Hannah Wiest

Dayton budget preview

April 23, 2014

DAYTON — Dayton Town Council met Monday to discuss the town’s preliminary budget for fiscal years 2014-2015, which is up slightly from the previous year. The first reading on the budget will be held at the council meeting May 21. The proposed budget, while still described as conservative by Town Clerk Linda Lofgren, is up Read More

City, IAFF on new grounds with public contract negotiations

SHERIDAN — Members of City Council and a representative of the local firefighters union found themselves wading through new, somewhat murky waters Monday when the union and a full quorum of councilors met to negotiate firefighter contracts in public — for the first time ever. Typically the process of collective bargaining is conducted behind closed doors Read More

Communication, money at heart of city, county issues

April 22, 2014

SHERIDAN — All five county commissioners and all seven city councilors sat down at the same table Monday for the first of three planned meetings between the two governmental bodies to discuss several issues of concern centered primarily on who should do what and who should pay what for various governmental services shouldered by both the Read More

City OKs electric utility formation

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan has created a municipal electric utility in hopes of providing cheap, redundant power to attract technology and light industrial businesses to Sheridan and increase job growth. The city electric utility was created when Ordinance 2144 passed by a vote of 6-0 on third reading Monday. City Councilwoman Kristin Kelly Read More

Rep. Madden to seek another term for HD40

April 21, 2014

SHERIDAN — Rep. Mike Madden, R-Buffalo, has announced he will seek another term as representative of District 40 in the upcoming election. District 40 includes all of Johnson County and the eastern part of Sheridan County. Madden has served in the Wyoming House of Representatives since 2007. “With the high turnover in the Wyoming House Read More

Councilors balance public, private interests

April 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — Eyebrows have raised around town as people question how the mayor and city councilors will balance the public’s interests with their own private interests following recent announcements of new business ventures. These new ventures and the employment of some councilors in data and energy-related industries, coupled with the city’s efforts to bring data centers Read More

City staff clarifies comments about Fluoride implementation

SHERIDAN — Nine months into upgrades to the Sheridan and Big Goose Water Treatment plants — which include equipment that will add fluoride to the region’s water supply — many residents are wondering when water fluoridation will begin, especially since the addition of fluoride equipment could occur earlier than originally planned. At the March 12 Read More

Senior Center continues work for aging population

April 17, 2014

DAYTON — In her presentation to Dayton Town Council Wednesday, Senior Center Executive Director Carmen Rideout noted that approximately 42 percent of the population of Sheridan County is age 50 or older. “That’s high for Wyoming, and Wyoming is high in the country,” Rideout said. According to 2010 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, 38 Read More

Ranchester to chip seal additional streets

April 16, 2014

RANCHESTER — With half the streets in Ranchester chip sealed last year, members of Ranchester Town Council voted Tuesday to chip seal the remaining streets this year in order to keep roads well-maintained and avoid doing the work piece-meal over several years. Crews will chip seal 34,300 square yards of streets including Aspen Court, Heather Read More

County OKs three items of business for airport

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County Commissioners approved three items of business for the Sheridan County Airport on Tuesday including a renewed lease agreement with FedEx Air and a grant request to restripe aprons and taxilanes at the airport. The current Federal Express lease at the airport terminates April 30, but FedEx would like to continue to Read More

City commission OKs plans for FedEx property

April 15, 2014

SHERIDAN — If all goes as planned, FedEx will be operating a package sorting and distribution center at the corner of KROE Lane and East Ridge Road east of Sheridan by late summer. On Monday night, the city Planning Commission voted to recommend approval by City Council of a 2.23 acre annexation of county land into Read More

City, county to discuss growing list of unsolved issues between the entities

SHERIDAN — Mayor Dave Kinskey, Sheridan City Council and city department heads have submitted a letter to County Commissioners in preparation for the upcoming city/county meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall in which the two governmental bodies will discuss issues of concern. The letter includes a list of successful city/county partnership projects, the city’s Read More

$3.17M Illinois St. project set

April 14, 2014

SHERIDAN — If given a choice between driving Illinois Street and most any other street in town, City Councilman Robert Webster thinks most people would choose any other street. But he hopes that sentiment will change this year as Illinois finally gets an overhaul. “It’s been a long time coming. And if you’ve ever driven that Read More

City to offer service line peace of mind

April 11, 2014

SHERIDAN — When homeowners in Sheridan get the deed to call a house their home, many do not realize they also become the proud owners of the water and sewer pipelines running from their house to the main line — until they’ve had to fork over as much as $8,000 to repair or replace that Read More

Fairgrounds gearing up for summer

SHERIDAN — Staff will turn on the water at the fairgrounds today in a classic sign that summer — and its myriad rodeos, fairs and other events — is coming. The Sheridan County Fair Association is also gearing up for another busy season. At its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, the fair board heard from a Read More

BOA approves two variances for property owners

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan Board of Adjustments approved two variance requests at its meeting Thursday. The first request was made by Drew Redinger for property he owns at 2727 Coffeen Ave. He requested a variance from the 25-foot front yard setback required in B-1 business districts adjacent to residential districts in order to Read More

Local governments look back, discuss goals at Chamber lunch

April 10, 2014

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon Wednesday at the Holiday Inn featured updates on local governments by representatives from Clearmont, Dayton, Ranchester, Sheridan and Sheridan County. Each representative brought unique jokes and concerns to their presentations, but the overarching theme was maintenance of infrastructure and hopes for growth as the economy Read More

City, county schedule dates to hash out issues

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan and Sheridan County have scheduled three dates on which to meet and discuss a variety of concerns — some new and some that have been ongoing for years — in order to work out kinks encountered in shared areas of governance. The first meeting between members of City Council, Read More

SAWS approves Powderhorn Ranch variance for two taps on one large lot

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board voted Wednesday to allow a resident of Powderhorn Ranch to keep two water taps serving two separate lots he owns even if he dissolves the lot line between the two properties to make one large lot. This decision is a variance to Rule 15 of Read More

Dayton Town Council welcomes cabinetry shop

April 9, 2014

DAYTON — Main Street in Dayton should feature one more business if all goes as planned for a Ranchester resident who hopes to open a custom cabinetry shop. Brad Wieser has an option to purchase a piece of land across from the Branding Iron Cafe that is zoned B-1 Business, but he wanted to make Read More

City continues work to establish electric utility

April 8, 2014

SHERIDAN — Following a request from an attorney representing Montana-Dakota Utilities to table an ordinance that will create a city electric utility to allow more time for discussion, City Council voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance on second reading with the understanding that it may have to be tabled on third reading depending on progress Read More

Jesus Rios appointed to City Council

SHERIDAN — Members of Sheridan City Council voted Monday to appoint Jesus Rios to fill the vacant seat on Council left when Levi Dominguez resigned in January. Rios was selected by a majority vote of three out of five total votes. Councilman Alex Lee recused himself from the candidate presentations and the vote. Rios is Read More

City Council OKs liquor license transfer, accepts bids

SHERIDAN — Sheridan City Council approved several items on its consent agenda Monday. Public hearings for five of the items were held prior to approval of the consent agenda. These included: • a retail liquor license transfer from Star Video Library LLC, doing business as Star Liquor to Star Liquor LLC, doing business as Star Read More

City Council appoints Jesus Rios to fill open seat

April 7, 2014

SHERIDAN — Members of Sheridan City Council voted Monday to appoint Jesus Rios to fill the vacant seat on council left when Levi Dominguez resigned in January. Rios was selected by a majority vote of three out of five total votes. Councilman Alex Lee recused himself from the candidate presentations and the vote. Rios is Read More

Birds and Bees of the Bighorns

By Hannah Wiest The Sheridan Press SHERIDAN — Let me tell you about the birds, and the bees, and the flowers and the trees — ahem, the real ones, not the ones of Dean Martin fame. While we’re at it, let’s talk about butterflies, beetles and bats, too. These little critters, called pollinators, go unnoticed Read More