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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 24, 2022 

Legislators snag leadership roles

Continuing the recent tradition of punching above its weight, the small county of Crook can once again boast that both of its legislators hold positions of leadership in the Wyoming State...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 24, 2022 

Purcell named dispatcher of the year

Crook County's own Jennifer Purcell has been honored with the Public Safety Telecommunicator of the Year award from the Wyoming chapter of APCO International. Purcell has worked within the county's...

 

Moorcroft woman accepts plea deal on child abuse charges

Karey Hedlund of Moorcroft has accepted a plea deal related to the 16 separate counts of child abuse and one of aggravated assault and battery with which she was originally charged. Hedlund’s alleged victims accuse her of years of mental and...

 

Board candidates share their motivations

Numerous seats will be filled on the county’s various boards at November’s general election. While many seats are uncontested, two boards in particular will see high levels of competition. To assist voters in making their choice for these...

 

Pine Haven resident arrested for THC possession

Julie Ann Cox of Pine Haven faces felony possession charges after THC was allegedly found in her residence when a Crook County Sheriff’s deputy made contact in reference to a warrant for her arrest. On September 28, the deputy was sent to a Pine...

 

Game wardens offer advice on dangerous predator encounters

Crook County's two new game wardens introduced themselves to the county commissioners last week and provided information on the rights of citizens if they find themselves face to face with a...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 6, 2022

Probation revoked for Moorcroft man who was sentenced for strangulation

Patrick LeFave of Moorcroft will spend up to three years behind bars after his probation was revoked for three separate alleged violations. LeFave was serving 36 months of supervised probation after pleading guilty to strangulation of a household...

 

Sign-ups available for winter travel authorization

If you will need to travel this winter on roads that may be closed due to weather, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is inviting you to sign up for two programs that will allow you to do so. Collectively known as the Wyoming Travel Aut...

 

Bird flu is back

After a lull during the summer months, bird flu is back and members of the public are asked to report any suspicious avian deaths to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. According to a statement from the department, positive results for highly...

 

County gains new voters

The number of registered voters in Crook County took a significant leap upwards this year, according to the official tallies from August’s primary election. Crook County had 4103 registered voters in total at the 2018 primary, a number that grew...

 

Write-in candidates to fill out general election ballot

A number of gaps on this year’s municipal ballots will be filled with write-in candidates at this year’s general election. Following the primary, any eligible person who received at least three write-in nominations was given the opportunity to...

 

Candidates confirmed for district seats

Almost every district-level seat set to appear on the ballot at the upcoming general election will be contested. This November, voters will be asked to make their choices for the school, medical services, natural resource, museum and senior citizen...

 

Plan in place if invasive mussels reach Keyhole

With invasive zebra mussels now known to be present nearby, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGF) has developed a rapid response plan specific to Wyoming water bodies including Keyhole Reservoir. Meanwhile, watercraft owners have been reminded to...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 25, 2022

Monkeypox arrives in Wyoming

Monkeypox has officially arrived in Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. However, the virus is not considered to be a high risk for most people. “Because monkeypox spreads through close, intimate contact we do not believe the...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 25, 2022

Election results get stamp of approval

The results of last week’s primary election have been verified and confirmed by the county canvassing board, according to County Clerk Melissa Jones. No recounts were necessary and no issues emerged during the process. “We had no automatic...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 18, 2022

Upsets mark several local primary races

The primary election saw several local races called for challengers, according to the unofficial results. In nonpartisan municipal races, two candidates will move forward to the general election for...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 18, 2022

Moorcroft man jailed on possession charge

Robert Myles of Moorcroft has been sentenced to up to four years in a state penal institution following an incident in which he was reported for attempting to steal a vehicle from a residence. On October 15, 2021, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office de...

 

County calls for rethink of Black Hills National Forest Plan assessments

Crook County has joined the call for the U.S. Forest Service to rethink its draft assessments for the revised Black Hills National Forest Plan. A comment letter submitted by the county commissioners t...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 4, 2022

Fish fire pushes south

A fire burning in steep, rugged terrain on Iron Mountain, seven miles south of Sundance, had grown to 6500 acres by Tuesday afternoon after expanding overnight as high winds caused it to run past the...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 4, 2022

Man killed in shootout near Sundance

A male subject with an active Wyoming warrant was shot and killed by law enforcement on Saturday morning after two shootouts took place on I-90 near Sundance. According to the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, the subject was contacted by a Wyoming...

 

Burn ban in effect next week

A full burn ban will be in effect across the county beginning July 22. Fire Warden Doug Leis sought the blessing of the Crook County Commissioners last week to implement the restrictions,...

 
 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...

 

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