Local Columnists

Memories of the big roundups

May 20, 2014

Albert G. Brown was the son of Captain Joseph T.  Brown (1849-1908) who established the Three Circle ranch near Birney, Montana, in the mid 1880s. While the Three Circle is in Montana,  only about 45 miles north of Sheridan, it is usually considered in the “Sheridan area” when it comes to local history. So it Read More

Ranchers challenged to share stories

May 16, 2014

This past week Sheridan College and Padlock Ranch hosted a Ranch Sustainability Forum. During the first two days attendees learned about range monitoring, low stress livestock handling and computer apps that enhance productivity. The University of Wyoming hosted an open house at the Sheridan Research and Education Center. Bob Langert, VP for Corporate Sustainability for Read More

Vote online now to help Sheridan garner ‘Best Town’ designation

Some of the most respected names in the travel industry are beginning to take notice of Sheridan, Wyoming. From working with group tours on an international scale to achieving more recognition across the U.S., we’re making some great strides in terms of becoming one of the West’s premier destination towns. Sheridan is currently one of Read More

Finding happiness in the little things, advice in TED podcasts

April 4, 2014

I’ve been left unattended on my early morning walks of late. The dogs and I are missing Sandra’s presence since she hurt her knee skiing and had to have surgery. A bit selfish of her to leave me alone all these weeks, really. Pandora’s dubious song choices can only go so far thus I’ve decided Read More

Underbit Bill and the Bachelor’s Ball

March 25, 2014

Some old-time newspaper reporters found unique ways to report local news. For instance, in May, 1901, a Sheridan Post reporter invented a cow-puncher character called “Underbit Bill” to describe a Bachelor’s Ball held at the Sheridan Inn. The “Cowpuncher’s Version” allowed as how old Underbit just wandered in off the range and found himself smack Read More

Carneyville­ ­an important part of area history

March 11, 2014

The Carney coal mines, and the company town of Carneyville, were established in 1904 on the Tongue River north of Sheridan. The start-up was the subject of an article in the Sheridan Post on Aug. 9, 1904, which proclaimed that the Carney coal camp was the third big coal mine to be opened in Sheridan Read More

Wyoming’s demographic ‘time bomb’

February 5, 2014

As the legislative session approaches one of the most pressing issues we’re facing is a provision under the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, regards Medicaid expansion. It provides that anyone earning up to 138 percent of the poverty line would now qualify for Medicaid if the state accepts the provision. In addition, the federal government would Read More

Sheridan Hospitality Coalition conducts first meeting

January 31, 2014

From a tourism-industry perspective, Wyoming’s winters traditionally present an annual opportunity to revisit campaign messages for the forthcoming year, strengthen existing associations, develop new alliances, and generally prepare for the tourist season to come. While that is certainly the case this year, our office is going a step further to ensure that this effort to Read More

Pioneer woman’s anecdotes still interesting

January 28, 2014

In 1955, Mrs. Madge Austin Wade gave an interview to The Sheridan Press about her pioneer life in the “…days before there was a Sheridan.” It still makes interesting reading. Mrs. Wade was only 6 weeks old when she arrived from Kansas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Austin, and her 4.5-year-old brother, Read More

Training your brain at Sheridan College

January 24, 2014

Who knew my brain could be trained? After all, the success rate in training my children, dogs, cats, and most importantly, husband seems deplorable at best. So why would I think I’d have any success with my brain? Because it turns out that it can be made to do different things, to think differently, to Read More

Hill investigation an unusual process

Beginning in 2011, allegations and activities that focused on the State Superintendent of Education, Cindy Hill, were brought to the governor’s office. Further allegations of misuse of state/federal funds, coupled with reported personnel relations that were supported by the inordinate high loss of former staff (more than 40 percent) caused the governor’s office to feel Read More

Incentives, workforce options in economic development mix

January 17, 2014

Incentives – the concept of using tax exception, grants or loans to enable a business to expand or relocate — are quickly coming to the forefront in Wyoming. Recently, Cheyenne Leads and the State of Wyoming provided a loan/grant package, reportedly around $13 million to gun manufacturer Magpul to relocate from Colorado to Cheyenne. Is Read More

Supporting our strong communities

January 10, 2014

As Wyoming residents, we live and raise our families, not in the Capitol, but in the cities, towns and counties across the state. These places are home and Main Street is where we take care of the affairs of our daily lives – raising families, going to work, making time for friends and neighbors – Read More

Help us continue revitalization efforts downtown

Did you know that the National Main Street Program began as a National Trust pilot program in three Midwest communities more than 30 years ago and now 30 years later, more than 2,000 communities across the country have adopted Main Street’s tools of historic preservation and economic revitalization? They use them to breathe new life Read More

Sheridan news from 100 years ago today

December 31, 2013

It is interesting and fun to read what the local newspaper, The Sheridan Enterprise, served up as fare for its readers exactly 100 years ago on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1913. The four page newspaper was crammed full of about everything imaginable. The headline on the front page was “New York Commissioner of Police Read More

Focusing on the ‘classic’ part of Christmas

December 20, 2013

As I write this with classical Christmas tunes coming from my computer, I endeavor to focus on the ‘classic’ part of the holiday. Because you see friends, when it comes to holiday traditions, I am all about the tacky. The tasteless.The just plain wrong. When I was a small child, we all had favorite ornaments. Read More

Game warden stories worthwhile tales

December 17, 2013

Before Terry Cram was elected as a Sheridan County Commissioner he served as a game warden for 30 years. In the performance of his duties he found himself involved in many situations that provided fodder for some memorable stories. Here is one. Several years ago during hunting season, Terry received a call one night from Read More

Looking ahead to great things in the coming year

December 13, 2013

Tis the holiday season in Sheridan. Forward Sheridan has a great deal to be thankful for over the past year and much to look forward to 2014. Thanks to the 47 private and public investors that continue to fund, support, advise and utilize Forward Sheridan to build and sustain their business. Thanks to the seven Read More

Value of a personal land ethic

December 11, 2013

I’ve invited my friend Sara to teach Leave No Trace principles to numerous groups of students and staff over the past three years. Her engaging lessons and consistently fresh instruction methods impress me every time. Most recently, she concluded her session by posing a question — what is your personal land ethic and where did Read More

Historic District Business Committee’s (wise) Men’s Night Out allows for early shopping

December 6, 2013

The Downtown Sheridan Association wants to thank all of our volunteers and sponsors for the past year. Without you we would not have accomplished all that we have. This year our volunteer of the year is Evan Jones. He has literally volunteered to help DSA and the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce out in almost Read More

When July 4th was ‘fittingly observed’

December 3, 2013

On May 24, 1902, the Sheridan Enterprise announced that the citizens of Sheridan were in for a big treat. A grand three day Mid-Summer Carnival was being planned to “fittingly observe” the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. The citizens’ executive committee, consisting of Dr. Frackleton, W. H. Edleman and Herbert A. Coffeen (all prominent in Read More

Harvesting ice the old way

November 19, 2013

Ice was a precious commodity in the old days. There were no convenience stores at which to purchase bags of ice, nor were there refrigerators that spit ice cubes out the front door. Area dude ranches, with a high demand for ice during the summer dude season, had to cut their ice during the winter Read More

Try stealth optimism

November 15, 2013

I just read the funniest blog post from some guy named Matt Walsh about everyone’s inherent duty to return their carts to the cart corrals at our grocery or big box stores. He wasn’t so outraged about the damage rogue carts do to innocent parked vehicles. It was more about taking responsibility to return that Read More

Selling Sheridan key in economic future

November 8, 2013

Forward Sheridan accompanied Mayor Dave Kinskey on a business recruiting/development trip to Orlando, Fla., for the Data Center World. This was our first effort at a collected fact finding and marketing of our community to a collection of data center industry personnel. This industry show has been attended by the Wyoming Business Council staff for Read More

1918 – A grim year for Sheridan County

November 5, 2013

In 1918, Sheridan County lost between 1 and 2 percent of its population because of a worldwide pandemic of Spanish Flu. More than 200 deaths in the Sheridan area were directly attributed to the deadly influenza or its most deadly complication, pneumonia. The deadly virus didn’t show up in Wyoming until late September. But when Read More

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