Author Archives: Steve Woody

Headline writing, a skill all its own

The other day, a newspaper pal and I were talking about “the old days” — that’s what old newspaper publishers do. We reminisced about long-ago jobs. One of mine was headline writing on a mid-sized metropolitan newspaper in southeast Texas. (I also wrote obituaries, but that’s a whole ‘nother column.) Headline writing in those days… Continue Reading

Brinton exhibit; film festival

Saturday, it’s the Spear-O at The Brinton Museum exhibit in Big Horn. The exhibit is in its second year and will feature 11 artists who convened for a week at Sheridan College’s Spear-O Mountain Campus in the Bighorns. They sketched, they painted, they shot the bull. While spending a week ensconced at one of the… Continue Reading

Top teacher, brotherly trip

Certainly page one news from the Press, Ryan Fuhrman was recently named Wyoming’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. He teaches science at Sheridan Junior High School and has been with the school district for 15 years. Fuhrman is at least the third Sheridan County Teacher of the Year honoree. Maxine Torbert received the recognition in… Continue Reading

Opening night at SC’s Whitney Center for the Arts

Tomorrow, the Colorado Symphony with soprano Sarah Brailey of New York will be in concert at the new Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. It is a spectacular facility and the 422 tickets have been gobbled up or are highly sought. The Colorado Symphony is a world class orchestra and they’ll be performing… Continue Reading

Colorado Symphony, Miller concerts soon

Coming soon, the Colorado Symphony with soprano Sarah Brailey of New York. They’ll be in concert at the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. It’s the first event inside this spectacular facility. Dr. Erin Hanke, director of the Whitney Center for the Arts, says that about 40-50 tickets are still available. The Colorado… Continue Reading

‘Dark Horse’ today; Sniffin presentation

Week two of Sheridan’s Fall Film Festival is “Dark Horse” by writer and director Louis Osmond. It’s the story of a working class, economically depressed Welsh village whose citizens pool their resources from the encouragement of a local barmaid in order to buy a racehorse. It received a slew of film awards including Best British… Continue Reading

Theater festival gains; 4 new plays in 2017

DannyLee Hodnett, director of theater studies at Sheridan College, is always on to the next production. He’s a busy guy, just back from Chicago where his friend’s play, “Helldrivers of Daytona,” made its debut Tuesday night at the Royal George Theater. Mark Saltzman is the writer and the musical play had a genesis in Sheridan… Continue Reading

Fall film festival begins

Independent film lovers rejoice, the long slog of summer “blockbusters,” thick with CGI, stilted dialogue and implausible stories, is about to end. The fall edition of the 2016 Sheridan Film Festival begins Wednesday at Centennial Theatre. Bill Campbell has a good lineup for the 10-week run, beginning this week with Viggo Mortenson and “Captain Fantastic.”… Continue Reading

Powder Horn in top 100 again

In the last presidential election, just 25 percent of all voting age residents in Wyoming cast ballots. This, according to the Wyoming Secretary of State office (2014 data). Too, just half of the state’s voting age population is registered to vote. The Sheridan Press wants to move that needle upward. Come Sept. 17, the Press… Continue Reading

SC humming; welcome Zeke

Must say, September One was a good day to visit the Sheridan College campus. It’s the beginning of a new school year and the vibe was evident. The new Whitney Center for the Performing Arts is open and active with students. There are new classrooms, music studios and galleries. It’s home, too, to a 422-seat… Continue Reading

Hayes changed NFL landscape

A word, or several, about Bob Hayes what with the NFL season beginning tomorrow and the Denver/Carolina Super Bowl rematch. Hayes changed football more than any other player. In one word: speed. When he came onto the field in the Cotton Bowl and later Texas Stadium, people stirred in the seats. They pointed. He was electric.… Continue Reading

ERA Rodeo, global visitors

September? Already? •••••• One more dose of ink for the Elite Rodeo Athletes rodeo Saturday at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds. The athlete meet-and-greet starts at 2:30 p.m., the rodeo at 4 p.m. There’s also a fanfest Friday night (4-8 p.m.) and a street party Saturday night (7 p.m.) in downtown Sheridan. I’m told tickets are… Continue Reading

Witnessing vision, history

Some 150 citizens plus witnessed a dose of local history Monday afternoon. It was the groundbreaking of the forthcoming North Main Interstate 90 interchange. It’ll be transformational. There will be new businesses in the retail and hospitality industries. New industry will be attracted or will expand, given better transportation access. Give it, say, five years,… Continue Reading

Football tonight; ERA Rodeo coming

Friday night lights! The defending state champion Sheridan Broncs (that rolls off the keyboard nice) start the 2016 season tonight hosting the Laramie Plainsmen. It’s at 6 p.m., inside the friendly confines of Homer Scott Field. The Sheridan High School cheerleaders will be tossing Sheridan Press footballs into the stands as souvenirs. •••••• We’re a… Continue Reading

1,000th DAC flight Saturday

Shawn Parker is the executive director of Sheridan Travel and Tourism and president of CAST (Critical Air Service Team), aka the folks who have initiated and nursed commercial air service into Sheridan. Denver Air Connection began servicing the city last November with two flights daily that serve Sheridan and Johnson counties. Saturday, DAC will land… Continue Reading

‘Rhino Run’ to benefit SC nurses

Come Saturday, Sheridan College’s nursing department will host its third annual “Rhino Run.” Second year nursing students are taking the lead in this fundraiser. It’ll feature friendly competitions in 5K, 1 mile and 50-yard dash for children. Cost is $12 day of race, $10 in advance and includes T-shirt, snack and water. Info: call Tammy… Continue Reading

Farmers market, rodeo coming

It’s hard to have a conversation hereabouts regarding rodeo without mentioning Zane Garstad. He’s one of the movers-and-shakers from the Sheridan WYO Rodeo. A former professional rodeo cowboy himself, these days he’s the director of college services with Sheridan College. He sends along an email about the forthcoming Cowboy State Elite Rodeo. The event will… Continue Reading

One vote does make a difference

Vote! As the Press’ presses roll (usually around noon), and the Tuesday edition goes up online, there’s still time to visit the polls and exercise your right. •••• Years ago when the kids were small, we were sitting around the evening dinner table one Election Day when Susan suddenly dropped her fork and announced: “I… Continue Reading

Baas scores one better

It’s the wanderlust. America’s national parks are being “mobbed” this year, according to a story Thursday in The Wall Street Journal. More than 300 million visitors overall, it’s estimated. The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial. The WSJ story cites the popularity of film documentarian Ken Burns’ movies about national parks, cheap gas and… Continue Reading

Brinton welcomes artist ‘rendezvous’

Welcome, visitors. •••••• Awhile back, 1972 in fact, a coalition of Western artists formed in Helena, Montana. The Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists honor the West. For years, they convened for a show and sale, usually at top Western galleries and museums. But for the last four years, they have been on hiatus. The rendezvous… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes, anecdotes

So, how hot does it get in Texas in August? Jeff Salamon, who writes the “Texanist” column in Texas Monthly magazine, went off against meteorologists who always throw the high degree forecast in with a heat index. Something like 102 degrees with a heat index of 118. “It’s like saying, ‘It’s going to be hotter… Continue Reading

Aunt Esther’s summer vacation

One of Sheridan’s visitors this summer has been Esther Capone Pelletier, aka “Aunt Esther.” She’s the great aunt of Sheridan developer Paul DelRossi. For years, I’ve heard about Aunt Esther and Aunt Vic (Victoria), who recently passed away at 101. Esther is a bundle of life and opinion at 91 years young. She’s a proud… Continue Reading

Troopers say thanks for the ‘thank yous’

State trooper Dave Motsick stopped by Wednesday morning with a “thank you” note unlike others. Motsick, in uniform serving and protecting us since 2001, said recent events have sparked the public to stop and thank them more than usual. Here’s his note: “To the wonderful citizens of Sheridan and Johnson counties, “As members of the… Continue Reading

‘Are we playing for keeps?’

Mass shootings are unfortunately too common these days. At schools, night clubs, movie theaters, city streets. Not going to get into the why fors and here abouts; each incident is peculiar in its own horror. If there’s a link in these tragedies, a genesis starts with Charles Whitman. Fifty years ago, Aug 1, 1966, Whitman… Continue Reading

WYO Rodeo sets records

Tip of the hat! It’s information certainly worth repeating. The Sheridan WYO Rodeo this year sold 26,508 tickets. A record. That’s up from 22,647 in 2015. The purse also increased to $306,258. Go back to 2010, and the attendance at the rodeo was 18,150. Congratulations to Nick Siddle, rodeo board president, Zane Garstad, and all… Continue Reading

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