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Articles from the January 26, 2023 edition


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  • Home champ

    Jan 26, 2023

    Dayne Humes is named champion at the Dylan Humes Memorial in the 106 lb bracket. Rebekah Anderson also placed first at the annual event. For more, see page 7....

  • Leader wins first major award

    Leader Staff|Jan 26, 2023

    The Moorcroft Leader won its first ever major award during the Wyoming Press Association (WPA) annual convention over the weekend. The Leader was named second among Wyoming’s small weekly newspapers for Typographical Excellence, which judges the overall appearance of the publication, including design and layout, photo and type reproduction and selection of type for news and advertising. Judges commented, “Typography and design imparts a sense of community ownership. Moorcroft and Pine Haven should be proud of this quality, community pub...

  • Good fiscal year for Moorcroft

    Grace Moore|Jan 26, 2023

    Deidre Budahl of Casey Petersen and Associates recently presented Moorcroft's council with the annual audit (July 2021/June 2022) that the town is obligated to complete due to receiving federal funding for the wastewater treatment plant project. General Fund This year's audit overview began with Moorcroft's general fund, from which everything but the enterprise accounts (water, sewer, solid waste) are paid and revenues from service fees as well as state and county distributions collected each...

  • Concerns for local deer

    Grace Moore|Jan 26, 2023

    Pine Haven's deer population is showing signs of illness this winter with the discovery of a yearling that had lain down and could no longer rise due to as as-yet unconfirmed malady. This forced Game Warden Mitchell Kern to put the animal out of its misery. A young buck in the same circumstances was later found by Public Works Director Sunny Schell. In a recent report given to council, Schell said, "[Kern] said to keep an eye out for dead deer around town for the next couple of months." With...

  • Card of Thanks

    Jan 26, 2023

    Thank You As we close our door to the Royal Neighbors of America (RNA), Keyhole Camp members 10761, Pine Haven and Moorcroft and draw the final curtain, we want to thank all those who have been so much help since our inception in 1999. If I were to set it all up as to whom Royal Neighbors are and what we do – it would be people helping people. We started by funds available from our Belle Fourche Camp in South Dakota and formed the Keyhole Camp, Moorcroft and Pine Haven. So much of our success is because of our merry Mary Hancock, now in the a... Full story

  • Shawn D. Cook

    Jan 26, 2023

    Shawn D. Cook, 70, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away at home due to prostate cancer on January 17, 2023. Shawn was born in Oceanside, California, on November 29, 1952, to Dudley and Mary Collins Cook. Born into a Marine Corps family, Shawn also lived in post-WWII Japan; in Dumfries, Virginia; Sharon, Massachusetts; and Embden, Maine, before venturing to the University of Wyoming, where he received degrees in zoology and botany, along with a certificate in secondary education. He later became a... Full story

  • Clarification

    Jan 26, 2023

    On page 7 of last week’s Moorcroft Leader, in the article “Bike raffle for new park…” clarification has been requested. The grant, of which the original source for the story spoke, has been abandoned by council. “We had the option to,” recreation board liaison Kristy Speed later explained, “[but] due to the stipulations, we chose not to do it.” The board had received $30,000 in their 2022/2023 budget to build this park and Sharon Coleman is raffling the bicycle and scooters under her own initiative to donate all proceeds to the recreation boar... Full story

  • Weekly update

    Ogden Driskill, Wyoming Senate President|Jan 26, 2023

    As you may have seen on FOX News and other major media outlets, Wyoming experienced quite a week in the national news spotlight due to a resolution brought forward in the Senate. Senate Joint Resolution SJ0004 Phasing out new electric vehicle sales by 2035 pushes back against bans on new sales of cars with internal combustion engines in states like California and New York. Although it’s a bit of a tongue-in-cheek statement – and not an actual ban – I am pleased to see that this resolution struck a chord with the rest of the country. Such bans...

  • Slippery road

    Jan 26, 2023

    Public Works crewman Cody Amende cleans up the layers of ice adding a potential danger to the intersection on the west end of Crook Street and Converse on Friday morning....

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jan 26, 2023

    AARP COVID dashboard shows improvement In Wyoming’s nursing homes SHERIDAN (WNE) —The latest edition of the AARP COVID-19 dashboard showed substantial improvement in staff and resident cases of COVID-19 inside the state’s nursing homes over the four-week period ending Dec. 18, 2022. Wyoming’s nursing home COVID-19 resident ratio for that period was 7.27 cases per 100 residents, which is the eighth highest in the nation and up from November’s rate of 6.7 cases per 100 residents. Wyoming’s nursing home staff case rate was just over the national a...

  • Lady Wolves beat Herders

    Dusty Petz|Jan 26, 2023

    On Friday evening, the Lady Wolves traveled to Newcastle to take on the Dogies. The game was quick from the opening tip with Newcastle leading 12 to 5 after the first quarter. Newcastle stepped it up in the second and third quarters, holding the Wolves to single digits. The Lady Wolves found some ground in the fourth quarter while outscoring the Dogies, but Newcastle finished the game out with a 50 to 22 victory. We got off to a slow start and our shots weren’t falling. I thought our defense was good, but we had some offensive challenges t...

  • Wolves don't back down

    Nick Redden|Jan 26, 2023

    The Wolves Boys basketball had two great contests this past weekend with Newcastle on Friday and Glenrock on Saturday. The boys JV came out a little slow against Newcastle, but made some gains in the second half, though not enough to pull out the victory. All of this is a learning experience for them and will be all year, but the gains I have seen are amazing. The varsity boys played four good quarters of basketball and pulled away in the end with a ten point victory. Everyone who got into the game dug deep and contributed to the victory,...

  • Wolves place fourth at Dylan Humes Tournament

    Jan 26, 2023

    The seats were full and the applause was charged as the Wolves faced their opponents with courage and excitement at the 2023 Dylan Humes Tournament. At this year's memorial mixer, hosted at home in Moorcroft, the Wolves boys' team finished fourth with 161 points, behind Thunder Basin with 304, Sheridan with 286 and Natrona County with 208. A total of 23 teams competed in the event on January 20 and 21. Dayne Humes was the champion in the 106 lb bracket. Additional individual results included...

  • School District Warrants

    Jan 26, 2023

    Crook County School District #1 Notice is hereby given that the Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees issued warrants for the following bills exceeding $500.00 at the regular meeting of the board held on JANUARY 16TH, 2023 AT MOORCROFT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund A & J SCREENING Senior Banners $975.00 ALZADA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 56 Service Agreement - Alzada Schools $30,580.00 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Technology $1,124.79 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Technology $4,739.53 AMAZON.COM CREDIT CARD... Full story

  • Probate

    Jan 26, 2023

    IN THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT LUMLEY WINTER II, Deceased Probate No. PR-5892 NOTICE OF AMENDED APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION UNDER WYO. STAT. § 2-1-205 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF ROBERT LUMLEY WINTER II You are hereby notified that on January 3, 2023, an Amended Application for Decree of Distribution under Wyo. Stat. § 2-1-205 was filed in the above named Court. In this Amended Application, Phoebe C. Winter, in her capacity as a... Full story

  • Commissioners

    Jan 26, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, January 17, 2023 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman, Kelly B. Dennis (via conference call), Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. Bob moved to approve the following resolution and the ARPA Grants Certification Statement: LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROJECT ARPA GRANTS RESOLUTION NO. 2023-5 Entitled: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMISSION OF A LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROJECT ARPA GRANTS APPLICATION TO THE S... Full story

  • Moorcroft Police Report

    Jan 26, 2023

    On January 16, police were requested to do a welfare check on a couple of children who were said to be in the care of their mother who was possibly suicidal. Officer contacted the subject who was determined not to be a danger to themselves or their children. Nothing further. On January 18, police were called regarding a hit and run. Suspect vehicle and driver were located, and it was determined that the driver was intoxicated. Driver was cited for Hit & Run and Driving without a Valid Drivers License. Driver was then arrested for Driving under...

  • Fentanyl problem still growing in Wyoming

    Madelyn Beck, WyoFile.com|Jan 26, 2023

    The flow of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids into Wyoming continues to swell, according to data presented to state lawmakers last week. From 2017 to 2021, Wyoming lost 410 people to drug overdoses with a growing share of deaths due to fentanyl. Between 2018 and 2021, the number of deaths caused by man-made opioids like fentanyl increased from 10 to 42 in Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Vital Statistics Service. While final death counts from 2022 are still being tallied, the amount of fentanyl seized by law enforcement continues to soar....