Local Columnists

Chamber brewing up funds for business

September 6, 2014

Dixie Johnson is the CEO of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. I just love Sheridan and the entire county. I love walking down the street and greeting people, as well as welcoming newcomers to our great area.  I love walking into a store and being welcomed with a smile. I feel like we’re all Read More

Education crucial element of suicide prevention

Dr. Amanda Turlington, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist at Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center in Sheridan. When the American artist Ralph Barton killed himself in 1931, he left a suicide note giving his rationale in an attempt to explain to his loved ones that in the midst of a seemingly good and full life, he Read More

Away from home with no wheels?

August 22, 2014

Are you a student at Sheridan College, away from home and stuck without wheels? So you are excited to be in Sheridan and ready to start classes. You can’t wait to explore all that Sheridan has to offer. There’s just one problem. You don’t have a car and it’s kind of a long walk to Read More

Know someone who is suffering? Here is what you can do to help

There but for the grace of God go I.  I think that’s a hymn. For sure, it’s one of my mantras. My life, to date, has been pretty terrific. Yes, my brother had cancer in his 20s.  Yes, I lost my mom three years ago. But compared to other life-altering tragedies that others have been Read More

Column: Overcoming baseball fatigue

August 20, 2014

Summer’s just about over and fall sports are barreling down on us like Jadeveon Clowney. I spent most of my first summer in Sheridan covering baseball. A lot of baseball. They keep telling me that baseball is “America’s pastime,” but I think the history buffs are just holding onto the last bit of desperation that Read More

What is the purchase price? What is the church worth?

August 15, 2014

What is its value? What does it cost? What will it take to make it happen and/or make it mine? These are questions that apply to merchandise, rentals, homes, ranches, automobiles, ATVs, SUVs, kayaks, boats, day trips, month long vacations, air flights, cruises, hosting guests, garage sales, holiday festivities and gift buying (Thanksgiving, Christmas, July Read More

Colorful columbines work well to enhance the garden

The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because the shape of the flower petals, which are said to resemble an eagle’s claw. The common name “columbine” comes from the Latin for “dove,” due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together. This very adaptive native Read More

Edging, walls can provide you with landscape definition

About 15 years ago I asked a young landscape architect to do a plan for our backyard. We had moved into a newer home that was landscaped in front but nothing had been done to the back of the house. It was “natural.” The house is built on a bluff above a river and some Read More

Three-prong approach to development — awareness, attitude, action

A3 is our constant economic development strategy — this is simple. A=Awareness, A=Attitude, A=Action.  Recently (end of July) we had two potential business relocation opportunities exploring Sheridan as a place of business. One business is a metal fabrication business and the other business is a bio-sensitive cleaning solution manufacturer and distributor.  One from afar and Read More

Farmers markets fit into larger local food and product picture

August 8, 2014

Sheridan Farmers Market is in full swing, with registered vendors and attendees at an all time high. Our farmers market is a small but integral part of the larger local food and product picture. We are here to create an affordable outlet to those smaller producers and artisans, that provide healthy food and unique items Read More

Crazy days mean crazy sales, good time to support local business

August 1, 2014

A nice lady stopped by our office the other day and was asking about the history of Crazy Days. During our conversation, I began sharing one of my memories of Crazy Days as a child. I must have been all of 8, but maybe 9. I was definitely old enough to ride my bike (I Read More

Tourism season still in full swing after Sheridan WYO Rodeo

July 25, 2014

By just about every measure available, we’re in the midst of one of the strongest tourism seasons in Sheridan’s history. The slowdown that traditionally accompanies the closing days of the WYO Rodeo has yet to begin, and we’re working hard to ensure the momentum we’ve generated throughout the year carries through the remaining months. Like Read More

Do you know when to pick your vegetables?

When should I be harvesting my vegetables? This is a question being asked starting this time of year. Most vegetables should be harvested while they are young. This is when they have the most flavors are the most tender and have the most nutrients. The vegetables in the grocery stores are good but are harvested Read More

Guide diaries: No swimmin’ in the fishin’ hole

July 24, 2014

Over the past few years, I’ve had a number of folks, both locally and nationally, ask about whether I’d ever return to the professional fishing guide business again.  After long consideration, I finally decided this spring to get back on the water and start earning a bit more income for my family. When I obtained Read More

Generosity has always allowed Sheridan a library

July 17, 2014

Sheridan has had a library of sorts since 1883. That’s interesting considering the fact that Sheridan wasn’t even incorporated until a year later, when Sheridan was still part of Johnson County. How did that all happen? Well, it was because of John D. Loucks, who founded Sheridan. Mr. Loucks opened a library in the upstairs Read More

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

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