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Articles from the February 1, 2024 edition

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  • County graduation rates stay higher than state average

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 1, 2024

    Once again, the students of Crook County have outdone the state average with a graduation rate for the 2022-2023 school year of 89%. This places Crook County School District among the top 15 in the state, which has 48 school districts. "We appreciate that our graduation rate is above the state average but, to be honest, our goal is always going to be 100%," says Superintendent Mark Broderson. "Graduation rates include many factors that are out of a school's control but we want all students to wa...

  • Citizens urged to check for unclaimed property

    Feb 1, 2024

    Citizens around the state are collectively owed more than $110 million in unclaimed property that has been turned over to the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office. Governor Mark Gordon has proclaimed February 1 to be “Unclaimed Property Day” in an effort to get the word out and encourage all residents to check whether they are entitled to any of this money. To do so, visit and search the website using your last name or business name, or by entering a property ID number. Properties are generally money but can also include stock and mu...

  • Library busy with events

    Feb 1, 2024

    The Hulett Public Library has had a busy January. They co-hosted a program with the Hulett Museum to bring in Rocky Courchaine to talk about Crook County oddities. Courchaine discussed the Devils Tower and other odd facts about the county. Everyone enjoyed the discussion. The library also started their monthly game night playing bunco. Twelve ladies were very competitive and the next one will be Feb. 21....

  • Card of Thanks

    Feb 1, 2024

    Our Thanks The Hulett Blessings in a Backpack program would like to thank the entire Crook County community for everything they do to support our program. Support came in the form of monetary donations, food, toys and gift cards. The 27 kids in Hulett and their families were able to enjoy these gifts during the holiday season this year. Thank you to PREC Foundation, Sundance State Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Summit National Bank, Neiman Enterprises, the Hulett Lions Club, the Governor’s Residence Foundation supporting the Shop with a Cop program a... Full story

  • Getting healthy

    Feb 1, 2024

    Kara Uhrig will be presenting her health and wellness program at the Hulett Library Tues., Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. Kara will be discussing nutrition and even doing some easy hands-on recipe making as well as a few exercises you can perform at home with no equipment. Uhrig has many certifications in fitness and health. Many locals have already joined her wellness group....

  • Rep. Neiman speaks to packed room

    Feb 1, 2024

    Representative Chip Neiman held a town hall meeting in Hulett last Wednesday, January 24 at the GHCC. Representative Neiman spoke to a packed room of residents with questions for him. Topics included school regulations, taxes and other hot issues coming before the legislature. Neiman also held town meetings in the other Crook County municipalities....

  • Circuit Court

    Feb 1, 2024

    Speeding – Manuel Encinas Andrade, Gillette, WY, 107/75, $220; Joseph Gardner, Gillette, WY, 93/75, $150; Elijah Zenkov, Chandler, AZ, 90/80, $105; Kaidan Hopson, Sturgis, SD, 89/80, $103; Holly Vrana, Upton, WY, 82/70, $120; Matthew Smith, Saint Michael, MN, 89/75, $130; Casey Crew, Dickinson, ND, 92/70, $170 No Valid Driver’s License – Clayton F. Westover, Moorcroft, WY, $125; Roger D. Vega, Java, SD, $140; Kaylynn M. Myers, Rozet, WY, $150 No Seat Belt (driver) – Avliekhuzha Gapirov, Seattle, WA, $25 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Feb 1, 2024

    Jan. 22 – Two VIN checks. Motorist assist. Five traffic stops. Suspicious circumstance. House watch. Fire page. Jan. 23 – Seven VIN checks. Prisoner transport. Four traffic stops. Theft. Information. Three business checks. Two suspicious circumstances. Abandoned vehicle. Medical. Jan. 24 – Five VIN checks. Property damage. Two traffic stops. House watch. Trespassing. Business check. Jan. 25 – Five VIN checks. Public relations. Three traffic stops. Two accidents. House watch. Life flight. Civil standby. Trespassing. Motorist assist. Assist...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 1, 2024

    Man stuck in the snow gets federal prison on drug and gun charges GILLETTE (WNE) — A Campbell County man who was arrested after driving his truck into a snowbank last spring has been sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison on drug and gun charges. Jesse Walthers, 40, appeared before U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne on Jan. 12. Johnson gave Walthers a 100-month sentence for possession with intent to distribute meth and a 60-month sentence for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, set to r...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Feb 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, The citizens of Crook County have all had a chance to attend the “meetings” on the proposed zoning of the county. If you are not familiar with the Delphi technique that was used at these meetings, please google and study up on it. The Delphi technique used to “facilitate” the meetings was developed by RAND Corp for the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1950s for use as a psychological weapon. But it was soon recognized to be very valuable in manipulating any meeting toward a pre-determined conclusion. The first clue that you are...

  • Governor emphasizes need for public notices in Wyoming newspapers

    Joshua Wood, Saratoga Sun Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 1, 2024

    SARATOGA — Despite the advent of the internet and social media, Wyoming newspapers still serve as an important avenue for public notices — at least according to Governor Mark Gordon, who spoke at the 125th Annual Wyoming Press Convention in Casper on January 19. Over the past several years, the Wyoming Legislature has seen a number of bills introduced which would remove public notices from the pages of Wyoming newspapers. They were proposed despite the fact that 86% of Wyoming adults cite newspapers as their most trusted source for public not...

  • Scoreboard

    Feb 1, 2024

    HS Boys Basketball Hulett – 25, Upton – 78 HS Girls Basketball Hulett – 18, Upton – 61 JH Boys Basketball Hulett C – 16, Big Horn – 25 Hulett A/B – 8, Big Horn – 39 Hulett C – 16, Tongue River – 54 Hulett A/B 19, Tongue River – 42...

  • Hulett Semester 1 Honor Roll

    Feb 1, 2024

    “A” Honor Roll Sixth Grade: Samantha Marie Amdahl, Clara Mae Riley, Lilah Caroline Wendling, Hannah Anne Willems, Citabria Jo Wolfskill Seventh Grade: Cedar Avery Palm, Madison Beth Willems Eighth Grade: Thomas Charles Bauman, Jocelynn Noelle Didier, Jolee Lynn Jay, Gabriella Ann Jordan, Aiden Alen Williams Sophomores: Dylan Scott Williams, Vella Vouy Wyka Juniors: Adrianna Khrystene Hostler, Ellie Rose Jay, Elizabeth Jean Jordan “A/B” Honor Roll Sixth Grade: Baxton Matthew Amdahl, Raylynn Dylan Edinger, Gavin Xavier Foskett, Paxton Lance Prave...

  • AAU wrestles South Dakota

    Feb 1, 2024

    The Hulett AAU Red Devils competed with 455 other wrestlers at the King of the Hills Tournament Saturday the 27th in Spearfish and did amazing, especially with it being the first tournament for a lot of the team. The AAU Red Devils also competed in the Bronc Dailey Tournament in Belle Fourche and had a great time....

  • Wyoming's deer factory - the Black Hills - is emptier than ever

    Mike Koshmrl,|Feb 1, 2024

    DEVILS TOWER-When the cyclic population of deer near Ogden Driskill's Crook County ranch peaks, sometimes he'll count as many as 800 whitetails grazing away in a single meadow. That circle-shaped pasture draws in the deer because of its irrigated, nutritious grasses, and it doubles as a venue for nightly 6 p.m. hayrides targeted at tourists. The throngs visiting Northeast Wyoming pack onto a trailer towed by a tractor to enjoy views of the 5,112-foot-high spire that towers over Driskill's property. During the fall of 2021, staff at Driskill's...

  • Bank warns of counterfeit bills following incident in Billings

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 1, 2024

    With an unknown number counterfeit hundred-dollar bills believed to now be in circulation after an incident in Billings, MT, last week, Andy Miller, President of Sundance State Bank, is warning businesses and citizens that some could make it through to Crook County. “I don’t know how much trickle will make it through to our area, but there’s certainly potential,” he says. “Be aware when you take a $100 bill from somebody to make sure it feels right, make sure it looks right, make sure the security features are there and just be cautious because...