Category Archives: Local Columnists

Contributions from local columnists

Column: What to do for January

Inside: Stow away Christmas gear and make next year easier by getting organized and labeling every box as to contents. Change over calendars. Spend a few minutes marking birthdays, anniversaries, doctor appointments (or reminders on when to schedule) and other appointments of importance. Update your address book or contact list. Start organizing household paperwork. Make… Continue Reading

Column: Sugar and spice

For the first time ever the Federal Drug Administration is recommending a daily cap on the amount of sugar we ingest. What most of us fail to realize is that there is a lot of hidden sugar in our foods. We have long been told to pay attention to the amount of salt we eat;… Continue Reading

Oy vey! Enough of Trump.

Z ei Gezunt, Lindsey Graham. The Republican senator from South Carolina had good reasons to quit the Republican presidential race, as he did this week. He had succeeded in his goal of making the rest of the field more hawkish. He avoided an embarrassing defeat in his home-state primary. And, in leaving, he is being… Continue Reading

Rain or shine, Wyoming needs a carefully planned budget

As the Wyoming State Legislature prepares to convene with a smaller budget and declining revenues, we must carefully balance prioritizing current needs while continuing to plan for the future. When we consider use of our “rainy day” account, we must recognize that scattered showers now are likely just a preview of the thunderstorms to come. … Continue Reading

Gifts brought to Sheridan in 2015

Hey, 2015 — thanks for visiting. You were good to Sheridan, and brought us all manner of remarkable gifts. Instead of stale fruitcake, you brought us the Open Range at the Sheridan Inn, Wyoming Cattle & Creek, Café Coda, the Tasting Library, new ownership at PO News and Flagstaff Café, Andi’s Coffee and Wahoo Sushi… Continue Reading

Blessings and peace

When Managing Editor Kristen Czaban asked me to create my final 2015 contribution to “Health Watch” right between Christmas and New Year’s, I was ecstatic! I knew exactly what I wanted to share with all of you — “Blessings and peace.” This is the valediction I use at the end of most letters, notes, emails… Continue Reading

What is your sign?

What is your sign?

Knowing your editorial is going to be published in the newspaper on Christmas Eve adds a certain amount of pressure, this needs to be extra special with frosting, glitter and sparkles! Or perhaps because it is Christmas Eve no one will even bother looking at The Press tomorrow? Almost every year my best friend makes… Continue Reading

Time to expand Medicaid

On Dec. 1, Gov. Matt Mead released his 2017- 2018 budget for the state of Wyoming, a plan to create smart budget savings and fund essential state services in the face of declining oil and gas revenue. Included in the budget is an important proposal: Medicaid expansion — a way to save our state millions… Continue Reading

Column: 2015 local sports look back

We’re closing in on the end of 2015, and what a year it has been. Once again, sports on both the local and national scale, have been exciting, groundbreaking and entertaining. Over the next two weeks, we will look back at what the year in sports has offered us. First, let’s take a look at… Continue Reading

The Peter and Mary Kooi family legacy

In 1920, Peter Kooi retired from the underground coal mine he had founded in Kooi, Wyoming, and he and his wife moved into a home in Sheridan. He died in 1935 but Mary Kooi continued to live in the same home for a total of 37 years. Peter Kooi’s obituary in The Sheridan Press described… Continue Reading

Recalling a favorite joking fisherman

Recalling a favorite joking fisherman

While recently looking through a box of old fishing pictures with my wife, we kept coming across photos of one of our favorite old-time clients, Dr. Tom Rice. Tom was a retired physician from the Mayo Clinic in Wisconsin. He brought his wife out to our lodge on the Big Horn every year for 14… Continue Reading

Mailbag: Can you replace a Gary Bertier?

Hello and welcome to the first installment of the long-awaited Mike P. mailbag. I introduced the mailbag in late September, giving readers and sports fans a chance to ask their burning questions — sports related or not — with the hopes that I can give them a fulfilling answer. Now, most of the questions I… Continue Reading

Community Perspectives: Wrapping up 2015, looking forward to the new year’s possibilities

Downtown Sheridan Association board members, staff and community leaders showed their appreciation to volunteers, new business owners and other entrepreneurs during the DSA Appreciation Dinner Nov. 2 at the Best Western Sheridan Center. Returning businesses such as Crazy Woman Trading Company owned by Willis and Linda Fauth; new businesses; existing businesses with new owners; and… Continue Reading

Column: Kinskey: Just say ‘no’ to new taxes

Recently, one of the Wyoming Senate’s leaders suggested the Revenue Committee, of which I am a member, should sponsor legislation to raise taxes. I am opposed to doing so. The state of Wyoming has a spending problem. It must be controlled before there can be any contemplation of tax hikes. Just days ago, we received… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Crisis intervention team program

The Crisis Intervention Team has already helped Sheridan law enforcement to save a life in Sheridan. This evidence-based training is part of an evidence-based program that is already in place in several counties in Wyoming. As part of my efforts in community prevention in Sheridan County, I am collaborating with law enforcement, mental health professionals… Continue Reading

Column: Living up to the last paycheck

“Don’t live up to your last paycheck.”  I was told that when young, earning money stacking ice cream in the freezer at the Jersey Creamery. It means spend according to what you need – not what you have – and save the rest.  Good advice. That is hard for most people to do.  The human… Continue Reading

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