Wyoming pension officer charged with insider trading

March 27, 2013

CASPER (AP) — The man in charge of investing Wyoming’s pension system funds is on leave after being charged with insider trading.The Security and Exchange Commission charged John Johnson on Tuesday. He’s accused of buying shares of technology company Foundry Networks, Inc. in 2008 after a friend tipped him off that the company would be Read More

Court might sidestep major ruling on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court dove into a historic debate on gay rights Tuesday that could soon lead to resumption of same-sex marriage in California, but the justices signaled they may not be ready for a major national ruling on whether America’s gays and lesbians have a right to marry. The court’s first major Read More

Local students National Merit finalists

SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School students Haydn Jones, Hailey Ligocki and Paul Stadick, Big Horn High School student Christian Klepperich and Tongue River High School student Donovan Powers have advanced to finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program.To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding high school academic record, be recommended by Read More

Local churches holding Easter services

SHERIDAN — The following is a list of Easter week services at local churches. • Bethesda Worship Center: Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Sheridan Junior High Auditorium

Sheridan County Museum hosting ‘Tidbit Saturday’

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Museum will hold its last “Tidbit Saturday” of the spring April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sheridan County Museum, 850 Sibley Circle. Tidbit Saturdays focus on the role of the museum in helping preserve Wyoming and Sheridan’s history.Kids will have a chance to explore the preservation of Read More

Final museum ‘Behind the Scenes’ April 20

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Museum will hold its final “Behind the Scenes at the Museum” on April 20.Learn how the museum tells a story, explore the importance of signage, and discover the difference between the information about an object versus how it is interpreted.Come to the museum any time from 10 a.m. to 4 Read More

Tickets available for the third annual Keystone Awards

SHERIDAN — The third annual Keystone Awards will be April 25. This year’s event will honor Ky Dixon, Neltje and Homer Scott Jr. for their lifetime achievements of service to communities in Sheridan County. An honoree reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at Red Velvet Bakery/Twisted Hearts, 35 N. Main St. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and Read More

SC students take top honors at Skills USA welding contest

SHERIDAN — Three students from Sheridan College’s welding program took top honors at the recent Skills USA Welding Fabrication State Championship Contest held at the Gillette College Technical Education Center March 22. Each year students from across the state gather to compete for the chance to represent Wyoming at the Skills USA National Championships.Students Travis Read More

WY prepares for ‘Welcome Home’ events for veterans

SHERIDAN — It took a phone call in the middle of the night 20 years after the war to make him realize that he — and the 543,000 other American troops on the ground in Vietnam — had done a good thing serving their country. They did not do a thing worth being spat at, Read More

Cyprus businesses hurt as banks stay shut

March 26, 2013

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot businesses were under increasing strain to keep running on Tuesday after financial authorities stretched the country’s bank closure into a second week amid fears that depositors will rush to drain their accounts. Cyrpus’s central bank governor, Panicos Demetriades, said “superhuman efforts are being made” to open banks on Thursday.“Temporary” restrictions Read More

Scotland backs wind farm opposed by Donald Trump

LONDON (AP) — The Scottish government on Tuesday approved an offshore wind farm that has drawn the ire of American tycoon Donald Trump, who fears it will spoil the views at his luxury golf resort nearby. Trump vowed to bring a lawsuit to stop the 230 million pound ($349 million) development, which consists of 11 Read More

New Univ. of Wyo. president makes good impression

LARAMIE (AP) — Visiting the University of Wyoming campus for the first time since being named its new president, Robert Sternberg is making a good impression with students and faculty. “I find him instantly likable,” English professor Cliff Marks said Monday after meeting Sternberg. “He’s very appealing. I can understand why the Board of Trustees Read More

CHAPS Outstanding Volunteer of 2012 named

SHERIDAN — Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip held their ninth annual Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Red Velvet Bakery on Thursday. All volunteers were recognized for their considerable contributions to the program, including recent Outstanding Volunteer of the Month for February, John Olson.

Planning OKs high-density project

HERIDAN — Following a public hearing that turned contentious on more than one occasion, the Sheridan Planning Commission voted Monday to recommend the city council approve a high-density housing development project at Big Horn Avenue and Brundage Lane.The preliminary conceptual plan and report will now go to the city council for approval by resolution. If Read More

Judge sides with Wyoming in fracking suit

CHEYENNE (AP) — A judge in Casper has sided with the state of Wyoming and ruled against environmentalists who sought to make public lists of the ingredients that go into hydraulic fracturing fluids. Environmental groups had requested the ingredient lists from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, arguing that the public needs to know Read More

Advocate for poor dies in I-80 crash

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — An advocate for the poor in California who made trips to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to help people there has died in a vehicle crash in Wyoming. Thomas Streicher, 58, lost control of his van on an icy Interstate 80 Friday while returning from Pine Ridge to his Read More

SMH welcomes 1st patient flown in for cath lab services

SHERIDAN — Larry Shuttlesworth didn’t have plans to come to Sheridan last Thursday, but he’s certainly glad he ended up here. He was flown to Sheridan Memorial Hospital from Riverton and treated in the cardiac catheterization lab for a heart condition. Larry and his wife, Sharon, live on a farm in Missouri Valley — an Read More

Carnivore presentation at Sheridan College April 3

SHERIDAN — Brian DeBolt, Wyoming Game and Fish’s large carnivore conflict coordinator from Lander, will present information on staying safe in bear, lion and wolf country.The presentation will be April 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sheridan College CTEL presentation hall.This is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested.Call 672-7418 for more Read More

AARP driver safety class April 9 and 10

SHERIDAN — An AARP two-day driver safety class will be offered April 9-10 from 1-4 p.m. at the Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith St.The class will be taught by Rich Macht. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. This is a classroom refresher course designed for drivers age 50 and over. The Read More

Banff Film Festival at WYO April 23

SHERIDAN — Wyoming Wilderness Association and the WYO Theater will host Sheridan’s fourth annual showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival on April 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the WYO Theater. The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, is the largest and one of the most prestigious mountain Read More

Taxpayers shell out nearly $3.7 million for ex-presidents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton’s 8,300-square-foot Harlem office near the Apollo Theater costs taxpayers nearly $450,000. George W. Bush spends $85,000 on telephone fees, and another $60,000 on travel. Jimmy Carter sends $15,000 worth of postage — all on the government’s dime. The most exclusive club in the world has a similarly exclusive Read More

Northern Arapaho tribe, feds delay eagle case

CHEYENNE (AP) — A lawsuit between the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the tribe’s fight for a permit allowing it to kill bald eagles for religious purposes is on hold for 60 days while both sides consider implications of a new Wyoming law.U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson on Read More

Supreme Court hears arguments on Calif. gay marriage ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer seeking an end to California’s ban on same-sex marriage is comparing it to bans on interracial marriages, a prohibition the Supreme Court declared illegal decades ago. In charged back-and-forth exchanges with justices, lawyer Theodore Olson said that the court should look to its 1967 Loving case, when the court invalidated Read More

WYO Theater begins expansion work

SHERIDAN — The WYO Theater Board of Directors, along with Sheridan College trustees, have announced the beginning of deconstruction of the building at 32 N. Main Street. Under the direction of Shawn O’Dell of O’Dell Construction, demolition of the interior and portions of the exterior have already begun. During this phase of demolition, the sidewalk Read More

Knox awaits decision from Italy’s highest court

March 25, 2013

ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox was waiting anxiously Monday in Seattle to hear if she will face trial again as Italy’s top criminal court considered whether to overturn her acquittal in the murder of her roommate in Italy. Italian prosecutors have asked the high court to throw out the acquittals of Knox and her Italian Read More