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Articles from the October 14, 2021 edition


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  • Kuhl resigns

    Sarah Pridgeon|Oct 14, 2021

    A civil trial that was to consider the removal of Mary Kuhl from her position as Crook County Treasurer will no longer be necessary because her letter of resignation was accepted by the county commissioners on Friday. The trial was set to begin on Tuesday but the petition for her removal, filed by the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office (AG), has now been dismissed with prejudice, a term that means it cannot be brought back to court in the future. This was done as part of the settlement agreement in which Kuhl agreed to resign her office. ...

  • First fall

    Oct 14, 2021

    Moorcroft residents woke to snow Tuesday morning as the work day began. After a mild fall so far, people pulled on their winter garb and walked around water puddles from the rain that preceded the year's first snowstorm. Of course, National Weather Service warnings of slick roads, snowdrifts and wind just serve to remind people of Wyoming's idea of fall fun....

  • Council considers traffic control request

    Grace Moore|Oct 14, 2021

    Moorcroft's council answered questions from resident John Critel on Monday night, including a concern regarding the traffic along South Belle Fourche Avenue. His first issue is the vehicles lining the street during the distribution of provisions; people block the intersection of Belle Fourche Avenue and Johnson Street. "It's just insane, one little kid almost got run over Thursday; he went trotting out the gate and here comes someone coming around the corner in a minivan maybe missed him by 12...

  • Williamson awarded for artwork

    Grace Moore|Oct 14, 2021

    Fifth grader Wyatt Williamson, who attends MK-8, was recognized at an award ceremony Monday afternoon for his outstanding hand drawn bookmark. He received a certificate and a letter of congratulation. Of the 1600 entries this year to Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC), Williamson is one of only 12 students statewide acknowledged for excellence in their artistic concepts of the state's agriculture and natural resources by Wyoming governor Mark Gordon. Williamson's bookmark was sponsored...

  • Shirley Dillinger

    Oct 14, 2021

    Funeral service for Shirley Dillinger will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, October 15, 2021 at High Plains Community Church with Pastor Dan Morgan officiating; interment at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Gillette Memorial Chapel. On October 8, 2021 Shirley Ann Dillinger was called home. She was born April 22, 1935 in Lincoln, Nebraska to her biological parents, Robert and Orlena Hobbs. She had four biological siblings,... Full story

  • Suzanne Wieler Harris

    Oct 14, 2021

    Suzanne Wieler Harris, 70, of Moorcroft passed away peacefully Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was born November 13, 1950 to Henry and Isabelle (Grant) Wieler in Cleveland, OH. Her family moved to Colorado where she attended school and graduated from William Mitchell High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1969. Sue married Ted Alan Harris December 7, 1977. Sue is survived by her husband, Ted; various brothers and sisters-in-law;... Full story

  • Ethel Anderson Chatfield

    Oct 14, 2021

    Ethel Anderson Chatfield was born on April 9, 1926, and earned her Angel Wings on October 6, 2021. Her parents, Andrew and Marie, were Danish immigrants and she was one of the youngest of nine children. Ethel loved her siblings fiercely. She attended rural schools and then graduated from Sundance High School in 1945. She was Football Queen, loved music and had a beautiful singing voice. She often sang for various events around the area. Ethel married Edward 'Fritz' Chatfield in 1948 and they... Full story

  • MTC decisions to be made

    Grace Moore|Oct 14, 2021

    It’s time for the Moorcroft municipal and regional community to participate in a discussion of the findings and recommendations of Downtown Redevelopement Services, the company that has been evaluating possible future growth of Moorcroft. This Community Master Plan Meeting #3 will be held at the MTC in the library, Thursday, October 21, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. The assessment to be discussed includes a study on the feasibility of the MTC: should the structure be bulldozed or saved? Other topics include beautification of the town; municipal l...

  • Blacksheep selected as supervisory park ranger for interpretation and education

    Oct 14, 2021

    Superintendent Amnesty Kochanowski announced the selection of Curlinda Mitchell Blacksheep, Ed.D. as the new supervisory park ranger for interpretation and education at Devils Tower National Monument. She will lead visitor services such as managing the visitor center, providing ranger programs, facilitating outreach to the public, and ensuring the history and purpose of Devils Tower and National Park Service (NPS) is shared widely. In years to come, Blacksheep will reinvigorate the educational program. Her duties also include liaison to the...

  • Guest Editorial: Don't push Medicaid expantion on Wyoming

    Ogden Driskill, State Senator|Oct 14, 2021

    Every session for the past several years, the Wyoming legislature has endured one push after another for Obamacare Medicaid expansion. For my part, I have held steady against expansion in every debate. My position has brought no end of criticism from the media, certain special interests and many of my less conservative legislative colleagues. Fortunately, a majority of senators have had the courage to stand up against those special interests that are pushing Medicaid expansion on Wyoming. It has not been easy, especially since last year the...

  • Make a real mummy this Halloween

    Oct 14, 2021

    Looking for a scary good time this Halloween? You are invited to a party at the Pine Haven Community Center on All Hallow’s Eve itself. As part of the fun, guests will have the chance to help create a real Halloween monster. Help turn Dillon into a mummy by purchasing a few rounds of toilet paper to keep the wrappings going. Located at 3 Meadows Lane, the center will be filled with candy and snacks, spooky music and games and prizes for guests to enjoy. The fun begins at 1 p.m. on October 31....

  • Wolves fall to Bulldogs

    Moorcroft Leader staff|Oct 14, 2021

    The crowd packed in for the opening game of Sundance's homecoming weekend as the Moorcroft Lady Wolves confidently moved onto the court to face the Bulldogs. Both teams brought their crowd and energy in a critical conference matchup. The opening set found the two teams evenly matched going point for point. With the score tied at seven, one side needed to start stringing points together to gain an advantage and the Bulldogs struck first, scoring five unanswered points, the Bulldogs put...

  • Lingle take down Wolves

    Jade Keffeler|Oct 14, 2021

    On Friday night, the Moorcroft Wolves traveled to Lingle to battle Lingle-Ft. Laramie on the gridiron. It was a beautiful evening for a football game. The Wolves struggled right out of the gate by allowing Lingle to run the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. That swung all the momentum towards Lingle and they didn’t let off the gas. Lingle eventually took down the Wolves by a score of 54-16. The two scores for Moorcroft came on a Zane Linder run and a pass from Linder to Chaz Dewey for a couple touchdowns and successful 2-point c...

  • DOH: don't overlook need for flu shots

    Oct 14, 2021

    Following an unusually quiet 2020-21 flu season, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official says the need for flu shots remains important to help protect Wyoming residents from influenza as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. “As the next flu season begins, we know flu shots remain the first and most important step in influenza protection,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH. “Flu vaccines are safe and reduce illness, hospitalizations and deaths. Everyone six months of age and older should recei...

  • Moorcroft Police Report

    Oct 14, 2021

    On October 4, police assisted Crook County Sheriff’s Office on an unattended death call. On October 7, police assisted Moorcroft EMS on an emergency call. On October 7, police assisted Moorcroft EMS on an emergency call. On October 8, police were called to an alarm at the Moorcroft Town Center. Upon arrival, officers heard the fire alarm throughout the building. Building was searched for any hazards including smoke or flames, nothing was found. Alarm was reset and officers cleared. On October 9, police were called to a report of a Domestic B...

  • Circuit Court

    Oct 14, 2021

    Speeding – Dalan Leblanc, 83/70, $125; Jared Fratcher, CA, 88/80, $101; Miguel Porchas Campa, AZ, 78/70, $101; Connor Friske, SD, 93/75, $150; Sean Lewis, FL, 91/75, $140; Nathan J. McGuire, TX, 91/70, $165; Jess R. Jimison, Moorcroft, 79/70, $103; Julia Hart, CA, 89/75, $130; Robert Althage, CO, 82/70, $120; James Rose, OH, 90/75, $135; Charles Riggin, MA, 96/75, $165; Joshua Alan Stanton, MT, 85/75, $115; Vanessa Andersen, GA, 88/80, $101; Aaron Cannon, Gillette, 90/75, $135; Heather Nohrenberg, MN, 86/75, $115; Julie Niemitalo, SD, 62/45, $...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Oct 14, 2021

    Sept. 27 – Five traffic stops. Four VIN checks. Fire page. Three sets fingerprints. Child abuse/neglect report. Four EMS pages. Notified coroner. Vehicle crash. Two suspicious person reports. Assisted motorist. Animal complaint. Courtesy ride. Sept. 28 – Four EMS pages. Two assists to another agency. Fingerprints. Three VIN checks. Booked in subject. Two traffic stops. Assisted motorist. Project Lifesaver. Animal carcass removed. Welfare check. Civil assist. Business check. Sept. 29 – Three fire pages. Three traffic stops. Paper servi...

  • State Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Oct 14, 2021

    Deputy rescues juvenile from canal POWELL (WNE) — An off-duty Park County Sheriff’s deputy jumped into action to rescue a juvenile from an irrigation canal on Sunday. The juvenile and another youth had crashed their UTV into a lateral canal shortly after 11 a.m., not far from the intersection of Road 11 and U.S. Highway 14-A west of Powell. “The vehicle had been traveling eastbound on the canal road at a rate of speed too high to safely complete a right-hand turn,” Charla Baugher Torczon, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said in a Thur...