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National Nine victory for Steele and Mann

By Sarah Pridgeon Header Trace Steele and heeler Tamara Mann walked away from the National Team Roping Tour’s National Nine Finale with the winning time earlier this month, beating 34 other teams to secure the $100,000 first prize. Down to…

Deer numbers on the rise

Public meetings planned to address management goals By Sarah Pridgeon Deer numbers in the Black Hills are picking up after hitting a low in 2012, according to Joe Sandrini, Biologist with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. Fawn production and…

Climbing routes temporarily closed to protect falcon

Park Managers temporarily closed several climbing routes on the west face and southwest shoulder of Devils Tower to protect nesting peregrine falcon and prairie falcon beginning March 15. Over one hundred and fifty climbing routes remain open. The temporary closure, established…

CCSD makes final decisions on Central Office options

By Sarah Pridgeon At Monday’s regular meeting of the Crook County School District Board of Trustees, three final choices for the future of Central Office were ranked in order of preference. Superintendent Byron Stutzman was directed to pursue the top…

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

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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

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(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…