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  • Digging it

    Jun 13, 2024

    Contractors for Range were digging along Highway 14 to install fiberoptics north, past the Old Sundance Road in this first part of the government funded rural broadband initiative...

  • Veteran's assistance available

    Jun 13, 2024

    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 and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available at the f...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jun 13, 2024

    May 27 – Juvenile problem. Two welfare checks. Three traffic stops. Other. Disturbance. Animal complaint. Business check. Suspicious circumstances. May 28 – Four VIN checks. Six traffic stops. Assisted another agency. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Citizen assist. Disturbance. Motorist assist. Suspicious person. Trespassing. May 29 – Ten VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Animal complaint. Two EMS calls. Business checks. Information report. Threatening. Trespassing. May 30 – Six VIN checks. Three paper services. Three traffic stops. Crash. Assis...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 13, 2024

    Speeding – Warren McNatt, Nottingham, PA, 80/75, $15; Aspen Naylor, Gillette, WY, 87/75, $120; Victor Jaramillo Sanchez, Gillette, WY, 85/80, $15; Patrick Hasson, Spearfish, SD, 85/70, $135; Donna Dague, Windsor, CO, 75/70, $25; Jorge Campos Varela, Gillette, WY, 80/75, $15; Alonso Olegario, Denver, CO, 87/75, $145; Basil Wagner, Summerset, SD, 80/75, $15; Jacob Lehtola, Spearfish, SD, 85/75, $105; Tracy Cox, Taberg, NY, 80/75, $15; Romeo Bryce, Safford, AZ, 80/75, $15; Elaina Carlson, Las Vegas, NV, 86/75, $115 No Valid Driver’s License – A...

  • Moorcroft Police Department

    Jun 13, 2024

    Stats: Four VIN checks. Twelve junk ordinance – initial contact. Traffic crash report. Two vehicle unlocks. Fingerprinting. Five 30-day junk ordinance warnings. Eight weed ordinance violations. Fifteen garbage can violations. Six assists to other agencies. Two false alarms. Two emergency fund assistance. Background check. One hundred twenty-one business checks. Records check. Two found properties. Citations: Twenty-one speeding. Two parking violation. Improper display of registration. No passing zone. Stop sign. Expired or improper r...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jun 13, 2024

    New mental health program off to a fast start GILLETTE (WNE) — A new program to help Gillette residents with their mental health has gotten off to a fast start. Earlier this spring, the Northeast Wyoming Community Health Foundation launched Hope Source to help people pay for therapy and counseling costs. Nachelle McGrath, executive director of the foundation, said she’s received 20 applications, and ten of them have been approved. The other applications were sent back because they needed more information, and they will be re-submitted. “I...

  • Wyoming braces for mosquito season

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    After a notably bad year for mosquitoes, the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council (WWPC) is warning that the conditions so far in 2024 could mean we're set for another season of swatting. While most mosquitoes limit their nuisance to itchy bites and buzzing, some carry a potentially serious disease: West Nile Virus. In 2023, Wyoming saw the worst outbreak of the disease in a decade, with a case rate far exceeding the national average and four human deaths. The year before, only three cases in total...

  • Harwood Park sports new look

    Grace Moore|Jun 6, 2024

    Pine Haven’s Harwood Park has been waiting for the facelift new playground equipment could give for a while and, with the help of 11 community volunteers, the improvements were off to a great start over the weekend. According to recreation board chair Missy Norton, “We had great weather... We are so grateful for the wonderful people that came and helped out, they were awesome.” The group enjoyed snacks and dinner at R Place Saturday night and fried chicken for everyone purchased from Parad...

  • Mowing contract awarded

    Grace Moore|Jun 6, 2024

    Of the three bids received, the mowing of the Moorcroft Cemetery has been entrusted to Triple T Services this year. Company owner Tucker Allison was low bidder with a quote of $1200 per mowing/weed eating. Public Works Director Cory Allison states that the mowing schedule usually consists of one time in May, twice in June and once in August and September, when the season ends. This May, due to the timing of the bid opening, a crew of three men of the public works department mowed the acreage...

  • Filing closes

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    Filing has now closed for this year’s primary election, with candidates now finalized for city, county, state and national seats. Chip Neiman will stand again for his seat as State Representative for House District 01. He will be unopposed. At the county level, one county commissioner seat with a four-year term will be voted on this year. Incumbent Kelly Dennis will be challenged by Dale T. Davis. On the national level, John Barrasso will be challenged for his United States Senator seat by John Holtz of Laramie and Reid Rasner of Mills on the R...

  • Pine Haven man not guilty of aggravated assault

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 6, 2024

    A Pine Haven man has been acquitted on aggravated assault charges related to an incident in which he was accused of pulling a knife on a person who was attempting to make him leave a local bar. Todd Wiseman was tried by a jury of his peers on May 20 to 22, presided over by Judge Stuart S. Healy III. After hearing the testimony of witnesses, evidence and the arguments of counsel, the jury found Wiseman not guilty of one count of aggravated assault and battery....

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jun 6, 2024

    May 20 – Ten VIN checks. Traffic crash. Three EMS calls. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business checks. Paper service. Fingerprints. Suspicious person. Four traffic stops. May 21 – Five VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Business checks. Citizen assist. Motorist assist. Three fingerprints. Property damage. EMS call. Runaway juvenile. Welfare check. May 22 – Six VIN checks. Paper service. Eight traffic stops. Two assist other agencies. Burglary. Business checks. Extra patrol. Motorist assist. Prisoner transport. Suspicious circumstances May 2...

  • Circuit Court

    Jun 6, 2024

    Speeding – Tom Bradshaw, Gillette, WY, 90/75, $135; Matthew Yoder, Butler, OH, 90/80, $105; Aaron Terrell, Vicksburg, MS, 50/45, $25; Lyle R. Brunson, Sundance, WY, 100/70, $210; Benjamin Chute, Oshoto, WY, 80/75, $15; Leandro Rodrigues Dias, Raynham, MA, 55/45, $105; Steven White, Woodbury, MN, 85/75, $105; Kottie Buck, Rapid City, SD, 80/75, $15; Catina Nickoson, Gillette, WY, 82/70, $120; Joan Wagner, Sundance, WY, 70/65, $65; Thomas Badura, Jefferson, GA, 84/75, $103; (truck) – Robert Behrends, Windom, MN, 50/45, $15 No Seat Belt – Aaron Te...

  • Moorcroft Police Department

    Jun 6, 2024

    Stats: Seven VIN checks. Five junk ordinance – initial contact. Stolen vehicle. Reckless driving. Fingerprinting. Two 30-day junk ordinance warnings. Seven weed ordinance violations. Welfare check. Traffic crash report. Two vehicle unlocks. Fraud. Four garbage can violations. Five assists to other agencies. Traffic accident. Background check. False alarm. Emergency fund assistance. DUI. One hundred four business checks. Extra patrol. House watch. Twelve school zone. Sixteen traffic warnings. Citations: ten speeding. Two expired registration. F...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jun 6, 2024

    Commissioners protest BLM coal leasing change GILLETTE (WNE) — Campbell County Commissioners are protesting the Bureau of Land Management’s recent proposal to put an end to federal coal leases in the Powder River Basin. The federal agency announced its changes to the Buffalo Field Office land use plan in mid-May, and if it goes through, it would effectively kill coal mining in Campbell County 17 years from now. The plan targets the Powder River Basin and its 12 Wyoming coal mines, which are all located in Campbell County, and would allow mines...

  • WYDOT reminds residents to keep signs out of rights-of-way and off traffic poles

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation would like to remind residents, businesses and realtors that placing signs along the roadways, on traffic poles or fences along state and federal highways is prohibited. Wyoming statute (W.S. 24-10-104) states that outdoor advertising must meet certain conditions for placement. Placing signs or objects within highway rights-of-way is prohibited, including on right-of-way fencing or on trees, traffic signs or traffic signal poles within the right-of-way. Signs in the rights of way and on traffic poles...

  • Ballot initiative intended to cut property taxes in half awaits certification

    Jasmine Hall, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 6, 2024

    JACKSON - Brent Bien has high hopes for his ballot initiative that could cut Wyoming property taxes in half for homeowners. And he's one step closer to getting it in front of voters to make it state law. Joined by co-applicants Cheryl Aguilar and Rich Weber, Bien turned in 644 petition booklets to the Wyoming Secretary of State's Office for certification Thursday. "We're anxious to hear the results here in a couple of months," said Bien, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate who...

  • Why it's important to tell Social Security about your financial accounts

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Jun 6, 2024

    Do you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? If so, you need to tell us about any financial accounts you own, alone or with someone else. That’s because SSI is a needs-based program, and eligibility is determined by your resources as well as your income. Examples of financial accounts include: • Checking, savings and credit union accounts. • Christmas club accounts. • Certificates of deposit, also known as CDs. • Stocks and U.S. savings bonds. What you need to tell us You need to tell us about changes to your financial accounts or accoun...

  • New farmer's market opens near Pine Haven

    Grace Moore|May 30, 2024

    Long time Pine Haven residents LaDonna Rolfson and daughter Stephanie opened a new farmers market last weekend, calling it Old Sundance Market. The soon-to-be-seasonal show garden and facility sits in the pines, west of the Pine Ridge/Old Sundance intersection with signage leading the way along the drive. At this time, the mother/daughter team are creating the show garden on the lot with the large garden situated on Stephany’s farm nearby. As customers entered the Old Sundance Market on S...

  • Town welcomes new police clerk

    Grace Moore|May 30, 2024

    A new face with a familiar last name smiles from the police clerk's window at Moorcroft's town hall. Samantha Blakeman was hired last week to take over the position held by Jesse Connally for the last 20 years and is looking forward to the challenge. The former Gillette resident and her husband moved to Moorcroft in 2021, when plans to travel on to Arizona fell through. The family has also grown to include their daughter, who is now seven. When the part time clerk position became available,...

  • Cell tower request prompts concernts

    Grace Moore|May 30, 2024

    Verizon LLC has requested permission from TJ Gideon, owner of Cedar Ridge RV Park, to install a communication tower on the lower lot near Pine Haven’s community center, saying that this site would be an ideal spot, with the capacity to cover the town and lake. However, according to municipal law, the town does not allow the installation of such implements on private or commercial property within town limits. Planning and Zoning chair Charlie Gulley recently told the governing body, “We discussed the fact that chapter seven – ordinance on commu...

  • Local man charged as habitual criminal

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 30, 2024

    A Moorcroft man who already faced charges of attempted murder and kidnapping has now also been charged with “habitual criminal”, a felony that could see him incarcerated for life. Michael Hammond was arrested in April after allegedly beating a woman and then fleeing to Nebraska after she stabbed him in the neck in self-defense. The charge of habitual criminal states that Hammond has been convicted of a violent felony and has also been convicted of a felony on two or more previous charges, separately brought and tried. According to court documen...

  • Crook County Sheriff

    May 30, 2024

    May 20 – Ten VIN checks. Traffic crash. Three EMS calls. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business checks. Paper service. Fingerprints. Suspicious person. Four traffic stops. May 21 – Five VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Business checks. Citizen assist. Motorist assist. Three fingerprints. Property damage. EMS call. Runaway juvenile. Welfare check. May 22 – Six VIN checks. Paper service. Eight traffic stops. Two assist other agencies. Burglary. Business checks. Extra patrol. Motorist assist. Prisoner transport. Suspicious circumstances May 2...

  • Circuit Court

    May 30, 2024

    Speeding – Nicole Harris, Billings, MT, 90/75, $135; Rico Imus, Gillette, WY, 80/75, $15; Shelley J. Benson, Hulett, WY, 75/70, $15; Aleksandr Muravev, Charlotte, NC, 88/75, $125; Connie Vinup, Madison, IN, 80/75, $15; Keegan W. O’Brien, Gillette, WY, 101/80, $165; Mario Carreon Regalado, Gillette, WY, 95/75, $160 Stop Sign Violation – Deena McKinney, Jefferson, GA, $140 Operate Vehicle with Improper Equipment – Jason Lauer, Spearfish, SD, $90 Violate Legal Weight (4001-6000) – Carl A. Rice, Broadus, MT, $185 Violate Fire Rules on State Land ...

  • Fireworks over the Lake gets go-ahead

    Grace Moore|May 30, 2024

    Pine Haven’s fire department has hosted the Fireworks over the Lake fundraising event for decades and, with changing regulations at the state level, fire chief TJ Gideon has been diligently working to keep the occasion safe from closure. The chief assured the town council as well as the public that the department has been granted a three-year permit from the state for the display over Keyhole. “That’s a big accomplishment, it’s been a pain every year so now we’re good for three,” he said. This permit allows the Pine Haven Fire Department...

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