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 By Sarah Pridgeon    Outdoors    June 30, 2022 

Full summer ahead for Cook Lake

Landslide dangers and necessary construction have hindered use of Cook Lake Recreation Area in recent seasons – but not this year. According to Mike Gosse, District Ranger, the popular site will be offering a full set of amenities over the coming...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 23, 2022

Jones appointed County Clerk

At a special meeting last week, the commissioners appointed Melissa Jones as the new Crook County Clerk. The commission followed the statutory rules governing the appointment of a replacement for an elected official who resigns their position before...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 23, 2022

Lighting up the holiday

Watch the sky light up this July 4 at the annual Devils Tower celebration of Independence Day, a full day of activities that raises money for local EMS and firefighters, or head over to the annual...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 16, 2022

Zoning plans put on the backburner

Can Crook County control its own future without zoning? This question has been troubling the Crook County Commissioners, who dedicated time on Wednesday for further discussion on the problem of large-acre parcels and subdivisions cropping up with...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 16, 2022

Commission focuses on EMS sustainability

Calling 911 doesn’t guarantee that an ambulance will be sent to your aid. At least, it’s not a guarantee in Wyoming, because emergency medical services are not considered essential. This is something that could change in the near future,...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 16, 2022

County accepts petition for service district on Warbonnet Canyon Estates

The County Commissioners have begun the process to approve a new service and improvement district for Warbonnet Canyon Estates. The 847-acre subdivision hosts tracts ranging from 35 to 48 acres and is located ten miles north of Hulett and next door...

 

Keyhole announces summer fun for June

Looking for some outdoors family fun this summer? Keyhole State Park has announced plenty of programs for the rest of the month, from night hikes to nature walks. Explore the park by night with the night hike series, which tun from 7 to 8:30 p.m....

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 9, 2022

Workforce training program gets funding boost

A significant increase in the amount of funding available through the Workforce Development Training Fund is intended to help Wyoming businesses train new employees and upskill current staff. Through an emergency rule signed by Governor Mark Gordon,...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 9, 2022

Candidates confirmed

No matter who wins at this year’s elections, the Crook County Courthouse is set to see some significant changes. As candidate filing closes for the year, several incumbents within the county offices have opted not to run for another term. Running...

 

Queens past and present to headline this year's Hulett Rodeo

The ever-popular Hulett Rodeo celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, kicking off with a parade through town on June 11. Line-up will begin at 9 a.m. and the parade will set off an hour later,...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 2, 2022

Vendor list available for Country Junkin'

The vendor list is now available for this week’s treasure hunting opportunity, introducing a total of 28 individual destinations that make up this year’s countywide yard sale. The Country Junkin’ vendors will be spread around the county, with...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 2, 2022

Large-acre subdivision rules released for public review

A draft of the proposed new rules for large acreage subdivisions has been made available ahead of a public hearing with the Crook County Land Use Planning and Zoning Commission. Following the hearing, the commission will vote on whether to recommend...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    School    June 2, 2022

Wyomingites asked for input on the future of education

The majority of Wyoming residents feel our schools don’t prepare children for the future, according to Governor Mark Gordon’s education advisory group. A public survey that garnered over 7000 responses – including 326 from Crook County – saw...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 19, 2022

Candidates announce for state seats

Three local candidates have thrown their names in the hat for the upcoming elections, aiming to vie for Crook County’s two seats in the Wyoming State Legislature. Senator Ogden Driskill announced he will stand again for Senate District 1, saying...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 19, 2022

Local Republicans remember their legacy

Dignitaries and members of the Crook County Republican Party gathered on Saturday night for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, a fundraising event that once again attracted a sold-out crowd. Hosted at Cen...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 12, 2022

Election scrutiny could lead to loss of polling places, says county clerk

The primary elections this August will see a couple of minor alterations for local voters, but future elections could bring deeper change. Warned County Clerk Linda Fritz last week, the current focus on election integrity may see Crook County lose...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 12, 2022

Elected officials secure salary increase

Crook County’s elected officials are set to see a significant salary increase for the first time in many years. The county commission has approved raises across the board to ensure that those individuals elected to serve the county are paid at a...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 12, 2022

Commission seeks to strengthen control over large-acre development

Is more control needed over what happens on Crook County land? The county commission is hoping its potential rules for large acre subdivisions will be enough but, as stated by Commissioner Kelly Dennis last week, may need to consider the idea of...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 5, 2022

Bush appointed as Circuit Court Judge

Sticking close to home again when making his decision, Governor Mark Gordon has selected Crook County Deputy Attorney Lynda R. Bush as the Sixth Judicial District’s next Circuit Court Judge. “I want to thank Governor Gordon for the honor of this...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 5, 2022

Applications open for Country Junkin' vendors

Once again this June, the Country Junkin’ weekend will offer a unique opportunity to sell your unwanted items, find new treasures or both during a countywide yard sale. Applications are available now if you would like to sign up as a vendor. The...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 28, 2022

Election filing opens soon

For those interested in standing for election this year, whether for local, county or state positions, the filing window is about to open. For a two-week period, citizens will be invited to put forth their names for seats ranging from U.S. Congress t...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 21, 2022

ARPA request applications now available

Guidelines for public or private organizations wishing to request a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act money granted to Crook County are now available on the county website. After a public hearing, the county commissioners approved the proposed...

 

Public asked to report groups of dead birds

Wyoming Game & Fish has now detected cases of bird flu in wild birds within this state. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI, commonly known as bird flu) was already known to be affecting back yard poultry in Wyoming. The national outbreak has...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 21, 2022

Stats show unprecedented Wyoming death rates

The Vital Statistics Services division of the Wyoming Department of Health has released data showing that 2021 was a second year of unprecedented death rates in this state. However, there were also more births and marriages in Wyoming, and fewer...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 14, 2022

County clerk resigns

County Clerk Linda Fritz has handed in her resignation, citing plans to move out of the area to be closer to family. Fritz presented her letter of resignation to the county commissioners last week, but will continue to act as clerk until her...

 

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