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Sheep Creek Fire more than 50 percent contained as of Sunday

DAYTON — Fire officials and local residents alike breathed a collective sigh of relief upon hearing that crews made momentous strides over the weekend in containment of the Sheep Creek Fire. Government officials met with approximately 40 members of the public Sunday at the Tongue River High School auditorium to explain the next steps regarding… Continue Reading

SC hires two faculty members for arts program

SHERIDAN — Two new music faculty have joined Sheridan College’s Visual and Performing Arts department and will begin teaching and directing music this fall. Dr. Eric Richards will be the new director of bands and jazz studies at Sheridan College and will serve as music director of the Sheridan Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble. He will also… Continue Reading

Sheridan student at UW wins competition

SHERIDAN — University of Wyoming student Meghan Jacobs of Sheridan was named runner-up in a writing competition recently. Summer interns with ConocoPhillips in Billings, Montana, were eligible to submit articles about work they had accomplished during their internships. Jacobs, a first-year facilities engineering intern, was runner-up from among 43 entries, most of them submitted by… Continue Reading

Dog and Cat Shelter hosting multiple raffles

SHERIDAN — The Dog and Cat Shelter of Sheridan County is hosting multiple raffles this summer with a variety of prizes. The raffles are fundraisers for the shelter and tickets are available at the shelter, from any board member or at the shelter booth at Third Thursday. The “Dog Days of Summer” raffle will award… Continue Reading

DSA to host Blue Ribbon Steak Cook-off Aug. 20

SHERIDAN — The Downtown Sheridan Association is hosting another Blue Ribbon Steak Cook-off Aug. 20 during the Third Thursday Street Festival and registration to participate is due Thursday. Judging will be based on sanitation and proper food handling, temperature of the meat, presentation and plating, taste and description of the entry. The winner of the… Continue Reading

Celebrating history, focusing on the future

Celebrating history, focusing on the  future

SHERIDAN — When Jennifer Torrez of Laramie was court ordered to relocate to Sheridan and attend the Wyoming Girls School during her eighth-grade year for assault and battery charges, she expected to do her time and move on with her life. Little did she know, her life would never be the same again due to… Continue Reading

FIB to pay staff to volunteer with BBBS

SHERIDAN — After unveiling their plans for business sponsorships in January, Big Brothers Big Sisters is finally seeing some interest from the Sheridan community. BBBS plans to partner with First Interstate Bank. FIB will give employees one extra hour a week — paid time — to volunteer with BBBS. Such partnerships have been successful for… Continue Reading

Woman loses deferred prosecution over petty crime

SHERIDAN — When Judge John Fenn accepts a plea agreement that calls for a deferred prosecution, he always warns the defendant: Do not get in trouble between today and your sentencing. Rebecca Stratton, 18, of Sheridan, did not heed the judge’s warning and will serve 180 days in jail as a result. Only six days… Continue Reading

Elk in park euthanized following concerns

SHERIDAN — After hearing concerns from locals, Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials decided to euthanize a sickly-looking elk that resided at the Elk Pasture at Kendrick Park. Tim Thomas, Game and Fish wildlife biologist, said the female elk was euthanized Friday morning, after it continued to show no signs of improvement. The main cause… Continue Reading

Municipal Court Fines — August 8, 2015

Violators under 18 years of age and sentences under $100 and five days in jail are not reported. (Year in parentheses is defendant’s birth year.) July 3 • Mary P. Grassi (1964), Sheridan, speeding 35 mph in 20 mph, $130; speeding 40 mph in 30 mph, $100 July 6 • Ronda Wilhelm (1966), Sheridan, driver’s… Continue Reading

WWII Rationing

Practically everything necessary for life was rationed during World War II. For example, gas, meat, shoes, dairy, sugar, tires and many other things were rationed. Needless to say, the black market and other ways to skirt the law were employed to get the items necessary for life. Mom was an excellent baker. As a family… Continue Reading

Taking time to travel the world

Taking time to travel the world

In the summer months, there is nothing anybody wants more than to travel the world. I was no exception. This story goes back to before Christmas break when my high school counselor introduced me and a few other students to a program called the Student Diplomacy Corps — a 100 percent scholarship based program that… Continue Reading

ParkFit continues with soccer at Whitney Park

SHERIDAN — The weekly afternoon outdoor fitness sessions, Sheridan ParkFit, will continue Wednesday with soccer at Whitney Park. Each Wednesday through Aug. 26 free community workouts will be offered at a variety of parks. All members of the community are invited to attend. This year, points will be given for each activity you attend and… Continue Reading

USFS: Burning operation a success

USFS: Burning operation a success

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — It’s not very often that you see a group of officials grinning with joy when looking at flames engulfing a mountain, but the team in charge of organizing efforts to battle the Sheep Creek Fire was ecstatic as a prescribed burn rolled down to the bottom of the mountain as planned Friday… Continue Reading

Agendas — August 8, 2015

Sheridan County Commission 9 a.m. Monday Second floor Commission Library Sheridan County Courthouse 224 S. Main St. • Call to order • Staff/elected reports • Antelope Butte update • Adjourn Sheridan Planning Commission 7 p.m. Monday City Council Chambers Sheridan City Hall 55 Grinnell St. • Call to order and roll call of members •… Continue Reading

Airsoft gun shooters plead not guilty

SHERIDAN — The couple charged with driving around Sheridan and shooting at residents with an airsoft gun pleaded not guilty to the majority of counts in Sheridan County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon. Devonte Johnson, 22, and Amanda Crockett, 19, both from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, face numerous misdemeanors for the alleged crimes police responded to Tuesday evening.… Continue Reading

Koetting pleads guilty for role in drug ring

SHERIDAN — A man pleaded guilty Thursday in 4th Judicial District Court for his role as a dealer in a methamphetamine drug ring. Kristopher Koetting, 20, of Sheridan, entered his plea as part of an informal plea agreement with the state. Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney Darci Phillips told Judge John Fenn the state would… Continue Reading

Fighting for our mountains

Fighting for our mountains

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — The smoke from the mountains plumed into the evening sky as the two dozen or so members of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Yankton and Lower Brule fire crews pulled into the Tongue River High School parking lot. They filed out of their vehicles, immediately forming a circle for their after-action review… Continue Reading

Powder Horn Ranch area continues to grow

SHERIDAN —The Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday approved subdivisions creating 15 new lots, which could eventually lead to 15 new homes in the Powder Horn Ranch area. Final approval on the subdivisions needs to be given by county commissioners at their September meeting. In total, the Powder Horn Ranch area can have up… Continue Reading

Ruskowsky earns internship at Honeywell

SHERIDAN — Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, recently announced 10 students as recipients of its Honeywell Scholarship. Honeywell, a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, wholly funds the scholarship program through Honeywell… Continue Reading

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