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City hiring additional full-time staff in 2015-16

SHERIDAN — About 73 percent of Sheridan’s projected $11.2 million general fund budget in 2015-16 is dedicated to personnel, a group whose ranks will grow this year due to the city’s new curbside recycling program. The city plans to increase its workforce to 175 full-time equivalents in 2015, Human Resources Director Heather Doke recently told… Continue Reading

Chamber encourages locals to ‘Paint the Town Red’

SHERIDAN — With only a month until the bulls and broncs buck out of the chutes at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds, several organizations around Sheridan are encouraging businesses to paint the town red. The Downtown Sheridan Association, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce and the Sheridan WYO Rodeo board are currently holding a window decorating competition… Continue Reading

Vandals: Reward offered for information that leads to arrest

Vandals: Reward offered for information that leads to arrest

SHERIDAN — Reports of vandalism Tuesday night in the area near Sheridan Avenue and Whitney Plaza have left business owners and residents with a tough job of cleaning paint off of their property. Janet Barnes, administrative coordinator for the Whitney Benefits Foundation, said individuals had painted graffiti on the nonprofit’s maintenance garage and a brick… Continue Reading

Heywood named SCSD1 teacher of the year

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 1 reading specialist Sara Heywood was named the SCSD1 teacher of the year for 2014-15. A panel of her peers including past winners and administrators selected Heywood, who has worked at Big Horn Elementary for 18 years. The award includes a nomination for the Wyoming Teacher of the Year… Continue Reading

Wreckers join Chamber, celebrate with ribbon cutting

Wreckers join Chamber, celebrate with ribbon cutting

SHERIDAN — What do roller skates, community service, bruises and names like “Kellraiser” have in common?  The Sheridan Roller Derby League. The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce welcomed the league as a new member, along with Sheridan’s own women’s roller derby team, the Wild West Wreckers, recently. In addition to spending time on skates as… Continue Reading

First summer offering at Spear-O-Wigwam set for Sunday

SHERIDAN — The first offering of Sheridan College Mountain Lectures at Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus will be offered Sunday. “Biodiversity Inside and Out” will feature lectures from Dr. Carlos Martinez Del Rio and Dr. Gary Beauvais, both of the University of Wyoming. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to come… Continue Reading

County to cut jobs, services

County to cut jobs, services

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County will begin laying off employees and cutting services in the coming weeks due to a massive budget shortfall, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Tom Ringley told department heads Thursday morning. Ringley began the solemn meeting by explaining the county’s financial situation. About two weeks ago, the Commission asked department heads to… Continue Reading

City projects utility rate increases for 2016 and beyond

SHERIDAN — In order to keep up with rising costs and inflation, the city of Sheridan will likely raise utility rates at least 2.5 percent annually for several years, according to a budget presentation Monday evening. Utilities Manager Dan Roberts told the Sheridan City Council that, in order to keep a healthy debt service coverage… Continue Reading

Committee to continue review of school funding

SHERIDAN — The Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration will continue its review of the existing model that funds all 48 school districts throughout Wyoming this summer. Committee members said the group will answer questions of whether the overall funding model is still applicable to 2015 as well as what improvements need to be seen… Continue Reading

Dayton considers applications for new businesses

DAYTON — The Dayton Town Council Monday considered two measures for new businesses on the town’s Main Street. A business slated to offer cabins for lodging asked for approval of a revised plat and conceptual site plan at 714 Main St. The Town Council approved the documents but will not release the building permits until the… Continue Reading

Student news

Phillips graduates from NAU SHERIDAN — Allison Phillips (formerly Allison Urbatchka) graduated from Northern Arizona University on May 9. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the College of Health and Human Services. Phillips is a native of Sheridan but now resides in Boise, Idaho. Shassetz earns Billings Clinic Foundation Scholarship SHERIDAN —… Continue Reading

WYCF awards grants to historical society, land trust

SHERIDAN — Members of the Wyoming Community Foundation Sheridan County/Johnson County board delivered grant checks to two local nonprofit organizations on May 29. The Sheridan County Historical Society and Sheridan County Museum received $4,594 to be used for improvements to the Town of Monarch diorama located at the museum. Monarch, along with other coal mining… Continue Reading

Ranch roping, horse competition at Fairgrounds

SHERIDAN — The fourth annual Powder River Days, a ranch roping and ranch horse competition, will return to the Sheridan County Fairgrounds this weekend. The event will feature over 200 cowboys and their ranch horses from 11 states in a variety of competitions. On Saturday, events begin at 9 a.m. and include ranch horse cutting… Continue Reading

Little Miss Wyoming set for Saturday

SHERIDAN — The final event for the 2015 Little Miss Wyoming competition will be held Saturday at the auditorium at Sheridan High School. The pageant for girls ages 0-15 will feature contestants from all over Wyoming, vying for one of six titles based on their age. Tickets to watch the event are $10 per person… Continue Reading

Elks golf scramble to be played Saturday

SHERIDAN —The Sheridan Elks #520 will host a golf scramble Saturday at the Hidden Bridge Golf Club with reduced rate practice rounds and a Calcutta offered on Friday. The calcutta will be hosted Friday at 7 p.m. with a minimum buy in of $100 per team at the Elks Lodge. The scramble begins Saturday at… Continue Reading

Experience Works pulls seniors out of poverty

Experience Works pulls seniors out of poverty

SHERIDAN — When Loreli Blake moved to Sheridan she was homeless. As a disabled veteran and a senior, she was broke and jobless with no family around for support, living in Sheridan’s homeless shelter. During her trials and tribulations, there was only one thing she wanted in life — to be self-sufficient. And every day… Continue Reading

WYDOT talks projects, funding issues

SHERIDAN — Wyoming Department of Transportation representatives Monday morning outlined numerous projects slated for Sheridan County over the next six years, including the North Main Interchange and several large-scale road reconstructions. WYDOT district engineer Mark Gillett began the presentation not with construction plans, however, but on the state agency’s funding, which faces some uncertainty as… Continue Reading

Summer school enrollment numbers vary little from 2014

SHERIDAN — As Sheridan County students gear up for summer school, officials from the three school districts said they will experience little fluctuation in their numbers from last year. While a drastic change in enrollment numbers can be a financial burden, funding for summer school is not based off of students in the program. Wyoming… Continue Reading

‘Walk for Life’ Saturday at Washington Park

SHERIDAN — The Legacy Pregnancy Center will host the “Walk for Life” fundraiser Saturday at Washington Park. The goal of the event is to raise $40,000 to support the free services offered by Legacy including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parent education and more. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The… Continue Reading

Students participate in Expedition! Yellowstone

Students participate in Expedition! Yellowstone

SHERIDAN — Highland Park Elementary fourth-grade students from Craig Ellis’s class participated in Expedition! Yellowstone on May 8-11. The ranger-led program is designed to teach students from fourth through eighth grade about the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. It focuses on activities dealing with the ecology, biology and geology of Yellowstone Park. Continue Reading

Caywood to teach painting class

SHERIDAN — Local artist Sonja Caywood will host three evenings of music, fun and step-by-step guidance in painting your own 10X16 acrylic masterpiece on canvas beginning today at the Sagebrush Community Art Center. Sessions will be hosted from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and again June 23. Attendees can take one, two or all three workshops.… Continue Reading

Parkfit workouts continue with volleyball

SHERIDAN — The annual afternoon outdoor fitness sessions, Sheridan Parkfit, kicked off last week and will continue tomorrow. Each Wednesday through August 26 free community workouts will be offered at a variety of parks. All members of the community are invited to attend. This year, points will be given for each activity you attend and… Continue Reading

SMH announces scholarship winner

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation has funded nursing scholarships and clinical education for staff members since the Educational Endowment was initiated in 2003. This year, 64 nurses and clinical staff members at SMH will receive funding for educational scholarships, conferences and specialty program development. Scholarship funds are distributed annually through an application and… Continue Reading

Measures of Devotion: Veteran left school to serve in WWII

Measures of Devotion: Veteran left school to serve in WWII

SHERIDAN — It was April 1, 1945. Robert Cole, along with hundreds of soldiers and marines, loaded on landing crafts at 3 a.m. making their way toward a small island south of Japan. Behind him, the deafening guns of the battleships were firing at the seawall through which Cole and his fellow troops would eventually… Continue Reading

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