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Kristen Czaban

Column: A buzz around town

July 3, 2015

By Kristen Czaban There is a certain buzz about the city this weekend as locals and tourists alike prepare to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend and roll into Rodeo Week. Whether you’re a rodeo fan or not, it is difficult to ignore the sense of excitement that fills the community and all of its Read More

Column: Soul-soothing summer weekends

June 26, 2015

Summer never feels real until two things happen. I know it sounds silly, but there are just certain things you do in the summertime that don’t feel the same the rest of the year. I don’t mean watering and weeding my garden and I don’t mean mowing the lawn. I don’t even mean the first Read More

Column: Reel back to the ‘80s with Relay for Life

June 19, 2015

Relay for Life has always been an event that I’ve admired. I remember being in high school, choosing costumes for various event themes and spending the night walking around a track laughing and crying with fellow relay participants. I hope you’ll all consider attending, supporting the cause with a donation or by joining a team. Read More

Column: Morning bike rides

June 12, 2015

Each spring I anxiously await the day when I can ride my bike to work. Because I wait until it isn’t freezing outside, it is obvious I’m not a hardcore cyclist. If it’s too cold, rainy or any other weather extreme, I’m likely going to be in my car. But there is something special about Read More

Column: Sad to see colleague moving on

June 5, 2015

We all spend most of our waking hours at work. No matter whether that work is in an office, on a construction site or in the Bighorn Mountains — work is where we spend most of our time. We get to know our colleagues. We laugh with them. We get frustrated with them. We even Read More

Navigating the chaos of construction

May 29, 2015

Recently, my husband and I — with the help of his sister and a friend— started a fairly major construction project. Our garage has been leaking since we bought our house, so we’ve finally decided to tear it down and start over. This means chaos on a daily basis. We spent our Memorial Day weekend Read More

BHHS grads a close-knit family

May 26, 2015

BIG HORN — It’s easy to define a graduating class with numbers: the total number graduating, scholarship dollars earned, grade-point average and years spent together. But that isn’t how the 2015 graduating class at Big Horn High School would define themselves. “If I had to define our class in two words it would be close Read More

Column: Make Memorial Day personal

May 23, 2015

It’s easy as the weather warms and the days become longer to forget what Memorial Day is really about. It’s not the three-day weekend or the barbecues. It isn’t about the unofficial kick off to summer. It’s about something much more personal than that. For me, it’s about family and friends. I’ve never served in Read More

Shooter in Ernst murder to be eligible for parole in 35 years

May 21, 2015

UPDATE: (9:30 a.m. May 22) SHERIDAN — The shooter in the 2009 murder of local businessman Robert Ernst will be eligible for parole in 35 years based on a resentencing hearing held Thursday in 4th Judicial District Court. In his January 2014 sentencing, Dharminder Vir Sen was sentenced to life according to law for first-degree Read More

Column: Measures of devotion

May 16, 2015

Next week, The Sheridan Press will launch a series of features highlighting local veterans who have beared the burden of our country’s cause. We’ve been blessed to have individuals volunteer to sacrifice their lives, their time and their well-being for us in our nation’s armed forces. It is a debt that can never be fully Read More

City settles lawsuit with residents over picnic areas

May 15, 2015

SHERIDAN — After two years, approximately $27,000 and the construction of two picnic shelters, a lawsuit between the city of Sheridan and one set of property owners on Pioneer Road has come to an end. In 2012, Bruce R. Elworthy and his wife Anne B. Marshall sued the city because they did not approve of Read More

Column: Remember that high school math? Me neither

May 8, 2015

If you’re reading this Saturday morning, enjoying your coffee and relaxing in your home, I’m jealous. This morning, I’m sitting in front of a computer in a testing center in Billings, Montana, taking a four-hour test. Ugh. Over the last few months, I made the decision to go to graduate school (assuming I’m accepted to Read More

Column: Always a city girl?

May 1, 2015

I’ve lived in Sheridan for nearly seven years now. Initially, when I moved here in 2008, I swore up and down I would only be here for one year. I had just graduated from Northwestern University (Go ‘Cats!) and just needed some more work experience before I could move up to a bigger newspaper. Those Read More

Column: Itching for dirt under my nails

April 25, 2015

Spring has sprung — mostly — and I’m all of a sudden eager to get into my garden and get some dirt under my fingernails. For the last several years, my husband and I have utilized a plot at one of the community gardens in town. We pay our $40 and we get to use Read More

Building each other up

April 18, 2015

Today, I’m probably taking a minute to relax and breathe a little bit now that the FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference has ended for 2015. Anyone who tells you planning an event is easy is fooling you. I’m not sure I could have done it without the support of the committee of women who Read More

Police chief hopes to negotiate RMA contract

April 14, 2015

SHERIDAN — Officials with the city of Sheridan are working to reduce the subsidy paid to the contract ambulance company that provides services to city residents. Sheridan Police Chief Richard Adriaens, who oversees the contract with Rocky Mountain Ambulance, said he hopes to see several changes in the agreement. “As we’ve gotten into this contract Read More

When it comes in threes

April 10, 2015

There is an urban legend of sorts that death always comes in threes. I’ve never believed it or seen it happen, though. Yes, I’ve known people who have died. But their deaths were not followed directly by the deaths of other friends or loved ones. So, I never believed the urban legend to be true. Read More

Column: Spring sports fever

April 3, 2015

While most sports fans are combing their TVs for coverage of the NCAA tournaments, I’m not. Don’t get me wrong. I like basketball and I’ll watch a game here and there. But, this time of year my focus is elsewhere in the sports world — college softball. I don’t know what it is about this Read More

Unexpected mentors

March 20, 2015

I’ve been to a lot of conferences. Wyoming Press Association, Inland Press Association, women’s conferences, sports conferences — a lot of things are different about each event, but one things is consistent. At each of those conferences, at least one speaker talks about the importance of finding a mentor. Even for the FAB (For. About. Read More

Why innovating is never easy

March 13, 2015

A colleague recently introduced me to Clay Christensen and his concept of “disruptive innovation.” The phrase is a bit of a buzzword these days, appearing in Forbes, The Seattle Times, The Economist and even leading to events like a “festival of disruption.” For those of you who don’t know him, just as I didn’t, Christensen Read More

Exciting prospects on the horizon

March 7, 2015

There is a lot of buzz in the newsroom these last couple of weeks. Or at least there is a buzz in my office. We have the most staff we’ve had in quite some time and we’re all excited about what this means in terms of what we can do. Part of this adventure will Read More

It may be another Netflix weekend

February 27, 2015

Hi, my name is Kristen and I’m a Netflix-aholic. Well, not really, but I’m seriously considering becoming one this weekend. We don’t watch a lot of TV in our house. Yes, we have cable — but it’s mostly so I can watch the cable news channels. Otherwise, my husband and I watch the occasional episode Read More

2 snowmobilers found after night in the Bighorns

February 23, 2015

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mark Conrad said this afternoon that the father, son pair of snowmobilers who were reported missing Sunday night were found late Monday morning. Conrad said Corey Gostonczik, 40, and his teenage son, Cole, had left Bear Lodge Resort at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday and Sheridan Area Search Read More

A changing sense of home

February 21, 2015

As you grow older — moving from high school, to college and to your first jobs — the concept of home changes with you. When you’re younger, home is where your parents are. It’s where you live and where you are surrounded by loved ones. In college, my sense of home changed a little bit. Read More

Wyoming Rep. John Patton, R-Sheridan, in Cheyenne ICU

February 17, 2015

SHERIDAN — Rep. John Patton, R-Sheridan, was taken to a Cheyenne hospital by ambulance Tuesday morning when he reported not feeling well. Rep. Rosie Berger, R-Big Horn, confirmed that Patton had a blocked artery and medical staff at the hospital put a stent in today. Patton remains in the intensive care unit in Cheyenne, and Berger Read More