Hannah Wiest

Two vie for seat in first contested race in 12 years

July 30, 2014

SHERIDAN — In a nod to small town government, the two candidates running for county treasurer in the upcoming primary election are fellow Rotarians and hunting and fishing buddies. But incumbent Treasurer Pete Carroll and candidate Scott Hininger said running against each other for political office won’t affect their friendship. Each candidate offers different skills, leadership Read More

After compromise, commission OKs proposed development

July 29, 2014

SHERIDAN — A proposed development near the Traditions neighborhood on Mydland Road that met with strong opposition a year ago passed through the Sheridan Planning Commission on Monday with no resistance after the developer worked with nearby neighbors to resolve issues of concern. The Cloud Peak Ranch 16th filing subdivision is proposed to consist of 24 Read More

Nature Conservancy celebrates 25 years

July 28, 2014

SHERIDAN — Every time she drives down a road in Wyoming, she thinks about two kinds of people. “Some drive down that road and see nothing out the window. It’s just nothing,” Nature Conservancy State Director Andrea Erickson-Quiroz said. “Then there’s the person who drives down the road and says, ‘I can see everything, the whole Read More

You’ve said ‘I do,’ now what?

July 25, 2014

SHERIDAN — Last week I found myself wishing a couple strange wishes: 1) I wish I had an electric bill to pay, and 2) if only I’d signed a lease agreement in the last 30 days. It’s not that I had a sudden desire to give my money away; I was scrambling to find proof of Read More

Fires start in Bighorns, county; restrictions set to go in place Monday

SHERIDAN — More than 20 wildfires have erupted around Sheridan County and in the Bighorn National Forest since early June, increasing in recent weeks as temperatures rise and abundant grasses caused by heavy spring rains dry out and become flammable. On Wednesday, county commissioners approved partial fire restrictions that will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Read More

Natural gas board increases budget by $33,000

July 24, 2014

DAYTON — The Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board has increased its budget for fiscal year 2015 by approximately $33,000 over last year’s budget, indicating that the board seeking to bring natural gas to Dayton, Ranchester and areas in between is gaining steam in its mission. The board is also entering its first full year Read More

Voters consider Gosar at forum

July 23, 2014

SHERIDAN — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Pete Gosar said Tuesday during a stop in Sheridan to rally supporters that he thinks having a Democratic governor working with a Republican Legislature produces a stronger, more well-balanced state. “As a Democrat, and as a minority, I think you understand how to compromise in how you deal and work with Read More

Clearmont to pursue completion of 5-year capital facilities plan

CLEARMONT — In continued efforts to bolster the economy in Clearmont, members of Clearmont Town Council decided at their meeting Monday to prepare a five-year capital improvement plan that will prioritize projects and funding. Mayor Chris Schock said it is his hope that having a plan and sticking to it will enable improvement projects to Read More

Does chief of staff differ from administrator? Heath says ‘not by much’

July 22, 2014

SHERIDAN — Mayor John Heath addressed his decision to appoint former Police Chief Rich Adriaens as the city’s interim chief of staff at the City Council meeting Monday, stating that he felt he needed help in his transition to mayor. “I am not bashful to say I need the help to continue to grow this community Read More

Clean Water Sheridan hires legal counsel to stop fluoridation

July 21, 2014

SHERIDAN — Clean Water Sheridan has hired an attorney and announced it will file for a declaratory judgment and mandatory injunction against the city of Sheridan in order to halt the addition of fluoride to Sheridan’s water supply. The group, which became an official nonprofit association Wednesday, is contending that a vote in the general Read More

Musicians import sound from the Alps

July 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — The connection is unavoidable: say “alphorn” and people shrug uncertainly, but say “Ricola,” and people smile and nod, their memories tracing backward to watching Saturday morning cartoons and being enraptured by the commercial with the men in funny clothes standing on a mountain, playing a long, funny horn. Admit it; you’re shouting “Riiiiiii-co-laaaaaaaa” right now Read More

Adriaens named city’s chief of staff

SHERIDAN — City Human Resources Director Heather Doke has confirmed that Police Chief Rich Adriaens has been appointed by Mayor John Heath as interim chief of staff for the city. As such, Adriaens will act as chief operating officer to facilitate day-to-day operations of staff. According to a memo sent by Heath to city employees earlier Read More

Officials consider changes to treatment of mentally ill at SMH

SHERIDAN — In the last couple years, the amount of severely mentally ill patients admitted to Sheridan Memorial Hospital has doubled, straining a facility that lacks the space and staffing to provide the best possible care for such patients. As a result, hospital staff, County Attorney Matt Redle, county staff and commissioners, and representatives from Northern Read More

SCSD2 plans to install cameras on school buses

July 17, 2014

SHERIDAN — In order to comply with a statute of the Wyoming Legislature passed this year, Sheridan County School District 2 voted Wednesday to request bids to install two exterior cameras on each bus in the district’s fleet, for a total of 36 cameras. The law was passed as the result of an 11-year-old girl in Read More

Nearly $1 million of SCSD2 budget result of salary, benefit increases

SHERIDAN — Nearly $1 million of the increase planned for Sheridan County School District 2’s fiscal year 2015 budget is the result of salary increases. The SCSD2 board of trustees  approved the budget at a meeting Wednesday. The budget features a 3.2 percent increase of approximately $1.5 million in general fund expenditures. The jump means the Read More

3 county departments over budget, unexpended funds to cover shortfalls

July 16, 2014

SHERIDAN — Another fiscal year is in the books for Sheridan County after amendments were made to balance the budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 and the budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 was approved at the County Commission meeting Tuesday. Three departments had expenditures go over budget. Shortfalls will be covered by a transfer of unexpended funds Read More

Ranchester OKs use of concrete in new subdivision

RANCHESTER — After discussing gravel depths and long-term viability and maintenance of concrete and asphalt, Ranchester Town Council voted Tuesday to allow developer Drew Redinger to use concrete in the development of roads in his new Stoneridge Subdivision near the site for the new elementary school west of Ranchester. The council hesitated because roads previously made Read More

Arrests over rodeo week up, but nonviolent

July 15, 2014

SHERIDAN — As the dust settled from the Sheridan WYO Rodeo action last week, spectators poured onto Main Street for the annual street dance held Friday and Saturday nights. In the middle of it all, the annual butt dart competition was played for prizes. The object of the game is to put a quarter in Read More

County budgets ‘modest’ raises for employees in FY2015

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County Commissioners held a public hearing Monday for the county’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget. The budget was approved today by commissioners at their regular meeting. One resident, Scott Hininger, spoke to express his appreciation to the commissioners for their support of the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service for Sheridan County. Hininger Read More

Planning Commission approves 2 subdivisions

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Planning Commission voted to recommend approval to City Council for two minor subdivisions at its meeting Monday. The Cloud Peak Ranch 18th filing minor subdivision will allow System Land, LLC, to subdivide 10.9 acres of land immediately west of the Sheridan Links planned unit development on Mydland Road into one 8.01-acre lot Read More

Bed race champs want three-peat

July 11, 2014

SHERIDAN — They’ve won two bed races in a row in two different borrowed beds, and they’re already talking about going for a three-peat. The question is, will Kane Cattle Co. build their own bed for the 2015 Beds Along the Bighorns race, or will they find another trusty berth to pilfer and propel down Main Read More

Sheridan man to challenge Enzi this fall

SHERIDAN — One of Sheridan’s own has tossed his hat in the ring to run against Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, for his U.S. Senate seat in the election this fall. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Bryan Miller attended Holy Name Catholic School in junior high and graduated from Sheridan High School. He spent his childhood Read More

John Heath chosen as new mayor

July 10, 2014

SHERIDAN — John Heath, former City Council president, was appointed as the new mayor of Sheridan in a special meeting held at noon today. He will finish out former Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey’s unexpired term through 2016. Kinskey resigned his position as mayor at the meeting after being appointed Monday to fill the Senate District 22 Read More

SAWS discusses increase in water rates

SHERIDAN — Sheridan Area Water Supply customers will see a 2.25 percent increase in water rates beginning with their September water bill for water used in August. The rate increase for approximately 1,800 SAWS customers was approved by the SAWS joint powers board at its meeting Wednesday. Minimum monthly base rates will increase $1 to $2.52, Read More

Dayton Town Council discusses one-cent optional projects

July 9, 2014

DAYTON — Dayton Town Council discussed a variety of projects it would like to support and complete if the optional one-cent sales tax is renewed in the election this fall at its regular meeting Monday. Dayton Mayor Bob Wood said the roof above the locker room at the Tongue River Valley Community Center in Dayton Read More