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Articles from the March 2, 2023 edition


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  • Town hall move to MTC made official

    Grace Moore|Mar 2, 2023

    At this month’s meeting of Moorcroft’s council, the decision was finally reached to move Town Hall into the Moorcroft Town Center (MTC) if the town receives the grant needed to facilitate the preparation of the space. From the audience, Nancy Feehan and Kari Peterson advocated such a move with three individuals who had written their affirmative vote counted in the poll before the governing body voted. The conditional grant was later found not to have been awarded to Moorcroft and Clerk/Treasurer Cheryl Schneider stated: “The move won’t happen...

  • Wolves claim first women's champ

    Grace Moore|Mar 2, 2023

    Moorcroft Wolf Rebecca Anderson has taken the Wyoming women's wrestling championship in the 106 lb class in the first year that the sport has been sanctioned. Anderson is no novice to wrestling; she joined the sport several years ago, when she was eight years old, with her father's encouragement. "My dad wrestled in high school and started my brother wrestling with the USA team here when my brother was really young... and he encouraged me and my three sisters to wrestle," she says. The...

  • Wrestlers take second at state

    Mar 2, 2023

    Dayne Humes is named 106 lb class champion at the state wrestling tournament. For more, see center pages....

  • From the Desk of House Majority Floor Leader Chip Neiman

    Chip Neiman, Representative|Mar 2, 2023

    We are on the downhill slope as the Legislature finishes its seventh week. Deadlines are approaching and debate is speeding up to ensure bills important to the people of Wyoming are heard. Strengthening families is one of my most important priorities this session and I have been hard at work ensuring their voices are heard and we do all we can to support them with a focus on moving legislation that protects our children, helps people with medical issues receive medication they need, and saving...

  • Willene Elsasser

    Mar 2, 2023

    Funeral services for Willene Elsasser, 85, of Gillette, were held Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at New Life Church, with Pastor Mike Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Reception followed in the Mt. Pisgah Community Room. Willene was in her home surrounded by her family when she was "welcomed into the arms of Jesus" on February 16. Willene Mae was born in Torrington, Wyoming to Grant and Elva (Dailey) Wonch. She was raised in Arnold, Nebraska and moved as a young lady to... Full story

  • Melva Arlene (Bay) Rawhouser

    Mar 2, 2023

    Melva Arlene Rawhouser passed away Feb. 26, 2023, at Weston County Manor, after a stroke in November 2013. She was born Sept. 16, 1938, at the family ranch north of Hulett, Wyoming (close to Seeley, Wyoming) to Tom and Arlene (Stull) Bay. She attended schools in Hulett and Moorcroft. In 1953, she married Jack Bolin. Together they had a daughter, Barbara "Bobbi" Marie Bolin. In 1958, she married James Franklin. Together they had three daughters and one son: a daughter, stillborn (unnamed), a... Full story

  • Speaker of the House: I'm focused on Wyoming solutions, not out-of-state influences

    Albert Sommers, Speaker of the House|Mar 2, 2023

    Throughout the last decade serving as a Representative in the Wyoming State Legislature, I have consistently used the following metric to assess legislation: does it solve a Wyoming problem with a Wyoming solution? Some bills that come to the Legislature do not come from Wyoming but instead from another state, or they are templates from a national organization. Bills not crafted in Wyoming often take a one-size-fits-all approach that demands the Wyoming Legislature’s due diligence to ensure a bill solves a problem and does not create a new o...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Mar 2, 2023

    Man charged after $22K in fraudulent disability benefits GILLETTE (WNE) — A Gillette man is accused of defrauding the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services out of more than $22,000 by continuing to file temporary disability claims for about a year after returning to work. Klaus G. Paugsch, 49, waived his preliminary hearing Jan. 31 and was bound over to District Court on five felony counts of making misrepresentations or false statements in violation of the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Act. Paugsch qualified for temporary disability ben...

  • Gordon signs supplemental budget

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 2, 2023

    This year’s supplemental budget places more than $1 billion into savings – a move that Governor Mark Gordon said would allow the state to keep taxes low and generate higher investment returns. For every dollar of state revenue spent in the bill, he said, $3.50 is saved. The budget also makes “strategic investments” in Wyoming, Gordon said, including more funding for the Property Tax Refund Program, support for the state’s energy industries and a market adjustment for state employees and teachers to offset the impacts of inflation. “I congra...

  • Keyhole check station plans already in place

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 2, 2023

    Spring may seem a long way away from underneath February's snowdrifts, but the Wyoming Game & Fish Department will be prepared when it arrives to protect Keyhole Reservoir from an infestation of zebra mussels. Game & Fish has been concerned about this possibility since an infestation of the invasive creatures was reported at Pactola Reservoir, just 30 miles from the Wyoming border. This was the closest location where the species has yet been found, which the department concluded was a...

  • Wolves wrestling team bring home two champions

    Marci Allison|Mar 2, 2023

    The Wolves wrestling team concluded their regular season competing against 21 teams at the Wyoming High School 2A state championship tournament this past weekend in Casper. Twenty-two qualified for the state tournament and the Wolves placed ten in the top six. As a team, the boys placed second, had many placers and one state champion and the girls team had one state champion. Individual placers were: Champion: 106 Dayne Humes pinned his way into the semifinals with a pin in 0:17 and 1:08, where...

  • Bulldogs beat Wolves by the skin of their teeth

    Dusty Petz|Mar 2, 2023

    On Friday night, the Lady Wolves welcomed the Lady Bulldogs from Wheatland for the last game of the regular season. We knew going in that it was going to be a competitive game. The game got off to a good start with neither team able to pull away and both teams were tied going into the half. I was pleased with where we were going into the half. It was really a defensive battle in the first half and that continued into the second half. Moorcroft found themselves down six points with 3:00 minutes...

  • Boys basketball goes to Regionals

    Grace Moore|Mar 2, 2023

    The Moorcroft Wolves boys' basketball team have made it to Regionals this year and will play against Torrington or Rawlins in the three-seed bracket. As of the time of this report, these two remaining teams had not played due to inclement weather and neither had forfeited. According to Coach Nick Redden, this third position is good. "We would have to play some of our best basketball against [number one teams] Douglas or Buffalo; we've held very well with Buffalo before, but it's a mind-set...

  • Library News

    Shannon Reynolds|Mar 2, 2023

    Book Club will be in two weeks on March 16. We will meet at 1 p.m. in the reading room of the library. The book is The Other Side by Mark Leichliter. New members welcome! Story Time and the after-school craft continues to be a hit every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Kids Paint class is the first Friday of the month. Contact Miss Lacey for details and to sign up. New Books: Everything You Are by Kerry Anne King Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Holiday Romance by Catherine Walsh Drifting Into Darkness by Mark I Pinsky Rock Paper Scissors...

  • County Farm Bureau Federation sponsors speech contest

    Mar 2, 2023

    The Crook County Farm Bureau Federation sponsored their annual county wide FFA Creed and Speech Competition Feb. 21 at Sundance High School. Congratulations to all the participants for a great job representing your chapters. Creed Speaking contestants recited the FFA Creed and answered questions from the judges. First place went to Madeline Fleenor, second place to Jaylin Mills, both of Bearlodge-Sundance FFA, and third place to Camry Ruonavaara from Whitcomb-Moorcroft FFA. Prepared Public...

  • Crook County Annual Spelling Bee

    Angie Peters|Mar 2, 2023

    Moorcroft Elementary Parent Action Committee hosted the Annual Crook County District Spelling Bee Thursday, February 16 at the Moorcroft Secondary School auditorium. The participants performed before a full house. Students who had been recognized as the top spellers in their classroom spelling bees at Moorcroft Elementary School during January advanced to the Crook County District Spelling Bee. These kids were then separated into two divisions. 24 students competed in the first through third...

  • School District Warrants

    Mar 2, 2023

    Crook County School District No. 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 FEBRUARY 20TH, 2023 AT HULETT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 21 ELECTRIC Replace recessed LED lights $2,283.60 A & B WELDING SUPPLY CO INC Teaching Supplies $957.86 AIRPRO INC Equipment $2,165.00 ALLERDINGS, SCOT Tourney Fee $550.00 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Supplies $3,284.44 AMAZON CAPITAL... Full story

  • Bids

    Mar 2, 2023

    Public Notice Crook County Weed and Pest Control District is giving notice that the district will begin receiving applicator bids for 2023 noxious weed control program. If you are interested in bidding for the noxious weed program bids will be either mailed to the District at P.O. Box 7, Sundance, WY 82729 or hand delivered to the District office at 802 11th Street South. Bids must be presented to the Office Manager no later than 6:00 p.m. April 12, 2023. Bids can be found at the local Weed and Pest Office or online at WWW.Crookcountyweeds.com... Full story

  • Bids

    Mar 2, 2023

    ANNOUNCEMENT OF SEALED BID Crook County Facilities Department is seeking bids for the purchase and removal of a 1999 L shaped barn shelter located at 1110 Fairgrounds Loop in Sundance WY. Minimum acceptable bid is $2000. Sealed bids must be received in the County Clerk’s Office at 309 Cleveland Street, Sundance by 10:00 am on March 7, 2023. Any bids received after this time will be rejected. Sealed bids will be opened and awarded March 7, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. by the Board of Crook County Commissioners. Winning bid must be paid in full by M... Full story

  • Bids

    Mar 2, 2023

    CALL FOR BIDS Crook County School District #1 is seeking bids for the Chair Lift Replacement Project, located at Sundance High School, Sundance, WY; Hulett School, Hulett, WY and Moorcroft High School, Moorcroft, WY. This project will consist of: Removing and replacing the existing stairway chair lifts at Sundance High School, Hulett School and Moorcroft High School with a completion date of August 14, 2023. Bid documents are available at: CCSD #1 Central Office 122 State Highway 585 Sundance, Wyoming 82729 Or electronically from: Schutz Foss... Full story

  • Bids

    Mar 2, 2023

    CALL FOR BIDS Crook County School District #1 is seeking bids for the Bleacher Replacement Project, located at Sundance High School, Sundance, WY and Moorcroft High School, Moorcroft, WY. This project will consist of: Removing and Replacing the existing bleachers at Sundance High School and Moorcroft High School with a completion date of August 14, 2023. Bid documents are available at: CCSD #1 Central Office 122 State Highway 585 Sundance, Wyoming 82729 Or electronically from: Schutz Foss Architects, PC 3030 4th Ave. North Billings, MT, 59101... Full story

  • Bids

    Mar 2, 2023

    CALL FOR BIDS Crook County School District #1 is seeking bids for the Gym Floor Refinishing Project, located at Sundance High School, Sundance, WY; Hulett School, Hulett, WY and Moorcroft High School, Moorcroft, WY. This project will consist of: Stripping the existing surface, repairing damaged areas of wood flooring, painting and refinishing the Gym floors at Sundance High School, Hulett School and Moorcroft High School with a completion date of August 1, 2023. Bid documents are available at: CCSD #1 Central Office 122 State Highway 585... Full story

  • Meeting

    Mar 2, 2023

    Meeting Notice The Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on March 24, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room. In addition, the Board will host the meeting via live webinar. You are invited to attend. Publish: March 2, 2023... Full story

  • ABANDONED VEHICLES

    Mar 2, 2023

    NOTICE OF SALE OF ABANDONED VEHICLES The following vehicle(s) will be sold at 12 p.m. on March 10, 2023 at 300 South Bighorn Ave., Moorcroft, WY 82721, Crook County, Wyoming to wit: A 1955 Hudson Hornet, VIN #X5637 The seller claims $500.00 for expense of removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale. A 1960 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight, VIN #609M098 The seller claims $500.00 for expense of removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale. A 1968 GMC C30, VIN #CE30VPB49768 The seller claims $500.00 for expense of removal, preservation, custody,... Full story

  • Bringing loved ones home

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 2, 2023

    Keeping someone safe if they are prone to wandering can be a challenge, but the Crook County Sheriff's Office can help. The office sponsors Project Lifesaver, a nationwide program designed to help you protect someone who is cognitively impaired. Project Lifesaver is supported by donations and grants and completely free to its participants. Members of the community are invited to reach out to the office for more information if a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition such as dementia or...

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