The Wyoming bachelor’s life in the 1940s

May 3, 2013

I met George Alvin Dowdy at a horse sale in 1947. I was 14 and Dowdy was 18. The friendship lasted 50 years until he died in 1998. His uncle, Charley Dowdy, had married Bessie Wellman. They all lived at the Wellman ranch about 13 miles south of town. Charley Dowdy and Bessie Wellman went Read More

Teens find niche volunteering at Senior Center

SHERIDAN — Somewhere between wanting to play the games in elementary school and not old enough to work or drive, presents a challenge for middle school and younger high school students. Two young ladies found a positive use of this time in their lives to help make the Senior Center the vibrant, active place it Read More

Urban chickens make backyard comeback

SHERIDAN — If you’ve been to a feed store recently, you’ve seen them — the little peeping balls of fuzz in horse troughs that draw you over for a look. Baby chickens and ducks. There was a time when keeping chickens and ducks was part of any family farm. Fresh eggs were gathered, coops were Read More

Local schools honored by U.S. news

Three local high schools have been recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report. Sheridan High School received a silver award this year, and had the second highest ranking in the state behind Jackson Hole High School. This is the second year the high school has received a silver award. In addition, Big Horn Read More

P&Z approves first conservation subdivision

SHERIDAN — The first conservation subdivision to be considered in Sheridan County received the go-ahead on step one of its journey toward becoming an official subdivision dedicated to preserving open space. The Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the permit for the McMeans Conservation Subdivision west of Dayton at its meeting Thursday. A Read More

New regs set for West Tensleep Corridor

SHERIDAN — New regulations regarding dispersed camping and containment of solid human waste are in effect in the West Tensleep Corridor in the Bighorn National Forest, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service. The corridor, located about 45 miles west of Buffalo off U.S. Highway 16, is a heavily used recreation area Read More

P&Z OKs minor subdivision at Big Horn ‘Y’

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission approved by a three to one vote a minor subdivision located at the Big Horn “Y” at its regular meeting Thursday. Board member Audrey Brown voted against the subdivision because she said she didn’t think it was necessary. The property is located at the junction of Read More

8 selected for Boys State

SHERIDAN — Eight local seniors have been for the 65th annual Wyoming Boys State Conference June 1-7 in Douglas. Sheridan delegates are Aaron Campbell, son of Bill and Kelli Campbell; Dylan Lindly, son of Daniel and Juli Lindly; and Henry Smith, son of Shelleen Smith. Big Horn delegates are Kristopher Johnson, son of Toby and Read More

BH teachers challenge students to engage

BIG HORN — Big Horn Elementary third-grade teachers Laurie Graves and Lamont Clabaugh have received national recognition from the Pearson Foundation through The Model Classroom program for their project “The Then and Now of Sheridan County.” The Model Classroom recognized just 20 projects this year and the goal is to encourage learning outside of the Read More

County to apply mag. chloride to roads

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Public Works Road and Bridge Department will continue its annual magnesium chloride application project Monday through Thursday. The roads scheduled for this week include: Lower Powder River Road (County Road 269), Coal Creek Road (CR 195), Thompson Creek Road (CR 219), Murphy Gulch Road (CR 147), Meade Creek Road (CR Read More

SC wind and jazz ensembles’ final concert

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform their final concert of the year, “Lincoln Portrait,” on Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Sheridan High School auditorium. The ensembles are directed by Dr. Michael P. Flynn. At 6 p.m. Flynn will discuss the works to be performed. The jazz ensemble will Read More

DSA to hang flower pots May 18

SHERIDAN — Join the Downtown Sheridan Association on May 18 to help prepare and hang the flower pots for the downtown lampposts. Meet at the Sheridan College Greenhouses, 3059 Coffeen Ave., at 7 a.m. to pot the flowers. After the potting is finished, the group will head downtown and hang the flowers. At 9 a.m. Read More

SC nursing club hosting 5K and 10K

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College Nursing Club will host a 5K and 10K “fun run” May 18 starting at 8 a.m. at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds south entrance on Victoria Street. All proceeds from the race will go to the Sheridan Health Center (formerly known as the Free Clinic). There will also be a raffle Read More

Diabetes program garage sale

SHERIDAN — The Diabetes Assistance Program will have a garage sale May 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at Sheridan Wesleyan Church, 404 W. Brundage Lane. All money raised will go toward assisting local residents with diabetes testing supplies. If you wish to donate items for the sale, or for more information, call 675-2640.

Survey: BH parents want comm. center

May 2, 2013

BIG HORN — The Sheridan County School District 1 Recreation District board met Wednesday evening to hold a public hearing about a community center it has proposed to build near the “Big Horn Y” at the intersection of Highways 335 and 87 about four miles north of Big Horn. Six community members attended and four Read More

Downtown Sheridan Association receives national accreditation

SHERIDAN — The nonprofit Downtown Sheridan Association announced Wednesday that the organization has been designated an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting a set of performance standards set by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. “(Other Wyoming entities) look at Sheridan as a model Main Street community for our state,” Read More

Kirol wins UW thesis award

SHERIDAN — The University of Wyoming presented Christopher Kirol with the 2013 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award at a ceremony in Laramie on April 24. His thesis titled “Quantifying Habitat Importance for Greater Sage Grouse Population Persistence in an Energy Development Landscape,” done with his advisor Dr. Jeffery Beck in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Read More

Benefit planned for Bougie

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Mountain Eagles Riders are hosting a benefit for Kimberly Bougie on May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Big Horn Mountain Eagles Aerie No. 4169, 1760 Commercial Lane. Bougie was diagnosed with juvenile onset diabetes at 6 years old. At 15 she was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease Read More

Decker Coal seeks lease expansion

SHERIDAN — The Bureau of Land Management announced earlier this week that its Miles City Field Office has received an application from Decker Coal Company to add 500 acres of land to two of its federal coal leases. The BLM is seeking public comment on the lease modifications until May 31. The agency will hold Read More

Comedy night at Carriage House

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College Twisted Stair Theater Company will present a night of comedy Friday at the Carriage House Theater starting at 7 p.m. The comedy show will feature two one-act plays, “Check, Please,” and “If Men Played Cards as Women Do,” both performed and produced by Sheridan College students. The plays will be Read More

Leather workshops planned

SHERIDAN — In conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show, there will be more than 40 leather workshops offered from May 13-18. See the website for complete workshop and registration information. The workshops will held at various times and locations around Sheridan. For more information call Leather Crafters Journal at 715-362-5393.

Dance recital May 17-18

SHERIDAN — Studio 48 celebrates “A Decade of Dance” with its 10th annual dance recital May 17-18 at the WYO Theater. Studio 48 is a training center for dancers and this show will feature them in dances that won top honors at competitions, special routines and some surprises. This performance will feature special guests including Read More

SHS student finalist in Google competition

SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School freshman Lauren Sarantopulos is one of 10 finalists in the national Doodle 4 Google art contest. The contest invites art students in grades K-12 to submit designs for the Google “doodle” on the homepage, based on a theme. This year’s theme is “My Best Day Ever…” More than 130,000 students Read More

Crossing signal discussion

SHERIDAN — Audible crossing signals are up at several lighted intersections around Sheridan. When the button on the light pole is pressed, a chirp or cuckoo sound indicates it is safe for a pedestrian to cross. This benefits those with visual impairments who don’t see traffic well. Jim Evensen, district traffic engineer with the Wyoming Read More

City preps for May budget work sessions

May 1, 2013

SHERIDAN — Spring is the season for baseball, budding trees and blooming flowers. And budgets. The city of Sheridan is gearing up for a round of work sessions to establish its budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. Budget work sessions will be held daily at noon in the council chambers at City Read More