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  • New postmaster returns home

    Grace Moore|Apr 11, 2024

    With the loss of Moorcroft postmaster Kim Watson, long time local resident Ann Shutt is moving from the Rozet post office back home, to Moorcroft. After starting her career in Upton as a part-time flex employee and working there for five years, Shutt transferred to Gillette and worked there part time until 2000, when the postmaster position opened in Beulah, WY. "I loved it, it was fun and I was grateful to be there," she says. "I did that for a year and the Moorcroft Post office came open,"...

  • County looks to include towns in land use planning

    Grace Moore|Apr 11, 2024

    Crook County Commissioners Fred Devish and Kelly Dennis, with their hired consultant, Jayna Watson, spoke to the assemblage at Friday's Pine Haven Council workshop regarding the next steps of their efforts to better manage growth within county limits. The commissioners allowed their consultant to take the lead in the conversation. Watson was first introduced to town and county residents in January as she conducted opinion polls and disseminated information about the possible need for further...

  • Finish line in sight for C-Bar

    Grace Moore|Apr 11, 2024

    KO Construction is getting closer to an acceptable project completion on the C-Bar subdivision and Pine Haven Mayor Karla Brandenburg looks forward to reincorporating municipal waterlines. “We want to flush and we want to check our pressure and we need to get that done fairly soon,” she said. When The Water Guy, Duaine Fawcett attempted to pressure test the lines running through C-Bar a few weeks ago, the air in the lines that had gained entrance through myriad breaks by previous construction work on site. These caused the test to fail. How...

  • Field of broken dreams

    Grace Moore|Apr 4, 2024

    In May of last year, Rage Baseball spokesmen Travis and wife Devin Arney visited a Moorcroft Council workshop to speak about the team making Moorcroft's upper ball field their home sports ground. Arney, at the time, assured the council of the potential for money coming into town via the games and the increase of value by upgrades to the field, paid for by team sponsors, though he did not share any names or details regarding these sponsors. The council listened to schedule recommendations,...

  • Help is on the way

    Grace Moore|Apr 4, 2024

    Recently, a question arose about the process when someone calls 911 for an ambulance. With many community residents having never been in such a situation, Brad and wife Lexi McKee, owners of K.A.R.E. EMS Solutions, the company that is taking the lead in administrative support for Moorcroft's ambulance service, considered this an opportunity to talk about the procedure for this area, hopefully making this a less stressful situation. Using as an example a possible heart attack, you have called...

  • Future uncertain for clean-up day

    Grace Moore|Apr 4, 2024

    Krissy Hinkhouse, who has taken on much of the event planning after the resignation of long time Moorcroft Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) volunteer Elaine Buckmiller, spoke to Moorcroft's council last week, sharing the decision to discontinue the long held Spring Cleanup Day "due to a lack of a dump." The aforementioned lack of a landfill, though, was set aside as the conversation turned to last year's unsuccessful event. At that time, the town's public works had to pick up the streetside...

  • Moorcroft and the cattle trails

    Grace Moore|Mar 28, 2024

    Wednesday's presentation on Moorcroft's beginning and the events that influenced this little town was West Texas Trail Museum director Cindy Mosteller's first foray into this type of informational entertainment, but certainly won't be her last. Twenty-two guests listened as Mosteller shared her numerous discoveries about the birth of Moorcroft, the theories and facts regarding the origins of the name and other interesting and revealing connections unknown by many today. "It was about an hour...

  • Town adds to water project list

    Grace Moore|Mar 28, 2024

    While the second phase of the Powder River Project is projected to break ground this summer, Moorcroft’s council has applied for a separate grant for the Little Horn Replacement Project. According to Mayor Ben Glenn, “It’s just a short section on the north end of Little Horn Avenue. It’s all HC pipe still and it’s pretty old." "We’ve had a couple band aid breaks there and we’re going to get that fixed,” he adds. This smaller project is not yet scheduled....

  • Ice rescue volunteers follow tradition

    Grace Moore|Mar 21, 2024

    Sheriff Jeff Hodge commends the 16 Pine Haven volunteers who recently qualified from the open water rescue class hosted by the Crook County Sheriff's Department. Six of the volunteers are now certified for the water rescues as well as vital shore support and ten others specifically for supporting the crew from the shoreline. "This will have more people at the lake, ready to respond to any kind of incident until we get there if we're not in the area. It ups the county's response time to the...

  • Town tests employee tracking

    Grace Moore|Mar 21, 2024

    Moorcroft Councilwoman Heidi Humpal has been pushing for plug-in GPS tracking tools in all town-owned highway vehicles. “We’ve been discussing it back and for the for a while and we just want to be able to track some work progress, looking at different things that there may be questions about – it’ll just be real easy to tell for more productivity,” she said. Her fellow councilmen agreed at last week’s regular meeting to a trial period. The town will be ordering and installing the simple plug-in tracking systems for the maintenance and police...

  • MTC grant no longer a certainty

    Grace Moore|Mar 21, 2024

    A grant established by the Wyoming Business Council through the Community Facilities Rehabilitation Grant Program was touted by those with whom town officials and staff worked on it as a sure thing for the Moorcroft Town Center (MTC). Moorcroft Mayor Ben Glenn later said, “Everybody we talked to said it was easy, it was perfect, this is what the grant’s for, you guys are in great shape.” The assurances convinced the council and HDR Engineering’s Heath Turbiville to meet in October of last year to discuss, in detail, what would be done with the...

  • Unstable soil delays splash pad project

    Grace Moore|Mar 21, 2024

    The plan for a splash pad at Noonan Park seemed, for a time, stymied due to unstable soil. But after researching the best approach to the problem, HDR Engineering was able to bring a solution to Moorcroft’s council involving smaller slabs of concrete. The group discussed this possible answer at length at a recent workshop and are now ready to proceed with two smaller pads, “So they can float if they need to instead of breaking or cracking,” Mayor Ben Glenn stated Monday. However, the anticipated grand opening of the attraction that had been...

  • Pine Haven residents reminded of slash pile etiquette and safety

    Grace Moore|Mar 21, 2024

    Pine Haven Fire Chief TJ Gideon reminds residents to use the municipal slash pile responsibly. “We have a lot of building going on… the slash pile is not for clearing lots on new construction. If we allowed that, we will not be able to keep up with it,” he says. The chief explains the purpose of the slash pile: “For cleaning up the established properties and keeping them fire safe....

  • Lodging progress

    Grace Moore|Mar 14, 2024

    As the Moorcroft Lodge nears completion, project supervisor Jeff Holberg took a few minutes Monday morning to share the progress. The hotel and restaurant are approximately 50% complete with the roof, electric and plumbing finished and the dry wall hung throughout the second floor. According to the supervisor, "The lower floor will get drywall next and the restaurant will be finalized at the end." Holberg expressed his appreciation for DA Peterson Properties owner Doug Peterson's inclusion of...

  • Moorcroft and the cattle trails

    Grace Moore|Mar 14, 2024

    By Grace Moore West Texas Trail Museum director Cindy Mosteller will be presenting the history of Moorcroft's start and how the confluence of the cattle drives from Texas influenced the area. Mosteller discusses how the cattle started north and the civil war's impact on the drive as well as the union of many of the trails with the Western Cattle Trail or the West Texas Cattle Trail as some call it. She will share her findings regarding the reasons for bringing cattle this far north and what...

  • No early break for C-Bar

    Grace Moore|Mar 14, 2024

    Freedom Holdings’ Greg Cottrell, partner in the C-Bar Estates development, is asking again for a temporary Certificate of Occupancy (CO) before the infrastructure is complete. “At that point, the town will take it over with a warranty,” Pine Haven Mayor Karla Brandenburg explained at a recent workshop. “They want us to give one and keep asking us about that…They can’t sell any of those lots until they get a CO.” Due to the ongoing problems the town has faced with the company, she and the council have been careful not to allow any premature rel...

  • Boe Drive project set to begin

    Grace Moore|Mar 14, 2024

    After years of discussions and planning, Pine Haven’s Boe Drive is scheduled to be addressed around mid-summer. The project begins soon after March 18 with eight town owned hydrants updated within the C-Bar development. “They have been there since the 80s,” Mayor Karla Brandenburg explained Monday. “Later this summer, Hot Iron will put a new waterline and new fire hydrants along Boe Drive.” Hot Iron Construction is the contractor who will be managing the project to completion and will be bringing the hydrants up to date before the town wate...

  • Kennels get go-ahead

    Grace Moore|Mar 7, 2024

    A resident moving into town from out of state recently requested a variance to install a commercial dog kennel, initiating an amendment to the existing ordinance governing animals and fowl withing Moorcroft town limits. Ordinance 1-2024 was approved on the third reading last week to the consternation of Councilman Dale Petersen, who said, “I’m still concerned; with this ordinance, they’re still able to put a dog kennel in town. I’m concerned about the impact and what that’s going to mean for those residents in that area.” The adjusted la...

  • Generator fails during fire response

    Grace Moore|Mar 7, 2024

    Moorcroft Public Works Director Cory Allison reported a problem with the town-owned generator to the council after the January 25 grass fire that devoured around 1000 acres east of town. The department was providing water to the fire trucks as they were emptied on the site. “We lost power out there. We had the fire trucks trying to keep up so Dave [Elliott] and [I] had to come in and get all the town wells running,” he said. “We were at high capacity, trying to keep up with the fire trucks. We did keep up with them, but with our generator being...

  • Council frustrated over slash pile abuses

    Grace Moore|Mar 7, 2024

    The Pine Haven Council has become concerned that, throughout recent years, people who either do not understand how the town slash pile works or simply do not care have dumped items not allowed into the municipal slash pile when the public works shop is not attended. Pine Haven's fire chief, who manages the annual burning of the debris, explained, "The idea behind the slash pile is so residents can keep their property trimmed up and clear of pine needles. It wasn't meant for large tree, stump,...

  • First responders receive new equipment training

    Grace Moore|Feb 29, 2024

    After being approved for the purchase of the ARGO amphibian rescue vehicle at the February meeting, ten members of the Pine Haven Fire Department participated in their first ice water class, keeping their word to the council to learn how to operate in this cold environment with the new tool safely. According to Pine Haven Fire Chief TJ Gideon, several Crook County Search and rescue members participated, as well. The instruction, taught by an experienced, certified ice water teacher, took all...

  • Debate over director job role updates

    Grace Moore|Feb 22, 2024

    Moorcroft’s council amended a number of job requirements for department heads at last week’s meeting, with differing reactions. Police Beginning with the police chief’s position, Bill Bryant will be required to be available for backup and administrative calls and will also be obliged to provide the governing body with a written schedule for his officers as well as himself once a month for perusal and approval. Councilman Dale Petersen lead this discussion with the example, “I would like to be able to sit down and say, ‘you know what, you’re pu...

  • Roberts takes Pine Haven council seat

    Grace Moore|Feb 22, 2024

    New council member Tom Roberts and wife Emily have lived in Pine Haven for a few years and is in the process of selling his business, Pluggin' Along, in Gillette to fully retire. Roberts, who had always been active in his Gillette community as chair of the YES House and working diligently on committee, joined the cemetery board in town and took the reigns as chair/sexton after the death of Bruce Lang. Mayor Karla Brandenburg recognized him for his tireless efforts to complete projects at the cemetery that he and Lang had discussed. "When the...

  • Town gets rid of unused water meters

    Grace Moore|Feb 22, 2024

    After a year of avoiding the unpopular issue of individual meters for the apartment building on North Little Horn Avenue, the council has chosen to remove the six meters that had been set in place to eventually be plumbed into the building waterline, adding to the existing six to cover each unit. Currently, the town is unable to shut off an individual apartment as each meter serves two. The meters have not, as yet, been activated and have sat within the pits for almost a year. Because this work...

  • KO works to resolve C-Bar issues

    Grace Moore|Feb 22, 2024

    Lucas Lang, KO Construction's general foreman working on the C-Bar Estates after Swagger abandoned the site, describes the efforts KO are undertaking to correct previous work and put the project back on track. After C-Bar failed the pressure test on the waterlines recently, Lang hired Hot Iron Construction to work in tandem with the KO crew in replacing and repairing the lines throughout the site. Lang said that when his crew arrived onsite several months ago, the water and sewer lines were in...

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