Recordings: Nixon wanted total handgun ban

March 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Richard Nixon, of all people. He proposed ridding the market of Saturday night specials, contemplated banning handguns altogether and refused to pander to gun owners by feigning interest in their weapons. Several previously unreported Oval Office recordings and White Read More

‘Worlds Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade’ in Big Horn

SHERIDAN — Join the annual informal St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17 in downtown Big Horn, billed as the “World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.” Anyone is welcome to be in the parade — simply show up by 3:15 p.m. The parade will start soon after that.

McIntyre graduates from Iowa

SHERIDAN — Bryan Ruark McIntyre graduated from the University of Iowa in the 2012 fall semester with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences. Additionally, McIntyre’s earned a place on the dean’s list. McIntyre attended Holy Name Catholic School and is a graduate of Sheridan High School.He is the son of Elaine and Thomas Read More

VOA ‘Empty Bowl’ fundraiser April 4

SHERIDAN — Volunteers of America will have their annual “Empty Bowl” fundraiser April 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the YMCA, 417 N. Jefferson St. This fundraiser will benefit the Sheridan Community Homeless Shelter.

Xanterra retains Y-stone contract

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Xanterra Parks & Resorts will continue to provide a wide range of visitor services in Yellowstone National Park for the next two decades. The National Park Service recently awarded its concession contract to Xanterra, which has held the contract since 2005.

Congress wants role as Obama pushes trade agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has embarked on an aggressive trade agenda that could lower barriers and increase U.S. exports to many of the economic giants of Asia and Europe. To make that a reality, though, it may first have to negotiate future trade policy a little closer to home — with Congress. The Read More

Nuclear chief: US plants safer after Japan crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years after the nuclear crisis in Japan, the top U.S. regulator says American nuclear power plants are safer than ever, though not trouble-free. A watchdog group calls that assessment overly rosy. “The performance is quite good,” Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Lawmakers: Obama wooing might break budget logjam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers said Sunday they welcome President Barack Obama’s courtship and suggested the fresh engagement between the White House and Congress might help yield solutions to the stubborn budget battle that puts Americans’ jobs at risk. Yet the lawmakers cautioned that years of hurt feelings were unlikely to heal simply because Obama Read More

Cardinals set Tuesday as start date for conclave

March 9, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope, a milestone in this unusual papal transition and an indication that even without an obvious front-runner, the cardinals have a fairly good idea of who best among them can lead the Catholic Church and tackle Read More

Less fuss this time over NYC terror trial

NEW YORK (AP) — The first court appearance for Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and onetime propagandist unfolded at a Manhattan courthouse Friday without the fuss over security that the Obama administration encountered three years ago over its plan to hold a civilian trial for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. There were no signs of unusual Read More

Seattle police arrest woman suspected in shooting

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say the woman suspected of wounding a man in a shooting in a Seattle parks department building has been arrested. Police say the woman was arrested in Burien, a suburb south of Seattle, after they surrounded a house.

Feds release confidential report on Cal nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The company that runs the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant sparred with environmental activists Friday over the details of a once-confidential report that shows industry engineers were aware of problems with steam quality inside equipment that later malfunctioned. San Onofre, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, was shut down Read More

Better health through better nutrition

Meet Georgia Boley, the registered dietitian at the Sheridan Senior Center. In 1974, Title VI under the 1965 Older Americans Act authorized funds for nutrition programs for elderly. Under the OAA, the Sheridan Senior Center receives supplemental funding for its on-site and home delivered meals program. One of the requirements for funding is to have Read More

The month of great opportunity

“It’s hard to find purpose or good in difficult circumstances, but that is the journey. Why did it have to be a journey? Why couldn’t a helicopter pick up and carry you to the finish line? Because throughout the difficult times, you will learn more, grow more in faith, love God more and love your Read More

Tidbit Saturday gives students insight into role of museums

SHERIDAN — Wyoming has a rich history, and now young people can get a better understanding of how history impacts them thanks to Tidbit Saturdays at the Sheridan Historical Society and Museum. The program is an offshoot of the Tidbit Tuesdays during the summer months. Those events usually focused on an aspect of Wyoming history. Read More

Deadline approaching for rodeo scholarship

  SHERIDAN — All 2013 Sheridan County graduating high school seniors are invited to apply for Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo scholarships.Three $1,000 scholarships — $500 per semester — will be awarded. Applicants must graduate from a Sheridan County high school in the spring of 2013 and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Over the past Read More

TR, Big Horn Academic Challenge teams place well

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 1 high schools made a great showing at the Wyoming Academic Challenge held in February in Torrington. Eleven high school teams from around the state competed at Eastern Wyoming College Feb. 16.

Famous restaurant damaged by blaze

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Chef and food activist Alice Waters inspected damage to the facade of her famed Chez Panisse on Friday after a fire blazed through a landmark dining section of the Berkeley restaurant. A small eating area with signature woodwork within the restaurant’s front porch burned, but firefighters were able to extinguish the Read More

Summit winner active in school, the community

Academics For All’s Summit Award winner this week is Calan Szmyd. Szmyd is a senior at Sheridan High School, and is a two-year member of National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade point average. She is taking advanced placement chemistry, French 3, pre-calculus, percussion, symphonic band, career development, photography 2, and journalism. Previously she has Read More

Bluegrass jam session at Senior Center

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Senior Center will host a bluegrass open microphone jam session March 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the Sheridan Senior Center. The session will feature some of Sheridan’s finest veteran musicians such as Bill Bradshaw and Don Conklin on mandolin, Doug Brothers on guitar, Rick Clark on banjo and Lynn Young on Read More

Two elk test positive for brucellosis in Bighorn Mountains

CHEYENNE – Two elk harvested by hunters in the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming have tested positive for brucellosis. Brucellosis has been present for nearly a century in elk and bison in the Greater Yellowstone Area, including the northwest corner of Wyoming. Brucellosis in cattle, elk, and bison is caused by a bacterium, Brucella abortus.

Local contractor to renovate UW facility in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — A local contractor has been selected to renovate and construct facilities for the University of Wyoming’s Outreach, Research and Extension Center in Sheridan. The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees voted Friday to contract with Fletcher Construction Co. of Sheridan for the $1.58 million project on the Sheridan College campus.

Sheridan Inn for sale after ownership transfer

SHERIDAN — The future of the Historic Sheridan Inn remains in doubt following the landmark building’s recent transfer of ownership from the nonprofit Sheridan Heritage Center to a Cheyenne-based bank. SHC President Jake Brooks said that after an extended period of working with the bank in an attempt to save the local institution, financial pressures Read More

Early and late season extenders

One of the challenges of living in Wyoming is the late frost in the spring and the early frost in the fall. This fact really shortens our growing season for vegetables unless we can provide some protection. Several techniques will lengthen the growing season, making it possible to begin earlier in the spring and end Read More

Moving plants

  Daylight savings time begins March 10. At some time or other we’ve all had to move a plant or shrub. For what ever reason – you have to move it or loose it. Here are some tips for moving shrubs.