Local boards seeking volunteer members

July 1, 2013

Sheridan County Chamber board of directors SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for two board member openings. The term of office for a board member is three years starting in September. The board meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All board members Read More

Next Wyo. Wednesday with Story Fish Hatchery

SHERIDAN — The next Wyoming Wednesday program will be July 10 at 10 a.m. Jennifer Meineke of the Story Fish Hatchery will talk about the hatchery and what eventually happens to the fish. Wyoming Wednesdays are held at the Wyoming Welcome Center, 1517 E. Fifth St., each Wednesday in July except for July 3. They Read More

Lifeguarding: Not just a day in the sun

June 28, 2013

SHERIDAN — Being a lifeguard may look easy, but if you ask Tyler Kaufmann it’s no day at the beach. Kaufmann is one of 28 lifeguards at the Kendrick Pool and he has done the job for the last three years. He says it is not quite as carefree as it looks. “People think it Read More

Sheridan woman has golden dreams

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — With July around the corner, many Sheridan County residents have the sounds of rodeo in their ears. But for resident Jacqueline Jones, it’s the crack of pool and pingpong balls that sound in her ears. Jones, who quickly introduces herself as Jacky, is training for the 2013 Read More

Travel bug at the Senior Center

The firs senior citizen day trips I know of took place in the 70’s and 80’s at the Tongue River meal site. At that time the Senior Center contracted with one of the restaurants in Ranchester or Dayton. My parents, Burl and Roberta Wilkes, were instrumental in getting the meal program started in the Tongue Read More

Scholarships available for Day Break

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Senior Center’s Day Break elder care program has announced the availability of scholarships for seniors who would benefit from a supervised day routine. The opportunity to engage in meaningful activities is essential to human health. Day Break can provide entertainment and companionship for individuals who are isolated and often alone. Day Read More

U.S. coal exports making steady inroads into Asian markets

SHERIDAN — U.S. coal exports have made steady inroads into Asian markets since 2007, according to figures released last week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Almost all exported coal to Asia went to the world’s top four coal importers: China, Japan, India and South Korea. The continent’s share of total U.S. coal exports increased Read More

Resource Center committee works to finalize plans

SHERIDAN — The planners behind an effort to aggregate community resources such as food banks and employment agencies took another step toward finalizing their vision during a meeting at First Christian Church Thursday. An offshoot of last fall’s Study Circles on Poverty initiative — a program sponsored by the Center for a Vital Community at Read More

Road warriors take local cycling to a new level

SHERIDAN — They love to race, but they’re not a race club. They love to grunt up singletrack, but they’re not a mountain club. They love a baby blue cruiser with a basket on the front as much as a sleek road bike or a mud-covered hardtail. If it’s a bike and someone is riding Read More

Cyclists see untapped potential in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — Bomber Mountain Cycling Club members believe Sheridan could become one of the next great cycling destinations in America. Just like Curt Gowdy State Park near Cheyenne has developed into a mountain bike haven and Billings, Mont., has been marketing itself as an ideal destination for bike and brew tours, Sheridan has the makings Read More

Task force moving forward with economic development efforts

SHERIDAN — Major efforts are underway to revamp the way Sheridan sells its economic development potential to interested members of the national business community. At a meeting Thursday of the Economic Development Task Force — a group comprised of representatives from various government and nonprofit entities — board members prepped for the launch of a Read More

Fans will get rare opportunity to see Cowgirls play in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — Not many Division 1 programs can take the whole team back to a player’s hometown for a game. The University of Wyoming is doing that for four of its players at once. In a state where the distance from the only four-year university and Division 1 athletic programs is for many up to Read More

SCSD1 discusses strategic plan

RANCHESTER — Sheridan County School District 1 staff, administrators and community members met Wednesday and Thursday to evaluate the district’s strengths and weaknesses and update its strategic plan. The two-day work session was the next step in a process that began in May that involved gathering feedback from more than 100 people including teachers, staff, Read More

Another area bar goes smoke free

SHERIDAN — The air has begun to clear at yet another Sheridan bar. The Rainbow Bar at 264 N. Main St. is officially smoke free following a decision by the family that has long owned the downtown establishment. Don Townsend, the bar’s owner for nearly 50 years, died earlier this month, and during a celebration Read More

College’s lecture series kicks off Sun.

SHERIDAN — The first Sheridan College 2013 Mountain Lecture Series will be Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus. SC Professor Emeritus and local wildflower expert Dr. Dick Birkholz will discuss his observations and the characteristics of flowers in this region. The lecture series offers the public an opportunity to visit Spear-O-Wigwam and Read More

SJHS students, chaperones tour Boston

SHERIDAN — Thirty Sheridan Junior High School students, teachers, parents and grandparents traveled to Boston, Mass., from June 7-12 for a trip through American history. The trip was organized and executed by history teacher Renel Ellis. Students visited sites such as Boston’s Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, Boston Commons and the Public Garden. Read More

Science Kids birding class July 8-11

SHERIDAN — Science Kids is offering an “Art of Birding” class July 8-11 for children ages 9-11. This class will combine science and art to learn about ornithology — the study of birds. Birds are everywhere and participants will learn how to identify the different types by their color, song, behavior and habitat. The second Read More

Burtis benefit July 7 at Legion Post 7

SHERIDAN — A benefit for Roberta “Bert” Burtis will be held July 7 at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 7, 137 N. Brooks St. Burtis was recently diagnosed with cancer. She is a Sheridan native who drove school buses for Sheridan County School District 2 for more than 30 years. Burtis is an Read More

Community blood drive at Best Western

SHERIDAN — United Blood Services will hold a community blood drive Monday through Wednesday at the Best Western Sheridan Center ballroom. There will be free cholesterol tests offered with every donation. Blood drive hours are Monday from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 Read More

‘Bradford’s Garden Party’ set for July 5

SHERIDAN — The Brinton Museum’s third annual summer fundraiser, “Bradford’s Garden Party,” will be July 5 from 6-9 p.m. The event will be at 239 Brinton Road in Big Horn and is an evening of food, drink and music. The event will be held in the Brinton gardens with music by the Munsick family and Read More

Museum to unveil diorama July 6

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County Museum will unveil its newest diorama at 10 a.m. July 6. “The Battle of the Rosebud” is by Tom Warnke and Connie Robison. The unveiling is free and open to the public. For more information call the museum at 675-1150. The museum is located at 850 Sibley Circle.

Group moving toward realizing local bus system

June 27, 2013

SHERIDAN — Proponents of expanded public transportation have moved one step closer to a new, more comprehensive local bus system following a meeting of the Public Transit Initiative of Sheridan County Wednesday. A loosely organized group of citizens concerned about a lack of transportation options, the group has recently begun discussing possibilities for bus and Read More

SMH budget drops 3.1 percent in expenditures

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved fiscal year 2014-2015 capital and operating budgets at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday. The operating budget includes a 3.1 percent drop in expenditures compared to last year’s budget in an effort to balance expenses and revenues and be profitable in the next fiscal year, finance Read More

Frackelton’s holds ribbon cutting

Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors welcomed Frackelton’s restaurant with a ribbon cutting ceremony June 14. Pictured, from left, are Chamber Ambassadors Danyell Brewer, Carl Geertz and Stella Montano, Frackelton’s General Manager Dave Youngren, Service Manager Cody Davey, Executive Chef Cole Evans, Chamber Ambassador Neel Dhodapkar, Frackelton’s owner Kim Love and Chamber Ambassador Michelle Buchanan-Smith. Read More

Science Kids rocks class offered July 1-2

SHERIDAN — Science Kids is holding a two-day “Rocks in My Head” class for kids ages 12-14. Instructor Dave Nicolarsen, a professional geologist, will lead the students in exploring and learning about geology and the rocks of our area. Attendees will see a petrified forest with trees still standing as they were 75 million years Read More