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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 23, 2022

Jones named Clerk

At a special meeting last week, the commissioners appointed Melissa Jones as the new Crook County Clerk. The commission followed the statutory rules governing the appointment of a replacement for an elected official who resigns their position before...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 16, 2022

Zoning plans put on the backburner

Can Crook County control its own future without zoning? This question has been troubling the Crook County Commissioners, who dedicated time on Wednesday for further discussion on the problem of large-acre parcels and subdivisions cropping up with...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 2, 2022

Candidates confirmed

No matter who wins at this year’s elections, the Crook County Courthouse is set to see some significant changes. As candidate filing closes for the year, several incumbents within the county offices have opted not to run for another term. Running...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 2, 2022

Large-acre subdivision rules released for public review

A draft of the proposed new rules for large acreage subdivisions has been made available ahead of a public hearing with the Crook County Land Use Planning and Zoning Commission. Following the hearing, the commission will vote on whether to recommend...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    School    June 2, 2022

Wyomingites asked for input on the future of education

The majority of Wyoming residents feel our schools don’t prepare children for the future, according to Governor Mark Gordon’s education advisory group. A public survey that garnered over 7000 responses – including 326 from Crook County – saw...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 26, 2022

Moorcroft man sentenced for aggravated assault

A Moorcroft man will serve up to ten years for aggravated assault and battery after allegedly ramming a woman’s truck into a power pole. On April 17, 2020, a Moorcroft Police Officer was dispatched for a domestic violence call and advised that a...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 26, 2022

Vore Buffalo Jump to host open house

Just as the year's tourist season gets underway for the Vore Buffalo Jump, the historical site plans to invite members of the public to attend an open house event on June 4. Whether you've never had...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 19, 2022

Candidates announce for state seats

Three local candidates have thrown their names in the hat for the upcoming elections, aiming to vie for Crook County’s two seats in the Wyoming State Legislature. Senator Ogden Driskill announced he will stand again for Senate District 1, saying...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 5, 2022

Bush appointed as Circuit Court Judge

Sticking close to home again when making his decision, Governor Mark Gordon has selected Crook County Deputy Attorney Lynda R. Bush as the Sixth Judicial District’s next Circuit Court Judge. “I want to thank Governor Gordon for the honor of this...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 28, 2022

Spring storm brings county to a stall

What began as a thunderstorm on Friday evening ended in the most significant blizzard so far this season, bringing travel to a standstill, canceling events and cutting power in some places across the...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 21, 2022

Stats show unprecedented Wyoming death rates

The Vital Statistics Services division of the Wyoming Department of Health has released data showing that 2021 was a second year of unprecedented death rates in this state. However, there were also more births and marriages in Wyoming, and fewer...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 14, 2022

Law enforcement facing three new worrying trends

Law enforcement in Crook County is facing three new – and very concerning – trends. According to Sheriff Jeff Hodge, there have been local increases in the use of fentanyl, suicide threats among the youth and the need to employ force during...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 14, 2022

County electeds request pay increase

County level elected officials have requested that the Crook County Commissioners consider granting them a pay increase for the next four-year period. County Attorney Joe Baron spoke to the issue, citing issues including competition with private...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 31, 2022

Defense argues child abuse charges are too "general" to defend

Karey Hedlund of Moorcroft appeared in District Court last week to present a motion demanding more specific details of the times and dates of the child abuse she is alleged to have committed. Her lawyer, Steven J. Titus, argued that trying to build...

 

Public meetings set for this year's hunting regs

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will once again be holding public open houses around the county this month to discuss the proposed hunting seasons for 2022. Meetings are scheduled in both Sundance and Hulett and comments will be accepted until...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 10, 2022

Kuhl sentenced

Mary Kuhl was given a deferred sentence on Friday for crimes related to misconduct during her time as county treasurer. She will serve two years of supervised probation as part of a plea agreement, after which the charges will be expunged from her re...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 3, 2022

County artist presents Black Hills Art Gala

Alexandra Hansen, an artist from Aladdin, invites the community to an elegant event this March that aims to introduce the work of new artists from around the Midwest. The Black Hills Art Gala will tak...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 3, 2022

Engine trouble leads to fatal crash on I-90

A Moorcroft resident was killed on Tuesday in a vehicle crash that took place on the interstate near Moorcroft. The crash occurred when a passenger vehicle collided with a semi truck that was experiencing engine troubles. The incident took place at...

 

Alleged forger arrested after I-90 chase

A South Dakota man faces a barrage of felony and misdemeanor charges after a high-speed chase near Moorcroft on Thursday, which led to the alleged discovery of controlled substances and forgery devices in his vehicle. On February 17 at around 8...

 

County spends relief funds on emergency response needs

The county commissioners selected two projects to benefit from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding last week: an E-911 system for the Sheriff’s Office and a communications tower to boost the signal to the radios used by emergency responders. Ti...

 

School district again beats state graduation average

State statistics released last week reveal that Crook County School District (CCSD) continued to maintain its record of higher-than-average graduation rates during the 2020-21 school year. Across the county’s three high schools, the graduation... Full story

 

CCMSD moving ahead to form foundation

The Board of Trustees took their first look at the legal documentation needed to form a fundraising foundation for Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) last week. The draft was presented by Kara Ellsbury, board attorney, who had been...

 

Landowners launch project to improve Little Missouri Rd

The condition of Little Missouri Road has troubled residents Jim and Otto Schlosser for several years, prompting an unsuccessful effort in 2018 to pave a 15-mile portion of it with the assistance of federal funding. Last week, however, the pair infor...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 6, 2022

Reworked redistricting plan gets committee nod

A successful step for Senator Ogden Driskill in his efforts to keep Crook and Weston counties whole: his updated plan for redistricting this portion of the state was officially adopted by the committee working on the process last week. “They took...

 

Snowpack drops near half its normal levels

Though flurries have passed through the area fairly regularly over the last couple of weeks, Wyoming’s snowpack is lower than usual so far this season – and Crook County is almost at the bottom of the list in terms of how much snow has...

 

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