Author Archives: Steve Woody

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

Teen’s act of kindness

Signe Hill of Sheridan dropped by to recognize a young man’s kindness. Last week, she was sitting at Perkin’s Restaurant having finished breakfast. Nearby, a teenager sat looking like he was waiting for someone. Ms. Hill was leaving when the wait person informed her that he had paid for her meal. She was told he… Continue Reading

Dr. Hanke to lead Whitney Center

Lived here. Left. Returned. Sheridan, as many will tell you, gets in your blood and head and heart. It’s a familiar story. Dr. Erin Hanke, too. She is the new director of the Whitney Center for the Arts. It will open next month at Sheridan College. Dr. Hanke grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes anecdotes

Money can’t buy happiness. Everyone knows that. Still, it’s more comfortable crying in a Lexus than a used Yugo. •••••• My. What a time it is. The Sheridan WYO Rodeo, last week and all of its ancillary activities. The Wyoming Theater Festival kicked off yesterday for the next two weeks. And recently south of us,… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes, Rin Tin Tin

The second half of the baseball season cranks up this weekend after the 92nd All-Star Game break Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal recently provided insights into the hitting streak of Joe DiMaggio which was 75 years ago this summer and lasted for 56 games. The commentary by Jo Craven McGinty analyzes how likely the streak… Continue Reading

Golf fundraiser; Press notes from ‘81

The third annual “Swinging for Smiles” golf tournament generated more than $53,000. It was held last month at the Powder Horn and 42 teams participated. Perkin’s Restaurant and “Scotty” Scott are the movers-and-shakers for the two-day event and fundraiser. As a result, children and their families are able to spend time away from treatments for… Continue Reading

Welcome, WYO Rodeo Week Let’s Get WYO’d!

It’s “Rodeo Week” hereabouts; welcome visitors! Check the Press daily for news, photojournalism, schedules and updates. The WYO Rodeo magazine, 156 pages of news, features, photography, marketing, rodeo explanations, WYO Rodeo history and much more, is available everywhere. Free. It’s a keeper. •••••• Digressing…..or “devolving,” given current presidential politics. To wit: • Donald Trump has… Continue Reading

Wright show opening Monday

The art of Bill Wright will be shown for the first time in 26 years come Monday and Tuesday (July 11-12) at the Sheridan Inn. The art — oils, acrylics, watercolors, other media – will be in the hotel’s ballroom each day starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the convalescent care… Continue Reading

Mudra story; Thai truck

The new edition of “The Log,” the official publication of the Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum, arrived in Tuesday’s mail. It always lifts the stack of nighttime reading. The cover story is terrific, a profile of Sheridan saddle maker and artisan Rudy Mudra. The story is by Kathy Muller Ogle and it’s based upon… Continue Reading

Farmers market coming Thurs.

Good stuff, this. The farmers market kicks off this Thursday at 5 p.m. in Grinnell Plaza. Rain or shine. There will be fresh produce, live music and other activities. Info: Zoila Perry, Downtown Sheridan Association, 672-8881. •••••• Recommended reading… The book, “The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics,” is timely. Secretary Hillary… Continue Reading

Happy birthday, America

Last year, during congressional testimony, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, had to explain his “stupidity of the American voter” remarks. Let’s say Prof. Gruber stumbled. Professional talker Rush Limbaugh will use instead the a more diplomatic label, “low information voter.” Frequent polls and “test your knowledge” quizzes… Continue Reading

Kennon’s ‘10:15s’ mirror commitment

It’s one of those business management ideas that are worth stealing. Then modifying. Even embellishing. Later sharing with others at a professional conference or trade show. After awhile, peers credit you with it. Clever, they say or nod with recognition. Joe Wright, CEO of Kennon, presides daily over the “10:15s,” meetings that involve the entire… Continue Reading

Pancakes, Troopers

Have you gotten your Sheridan Kiwanis pancake breakfast tickets yet? They’re for sale fersure. Know so, because Dr. Rod Bisbee, allegedly “retired,” stopped into the Press last week and sold 30 for the staff. The big community pancake feed will be Friday, July 15, beginning at 6 a.m. Some 2,100-plus will be fed on Grinnell… Continue Reading

Iddings show; Foundation golf

Sheridan artist Sam Iddings will begin a month-long show at the prestigious John Ford Clymer Museum and Gallery in Ellensburg, Washington. Iddings’ show opens Friday with a reception. Iddings was selected for the one-artist show at the Clymer as a result of his showing at the Western Heritage Art Show that was held in Great… Continue Reading

Tourism, baseball

It’s a comfort to see the downtown so busy. Stores are active with customers. Tables are filled at restaurants. People are posing in front of the bronze statues. Robbie Smith’s visitor book at Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery is a good example of itineraries — from several European countries along with many states. And it’s… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes anecdotes

The Wyoming Theater Festival is looking for housing for the professional actors, playwrights, directors and production folks that will call the city home during the four-play run in July. Housing will be needed from July 2 to July 31. Festival passes will be exchanged in return. If you’d like to help, call Suzie Schatz-Benson, 307-763-0525.… Continue Reading

Tourism writer host, True West feature

When True West magazine arrives in the mail, the day is better. In the July issue, Sheridan is featured. Leo W. Banks wrote the story in the “True Western Towns” segment of the magazine. True West is in its 63rd year of publishing Western history — it has stories of gunfights, old photos and interesting… Continue Reading

Louis burgers recalled by fan

Tonight’s the night. The first Third Thursday Street Festival of 2016 begins at 5 p.m. Always a good time. •••••• The recent New Yorker story by Kathryn Schulz about former Sheridan resident Zarif Khan has flooded local emails with digital links to “Hamburger Louis” aka “Tamale Louis.” (Why, I’ve even got the “hard” copy —… Continue Reading

Candidate anecdotes from NCEW interviews

The Sheridan Press recently published a lineup of local political candidates. Most of the races — local, state, national — are contested. We’re blessed. The citizens seeking elective office, by and large, have some degree of bona fides. That said, it’s amusing to look at other previous races throughout the U.S. The Association of Opinion… Continue Reading

Third Thursday street festival coming

It’s good to see the downtown lined with Old Glory. It’s Flag Day today. •••••• The first Third Thursday Street Festival of 2016 happens, well, this Thursday. Expect live music, exhibits, food and a good place and time (5 p.m.) to hang out and catch up with friends and neighbors in what is likely to… Continue Reading

Evers leads Food Bank effort to assist miners

A final push for donations for impacted coal miners and their families through the Food Bank of the Rockies will end Friday. It’s a good example of Wyoming citizens helping each other and the catalyst, Joe Evers, emblematic of a “circle of life” premise in the state and this area in particular. Evers is from Sheridan… Continue Reading

YMCA event, notes and quotes

Welcome visitors — we’re glad you’re here. •••••• Jay McGinnis is one of those people who can lift a day. Always upbeat. Positive. He’s the longtime director of the Sheridan YMCA, a city “center” by definition, usage and patronage. He stopped in earlier this week and in the course of conversation let it out that… Continue Reading

Khan, Stones, Mint, beer

Certainly there’s some buzz hereabouts regarding the story in the current edition of The New Yorker about “Tamale Louis,” aka “Hamburger Louis,” citizen, entrepreneur and depending on who you talk to, legend. Pulitzer Prize winning writer Kathryn Schulz profiles Zarif Khan, an immigrant from Afghanistan who, if you talk to “old timers,” made the best… Continue Reading

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