Week of June 13, 2024

Digging it

Contractors for Range were digging along Highway 14 to install fiberoptics north, past the Old Sundance Road in this first part of the government funded rural broadband...

Wyoming braces for mosquito season

Sarah Pridgeon

After a notably bad year for mosquitoes, the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council (WWPC) is warning that the conditions so far in 2024 could mean we're set for another season of swatting. While most mosquitoes limit their nuisance to itchy bites and buzzing, some carry a potentially serious disease: West Nile Virus. In 2023, Wyoming saw the worst outbreak of the disease in a decade, with a case rate far exceeding the national average and four human deaths. The year before, only three cases in total...

  • Eyes on the goal

    Grace Moore

    Pine Ridge resident Colton Harding was busy manning his concession stand just north of I-90 exit 168, Friday afternoon offering cookies, chips, pop and other goodies essential for car trips and has made almost enough for this year's trip to the international soccer games in Minnesota. Yes, this 11-year-old entrepreneur works hard with a purpose: he is a soccer player and pays his way, reimbursing his mom and dad for fuel, rooms, etc. to follow his passion. "It's very expensive, but I somehow...

Wayne S. Conklin

Wayne S. Conklin, 80, Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at Spearfish Canyon Healthcare after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Wayne Stephen Conklin was born May 13, 1944 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Oscar Conklin and Margaret Mahoney Conklin. After military service, his dad's work in the timber industry had them living in the mountainous areas of Wyoming. Hulett, Meeteetse, Jackson, Wilson and Buffalo were a few of the communities in which they lived. Wayne... Full story

Arnold "Arnie" Altaffer

Arnold Ray "Arnie" Altaffer, 77, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at the VA Black Hills Healthcare, Fort Meade Hospital at Fort Meade, South Dakota. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend lost his battle with prostate cancer on June 4, 2024 at Ft. Meade Hospice care in Sturgis, South Dakota. He was born on August 10, 1946, to Larena (Blake) and James Altaffer in Gillette, Wyoming. He was the youngest of three brothers and one sister. His childhood and... Full story

Gregg Scott Ohs

Gregg Scott Ohs of Pine Haven, Wyoming passed away peacefully, with his wife by his side, on May 22, 2024. He was born to the late Earl and Clarice Ohs on August 5, 1952, in Van Nuys, California. Gregg grew up in Bakersfield, California and was proud to have served in the Marine Corp Reserves for eight years as a young man. He married Marsha Hazard in 1994 and lived in Maricopa, California, before relocating to Pine Haven in 2001. Gregg worked in the oil industry throughout his work career.... Full story

Service: Inez Arlene Hauber

Memorial service and reception on Thursday, June 20 at 1:00 pm in the Primrose Assembly Hall in Gillette, WY. A full obituary will be posted in the June 20... Full story

  • Crook County kids participate in Ag Books for Kids 2024

    The Crook County Farm Bureau Federation promoted a program called Ag Books for Kids in the Crook County elementary school classrooms. This year's book was "Seed, Soil and Sun" by Cris Peterson. The purpose: to instill the knowledge that many of our daily necessities come from agriculture! American agriculture provides us with the food we eat, the clothes we wear and so much more. "Donating accurate agriculture books to Wyoming elementary schools has been the goal of the Wyoming Farm Bureau...

  • University of Maryland Global Campus Dean's List

    Cydney Mullaney of Moorcroft was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2024 term at University of Maryland Global Campus. To be eligible for the honor, a student must complete at least six credits during the term, earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the term, and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at...

  • Wyoming Connections Academy graduate

    Wyoming Connections Academy, Wyoming’s leading tuition-free, online program for students in grades K-12, celebrated the graduating Class of 2024 at the Cody Auditorium on Saturday, June 1. Students, family, friends and faculty gathered to honor the 58 graduating students during the in-person commencement ceremony. Curtis Riesland of Oshoto in among the...

  • Etched in Time Park faces issues

    Grace Moore

    The deteriorating condition of Pine Haven's Etched in Time Park was the center, again, of discussion at last week's council workshop. The park, under the auspices of the Pine Haven Beautification Committee, was established more than a decade ago with many volunteers sharing in the vision of a park with the names of individuals and families who have made a difference on faced brick and a water feature running beneath a small bridge before falling into a concrete pool. As time has moved on, the...

Paddle in the Park

Absaroka District Interpretive Ranger Katie Singleton and a couple of her associates were on hand at the Tatanka Boat Ramp on Friday to kick off the summer with a "Paddle in the Park" event. Kayaks were lined up for the 14 guests and one dog to get their feet wet, figuratively speaking, in a new water sport. As the day's fun began, Stapleton sat confidently in her own vessel and shared safety points and guidance as she visited with her companions on shore. For those who missed the adventure,...


Among the many Junkin participants over the weekend, the Black Anchor owners showcased a variety of items along Highway...

Ten ways to protect your personal information

Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado

Identity theft affects millions of people each year and can cause serious harm. Protect yourself by securing your personal information, understanding the threat of identity theft, and exercising caution. Here are ten things you can start doing now to protect yourself and your loved ones from identity theft: 1. Protect your Social Security number by keeping your Social Security card in a safe place at home. Don’t carry it with you or provide your number unnecessarily. 2. Be careful when you speak with unknown callers. Scammers may mislead...

What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

Serena Buckner

Our Friends of the Library had a successful Crook County Junkin’ with lots of extra traffic at the library for the Book Sale, Bake Sale and Pulled Pork Lunch. All proceeds from the sales will be used for the benefit of the library patrons and our community. The Friends of the Library recently purchased a new shelf for our Youth Services area. The new shelf is displaying the activity and STEM kits available for checkout, making the kits more visible to the children as they were previously housed on top of the bookshelves. We have already...

The great jungle journey

The Vacation Bible Study (VBS) advises all participants to grab their binoculars and secure their life preservers, the journey is about to begin. Kids in first through sixth grade are invited to join the adventure at the First Presbyterian Church, Monday through Friday, June 17-21, from 9-11 a.m. VBS will provide games, snacks and more as guests set off on an epic cruise from Genesis to Revelation. For more information, please call Pastor Monte at 217-251-1182 or Mary McKillip at 307-756-2913. It really is a jungle out...

Senior dinner

Moorcroft Seniors have announced a monthly birthday and anniversary dinner, the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Moorcroft Senior Center. The main dish is supplied. Attendees are asked to bring a side or dessert to share. Entertainment...

Moorcroft Senior Menu

June 17: Barbecue riblet, tater tots, cooked carrots, pineapple, raspberry bar June 18: Goulash, garlic bread, tomato slices, strawberries, chocolate pudding June 19: Chicken fajitas, baked beans, cucumber and onions, fruit cocktail, ice cream June 20: Pork chop, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and carrots, fruit cocktail, oatmeal cookie June 21: Chicken strips, fries, green beans, mandarin oranges, baked custard Available at Donna’s Diner June 20: Chicken and biscuit, peas and carrots,... Full story

  • Mailing delay

    Next week’s papers (dated June 20) will be mailed on Thursday due to the post office closure Wednesday for the Juneteenth federal... Full story

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  • Pine Haven Calendar of Events

    Monday Exercise Group: noon, Community Center Tuesday Exercise Group: noon, Community Center Wednesday Over the Hill Gang Activities at Community Center: Pinochle, Hand & Foot: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Meal: 12-12:30 p.m. – Potluck Lunch. Birthday treats. Thursday Exercise Group: noon, Community Center Fire Department Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Town... Full story

  • Moorcroft Calendar of Events

    Monday Moorcroft Historical Society: 5:45 p.m., West Texas Trail Museum Crook County School District Board: 6 p.m., Central Office, Sundance MVFD Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Moorcroft Ambulance Meeting: 7 p.m. Cribbage: 1 p.m., MSC Tuesday Yoga: 9 a.m., MSC Wednesday Coffee, Cinnamon Rolls, Music: 9-11 a.m., MSC CCMSD Budget Meeting: 10 a.m. via Teams – for link contact [email protected] Crook County Senior Citizens Service District Board: 11 a.m., Sundance Senior Center Movie: 1 p.m., MSC Crook... Full story

  • Commissioners

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, June 4, 2024 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Kelly moved to approve and ratify the minutes from May 7, 8, 15 & 21. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Bob moved to approve the following resolution: RESOLUTION NO. 2024-15 FY2024 EMERGENCY RESERVE EXPENDITURE WHEREAS Crook... Full story

  • Bids

    ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Crook County Road & Bridge Sundance, WY Warren Peak Road Overlay Project RECEIPT OF BIDS Bids for the WARREN PEAK ROAD OVERLAY will be received at the CROOK COUNTY ROAD AND BRIDGE OFFICE LOCATED AT 309 E CLEVELAND STREET SUNDANCE, WY 82729, until JUNE 18th AT 10:00 A.M. local time. At that time the Bids received will be publicly opened and read. GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WORK The work includes the furnishing of the labor, materials, equipment, and services for the construction of the following: cleaning, end milling,... Full story

  • Meeting Notice

    Crook County Senior Citizens Service District Monthly Meeting Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 11 a.m., Sundance Senior Center. Fiscal year 2024-2-25 final budget review and approval. Publish: June 6 and 13,... Full story

  • Bids

    ADVERTISEMENT AND INVITATION FOR BIDS TOWN OF MOORCROFT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT SEPARATE SEALED BIDS FOR THE FURNISHING OF: TOWN OF MOORCROFT – NOONAN PARK SPLASH PAD PROJECT NUMBER 10210223 GENERALLY DESCRIBED AS: Installation of a splash pad approximately 3,000 square feet, equipment vault, 19 aquatic play products and associated infrastructure; replacement of sidewalk affected by this project, addition of sidewalk and picnic area, gravel surfacing of approach. The equipment vault must be connected to the water system, sewer system... Full story

  • Abandoned vehicles

    Notice of sale of abandoned vehicles The following vehicles will be sold on July 9, 2024 at 10 a.m. at 600 N Hampton, Moorcroft, Crook County, Wyoming, to-wit: A 2003 Chevy Blazer LT, State license plate number 21-5719, VIN# 1GNDT13S432350923, Titled in the name of Edward Brownrigg. The seller claims $1500 for the expense of removal, preservation, custody storage and sale. A 2005 Ford F150, VIN# 1FTPW14525KD94752, Titled in the name of Kendal Perry & Jason Messick. The seller claims $2500 for the expense of removal, preservation, custody... Full story

  • Crook County Public Notices

    See all Crook County public notices online at: http://www.wyopublicnotices.com/index.php/main/search/0/Crook To place a public notice in the Moorcroft Leader email: moorc... Full story


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