Kristen Czaban

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

Conviction overturned in 2012 robbery

June 11, 2014

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday announced its decision to overturn the conviction of Miranda Mraz, who was found guilty by a jury in 2012 of stealing from the Sheridan Eagles Club. The members of the Supreme Court concluded that the evidence was insufficient to support a guilty verdict and while Mraz had Read More

$10K reward offered in attorney’s office fire

June 7, 2014

SHERIDAN — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — along with the Sheridan Police Department and Sheridan Fire-Rescue — today announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting fire to the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office. SFR and SPD Read More

Reports May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014

SHERIDAN FIRE-RESCUE Monday • Rocky Mountain Ambulance assist, 1400 block North Main Street, 8 p.m.   ROCKY MOUNTAIN AMBULANCE Friday • Medical, 100 block East Fifth Street, 1:22 a.m. • Medical, 400 block Main Street, Dayton, 8:30 p.m. • Trauma, 400 block Gladstone Street, 9:21 p.m. Saturday • Trauma, 50 block West Works Street, 2:46 a.m. Read More

Western traditions

May 19, 2014

Nate Schmeiser ropes a calf during a branding at Eaton’s Ranch on Saturday.

Falling behind — time for a book

May 16, 2014

I’ve gotten pretty behind in my reading in the last few months. I typically have several books going at one time — one for each kind of day and each kind of mood. For example, I typically have a historical novel for days when I’m feeling reminiscent. I have a historical nonfiction, leadership or gardening Read More

Sounds of summer music to the ears

May 2, 2014

This time of year always makes me miss Chicago. Not for the tall buildings, the crowds or the world’s best pizza — though there are times I miss those too. As the grass turns green and the weather starts to warm, I long for the sounds, smells and cheers that always came from Wrigley Field. Read More

Out with the old, in with the new

April 25, 2014

My husband and I have a lot of trees at our house. Up until last October we had three apple trees, two plum trees, a buckeye, a couple choke cherries and what I think is an ash. I say up until last October because we are now down one apple tree. That early season snowstorm Read More

Finding time to dig deeper

April 18, 2014

Each of us could be better at something. Some want to be better runners or parents, while others maybe just want to perfect their golf game. In the spirit of bettering the newspaper, staff members at The Sheridan Press have participated in at least three trainings in the last several months. The entire newsroom visited Read More