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Open burning restrictions take effect April 12

The Board of the Crook County Commissioners resolved at their April 4th meeting to enact Resolution 2012-8 – Open Burning Restriction and Ban on the Use of Fireworks. County Fire Warden Gari Gill recommended the open burning restrictions be imposed…

Driskill addresses concerns over easement

By Sarah Pridgeon A bill passed at the recent legislative session, authorizing conservation easements for a number of land holdings across the state, has raised questions among Crook County residents. Due to conflict of interest, Senator Ogden Driskill abstained from…

Chamber looks forward to “fresh start”

Sundance Area Chamber of Commerce President presents Todd Kahler with an award commemorating his selection as Sundance’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year at the organization’s banquet on Friday.(Curt Moberg photo)

By Sarah Pridgeon The Chamber of Commerce, having elected its board for 2012, will begin exploring a number of fresh plans and events for the coming year, says Reggie Gaylord, President. To launch the chamber in its chosen new directions,…

Rare earth shortage sparks international concern

Geologist Adrian VanRythoven (right) discussing the focus of the Bull Hill area of the Bearlodge with senior geologist Richard Larsen of Rare Element Resources. Larsen stated, “We will develop a reliable domestic rare element source and will always be compliant with mining and environmental laws. We will be good neighbors.” (Curt Moberg photo)

Wyoming to step up the search for new potential sources   By Sarah Pridgeon As the United States, in collaboration with the European Union and Japan, challenge the World Trade Organization against export restrictions on rare earth minerals from China,…

“False spring” triggers early fire season

By Sarah Pridgeon Crook County was among the low-lying areas of the state to be issued a Red Flag warning from the National Weather Service last week. Because the recent mild weather has caused a “false spring,” there is concern…

Redistricting plan gets approval

Crook, portions of Weston & Campbell Counties to make up new senate district   By Sarah Pridgeon The state’s redistricting plan passed the Senate vote last Thursday and now requires only Governor Matt Mead’s signature to become law. The plan,…

City council to appoint new member

Council hopes to have Goodson replacement in place next month   By Sarah Pridgeon Following the announcement of Council Member Larry Goodson’s resignation at this month’s regular meeting of the City Council, Mayor Paul Brooks and the remaining council members…

County Republicans choose Romney

By Sarah Pridgeon Bruce Brown, supporting presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has been selected to attend the National Republican Party Convention in August. The vote to select an alternate delegate, which took place at the Crook County Republican Party’s 2012 Convention…