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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

Behind the teepee at the Indian relay races

May 21, 2013

The World Championship Indian Relay Race is the kick-off event of the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo (The WYO). This explosive event has launched every WYO Rodeo performance since 1997. The thrills it provides never fails to prime the pumps of the rodeo crowd and set the stage for a great rodeo performance. Since the inception of the event, Read More

Henry Coffeen and the building of a state

May 17, 2013

It might be difficult today for Sheridan citizens to believe that in September of 1889 many of the people of Sheridan County, Wyoming Territory, did not want Wyoming to become a state, feeling their taxes would go up. In fact, when the public vote to grant statehood came, Sheridan was the only county which voted Read More

Angels in our midst

There are few things I enjoy more than being proven right. And let me tell you, this happens so seldom that when I am proven right, I feel like I should have it tattooed on my arm. But since I don’t do voluntary pain (except for childbirth), I just crow about it to innocent bystanders. Read More

Establishing and growing small business key focus

May 10, 2013

One of the primary focus points for Forward Sheridan is to work with established and emerging small businesses to either broaden their market or increase their capacity. Is this the right focus? Recently, Anne Alexander, Ph.D from UW, provided some great baseline statistics about Wyoming related to these types of businesses. Wyoming has approximately 18,950 Read More

Dance with the gal that brung ya

“Don’t forget to dance with the gal that brung ya!” As a kid I wasn’t sure what it meant. My dad explained to me, it means, before you start looking around, make sure you take care of what’s right in front of you. That old adage is true in economic development as well. It’s a Read More

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