Pope washes women’s feet in break with church law

March 29, 2013

ROME (AP) — In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention center — a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the ritual to men. No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis’ gesture sparked Read More

Tongue River Middle School honor rolls

DAYTON — The following are the Tongue River Middle School third-quarter honor rolls. Eighth-gradesuperintendent’s honor roll

Sale of water rights in DeSmet remain on hold

SHERIDAN — A small body of water noted by a Catholic missionary in his chronicles in 1840 has become a hotly contested and complicated lake over its lifetime. Located about 10 miles north of Buffalo, Lake DeSmet has had ranchers, irrigators, boaters, fishers, miners, industrial development dreamers and several boards of commissioners vying for its Read More

Japanese students visit Casper on goodwill trip

CASPER (AP) — Rurika Odanaka traveled more than 5,000 miles to try on her first cowboy hat.She tilted the brown Stetson back on her head on a recent Friday and wrapped a yellow bandanna around her neck. The Western clothing stood out from the rest of her attire: a conservative, navy blue school uniform.

Egypt says Iranian pose no risk

March 28, 2013

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s tourism minister said Thursday that allowing Iranian tourists to visit Egypt after being banned for more than three decades would pose no threat and could help shore up the nation’s struggling tourism industry. Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazoua’s remarks, in an interview on Thursday with The Associated Press, come amid controversy over Read More

Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed for swift action on a sweeping immigration bill Wednesday, saying last-minute obstacles are “resolvable” and predicting Congress could pass historic legislation by the end of the summer. In back-to-back interviews with Spanish-language television networks, Obama repeatedly voiced confidence in a bipartisan Senate group that appears to be on Read More

Supreme Court case regarding fire union contract sets precedence

SHERIDAN — Four Sheridan firefighters will soon receive back paychecks to compensate for “step increase” pay raises denied by the city of Sheridan due to budget shortfalls in September 2010. On March 20, the Wyoming State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Sheridan firefighters union, International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 276, reversing Read More

Ind. blast suspect charged in plot to kill witness

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man facing trial in a house explosion that killed two people and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes was charged Thursday with plotting to have a witness in the case killed. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Mark Leonard had been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder Read More

Easter holiday closures

SHERIDAN — The following government offices will operate limited hours during the Easter holiday weekend: • Sheridan County Courthouse will close at 1 p.m. Friday in observance of Good Friday.

TR bridge work delays minimal

DAYTON — Motorists can expect delays and single lane traffic while crossing the Tongue River bridge east of Dayton on U.S. Highway 14. There will also be a 12-foot width restriction. The Wyoming Department of Transportation announced that S&S Builders of Gillette began the bridge rehabilitation project Monday and hopes to finish before the Fourth Read More

Wyo. hay producers place at World Ag Expo

CASPER (AP) — Three Wyoming hay producers from Wheatland have placed in the top five in the alfalfa hay division at the 2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge this winter. In the alfalfa hay division, first place went to David Hinman of Hardrock Farms in Wheatland; second place went to Daryl Tiltrum of Dipper Tree Read More

Enforcement timeline for weapons ban in local court unclear

SHERIDAN — Following a legislative session in which lawmakers gave Wyoming judges the right to ban deadly weapons from their courtrooms, Sheridan’s Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff of the Fourth Judicial District became one of the first in the state to pass down such an order. While concealed carry had previously been banned from Wyoming Read More

Current events discussion at Sheridan Senior Center

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Senior Center will host a current events discussion April 12 at 10:15 a.m. at the Senior Center.The topics will include Wyoming legislative activities on education and the country of Italy. This open forum discussion is for anyone interested in local, national and world issues. It is meant to be a non-political, Read More

Eagles breakfast April 7

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Mountain Eagles 4169 will host a breakfast April 7 from 8-10 a.m. at 1760 Commercial Lane.The menu consists of biscuits and gravy, eggs, chicken fried steak, fruit, juice, milk and coffee.The cost is $7 per plate. Everyone is welcome.

‘Guilio Cesare’ to be broadcast at the WYO

SHERIDAN — The final performance in the 2012-2013 live from the Metropolitan Opera series will be broadcast at the WYO Theater on April 27. George Frideric Handel’s most popular opera, “Guilio Cesare,” will be transmitted live from the Met in high definition.

String quartet performing April 26

SHERIDAN — The Carpe Diem String Quartet, one of the most unique chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, will perform at the WYO Theater on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. The group’s passions have inspired and led them down the musical paths of gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz, but the quartet is Read More

Judge rules against group in bison hazing case

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ruled against a conservation group’s attempt to block the use of helicopters to haze wild bison into Yellowstone National Park. U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell writes in his decision Tuesday the Alliance for the Wild Rockies had not shown the hazing significantly harms grizzly bears and their numbers Read More

No arrests in Billings man’s shooting death

BILLINGS (AP) — Yellowstone County authorities have not made an arrest in the shooting death of a Billings man more than two weeks after his death. Sheriff Mike Linder is tight-lipped about the case, saying he can’t give out any information that could potentially jeopardize it.Linder told the Billings Gazette Wednesday that evidence has been Read More

Reception for Conservation Stamp competition April 12

CHEYENNE — Judging and a reception for the 30th annual Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition will be held April 12, at Wyoming Game and Fish Headquarters, 5400 Bishop Blvd. in Cheyenne. The ruffed grouse is the subject of this year’s competition. Game and Fish has received 51 submissions this year from artists (in 19 states) Read More

Greenland ‘reluctant’ on new offshore drilling

March 27, 2013

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland’s new government said Wednesday it doesn’t plan to issue any new licenses for offshore oil exploration, an announcement that was welcomed by environmentalists who oppose drilling in Arctic waters. Jens-Erik Kirkegaard, Greenland’s new minister for natural resources, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the 20 licenses issued Read More

Part of Berlin Wall removed in pre-dawn operation

BERLIN (AP) — For nearly 30 years, the Berlin Wall was the hated symbol of the division of Europe, a gray, concrete mass that snaked through neighborhoods, separating families and friends. On Wednesday, it took hundreds of police to guarantee the safe removal of 15 feet (less than 5 meters) of what’s left of the Read More

SCSD 1 superintendent named in civil lawsuit

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 1 Superintendent Marty Kobza is listed as a defendant in a civil lawsuit alleging that school district administrators in Hot Springs County failed to protect a 6-year-old girl from being sexually assaulted, The Sheridan Press learned last week. During the time period in which the incidents were said to Read More

Sheridan-based UW professor earns 2013 Young Scientist Award

SHERIDAN — University of Wyoming professor of horticulture Sadanand Dhekney has been given the 2013 Young Scientist Award from the Society for In Vitro Biology. Dhekney, who teaches and conducts research at the UW Sheridan Research and Extension Center, is currently studying the possibility of expanding grape production in Wyoming, determining varieties and rootstocks that Read More

Wyoming pension officer charged with insider trading

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