Local Columnists

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

Wyo-Rodeo a world beater

July 30, 2013

Last week the numbers for The 2013 Wyo-Rodeo were announced. This year ticket sales reached 19,354 (last year it was 18,587). This year the contestants received $292,417 in prize money (last year the figure was $279,374). These are pretty awesome numbers, the best in the 83-year history of the Wyo. The attendance and payout figures Read More

Sheridan setting readiness standard

July 26, 2013

Forward Sheridan supports the Sheridan College Bond issue to improve capacity and educational training. This is a key strut to our economic development framework. Forward Sheridan just completed a two-part strategic planning session with our board members and government stakeholders. The unique characteristic was the process framework that was used, independent and focused three-member breakout Read More

Passing of Graham the end of an era

A number of people have expressed the same thought…that the passing of librarian, historian and author Helen Graham marks the “end of an era.” It is not that all the work and excitement at preserving our rich heritage abruptly ends, but rather just the opposite, for Helen and those who have gone before her have Read More

Nothing adventured, nothing gained

July 23, 2013

Near the end of a long and challenging day of hiking during a recent camp site scouting trip, my hiking partner suggested we jump into a high mountain lake. “I don’t jump in glacial lakes,” I proclaimed. “They are way too cold!” In all of my years of hiking and backpacking, it’s true, I have Read More

Help keep pets safe during scary thunderstorms

July 19, 2013

Many pets are sound sensitive and become scared and stressed during fireworks and thunderstorm season, especially if they’re in areas where fireworks are set off day after day, or if we’re having lots of thunderstorms. They will hide, run, slip through opened doors or chew their way out, jump through windows, destroy fences and anything Read More

Plenty to do downtown during the summer season

It is so exciting to see all the tourists and visitors downtown this time of year. Everything is buzzing with activity and the temperatures and spirits are up. We are having a great summer here at the Downtown Sheridan Association. We have public restrooms, a community room and an informational kiosk along with tons of Read More

Rules of the road — A little cultural perspective

July 16, 2013

A person moaned to me the other day that he was tired of heavy traffic and loony drivers in Sheridan. I thought to myself, “Man, this guy needs some perspective.” He should try driving in Saudi Arabia. I have. I worked and drove in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for two years and count myself lucky to Read More

Sheridan summer activities in full swing

July 5, 2013

We’re in full-swing now, Sheridan! The warm, beautiful weather we’ve had over the past few weeks has certainly done its part to entice visitation to the Sheridan area, and as we enter one of the busiest months of the season — and, coincidentally a new fiscal year — we can take a moment to reflect Read More

Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo attracts the best

July 2, 2013

It’s rodeo time in Sheridan, Wyo.! On July 10-14 the best professional rodeo talent in the world will converge on Sheridan to compete in The Wyo. The current scheduled lineup of contestants is amazing. In professional rodeo the goal of all contestants is to be in the top 15 on the money list which qualifies Read More

“Economic Preparedness” is Essential for Wyoming

June 28, 2013

Each year the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development produces a report called “Education at a Glance” that, among other things, includes an assessment about the relative educational performance of various countries. It is from this report, and reports like it, that Americans hear that the U.S. is ranked “such-and-such” in the world in Math, Read More

One assumption we all can embrace

June 21, 2013

The extraordinary and inspirational Martha Beck came to my rescue again. Just when I’m at a loss for a hook for my column, she appears. I was reading an article written by her about spreading sunshine to others and how it’s not very hard to make someone’s day. My mom’s oft-repeated quote was, “if they Read More

City budget helps ensure sound financial future

It’s that time of year where we wrap up deliberations on the city’s budget. The City Council and the city’s management team began meeting six weeks ago and have just finalized another budget. I feel that it is appropriate to recap the priorities facing this council and this community. At the top of the list Read More

Bugging out during the Depression

June 18, 2013

The 1930’s were difficult for the people of Sheridan County. Those were the miserable years of prolonged drought and economic depression. Piled on top of those miseries were the bugs — grasshoppers and Mormon crickets. Periodically these pesky critters arrived in great hordes and rendered grief and destruction. The critters provided fodder for countless stories. Read More

Making Sheridan suitable for business expansion

June 14, 2013

Recently some businesses from Florida and Colorado visited Sheridan (and other Wyoming communities) with the intention of doing early groundwork for potential business sites. Their intentions were to determine if the area, Sheridan, would be “suitable” for their business. Suitable is the key operative word. Forward Sheridan and our business partners have developed specific information Read More

Creating a downtown development plan

June 7, 2013

In spring of 2012, The Downtown Sheridan Association and the City began a process to create a strategic plan to further economic development and the continued revitalization of downtown. This Downtown Business Plan was completed in August of last year, resulting in a business development work plan for business support, recruitment and retention in downtown Read More

The ‘pickle’ of good customer service

May 31, 2013

Last week the Sheridan County Chamber, along with PeAk Consulting, hosted one of our bi-monthly Chamber Workshops on customer service. It was a packed room, with 26 people in attendance representing about 24 different businesses. To open the training, the participants were asked to share a good customer service encounter they had experienced with a Read More

New campaign getting the word out about Sheridan

May 24, 2013

It’s becoming more apparent each and every day that the annual influx of tourism to the Sheridan area is well under way. Each morning, those of us at the Visitor’s Center are witnessing more and more domestic and international group tours that are visiting the facility, and it’s been enlightening to hear their comments about Read More

Springtime can be a dangerous time for furry companions

Did you know spring time can be very dangerous for your pet? While gardens and yards are lovely for relaxing they can also prove dangerous for our animal companions. When designing and planting your green space it’s a good idea to keep in mind that many popular outdoor plants — including sago palm, rhododendron and azalea Read More

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