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Health Watch: Building resilience, transform your life

April 18, 2015

By Teresa E. Araas Years of working with students and clients­ and personal life experiences have helped me discover the undeniable significance of absorbing life’s challenges, adapting, managing and persevering in the midst of adversity. This skill, called resilience, is the capacity for maintaining strength during stressful life events. It helps us recover and spring Read More

Community Perspectives: Forward Sheridan brings business community together to talk thoughts, priorities

By Jay Stender Forward Sheridan makes a concerted effort to stay connected with our local businesses. Recently, in the past three months, two events with our investors provided a very good snapshot of our community thoughts and priorities. First off, our investor meeting, held at Sheridan College in March was a success in spite of Read More

Guest Column: Celebrate National Public Health Week

April 10, 2015

By Dadrea Duca Every year, during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association observes National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. Public Health strives to shift the focus of our country’s health care system Read More

Community Perspectives: National Main Street Conference provides a wealth of information

By Beth Holsinger I just returned from attending the National Main Street Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. I spent three days touring four small towns and three days attending a dozen seminars hoping to bring back a wealth of information and new ideas. Besides refreshing my understanding of the Main Street Four Point Approach, I learned Read More

Health Watch: Things to know about antibiotic resistance

By Judy McDowell On Sept. 18, 2014, President Barack Obama and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued an executive order with national goals for combating the growing issue of antibiotic resistance in this country. So what is antibiotic resistance? What does it mean for your health? Antibiotic resistance is the ability Read More

Column: Regions and standing apart in a crowded world

April 3, 2015

Dave Kinskey represents Wyoming Senate District 22, consisting of Johnson County and parts of Sheridan County.  A businessperson, Kinskey is the former mayor of Sheridan. Civic pride is a hallmark of Wyoming cities and towns.  It brands the places we call home with strong identities, and each community’s personality is a reflection of its residents.  Read More

Community Perspectives: It is all about communication

Ryan Koltiska is the Director of Marketing & Communications, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. Communicating is a big deal.  Billions are spent every year trying to communicate messages through television, radio, print, billboards…in any way they can, people are trying to convey their message to you.  It’s happening right now as you read this article. Read More

Health Watch: User-friendly yoga for health

Dawn Sopron, LCSW, RYT-500, is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher with Clay Pot Counseling, Inc., and a supporter of Sheridan Health Center. Most people think Yoga requires turning your body into a pretzel. The most accessible thing about Yoga is learning user-friendly techniques to lower stress, with or without wearing spandex! Yoga is actually a Read More

Community Perspectives: Signs of spring also mean signs of tourism season beginning

March 27, 2015

Shawn Buckley is the executive director of Sheridan Travel and Tourism. If the view from our office at the Welcome Center is any indication, then the darker tones of the grassland surrounding Sheridan and the receding snow in the Bighorns is a clear sign that spring is here — and tourism season won’t be far Read More

Health Watch: Detoxification diets

Georgia Boley (MS, RDN, LD, CSO) is the owner of Tailored Nutrition, LLC. Using the term “detoxification” is a turn off for many dietitians and traditional health care professionals, as it is seen to describe diet approaches that are not evidence based. This is too bad, because there are many great detoxification programs available that Read More

Guest Column: People with disAbilities are human too

March 20, 2015

My name is Anna Roach. I was diagnosed with Down Syndrome when I was born, and I would like people to read this. You might have seen me in town walking or at the YMCA, library, basketball games, movies and Sheridan College. I think people are embarrassed of me because I’m different. But don’t leave Read More

Community Perspectives: Come celebrate the FABulous women of Sheridan

Amy Albrecht is the executive director of the Center for a Vital Community. It’s good to be a girl. Not all the time, surely, but overall, I’m glad I’m of the female persuasion. I can be a tomboy or a girly girl whenever I want.  I can wear short or long hair, improve my looks Read More

Health Watch: Infant and early childhood mental health

Sheri Elliott, LPC, works with the Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center. Did you know that 80 percent of the human brain is developed by the age of 3, and 90 percent by the age of 5? Research is showing that the earlier we can support a child, the better the outcomes. You may be wondering Read More

Health Watch: Journey from patient to board member

March 13, 2015

Mandy Cantrell is a board member at Reproductive Healthcare of the Bighorns. The World Health Organization defines reproductive health care as “A state of physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system at all stages of life.” I have been a client of Reproductive Healthcare of the Bighorns (formally Family Read More

Community Perspectives: Local foods can be an economic driver in Sheridan

Jay Stender is the executive director of Forward Sheridan. Last September, folks from the  Sheridan Farmers Market opened my eyes to another perspective around the benefits of using locally grown foods as an economic driver. That perspective is an awareness and prescriptive, but gradual, shift to locally grown foods and products which generates  more than Read More

Health Watch: An introduction to cardiac devices

March 7, 2015

Jennifer Graslie is a physician assistant at the Big Horn Heart Center of Sheridan Memorial Hospital. “Electricity is just organized lightning.” — George Carlin Case 1: John Doe, an elderly gentleman, was admitted to the hospital for recurrent episodes of passing out. He had been struggling with excessive fatigue for six to 12 months. On Read More

Coming into the final stretch of the legislative session

March 5, 2015

The final day of the Legislature approaches. The frenetic activity of the past weeks now slows to hurry up and wait. The last few bills are resolved in conference committees or processed through the other chamber, and we are gaveled in to approve, or not, throughout the day. It is also the time for the Read More

Column: What’s wrong with being personal in business?

February 27, 2015

“It’s not personal, it’s just business.” Michael Corleone from “The Godfather” said it, and it has been repeated so many times it has become truth to many people. However, in my experience, albeit limited, I would be more apt to agree with Meg Ryan (yes, I am quoting Meg Ryan…don’t judge me) when she said Read More

Column: Rx laughter — it’s good for you

We all enjoy a good, hearty laugh. Guess what? As it turns out, laughter on a regular basis is really good for us, too! It is considered one of the most natural ways we can treat ourselves to a greater level of happiness. Adding a little humor to each day can improve our lives — Read More

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






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