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Woman loses deferred prosecution over petty crime

SHERIDAN — When Judge John Fenn accepts a plea agreement that calls for a deferred prosecution, he always warns the defendant: Do not get in trouble between today and your sentencing. Rebecca Stratton, 18, of Sheridan, did not heed the judge’s warning and will serve 180 days in jail as a result. Only six days… Continue Reading

Taking time to travel the world

Taking time to travel the world

In the summer months, there is nothing anybody wants more than to travel the world. I was no exception. This story goes back to before Christmas break when my high school counselor introduced me and a few other students to a program called the Student Diplomacy Corps — a 100 percent scholarship based program that… Continue Reading

Elk in park euthanized following concerns

SHERIDAN — After hearing concerns from locals, Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials decided to euthanize a sickly-looking elk that resided at the Elk Pasture at Kendrick Park. Tim Thomas, Game and Fish wildlife biologist, said the female elk was euthanized Friday morning, after it continued to show no signs of improvement. The main cause… Continue Reading

WWII Rationing

Practically everything necessary for life was rationed during World War II. For example, gas, meat, shoes, dairy, sugar, tires and many other things were rationed. Needless to say, the black market and other ways to skirt the law were employed to get the items necessary for life. Mom was an excellent baker. As a family… Continue Reading

Municipal Court Fines — August 8, 2015

Violators under 18 years of age and sentences under $100 and five days in jail are not reported. (Year in parentheses is defendant’s birth year.) July 3 • Mary P. Grassi (1964), Sheridan, speeding 35 mph in 20 mph, $130; speeding 40 mph in 30 mph, $100 July 6 • Ronda Wilhelm (1966), Sheridan, driver’s… Continue Reading

ParkFit continues with soccer at Whitney Park

SHERIDAN — The weekly afternoon outdoor fitness sessions, Sheridan ParkFit, will continue Wednesday with soccer at Whitney Park. Each Wednesday through Aug. 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

Agendas — August 8, 2015

Sheridan County Commission 9 a.m. Monday Second floor Commission Library Sheridan County Courthouse 224 S. Main St. • Call to order • Staff/elected reports • Antelope Butte update • Adjourn Sheridan Planning Commission 7 p.m. Monday City Council Chambers Sheridan City Hall 55 Grinnell St. • Call to order and roll call of members •… Continue Reading

USFS: Burning operation a success

USFS: Burning operation a success

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — It’s not very often that you see a group of officials grinning with joy when looking at flames engulfing a mountain, but the team in charge of organizing efforts to battle the Sheep Creek Fire was ecstatic as a prescribed burn rolled down to the bottom of the mountain as planned Friday… Continue Reading

Airsoft gun shooters plead not guilty

SHERIDAN — The couple charged with driving around Sheridan and shooting at residents with an airsoft gun pleaded not guilty to the majority of counts in Sheridan County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon. Devonte Johnson, 22, and Amanda Crockett, 19, both from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, face numerous misdemeanors for the alleged crimes police responded to Tuesday evening.… Continue Reading

Koetting pleads guilty for role in drug ring

SHERIDAN — A man pleaded guilty Thursday in 4th Judicial District Court for his role as a dealer in a methamphetamine drug ring. Kristopher Koetting, 20, of Sheridan, entered his plea as part of an informal plea agreement with the state. Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney Darci Phillips told Judge John Fenn the state would… Continue Reading

Fighting for our mountains

Fighting for our mountains

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — The smoke from the mountains plumed into the evening sky as the two dozen or so members of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Yankton and Lower Brule fire crews pulled into the Tongue River High School parking lot. They filed out of their vehicles, immediately forming a circle for their after-action review… Continue Reading

Powder Horn Ranch area continues to grow

SHERIDAN —The Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday approved subdivisions creating 15 new lots, which could eventually lead to 15 new homes in the Powder Horn Ranch area. Final approval on the subdivisions needs to be given by county commissioners at their September meeting. In total, the Powder Horn Ranch area can have up… Continue Reading

Ruskowsky earns internship at Honeywell

SHERIDAN — Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, recently announced 10 students as recipients of its Honeywell Scholarship. Honeywell, a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, wholly funds the scholarship program through Honeywell… Continue Reading

Shredding, identity theft presentations to be held at Library

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, American Association of Retired People Wyoming and Secure Shred of Wyoming will team up to host a free shredding event and two Fraud Watch Network informational presentations that will focus on real-world, hands-on ways to prevent identity theft and fraud. The two Fraud Watch Network presentations will be… Continue Reading

3 men sentenced in felony cases

SHERIDAN — District court was a busy place Thursday, as three men were sentenced for felony crimes committed in Sheridan County. •• Kyle Nelson, 26, of Sheridan, received a three- to five-year suspended sentence in favor of a six-month split sentence and five years probation for child endangering. Law enforcement found 3 grams of methamphetamine… Continue Reading

University of Wyoming student emails are public record

SHERIDAN — Student emails coming and going through the University of Wyoming’s server are subject to public information requests, according to university officials. This means members of the public can request to see any emails, whether written by students or faculty. A parent could even request their child’s emails — even if that student is… Continue Reading

Man pleads not guilty to drug charges

SHERIDAN — A man authorities say tried to sell more than 5 pounds of marijuana in a local bar and also possessed methamphetamine pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday. Jason Miller, 37, of Orting, Washington, made his pleas for two felonies and one misdemeanor in 4th Judicial District Court. Miller could face more than 15… Continue Reading

Minor pleads in theft case

SHERIDAN — A Normative Services, Inc. runaway who the state alleges stole a Jeep Patriot in July pleaded not guilty to felony theft Wednesday in 4th Judicial District Court. Lucas Lundin, 17, is being charged as an adult and faces 10 years in prison and $10,000 if convicted. Judge John Fenn ordered the trial begin Jan.… Continue Reading

UW offers a free day of college through Saturday U program

SHERIDAN — College drops the price tag this weekend through Saturday U — a program sponsored by the University of Wyoming. A free day of college education, UW professors will host lectures and discussions at Sheridan College’s Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus. Saturday U will feature professors Harold Bergman, Marcel Kornfeld and Bruce Richardson, and participants are… Continue Reading

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