Hannah Wiest

Wildlife group gathers to share information, ideas

August 29, 2014

SHERIDAN — More than 180 members of the Wildlife Society gathered in Sheridan this week to discuss wildlife research and management and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Wyoming Chapter and the 60th anniversary of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of the society. The Wildlife Society is an international organization committed to enabling humans Read More

Sheridan Memorial Hospital continues work to reduce supply expenditures

August 28, 2014

By Hannah Sheely The Sheridan Press SHERIDAN — Every little bit counts, even in large organizations like Sheridan Memorial Hospital. Chief Human Resources Officer Len Gross told the board of trustees Wednesday that the hospital has reduced expenditures on supplies in the last couple years by having a team of department heads evaluate supply expenditures to Read More

Days of the milkman aren’t bygone

August 27, 2014

SHERIDAN — In much of the nation, it’s been a couple generations since those “remember when” days of the milkman bringing fresh milk to the door in glass jars, but a milkman in northeast Wyoming has resurrected those bygone days for more than 125 families in the area. Frank Wallis drives a large pickup truck Read More

Developer brings forward new plan for Brundage Lane, Big Horn Avenue property

August 26, 2014

SHERIDAN — A year ago, a proposed development on the corner of Brundage Lane and Big Horn Avenue received significant opposition from nearby neighbors and was eventually tabled. That same piece of land is likely to be proposed for development again, but this time the approach is different. Developer Ron Patterson is seeking to build on Read More

5 residents earn write-in option; 1 declines so far

SHERIDAN — There may be a few more choices on the ballot for the general election in November if write-in candidates from the primary election Aug. 19 decide to accept their nominations. Five Sheridan County residents received enough write-in votes to be placed on the ballot in November for nonpartisan seats, Sheridan County Elections Supervisor Brenda Read More

Leaders gather to learn about Wyoming industries

August 25, 2014

SHERIDAN — Last week, 15 congressional staffers from Washington, D.C., were able to see, hear and interact with the industries that drive northeast Wyoming in order to add on-the-ground experience to their “book knowledge” on issues like energy and agriculture in the third congressional fact finding tour sponsored by Northeast Wyoming Municipal Leaders in the last Read More

Officials discuss energy, air service with congressional staffers

SHERIDAN — During a fact finding tour for congressional staffers sponsored by Northeast Wyoming Municipal Leaders last week, regional officials took some time to talk about the importance of coal and the need for reliable air service with staffers who represent U.S. senators and representatives from across the nation. A stop at Sheridan College on Read More

Lottery kicks off Sunday

August 22, 2014

SHERIDAN — After months of promotion hinged on two words — just maybe — the Wyoming Lottery will go live at noon Sunday with the first ticket to be purchased in Sheridan. When Sheridan resident Mary Ogg makes her ticket transaction, lottery terminals at nearly 400 retail outlets across Wyoming will be activated to sell Read More

Local officials prod congressional representation to help fix air service problems

SHERIDAN — At a meeting this week regarding air service in Sheridan and efforts by city, county and airport officials to enlist the help of Wyoming’s congressional delegation on the issue, Airport Manager John Stopka summed up why it is important to have reliable flights: “They’ve got to get to where they’ve got to go.” The Read More

Ranchester OKs plans to quiet horn

August 21, 2014

RANCHESTER — If all goes as planned, Ranchester should be a little quieter once a wayside horn is installed at the railroad crossing in town. Ranchester Town Council on Tuesday approved and signed an agreement for the horn with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Town Clerk Teri Laya said. Installation of the horn will eliminate the Read More

County reviews budgets, hears from resident on Darby Pledge

August 20, 2014

SHERIDAN — County Administrative Director Renee Obermueller told county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday that conservative budgetting and strict adherence by department heads to their budgets has lead to an approximately $2.38 million budget overage for fiscal year 2013-2014 that will be carried over into this year’s budget to reduce the amount that will need Read More

Incumbent commissioners move forward to general, challenger Fox eliminated

SHERIDAN — Three incumbent county commissioners will move forward to the general election for three open seats on County Commission following results from the primary election Tuesday. Commissioners Terry Cram, Steve Maier and Bob Rolston pulled ahead of challenger Dennis Fox, who was running on a platform of lower taxes and financial restraint. Fox pulled in Read More

House District 29 decided by just 22 votes

SHERIDAN — Rep. John Patton, R-Sheridan, went to bed last night thinking he’d lost the race for House District 29 in the primary election by eight votes. With 29 out of 29 precincts reporting, his challenger, Ptolemy Data Systems CEO Ryan Mulholland, was ahead by eight votes. However, the addition of absentee ballots to the Read More

Mark Jennings unseats Kathy Coleman in HD 30

SHERIDAN — Although candidate Mark Jennings pulled in 65 percent of the votes in the race for House District 30, he said he realizes there’s still an election coming, and he plans on continuing to get out to get to know his potential constituents. “I view it like there’s still an election to be had. Read More

Clearmont residents discuss animal ordinance

August 19, 2014

CLEARMONT — Nearly one-sixth of the population of the town of Clearmont attended the Clearmont Town Council meeting Monday to discuss proposed changes to the town’s animal ordinance, which currently does not allow livestock, chickens, rabbits and similar animals within town limits. Mayor Chris Schock said the ordinance is not very well followed or enforced, Read More

Increased revenues, decreased expenditures could indicate economic uptick

SHERIDAN — Although only one month into its new fiscal year, the city of Sheridan is reporting increased revenues and decreased expenditures, potentially indicating the uptick in the economy that was hoped for earlier this year when City Council adopted a general fund budget for the year that was $500,000 more than the previous year’s budget. Read More

Primary voting: How it works

August 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — Although the word “primary” indicates something first in rank or essential to a system, voter turnout in primary elections versus general elections in America has been dropping since the 1970s, and Wyoming is no different. Records kept by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office show that voter turnout for primary elections was 42 Read More

Dayton candidates talk about growth

August 15, 2014

DAYTON — In an unprecedented race for a small town, five Dayton residents are in the running to fill two open seats on Dayton Town Council in the upcoming election. That field will be narrowed to four candidates for the general election following the primary election Tuesday. There have been times in past elections that Read More

Buffalo resident challenging Madden in House District 40 primary

SHERIDAN — A sense of dismay with recent legislative actions and a growing interest in seeking change through political office has led Buffalo artist and business owner Jenny Wuerker to step into the race for House District 40 against Rep. Mike Madden, R-Buffalo. Wuerker said she is not running on an agenda — she has Read More

Board: Community usage of fairgrounds up

SHERIDAN — Members of the Sheridan County Fair Association marveled at their meeting Thursday at just how busy the fairgrounds have been this season, hosting the usual events like the Sheridan WYO Rodeo and County Fair but also seeing an increase in usage from community groups and private events like weddings. “It’s all gone very well. It’s Read More

Planning a community’s future

August 14, 2014

SHERIDAN — With an estimate that places the population of Sheridan over the 20,000 mark by the year 2030, a group of Sheridan residents huddled over maps Wednesday night at the Best Western Sheridan Center and drew squares, circles and dotted lines to indicate how they would like to see the city accommodate that growth. The Read More

City Council candidates talk priorities

August 13, 2014

SHERIDAN — Three candidates are vying for one two-year seat on City Council in the upcoming election, two positing that the council needs “fresh blood” and one saying his 20 years of experience on the Council will offer continuity to city governance during a time of change. Current Councilman Robert Webster filed for the two-year seat Read More

SCSD2 shortens time spent away from school with summer programs

August 12, 2014

SHERIDAN — Ah, summer: a time for long hours of play, almost daily ice cream treats and plummeting reading levels. While summer break is blissful, research has shown that it can lead to a regression in learning levels that can hinder education in the new school year, especially for struggling learners, which is why Sheridan County Read More

Mulholland wants more economic diversity; Patton touts experience

August 11, 2014

SHERIDAN — Rep. John Patton, R-Sheridan, said he is seeking a fourth term as representative for House District 29, which encompasses much of Sheridan, because he believes his experience and knowledge will help him judiciously serve his constituents and mitigate between extreme viewpoints on a variety of issues including education and finance. Ptolemy Data Systems CEO Read More

Jennings challenging incumbent Coleman for House District 30 seat

August 8, 2014

SHERIDAN — The race for House District 30, which includes portions of southeast and southwest Sheridan and much of the eastern half of Sheridan County, has pitted Rep. Kathy Coleman, R-Sheridan, against self-described “average citizen” Mark Jennings, who works as a handyman. Coleman was appointed by Sheridan County commissioners in October 2012 to fill the unexpired term Read More