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Articles from the August 17, 2023 edition


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  • End of summer snacks

    Aug 17, 2023

    Last week's Rib Rally, hosted by the Moorcroft Area Chamber of Commerce, fed over 100 people throughout the day; locals, bikers and other visitors dropped in for a tasty and filling lunch under the canopies before moving on. The Rib Rally has been a recurring event every summer for several years in Moorcroft to coincide with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, encouraging travelers to stop for a bite and maybe visit a bit. With guests from across not only the country, but often the world, many...

  • Cash scam hits town

    Grace Moore|Aug 17, 2023

    Moorcroft Chief of Police Bill Bryant warns business owners of a cash scam that recently hit town. Two local businesses were essentially robbed by deception, according to the chief. The scam starts with the culprit bringing in a large bill – a $100 or $50, for example – and ask the clerk to break it into smaller denominations, “and they’ll keep doing that, confusing the clerk”. With fast hands and slick wording, they were able to walk out with approximately $500 more than that with which they started their con. The suspects who came through M...

  • Town moves ahead with water shut-off

    Grace Moore|Aug 17, 2023

    Lyle Austin, owner of the 12-plex on North Little Horn, has still not complied with Moorcroft’s ordinance regarding meters to measure water to each of the apartments within the almost two years’ variance allowed by the council. Mayor Pro-tem Dale Petersen reiterated the deal formerly made with Austin at last week’s meeting: “He was supposed to come back with a plan and he had to have it accomplished a certain number of days after the plan.” Austin has not as yet moved forward, according to Public Works Director Cory Allison. “He’s bee...

  • Pine Haven slash pile under observation

    Grace Moore|Aug 17, 2023

    Individuals have been casting construction debris into Pine Haven's slash pile again, according to Fire Chief TJ Gideon. "So, legally, we can't burn – we have to remove it at the city's expense," he says. This threatens the benefit the open slash pile offers to all residents who are currently taking advantage of dumping their yard waste here free of check or charge. To curtail the problem, a camera has recently been fitted to catch the culprits in the act, but a tree on the south side of the m...

  • Barbara Glick

    Aug 17, 2023

    Barbara "Dusty" Glick passed away in Sundance, Wyoming, on Sunday, August 6, 3023, with her daughters by her side. After many years of multiples illnesses, she succumbed to a short and courageous battle with leukemia. Barbara was born on October 28, 1936, to Allan and Treva Burns at their home in Covington, Ohio. She was the oldest of five children. Barbara grew up and attended school in Covington and spent time in their family home in Homestead, Florida. Barbara met Warren Glick, the love of... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor

    Aug 17, 2023

    Dear Editor, To the citizens of Crook County: in 2022 the Legislature passed a bill mandating training for boards and elected officials. The intent was probably good, however there is a clause that enables removal of persons that don’t comply. The training (possibly indoctrination) is 8 hours!!! Very few people have the time to accomplish this!! Some have been threatened with removal. If you have, please let me know right away. I personally will not comply for several reasons. We offer training for our boards and don’t need the hea...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Aug 17, 2023

    Aug. 7 – Four VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Business checks. Two motorist assists. Two citizen assists. Civil assist. Accident. Animal complaint. House watch. Aug. 8 – Four VIN checks. Prisoner transport. Three traffic stops. Accident. Aug. 9 – Three VIN checks. Fraud. Five traffic stops. Alarm. Motorist assist. Assist other agency. Fire page. Two accidents. Traffic hazard. Aug. 10 – Six VIN checks. Two paper services. Five traffic stops. Business alarm. Traffic hazard. Assist other agency. Two suspicious circumstances. Embezzlement. Three f...

  • Circuit Court

    Aug 17, 2023

    Speeding – Pedro Sanchez Vilchis, Frannie, WY, 86/75, $125; Robert A. Gunn Jr., Buckkner, MO, 79/70, $113; Certain Pierreuincent, Bozeman, MT, 44/30, $100 Windshield View Obstructed – Alvin M. Rosa, Vernal, UT, $60 No Seat Belt (driver) – Randy Peters, Moorcroft, WY, $25; Pedro Sanchez Vilchis, Frannie, WY, $25 No Valid Driver’s License – Thomas Newsome, Cheyenne, WY, $140 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Michael Levitz, Seattle, WA, $140; Elizabeth Ham, Wright, WY, $140 Fail to Drive Vehicle Within Single Lane – Rand...

  • Moorcroft Police Department

    Aug 17, 2023

    July 17-Aug. 6 Fifty-nine business checks. Thirty-five traffic warnings. Breach of peace. Two fingerprintings. Four VIN checks. Lost property. Vehicle unlock. Drug/narcotic offense. Four assists to other agencies. Suspicious activity. Two traffic crashes. MIP tobacco. Three house watches. Abandoned vehicle. Two destruction of property. Hit and run. Two welfare checks. CITATIONS ISSUED: Laura M. Craig-Moffitt, Speeding 44/30, Ashton, WV. Marion L. Asher, Speeding 44/30, Highland, IL. Michael H. Dow, Speeding 44/30, Wanship, UT. Nicholas E. Green...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Aug 17, 2023

    Streaming service airs episode on missing Gillette woman GILLETTE (WNE) — The story of missing Gillette woman Irene Gakwa recently aired on a nationwide streaming service. The 25-minute episode titled “American Dream, American Nightmare” follows Gakwa’s journey from Nairobi, Kenya, to Gillette where she disappeared in early 2022. The episode is part of Paramount Plus’ “Never Seen Again” series, which documents families sharing the stories of lost loved ones. Featured on the show are Gakwa’s brothers, Kennedy Wainaina and Chris Gakwa and Chris...

  • Get informed

    Aug 17, 2023

    Crook County residents are invited to the Pine Haven Community Center next week, on Wednesday, August 23, at 10 a.m. for a morning of a multi-faceted presentation of programs and services available for seniors countywide. This production will be provided by Tobey Morgan, program executive director of Crook County Senior Services and Crook County Public Health Community Prevention Specialist Katie Allen. The services to be discussed include transportation; home delivered meals and meals...

  • Help for stuttering is as close as your library 

    Aug 17, 2023

    Thanks to generous donors, the Stuttering Foundation has donated books and DVDs to public libraries across the country, including the Crook County Library. Stuttering Foundation books are directed to parents of children who stutter, adults who stutter, speech pathologists, pediatricians, family physicians, nurses, health care professionals, hospitals, schools, clinics, day-care centers and all those concerned with the problem of stuttering. The DVDs feature some of the world’s leading therapists with children who stutter. Since the original p...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Aug 17, 2023

    Our Thanks Moorcroft Area Chamber of Commerce and Jubilee Days committee would like to express their thanks to the following organizations, businesses and people who helped make Jubilee Days 2023 so successful: Moorcroft Library, JB King, Moorcroft Town Hall, Justin and Ashley Huether, Moorcroft Rodeo Club, Texas Trail Cruisers, West Texas Trail Museum, MHS National Honor Society, MHS Volleyball, MHS Wrestling, Moorcroft Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Auxiliary, MJ Productions, Keyho... Full story

  • Don't forget mosquito protection to prevent West Nile virus

    Aug 17, 2023

    With human cases in nearby states and a higher-than-usual number of mosquito pools within Wyoming testing positive for West Nile virus, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) wants people to remember to protect themselves from mosquito bites. “Wyoming’s reported human West Nile virus case numbers have been quite low the past several years,” Courtney Tillman, epidemiologist with WDH, said. “But with more positive mosquito pools being reported this summer than we have seen in nearly 10 years and cases popping up in neighbor states, a reminde...

  • Moorcroft Council

    Aug 17, 2023

    Town of Moorcroft Regular Meeting of the Council Wednesday, August 10. 2023 Town Council Present: Councilmembers Dale Petersen, Austin Smith, and Bob Stewart Town Representatives Present: Clerk/Treasurer Cheryl Schneider, Attorney Pat Carpenter, Police Chief Bill Bryant, Public Works Director Cory Allison and HDR Engineer Heath Turbiville Mayor Pro-Tem Petersen called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was said. Roll call was taken. Mayor Glenn and Councilmember Humpal are excused. Councilmember Smith motioned to... Full story