Category Archives: Local Columnists

Contributions from local columnists

Health Watch: Patient-Centered Medical Home: The new patient/physician partnership

By Hannah Hall, MD Big Horn Mountain Medicine recently received the highest level of recognition as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home from the National Committee on Quality Assurance. To accomplish this recognition, officials at BHMM had to demonstrate, by means of an arduous examination process, that their clinicians and practices consistently adhere to evidence-based,… Continue Reading

Entertainment will reach new height at the WYO

Special entertainment for the 85th Sheridan WYO Rodeo (The WYO) will reach new heights this year — 4,000 feet to be exact! That’s the altitude from which Dana Bowman, Sgt. First Class (retired), will parachute from an airplane to land in the Sheridan County Fairgrounds arena as part of the Grand Entry for each of… Continue Reading

Karma resulting from spring soccer smugness

Who’s enjoying this weather?  I know California would kill for this wetness but if one more person says we need the moisture, I’ll beat them with my soggy muck boots. I spent the holiday weekend at the Big Horn Equestrian Center as both a field marshall and parent of a player for the state soccer… Continue Reading

Community Perspectives: Protect your business from cyber threats and develop a cyber protection plan

By Jay Stender As many businesses know, survivability and growth are a much broader mission than just sales. On Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided an InfraGard Training Session, focused on cyber protection for our businesses. This was a risk management based seminar and introduced some ideas on how to address elements of this… Continue Reading

Column: Working on legislation we all can be proud of

By Dave Kinskey This year the Wyoming Legislature passed Senate File 12. SF 12 makes it illegal to trespass on private property for the purpose of collecting resource data. Such trespasses have allegedly occurred by activist groups seeking to interfere with, or shut down, agricultural operations. One such group has the stated goal of removing… Continue Reading

Column: Warm weather means downtown projects

By Beth Holsinger It is so exciting to see the tourists and visitors arriving in our downtown this time of year. Everything is buzzing with activity and temperatures and spirits are high. Tomorrow morning I have over 30 enthusiastic volunteers helping to hang the flower baskets on Main Street all the way to Fort Road,… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Heartburn: Nutrition therapy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

By Georgia Boley Nutrition, along with other lifestyle modifications, can lead to significant GERD symptom improvement. Key messages include: • Keep a food log to track the foods and beverages that make your symptoms worse. Certain foods and beverages weaken the esophageal sphincter (the one-way ‘door’ between your esophagus and stomach) including alcohol, peppermint, citrus… Continue Reading

Column: Moving beyond ‘fight or flight’

By Beth Kelsey The “fight or flight” response was first defined by Walter Cannon in 1915. The response was critical for the survival of our ancestors who were confronted with lions, tigers and other natural predators. Today, however, the “fight or flight” response is not as helpful and, in many cases, may be destructive to… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Early detection of lung cancer

With lung cancer still in the lead for cancer related deaths in America, finding ways to detect lung cancer in its early stages has been the focus of many studies over the years. None of these studies were able to support a method for the widespread screening of individuals at high risk for lung cancer… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Building resilience, transform your life

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… Continue Reading

Guest Column: Celebrate National Public Health Week

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Column: Regions and standing apart in a crowded world

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. … Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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