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Articles from the July 27, 2023 edition

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  • Mind the gap

    Jul 27, 2023

    After the concerns expressed and town attorney Pat Carpenter's advice regarding the unsafe operating procedures utilized by C-Bar Estates contractor Swagger Construction in their sewer line installation recently, the contractor is now covering their sewer line trenches, leaving only enough open area as is needed to work on the service connections for each lot, says Pine Haven Mayor Karla Brandenburg. "We have heard from the owner of Swagger and the foreman that they will get the holes covered...

  • Council seeks funding for MTC move

    Grace Moore|Jul 27, 2023

    After the conversation and walkthrough at the Moorcroft Town Center (MTC) with Commissioner Fred Devish regarding the possible relocation of the Moorcroft Branch Library into the building, the council is looking again at funding sources for moving Town Hall to the hill. Mayor Ben Glenn spoke to the pre-approved plan at a workshop last week: “I think we have to get refocused on that. If we’re going to expend our money and just do this, there’ve been a couple grants out there that might work, we need to make a decision to chase the grants or no...

  • Town looks to hire safety clerk

    Jul 27, 2023

    Moorcroft's town council has been considering the advantages of creating a position of public safety clerk to work between the clerk's office and the volunteer fire and EMS departments, to seek and apply for grants under supervision of the governing body. The latter department is in need of personal protection equipment and vehicles. At a workshop last week, Clerk/Treasurer Cheryl Schneider, Fire Chief Dan Swaney and members of the council came together to discuss responsibilities of the...

  • Council makes plans for splash pad project

    Grace Moore|Jul 27, 2023

    The splash park is again on Moorcroft’s agenda. The town was recently awarded the funds to design and construct the recreational water feature and discussed with HDR Engineering’s Heath Turbiville the best option to move forward from the two he recommended at a recent workshop: design/build or Construction Management At Risk (CMAR). Mayor Ben Glenn advocates the traditional method that has served the town a long time, making HDR the practical liaison between the general contractor and council. However, in this instance, Turbiville dis...

  • Dorothy Ray Baron

    Jul 27, 2023

    Dorothy Ray (Michel) Baron, a loving wife, mother, grandma, friend, died on a warm Friday afternoon, July 21, 2023, after a short stay at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital. She was surrounded by her family when she was greeted by Jesus and reunited with her husband Julian, other family members and friends. She was born on October 22, 1937, in Rhame, North Dakota. She, along with her parents and nine siblings, grew up on a ranch south of Marmarth, North Dakota. The ranch sat on the cliffs... Full story

  • James Arnold Pridgeon

    Jul 27, 2023

    James Arnold Pridgeon was born November 23, 1965 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Jerry and Dorcas (McKean) Pridgeon. After a life of selfless service and brave sacrifice, he passed away in his sleep at his home in Sundance, Wyoming, on July 17, 2023. The son of a construction superintendent, Jim (as he preferred to go by) grew up and attended kindergarten in Sundance before the family moved to Rozet, where he attended school in Gillette. When Jim was 14 years old, his mother, Dorcas, passed a... Full story

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jul 27, 2023

    July 17 – Five VIN checks. Eight traffic stops. Paper service. Welfare check. Motorist assist. Wanted person. Fingerprints. Three EMS pages. July 18 – Three VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Coroner call. Assist other agency. Prisoner transport. Two suspicious circumstances. Fire alarm. Fingerprints. Motorist assist. Business checks. Two EMS pages. Fire page. July 19 – Two VIN checks. Six traffic stops. Citizen assist. Suspicious. Fingerprints. House watch. Information. Business check. Fire page. July 20 – Four VIN checks. Five traffic stops....

  • Circuit Court

    Jul 27, 2023

    Speeding – Chad Behnke, Gillette, WY, 90/80, $105; Brandin Kolski, Glasgow, MT, 93/70, $175; Mary Perkins, Hot Springs, NC, 79/70, $103; David Nye, Glendale, AZ, 83/65, $216; Brenden Jay Gustafson, Dassel, MN, 77/65, $174; John McMillen, Hulett, WY, 68/45, $175; Tamera Zick, Moorcroft, WY, 90/75, $135; Gonzalo Franco, Dickinson, ND, 78/70, $101 No Seat Belt (passenger) – Desmond Medina, Gillette, WY, $10, Donavon Medina, Gillette, WY, $10 Exhibit Acceleration – Preston T. Haedlund, Gillette, WY, $150 Violate Legal Weight (2001-4000) – Willie...

  • Moorcroft Police Department

    Jul 27, 2023

    Twenty business checks. Six traffic warnings. Emergency fund. Fingerprinting. Two VIN checks. Public service. Weed ordinance violation. Two drug searches. Four assists to other agencies. Suspicious activity. Two REDDI reports. Traffic complaint. Four house watches. Citations Issued: Robert K. Gamlin, Speeding 44/30, Murphysboro, IL; Brian R. Kerrigan, Speeding 44/30, Canton, NY; Brian J. Potts, Speeding 44/30, Wheelersburg, OH; Walter D. Powell, Speeding 44/30, Halifax, VA; Edward L. Nafziger, Speeding 44/30, Spicewood, TX; James K. Butler,...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jul 27, 2023

    Nine school districts to participate in RIDE pilot CASPER (WNE) — Some Wyoming school districts will soon see the first fruits of a statewide effort to rethink the public K-12 education system. Gov. Mark Gordon’s office announced Wednesday that nine Wyoming school districts will participate in a pilot program beginning later this summer that aims to focus on more competency-based and student-centered learning. This initial pilot emerged from recommendations that came out of Gordon’s Reimagining and Innovating the Delivery of Education (RIDE) Ad...

  • Chomp

    Jul 27, 2023

    Tiny the cat chomps down on Park County 4-H Educator Mary Louise Wood's thumb during the Park County Fair cat show on Wednesday of last week....

  • WYDOT struggling with staffing shortages, inflation

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 27, 2023

    GILLETTE — Inflation and staffing shortages have hit the Wyoming Department of Transportation hard, and nowhere else is feeling the crunch harder than in northeast Wyoming. WYDOT has 1,734 employees around the state, and there are 313 vacancies. In District 4, which is northeast Wyoming, WYDOT employs 170 people, and it has about 40 vacancies, the highest of any district, said WYDOT District 4 Engineer Scott Taylor during a presentation to Campbell County Commissioners last week. It’s down mechanics, resident engineers, maintainers and str...

  • Wyoming manufacturing center distinguished as a national best with core focus, clear goals

    Rachelle Trujillo, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 27, 2023

    LARAMIE — Four years ago, Manufacturing Works, Wyoming’s extension of a national manufacturing partnership network, was one of the poorest performing centers in the country, according to Center Director Rocky Case. Today, a recent national achievement distinguished the center as one of the roughly top 20% of performing manufacturing centers in the United States. Manufacturing Works is a collaborative program with the University of Wyoming that provides a variety of services to manufacturing programs across the state. According to Steve Far...

  • What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Jul 27, 2023

    Weekly Events: Wednesday, 10 a.m. – Storytime Wednesday, 7 p.m. – AA Meeting Upcoming Events: August 1, 10 a.m. – Friends of the Library meeting. Everyone welcome August 3, 1 p.m. – Crook County Library Board meeting in Moorcroft August 4, 10 a.m. – Kids Paint Class, FULL August 8, 5 p.m. – Pet Painting with Happy Place Makery August 9, 11 a.m. – Chamber of Commerce Rib Rally August 15, 2 p.m. – Tie Dye Craft - Ages 10+ August 17, 1 p.m. – Adult Book Club August 18, 1 p.m. – Movie Day (movie TBD) August 31, 5:45 p.m. – Adult Craft - Custom...

  • Card of Thanks

    Jul 27, 2023

    Thank You On Monday, July 10, two of our employees were involved in a vehicle collision, with another vehicle, west of Moorcroft. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that responded to the incident, including the Moorcroft Ambulance Service, Moorcroft Fire Department, Moorcroft Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Campbell County Fire Department, Cy Stewart Towing, Plains Towing, several Blakeman Propane employees as well as numerous individuals that stepped in to assist. Dan Schutt, t... Full story

  • Could your family benefit from Wyoming's WIC Program?

    Jul 27, 2023

    The Wyoming WIC Program, operated by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), helps many Wyoming families with free nutritious foods and education, breastfeeding support and healthcare referrals. The Wyoming WIC Program serves women who are pregnant or new moms, infants and children up to age five. WIC features free, easy-to-use benefit cards participants can take to local stores to get nutritious foods at no cost. Some WIC families also are eligible for infant formula benefits. “Our income guidelines are newly and significantly updated, w...

  • EWC Graduates

    Jul 27, 2023

    Eastern Wyoming College held the 74th annual commencement for candidates on May 12, 2023 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. There were 171 graduates. The graduates from the Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 semesters include Adelita Wegner from Moorcroft and Echo Miller from Sundance....

  • Blakeman family reunion

    Jul 27, 2023

    For years, the last Saturday of July has been the day to go to the Blakeman Family Reunion and this year, it will be on July 29, at the Belle Fourche River Rest Area, just west of Moorcroft, at noon. This is a no-host potluck get together so gather up your family, some chairs and your favorite picnic food to share with all of your aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, sisters, brothers and cousins for a good visit and a nice-to-meet-you kind of day. Let’s all get caught up on what’s been happening in the Blakeman family since they first came to...

  • UW Graduates

    Jul 27, 2023

    The University of Wyoming accorded degrees upon the following students from Crook County at the completion of the 2023 spring semester. The following degrees may be included on this list: BA (Bachelor of Arts); BS (Bachelor of Science); BSB (Bachelor of Science in Business); BSME (Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering); BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing); MA (Master of Arts); and MS (Master of Science). Students are: Payson Grace Birkeland BSB and Caelah Crago BA of Aladdin; Korina Anne Moria Ike MA and Tracen Mills BSME of Hulett;...

  • Fair week gets underway

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jul 27, 2023

    Fair week is officially underway, this year to the theme of "A Brand of Its Own". Events began with entertainment including the youth and ranch rodeo, the ice cream social and animal shows including horses and 4-H dogs. As the week continues, head down to the fairgrounds this Thursday evening for the Muley Fanatics Family Fun Night or the youth rough stock rodeo, both at 5:30 p.m. These follow the day's animal shows, which include sheep, poultry and rabbits, cats and pocket pets, as well as the...


    Jul 27, 2023

    PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE AND FINAL PAYMENT AND SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that on the 30th day of August 2023, final settlement will be made by Crook County School District No. 1, for and on account of a contract with Wyoming Wood Floors, LLC. for the Gym Floor Refinishing Project. The above work having been completed and accepted according to the plans and specifications of Schutz Foss Architects, P.C., and the above date being the 41st day after the first publication of this notice, the said Contractor will be entitled to... Full story


    Jul 27, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, July 11, 2023 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Kelly moved to approve and ratify the minutes from June 6, 7 & 19, 2023. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Kelly moved to accept the bond for Randy Leinen, Treasurer, Crook County Library Board. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion c... Full story

  • School Warrants

    Jul 27, 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 JULY 17TH, 2023 IN SUNDANCE, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund 21 ELECTRIC Repairs $4,829.60 AGILE SPORTS TECHNOLOGIES Subscription $2,600.00 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES Supplies/Curriculum $29,380.74 ANDERSONS ITS ELEMENTARY Supplies $519.29 ARCLIGHT DYNAMICS LLC Technology $610.00 AT&T MOBILITY Data... Full story

  • Moorcroft Council

    Jul 27, 2023

    Town of Moorcroft Regular Meeting of the Council Wednesday, July 12th, 2023 Town Council Present: Mayor Ben Glenn, Councilmembers Dale Petersen, Austin Smith, Bob Stewart and Heidi Humpal Town Representatives Present: Clerk/Treasurer Cheryl Schneider, Attorney Pat Carpenter, Police Chief Bill Bryant, Public Works Director Cory Allison, HDR Engineer Heath Turbiville and K.A.R.E. Director Lexi McKee Councilmember Petersen motioned to approve Consent Agenda items 1 and 3 and Councilmember Humpal seconded. All ayes, motion carried. Councilmember Pe... Full story


    Jul 27, 2023

    CROOK COUNTY LAND USE PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION MINUTES AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Monday, June 12, 2023 7:00 p.m. Present were Chairman, Morgan Ellsbury, Vice-Chairman, Randy Leinen, Member, Ralph Goodson, Member, Dustin Buckmiller. Member, Mary Yemington, was absent. The guests in attendance were Kelly Dennis and Joe Baron. Member, Ralph Goodson moved to amend the agenda to include amending the Land Use Planning & Zoning Commission’s by-laws under new business; Vice-Chairman, Randy Leinen seconded, all ayes, motio...

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