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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 13, 2021 

Rest area to re-open

Sundance and Moorcroft will see their rest areas re-open for the 2021 tourist season, and possibly beyond. In a press release, Wyoming Office of Tourism Executive Director Diane Shober described them...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 6, 2021

Multiple factors cited in fatal crash

A fatal vehicle crash on the intestate east of Sundance claimed the life of a Rapid City resident on Wednesday. The incident took place in the morning and involved a single SUV. According to reports from Wyoming Highway Patrol, the crash took place...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 29, 2021

Health fair this weekend

The annual blood draws are complete and it’s time for the results, which will be available this weekend at the Crook County Health Fair. According to CEO Micki Lyons of Crook County Medical Services District, county residents turned out in record...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 29, 2021

CCSS launches tablet program for seniors

Continuing the push to help seniors stay connected with their community, Crook County Senior Services (CCSS) has secured five iPad tablets that can be loaned out for as long as a senior would like to use them. Useful for everything from contacting...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 29, 2021

Pregnant woman rescued from Warren Peak

Thanks to the assistance of deputies from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, a pregnant woman and her husband who found themselves stranded on Warren Peak last weekend were successfully rescued despite snowdrifts blocking the road. Deputy Josh Thro...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 22, 2021

Applications open for this year's Country Junkin'

For the third time this June, county residents will have the opportunity to either sell their unwanted items, find new treasures – or both – during the countywide Country Junkin’ yard sale. Applications are available now if you would like to...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 22, 2021

Crook County tops national list of vaccine-hesitant locations

The eleven most vaccine-hesitant counties in the nation are all located in Wyoming – and Crook County is one of them. This county has the highest percentage of residents who are hesitant about the virus in the nation at an estimated 32%, according...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 22, 2021

Gillette man sentenced for possession of meth

A Gillette man has been given a suspended sentence on charges of possession after allegedly acting strangely at a Keyhole State Park campsite last fall. A State Parks Ranger was dispatched to a campsite to reports of a male who was acting as though...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 15, 2021

Public Health seeking vaccine candidates

After a successful second mass vaccination clinic last week, Crook County Public Health has now administered a total of 1192 first doses and 918 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. The totals include both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson versions of... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    Social    April 8, 2021

Spaghetti feed to benefit local boy this weekend

Enjoy a spaghetti feed this weekend to support an eight-year-old boy who is recovering from a medulloblastoma brain tumor. Quintin Spaulding of Moorcroft, son of Whitney and Cody Spaulding and grandson of Dale and Sherry Wood, is recovering after...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 1, 2021

Moorcroft man sentenced for abuse of a vulnerable adult

Moorcroft resident Harold Stortz has been sentenced on two counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult after allegedly leaving an elderly person on the floor after a fall for approximately six hours. On September 4, 2020, an officer from Moorcroft Police...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 25, 2021

Man given suspended sentence for domestic battery

Casey Anderson has been sentenced on a felony charge of domestic battery after an alleged altercation in Moorcroft on April 4 last year. On that date, a Moorcroft Police Department officer was asked to respond to a domestic violence issue at a local...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 25, 2021

Moorcroft man given suspended sentence on drug possession charges

Moorcroft resident Charles Clarence Birr has received a suspended sentence for possession charges after a search of his residence for an associated case revealed numerous items related to meth use. On January 21, 2020, a Crook County Sheriff’s...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 11, 2021

County says no to solid waste district

The Crook County Commissioners have decided once and for all that a solid waste district will not be formed to investigate the future of trash in this county. At last week’s meeting, the plan for an investigative “think tank” was also...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 11, 2021

Fire season heats up

Three fires on Saturday can all be traced to a similar cause, including one blaze that entirely consumed a family home. Each began as an old slash pile that continued to smolder for several days...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 11, 2021

Public Health hosts vaccine clinic

Crook County hosted its first large vaccine clinic last week when 350 people received a dose of Moderna in a single day. The by appointment-only clinic allows Crook County Public Health to catch up... Full story


County clerk offers inside look at elections

In response to ongoing national suspicions about the integrity of America’s elections, County Clerk Linda Fritz is inviting all interested citizens to take a behind-the-scenes look at how elections are conducted in Wyoming, including the...


Starting a tradition

Dance the night away this Friday at the Pine Haven Community Center Board’s first dance, to be hosted at the Keyhole Country Club. The dance has been scheduled to follow the club’s annual Sweethearts Dinner, which begins at 6 p.m., and the board...


Commissioners to form solid waste committee

A solid waste district is not on the cards as a means to solve the county’s issues with trash, but the commissioners are still willing to explore the available options. A committee will be formed to more fully investigate what possibilities exist...


Local Republicans censure Cheney

The Crook County Republican Party has voted to censure U.S. Representative Liz Cheney for her recent actions in supporting the impeachment of ex-President Donald Trump. “Like a lot of the counties around the state, we are disappointed in her decisi...


Vaccine rollout picks up steam

With restrictions on timing, dose numbers, eligible candidates and more, it’s quite the logistical challenge to roll out a COVID-19 vaccination program. That’s why it’s not yet possible to host... Full story


Legislators get historic session underway

In any ordinary year, Wyoming’s Legislature would be preparing to debate a full slate of potential new laws and figure out the budget for the next biennium. Thanks to the pandemic, things look a...


Winter finally arrives

After a beginning to the winter that felt well nigh tropical, the last week has proven that Mother Nature still has all her teeth. The end of the balmy season arrived on a torrent of wind in a...


Commission reluctant to form trash district

The commissioners intend to decide in February what should be done about the imminent closure of the last remaining landfill in Crook County. According to Mayor Dick Claar of Moorcroft, the formation of a solid waste district is the only way to...


Vaccine program reaches next phase

Crook County Public Health completed the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations at the end of last week and will be moving on to the next tier of candidates on the state’s priority list. The phase 1a... Full story


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