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 By Sherry Burr    Outdoors    February 9, 2023 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-Year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current % of 30-Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 14.1 3.4 1.8 0.4 189 Blind Park Snotel 6870 24 5.3 4.7 2.6 113 Cole...

 

County pushes local interests in forest plan

As a new year begins, the county commissioners have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Crook County’s interests are represented in the updated management plans under development by the U.S. Forest Service for the Black Hills National...

 

Black Hills National Forest to begin seasonal closures

Due to an impending winter storm, staff began closing seasonal gates and recreation sites that are not open through the winter on the Black Hills National Forest, Mon., Dec. 12, ahead of the regularly scheduled Dec. 15 date. Gates are closed to... Full story

 

A hunt to remember

When Cindi and Brandon Baudhuin asked for help to create a unique hunting experience for a 13-year-old boy who is battling a form of bone and soft tissue cancer, a group of local outdoorsmen did not...

 

Devils Tower staff attend rescue training

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 two-week seminar included...

 

DTNHA hosts Old Settler's Picnic

On a beautiful, sunny afternoon, Sunday, September 28, 2022, the Devils Tower Natural History Association (DTNHA) hosted the annual Old Settlers' Picnic at the Devils Tower campground. The Oshoto...

 

Christmas tree permits now available

This is the time of year to celebrate old and new traditions with family and friends, like venturing into your favorite national forest to harvest your own Christmas tree. Black Hills National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available for...

 

New signage warns of toxic blooms

Crook County Natural Resource District has teamed up with Keyhole State Park to purchase and install signage that will educate the public about the dangers of harmful cyanotoxins caused by...

 

Trails closed for winter for timber improvement project

A portion of the trails in the Bearlodge that are popularly used by recreationists during the snowy months of the year will be closed this winter due to a timber stand improvement project. The U.S....

 

Glendo, Keyhole boat ramp hours adjusting

Boat ramp and aquatic invasive species inspection hours at both Glendo and Keyhole state parks are adjusting to accommodate the waning sunlight hours. Beginning Mon., Oct. 24, boat ramp use and AIS inspection hours will be limited to sunrise to...

 

Promoting beef

Tracy Bush, Tessa Garman, Jaycee Garman, Hanna Ista and Sheyanne Fosheim putting up one of the new beef promotion signs. As one of their 2022 projects, the Crook County Cattlewomen placed signs all...

 

Comment opportunity for BLM land management plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced that an open house public meeting will take place on November 2 in Lusk to solicit early public involvement in the revision of the Newcastle Resource Management Plan (RMP). This process will ultimatel...

 

Game wardens offer advice on dangerous predator encounters

Crook County's two new game wardens introduced themselves to the county commissioners last week and provided information on the rights of citizens if they find themselves face to face with a...

 

County requests help with predator problem

At the request of Commissioner Kelly Dennis – himself acting on behalf of a “concerned citizen” in Hulett – a letter has been sent to the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission to request a new approach to a predator problem in the area. Dennis told...

 

BLM begins revisions of land management plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun the long process of revising the document that defines how it approaches management of everything from livestock grazing and fire management to air quality and minerals on the lands it governs within...

 

Forest users voice dispersed camping concerns

BUFFALO — For Karen McGowan, the dispersed camping public forum hosted on August 25 by Bighorn National Forest staff addressed concerns that, for her, are nearly 20 years in the making. The Buffalo resident bought land on the mountain two decades...

 

Landowners needed for new conservation project

Crook County Natural Resource District is looking for landowners to participate in a new conservation project developed in partnership with its counterpart in Weston County. The aim of the Northeast Wyoming Habitat Improvement Partnership is to,...

 

Forest Service imposes fire restrictions

The U.S. Forest Service has followed the lead of local counties, cities and state agencies in calling for fire restrictions within the Black Hills National Forest. Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Jeff Tomac has signed a special order BKFfor...

 

County calls for rethink of Black Hills National Forest Plan assessments

Crook County has joined the call for the U.S. Forest Service to rethink its draft assessments for the revised Black Hills National Forest Plan. A comment letter submitted by the county commissioners t...

 

Game and Fish concerned about zebra mussel discovery in SD

The threat of zebra and quagga mussels to Wyoming’s waters is closer than ever before. Last week, zebra mussels were discovered in Pactola Reservoir, located 13 miles west of Rapid City, South Dakota, in the Black Hills. The reservoir is only 27 mi...

 

Lions hold fishing derby

Six kids showed up for the recent Lions Club fishing derby: Evelyn, Meredith, Danny, Rosin, Taidhg and Fiona. All participants received assorted lures for showing up. Evelyn won a $50 Sportsman's...

 

Family Fun Day

Riding a bull in a pool during the Family Fun Day. These kids were having fun. See article page 4....

 

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...

 

Cool family fun day

The annual Hulett Recreation Board family fun day was held last Saturday at the Hulett Recreation Grounds. The day started at 3 p.m. with fun games for the kids including a bouncy house, slip and...

 

Fun field day

The seventh annual WSG youth field day was held last Saturday on the Chip Neiman ranch. Kids of all ages enjoyed morning fishing followed by informational booths and activities such as archery. Kids...

 

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