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  • Defaced cattle case moves up to District Court

    Sarah Pridgeon, Sundance Times Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 23, 2024

    SUNDANCE — The case of the defaced herd is moving up to District Court following a preliminary hearing last week, at which the prosecution argued that restoring the cows to their previous condition cost the alleged victim thousands of dollars. Two ranchers are accused of using bleach to paint markings, including drawings of penises, on a total of 189 cows and six bulls belonging to their neighbor. Father-son duo Patrick Sean and Tucker Carroll claimed their actions were intended to bring their neighbor’s attention to the problem of broken fen...

  • Veto override fails on bat endangered species listing

    Sarah Pridgeon, Sundance Times Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 5, 2023

    SUNDANCE - U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis and all members of the Senate Western Caucus on which she serves as chairman, as well as U.S. Senator John Barrasso, voted to override President Joe Biden's veto of the resolution that questioned the listing of the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species. In total, 47 senators voted for and 45 against, failing to meet the two-thirds majority required to overturn the veto. "The Biden administration's heavy-handed interpretations and ongoing abuse... Full story

  • State seeks removal of Crook County treasurer

    Sarah Pridgeon, Sundance Times Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 26, 2021

    SUNDANCE — On the instruction of Governor Mark Gordon, the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office has filed a civil case with District Court that could see County Treasurer Mary Kuhl removed from office. The petition, signed by Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill on behalf of the State of Wyoming, cites the felony and misdemeanor charges that are pending against Kuhl and also accuses her of theft from the Crook County Treasurer’s Office vault. The petition for Kuhl’s removal is based on a verified complaint filed by the county commiss... Full story

  • Sheriffs in stand-off over Second Amendment bill

    Sarah Pridgeon, Sundance Times Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 4, 2021

    SUNDANCE — All 23 of Wyoming’s sheriffs have registered alarm at the damage a bill under consideration by the Legislature could do to policing in this state. Though the Second Amendment Preservation Act (House Bill 124/Senate File 81) is intended to be pro-Second Amendment, says Crook County Sheriff Jeff Hodge, its implications are strongly anti-law enforcement. “It’s not intended to be anti-law enforcement, but it is,” he says. “The intention was good but they need to talk to peace officers and prosecutors.” If this legislation is passed, th... Full story

  • State and local health officials warn against current antibody tests

    Sarah Pridgeon, Sundance Times Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 30, 2020

    SUNDANCE — The first antibody tests have begun to appear on the market, both to purchase online and through a few providers in this region. But are they worth taking, this early in the game? The answer is no, according to both state health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist and Dr. Heith Waddell of Crook County Medical Services District. At this time, the FDA has not yet approved any antibody test for use. Some are better than others, said Waddell. Some, said Harrist at Governor Mark Gordon’s press conference last week, are “downright fraud... Full story

  • Man acquitted in 2018 Sundance murder case

    Sarah Pridgeon, Sundance Times Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 16, 2019

    SUNDANCE — If the woman you loved was thrown to the ground in the midst of an argument, would you step in to end the threat by whatever means necessary? If you cannot definitively say you would have made different decisions to the ones Jessie Johnson made on the night Doug Haar died, then you cannot find him guilty of murder. This was the argument presented in the closing statements of defense attorney Don Fuller, three days after the jury convened to hear the case. In the end, despite what many believed was a clear-cut case for the p... Full story

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