Christina Schmidt

Mastering the essay: Tips to leave an impression

September 12, 2014

SHERIDAN — Although the new academic year has just started, it is not too early for seniors to begin work on one of the most important aspects of their next educational step, the college admission or scholarship essay. Many scholarship organizations begin taking applications soon, and one standard part of most of them is the Read More

Pulling out all the stops: Local pipe organ oldest in Wyoming

September 6, 2014

SHERIDAN — It is a sound that you feel, more than you hear. If you are lucky enough to sit in the pews of one of several Sheridan area churches that are home to a pipe organ, then your Sunday services are surely improved with the addition of this amazing instrument. The complex, layered music Read More

Local schools offer homework help for students

August 22, 2014

SHERIDAN — The new school year is upon us. Soon, evenings will be filled with club meetings and activities, sports practices and games and…homework. Homework is an almost daily requirement during a student’s school career and it is easy for students to get caught up with other, more engaging activities. However, educators stress that falling Read More

Group working to get kids started in the classroom

August 15, 2014

SHERIDAN — As the first day of the new school year approaches, a local group is trying to make sure that the beginning of the school year gets off to a good start for Native American students. MORE, or Mah’heo’o is on the Rez Everyday, is spearheading an effort to provide backpacks, school supplies and Read More

Battling nature with nature

August 8, 2014

SHERIDAN — “It is a pretty common misconception of us — that we just spray chemicals,” Sheridan County Weed and Pest Assistant Supervisor Luke Sander said. “But biological control has always been part of our plan.” In fact, SCWP uses a large arsenal of tools in the fight against pests and noxious, or invasive, weeds Read More

Researchers discover bluebirds philandering in Bighorns

August 5, 2014

Big Horn — Sex. Deception. Infidelities. Fathers raising youngsters that they think are their own, but actually are the offspring of another. While this might sound like the typical plot of almost any soap opera, it is actually a glimpse of the findings that bird biologists Scott and Bonnie Johnson have discovered in their years Read More

Movies in the park

July 4, 2014

DAYTON — While watching a movie is almost always a great time, the routine is the same. You buy your ticket, buy your popcorn and take a seat in a darkened theater with dozens of people you likely don’t know. However, the Movies in the Park series offered by the Tongue River Valley Community Center Read More

Famous James brother made camp in Big Horn

June 13, 2014

By Christina Schmidt The Sheridan Press BIG HORN — In 1880, William Jackson arrived in the Big Horn area from Iowa with his family. Jackson settled his family in a tent on the Goelet Gallatin Ranch until an unexpected vacancy in a cabin came open nearby. According to Ann Helvey, in the book “Big Horn Read More

School year over? Still plenty of chances to learn

June 6, 2014

RANCHESTER — Although the last day of the academic school year has passed, for many area students, learning opportunities will continue throughout the summer. Both Sheridan County School District 1 and 2 schools are offering a variety of programs and activities designed to keep kids learning through the summer, without the pressure of homework, tests Read More

Partnership allows students to learn from pheasants

May 23, 2014

SHERIDAN — A new partnership between the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and a local chapter of the nonprofit group Pheasants Forever is allowing more than a dozen classrooms in Sheridan County to bring a little bit of Wyoming’s wildlife indoors. For several years, Darrell Meineke, manager of the Sheridan Bird Farm, has traveled to Read More

Hands-on learning set for this summer

May 9, 2014

SHERIDAN — Although the school year will be coming to an end shortly, a local program is offering classes to ensure that Sheridan County children have an opportunity to continue learning through the summer. And have fun doing it. “The reason I started Science Kids was I had lived in Sheridan for 10 years or Read More

Ticket to ride

May 2, 2014

SHERIDAN — In most circumstances, beer drinking and bikes is not a suggested mix. However, next Saturday, the two will be safely paired for a fun afternoon of celebrating bikes and bike culture in downtown Sheridan. The Freedom Machine Vintage Bike and Art Show will make its debut May 10 at 50 N. Main St. Read More

Middle school students get jump on programming

April 25, 2014

When most of us think of computer programming, if we think about it at all, we envision a computer whiz spending mind-numbingly boring hours in front of a computer screen typing in code. However, this stereotype is becoming outdated as students at Sheridan County School District 1 are taking up computer programming in a fun Read More

30-year-old golden eagle from Sheridan second oldest in US

April 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — A golden eagle from the Sheridan area has entered the record books as the second oldest golden eagle found in North America with an identifying leg band. The eagle was found on March 19 on Soldier Creek Road by a local resident who saw the dead bird and alerted Wyoming Game and Fish Read More

Destination Imagination State Tournament

April 4, 2014

SHERIDAN — Students from around Wyoming are gathering today at Sheridan Junior High School to compete in the Destination Imagination State Tournament. Though Sheridan area students have competed in the program since the 1990s, this is the first time the state tournament has been held in Sheridan. There are at least 325 students representing more Read More

Prom season is upon us

March 28, 2014

SHERIDAN — “I think it’s the one time a girl can get that red carpet dress,” said Barb Sondgeroth. “There are very few occasions in life when you get to dress up like that.” Sondgeroth owns One Step Closer Boutique and helps outfit Sheridan County’s youth for that special night each spring…prom. The store rents Read More

The champion tree

BIG HORN — In 1880, William Jackson arrived in Big Horn as one of the area’s first settlers. More than likely, he brought along a cutting from a tree as part of his possessions. The next year, he built a small cabin on a creek, later named Jackson Creek in his honor, and planted the Read More

SCSD1 to offer new kindergarten program

March 26, 2014

RANCHESTER — Sheridan County School District 1 will offer a new program for the 2014-2015 school year aimed at helping young children prepare for kindergarten. The program, called Classic Kindergarten, will bridge the gap between children who may have completed pre-kindergarten classes, but need to continue to gain social or academic skills before entering kindergarten. Read More

BH students take top honors at History Bowl and Bee

March 21, 2014

BIG HORN — Big Horn High School students took top honors at Wyoming’s first History Bee and Bowl, held March 15 at BHHS. The national history bee and bowl, sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, started in 2010. BHHS students have participated in the Montana History Bee and Bowl the past few years, and most recently, Read More

Unusual instruments, familiar notes

SHERIDAN — Not all instruments sound alike and not all musicians march to the beat of the same drum, or bodhran. These artists found and learned their art on instruments unfamiliar to most people by appearance, but with well-known sounds. Bill Bradshaw What is the instrument you play? Mandolins. I call one Mrs. Stiver and Read More

Sheridan College earns first WY Tree Campus USA designation

SHERIDAN — The Northern Wyoming Community College District Board of Trustees was informed at its regularly scheduled board meeting last night that Sheridan College has been designated as a Tree Campus USA site. This is the first designation of its kind for any college campus in Wyoming. Started in 2008, Tree Campus USA is a Read More

SCSD2 starts new program to boost graduation rates

March 19, 2014

SHERIDAN — In an effort to continue improving high school graduation rates, Sheridan County School District 2 has initiated the “Graduation Counts” program. Modeled after a similar, successful program in Montana, Graduation Counts aims to encourage every high school student to complete school and receive a diploma, whether they choose to then enter the workforce Read More

Local psychologist Hollis Hackman receives national award

March 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — Sheridan resident Hollis Hackman recently received the Federal Advocacy Coordinator award from the American Psychological Association. It is the first time the award has been given to a Wyoming citizen. Hackman, who retired from full-time work as a psychologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2010, continues to work there part-time doing Read More

Students to display musical, artistic, culinary talents

March 14, 2014

SHERIDAN — The musical, artistic and culinary talents of Sheridan Junior High students will be on display in early April at the fifth annual Art Extravaganza. The Extravaganza is held annually at the SAGE Exhibit Gallery at the Sheridan College Main Street location. “This is a truly wonderful event that shows the combined hard work Read More

Celtic Sage takes center stage this weekend

SHERIDAN – For almost 15 years, local band Celtic Sage has been entertaining Sheridan audiences with traditional Irish music. The band had its beginnings in 2000, when co-founder Leslie Viren gathered a few musicians to create an Irish band, the only one of its kind in Sheridan. Viren said her love of Irish music and Read More