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50 acres, pole barn lost in fire

SHERIDAN — A trash-burning barrel resulted in a 50-acre grassland fire and the loss of a pole shed Wednesday for property owners on Coutant Creek Road. The Goose Valley Fire Department, Sheridan Fire-Rescue, Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mountain Ambulance and Clearmont Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze around 2:15 p.m., according to Goose… Continue Reading

Construction on ICU could begin as soon as this fall

SHERIDAN— Expansion to Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit could begin as soon as this fall, CEO Mike McCafferty told board members yesterday at their monthly meeting. The project will cost the hospital an estimated $6.5 million — with construction costs nearing 80 percent of that total. McCafferty said that number is conservative and will likely… Continue Reading

Local school districts fill the ranks

SHERIDAN — As Sheridan County’s three school districts gear up for the start of a new school year, a few changes will take place. Most notably all three districts will see additions to their teaching staff. Sheridan County School District 2, as the largest district in town, will see the biggest changes. All schools in… Continue Reading

Countywide fire restrictions start July 31

SHERIDAN — Starting July 31 the county is implementing fire restrictions in order to preemptively fight against fires. As part of the rules, no open fires or open flame shall be permitted in unimproved areas in the county. No campfires are allowed on state land. Campfires are allowed on commercial campgrounds or at lodging facilities… Continue Reading

Wyo. residents may be asked to vote on privacy issue

SHERIDAN — Voters in the next general election may see a question at the ballot box asking if they want a constitutional amendment that would protect their right to privacy. The right-to-privacy amendment to the Wyoming Constitution was approved by the Legislature’s Taskforce on Digital Information Privacy during its meeting at Sheridan College Wednesday. Advocates… Continue Reading

Dayton Days competition winners announced

SHERIDAN — Officials with Dayton Days have announced the winners of the various Dayton Days competitions.   The Parade winners were as follows: Best commercial float — Tongue River Child’s Place Best organization float: child — Joy of Dance Best organization float: adult —Town of Dayton Best non-float entry — Laird Rob MacLean playing the… Continue Reading

UW Art Museum exhibit to be on display at Senior Center

SHERIDAN — The University of Wyoming Art Museum exhibition “Through the Looking Glass: The Portrait of the Artist” will be on view in Sheridan from Monday through August 31 in the Sheridan Senior Center display case. The exhibit explores the tradition of self-portraits and portraits of artists in variety of mediums including drawings, prints and… Continue Reading

Are UW student emails public records?

Are UW student emails public records?

SHERIDAN — Legislators meeting in Sheridan Tuesday discussed whether emails belonging to students at the University of Wyoming should be public information that any citizen can request to see. Workers at the University of Wyoming are currently in the process of compiling a student’s emails following a public information request, but it is unclear if… Continue Reading

Judge delivers unique sentence

SHERIDAN — Judge John Fenn agreed to end a man’s incarceration in Sheridan County as of his 4th Judicial District Court date Tuesday morning. All told, he served 166 days in jail. Gilbert Lefthand, 31, of Billings, Montana, previously pleaded guilty to burglary and accepted a plea agreement. The unique, short punishment — the crime… Continue Reading

Theater festival wraps up successful first year

SHERIDAN — After a month of rehearsals and shows, the Wyoming Theater Festival wrapped up last week with general success. Festival Director DannyLee Hodnett confirmed that WTF will return next summer with multiple improvements. Based on surveys handed out to audience members on the last two days, as well as some light eavesdropping in the… Continue Reading

Nonprofit applies for grant with hope for larger facility

SHERIDAN — Saying they have simply “flat out run out of space,” Executive Director Susan Carr of the Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns says her organization is in the preliminary stages of finding a new home for its various operations. CASBH is an organization that operates several services including court-appointed special advocates, family… Continue Reading

Five plead not guilty to felony charges

SHERIDAN — Five individuals facing felonies stood before Judge John Fenn and pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in 4th Judicial District Court. Andrew Smith, 23, of Sheridan, led off the arraignments by pleading not guilty to one count of forgery, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Authorities… Continue Reading

STEM conference to unite education, business in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — A conference in Sheridan will bring educators and industry together to learn how to implement Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs in Wyoming schools. The second annual “Roadmap to STEM” conference is building on last years’ event by welcoming participation from business representatives. Wyoming Contractors Association Executive Director Katie Legerski says industry must… Continue Reading

Sportsman’s Association donates to cancer center

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Sportsman’s Association has chosen the Patient Comfort Care program at the Welch Cancer Center as the beneficiary of the funds raised during the third annual “H&R Block Cancer Trap Shoot” that was held at the end of June. “Taking care of our patients to the very best of our ability… Continue Reading

Playing chicken: A girl takes on the fair

Playing chicken: A girl takes on the fair

SHERIDAN — Josie Ankney won overall grand champion for her chicken, Snowball, at the Sheridan County Fair last year, and she’s coming back for a repeat. But that means a fresh start. “The chicken that I had last year kinda died,” Josie said. With more than 150 chickens to choose from, Josie has quite a… Continue Reading

Measures of Devotion: Veteran joins to invest in future

Measures of Devotion: Veteran joins to invest in future

SHERIDAN — Robert Lewis spent more time training for his position as a helicopter electrician and rescue air crewman than he did in active warfare in the U.S. Navy. But as he was preparing to be someone who replenished necessary supplies by airlifting pallets of goods to soldiers while pulling people from the waters below,… Continue Reading

Few expected to apply for hemp registration

SHERIDAN — As Sheridan and Wyoming residents have the opportunity to apply for hemp extract registration cards, questions over similarities between hemp and marijuana arise. Cards will provide qualifying individuals with intractable epilepsy to treat their symptoms with hemp. Coming from Cannabis Sativa — a plant typically used for industrial purposes — it carries only… Continue Reading

Patient life-flighted out of wilderness

SHERIDAN — An individual was flown out of the Bighorn National Forest and transported to Sheridan Memorial Hospital Saturday with a medical condition. Clinical Base Supervisor Burton Hayden reported Wyoming Life Flight dispatched south of Cloud Peak in Johnson County to pick up a member of a hiking party that had used a GPS device… Continue Reading

Possible tornado reported in the Bighorn Mountains

SHERIDAN — A cold front that rumbled through the area Monday evening left some damage in its path, according to reports from the National Weather Service. Red Flag Warnings, indicating very high fire danger, were issued for Sunday afternoon and again for Monday. According to the NWS, these warnings were verified when several grass fires… Continue Reading

DEQ reclassifies E. coli standard for numerous Wyoming waterways

SHERIDAN — New classifications from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality allow many of the state’s smaller creeks and streams to possess higher levels of E. coli than previously acceptable. Popular Sheridan County waterways, however, were largely unaffected by the new rules. DEQ designated lower quality standards “secondary-contact recreation” creeks that flow at less than… Continue Reading

Want to dance? Stop by the fairgrounds Friday night

SHERIDAN — As part of the entertainment of the Sheridan County Fair, a community dance under the fairground grandstands will be offered Friday. All members of the community are invited to dance to the music of Justin Beasley beginning at 8 p.m. This event is free and will last until 10 p.m. The Sheridan County… Continue Reading

Story Home Sampler to be held Sat.

SHERIDAN — On Saturday, the Story Woman’s Club will host the 7th annual Story Home Sampler. A self-guided tour of five Story-area homes from quaint log cabins to modern mansions will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased now from Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery, the Buffalo Gardens… Continue Reading

Sheridan WYO Rodeo royalty recognized recently

SHERIDAN — The 2016 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Royalty were crowned during the final Sheridan WYO Rodeo performance of this year. The 2016 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Royalty are the following: Queen: Bailey McLean, the 20-year-old daughter of Doug and Jamie McLean of Sheridan; Sr. Princess: Gabrielle Koltiska, the 18-year-old daughter of Justin and Jessie Koltiska and… Continue Reading

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