Local News

Fire season still gearing up

By Sarah Pridgeon The total number of fires within Crook County this year has now risen to ten, according to Fire Warden Gari Gill. Three more incidents took place this week, thanks to the dry and hot conditions. The largest…

Breaking ground

IMG_6015

By Sarah Pridgeon With the students watching on, the Crook County School District held a ceremonial ground breaking last week on the new Sundance Elementary School. Surrounded by the activity that has already taken place on the site of the…

CCMSD welcomes new admin

Jeff Mengenhausen

Former Horizon Health exec takes local hospital helm Jeff Mengenhausen has taken on the mantle of Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD)’s new permanent Chief Executive Officer, effective from February 16. Mengenhausen assumes the top leadership role from Ken Archer,…

Governor strikes down asset forfeiture bill

“In my opinion [it] is as close as you can get to legalized theft” – Rep. Lindholm   By Sarah Pridgeon   Governor Matt Mead has exercised his right to veto a bill regarding civil asset forfeiture, telling legislators he…

Poker runners

pokerrun

(Jeff Moberg photo) Tony Nisewender enjoys a quick lunch during the Jeremiah Jundt Memorial Poker Run on Sunday. Although numbers were down slightly this year, riders reported that the snow conditions were actually better than expected. Paul Marker of Gillette…

Friendly farm

ffa

(Jeff Moberg photo) MaKayla Meisner and Sophia Holst give youngsters a chance to pet a goose and chicken during the petting zoo the Bearlodge FFA provided on Tuesday at the elementary school. Tweet

Teaming up for tourism

City, Museum District partner to promote area By Sarah Pridgeon   The City of Sundance and Crook County Museum District are teaming up to promote Sundance as a tourist community. Though projects such as the planned monthly events and rejuvenation…

New digs

Jeff Moberg photo

School construction gets underway Construction has begun on the new Sundance elementary school building, with changes already visible on the football field. As weather permits, says Superintendent Byron Stutzman, contractors Ainsworth-Benning will be preparing the construction site for the spring.…

Cook Lake reopens to visitors, temporarily

Dry, cold weather expected to lessen landslide risk   Access to Cook Lake is temporarily open for ice fishing and day use. If conditions allow, the Black Hills National Forest hopes it will remain open until April 1, though it…

Deferred sentence given in meth lab case

By Sarah Pridgeon   Justin Martens of Sundance has received a deferred judgment and five years of probation following felony charges involving clandestine laboratory operations, allegedly involving methamphetamine. The sentence recognizes that Martens has not previously been convicted of a…