served and...

 

WSG Hulett Youth Field Day June 4

The Wyoming Sportsman Group Hulett Youth Field Day is an anticipated annual event drawing over 100 youth and their families from northeast Wyoming and surrounding states to participate in outdoor...

 

Black Hills National Forest campgrounds and seasonal gates scheduled to open

Black Hills National Forest campgrounds are scheduled to open Friday, May 13 and seasonal gates will all be open Monday, May 16, 2022. The Forest offers 30 campgrounds with more than 680 individual sites. Many of the campgrounds are operated by a...

 

Use of exploding targets illegal on the Black Hills National Forest

While recreational shooting is allowed, it is unlawful to shoot at or use exploding targets anywhere on the Black Hills National Forest. A regional closure order prohibits the use of exploding targets on National Forest System Lands. The order...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-Year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-Year SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 5.3 1.6 0.2 0.0 800 Blind Park Snotel 6870 1.0 0.6 0.3 0.3 200 Cole...

 

Public asked to report groups of dead birds

Wyoming Game & Fish has now detected cases of bird flu in wild birds within this state. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI, commonly known as bird flu) was already known to be affecting back yard poultry in Wyoming. The national outbreak has...

 

Prescribed fire planned at Devils Tower National Monument

"The staff at Devils Tower National Monument are planning to conduct a prescribed burn to restore the natural process of fire to the ecosystem and reduce the build-up of dead and dried fuels," announced Superintendent Amnesty Kochanowski. The fire...

 

Hearts of gold

Despite snow and frigid temperatures, the first annual "Heart of Gold" livestock show was held March 30 at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Sundance. Participants from Sundance Elementary learned...

 

Scouting for information

Established last fall, a new collaborative covering the northeast of Wyoming is looking to improve outdoor recreation in this area – and needs your help for its first steps towards doing so. The Northeast Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Collaborative (N...

 

UW Extension to host invasive grass, weed workshops in Gillette, Sheridan, Sundance

Workshops about invasive grasses and weeds are scheduled in early May in Gillette, Sheridan and Sundance. Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension, the free public workshops – all covering the...

 

Recreationists asked to help protect bats from white-nose syndrome

Wyoming Game and Fish is asking cavers, climbers and explorers to clean their shoes and gear both before and after visiting caves after white-nose syndrome (WNS) was identified for the first time in Carbon and Platte counties. WNS, a disease that...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-Year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 0 0 1.1 0 0 Blind Park Snotel 6870 2 1 7 4.3 14 Cole Canyon...

 

Fire season is here

Unless the long-term weather forecast undergoes a pretty dramatic change, 2022 is shaping up to be another potentially dangerous fire season. Fire Warden Doug Leis is warning Crook County citizens to take care when burning slash piles even now, and...

 

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