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  • Hulett Class of 2023

    May 25, 2023

    Twelve Hulett seniors graduated last Sunday when the 2023 commencement was held. Graduating were: Jessee Driskill, Koltin Gantz, McKenna Kromarek, Kagan Lawrence, Abby Nelson, Hunter Reilly, Sam Reilly, Kade Smith, Brighton Thibault, MJ Ulmer, Logan Westover and Ashlynn Wilson. This year's Salutatorian was McKenna Kromarek and Valedictorian Jessee Driskill. Keynote speaker was Astrid Teter. Presentation of diplomas was done by the Crook County school district board members. The commencement...

  • Temporary closure to protect nesting falcons and climbers at Devils Tower

    May 25, 2023

    Rock climbing routes on the east and northeast faces of Devils Tower summit will be temporarily closed effective immediately to protect nesting Peregrine and Prairie Falcons. The closure is implemented annually to provide the falcons with an undisturbed nesting location during this critical courtship and nest-selection period. The presence of climbers near falcon nests can be distressing to parent birds and disturbance from climbing activities may force falcons to abandon eggs or chicks. The closure is also implemented to protect climbers, as...

  • County enjoys employment bump

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 25, 2023

    The latest figures from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services shows that Crook County enjoyed an employment bump last year. The county saw a 4.5% increase in employment between the end of 2021 and the fourth quarter of 2022, which equals 112 more jobs. Of those, 102 were in private industries. Payroll also headed in an upwards direction, increasing by over $2 million, or 6.4%, between the end of 2021 and the fourth quarter of 2022, bringing total wages in the county to $34,223,596. The average weekly wage in Crook County increased by...

  • Service: Lucille Frances Baxter

    May 25, 2023

    A graveside service for Lucille "Lucy" Frances (Long, Straight) Baxter will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at the Alva Cemetery in Alva, Wyoming. Lucy passed away on September 9, 2022, at her farm home near Blythedale, Missouri at age 77. A full obituary was previously published....

  • Blood drive held

    May 25, 2023

    Hulett held its quarterly blood drive last week at the Hulett Civic Center. There was a great turnout for this drive with 31 units of blood being collected. Watch for the next one, which will be held in about eight weeks....

  • Early Deadline

    May 25, 2023

    Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the deadline for all news and advertising for the June 1 Wyoming Pioneer will be noon on Friday, May 26. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!...

  • Free fishing day set for June 3

    May 25, 2023

    Enjoy a day of lakeside recreation at Keyhole Reservoir next weekend as part of the statewide celebration of Free Fishing Day. Wyoming Game & Fish designates the first Saturday of National Boating and Fishing Week each year as a day on which anyone can fish for free in Wyoming, without the need for a fishing license. The only exceptions to this offer are the Wind River Reservation and Yellowstone National Park. Numerous events have been planned across the state to help you make the most of the opportunity. For local anglers, Wyoming State...

  • Devils Tower National Monument staff attend training for high-angle rope rescue  

    May 25, 2023

    Last month, Devils Tower staff attended a high-angle rope rescue course. This course was instructed within the monument by "Rigging for Rescue" out of Ouray, CO. The one-week seminar included detailed instruction on high-angle rescue systems and how to use technical equipment for practical use. This training included the fundamentals of rope rescue. Throughout the training, they dedicated many hours to rescue scenarios. They used hundreds of meters of rope and a guiding line aerial ropeway...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|May 25, 2023

    Man arrested after allegedly kidnapping woman from Walmart GILLETTE (WNE) — A 26-year-old man was arrested for felony counts of kidnapping and probation violation, as well as misdemeanor counts of theft, use of drugs and interference with a peace officer after a 24-year-old woman reported that he tried to kidnap her at Walmart on Friday morning. The woman told officers at the police department the man came up to her at Walmart and told her that she was going to go home with him and that his friends were outside with automatic weapons, Police D...

  • Circuit Court

    May 25, 2023

    Speeding – Gary Knight, Newcastle, WY, 79/70, $103; Jacob Running Shield, Black Hawk, SD, 74/65, $133; Raymond M. Wright III, Spearfish, SD, $210; Todd Hink, Gillette, WY, 83/75, $101; (minor), Gillette, WY, 93/75, $150; Jaxson Doll, Kansas City, MO, 96/65, $337; Michael Holley, Rapid City, SD, 84/65, $223; Saivon Sandford, Creve Coeur, MO, 79/45, $230; Hubert Shoemaker, Thermopolis, WY, 87/75, $120 Speed Too Fast for Conditions – Wendy Pittman, Dolan Springs, AZ, $240 No Valid Driver’s License – Clayton F. Westover, Torrington, WY, $140; (...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    May 25, 2023

    May 15 – Two VIN checks. Five traffic stops Two sets fingerprints. Fraud report. Business checks. Assist to Keyhole State Park. Three fire pages. Six EMS pages. May 16 – Five VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Business check. Three suspicious circumstances. Two welfare checks. Domestic. Minor in possession. Three EMS pages. May 17 – Six VIN checks. Three traffic stops. Animal complaint. Welfare check. Suspicious person. Two fire pages. EMS page. May 18 – Four VIN checks. Seven traffic stops. Three sets fingerprints. Welfare check. Two motoris...

  • Ag Books for Kids

    Zeta Nuckolls Anderson|May 25, 2023

    Crook County Farm Bureau Federation annually sponsors the Ag Books for Kids contest for K-5th grade students. A book related to agriculture is paired with resources to learn about a specific ag topic. The book selected this year, Popcorn Country, tells the story of America's favorite snack and how popcorn is planted, grown, and harvested. Twila Pilcher, Hulett School librarian, read the book to each class. Students could then complete an entry for the contest. There are three contest categories...

  • Surplus

    May 25, 2023

    PUBLIC NOTICE (Sale of Surplus Property) Items for sale: 5x14 heavy duty tandem axle flatbed trailer 2032 Genie scissor lift. (minimum bid $6,000) Street sweeper ran when parked (minimum $500) Weather guard tool box like new, will fit a full size pickup The Town has the right to refuse any and all bids For more information or to view items call town hall 467-5771. Bids will be open at the town council meeting June 7, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Publish: May 18 and 25, 2023...

  • Scoreboard

    May 25, 2023

    The Hulett girls track team placed 11th overall at the WHSAA 1A State Track Meet. The Hulett boys team placed 15th. Girls 100M – 7. Ahnya Ivie-Moody 13.63 Girls 200M – 6. Ivie-Moody 28.25 Girls 400M – Ivie-Moody 1:04.14 Girls 800M – Ivie-Moody 2:44.56, Izzy Fosheim 2:53.96 Girls 1600M – Cassy Palus 6:45.26, Fosheim 6:51.15, Brooklyn Palus 7:10.99 Girls 3200M – C. Palus 14:40.29, B. Palus 15:35.63, Rachel Merwin 16:37.27 Girls 300M Hurdles – C. Palus 59.17 Girls 4x800M Relay – 5. Hulett High Sch...

  • SSB hosts financial education at Hulett School

    May 25, 2023

    Sundance State Bank staff Melissa Dauphinais and Shelly Elwood were welcomed by the senior class at Hulett High School on May 10, 2023. In honor of National Financial Literacy Month, Melissa and Shelly created a presentation for the students titled "Spilling the Tea on Financial Literacy". The program focused on checking and savings accounts, credit versus debit cards and the importance of saving money for a sound financial future. National Financial Literacy highlights the importance of being...

  • Summer kick off this weekend at Keyhole

    May 25, 2023

    Start the summer off right at Keyhole State Park this Memorial Day Weekend! There will be many family-friendly activities about pollinators in a come and go as you like environment. This Kick-Off to Summer event takes place May 27 and 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Tatanka Group Shelter, and it is included in the Daily Use fee. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For questions, please contact Linley Mayer at [email protected] or 307-752-1429....

  • Preacher in the Patch among speakers at Old Fashioned Tent Revival

    May 25, 2023

    Just outside of Hulett, on the JH Ranch, we’ll gather for the sixth annual Old Fashioned Tent Revival on the Ranch by the River, Sun., June 4 through Wed., June 7 featuring special speakers and music each evening. Pastor Ron Merritt of Gillette will serenade us with his wonderful and fun musical talent Sunday through Tuesday evenings. Wednesday night brings us special guest musicians including Riley Dakota and The Sweet Crude Band. Gathering starts at 5 p.m. and speakers begin at 6 p.m. Opening night, Sunday, brings us the first guest s...

  • Hulett Branch Library

    Nancy Bowles|May 25, 2023

    Summer Reading Program starts June 1. Come in and get your reading sheets and check out the cool prizes. Also, the Summer Program, Travel the World at the Library, will be on Tuesdays the month of June at 1 p.m. for kids 6-11 years old. NEW FICTION BOOKS: Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane – In the summer of 1974 a heatwave blankets Boston and Mary Pat Fennessy is trying to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors. Mary Pat has lived her entire life in the housing projects of “Southie,” the Irish American enclave that stubbornly adheres to old tr...

  • From tea to ships

    May 25, 2023

    There have been a lot of fun things at the Hulett library this month. They held their annual tea party with a great turn out. Ladies and even kids showed up wearing their best hats. Prettiest hat prize went to Donna Long and craziest to Audrey Ebsen. The group enjoyed refreshments while being entertained by the junior high girls' choir and the third graders. The second event was sponsored also by the Hulett Museum. Local amateur historian Tim Velder presented a story of the USS Wyoming through...

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