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Burn ban now in place

By Sarah Pridgeon   Crook County is now subject to open burning restrictions and a ban on the use of fireworks due to the potentially severe to extreme fire situation that exists in the area. The heavy fuel load and…

Wildfire concerns growing

Drier weather prompts call for burn ban By Sarah Pridgeon   Fire restrictions are expected to go into effect next week, says Fire Chief Gari Gill, thanks to a steady increase in the size and number of fires across the…

Rumble season

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Jeff Moberg photo Motorcycles are already trickling into town in anticipation of next week’s Sturgis Bike Rally. Despite many early arrivals, pundits are predicting that attendance will be slightly down this year, ahead of next year’s 75th anniversary. Residents should…

Hunting violation case moves forward

Three men receive fines; five plead not guilty, await trials By Sarah Pridgeon   Of the eight people associated with Whitetail Creek Outfitters at Devils Tower who stand accused of more than 150 violations of Wyoming statutes, three have received…

Fairground swap proposal moving forward

  During the Crook County Commissioner’s Budget Session on Thursday, the commissioners opted to place a $10,000 line item in the budget to study a potential fairgrounds relocation. The funds are anticipated to be used to have HDR Engineering prepare…

Saddle Up, it’s time for fair!

Curt Moberg photo - It was all hands on deck Tuesday as preparations for the upcoming fair continued. Early events will begin this weekend with dog shows and fashion and fabric judging.

By Sarah Pridgeon   Crook County’s Fair and Rodeo will be held from July 26 to August 3 this year to the theme, “Saddle Up for the Fair.” From pig wrestling to book signings, the fair will feature an event…

REE scoping summary available

Black Hills National Forest officials announced this week that the Bear Lodge Project (formally known as the RER Mineral Development Project)  scoping summary document is available for public review and is posted on the Forest website, http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills. The initial scoping…

Eight accused of multiple hunting violations

By Sarah Pridgeon Throughout the month of July, eight people associated with Devils Tower business Whitetail Creek Outfitters will appear in Crook County Circuit Court to address more than 100 alleged violations of Wyoming statutes, from unlicensed activities to using…

Rozet’s Johnson vies for State Senator seat

By Sarah Pridgeon   Tony Johnson of Rozet will run for election as House Representative at the upcoming elections, believing that what qualifies him for the position is his integrity and strong belief that the voice of the people should…

Schlosser running for County Commissioner

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By Sarah Pridgeon Otto Schlosser will join the race to win a seat on the County Commission at the upcoming elections. Wishing to update the county’s approach to budgeting and stay ahead of economic development, Schlosser believes in maintaining the…