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  • Having a field day

    Jun 13, 2024

    Well over 100 kids participated in this year's annual WSG Youth Field Day. Open to kids aged 0-18, the day was enjoyable with a beautiful day of fishing and attending interactive displays. This event is a free outdoor education experience. Displays this year included taxidermy, archery, a demonstration from the Hulett ambulance, panning for gold and bee keeping. Following the activities a lunch was served and kids received all sorts of great prizes, fishing poles, bb guns, rifles and outside...

  • BHNF management plan largely dormant

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    We likely won’t be seeing much about the revised management plan for the Black Hills National Forest this year, according to Dru Palmer, consultant to the county commissioners. She said last week that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has pushed back publication of the notice of intent to begin developing the plan to fall or early winter. This is partly because USFS is also working on its environmental impact statement for old growth forests, she said, and some of the same personnel are involved with both projects. In the meantime, Palmer told t...

  • County continues battle to be involved in old growth forest planning

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jun 13, 2024

    The Crook County Commissioners have signed up as a cooperating agency as the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) decides how to manage old growth forests, but will be making their thoughts clear on how the process has gone so far. Earlier this year, the commissioners called for a rethink of USFS plans to amend every national forest land management in the nation to create an overall strategy. The county criticized the one-size-fits-all approach and failure to include local governments in the planning. In a letter sent to the USFS in April, the...

  • Rabies prevention: not just shots for family pets

    Jun 6, 2024

    With the onset of warmer weather, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is warning residents to beware of wild animals that may carry rabies, especially bats, as they become more seasonally active. “Many people do a good job of protecting their family pets from rabies, but don’t realize other animals can sometimes be a threat,” said Dr. Emily Curren, state public health veterinarian with WDH. “Rabies can infect any mammal, including humans.” Humans and pets can get infected from the bites or scratches of an animal with rabies. People ca...

  • Wyoming State Parks observes Free Fishing Day June 1

    May 30, 2024

    Angling at Wyoming’s State Parks June 1 will be a good day of fishing guaranteed. Wyoming State Parks, in conjunction with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s “Free Fishing Day”, is waiving daily use fees at all parks/recreation areas that provide angling on June 1. Wyoming State Park locations offering free entrance are Boysen, Buffalo Bill, Curt Gowdy, Edness K. Wilkins, Fort Phil Kearny, Glendo, Guernsey, Keyhole, Seminoe and Hawk Springs. Does not apply to camping fees or reservations. Fishing opportunities also exist at the followi...

  • USFS proposes winter burns

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 2, 2024

    Sometimes, it takes a fire to prevent a fire. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is proposing to target areas of the Bearlodge Ranger District in Crook County with planned burns, with the aim of improving the odds of managing future wildland fires safely and effectively. Hazardous fuels have built up within the estimated 8382 acres that have been identified, such as grass, brush and fallen trees. Clearing this accumulation through a planned fire helps to provide fire managers with areas in which to manage future fires. Though it may seem...

  • WyoParks hosting summer programs

    May 2, 2024

    The Absaroka District of WyoParks (including Keyhole State Park, Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site, and Trail End State Historic Site) will be hosting over 60 public events throughout the remainder of the 2024 year. In-house interpretive and site staff, friends groups and partnering agencies and organizations will facilitate these events. Keyhole State Park will proudly be hosting a series of hikes throughout the summer to promote its recent and continuing trail expansion and development. Visitors are encouraged to attend the Kickoff to...

  • Don't let ticks steal warm weather enjoyment

    Apr 25, 2024

    With tick season quickly approaching, the Wyoming Department of Health says simple steps can help state residents protect themselves and their family members from potentially serious tick-borne illnesses. Courtney Tillman, an epidemiologist with WDH, said past records show people typically start seeking medical help due to tick bites in May. Diseases sometimes spread by infected ticks in Wyoming include tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) and Colorado tick fever (CTF). Tularemia symptoms include fever, swollen and painful lymph...

  • Black Hills Snow Course Readings

    Apr 11, 2024

    Site Name Elevation (ft) Current Snow Depth (in) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in) 30-yr Median SWE (in) Last Year’s SWE (in) Current Percent of 30 Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 2.6 0.4 1.1 4.8 36 Blind Park Snotel 6870 0.0 0.0 7.0 8.7 0 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 10.0 2.3 5.2 8.1 44 Ditch Creek 6880 1.5 0.4 3.6 6.0 11 Little Bear Run 6240 0.0 0.0 2.5 5.2 0 Mallo 6420 0.0 0.0 5.9 9.5 0 Mount Tom 5560 0.0 0.0 2.9 5.8 0 North Rapid Creek Snotel 6250 13.0 4.9 6.6 7.6 74 Reuter Canyon 6280 0.8 0.1 7.0 10.1 1 Upper Spearfish 6500 5.0 1.2 5...

  • Access Yes enrollment open

    Mar 14, 2024

    The annual enrollment period is open for Wyoming Game and Fish’s Access Yes Program. The program facilitates public hunting and fishing access on private lands or land-locked public lands while building the relationship between hunters, anglers and private landowners. Growing the Access Yes program is especially important in the Sheridan Region, as the region is primarily composed of private land. Through the program, a participating landowner and department personnel develop the terms of an agreement to allow hunting or fishing access on t...

  • OWITS announces youth contest

    Mar 7, 2024

    The Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot is announcing this year’s youth contest. To enter, you must submit any type of creative work related to turkeys. Examples may be a type of writing or music, fabric project, culinary art, drawing, painting, sculpting, metal work, woodworking or any other visual art. The contest is open to Hulett School Youth grades 6 through 12 (ages 12-18). Participants must have a valid Hunter Safety Course card. Winners will participate in the 14th Annual Old West Turkey Hunt in Hulett and must be available the e...

  • Black Hills Snow Course Readings

    Sherry Burr, NRCS|Mar 7, 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 Bear Lodge Divide 4680 0.5 0.1 2.1 4.8 5 Blind Park Snotel 6870 11.0 2.8 6.6 7.5 42 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 7.0 1.9 4.7 7.4 40 Ditch Creek 6880 11.1 2.6 3.5 3.8 74 Little Bear Run 6240 0.0 0.0 3.6 4.0 0 Mallo 6420 9.4 2.0 6.5 6.1 31 Mount Tom 5560 4.5 1.0 4.3 4.9 23 North Rapid Creek Snotel 6250 16.0 4.5 5.8 6.5 78 Reuter Canyon 6280 0.0 0.0 8.2 9.1 0 Upper Spearfish 6500 9.2 2.3 6.2 8...

  • Private pesticide applicator programs in Crook, Weston Counties rescheduled for March

    Feb 22, 2024

    The University of Wyoming Extension’s private pesticide applicator education programs in Crook and Weston Counties have been rescheduled for Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2. Times and locations are listed below. Crook County: March 2, noon-4 p.m., Sundance Community Room, Crook County Courthouse, 309 E. Cleveland St., Sundance. Contact: Micah Most, (307) 684-7522 or [email protected] Weston County: March 1, noon-4 p.m., Weston County Fairgrounds Event Center, 24 Fairgrounds Rd., Newcastle. Contact: Micah Most, (307) 684-7522 or m...

  • Comments sought for fuel reduction project

    Feb 15, 2024

    The Black Hills National Forest is proposing to reduce fire hazard on seven isolated parcels of National Forest System (NFS) lands adjacent to the Bear Lodge Mountains in Crook County. High fuel loading on these lands poses a risk to surrounding lands and communities. The proposed project area consists of 403 acres accessible only from non-NFS lands at the north end of the Bear Lodge Mountains and adjacent isolated parcels. There is no legal public or Forest Service access to these parcels. For this reason, the project would be implemented...

  • 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....

  • 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...

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

    Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com|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...

  • UW Extension to offer private pesticide applicator programming in northeast Wyoming

    Jan 18, 2024

    The University of Wyoming Extension will offer eight private pesticide applicator education programs at various locations in northeast Wyoming Jan. 25 through March 14, 2024. Private applicator licenses are required for anyone who applies or supervises the application of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs). The four-hour private applicator education programs provide an overview of certification requirements, pertinent regulations, pesticide safety and handling, proper disposal practices and more....

  • Winter finally shows up

    Jan 11, 2024

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

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Winter Weather

    Jan 11, 2024

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

  • Wyoming State Parks launches new booking website

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 4, 2024

    Wyoming State Parks has announced the launch of a new reservation and permit sales system that it says will offer a more streamlined experience for recreationists looking to enjoy the state’s outdoor opportunities. The new website allows you to refine your needs when staying in a state park, from the type of camping or lodging you’d prefer through to the type of camping equipment you will bring. Once you select from the available options, you can view maps detailing exactly where each available site is located and additional information, suc...

  • Seasonal closures now in effect

    Dec 21, 2023

    Seasonal gates and recreation sites that are not open through the winter on the Black Hills National Forest were closed on Friday, December 15. Gates are closed to provide seasonal refuge for wildlife, protect natural resources and provide for public safety as some roads are converted to snowmobile trails. Seasonally closed roads and trails are identified on the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). Snowmobile trails are open from December 15 to March 31 annually. Wheeled vehicles are not allowed on the snowmobile trails during that time...

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