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  • Unseasonable view

    Feb 8, 2024

    An unseasonal view of the Tower demonstrates just how little snow has fallen in the area so far this winter. Heading into February, very little precipitation has pushed the county back into drought conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor currently lists most of the county as abnormally dry, with a patch of moderate drought in the southeast corner. The coming weeks may not bring much change, with lower-than-average precipitation predicted....

  • Hulett woman sentenced for receiving narcotics through the mail

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 8, 2024

    A Hulett woman will serve four years in federal prison on charges that she ordered narcotics through the mail. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Wyoming, Donna Singleton has been sentenced to 48 months for use of a communication facility to facilitate a felony drug offense. The sentence was imposed on February 1 by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl. Singleton’s arrest occurred during an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) into a large drug operation that involved shi...

  • Building fun

    Feb 8, 2024

    The Hulett Public Library hosted a Lego building day. Kids of all ages were invited to come to the library and play with Lego blocks. Imaginations ran wild as participants made their creations. At the kids' request, another Lego day will be held....

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Feb 8, 2024

    Jan. 29 – Six VIN checks. Two fingerprints. Five traffic stops. Two traffic hazards. Citizen assist. Business check. Suspicious circumstance. EMS page. House watches. Animal complaint. Jan. 30 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Suspicious circumstance. Citizen dispute. REDDI Report. Citizen assist. Jan. 31 – Two VIN checks. Four fingerprints. Three traffic stops. Suspicious circumstance. Civil standby. Paper service. Motorist assist. Trespassing. Three business checks. Vagrancy. Feb. 1 – Three VIN checks. Two paper services. Three traffic...

  • Circuit Court

    Feb 8, 2024

    Speeding – Joel Smith, Gillette, WY, 91/80, $115; Kellar Bock, Newcastle, WY, 85/70, $135; Dylan Boyar, Bozeman, MT, 94/75, $155 Stop Sign Violation – Kelvin Johnson, Spearfish, SD, $140; Richard Olson, Madison, MN, $140 Fail to Obey Traffic Control Device – Serhii Zvizhynskyi, Miami Beach, FL, $150 Operate a CMV without a CDL – Terry N. Roundy, Cedar City, UT, $190 Weight Over Permit Limits (8001-10000) – Christian Smith, Casper, WY, $260 Violate Legal Weight (4001-6000) – Siona Sia, Rapid City, SD, $185 DUI Controlled Substance – Jason E....

  • Hulett man sentenced on strangulation charges

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 8, 2024

    Christopher Walter of Hulett has been given a deferred sentence on a felony charge of strangulation after an incident that took place last March at a motel in Hulett. According to court reports, Hulett Police Department responded to a reported verbal dispute at the motel on March 25, 2023, that occurred at around 5:30 a.m. During the dispute, Walter’s actions allegedly transgressed into physical and mental harm. He was accused of striking a female victim several times in the face with an open hand, leading EMS to suspect a broken jaw. He was a...

  • County criticizes national effort to manage old-growth forests

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 8, 2024

    Crook County is calling for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to rethink its plans to amend every national forest land management in the nation to create one overall strategy for managing old-growth forests. In a comment letter signed by the county commissioners last week, the county criticizes the one-size-fits-all approach and the USFS’s failure to include local governments in the process. “Upon reading through it, it will affect all the National Forests in Wyoming, which includes the Black Hills; it will also include Thunder Basin National Gras...

  • Black Hills Snow Course Readings

    Feb 8, 2024

    Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-yr Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 1.0 0.2 1.8 3.4 11 Blind Park Snotel 6870 11.0 2.1 4.7 5.3 45 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 8.0 2.1 3.2 4.5 66 Ditch Creek 6880 8.5 1.5 2.4 2.9 63 Little Bear Run 6240 3.7 0.6 2.7 3.3 22 Mallo 6420 10.6 2.0 4.7 5.9 43 Mount Tom 5560 9.0 1.0 3.3 4.4 30 North Rapid Creek Snotel 6250 13.0 3.8 4.7 4.6 81 Reuter Canyon 6280 4.4 0.9 6.0 7.3 15 Upper Spearfish 6500 9.7 1.5 4.0 5...

  • Farm Bureau Federation Scholarships announced

    Feb 8, 2024

    Crook County Farm Bureau Federation is offering two scholarships available to Crook County residents who have a Crook County Farm Bureau Federation membership. Scholarships are available for high school graduates and continuing education students enrolled in qualifying college and trade programs. The scholarship deadline is March 18, 2024. Recipients will be awarded $2000 for first place and $1500 for second place. Applications and qualifications are available at and click on County Farm Bureau Federations at the bottom of the page...

  • Scoreboard

    Feb 8, 2024

    High School Boys Basketball Hulett – 40, Kaycee – 32 Hulett – 71, Guernsey-Sunrise – 63 High School Girls Basketball Hulett – 41, Kaycee – 29...

  • AAU at Whitewood

    Feb 8, 2024

    Hulett AAU Jaxson Didier wrestled Sun., Feb. 4 in Sturgis at the Whitewood Wrangler Tournament. He wrestled hard and won second place....

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 8, 2024

    Man found in woman’s home arrested for drug use, trespassing GILLETTE (WNE) — A 31-year-old man was ticketed for drug use after a 65-year-old woman found him in her home Friday night. The woman called police after finding the man in her apartment in the 600 block of Tyler Avenue. She had not given him permission to be there, but she was able to get him out of her apartment and into the hallway. He appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, and EMTs were called. The woman showed police a syringe that she found in her apartment...

  • State lawmakers debate whether climate hearing is a legislative event

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 8, 2024

    CHEYENNE — Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle, announced on Tuesday that a public hearing on Feb. 13 would be an official meeting of the Legislature, but legislative leaders clarified they were never notified of the hearing. Steinmetz said in Tuesday’s news release that the Legislature’s Joint Agriculture State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee would hold an “Oversight Hearing...on the Environmental Impact of ‘Net-Zero’ and ‘Carbon Negative’ Policies,” as well as the Annual Forest Health Briefing on Feb. 13 upon adjournment. Howe...

  • Wyoming Supreme Court denies abortion intervenors

    Kate Ready, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 8, 2024

    JACKSON — In a written opinion filed Friday morning, the Wyoming Supreme Court declined the appeal of two state lawmakers and an anti-abortion nonprofit to become parties to a case challenging two abortion bans. The intervenors — represented by Tim Garrison of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a national Christian legal advocacy group — argued in front of the justices Dec. 12 that they were not being adequately represented by the state Attorney General’s Office and that they had special interests in the case’s outcome. The three parties ...

  • Medicare scams reported across state

    Kate Ready, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 8, 2024

    JACKSON — A Wyoming cybersecurity organization is warning of fraudsters targeting senior citizens in Medicare scams. CyberWyoming reported in a weekly press release that an elderly resident in central Wyoming “unintentionally shared her Social Security number and/or Medicare number over the phone.” The incident occurred late on a Friday afternoon, at a time when banks were closed. Medicare residents should log into their secure Medicare account or call 1-800-MEDICARE to report potential fraud. The nonprofit also recommended that individuals imm...

  • Lawmakers float $10M 'stimulus' for enhanced oil recovery in Wyoming

    Dustin Bleizeffer,|Feb 8, 2024

    A measure that would provide a $10 million "stimulus" to encourage more carbon capture for use in the oil industry will advance to the upcoming legislative session following a special hearing this week by the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee. The stimulus, according to committee members, aims to enhance a federal tax credit program that they say favors direct storage of the greenhouse gas over pumping it into oilfields to produce hard-to-get reserves. "The intent of...

  • Casper lawmaker sponsors bill that would prohibit CDC, WHO regulation in Wyoming

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 8, 2024

    CHEYENNE — Members of the Wyoming Freedom Caucus signed onto a House bill that would prohibit the Centers for Disease and Control and the World Health Organization from having any jurisdiction in Wyoming. House Bill 91 was received for introduction on Thursday, sponsored by Rep. Jeanette Ward, R-Casper, and co-sponsored by 14 other Republican lawmakers, ten in the House and four in the Senate. Ward said this version of the bill is similar to a previous House bill she introduced in the 2023 general session, HB 143, which failed to pass on t...


    Feb 8, 2024

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Thursday, February 1, 2024 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, via Teams, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, via conference call, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. Bob moved to sign a letter to the United States Forest Service in response to Forest Service Land Management Plan Direction for Old-Growth Forest Conditions Across the National Forest System – Notice of Intent and for the clerk to use the cha... Full story

  • Meetings

    Feb 8, 2024

    Crook County Medical Services District Board of Trustees WHEN: February 8, 2024 at 11:00AM WHERE: Sundance Bank Meeting Room Special Meeting for purposes of holding an executive session to consider legal advice. March 8, 2024, CCMSD Regular Board of Trustees Meeting The Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on March 8, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sundance State Bank meeting room. You are invited to attend in-person. The meeting will also be hosted via Teams webinar. Join the meeting at the... Full story

  • Fire marshal's office to apply for $2 million grant to bolster state supply of code inspectors via education

    Madelyn Beck,|Feb 8, 2024

    Imagine buying a newly built house, but when Wyoming's winds start huffing and puffing at its front door, the whole thing falls flat, endangering the lives of those within. That's the sort of thing building codes are intended to prevent. They're requirements for how new structures are supposed to be built to keep the occupants safe and sufficiently withstand the elements, whether that be winds, precipitation, earthquakes or other natural disasters. Keeping houses and businesses standing amidst c...

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