More US than Europeans drivers are on the phone

March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Distracted driving is more widespread in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a study released Thursday that surveyed drivers about their cellphone and texting habits. More U.S. drivers reported talking on their cellphones behind the wheel than their counterparts in seven European countries, the study by the Centers for Disease Control Read More

Senate panel to approve budget sparing safety net

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting on the Senate’s first budget since President Barack Obama took office, a Democratic-led panel is moving toward party-line approval of a fiscal blueprint that would only modestly trim the budget deficit while protecting safety net programs from slashing cuts proposed by Republicans.The expected vote Thursday in the Senate Budget Committee comes Read More

Top Nepal judge becomes head of interim government

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s chief judge was named head of an interim government Thursday in an attempt by the Himalayan country’s main political parties to cure the paralysis and infighting that have blocked elections for months. Supreme Court Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi was sworn in by President Ram Baran Yadav. He nominated former bureaucrats Read More

Local legislators tout session triumphs

SHERIDAN — State lawmakers appeared before members of the Sheridan business community Wednesday to tout accomplishments from the recently concluded 62nd Wyoming Legislature. While hot button issues such as an increase to the state gas tax and a measure to scale back responsibilities of the superintendent of public instruction dominated most of the media coverage, Read More

Riparian management meant to balance property rights, greater need

SHERIDAN — After more than four years of public workshops, open houses and steering committee meetings, the Sheridan County Public Works Department has released proposed amendments to zoning regulations regarding management of riparian areas in the county. Riparian areas include all lands within and adjacent to rivers, streams and contiguous wetlands where vegetation is affected Read More

Pope Francis’ humility: stops by hotel to get luggage

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and praying like a pilgrim before a beloved shrine in a decidedly different style for the papacy usually ensconced inside the frescoed halls of the Vatican.The former archbishop Read More

Bake sale set for Dog and Cat Shelter

SHERIDAN — Travis Powell, son of the Dog and Cat Shelter’s front desk person, is doing another bake sale to raise money for a puppy nursery for the shelter. The bake sale will be Saturday at Warehouse Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Powell held a bake sale in October and raised $211. He’s Read More

Wyo. Wilderness Association seeking art submissions

SHERIDAN — Wyoming Wilderness Association is offering local and regional artists and musicians an opportunity to donate their talent to the seventh annual “Miniature art and music auction — Celebrating our wild earth.” Donations can be miniature works of art (finished and framed — no larger than 6-by-8 inches) and “mini-concerts” (up to 90 minutes).

‘Speakeasy’ party set for March 23 at Black Tooth

SHERIDAN — The Kendrick Mansion, located on the grounds of the Trail End State Historic Site, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. The mansion was built for John B. Kendrick, who would later become governor and a U.S. Senator, and was finished in July 1913.

Sugarland Ridge delivering 10,000 free meals in 60 days to local seniors

SHERIDAN — According the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly one in 10 seniors in America suffers from poor nutrition. This can exacerbate problems already common among seniors including depression, improper healing and a depressed immune system. In conjunction with National Nutrition Month, Emeritus at Sugarland Ridge is trying to help combat this problem by Read More

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

March 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis. After announcing “Habemus Papum” — “We have a pope!” — a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Read More

Pursuit of hackers who took credit reports expands

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pursuit of hackers who audaciously stole and published credit reports for Michelle Obama, the attorney general, FBI director and other U.S. politicians and celebrities crisscrossed continents and included a San Francisco-based Internet company, Cloudflare, The Associated Press has learned. The sensational crime caught the attention of Congress and President Barack Obama, Read More

Cook It Light/Low Fat: Light salmon piccata

Dear Jeanne,I found this recipe and thought it looked interesting, but then I couldn’t figure out how to cut the salmon into thin slices. Can you reduce the fat and help me? — Pattee, Palmdale, Calif.

City, IAFF start annual contract negotiations

SHERIDAN – The city of Sheridan and the Sheridan firefighter’s union, International Association of Fire Fighter’s Local 276, have begun their yearly round of negotiations. According to George Neeson, president of the Sheridan Firefighter’s IAFF Local 276, particulars of this year’s negotiations can’t be discussed at this time. However, typical topics include wages, benefits, job Read More

Conservation district campaign encourages cleaner water

SHERIDAN – The Sheridan County Conservation District finalized cost-share policies at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. The policies will serve as guidelines for developing contracts with landowners who want to do improvement projects — septic system updates or relocations, fencing for livestock or moving feeding areas, diversion replacements, bank stabilization — in order to improve Read More

Local Head Start preschool program serves 36 kids locally

SHERIDAN — For more than 20 years, the Sheridan County Head Start program has been preparing hundreds of preschool aged children for their first year of school. The Sheridan Head Start program is part of the regional Absaroka Head Start program which encompasses 10 communities in seven counties. The program serves 319 children, with 36 Read More

Casper smoking ban talks continue

CASPER (AP) — Casper residents likely won’t get a chance to weigh in on whether to repeal or change the city’s smoking ban until at least next month. Mayor Kenyne Schlager said Wednesday that city councilors want to discuss proposed changes one more time after hearing back from the city attorney. She said that would Read More

Iowa company will search for Wyoming education director

ROCK SPRINGS (AP) — An Iowa-based company will lead the national search for the person who will lead Wyoming’s education department. The Rock Springs Rocket Miner reported Wednesday that the state education board selected Ray and Associates, Inc. of Cedar Rapids. It was the only company that proposed using social media and finishing the search Read More

Wyoming Supreme Court hears Riverton killing appeal Tuesday

CHEYENNE (AP) — A lawyer for a Riverton man serving a life sentence for murder told the Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday that his client’s conviction was a miscarriage of justice. Gabriel Drennen was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2010 killing of Leroy Hoster, 29. Lawyers on both sides say Drennen shot Hoster, who Read More

Crashes near Casper on Interstate 25 kill 2

CASPER (AP) — Authorities say wintry conditions caused two fatal crashes east and west of Casper.Russ Dalgarn, Converse County’s emergency manager, tells The Casper Star-Tribune a man driving a tractor-trailer was killed when the vehicle skidded off a bridge on Interstate 25 near Glenrock on Monday morning. The truck driver’s name has not been released.

Polka Club meets Sun. at Elks Club

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Mountain Polka Club will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Sheridan Elks Lodge.This month’s dance will feature The Munsick Boys performing a variety of dance music.The dance is open to the public.

GOP women hosting lunch with Susan Thomas

SHERIDAN — The Republican Women of Sheridan County will host a lunch with Susan Thomas on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn. Thomas is the wife of former Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo. She will speak about the Republican women foundation and other endeavors.

Spectrum to perform at AARP meeting

SHERIDAN — AARP Chapter 676 will hold their monthly meeting and carry-in dinner Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheridan Senior Center. The program will be provided by the Sheridan High School Spectrum choir. Please bring your own table service. Guests are invited to attend.

McClean gets scholarship to CSC

SHERIDAN — Bailey McLean has received the prestigious Board of Trustees four-year, full-tuition scholarship and a $1,000 Adelia Gebauer memorial scholarship to attend Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. She is a senior at Sheridan High School who plans to study biology at CSC this fall.McLean is the daughter of Douglas and Jami McLean of Sheridan.

Villanova Vatican interns get a view of history

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Talk about a baptism by fire: On the first day of Lauren Colegrove’s journalism internship at Catholic News Service in Rome, the pope announced his resignation. The Villanova University junior thought she’d spend her first day filling out paperwork and undergoing orientation. Instead, she ran over to the Vatican Press Office to Read More