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Cancer treatments becoming more focused, effective

April 4, 2013

SHERIDAN — Even though Sheridan’s new Welch Cancer Center just opened last year, Dr. Gregory Marino, medical oncologist, can’t wait until the day it closes its doors. “I look forward to the day the Welch Cancer Center is not a business anymore because there is no more cancer to treat,” Marino told a crowd of nearly Read More

County to repair river bank damage from 2011 flooding

April 3, 2013

SHERIDAN — County Commissioners accepted a grant award to be used for the Tongue River bank stabilization project on Tongue Canyon Road approximately one mile southwest of Dayton at their regular meeting Tuesday. The $74,672 hazard mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 75 percent of the total project cost of nearly Read More

Railroad crossings at 5th, 1st streets to close this week

SHERIDAN — Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad crews will be working on the railroad crossings at First Street and Fifth Street in Sheridan late this week and early next week. The crossing at First Street will be closed from 7 a.m. Thursday through 7 p.m. Friday. Traffic will be detoured to the Fifth Street crossing. Read More

Volunteer fire department celebrates fifth anniversary, 30 members

SHERIDAN — The Goose Valley Fire Department is celebrating its five-year anniversary and welcoming members of the public to its open house April 6 from 9-11 a.m. The open house will be held at the department’s building at 2617 Aero Loop in the airport business park. Visitors can tour the facilities, see equipment and talk Read More

Groups to sue coal producers, shippers over coal dust

CASPER (AP) — Environmental groups in the Pacific Northwest are threatening several of Wyoming’s largest coal producers and a major rail company with a pollution lawsuit. But the companies named in the suit show few signs of going down without a fight. A group led by the Sierra Club — an active opponent of coal Read More

Shepard Symposium this week

LARAMIE (AP) — The University of Wyoming is holding its 17th annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice this week. The event begins Wednesday and concludes on Saturday. The symposium seeks to promote dialogue on issues related to social justice, particularly within the context of public education.

Plea deal for Riverton man charged in baby’s death

CASPER (AP) — A Riverton man who was criminally charged after a baby in his care died in 2011 has pleaded no contest to manslaughter. Jonathan David Marshall entered his plea Monday. He originally faced charges including first-degree murder and child abuse after the death of 7-month-old Eli C’ Bearing of the Wind River Indian Read More

Drought conditions worsen in SE Montana

BILLINGS (AP) — Drought conditions in southeastern Montana have worsened due to an unusually dry March, with extreme conditions reported for most of Yellowstone and Treasure counties. Billings is at the center of the drought, with the first three months of 2013 the seventh-driest since tracking began at Billings Logan International Airport 79 years ago.

SC student art show opens this afternoon

SHERIDAN — A reception will be held this afternoon from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Martinsen Gallery at Sheridan College to celebrate the opening of a new art show featuring works from SC art students. The reception is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Ceramics, drawings, paintings and other works of Read More

Ranchester Planning Commission recommends 16-acre annexation; council drafts ordinance to allow chickens in town limits

SHERIDAN — Members of the Ranchester Planning Commission considered an annexation to the town of Ranchester at their regular meeting Tuesday. The commission agreed to recommend to Ranchester Town Council that 16.21 acres of land belonging to Barney Bros. Land and Livestock be annexed into town limits, town engineer Chris Johnson said. “They felt as Read More

Singapore PM draws laughs in U.S. speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singapore is well-known for its efficiency and order, but during a visit to Washington the city-state’s prime minister displayed a less advertised attribute — humor. In an after-dinner speech Tuesday to U.S. businessmen, Lee Hsien Loong made a couple of jokes that could pass for stand-up comedy.

Expanding hallowed ground at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The West Point Cemetery has taken in graduates of the Long Gray Line from the age of the cavalry charge to the dawn of drone strikes. Headstones etched with names like Custer and Westmoreland stand near plots with freshly turned earth. And after almost two centuries, the 12-acre cemetery is Read More

Hawaii is the spot for sun, surf and spies

HONOLULU (AP) — Clandestine agents. Foreign spies. Intelligence. Hawaii is better known for sunbathing on the beach or surfing than high-stakes sleuthing. But the case of a 59-year-old civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his much younger Chinese girlfriend is a reminder of the state’s little-known identity as a prime target for Read More

Bike to Work Week events planned

SHERIDAN — The Wellness Council and Downtown Sheridan Association are planning a Bike to Work Week again this year from May 13-17. One of the events will be an on-loan bike program.

Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue benefit April 20

SHERIDAN — Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue will host an evening of dinner and entertainment to benefit the upcoming spay and neuter event for dogs and cats in Sheridan County. The benefit will be at The Black Tooth Brewing Company, 312 Broadway St., April 20 from 5:30-10 p.m.Social time begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by Read More

Council tables contentious development

April 2, 2013

SHERIDAN — After more than an hour of presentations, public comment and discussion, City Council voted Monday to table a decision on a resolution to approve a planned unit development overlay for a proposed 76-unit development on the corner of Brundage Lane and Big Horn Avenue. Known as Skyview West and owned by Kim Love, Read More

Rock-bottom natural gas price driving big shift to oil

CASPER — In a swamped market, companies that historically produce natural gas are switching commodities.They’re drilling for crude oil. Since a glut of natural gas from the eastern and southern United States has overwhelmed Wyoming’s strong hold on the market, producers aren’t pretending like it’s 2006. Instead of dreaming for $7 per million BTUs, or Read More

Gov. Mead, others participate in ‘Welcome Home’ event

SHERIDAN — A handshake and a thank you is all Daniel George would have wanted on his return home from 13 months of service as an infantryman in Vietnam, but his homecoming was a little more disappointing.“I was called names, spit on, and when I told my dad about it when I got back to Read More

NM man admits setting Hitching Post fire

CHEYENNE (AP) — A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to arson and conspiracy charges in the 2010 fire that destroyed a landmark hotel in Cheyenne. Forty-four year old Robert Rodriguez admitted torching the main building of the Hitching Post Inn, which had been a favorite lodge and watering hole for Wyoming lawmakers for decades.

As Facebook matures, is it losing its edge?

NEW YORK (AP) — To see what Facebook has become, look no further than the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer.Sometime last year, people began sharing tongue-in-cheek online reviews of the banana-shaped piece of yellow plastic with their Facebook friends. Then those friends shared with their friends. Soon, after Amazon paid to promote it, posts featuring the Read More

Wyoming Retirement System fires investment officer

CHEYENNE (AP) — The Wyoming Retirement System on Monday fired its chief investment officer following federal insider trading charges on transactions that predate his state employment. Retirement System Executive Director Thomas Williams said he has dismissed Chief Investment Officer John Johnson of Arvada, Colo. The Security and Exchange Commission last month filed insider trading charges Read More

Studies: WY and CO benefit by combining wind power

CASPER — Wyoming and Colorado would benefit by combining their wind energy resources, studies released Monday by the University of Wyoming and a national research laboratory show. One study conducted by the university’s Wind Research Center showed that Wyoming’s wind is stronger than Colorado’s and blows during the day, the ideal time to meet Colorado Read More

Suspect in Colo. prison chief’s death got out early

DENVER (AP) — Because of a paperwork error, the suspect in last month’s killing of Colorado’s corrections chief was freed from prison in January — four years earlier than authorities intended. Judicial officials acknowledged Monday that Evan Spencer Ebel’s previous felony conviction had been inaccurately recorded and his release was a mistake.

City council in Georgia town votes to require gun ownership

NELSON, Ga. (AP) — Backers of a newly adopted ordinance requiring gun ownership in a small north Georgia town acknowledge they were largely seeking to make a point about gun rights. The ordinance in the city of Nelson — population 1,300 — was approved Monday night and goes into effect in 10 days. However, it Read More

Kearney Frontier Regulars to present reenactment April 27

SHERIDAN — Kearny’s Frontier Regulars will present a live reenactment from the Civil War on April 27 from noon to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library. Kearny’s Frontier Regulars is a living-history unit that presents educational and entertaining programs portraying all aspects of frontier military life.