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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

Column: Whitney’s wise investments

November 29, 2014

By Mary Ellen McWilliams Sheridan County Historical Society On June 2, 1995, Whitney Benefits Board Treasurer Tim Barnes took a call from Ed Garding, president of First Interstate Bank. Garding said, “We’ve got a problem, Tim. Somebody just dumped $65 million dollars into your account.” Tim said, “That’s a problem?” It turned out to be Read More

Column: Philanthropy means great health care at SMH

Ada Kirven has been employed with the hospital and Foundation since October 1997 and currently serves as the Foundation’s executive director. Health care and philanthropy at Sheridan Memorial Hospital are intertwined, and they support each other. This relationship continues to grow and evolve, and in my opinion, the result is an outstanding hospital funded by Read More

Health Watch: Nurturing your attitude of gratitude

November 22, 2014

Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas, PhD, CHES, CYT-700, RYT-500. Owner of Balanced Living Health & Wellbeing Consultants, LLC and Santosha Yoga. “In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer Years of studying and utilizing integrative Read More

Column: Giving thanks for our vibrant downtown!

Beth Holsinger is the executive director of The Downtown Sheridan Association. The Downtown Sheridan Association is very thankful for our many volunteers and is thrilled with the many new businesses in downtown. In early November we recognized the new businesses and contributions of individuals and companies by hosting our DSA annual Appreciation Dinner at The Read More

Column: Amazon is here, but it’s not the end of the world or downtown businesses

November 15, 2014

Ryan Koltiska is the director of marketing and communications at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. I had a conversation last week with a local businessman, and one phrase in that meeting rang loud and clear: “Amazon is here.” This man, a leader in a successful Sheridan business, is quite aware of the reality that Read More

Health Watch column: Living in a dangerous world

Judy McDowell is a member of the Sheridan College Health Sciences faculty. It is interesting to look at the perception most Americans hold of risk and think about what is real and what we can actually do to reduce that risk. I would start with the premise that life is risky regardless of where we Read More

Column: Basketball talk

November 5, 2014

Mike Pruden is The Sheridan Press sports editor. Every so often I find myself strolling over to the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome and taking a seat in women’s basketball coach Frank McCarthy’s office. The conversation usually opens with McCarthy asking me what time the Broncs play Friday or any other happenings in the busy world Read More

Column: Edward A. Whitney’s greatest gifts — Part I

November 4, 2014

Mary Ellen McWilliams is a member of the advisory boards of the Fort Phil Kearny Bozeman Trail Association and the Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum. Though a somewhat gentle, quiet and solitary man, Edward A. Whitney proved he could go to battle when battle was needed. Whitney arrived in Sheridan in 1885. He bought Read More

Column: A lesson in vocabulary for the optimistic

November 1, 2014

Amy Albrecht is the executive director of the Center for a Vital Community. You know how I do love Martha Beck, Life Coach Extraordinaire. She sent out this great blog post a few weeks ago that really spoke to me. In it, she described the term, pronoia. As the opposite of paranoia, she defines it Read More

Column: From fin to fork: A shopping guide for sheridan fish

 Georgia Boley is the owner of Fish is an excellent health choice for many reasons.  It is 20-40 percent lower in calories than most beef and pork cuts, averages just as much protein, and is the best healthy animal source of conditionally essential fats docosohexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).  These fats are Read More

Forward Sheridan in support of Optional One-Cent Sales Tax

October 24, 2014

First and foremost Forward Sheridan is in support of the renewal of the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax. Our support for the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax is based on the local use of the funds for a variety of projects. Yes, Forward Sheridan does receive some Optional One-Cent Sales Tax money for our operations — so Read More

Column: Street SmART: Art decorates the streets of Sheridan

October 18, 2014

Beth Holsinger is the executive director of the Downtown Sheridan Association. It can challenge, delight, educate and illuminate. It is thought-provoking and often controversial. Public art. And it is exactly that — art in public spaces. Art that is free and accessible to everyone. The Sheridan Public Arts Committee formed in 2001 because citizens of Read More

Health Watch: Breast cancer awareness

Wendy Wood Neeson is a family nurse practitioner at Reproductive Healthcare of the Big Horns. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when the focus turns to health and wellness for women.  In keeping with the spirit of women’s health, all women are invited to use this positive momentum to take stock in all Read More

Column: Focusing on light

October 17, 2014

 Christie American Horse  is the Director of M.O.R.E. Ministries and a Local Minister with The Church of the Nazarene. It’s October already. Summer’s ending and Halloween’s approaching fast with decorations and children in costumes yelling “Trick or treat” at our doors (have a safe holiday everyone). The dark side of Halloween has become very popular. Read More

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