Survey: Mountain pine beetle declines in Wyo.

April 5, 2013

CHEYENNE (AP) — An aerial survey shows that the mountain pine beetle epidemic declined across Wyoming’s forests last year except for the Black Hills area in the northeast part of the state. The U.S. Forest Service and Wyoming State Forestry Division announced the results of the survey this week.

SMH discusses adding urgent care option to ER

April 4, 2013

SHERIDAN — Sheridan Memorial Hospital is looking at ways to provide an alternative urgent care option for patients who come to the emergency room with less critical issues that don’t necessarily need emergency treatment. Dr. John Addlesperger presented information to the hospital board of trustees at their regular meeting Wednesday about the possible ways to Read More

Sheridan earns stop on Honor Tour

SHERIDAN — Seven sites in Wyoming, including a site in Sheridan, have been selected to participate in the 2013 Tour of Honor Motorcycle Ride that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. The Tour of Honor is a season-long, self-directed ride to memorials and monuments around the continental U.S. and Hawaii. Motorcyclists plot their own routes and Read More

Wyoming Army Guard unit to deploy this month

CHEYENNE (AP) — The Wyoming Army National Guard unit will be deployed this month for a stint in the Persian Gulf region. The Guard says 162 soldiers from the Laramie-based 133rd Engineer Company will deploy April 12.

Wyoming economy stable

SHERIDAN — Despite stubborn unemployment statistics and a slower than desirable recovery, Wyoming’s economy is nothing if not stable. According to recent figures from the state’s economic analysis division, the state remained on track for a steady economic recovery throughout the fourth quarter of 2012.

UW student loan default rate well below nat’l avg.

CHEYENNE (AP) — The percentage of University of Wyoming students defaulting on federal loans is well below the national average. According to U.S. Education Department figures, 4.9 percent of UW students defaulted on their student loans within three years of entering repayment.

Kearny regulars holding training April 14

SHERIDAN — The public is invited to Fort Phil Kearny on April 14 to learn about and train and play with Kearny’s Frontier Regulars, a living history unit that has been around for 11 years. Unit members will introduce the public to their group’s activities, purposes and goals by inviting attendees to participate in their Read More

Eagles hosting Dube benefit

SHERIDAN — Come to the Sheridan Eagles Aerie, 850 N. Main St., on Saturday to join in a benefit for 2-year-old Thane Dube of Sheridan and his family. Dube fell deathly ill in January with the flu and has a long road to recovery ahead of him. The fundraiser is a tournament featuring the card Read More

North Korea still far from backing up nuke threats

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s vow to restart its mothballed nuclear facilities raises fears about assembly lines churning out fuel for a fearsome arsenal of nuclear missiles. But it may actually be a sign that Pyongyang needs a lot more bomb fuel to back up its nuclear threats. Despite the bluster, it could Read More

Cancer treatments becoming more focused, effective

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