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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

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 7, 2021

Straight shot

Vaccines may now be available for COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean the public is willing to automatically trust them. A year ago, we didn’t even know the virus existed, so how can we be sure getting vaccinated is safe? Both the Pfizer and Moderna...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 7, 2021

Moorcroft man charged with theft of truck

Moorcroft man Brandon Wells has been charged with theft after allegedly taking a vehicle in the early hours of the morning and driving it to Montana. On November 29, 2020, a Moorcroft Police Officer was contacted around 4:30 p.m. by the owner of a...

 

Looking back at 2020

A difficult year dominated by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, 2020 still saw plenty of important business conducted in Moorcroft and throughout Crook County. January The Moorcrof...

 

Charity relief program now available

A total of $12 million has been distributed to Wyoming’s counties through Governor Mark Gordon’s Community Charitable Relief Program. This program allows the counties to distribute awards to charities that incurred expenses related to COVID-19...

 

Star of Bethlehem returns to the skies

According to the Gospel of Matthew, wise men from the East were inspired to travel to Jerusalem by a bright star that appeared in the night sky. There, they asked King Herod: “Where is He who has...

 

County gets ready for vaccine

Light has appeared at the end of the tunnel as Wyoming gears up to begin administering the new COVID-19 vaccines – and so does Crook County. The first doses are expected to arrive in the state within days and will be directed to the medical...

 

State mask order in effect

A statewide mask order goes into effect this week in an effort to address an increase in hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 while keeping businesses open, according to an announcement from...

 

Schools report successful first semester

As the first semester of the year draws to a close, Crook County School District has fared better than many dared hope in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, none of the county’s schools have needed to close their doors due to an...

 

School district prepares for budget cuts

For all the drastic cuts being made, one important chunk of Wyoming’s financial picture has yet to be examined. At this time, school districts across the state are waiting to hear how the shortfall will affect their budgets in the coming years. As...

 

Stumbling pedestrian sentenced for possession with intent to deliver

A Douglas man has been given a suspended sentence for possession with intent to deliver after allegedly informing a police officer who spotted him walking drunkenly through town that he was taking a bag of marijuana from one friend to another. On Jan...

 

Quarter of county votes already in

Whether for reasons of convenience, health or politics, more people than ever before are casting their votes before election day this year. Crook County has followed the nationwide trend, with a quarter of votes already cast. Reports suggest that...

 

Moorcroft man arrested for aggravated assault

Moorcroft resident Michael Wiese was arrested earlier this month on charges of aggravated assault after allegedly kicking a door down and pulling a knife on a victim. On October 9, a Moorcroft Police Officer was dispatched at around 8:30 p.m. to a ho...

 

General election: what are the issues?

The general election is coming up fast and voters this year will not only be asked to make their choices for national and state elected seats. A number of issues will also be placed before you on the...

 

General Election: Introducing your candidates

November’s general election is a chance for you, the voter, to decide who would best represent your interests and needs on the boards and districts that keep Crook County running. From the schools...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 8, 2020

Moorcroft man charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult

Moorcroft resident Harold Stortz has been arrested on charges 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, an officer from Moorcroft Police Department...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 1, 2020

County clerk warns against third party voter registration

Be wary of claims on websites and social media that a third party entity can assist you in matters to do with the upcoming general election, says County Clerk Linda Fritz. No matter their intentions, they are less reliable and less secure than...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 1, 2020

Thanking an officer

In honor of “Thank an Officer Day” on September 19, Crook County Family Violence (CCFV) put together “survival kits” for each of the county’s law enforcement departments. The idea, says...

 

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