Local Columnists

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

Winding down from summer fun

November 1, 2013

October and November are months to catch up from the summer’s events for the Downtown Sheridan Association. There is a brief breather between the last Farmers’ Market and Christmas Stroll. DSA has been working on our Strategic Plan for the last four years. Our board of directors work extremely hard to get all of the Read More

Fall back into the harmonious season

October 29, 2013

Tis the season for a jubilee! I wonder, do I love fall because I get to celebrate my birthday, or do I love my birthday because it falls in the middle of my favorite season? Being a Scorpio, I’m betting on the former. Then again, how can any wooer of the natural world not fall Read More

Neighborhood grocery stores – an extinct species

October 22, 2013

It wasn’t hard to find a grocery store in the old days of Sheridan. This was in the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s before supermarkets. Then, the retail grocery stores were what we affectionately refer to as “mom and pop shops.” They seemed to spring up where enterprising folks thought they were needed. During these times, Read More

Time to capitalize on geography outside of national parks

October 18, 2013

It’s been an interesting year for the tourism industry. As most every one of the bureaus from around Wyoming begins to reflect back on an exceptional summer tourism season, we found ourselves heading right into…Shutdown Season. Wyoming’s tourism economy is uniquely susceptible to the ramifications of the government shutdown, considering that the federal government is Read More

Learn to embrace your inner agrarian — it is the bee’s knees

October 11, 2013

It’s official now. I’ve gone rural. Similar to gone country but a bit more Western, I think. I grew up in a town of 135,000 so I’m not rural by upbringing — wholly by choice. Declaring my pastoral designation after having lived in Wyoming for 21 years is not really a newsflash. Some may even Read More

When Sheridan got a headache

October 8, 2013

At midnight on July 1, 1919, Wyoming went dry. It became illegal to sell, transport or purchase alcohol. This was even before the ratification of the 18th Amendment which enacted nationwide prohibition. The planned closure of the 20 saloons (another source said 21) in Sheridan at midnight on Tuesday, July 1, posed a grave problem Read More

Koychi ‘Kay’ Suyeda: an unaccountable life

October 1, 2013

On a gravestone in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery, the following words are inscribed: “Koychi (Kay) Suyeda Apr. 2, 1889 — Aug. 20, 1985.” The 96- year-old Japanese man buried beneath the stone took most of the knowledge about his life with him. He remains probably the most mysterious man who ever lived in Sheridan. The Read More

Sept. — A very busy time at the Chamber

September 20, 2013

September is always a very busy time for the Chamber. Not only did we hold our annual Brewfest Fundraiser earlier this month, but we have begun planning for the coming year. It is also a time of transition, as each year we have to bid farewell to some special individuals who have served as Chamber Read More

Treasures on our doorstep — the national historic landmarks

Right now, with the exciting news of the pending purchase and anticipated re-opening of The Historic Sheridan Inn, it seems a good time to write about just what the Inn’s National Historic Landmark designation means. It was, and is, one of America’s best ideas! The National Historic Landmark designation was created in 1960 to recognize Read More

Mayor: City right to stand on principle regarding IAFF contract

Sheridan, like the nation, is slowly recovering from the economic recession. Families and businesses as well as government have suffered. Sheridan revenues have been down for four years in a row by over one-third. Like the private sector, city hall has been forced to lay off employees. Last Monday, the local city firefighters union appeared Read More

Winding down from summer

September 13, 2013

We’re winding down from what was by all accounts an incredible Summer. With this being the first full tourism-season I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy in Sheridan, I can wholeheartedly say that I couldn’t be more proud to be part of community that extends such warm hospitality. The first two months of our new fiscal Read More

When the circus came to Sheridan

September 10, 2013

Sheridan’s normal population of about 15,000 swelled to more than 35,000 when the circus came to town on April 29, 1919. But it wasn’t a traditional circus that attracted the hordes of people from across Wyoming and neighboring states; rather, it was a Flying Circus performed by the United States Air Service. The Flying Circus Read More

Roaring off to the next stop

September 6, 2013

I am hopelessly overscheduled. Ask my people. One of my best friends calls it my “syndrome.” She says that the fact that I am absolutely unable to plan nothing for an entire day means I have a syndrome. It is as yet unnamed, although she has described it in less than flattering terms when she Read More

Forward Sheridan getting involved

August 30, 2013

Forward Sheridan has recently been involved with the site selector/shovel ready efforts. So what is this? Site selectors are engaged consultants that work, on behalf of corporations, to identify potential business locations. This is a business of exception — they are looking to weed or cull potential sites on the first pass of evaluation. Culling Read More

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