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 By Grace Moore    News    June 10, 2021 

Semi catches fire west of Moorcroft

The Moorcroft Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire last Friday at 5:25 p.m. immediately west of town on Highway 51. A locally owned semi tractor/trailer was traveling with a full...

 
 By Grace Moore    News    June 10, 2021 

New officer rounds out P.D.

Moorcroft Chief of Police Bill Bryant has begun site-specific training of local resident Nick Curley to round out the department, which has been running a man short since the departure of Jory Tadlock...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Lightning sparks five fires

County firefighters found themselves stretched in several directions over the weekend when lightning strikes caused five individual fires to spark at the same time. Fortunately, only one of the five grew to a significant size: the Seely Fire,...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Blakeman Propane advocates for buying local

Whether or not the county should seek alternative bids for its propane supply came into question on Wednesday when representatives from Blakeman Propane attended the regular meeting of the commissioners to advocate for “shopping at home.” Tally...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

County moves ahead with opposition to Biden's land conservation plan

Crook is set to be the first county in the state to come out against President Joe Biden’s “30 by 30” land conservation initiative. Though the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) is working on a unified resolution for all counties...

 
 News    June 10, 2021 

Drop off points for retired flags

The drop-off points for retired flags to be burned at the June 14 ceremony are Donna’s Diner and Black Anchor Products or contact a local member of the American Legion....

 
 News    June 10, 2021 

State Briefs

Final health order expires CASPER (WNE) — As expected, the state of Wyoming entered June without any remaining health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The state health department announced late last month that it was immediately eliminati...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Legislators clash over ethics of "pledge"

An interim meeting of the Joint Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee became the unexpected venue for a discussion of ethics on Monday. Crook County’s two legislators found themselves at loggerheads over a “pledge” that had...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021 

Colony railroad set to get an upgrade

The current owners of the hundred-year-old railroad leading into Colony is planning to upgrade the line. The county commissioners have offered their support for the project, which is expected to cost around $84 million and will include 80 miles of...

 
 News    June 10, 2021 

Moorcroft Police Report

On June 3, police were notified of an accident in front of a residence on Green River Ave. Officer contacted the RP who stated their vehicle was struck while parked on the street in front of their home. Officer contacted the driver of the other...

 
 News    June 10, 2021 

Circuit Court

Speeding – Dana Johnson, CO, 94/80, $130; Kaitlin Hinrichs, MN, 91/75, $140; Deming Tang, CO, 88/80, $101; Carlos Alegria Hernandez, SD, 87/75, $120; Michael Waggener, SD, 86/75, $115; (truck) – Juan Flores Martinez, FL, 60/45, $497 No Valid...

 
 News    June 10, 2021 

Crook County Sheriff's Office

May 24 – Paper service. Eight VIN checks. Eight traffic stops. EMS page. Two motorist assists. Traffic complaint. Fingerprints. Animal complaint. Wanted person. Arrest. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Booked in subject. Business check. May 25 ...

 
 By Grace Moore    News    June 3, 2021

Food pantry to close temporarily

The Crook County Council of County Services has closed the Moorcroft Food Pantry next to Sharon’s Home Health on North Little Horn Avenue until September 14. Council supervisor Jill Keller says the county-run pantry has seen a significant drop in...

 

Driskill asks public to get involved with redistricting, changes to voting laws

Senator Ogden Driskill is urging residents who have an interest in redistricting or changes to how Wyomingites go to the polls to tune in to next week’s meeting of the Joint Corporations Committee. Those who wish to testify may do so, either by att...

 
 By Grace Moore    News    June 3, 2021

Lifting the pump

In Pine Haven, the faulty pump on the town’s secondary well was lifted Tuesday morning to find out why it has not worked properly since its installation in 2019. The pump, which runs the secondary...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    June 3, 2021

Committee revives controversial gun bill in surprise vote

The Joint Agriculture Committee Tuesday revived a controversial gun rights bill on a split-second, unannounced vote moments before the committee adjourned in a move lambasted by critics for its lack of transparency. The bill, last...

 

State Briefs

Gillette man charged with stalking in addition to kidnapping, battery GILLETTE (WNE) – A man who used different aliases on social media and asked people to contact his ex-girlfriend on his behalf has pleaded not guilty to felony stalking charges....

 
 By Grace Moore    News    June 3, 2021

Summer project season begins

As the town enters June, Moorcroft is relatively quiet, according to Mayor Dick Claar. However, he and Public Works Director Cory Allison report that several current projects are still ongoing....

 

Moorcroft Police Report

On May 24, police were called to a traffic crash in Diehl’s Supermarket parking lot. Officer arrived on scene and spoke with the drivers of both vehicles. Insurance information was exchanged. Officer completed State of Wyoming accident report. Noth...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 3, 2021

Gillette man sentenced following bar fight in Moorcroft

A Gillette man has been sentenced to up to six years in jail on a felony charge of interference with a police officer. Vincent Everett allegedly attacked a Moorcroft police officer who chased him after a fight broke out in a local bar. On August 13,...

 

Old Fashioned Tent Revival in Hulett bringing in special guests"

Just outside of Hulett, on the JH Ranch, we’ll gather for the fourth annual Old Fashioned Tent Revival on the Ranch by the River, Sunday, June 6 through Wednesday, June 9, featuring special speakers and music each evening. Gathering starts at...

 
 By Grace Moore    News    May 27, 2021

Residents seek relief from road dust

County resident Dorothy Baron spoke to the council at their regular meeting Monday night about the dust on town owned Carr Road, stating, “I want some type of dust control.” In approximately 2004, Crook County gave Carr Road to the town of...

 

Veterans' assistance available

A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout June. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state an...

 

State Briefs

One killed, three injured in wreck near Shoshoni RIVERTON (WNE) — A Casper man died and three people – including two children – were injured in a two-vehicle crash reported Thursday afternoon near Shoshoni. Stephen James Stewart, 75, of Casper,...

 
 By Grace Moore    News    May 20, 2021

Pine Haven council loses patience

It’s been two years since Pine Haven’s new pump and well were installed and initiated. Since then, the pump has not performed correctly and the contractor has been unable to make the pump work without “tripping” an error code within the...

 

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