Local Columnists

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

Hamburger Louie — A Sheridan staple

August 28, 2013

Louie’s hamburgers were a culinary staple in Sheridan for almost 50 years. Thousands of people, parts of three generations, ate at his hamburger stand on Grinnell Avenue. At Louie’s you gave your order from the street through a window to the bespectacled little man in the greasy apron who worked his wonders in the bubbling Read More

The right jeans do not a cowgirl make

August 27, 2013

Recently, I found myself in a local Western wear retailer, standing in front of a mountain of denim, pondering the difference between bootcut, tapered and straight leg; low, mid, natural, and ultra-low rise; straight, semi-curvy, and curvy cut jeans. I was planning for a five-day, ladies horse packing trip into the Cloud Peak Wilderness, and Read More

Be sure to visit festivities before summer’s end

August 23, 2013

The sun is coming up later and going down earlier. Summer in Wyoming seems to fly by at a rate of speed that amazes me. Each year it seems to go faster, but I believe it is because we try to pack so much into four months. Our community amazes me daily with the amount Read More

Chamber brewing up funds for business

August 16, 2013

It is hard to believe that the Chamber Brewfest Fundraiser is only three weeks away. For those of you that DID not attend last year’s event, let me give you a little recap: beer tasting from the best microbreweries in the region, live music, delicious food and lots of fun! The Chamber of Commerce is Read More

Sheridan’s accidental glaziers

August 13, 2013

Joe Parker, a son of Big Horn pioneers Richard and Jennie Parker, worked for Hammer Chevrolet in 1946. When he went to Tafner Auto Glass Shop to pick up some glass Mr. Tafner suddenly said, “Joe Parker, do you want to buy this glass shop?” Apparently, without blinking an eye, Joe said, “Yes.” Then he Read More

Weather addict — knowing what is on the horizon a great comfort

August 2, 2013

My family and I just returned from a gorgeous horse pack trip into the Bighorns for four days. The laundry is epic and our sunburn impressive but it was all worth it. As someone who grew up on the rolling plains of Illinois, I never tire of the mountains and I whine a fair amount Read More

Proposed riparian setbacks unfair

August 1, 2013

After the very successful promulgation of the Sheridan County Long Range Plan which was very open and included comments, additions and improvement from the public, I heard talks about the need to better manage riparian areas for the betterment of the environment. I thought: “This is nice. No one wants to live on a polluted Read More

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