Big West Arts Festival Aug. 3-4

July 22, 2013

SHERIDAN — The eighth annual Big West Arts Festival will be held at Sheridan College on Aug. 3-4. There will be displays of visual and performing arts. Artist booths are open Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Music will be performed throughout both days, Read More

Rapid Creek Rangers to perform at Carriage House

SHERIDAN — On Friday, the Rapid Creek Rangers will perform a concert at the Carriage House Theater. In the early 1970s, a group of local musicians formed a band called the Rapid Creek Rangers. Some of the group gathered in Sheridan last year to play music and have come back again this year. The members Read More

Science Kids presents ‘Black Diamonds’

SHERIDAN — Science Kids is offering a “Black Diamonds of Sheridan” class Aug. 5-6 for children ages 9-11. Join Science Kids, Sheridan County Museum and Sheridan County Land Trust to follow the Black Diamond Historic Mine Trail and learn about Sheridan County’s early settlements. Instructor Colin Betzler will lead the study of coal and archeology Read More

Notable neighbor: Local doctor enjoys solving diagnostic puzzles

SHERIDAN — Dr. Barry Wohl, a pediatrician at Northeast Wyoming Pediatric Associates, is celebrating his 35th year of practice in Sheridan. He is a native of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and came to Sheridan in the summer of Read More

Class project turns into 40-minute documentary

July 19, 2013

SHERIDAN — Ever since she was a young child, Sheridan High School senior Nikki Copenhaver has loved horses. However, for a recent journalism class assignment, she decided to create a documentary film that captured other people’s love of horses, rather than her own. “I’ve always been horse crazy,” Copenhaver said. “It always comes down to Read More

Have recent shootings affected screen violence?

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a year ago this week that the sickening sound of gunfire rang out at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. The mass shooting reverberated painfully in Hollywood, and how could it not? It happened at the movies. Five months later, the horrific massacre of Read More

Full-service in a self-service world

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — If you pull into the Sheridan Farmer’s Co-op in Sheridan for gas, don’t be surprised when Harold Ruzila steps to your vehicle and asks what you want. He is Farmer Co-op’s gas attendant. His job is to fuel your vehicle, wash your windshield, check the air pressure Read More

The trouble with ‘me’

Sometimes I don’t like me. I get kind of whiney. Well, OK, I get a lot whiney. Then I want to leave me and go to Mexico. But I know that I would be taking me with me and somehow “me” would find something to whine about in Mexico too. I wonder who this person Read More

Beacon on the hill — Kendrick celebrates 100 years

SHERIDAN — On July 25, 1913, the Trail End State Historic Site was the site of Rosa-Maye Kendrick’s 16th birthday party with local musicians entertaining 40 guests in the ballroom. At the time, it was not a museum, but the most technologically advanced house in Sheridan and quite simply “home” for the John B. Kendrick Read More

Local man to compete on Jeopardy

SHERIDAN — Sheridan resident Patrick Geary will appear on the nationally televised game show Jeopardy on Monday. Geary, 25, said he grew up watching the nightly game show and has aspired for many years to be a contestant. “I’ve always been a fan of the show, ever since I was a really little kid,” Geary Read More

City, WYDOT to discuss lowering speed limits on Brundage Lane

SHERIDAN — In an effort to curb vehicle accidents at one of the city’s more dangerous intersections, Sheridan Police Chief Rich Adriaens is planning to hold preliminary discussions with officials from the Wyoming Department of Transportation regarding lowering the speed limit on a heavily traveled section of Brundage Lane. At issue is the portion of Read More

Police: Smith was stalling; city employee passenger in car

SHERIDAN — Police records recently obtained by The Sheridan Press have shed more light on the April 26 drunk driving arrest of Sheridan City Councilor Shelleen Smith. Arresting officers claimed Smith attempted to delay taking a field sobriety test after being pulled over at 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Absaraka Street and Big Horn Read More

Dominguez: Should not ignore Smith’s DUI

SHERIDAN — It has been nearly three months since the April 26 drunk driving arrest of Sheridan City Councilor Shelleen Smith. There have been no official calls for Smith to resign her seat on Council, but this week, following her guilty plea July 11, the release of police records regarding the incident and a Council meeting Read More

Absentee voting ongoing in special election for SC bond issue

SHERIDAN — The special election for the Sheridan College bond issue is fast approaching. In one month, on Aug. 20, polling sites around the county will be open for all registered voters to cast their ballot for or against the $15.85 million, 16-year general obligation bond that will support expansion of the college’s technical education Read More

Garden tour to offer a variety of styles, ideas

SHERIDAN — For all the green thumbs out there, this weekend holds the opportunity to check out local gardens, swap tips and learn from others experiences. Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery will be offering their first annual garden tour Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in participating can pick up maps either today Read More

Blood drive Monday

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Police Department’s Rescue 911 Heroes will hold a blood drive Monday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The bloodmobile will be at the police department at 45 W. 12th St. Appointments are strongly recommended, although walk-ins are welcome. To schedule your blood donation appointment, see (sponsor code: rescue), or call Read More

July 19, 2013, New faces

Landon David Ott Landon David Ott was born July 9, 2013, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces. He was welcomed by his parents Chad and Shallon Ott of Sheridan and brother Masyn. His grandparents are David and Sue Ott of Newhall, Calif., Doug and Kimberly Meier of Big Horn and Bill Read More

Alan Jackson concert expected to draw crowd

SHERIDAN — One of country music’s biggest stars is coming to the King of Cowboy towns Sunday night. Alan Jackson, known for such number one hits as “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” and “Country Boy” will play the Trails End Concert Park Sunday night. He has won two Grammy Awards, sold 60 Read More

CHAPS receives $38K grant

SHERIDAN — The Roger I. and Ruth B. Macfarlane Foundation in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., has awarded CHAPS Equine Assisted Therapy a $38,000 grant for scholarships for low-income participants, veterans programming, at-risk youth programming and a pilot program for caregivers of terminally ill loved ones (a partnership with the Sheridan Senior Center). “We are incredibly Read More

Local band wins competition

SHERIDAN — Gary Small and the Coyote’ Bros won the Wyoming Blues and Jazz Society’s Third Annual Blues Challenge competition held July 14 in Casper. Bands from across the state competed to be Wyoming’s representative at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge, to be held in Memphis, Tenn., in January. The foursome — consisting of Read More

Tuition-free virtual school to present Monday

SHERIDAN — Wyoming Connections Academy, a tuition-free virtual public school, will host a free information session for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education. The information session is Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Sheridan Convention Center, 1809 Sugarland Drive. This session will provide families with an Read More

Field of Honor set for Aug. 9-11 at college

SHERIDAN — The first Sheridan County Field of Honor flag display will be on the front lawn of Sheridan College from Aug. 9-11. The Healing Field and Field of Honor flag display programs began on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as a way to depict the loss the nation suffered. Read More

Nontraditional path leads woman to nontraditional job

July 18, 2013

SHERIDAN — Amanda Craig, 28, never thought she would find herself working with metal, sparks and flame. In fact, she never imagined that she would be working with equipment larger than herself. But as the only female student in the 2013 graduating welding technology class at Sheridan College, that is exactly where she wanted to Read More

Updating infrastructure in changing city an ongoing challenge

SHERIDAN — From inside his home on East Fifth Street, Sheridan resident Rich McCormick gets a daily first-hand look at semi-trucks and other large tankers as they barrel into town from the Interstate 90 exit just east of his front door. This year’s rodeo traffic now behind him, McCormick said commercial vehicle use on East Read More

SCSD1 approves $20.9 million budget

RANCHESTER — The Sheridan County School District 1 Board of Trustees approved a $20.9 million budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year at its regularly scheduled meeting last night. “It has been basically flat for the last couple years,” SCSD 1 Business Manager Jeremy Smith said. “The one thing that concerns us long-term is the decline Read More