Kristen Czaban

Overpaid administrators

July 29, 2014

Re: SCSD2 stipends   I’m wondering if I am the only person who was surprised to read that Sheridan County School District 2 administrators receive vehicle stipends every month in amounts like $700. As part of their jobs, where do they drive? Who decided on this particular benefit? Couldn’t these funds be re-allocated toward the Read More

Water challenges

July 25, 2014

Re: Stopping fluoridation   As we move forward with our challenge to stop water-fluoridation, we will continue to educate in an effort to tell the truth of what water-fluoridation entails. The following is a chemical analysis of hydrofluorosilicic acid: H2SiF6 24.04 percent, HF 0.16 percent, SPGV 1.211 g/ml, TPA 0.02 percent, APHA 20.00, Arsenic 32ppm, Read More

No respect for voters’ wishes

Re: chief of staff appointment   I read in Saturdays paper that police chief Adriaens was going to be appointed as interim Chief of Staff. This position really sounds like a city manager. A few years ago we the voters voted down the city manager position. Really, is Sheridan big enough for a chief of Read More

Adriaens appointment a ‘put’

Re: new chief of staff   The “memo” has created a new job at city hall. City officials have said the city is in a “transition” period. The acting mayor, John Heath, is silent. Perhaps he is lying in a dark room, with a cool cloth on his head. City hall is now run by Read More

Baseball teams around town prompt memories

Driving home from work at lunch Friday I passed by the Best Western on Main Street and saw a group of ballplayers hanging out in the parking lot. They must have been waiting for the rest of their team, coaches and parents to head to lunch somewhere. I forget, sometimes, how many teams travel to Read More

Local group seeks funding, ideas for aquatics facility

SHERIDAN — A group of residents calling themselves the Citizens for Community Recreation announced this week plans to change the landscape of Sheridan’s recreational pools. The group hopes to build an indoor aquatics facility that would host family swim programs similar to what is currently provided by the YMCA and the Sheridan Recreation District. It Read More

Court extends ‘deliberative process’ to open meetings law

SHERIDAN — A local judge extended the “deliberative process” privilege recently recognized by the Wyoming Supreme Court to rule in Sheridan County School District 2’s favor in a recent court case with The Sheridan Press. Press attorney Bruce Moats said he believes the extension of the ruling will have lasting impacts on Wyoming’s open government Read More

‘Fatality fine’

Re: Time to get serious about worker safety   This letter is to the citizens of Wyoming and elected officials in the state and is in response to the worker safety statistics addressed by the Casper Star-Tribune editorial board in its May 19 editorial (“Time for lawmakers to restart worker safety conversation”). Its wake-up call Read More

K-Life helps local youth reach new heights

July 24, 2014

Eight-year-old Landis Zebroski finds a foothold during the K-Life rock climbing trip to Piney Creek Canyon in Story. The trip was offered for free by K-Life for the youth — many of which had never climbed before.

Small staff, good team in newsroom

July 18, 2014

One of the things about small newspapers, nearly every small newspaper, is that staff often come and go. Young reporters accept positions far from home to gain experience, but the plan is nearly always to move up and on. I’ve said many times, that was my plan. Why else would a twenty-something move 16 hours Read More

Brester, Summers to wed

July 16, 2014

SHERIDAN — Dustin Brester of Billings, Montana, and Jamie Summers of Sheridan are engaged to marry Aug. 23, 2014, at the Metra Park in Billings. Brester is employed at S Bar S Builders and is the son of Ernie and Bonnie Brester. Summers is employed at the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office and is the daughter Read More

Love sports, but soccer not my thing

July 11, 2014

Sports have always been a big part of my life. I grew up attending my brother’s hockey, baseball and lacrosse games. I played softball and basketball for many, many years. I’ve always enjoyed live sporting events — never really mattered what it was. Granted, baseball was always one of my favorites. The game is fun Read More

My sixth anniversary

July 4, 2014

This week marked my sixth anniversary as an employee at The Sheridan Press. If you would have told me six years ago that this day would ever come, I likely would have laughed and shrugged it off. After all, I had big plans (don’t most 22 year olds?). I intended to travel the world with Read More

Politics junkie

June 27, 2014

While professionally, at the newspaper, we’ve decided to go easy on the 2014 election coverage until after rodeo so we don’t lose everyone’s interest, personally I’ve been glued to anything political I can read. As I’ve said many times before, I’m a huge nerd. I love politics almost as much as I love journalism. My Read More

Name released in Spring Creek Mine fatality

June 24, 2014

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the man who died at the Spring Creek Mine north of Sheridan on Monday. Stewart Orcutt, 58, of Sheridan died in a single haul truck incident on Monday at approximately 7 p.m. Cloud Peak Energy announced the incident Tuesday morning. Mine Safety and Health Administration Read More

Belly up to the griddle

Lonnie Wright keeps an eye on the pancakes cooking for guests at the Big Horn Fire Department’s annual breakfast. The volunteers welcomed members of the community to the fundraiser, where they raffled off several items and gave tours of the department.

Relay heroes

June 23, 2014

Fynn, the super dog, watches all of the action Friday night at Kendrick Park during the 2014 Relay for Life event.

Is it rodeo yet?

June 20, 2014

I know the Sheridan WYO Rodeo is still weeks away, but I already can’t wait for all of the excitement that surrounds this community’s premier event. We’ve just sent our rodeo magazine off to print and I’m excited to see how it turns out. Anyone who wants to know about the rodeo or the surrounding Read More

Colleagues remember longtime senator as legislative ‘sage’

SHERIDAN — Longtime Wyoming Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, died Thursday morning at age 68 after a battle with liver cancer. Colleagues described him as an unassuming leader, a straight-shooter and one who put family above all else. Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon, a business partner and friend of Schiffer, said he’d known the late senator Read More

Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, dies at 68

June 19, 2014

SHERIDAN — Colleagues of Wyoming Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, have confirmed that the longtime state legislator died this morning at age 68. Rep. Rosie Berger, R-Big Horn, said this morning that Schiffer had been feeling ill for a couple of months, but believed it to be pneumonia. On May 31, he was diagnosed with liver Read More

Tandem Productions celebrating decades of theater

June 17, 2014

SHERIDAN — Spend 20 years doing anything you enjoy and the time will fly past. Just ask Richard and Tami Davis of Tandem Productions this month as they celebrate two decades of children’s theater. “We never dreamed we’d be doing it this long,” Tami Davis told The Sheridan Press on Monday. She had codirected a Read More

City, firefighters still can’t agree on new contract

SHERIDAN — IAFF Local 276 representative George Neeson continues to butt heads with the Sheridan City Council in negotiations to establish a new contract for the firefighters union. Neeson and the council spent nearly an hour Monday discussing proposed contracts and counter offers, to no avail. The city has boiled down a nearly 20 page Read More

City adopts two year budget for first time

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan, for the first time, adopted a two-year budget Monday, signaling hope for economic recovery by planning for slight increases in the general fund budget compared to the current fiscal year. For FY2015, which begins July 1, the city budgetted for $11.2 million in general fund revenues, compared to the Read More

Cheers to my work family

June 13, 2014

If you don’t like a little sap, stop reading. Things are about to get pretty cheesy. It is not very often that you find a group of people that you not only enjoy working with, but enjoy socializing with outside the office. Yes, I know it is possible, but this is the first job I’ve Read More

UPDATED: Murder victim identified as James Lee Drake

SHERIDAN — Paul Brookhouse, 57, has been arrested on one charge of second degree murder for killing James Drake on Thursday. A $100,000 cash bond was set in Sheridan County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon. Sheridan County Sheriff Dave Hofmeier said this morning that deputies and emergency medical services were dispatched to 24 Dee Drive Read More