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Articles from the January 13, 2022 edition


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  • Landfill better, but still fails inspection

    Grace Moore|Jan 13, 2022

    Moorcroft's landfill failed another assessment from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently, though not to the extent of the previous inspection, according to mayor pro-tem Ben Glenn. "It wasn't near as bad because we have been putting our nets up and getting everything in place, trying to be a good neighbor out there," he said. The issues of regular and proper daily coverage as well as the size of the open work area were cited, but Glenn noted the bitter cold affected outside...

  • Council finalizes staff responsibilities

    Grace Moore|Jan 13, 2022

    Completing the revision of the town employees' handbook this week, Moorcroft's attorney, Pat Carpenter, met with the council before the regular meeting for a workshop to refine responsibilities of the employee committee, council and department heads regarding disciplinary action and grievances. Disciplinary action Carpenter began by breaking the disciplinary actions into guaranteed tiers: what authority does the department head carry and where does this authority end? Councilman Dale Petersen...

  • Save the dates

    Grace Moore|Jan 13, 2022

    West Texas Trail Museum curator Cindy Mosteller recently shared a couple of the upcoming events at the museum to which guests are invited within the next few months – as well as a change of scenery. Mosteller plans to remodel the museum, rotating out some exhibits and moving others into different positions, freshening the look within the next few weeks. "I'm expanding the Texas Trail part; I'm going to have stories, background and pictures of people who were actually on the drives," she says. S...

  • WY State Parks reminds public about ice safety

    Jan 13, 2022

    With ice forming on lakes and reservoirs throughout the state, the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails reminds anglers of potential dangers on the ice. Ice fishing and other ice-related activities are a great way to enjoy Wyoming’s state parks and sites in the winter. However, ice is always in a state of flux, so anglers and other recreationists are reminded that driving any kind of motorized vehicle, and in some instances even walking on the ice, is risky. Pressure ridges can cause thin patches in the ice that cannot s...

  • Jason Scott Garhart

    Jan 13, 2022

    On Monday, January 3, 2022, Jason Scott Garhart passed away at the age of 37, at the Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper, WY, from an aggressive cancer. Jason was a loving son, brother and uncle. Jason was born November 20, 1984, to Kevin and Sherry (Haglund) Garhart. He graduated from Newcastle High School in 2003. Jason never married nor had any kids. Later, he went to work for Aaron and Brittany VanHorn at 360 Slicing, out of Gillette, WY. Jason enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, living on the...

  • Juli A. Hancock

    Jan 13, 2022

    A Celebration of Life for Juli A. Hancock will be held Friday, January 14, 2022 from 5-9 p.m. at the Spearfish Snapper's Club, 416 S. Canyon St., Spearfish, South Dakota. She was born July 2, 1965 and passed away December 16, 2021. Friends and loved ones are invited to join her family to celebrate her life. Please bring photos or your favorite stories to share....

  • Landowners launch project to improve Little Missouri Rd

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 13, 2022

    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 informed the county commissioners that they are now planning to fix the road themselves. “We were hoping to fix up that piece of road from the bridge to the highway,” said Jim, explaining that the goal is a gravel road in good condition both for residents and the bentonite companies that use it. Accordin...

  • Oil, natural gas contribute to economic growth

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 13, 2022

    GILLETTE — Wyoming’s economy continued to rebound in the third quarter of 2021, but its growth has slowed down. And thanks to the highest prices of oil and natural gas seen in several years, the mining industry had a relatively good quarter. On the whole, Wyoming recorded about 6,800 or 2.4% more payroll jobs in the third quarter of 2021 compared to 2020. Leisure and hospitality led this growth with 4,300 more jobs, an 11.9% increase, during that time. Even with that growth, Wyoming trailed behind the nation as a whole, which saw job growth of...

  • Legislators prepare to tackle budget

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 13, 2022

    CASPER — It’s only been a few months since the Wyoming Legislature convened for a special session, but it’s already time to start gearing up for the budget session set to begin Feb. 14. First and foremost, the Legislature has to pass Gov. Mark Gordon’s 2023-2024 biennium budget. The proposed budget of $2.3 billion is larger than anticipated, but still smaller than the previous two-year budget cycle, and almost half the size of the 2010 budget. With the infusion of federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investm...

  • Idea of giving Wyoming residents more game licenses examined

    Alex Hargrave, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 13, 2022

    BUFFALO — Stakeholders are again exploring increasing residents’ share of big game hunting licenses from 80% to 90%, which would decrease the percentage of licenses available to nonresidents. The issue is a delicate one, and one that has come before the Wyoming Legislature at least three times before, including during the 2021 and 2020 sessions. Though the bill was unpopular, the conversation has made it to the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce, an 18-member board of stakeholders who study the state’s wildlife policies. Adam Teten, a Buffalo resident...

  • State Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jan 13, 2022

    Cheney criticizes Wyoming GOP officials CASPER (WNE) — The Wyoming Republican Party apparatus includes people who are “quite radical,” Rep. Liz Cheney said Thursday. Cheney made the comment on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The lawmaker gave multiple interviews that day, while also observing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives. Since the attack, Cheney has steadfastly insisted former President Donald Trump helped to incite the riot, which occurred as Congress worked to certify the presi...

  • Library News

    Heather Reynolds|Jan 13, 2022

    Come on in and get a book club book! We have two book clubs going on every month. We read a variety of fun books that you will surely love! Stop in and ask or call us at 756-3232. Our meeting room is always available and we have many helpful tools available also, such as printing, Wi-Fi, scanning, faxing and much more. Remember we will be closed Monday January 17. New Books A Good Mother by Lara Bazelon When we Meet Again by Kristin Harmel It Ends With us by Colleen Hoover The Courtship of Carol Sommars by Debbie Macomber Flying Angels by...

  • Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration

    Jan 13, 2022

    Is your child turning five on or before August 1, 2022? If so, please make sure to bring your child’s birth certificate and updated shot records to our registration/parent information night on Tuesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. and Monday, February 7 at 5 p.m. in the MK8 lunchroom. Please note, these nights are for parents only....

  • Fall Semester 2021 6th grade awards at MK8

    Jan 13, 2022

    All A Honor Roll: Tanner Hatling, Drae Wendling, Slade Sasse, Laiden Huckins, Brynn Wendling, Micah Wendling, William Riddle A and B Honor Roll: Mary Anderson, Avenlee Downey, Hollie Hawk, KyAnne Karrels, Sophia Land, Morgan Sheehan, Hadley Speed, Trinity Boyer, Traven Huseby, Olivia Jones, Quentin Knapp, Ciana Massie, Kate Massie, Saylor Massie, Kathryn Peterson, Kiersten Roberts, Griffin Townley, Byron Williamson, Landon Anderson, Laiah Daniels, Jayden Johnson, Riata Northup, Marcus Reynolds, Chett Ruonavaara, Danica Schutt, Madysen Von...

  • Wolves wrestle at Hettinger Classic

    Marci Allison|Jan 13, 2022

    The Wolves wrestling team traveled to Hettinger, ND this past weekend to compete in the Hettinger Classic Tournament. The tournament consisted of 14 teams from North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. The team finished in fifth place, had one wrestler in the finals and many other placers. This year the tournament also had the first all-girls varsity tournament with 21 girls competing in five weight divisions. The Wolves had two girls competing and one champion. Individual results were:...

  • Lady Wolves win at home

    Dusty Petz|Jan 13, 2022

    On Friday, Moorcroft played host to the Powder River Conference Tournament. The Lady Wolves’ first opponent of the day was the Kaycee Lady Bucs. Neither team could get much going in the opening minutes of the game, but the Wolves were able to find success in their half court defense and took a 33-23 lead into the half. The third quarter was really where the Wolves were able to extend their lead and it started on the defensive end. The team scored 19 points in the quarter while holding the Lady Bucs to five points. The Lady Wolves won the c...

  • Wolves host Powder River Tournament

    Sonny Merchen|Jan 13, 2022

    On Friday morning, the Moorcroft Wolves Boys Varsity Basketball team was back in action as they played host to the Kaycee Buckaroos in the opening game of the Powder River tournament. The Wolves jumped out to a 13-8 lead after the first quarter. At halftime, the Wolves led, 27-23. In the third quarter, the team came out and extended their lead to 44-33. The boys went on to win, 58-48. I thought we played fairly well after coming off the long holiday break; we executed offensively and played good defense. In the second game, later that evening,...

  • Public Notice

    Jan 13, 2022

    Public Notice RT-130 Refresher Trainings Jan 17, 2022- 6pm, Moorcroft Fire Hall Feb 16, 2022, 6pm, Sundance Community Room Publish: January 6 and 13, 2022...

  • PUBLIC NOTICE

    Jan 13, 2022

    PUBLIC NOTICE The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on March 1, 2022 at 2:30 P.M. in the Crook County Commissioners Room in the Courthouse in Sundance, WY to consider approving the Socioeconomic Supplement to the recently adopted Natural Resource Management Plan. The proposed Socioeconomic Supplement can be viewed at www.crookcounty.wy.gov under the Public Notice tab. DATED this 10th day of January, 2022. Linda Fritz, Crook County Clerk Publish: January 13, 2022...

  • Town of Moorcroft

    Jan 13, 2022

    Town of Moorcroft Regular Meeting of the Council Monday, January 11, 2021 Town Council Present: Mayor Pro Tem Ben Glenn, Councilmen Austin Smith, Dale Petersen, Paul Smoot Absent: Mayor Clell Claar Town Representatives Present: Police Chief Bill Bryant, Attorney Pat Carpenter, Public Works Director Cory Allison and HDR Engineer Heath Turbiville Councilman Petersen motioned to approve the Consent Agenda and Councilman Smoot seconded. Discussion was had on the billing for the SCADA and insurance coverage. All ayes, motion carried. Cory discussed...

  • Circuit Court

    Jan 13, 2022

    Speeding – Justin Perecz, ND, 88/80, $101; Matthew Mickelson, MN, 86/75, $115; Christopher B. Massie, Moorcroft, 92/80, $120; Nastassja Jennings, SD, 90/80, $105; Dalton J. Butler, Hulett, 84/70, $130; David C. Christianson, SD, 43/30, $181; Travis Caine Burhans, MT, 91/80, $115; Julie Sinclair, Gillette, 88/75, $125; Kamari Brown, CO, 90/80, $105; Nicholas Bluhm, MN, 80/70, $105; Sherrylyn Korst, MT, 90/80, $105; Jaila Hansen, MN, 89/75, $130; Samantha Frias, Casper, 90/80, $105; Tacey Fischbach, Moorcroft, 87/75, $120; Suecelia A. Bjerke, N...

  • Moorcroft Police Report

    Jan 13, 2022

    On January 3, police were asked to check on the welfare of some animals that were inside of a home. Complainant was worried the animals were not being taken care of. Officer met with the animals and owner and there was no sign of neglect. Nothing further. On January 3, police assisted Moorcroft EMS on an emergency call. On January 4, police were called to Moorcroft K8 due to a student in possession of a vape. Officer made contact with staff and the student. Student was cited for Minor in Possession of Tobacco. On January 4, police were called...

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