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Prescribed burn ignites debate at Devils Tower

Remnants of the prescribed burn smolder on Thursday at the tower. (Jeff Moberg photo)

By Sarah Pridgeon High winds caused a 300-acre prescribed fire at Devils Tower to escape control on Wednesday, expanding a further 56 acres across the monument. A spot fire in the southwest corner was pushed up a steep hillside by…

Commissioners remove fair board members

By Sarah Pridgeon The County Commissioners made a surprise decision last week to replace the entire Crook County Fair Board. In response to complaints, perceived problems and the recent resignation of two board members, the commissioners opted to “remove the…

SHS band brings home gold from national festival

Sundance High School Band and Choir students pose with the trophies they won during the Orlandofest musical festival in Florida.

The Sundance High School Band is back from Orlando, FL where they performed and competed in a national festival called “Orlandofest”. There were over 850 student musicians at the festival that performed over the course of two days. There were…

Study helps city plan ahead

By Sarah Pridgeon As the city’s Level 1 Water Study draws closer to completion, a clear picture has appeared of the weaknesses in the water system and the work that will be needed to improve them. The study has created…

Stutzman named new schools chief

By Sarah Pridgeon The Board of Trustees has announced the new superintendent of the Crook County School District in a decision that was unanimously agreed upon by the board, representatives from the staff, members of the public, a specially convened…

City considers co-funding a building inspector

By Sarah Pridgeon Representatives from the county and the cities of Sundance, Moorcroft, Hulett and Pine Haven are discussing a proposal to co-fund an official, certified building inspector for all four communities. Whether the idea can become reality, say Public…

New superintendent to be announced this week

By Sarah Pridgeon Following a succession of day-long interviews, the Board of Trustees for the Crook County School District is in the final stages of selecting a new superintendent and expects to announce its decision at a special meeting this…

Fire and emergency cadets join forces

Fire and erergency cadets, kneeling: Hunter Angel, Jonas Pridgeon, Amanda Stugelmeyer, Rebecca Schelling, instructor Amy Burt; front: Brian Burt. (Photo courtesy Jim Pridgeon)

By Sarah Pridgeon Crook County’s Emergency Operations Center team has joined forces with Sundance Volunteer Fire Department Cadets to expand the scope of both programs through more in-depth training opportunities. “The purpose of both is to train youth in the…