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Sheep Creek Fire continues to gain ground

Sheep Creek Fire continues to gain ground

DAYTON — Officials coordinating efforts to extinguish the Sheep Creek Fire near Tongue River Canyon said the fire gained additional ground Wednesday. Incident commander Dick Terry said during a public meeting held at Tongue River High School Wednesday night that the fire had likely burned an additional 40-80 acres as of 6 p.m. That puts… Continue Reading

Sheridan County Rodeo set for this weekend

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Rodeo is returning to the Sheridan County Fairgrounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The rodeo will feature competitors from Sheridan, Campbell and Johnson counties in a variety of events. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the gate… Continue Reading

Man charged with burglary, forgery

SHERIDAN — A man who allegedly burglarized vehicles and stole credit cards to make purchases is being held on a $20,000 cash bond in the Sheridan County Detention Center. Isaac Whitaker, 35, of Sheridan, was arrested Aug. 1 on a warrant for failure to pay child support out of Fremont County and was also charged… Continue Reading

Taste of Sheridan to be held Sunday at Thorne-Rider Park

SHERIDAN — The North Main Association will present “Taste of Sheridan” on Sunday at Thorne-Rider Park. From 3-7 p.m., local restaurants and caterers will serve “taste-sized” portions of their offerings. Participating food vendors will include Blackstone Grill, El Tapitio Dos, Frackleton’s, Tunnel Inn, Wyoming Cattle and Creek Company, Pony Grill and Bar, Holiday Inn, Wahoo… Continue Reading

Dayton OKs microbrewery, winery permits

DAYTON — Satellite wine sales may be making their way into Dayton. The Town Council approved a rough draft to make microbrewery, winery and satellite winery permits available in Dayton. The ordinance would allow a third party to sell wine from a local distributor. “It allows for a party to sell their wine and their… Continue Reading

Ranchester names Jeff Barron as new councilman

RANCHESTER — Resident Jeff Barron was chosen by the Ranchester Town Council to fill a vacancy on the governing body. The position became available in June when former Councilwoman Erin Carbert turned in her resignation. Barron has been a resident of Ranchester for more than 10 years, and works at WWC Engineering. Barron will fill… Continue Reading

Reports Aug. 5, 2015

SHERIDAN FIRE-RESCUE Tuesday • Structure fire, behind 431 Coffeen Avenue, 4:58 a.m. • Rocky Mountain Ambulance assist, Colorado and Sumner streets, 11:31 a.m. • RMA assist, 1100 block Avoca Court, 11:45 a.m. • RMA assist, 1200 block Timberline Drive North, 9:33 p.m. ROCKY MOUNTAIN AMBULANCE Tuesday • Medical, 2300 block West Fifth Street, 5:25 p.m.… Continue Reading

Reichert works with rescued elephants in Thailand

Reichert works with rescued elephants in Thailand

DAYTON — This summer, Kassidy Reichert of Dayton spent two weeks in Thailand learning about the Thai culture and volunteering with rescued elephants. Traveling with the Boston-based group Loop Abroad, Reichert was part of a small team that volunteered directly with the animals at an elephant sanctuary. The group spent one week at the Elephant… Continue Reading

STEM Conference: Keynote speaker tackles issues regarding science, stereotypes

SHERIDAN — The second annual Roadmap to STEM conference brought an influx of scientists and teachers to Sheridan this week. Hosted by the Wyoming Department of Education and Sheridan College, today marks the last day of the event. Keynote speaker Dr. Deborah Berebichez addressed issues regarding science, education and stereotypes Tuesday morning. Originally from Mexico,… Continue Reading

Cost to fight Sheep Creek Fire reaches $430,000

Cost to fight Sheep Creek Fire reaches $430,000

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — Cool weather and light moisture Tuesday minimized the spread of the Sheep Creek Fire, but crews are still struggling to reach the blaze. The fire was first reported Sunday in the Tongue River Canyon west of Dayton and remains at 0 percent containment. The most recent assessments put the fire at slightly… Continue Reading

BB gun bandits captured by police

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Police Department Tuesday evening arrested two individuals law enforcement alleges shoplifted and fired BB guns at people in Sheridan, all while using and possessing drugs. Devonte Johnson, 22, and Amanda Crockett, 19, both from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were charged with multiple counts from three different incidents Tuesday. According to Lt. Tom Ringley,… Continue Reading

New Faces Aug. 5, 2015

Liam Scott Schmidt Liam Scott Schmidt was born July 6, 2015, at St. Vincent hospital in Billings, Montana. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. He was welcomed by parents Devin and Katie Schmidt and brother Connor, all of Billings. His grandparents are Mark and Dottie Gillett and Rick and Joyce Schmidt, all of Sheridan. Vaida… Continue Reading

County sets aside funding for dust mitigation

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County commissioners are putting aside $100,800 of Capital Facilities Tax funds to do dust mitigation work on 21 different county roads. That money will be used if the Wyoming Department of Transportation agrees to give Sheridan County $403,200 in grant funds to help pay for the project. “In no way it guarantees… Continue Reading

VA aims to bring doctors into homes

SHERIDAN — At-home doctor’s appointments may no longer be a thing of the past for U.S. veterans. The Sheridan Veterans Affairs Medical Center is expanding their medical reach through the use of technology — taking advantage of items like tablets, cameras, screens and mannequins that are so technologically advanced that a doctor 2,000 miles away… Continue Reading

Council awards bid for water project to Sheridan company

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan City Council awarded bids totaling nearly $350,000 for two large water projects as part of the consent agenda at Monday evening’s meeting. The Council chose Sheridan company LJS Concrete and Excavation for the West Fifth Street waterlines project. LJS submitted the low bid of $105,000, besting three other companies. The project… Continue Reading

Home used for storage catches fire

SHERIDAN — A home used for storage caught fire and was damaged early Tuesday morning off Custer Street in Sheridan. Sheridan Fire-Rescue Capt. Greg Luhman said a call came in at 4:55 a.m. reporting sparks, flames and smoke at a home behind Annie Greenthumb’s Flowers and Gifts, which is located on Coffeen Avenue. No one… Continue Reading

Construction of new locker room facilities on track

SHERIDAN — A gaping hole in the side of Sheridan High School marks the site of Sheridan County District 2’s recent construction project. The $4-5 million dollar addition and remodel is on schedule and still within budget, Activities Director Don Julian said. Fundraising efforts for the project were lead by Julian. The project began June… Continue Reading

Farmers market set for Thursday on Grinnell Plaza

SHERIDAN — The weekly Sheridan Farmers Market will return Thursday with fresh produce, live music and arts and crafts provided by local growers and artisans. From 5-7 p.m. on Grinnell Plaza, children’s events and activities, demonstrations and nonprofit organization booths will also be present. For more information or to sign up as a vendor, call… Continue Reading

Sheep Creek Fire continues to grow; no containment

Sheep Creek Fire continues to grow; no containment

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — The Sheep Creek Fire near Dayton continues to grow exponentially. U.S. Forest Service officials said Tuesday morning the fire has exceeded 1,000 acres in size. There is no containment on the wildfire that began Sunday afternoon. The wind storm that swept though Sheridan last night, though, did not hit the areas impacted… Continue Reading

Sheep Creek Fire grows to 1,000 acres

Sheep Creek Fire grows to 1,000 acres

UPDATE: 7 a.m. BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — As of approximately 10 p.m. Monday, the Sheep Creek Fire located in Tongue River Canyon had grown to 1,000 acres. While winds affected the area Monday night, no update on the fire’s size had been released as of 7 a.m. Tuesday. A Type 3 overhead team will take over… Continue Reading

Measures of Devotion: Veteran copes with effects of war

SHERIDAN — The notebook he flips through is worn, with a bending navy cover. Each page that’s skimmed through is indented with ink and phrases collected or created, but he eventually finds the one he wants, reciting, “The damndest thing about war is the metamorphosis one goes through and one never completely heals because of… Continue Reading

Foreclosures down, housing market improving

SHERIDAN — Sheridan foreclosures decreased nearly 50 percent in 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, indicating an improved economy and housing market, industry experts say. Numbers compiled by The Sheridan Press show 28 completed foreclosures from January to July 2014. The first seven months of 2015 resulted in only 15 completed foreclosures. Lynette… Continue Reading

Carbon Creek Energy buys 7,500 wells in major CBM play

GILLETTE — The Powder River Basin coal-bed methane market has boomed and busted, but a group of Wyoming investors believes there’s another boom left in those CBM wells. Cody resident Tom Fitzsimmons is a member of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and president of newly formed Carbon Creek Energy, which has just completed… Continue Reading

Fire doubles overnight; 0 percent contained

Fire doubles overnight; 0 percent contained

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — The Sheep Creek Fire continues to burn on state land in northern Sheridan County. The fire, which started approximately one mile up the Tongue River Canyon Trail has grown to an estimated 30 acres as of 10:30 a.m. today. Bighorn National Forest spokesperson Bernie Bornong said the fire is zero percent contained. The fire was… Continue Reading

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