Hannah Wiest

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

Sheridan City Council to appoint new mayor Thursday

July 8, 2014

SHERIDAN — Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey was appointed Monday to fill the Wyoming Senate seat for Senate District 22 left vacant by the death in June of Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee. Kinskey will finish Schiffer’s unexpired term through 2016. The Sheridan City Council announced a special meeting for noon Thursday at which they will accept Kinskey’s Read More

Council makes short work of rodeo week agenda

SHERIDAN — City Council kept its Sheridan WYO Rodeo week meeting short to give council members more time to enjoy family and festivities. The meeting began at 7 p.m. Monday and adjourned within five minutes. All business was taken care of with approval of the consent agenda. In order to avoid a conflict of interest, Councilman Read More

Anthem performers excited for hometown audience

July 7, 2014

SHERIDAN — When Bailey Cunningham steps up to the microphone to sing the National Anthem at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Wednesday, she isn’t going to worry about her nerves or think about the pressure to be perfect when singing at a big venue in front of so many people. She may look at the horses Read More

Land trust works to expand network around Red Grade Road

July 4, 2014

BIG HORN — In coming years, the Bighorn Mountain foothills traversed by Red Grade Road could become an even more accessible and explorable backyard adventure for Sheridan County residents who already hold the area near and dear. Renowned for its year-round ATV and snowmobile recreation options, the area is set to become a nearby haven for Read More

P&Z denies rec center, again

July 3, 2014

  SHERIDAN — For the second time in a little over a year, a request for a conditional use permit by the Sheridan County School District 1 Recreation District to build a community center near the Big Horn Y has been recommended for denial by the County Planning and Zoning Commission. After nearly an hour of Read More

Ranchester passes final 2015 budget

RANCHESTER — Ranchester Town Council on Tuesday passed the third and final reading of its fiscal year 2015 budget. The general fund budget is approximately $800,000 more than last year’s, Town Clerk Teri Laya said, but this is mainly due to the addition of the Main Street Mercantile project to this year’s budget. That project is Read More

County commissioners nix quarry proposal

July 2, 2014

SHERIDAN — For the first time in its history, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously denied a quarry permit Tuesday for a commercial pit proposed to be located on Bird Farm Road near the intersection with U.S. Highway 87, which leads to Story. Commission Chairman Terry Cram said individual commissioners have voted against quarries in the Read More

Three candidates move forward in Senate District 22 selection process

STORY — After approximately three hours of introductions, question and answer sessions and two votes, a selection committee comprised of Sheridan and Johnson County Republican Party precinct members chose the three candidates who will be considered to fill the vacant Senate District 22 seat left vacant by the death of Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, on Read More

Eleven area residents apply to fill empty senate seat

July 1, 2014

SHERIDAN — Eleven residents from Sheridan and Johnson counties have applied to fill the seat for Senate District 22 left vacant when Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, died June 19. The three applicants from Sheridan County are Mayor Dave Kinskey; rancher and former County Commissioner Steve Cox; and Vineyard Cattle Company owner Toby Vineyard, who lives near Read More

Interstate 90 limits in Sheridan County to remain at 75 mph

June 30, 2014

SHERIDAN — Motorists driving the wide open roads of Wyoming will soon be able to put the pedal a little closer to the metal on nearly 500 miles of interstate highway. Beginning Tuesday, Wyoming Department of Transportation crews will begin the process of changing speed limit signs to 80 mph along approved sections of interstate roadway Read More

USDA helps resident buy first home

June 27, 2014

SHERIDAN — Owning a home carries a lot of responsibility. There is a lawn to be mowed, electrical and plumbing systems to maintain and bills for the utilities and the mortgage to be paid. Owning a home is also a source of pride and autonomy, as Sheridan resident Tammy Carlson discovered Friday when she closed Read More

Hospital CEO: Only way to be excellent is to raise our game

SHERIDAN — A known sports enthusiast, Sheridan Memorial Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty brought some baseball analogies into the hospital board meeting Thursday to describe how he wants to see the hospital become better through a new system called TeamSTEPPS that seeks to improve patient safety and organizational quality through enhanced communication and teamwork skills. “For Read More

Natural gas board denied SLIB funding, encouraged to reapply

DAYTON — The Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board met Thursday to discuss its next steps after receiving word last week that it did not receive the $6.5 million grant/loan it had requested from the State Loan and Investment Board to design and build a natural gas pipeline to Dayton, Ranchester and areas in between. Read More

Townof Clearmont to join Chamber of Commerce in hopes of increasing tourism

June 26, 2014

CLEARMONT — The town of Clearmont has decided to join the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce in hopes that doing so will help increase tourism in the town. Mayor Chris Schock said when he took office he noticed that Ranchester and Dayton were part of the Chamber of Commerce but Clearmont wasn’t. “I just thought Read More

Friends, family gather to honor senator

June 25, 2014

KAYCEE — Just days after the death of 68-year-old Wyoming Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, on Thursday, family, friends, neighbors and colleagues gathered in the largest indoor space Kaycee had to offer to honor a man known for his hard work, integrity and ever-ready words of encouragement. The gymnasium at Kaycee High School was filled to Read More

High school students experience nursing profession

June 20, 2014

SHERIDAN — In less than one day, 48 high school students participating in two week-long camps dedicated to exploring the nursing profession had their media-induced stereotypes of nurses shattered. Goodbye to the most evil nurse of all time: Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Goodbye to sexy nurses, both competent and evil, Read More

WYDOT in preservation, not improvement, mind-set

June 11, 2014

By Hannah Wiest The Sheridan Press SHERIDAN — Facing federal funding shortfalls, including an unsustainable federal highway trust fund, the Wyoming Department of Transportation discussed with representatives from the city, county and state this week the idea that it will continue to transition from a transportation improvement program to a pavement preservation program. “What’s driving that Read More

Agriculture supply chain plans to build on E. Brundage Lane

June 10, 2014

SHERIDAN — A new store is on its way to being added to the entryway corridor along Brundage Lane after the Sheridan Planning Commission voted 5-0 Monday to recommend approval of some alterations to the building that didn’t meet city code. Sheridan City Council will consider the building changes at a meeting later this summer. Tractor Read More

Residents surveyed on land use plans

SHERIDAN — Work on the Sheridan Land Use Plan continues, and now is the time for the public to give input on what they would like to see — and not see — in Sheridan as the city progresses into the future. A survey was recently sent to 210 residents to make an initial determination Read More

City, county continue discussions

June 9, 2014

SHERIDAN — In a process initiated by Sheridan County earlier this spring, the city and county continue to take steps toward resolution of a variety of issues including road annexations, law enforcement, municipal and circuit court responsibilities, funding for the juvenile justice program, vehicle identification number inspections and more. A solution on VIN inspections has been reached with Read More

Legislative committee explores connectivity, PACs

June 6, 2014

SHERIDAN — A legislative committee meeting held at Sheridan City Hall this week explored a variety of topics of import — including broadband Internet service, employer access to employee social media accounts and the constitutionality of Wyoming’s aggregate campaign contribution limits. The meeting of the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee of the Wyoming Read More

County P&Z votes against proposed location

SHERIDAN — By a 2-1 vote, the Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission decided to recommend denial of a quarry proposed to be located near Bird Farm Road less than one mile west of the intersection with U.S. Highway 87 near Banner. The Board of County Commissioners will consider the Rhiner Creek Quarry at its regular Read More

City continues discussions on mixed-use development

June 5, 2014

SHERIDAN — The process of revising the ordinance for planned unit developments continues as city staff and council members strive to balance the concerns of community residents with the desires of developers. On Monday, City Council pulled Ordinance 2147 off the table and approved several amendments to the ordinance on second reading. However, a few Read More

Filing period ends; some candidates to face primary challengers

SHERIDAN — The filing date for open partisan and non-partisan offices in city, county and state government has closed, and the 2014 election season will now kick into high gear. The primary election will be held Aug. 19, and the general election will be held Nov. 4. Anyone who needs to register to vote may do Read More