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Column: Charging call needs a little work

February 18, 2015

Ask any basketball coach at any level, and they’ll tell you how important taking a charge can be to a game. Sheridan College head coach Matt Hammer gets on his guys on a daily basis for not stepping over and taking a charge. For a defender to have that in his arsenal can become crucial Read More

Learning to love on yourself, others via self-promotion

February 14, 2015

Amy Albrecht is the executive director of the Center for a Vital Community. If you’re reading this around Feb. 14, happy Valentine’s Day! I hope it’s filled with love and chocolate. Unless you are chocolate-intolerant or climbing back on the diet wagon after a few falls since Jan. 2, in which case I hope it’s Read More

Health Watch: The high cost of health care

Stormy Fanning, RN, BSN is a nurse at Sheridan Health Center and a local author. There have been many interesting and even heated discussions across the country about the cost of health care. Costs are rising dramatically and health insurance coverage can be a challenge to obtain. The Affordable Care Act was intended to make Read More

Resilience, ability to adapt key to economic development

February 7, 2015

Jay Stender is the executive director of Forward Sheridan. From an economic perspective, resilience is the capacity to make adjustments to changing political, economic and ecological conditions. Sheridan is resilient. Current economic data for Wyoming is projecting downturns in the coal industry and other extractive industries due to a number of conditions. This downturn reduces Read More

Wyoming’s supplemental budget a balancing act

February 6, 2015

Wyoming is consistently ranked one of the best run states in the nation. Wyomingites are never surprised to hear this fact; the Wyoming way of life means getting required tasks done, living within our means, and planning for the future. It’s how Wyoming families operate and it is the way our state operates. It was Read More

Column: What is it about Sheridan that we like so much?

January 31, 2015

Joanne Garnett is a Downtown Sheridan Association board member.    Maybe it is our expansive history, which includes the Old West, Indian Wars, mining, railroad, polo, ranching, entrepreneurs, adventurers and people with a vision about what this place could be. Or it may be our scenery, with our city being surrounded by wide open spaces Read More

Honoring outstanding businesses, leaders in our community

January 24, 2015

Dixie Johnson is the CEO of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. Thank you Sheridan’s business community for the phenomenal turnout last week as we honored the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce business award nominees and winners for 2014. Dozens of you took the time to nominate some of Sheridan’s finest, and more than 150 Read More

Column: Session vital to building a better, brighter future

January 22, 2015

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” — Abraham Lincoln As the Republican leadership of the 63rd Wyoming State Legislature, we know that these next 40 days are vital to building a better and brighter future for Wyoming. The decisions we make have the chance to influence Read More

Column: Creating a winter survival plan

Colin Betzler is the executive director of the Sheridan Community Land Trust. It’s that time of year when all sensible media outlets share advice on beating back the ills of winter.  Whether it is coping with seasonal affective disorder, Vitamin D deficiency, managing stress or just a case of the winter blues, it seems like Read More

Column: Rooting for tanking

January 21, 2015

These days, sports media throw around the word “tanking” the way Scott Steiner threw around Sid Vicious in the wrestling ring in the late 90s, and, for the most part, they aren’t using it to describe Johnny Manziel partying at the Palms in Las Vegas. Tanking is the term used by fans and media alike Read More

Health Watch: Hearing loss at any age

January 16, 2015

Dr. Cheryl Varner is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist with Big Horn Ear Nose & Throat. From the moment we are born, we depend heavily on our ability to hear. We use hearing to learn, communicate and socialize. Hearing enables us to enjoy music and laughter. We depend on hearing for safety, which can alert us Read More

Column: Sheridan schools and the works of William Gollings

January 14, 2015

Tyson Emborg is a social studies teacher at Sheridan High School and a local historian. It has been a long time since Sheridan schools purchased paintings from Williams Gollings. To put it in perspective, the first paintings were purchased around the same time that sports headlines in the Sheridan newspaper were proclaiming that Ty Cobb Read More

Community Perspectives: Stir crazy cleaning? Donate some of those items to homes in town

January 10, 2015

Amy Albrecht is the director of the Center for a Vital Community. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I was ecstatic to go back to work after having two wonderful weeks off.  It wasn’t just the forced leisure time (something that is very hard for me to embrace unless I’m parked on sand clutching Read More

Column: Sheridan area winter recreation abounds

January 8, 2015

Richard Wright is  director of the Sheridan Recreation District. Welcome to my first attempt and editorial on outdoor recreation opportunities in the Sheridan area.  The Sheridan area offers a variety of outdoor recreation for all ages. Lately it has been very cold outside and that may limit your activities. As my good friend Tim Demchok Read More

Column: Cooler than the other side of the pillow

January 7, 2015

Sundays tend to develop a pretty consistent routine: wake up, sift through garbage on Twitter, lay in bed with my dog until he’s licked my face enough to force me out of bed to let him out, eat a bowl of cereal, maybe a bagel, and then invest in some quality real estate on the Read More

Downtown Sheridan festivities continue to grow and delight

December 26, 2014

Downtown Sheridan is a great place to be during the holiday season. Hello, I’m Rebecca Colnar, the new events coordinator for the Downtown Sheridan Association. I have lived in a historic home close to downtown Sheridan for 18 years and have spent countless hours doing business downtown. I feel fortunate to live in a place Read More

Column: Humanity, and the gift of bell ringing

December 23, 2014

Robin Melius Guest Columnist At times the news seems all bad. It is especially difficult at this time of year when we live in the hope of “beating our swords into plowshares.” When the crazy consumer feeding frenzy of Christmas hits it is easy to lose patience and hope with humanity. I was rather in Read More

Community Perspectives Column: We are all in this together, community support

December 20, 2014

Ryan Koltiska is the director of marketing and communications at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. I’m impressed, Sheridan. Truly. We can sit around all day long and talk about all the problems in Sheridan and all the things we wish would be, but then we would just be sitting, while all around us passionate, Read More

Health Watch Column: Coconut: A hard nutrition message to crack

Georgia Boley, MS, RD, LD, CSO  is the owner of Tailored Nutrition LLC. The nutrition message for coconut is a mixed bag and still somewhat unclear. It really depends on your individual nutrition goals and health issues. Hopefully this article will help you decide whether or not coconut is a good choice for you. What’s Read More

Running with the Generals

December 17, 2014

I’ve been a basketball junkie all my life. I shot around on a Little Tykes hoop in my basement until it wasn’t fun to beat my dad anymore — OK, it’s always fun to beat your dad in things. I traveled around Indiana with my friends playing on various teams; I played high school basketball. Read More

Sheridan becoming a fixture in new itineraries

December 13, 2014

Shawn Buckley is the executive director of Sheridan Travel and Tourism. The close of the calendar year represents what is traditionally a quieter period for tourism in Sheridan County — a seasonal shift that offers an opportunity to reflect on the many successes that Sheridan achieved in 2014, as well as a time to prepare Read More

Column: How Wyoming water projects are made

December 9, 2014

Guest Column by Sen. Dave Kinskey, R-Sheridan. Kinskey represents Senate District 22, which is comprised of Johnson County and eastern Sheridan County. Decades ago conservative Wyoming governors and legislatures directed a portion of our mineral wealth to a permanent Water Development Fund.  The fund is dedicated to building long-term water supply and transmission. Each water Read More

Column: Make this season one for giving

December 5, 2014

Amy Albrecht is the executive director of the Center for a Vital Community. Ah, the holidays. Let the craziness begin. Now that the boys are older, the Santa story is becoming harder to sustain, but Mike and I refuse to give in. After all, we still believe. I’m disappointed to report that my plan to Read More

Health Watch: Give yourself, others health this holiday season

Wendy Wood Neeson is a family nurse practitioner at Reproductive Healthcare of the Big Horns. The season of giving is upon us. For many, that means spending hours competing with other busy shoppers to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on our list. It means time on Saturdays sacrificed for a sale, going to large Read More

Column: Being punished for winning

December 3, 2014

The College Football Playoffs selection committee got together yesterday and released their latest rankings, its first since the end of the regular season. Somehow, Florida State fell in the rankings. Again. After just about everyone except the NCAA complained about the bowl process and lack of playoffs in college football for years, we finally got Read More

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