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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    December 1, 2022 

CCMSD to introduce career progression program

Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) is introducing a new program that it hopes will encourage staff members to progress their own careers – and simultaneously offer an opportunity to people who may be interested in the medical field but...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    December 1, 2022 

Legislators snag leadership roles

Continuing the recent tradition of punching above its weight, the small county of Crook can once again boast that both of its legislators hold positions of leadership in the Wyoming State Legislature. During a vote held on Saturday, Senator Ogden...

 

RER gets funding bump from Wyoming Energy Authority

Rare Element Resources announced this week that it has been awarded $4.4 million from the Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA) towards its demonstration plant in Upton. The grant is a cost reimbursement award for future expenditures related to the...

 

Purcell named dispatcher of the year

Crook County's own Jennifer Purcell has been honored with the Public Safety Telecommunicator of the Year award from the Wyoming chapter of APCO International. Purcell has worked within the county's...

 

County election results now official

No changes were made to the results released on election night after the Crook County Canvass Board came together for its post-election audit on Thursday. Though several races came down to the wire, o...

 

County votes on amendments reflected statewide

Crook County’s thoughts on the two constitutional amendments that appeared on last week’s ballot were broadly reflected by voters across the state. Like local voters, Wyoming as a whole supported the idea of allowing towns invest money in...

 

Foundation purchases AEDs for fire trucks

The Crook County Medical Foundation presented portable AED defibrillators to representatives from the county's volunteer firefighter departments last week. The foundation purchased the AEDs after...

 

New signage warns of toxic blooms

Crook County Natural Resource District has teamed up with Keyhole State Park to purchase and install signage that will educate the public about the dangers of harmful cyanotoxins caused by...

 

Trails closed for winter for timber improvement project

A portion of the trails in the Bearlodge that are popularly used by recreationists during the snowy months of the year will be closed this winter due to a timber stand improvement project. The U.S....

 

Flu season expected to be active

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is warning that this year’s flu season could be an active one. After a couple of years of much less flu than usual, the contagious virus is expected to be back in full circulation this winter. “Largely due...

 

GOP at odds with senate candidate

Historically speaking, political parties tend to support their winning candidates from a primary election as they move forward to the general. Not this time, though, according to Senator Ogden Driskill, who is accusing the central committee for the...

 

Board candidates share their motivations

Numerous seats will be filled on the county’s various boards at November’s general election. While many seats are uncontested, two boards in particular will see high levels of competition. To assist voters in making their choice for these...

 

County lifts burn restrictions

Fire restrictions are no longer in place across Crook County. As of Saturday, Fire Warden Doug Leis and the Crook County Commissioners have rescinded the open burn restrictions that have been in place for the last several months. Crook County Fire...

 

Comment opportunity for BLM land management plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced that an open house public meeting will take place on November 2 in Lusk to solicit early public involvement in the revision of the Newcastle Resource Management Plan (RMP). This process will ultimatel...

 

Game wardens offer advice on dangerous predator encounters

Crook County's two new game wardens introduced themselves to the county commissioners last week and provided information on the rights of citizens if they find themselves face to face with a...

 

Large-acre developers sidestep new county rules

A matter of weeks after approving new regulations that give the county a say in the large development projects going on around the county, the Crook County Commissioners heard last week that developers have already found a way to circumvent them....

 

County holds steady on school accountability

According to this year’s accountability scores, all of Crook County’s schools are at least partially meeting the state’s expectations and have not seen a significant drop in performance scores, despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19....

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 6, 2022

Svoboda trial set for March

Much can change between now and March 20. However, if the case continues to progress along its current schedule, Crook County native Ed Svoboda is expected to stand trial for murder in the first degree on that date. Svoboda has pled not guilty to...

 

RER announces progress for planned demo plant

Rare Element Resources (RER) announced this week that its demonstration plant project is advancing towards final detailed engineering while the location for the plant in Upton is prepared for construction. According to a statement from the company,...

 

Sign-ups available for winter travel authorization

If you will need to travel this winter on roads that may be closed due to weather, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is inviting you to sign up for two programs that will allow you to do so. Collectively known as the Wyoming Travel Aut...

 

County adopts new development rules

It will be around three months before the county’s new rules for large subdivisions kick in, but the wording of the regulations ensure that any development started before that time will still have to meet the appropriate standards. The Crook...

 

County requests help with predator problem

At the request of Commissioner Kelly Dennis – himself acting on behalf of a “concerned citizen” in Hulett – a letter has been sent to the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission to request a new approach to a predator problem in the area. Dennis told...

 

BLM begins revisions of land management plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun the long process of revising the document that defines how it approaches management of everything from livestock grazing and fire management to air quality and minerals on the lands it governs within...

 

Large-acre development rules meet with little resistance

Considering that it was standing room only for a public hearing on the proposed new regulations for large-acre subdivisions within Crook County, there was a surprising lack of resistance to the...

 

Federal bill partly plugs WYDOT funding deficiencies

A federal infrastructure bill has partly plugged the funding gap that the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has been reporting for many years – but the agency is still in a several-hundred million dollar deficit. Scott Taylor, District...

 

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