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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

National fire preparedness at highest level

The national fire preparedness level has this week been upgraded to a level five – the highest level of wildland fire activity on the National Interagency Fire Center’s scale. At this level, several geographic areas across the nation are experien...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

Drought conditions continue to worsen

Occasional downpours may have punctuated the last couple of weeks, but Crook County is not out of the woods when it comes to drought. In fact, the situation has continued to worsen, with approximately one third of the county now listed as under...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 8, 2021

Moorcroft man charged with sexual abuse

Moorcroft resident Zedekiah Runsabove has been bound over to District Court on two felony charges of sexual abuse of a minor. A Moorcroft police officer reports that he was contacted on March 2 by a Department of Family Services case worker, who had...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 24, 2021

Full fire ban now in effect

A full fire ban went into effect across Crook County on Thursday when the county commissioners met to consider the request from Fire Warden Doug Leis and approve the associated ordinance. Due to the high fire danger and the number of fires that local...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Lightning sparks five fires

County firefighters found themselves stretched in several directions over the weekend when lightning strikes caused five individual fires to spark at the same time. Fortunately, only one of the five grew to a significant size: the Seely Fire,...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Blakeman Propane advocates for buying local

Whether or not the county should seek alternative bids for its propane supply came into question on Wednesday when representatives from Blakeman Propane attended the regular meeting of the commissioners to advocate for “shopping at home.” Tally...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

County moves ahead with opposition to Biden's land conservation plan

Crook is set to be the first county in the state to come out against President Joe Biden’s “30 by 30” land conservation initiative. Though the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) is working on a unified resolution for all counties...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Legislators clash over ethics of "pledge"

An interim meeting of the Joint Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee became the unexpected venue for a discussion of ethics on Monday. Crook County’s two legislators found themselves at loggerheads over a “pledge” that had...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Colony railroad set to get an upgrade

The current owners of the hundred-year-old railroad leading into Colony is planning to upgrade the line. The county commissioners have offered their support for the project, which is expected to cost around $84 million and will include 80 miles of...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    Social    June 3, 2021

Senior Services launches support program for dementia carers

In association with a statewide program called Wyoming Dementia Together, caregivers to people who are suffering from dementia have the opportunity through Crook County Senior Services (CCSS) to become part of an inclusive community for support and...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 3, 2021

Gillette man sentenced following bar fight in Moorcroft

A Gillette man has been sentenced to up to six years in jail on a felony charge of interference with a police officer. Vincent Everett allegedly attacked a Moorcroft police officer who chased him after a fight broke out in a local bar. On August 13,...

 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...


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