Alisa Brantz

Nominees announced for FAB Woman of the year

September 13, 2014

SHERIDAN — With just two weeks left until the second annual FAB (For.About.By.) Women’s Conference and FAB Woman of the Year banquet, exciting changes to this year’s event are being rolled out, promising attendees an even bigger and better, experience. Nine nominations were received from the community for the recipient of the Woman of the Read More

Teacher of the Year Poulsen hopes to reach out to parents, teachers, Legislature

September 12, 2014

SHERIDAN — After 24 years of teaching for Sheridan County School District 2, eighth-grade history teacher Lorna Poulsen has a couple lessons left she hopes to teach, but these ones are not for her students. Poulsen was recently selected SCSD2 District Teacher of the Year and has centered her multiple speeches and interviews — as Read More

SCSD3 hears pitch from virtual school program developer

September 11, 2014

SHERIDAN — Administrators at Sheridan County School District 3 have begun discussions on releasing a new virtual school program that would be locally driven but available statewide. Jodi Ibach of Sheridan presented a teacher-led and student-centered, competency based learning program to the board of trustees Wednesday night during the board’s work session. Ibach, a former Read More

WDE: Lack of participation in standards review surprising

September 10, 2014

SHERIDAN — The window for public comment on the State Board of Education chapter 10 content and performance standards will close tomorrow, and the WDE has been trying, and struggling, to get public feedback. At its April 11 meeting, the board approved for public comment new standards in the content areas of social studies, physical Read More

Are students going hungry?

September 9, 2014

SHERIDAN — With the recent announcement from Sheridan County School District 1 that officials have withdrawn their secondary schools from the National School Lunch Program in favor of locally sourced foods and higher calorie counts, many students, parents and community members in SCSD2 have been questioning why their schools, particularly Sheridan High School, have not Read More

SCSD2 enrollment up; staff considers ways to solve water problem at Coffeen school

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 2 is 10 days into the 2014-15 school year and numbers show that enrollment districtwide is up, again. Director of Elementary Education Scott Stults reported that total elementary enrollment was up 93 students from last year including the largest kindergarten class yet, which is up 35 students from 2013. Read More

With elections on the horizon, school officials discuss role

September 6, 2014

SHERIDAN — Every other year as November draws near, public spaces are once again filled with advertisements supporting candidates for one thing or another. This year, as a gubernatorial race pulls to the forefront of everyone’s attention, three contested races will hit the ballots with predictably less fanfare. Every general election, approximately half the trustees Read More

Tackling issue of suicide at local level

September 5, 2014

SHERIDAN — Tina Hart and her husband have always loved visiting Sheridan and one day the open land and the animals called them to move here from the East Coast. But the change proved to be more drastic than Hart had anticipated, with a long, cold winter, less people and greenery, and a slower pace Read More

Suicide prevention teams working to promote gun safety, education

September 4, 2014

SHERIDAN — Thanks to ongoing suicide prevention research, pinpointed data is available on endless subsections such as specific groups of people, different means of suicide, laws and procedures surrounding suicide prevention and even studies done on the effects of reporting on suicide. However, two areas of concentration are particularly pertinent to Wyoming and Sheridan County: Read More

State continues suicide prevention efforts

September 3, 2014

SHERIDAN — Next Wednesday is World Suicide Prevention Day and recent statistics suggest Wyoming is at the top of the priority list in need of suicide awareness and prevention. Based on the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gathered in 2011, Wyoming has the highest per-capita suicide rate in the Read More

Holy Name Catholic School celebrates 100 years

September 2, 2014

SHERIDAN — As Sheridan County celebrates the openings of new schools and the beginning of new initiatives, one local school has reached a landmark many years in the making. Holy Name Catholic School is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. The official dedication of the school occurred on Sept. 5, 1914. Over the past century the school Read More

A journey around the world in 30 musical instruments

August 30, 2014

SHERIDAN — Music is universal. Wherever your travels may take you, you are likely to encounter unique instruments, interesting sounds and maybe even a dance you’ve never seen before; but regardless of variation, you will surely hear music. If your schedule or finances won’t allow for a world tour, a musical tour will come to Read More

Kids are ready…was your wallet?

August 29, 2014

SHERIDAN — Now that the kids in Sheridan County are back in their classes with pens — or laptops — in hand, a lot of area parents are undoubtedly adding up receipts and feeling the financial squeeze of back-to-school shopping. According to the Accenture (a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company) annual Back-to-School Shopping Read More

Agriculture expert: Local production could be one of biggest boosts to economy

August 27, 2014

SHERIDAN — When it comes to agriculture, Sheridan County is certainly known for cows; it has been said the area has more cattle than people. But historically Sheridan has been a very diverse agricultural region featuring many fruits and vegetables that have since decreased in production popularity. Now, with the ever-growing push for local food Read More

With ‘whooping cough’ cases on the rise, doctors recommend vaccine

August 26, 2014

SHERIDAN — Most young parents these days are all too familiar with pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough, as pediatricians push for vaccination and awareness campaigns launched by March of Dimes flood the airways. “The Sounds of Pertussis” commercial features the intense sounds of a baby struggling to breath, shocking to many but aimed Read More

Music therapy helps connect both sides of brain

August 22, 2014

SHERIDAN — In January 2011 Representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was a victim of a shooting in a reported assassination attempt outside Tucson, Arizona. The attacker killed a federal judge and left Giffords with serious brain damage. In the years since, she fought a difficult battle to survive and regain basic human functions including walking, speaking Read More

SMH offering TACE cancer treatment for first time

SHERIDAN — A new doctor is in town and thanks to his background and expertise, Sheridan Memorial Hospital is now able to offer a minimally invasive procedure previously only available to Sheridan area patients after a trip to Denver. Dr. William Taylor III joined SMH in July and performed his first Transarterial Chemo Embolization here Aug. Read More

College discusses construction progress, future plans

August 21, 2014

SHERIDAN — The many major construction projects at Sheridan College are starting to wrap up, but college President Dr. Paul Young warned Wednesday night at the Northern Wyoming Community College District board of trustees meeting “don’t put your hard hats away just yet.” “The big construction is wrapping up here until April or March or Read More

SCSD1 obtains property after ‘long saga’

August 20, 2014

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 1 will soon officially own a small strip of land they have been using but due to a surveying mistake made in the 1960s did not technically own. In what SCSD1 Business Manager Jeremy Smith described as “the end to a very long saga” the board of directors voted Read More

Last weeks of freedom

August 8, 2014

SHERIDAN — Every year around this time it happens and yet it always seems to catch kids off guard. In just over two weeks, school will start again. Read that sentence again and let it sink in: two weeks. To prevent the first day from sneaking up on you like a rattler in a marsh, Read More

Sheridan County ranks 11th of 23 counties in terms of health

SHERIDAN — Of the 23 counties in Wyoming, Sheridan is ranked 11th in terms of health according to a report recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute. “County Health Rankings” analyzes nearly every county in the country and ranks them with the primary goal of raising Read More

200 miles through the Rocky Mountains

August 5, 2014

SHERIDAN — As she runs along the mountain road at 1 a.m. there is no other light than her headlamp and the twinkle of a clear night sky at 7,500 feet. Her jog will only last 3.5 miles but at a seven-degree incline it will feel like much more. The runner is grateful that she Read More

Seeking homemade suds?

August 4, 2014

SHERIDAN — There is a certain amount of satisfaction that comes from creating something unique with your own two hands and the art of homebrewing beer has given an increasing number of crafters a way to share their talents in recent years. A growing national trend, homebrew supply stores can now be found in cities Read More

Foundation formed to manage Coffeen history

August 1, 2014

SHERIDAN — When you hear the names Whitney, Kendrick or Eaton, you likely make immediate connections to a person, a place, a legacy, an historical reference or a combination of all those things. When you hear Coffeen do you think of a street, or the family behind the name? A recently formed foundation called CHIEF Read More

Popular downtown water playground includes ‘green’ benefits

SHERIDAN — Walking through Whitney Commons on a sunny summer day in Sheridan you are likely to hear squeals of joy and surprise coming from the splash park. The popularity of this free local playground with a soaking spin is no secret as families gather every warm afternoon for a cooling dash through the many Read More