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  • Winter finally shows up

    Jan 11, 2024

    Devils Tower with a blanket of snow on Monday. More snow pictures page 12....

  • Commission stands firm on refusing to add to county maintenance roster

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    The answer is still no, the commissioners told two local residents last week. The county will not be adding any more miles of road to the 600 already maintained, they said, because it cannot afford to do so. Scott Pomerenke and Eric Akola approached the commissioners to ask them to reconsider adding a quarter mile of Old Sundance Road in the area where it meets Beaver Creek Road to the route of the county's snowplows. This request was originally made in August, on the basis that snow tends to...

  • Randall Jay Harvey

    Jan 11, 2024

    Randall Jay Harvey, 63, of Hulett, Wyoming, took his eternal ride on December 26, 2023. He passed unexpectedly and peacefully at his home. He was known to most as Harv. Harv was born to Ralph and Dorothy (Bebensee) Harvey on March 21, 1960, in Brookings, South Dakota. His childhood was spent thinking up adventures on a farm just west of Aurora, South Dakota. At the age of 18, he began his life's adventure when he left Brookings and moved to Lead, South Dakota where he worked at the Homestake Min...

  • James Vernon Royer

    Jan 11, 2024

    James Vernon Royer was born June 11, 1962 to Gary and Ruth Royer in Pierre, South Dakota. He spent most of his young life on a ranch being a typical young boy raising mischief. As he grew, he learned the ranch life and helped his father work cows. Jim learned how to drive tractors and trucks and used that knowledge to wrangle cattle and occasionally bring in small calves in the truck bed. In 1977, Gary and his family moved to Sundance, Wyoming. James continued his ranch work there and even got...

  • Circuit Court

    Jan 11, 2024

    Speeding – Brandon Deschamps, Loma, CO, 106/80, $190; Joanna McCarty, Gillette, WY, 90/80, $105; Nicholas Erpelding, Minnetonka, MN, 79/65, $130; Jordan Rodger, Ste Ann, MB, Canada, 84/70, $130; Hannah Cooley, Sturgis, SD, 95/80, $135; Bion Hank, Casper, WY, 90/80, $105; Rick Collins, Gillette, WY, 93/75, $150; Georgi Martov, Arlington Heights, IL, 83/65, $160 Stop Sign Violation – Joe Clyde Bolen, Springdale, AR, $150; Houston Thelmo Aars III, Moorcroft, WY, $140 Fail to Drive Vehicle Wit...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office Blotter

    Jan 11, 2024

    Dec. 25 – Three traffic stops. Three accidents. Theft. Welfare check. Business checks. Four EMS pages. Dec. 26 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic stop. Welfare check. Two sets fingerprints. Accident. Business checks. Two suspicious vehicles. Motorist assist. House watch. Dec. 27 – Three VIN checks. Fraud. Traffic stop. Welfare check. Alarm – fire. Assist other agency. Suspicious circumstances. Theft. Business check. Trespassing. Dead body. Dec. 28 – Six VIN checks. Two motorist assists. Tr...

  • Large-acre subdivision gets go-ahead to organize service district

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    The developer of one of the county's newer large-acre subdivisions has received approval from the county commission for its petition to form an improvement and service district for the 46 parcels contained within. A public hearing took place for the proposed Yellowstone L&R Ranch Improvement and Service District. The developer is Yellowstone L&R Ranch, a South Carolina limited liability company. The purpose of the district is to repair and maintain the roads within the subdivision, though it wil...

  • Black Hills Snow Course Readings

    Sherry Burr, NRCS|Jan 11, 2024

    Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-year Median SWE Last Year's SWE Current Percent of 30-year Median SWE Blind Park Snotel 6870 8 1.3 3.2 * 41 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 5 1.3 2.5 * 52 Ditch Creek 6880 5.5 0.6 1.9 * 32 Little Bear Run 6240 1.7 0.2 1.7 * 12 Mallo 6240 8.8 1.1 3 * 37 Mount Tom 5560 6.8 0.6 2.3 * 26 North Rapid Creek Snotel 6250 11 2.9 3.2 * 91 * No data collected....

  • 2024 Legislative Preview

    Albert Sommers and Ogden Driskill, House Speaker and Senate President|Jan 11, 2024

    As the Wyoming Legislature readies for 20 days of discussion and debate ahead of the 2024 Legislative Budget Session, we prepare for this work as servants to the people of our communities. Over the past eight months, legislative committees have held 62 standing committee meetings around the state. At these meetings, committees gathered public input and industry perspectives to draft common sense conservative solutions to the problems we face together. As the presiding officers of our respective...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jan 11, 2024

    2th Air Force welcomes its first female commander CHEYENNE (WNE) - The 20th Air Force received its first female commander, the highest- ranking position overseeing the nation's ground-based nuclear missiles, weeks after Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., released his blockade on military promotions last month. Maj. Gen. Stacy Jo Huser was officially initiated into the position during a symbolic change-of-command ceremony Friday at F.E. Warren Air Force Base. "It's not lost on me that I'm the first...

  • Pampering pets

    Melissa Bears|Jan 11, 2024

    Kelly's Grooming is finally open in Hulett. Owner Kelly Maher has been grooming for over 20 years, with eight years grooming for veterinarian practices as well as being a veterinarian assistant. Maher is certified in all dog breeds and cat breeds for grooming. From nail clipping to extensive cuts, Maurer can do it all. "I am open by appointment only and work Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and every third Saturday of the month 8 a.m.–4 p.m.". Before finding a bui...

  • How sage grouse eke by in Wyoming's carved-up coalbed methane country

    Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com|Jan 11, 2024

    Newly published research exposes the role gas drilling infrastructure played in shrinking habitat for northeast Wyoming's dwindling sage grouse population - and it also provides a blueprint to help the imperiled species continue to exist on industrialized landscapes. In the Powder River Basin, a coalbed methane industry boom around the turn of the century brought with it some 30,000 wells, thousands of miles of roads, power lines and pipelines, along with scores of wastewater ponds resulting...

  • National Monument announces addition to leadership team 

    Jan 11, 2024

    Devils Tower National Monument is pleased to announce an addition to the leadership team with the selection of John Hinrichs as the new Facility Manager. Superintendent Doug Crossen said, "We are happy to welcome John to the Tower's leadership team. John's knowledge and expertise are a great fit for this position. He will be an integral part of leading Devils Tower National Monument into the future." Hinrichs will supervise the Tower's facility management division, supporting several permanent...

  • Hulett Scoreboard

    Jan 11, 2024

    HS Boys Basketball Hulett – 50, Ten Sleep – 46 HS Girls Basketball Hulett – 51, Ten Sleep – 7...

  • BHSU Dean's List 

    Jan 11, 2024

    Black Hills State University has released the Dean's List for the fall 2023 semester. A total of 680 students maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours. In addition, a total of 98 students maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher while taking between three and 11 credit hours. Crook County students on the Full-time Dean's List include: Brandon Dixon of Sundance and Alexandria Eakins of Alva. Crook County students on the...

  • County approves ambulance funding resolution

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    The Crook County Commission has passed a resolution that will increase the amount of reimbursement Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) receives for ambulance services, with the intention of ensuring these services remain affordable to keep providing in the future. A public hearing for the resolution was set for January's regular meeting of the county commissioners, after a 45-day notice period is complete. At that hearing, the commission heard that County Attorney Joe Baron had...

  • Hulett Public Library announces upcoming events

    Jan 11, 2024

    The Hulett Public Library has several upcoming events. Crook County Oddities will be held Wed., Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m. to learn about the oddities of Crook County. Using stories, legends and scientific research, Rocky Courchaine will take us on a supernatural tour of Crook County. Friends of the Library will be sponsoring Bingo at the Civic Center on Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and Mar. 17 at 1:30 p.m. And finally, it's Bunco time! The library will be having a Bunco party once a month starting Wed., Jan. 14...

  • Winter Weather

    Jan 11, 2024

    A WYDOT plaw heads down Main Street. Hulett was turned into a winter wonderland with this week's storm....

  • Meeting

    Jan 11, 2024

    Meeting – Seeking Board Member Do you love history and want to make a positive impact in our communities? The Crook County Museum District is seeking a board member. Send questions and/or a letter of interest to [email protected]. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the next board meeting at 5:00 p.m. on January 22, 2024 in Hulett at the Greater Community Center. Publish: December 7 and 14, 2023; January 11 and 18, 2024...

  • Meeting

    Jan 11, 2024

    February 1, 2024, CCMSD Board of Trustees Meeting The Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on February 1, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sundance State Bank meeting room. The meeting will also be hosted via Teams webinar. Join the meeting at the link below: https://events.teams.microsoft.com/event/0742c0c8-01a4-430c-9aa1-599f293462a5@f1f73db4-4d69-4e07-8652-10c57c1f3e50 Publish: January 11, 2024...

  • Council

    Jan 11, 2024

    Hulett Town Council The town council met on Dec. 6, 2023 at 7 p.m. Present were Council Backen, Bears, Kennah and Mayor Parsons. Absent was Councilwoman Terri Johnson. Motion to approve the agenda with an addition under new business work session Backen/Kennah, mc. Motion to approve the minutes, Backen/ Kennah, mc. Financial – Bears discussed a program called WY Class (an investment program) Council felt this should be tabled. Motion to accept the report, Backen/Bears, mc. Police – Chief Mot...

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