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Entertainment will reach new height at the WYO

May 29, 2015

Special entertainment for the 85th Sheridan WYO Rodeo (The WYO) will reach new heights this year — 4,000 feet to be exact! That’s the altitude from which Dana Bowman, Sgt. First Class (retired), will parachute from an airplane to land in the Sheridan County Fairgrounds arena as part of the Grand Entry for each of Read More

Karma resulting from spring soccer smugness

Who’s enjoying this weather?  I know California would kill for this wetness but if one more person says we need the moisture, I’ll beat them with my soggy muck boots. I spent the holiday weekend at the Big Horn Equestrian Center as both a field marshall and parent of a player for the state soccer Read More

Community Perspectives: Protect your business from cyber threats and develop a cyber protection plan

May 23, 2015

By Jay Stender As many businesses know, survivability and growth are a much broader mission than just sales. On Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided an InfraGard Training Session, focused on cyber protection for our businesses. This was a risk management based seminar and introduced some ideas on how to address elements of this Read More

Column: Working on legislation we all can be proud of

May 16, 2015

By Dave Kinskey This year the Wyoming Legislature passed Senate File 12. SF 12 makes it illegal to trespass on private property for the purpose of collecting resource data. Such trespasses have allegedly occurred by activist groups seeking to interfere with, or shut down, agricultural operations. One such group has the stated goal of removing Read More

Column: Warm weather means downtown projects

By Beth Holsinger It is so exciting to see the tourists and visitors arriving in our downtown this time of year. Everything is buzzing with activity and temperatures and spirits are high. Tomorrow morning I have over 30 enthusiastic volunteers helping to hang the flower baskets on Main Street all the way to Fort Road, Read More

Health Watch: Heartburn: Nutrition therapy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

By Georgia Boley Nutrition, along with other lifestyle modifications, can lead to significant GERD symptom improvement. Key messages include: • Keep a food log to track the foods and beverages that make your symptoms worse. Certain foods and beverages weaken the esophageal sphincter (the one-way ‘door’ between your esophagus and stomach) including alcohol, peppermint, citrus Read More

Community Perspectives: Sheridan County Chamber offers a salute and a welcome

May 8, 2015

By Dixie Johnson As we close out the week, and more specifically National Small Business Week, the Chamber would like to salute the many small business owners and entrepreneurs in Sheridan County, who not only work long hours but also give back to the community in many different ways by supporting our youth sporting teams, Read More

Column: Moving beyond ‘fight or flight’

By Beth Kelsey The “fight or flight” response was first defined by Walter Cannon in 1915. The response was critical for the survival of our ancestors who were confronted with lions, tigers and other natural predators. Today, however, the “fight or flight” response is not as helpful and, in many cases, may be destructive to Read More

Community Perspectives: CVC mission, programs in three easy bites

April 25, 2015

Thank you to everyone who made my birth season so outstanding!  Way to embrace the breadth of a season rather than limiting oneself to only one day. As I plunge into my 47th year on earth and head toward my fifth year as the Center for a Vital Community director, I have been reflecting on Read More

Health Watch: Early detection of lung cancer

April 24, 2015

With lung cancer still in the lead for cancer related deaths in America, finding ways to detect lung cancer in its early stages has been the focus of many studies over the years. None of these studies were able to support a method for the widespread screening of individuals at high risk for lung cancer Read More

Column: We all have a role in ending child abuse

April 21, 2015

By the time you finish reading this article, more than 30 cases of child abuse will have been reported to authorities nationwide. By the end of today, that number will swell past 9,000. And four of those children will die at the hands of their abuser. All in a single day. When we take stock Read More

Guest columnist: Patton remembered; a legacy of engaged decision-making

April 18, 2015

By Dave Kinskey Last Saturday, we said farewell to state Rep. John Patton. Many tributes have been made, and it is fair to say that Patton will be remembered as a dedicated public servant whose legislative service was defined by respect, careful deliberation and fairness. While Rep. Patton is most recently remembered for his work Read More

Community Perspectives: Forward Sheridan brings business community together to talk thoughts, priorities

By Jay Stender Forward Sheridan makes a concerted effort to stay connected with our local businesses. Recently, in the past three months, two events with our investors provided a very good snapshot of our community thoughts and priorities. First off, our investor meeting, held at Sheridan College in March was a success in spite of Read More

Health Watch: Building resilience, transform your life

By Teresa E. Araas Years of working with students and clients­ and personal life experiences have helped me discover the undeniable significance of absorbing life’s challenges, adapting, managing and persevering in the midst of adversity. This skill, called resilience, is the capacity for maintaining strength during stressful life events. It helps us recover and spring Read More

Guest Column: Celebrate National Public Health Week

April 10, 2015

By Dadrea Duca Every year, during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association observes National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. Public Health strives to shift the focus of our country’s health care system Read More

Community Perspectives: National Main Street Conference provides a wealth of information

By Beth Holsinger I just returned from attending the National Main Street Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. I spent three days touring four small towns and three days attending a dozen seminars hoping to bring back a wealth of information and new ideas. Besides refreshing my understanding of the Main Street Four Point Approach, I learned Read More

Health Watch: Things to know about antibiotic resistance

By Judy McDowell On Sept. 18, 2014, President Barack Obama and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued an executive order with national goals for combating the growing issue of antibiotic resistance in this country. So what is antibiotic resistance? What does it mean for your health? Antibiotic resistance is the ability Read More

Column: Regions and standing apart in a crowded world

April 3, 2015

Dave Kinskey represents Wyoming Senate District 22, consisting of Johnson County and parts of Sheridan County.  A businessperson, Kinskey is the former mayor of Sheridan. Civic pride is a hallmark of Wyoming cities and towns.  It brands the places we call home with strong identities, and each community’s personality is a reflection of its residents.  Read More

Community Perspectives: It is all about communication

Ryan Koltiska is the Director of Marketing & Communications, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. Communicating is a big deal.  Billions are spent every year trying to communicate messages through television, radio, print, billboards…in any way they can, people are trying to convey their message to you.  It’s happening right now as you read this article. Read More

Health Watch: User-friendly yoga for health

Dawn Sopron, LCSW, RYT-500, is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher with Clay Pot Counseling, Inc., and a supporter of Sheridan Health Center. Most people think Yoga requires turning your body into a pretzel. The most accessible thing about Yoga is learning user-friendly techniques to lower stress, with or without wearing spandex! Yoga is actually a Read More

Community Perspectives: Signs of spring also mean signs of tourism season beginning

March 27, 2015

Shawn Buckley is the executive director of Sheridan Travel and Tourism. If the view from our office at the Welcome Center is any indication, then the darker tones of the grassland surrounding Sheridan and the receding snow in the Bighorns is a clear sign that spring is here — and tourism season won’t be far Read More

Health Watch: Detoxification diets

Georgia Boley (MS, RDN, LD, CSO) is the owner of Tailored Nutrition, LLC. Using the term “detoxification” is a turn off for many dietitians and traditional health care professionals, as it is seen to describe diet approaches that are not evidence based. This is too bad, because there are many great detoxification programs available that Read More

Guest Column: People with disAbilities are human too

March 20, 2015

My name is Anna Roach. I was diagnosed with Down Syndrome when I was born, and I would like people to read this. You might have seen me in town walking or at the YMCA, library, basketball games, movies and Sheridan College. I think people are embarrassed of me because I’m different. But don’t leave Read More

Community Perspectives: Come celebrate the FABulous women of Sheridan

Amy Albrecht is the executive director of the Center for a Vital Community. It’s good to be a girl. Not all the time, surely, but overall, I’m glad I’m of the female persuasion. I can be a tomboy or a girly girl whenever I want.  I can wear short or long hair, improve my looks Read More

Health Watch: Infant and early childhood mental health

Sheri Elliott, LPC, works with the Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center. Did you know that 80 percent of the human brain is developed by the age of 3, and 90 percent by the age of 5? Research is showing that the earlier we can support a child, the better the outcomes. You may be wondering Read More

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