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Colorful columbines work well to enhance the garden

August 15, 2014

The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because the shape of the flower petals, which are said to resemble an eagle’s claw. The common name “columbine” comes from the Latin for “dove,” due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together. This very adaptive native Read More

Edging, walls can provide you with landscape definition

About 15 years ago I asked a young landscape architect to do a plan for our backyard. We had moved into a newer home that was landscaped in front but nothing had been done to the back of the house. It was “natural.” The house is built on a bluff above a river and some Read More

Three-prong approach to development — awareness, attitude, action

A3 is our constant economic development strategy — this is simple. A=Awareness, A=Attitude, A=Action.  Recently (end of July) we had two potential business relocation opportunities exploring Sheridan as a place of business. One business is a metal fabrication business and the other business is a bio-sensitive cleaning solution manufacturer and distributor.  One from afar and Read More

Farmers markets fit into larger local food and product picture

August 8, 2014

Sheridan Farmers Market is in full swing, with registered vendors and attendees at an all time high. Our farmers market is a small but integral part of the larger local food and product picture. We are here to create an affordable outlet to those smaller producers and artisans, that provide healthy food and unique items Read More

Crazy days mean crazy sales, good time to support local business

August 1, 2014

A nice lady stopped by our office the other day and was asking about the history of Crazy Days. During our conversation, I began sharing one of my memories of Crazy Days as a child. I must have been all of 8, but maybe 9. I was definitely old enough to ride my bike (I Read More

Tourism season still in full swing after Sheridan WYO Rodeo

July 25, 2014

By just about every measure available, we’re in the midst of one of the strongest tourism seasons in Sheridan’s history. The slowdown that traditionally accompanies the closing days of the WYO Rodeo has yet to begin, and we’re working hard to ensure the momentum we’ve generated throughout the year carries through the remaining months. Like Read More

Do you know when to pick your vegetables?

When should I be harvesting my vegetables? This is a question being asked starting this time of year. Most vegetables should be harvested while they are young. This is when they have the most flavors are the most tender and have the most nutrients. The vegetables in the grocery stores are good but are harvested Read More

Guide diaries: No swimmin’ in the fishin’ hole

July 24, 2014

Over the past few years, I’ve had a number of folks, both locally and nationally, ask about whether I’d ever return to the professional fishing guide business again.  After long consideration, I finally decided this spring to get back on the water and start earning a bit more income for my family. When I obtained Read More

Generosity has always allowed Sheridan a library

July 17, 2014

Sheridan has had a library of sorts since 1883. That’s interesting considering the fact that Sheridan wasn’t even incorporated until a year later, when Sheridan was still part of Johnson County. How did that all happen? Well, it was because of John D. Loucks, who founded Sheridan. Mr. Loucks opened a library in the upstairs Read More

Memories of the big roundups

May 20, 2014

Albert G. Brown was the son of Captain Joseph T.  Brown (1849-1908) who established the Three Circle ranch near Birney, Montana, in the mid 1880s. While the Three Circle is in Montana,  only about 45 miles north of Sheridan, it is usually considered in the “Sheridan area” when it comes to local history. So it Read More

Ranchers challenged to share stories

May 16, 2014

This past week Sheridan College and Padlock Ranch hosted a Ranch Sustainability Forum. During the first two days attendees learned about range monitoring, low stress livestock handling and computer apps that enhance productivity. The University of Wyoming hosted an open house at the Sheridan Research and Education Center. Bob Langert, VP for Corporate Sustainability for Read More

Vote online now to help Sheridan garner ‘Best Town’ designation

Some of the most respected names in the travel industry are beginning to take notice of Sheridan, Wyoming. From working with group tours on an international scale to achieving more recognition across the U.S., we’re making some great strides in terms of becoming one of the West’s premier destination towns. Sheridan is currently one of Read More

Finding happiness in the little things, advice in TED podcasts

April 4, 2014

I’ve been left unattended on my early morning walks of late. The dogs and I are missing Sandra’s presence since she hurt her knee skiing and had to have surgery. A bit selfish of her to leave me alone all these weeks, really. Pandora’s dubious song choices can only go so far thus I’ve decided Read More

Underbit Bill and the Bachelor’s Ball

March 25, 2014

Some old-time newspaper reporters found unique ways to report local news. For instance, in May, 1901, a Sheridan Post reporter invented a cow-puncher character called “Underbit Bill” to describe a Bachelor’s Ball held at the Sheridan Inn. The “Cowpuncher’s Version” allowed as how old Underbit just wandered in off the range and found himself smack Read More

Carneyville­ ­an important part of area history

March 11, 2014

The Carney coal mines, and the company town of Carneyville, were established in 1904 on the Tongue River north of Sheridan. The start-up was the subject of an article in the Sheridan Post on Aug. 9, 1904, which proclaimed that the Carney coal camp was the third big coal mine to be opened in Sheridan Read More

Wyoming’s demographic ‘time bomb’

February 5, 2014

As the legislative session approaches one of the most pressing issues we’re facing is a provision under the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, regards Medicaid expansion. It provides that anyone earning up to 138 percent of the poverty line would now qualify for Medicaid if the state accepts the provision. In addition, the federal government would Read More

Sheridan Hospitality Coalition conducts first meeting

January 31, 2014

From a tourism-industry perspective, Wyoming’s winters traditionally present an annual opportunity to revisit campaign messages for the forthcoming year, strengthen existing associations, develop new alliances, and generally prepare for the tourist season to come. While that is certainly the case this year, our office is going a step further to ensure that this effort to Read More

Pioneer woman’s anecdotes still interesting

January 28, 2014

In 1955, Mrs. Madge Austin Wade gave an interview to The Sheridan Press about her pioneer life in the “…days before there was a Sheridan.” It still makes interesting reading. Mrs. Wade was only 6 weeks old when she arrived from Kansas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Austin, and her 4.5-year-old brother, Read More

Training your brain at Sheridan College

January 24, 2014

Who knew my brain could be trained? After all, the success rate in training my children, dogs, cats, and most importantly, husband seems deplorable at best. So why would I think I’d have any success with my brain? Because it turns out that it can be made to do different things, to think differently, to Read More

Hill investigation an unusual process

Beginning in 2011, allegations and activities that focused on the State Superintendent of Education, Cindy Hill, were brought to the governor’s office. Further allegations of misuse of state/federal funds, coupled with reported personnel relations that were supported by the inordinate high loss of former staff (more than 40 percent) caused the governor’s office to feel Read More

Incentives, workforce options in economic development mix

January 17, 2014

Incentives – the concept of using tax exception, grants or loans to enable a business to expand or relocate — are quickly coming to the forefront in Wyoming. Recently, Cheyenne Leads and the State of Wyoming provided a loan/grant package, reportedly around $13 million to gun manufacturer Magpul to relocate from Colorado to Cheyenne. Is Read More

Supporting our strong communities

January 10, 2014

As Wyoming residents, we live and raise our families, not in the Capitol, but in the cities, towns and counties across the state. These places are home and Main Street is where we take care of the affairs of our daily lives – raising families, going to work, making time for friends and neighbors – Read More

Help us continue revitalization efforts downtown

Did you know that the National Main Street Program began as a National Trust pilot program in three Midwest communities more than 30 years ago and now 30 years later, more than 2,000 communities across the country have adopted Main Street’s tools of historic preservation and economic revitalization? They use them to breathe new life Read More

Sheridan news from 100 years ago today

December 31, 2013

It is interesting and fun to read what the local newspaper, The Sheridan Enterprise, served up as fare for its readers exactly 100 years ago on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1913. The four page newspaper was crammed full of about everything imaginable. The headline on the front page was “New York Commissioner of Police Read More

Focusing on the ‘classic’ part of Christmas

December 20, 2013

As I write this with classical Christmas tunes coming from my computer, I endeavor to focus on the ‘classic’ part of the holiday. Because you see friends, when it comes to holiday traditions, I am all about the tacky. The tasteless.The just plain wrong. When I was a small child, we all had favorite ornaments. Read More

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