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Arbitration bill fails on third reading

February 5, 2015

SHERIDAN— Senate File 123, the bill that would have made arbitration with firefighter unions non-binding to governing bodies was defeated in the Senate this morning by a narrow vote. The vote was recorded this morning at 11:33 a.m. There were 14 votes in favor of the bill, including Sen. Dave Kinskey, R-Sheridan, who sponsored it. Read More

Sheridan man may receive plea deal in burglary, theft of guns

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man facing felony burglary charges for the theft of his father’s guns may obtain a plea deal. Austin Dean Allen Woodley, 22, appeared Tuesday in 4th Judicial District Court for a pre-trial conference. Austin Woodley is charged with one count of aggravated burglary by becoming armed, a felony that could, without Read More

Bill reinstating review of science standards moves ahead

SHERIDAN — House Bill 23, a bill that would reinstate the review of the Next Generation Science Standards, continues to work its way through the Wyoming Legislature. Meanwhile, review — and a mixed bag of support and criticism — of the standards outside of the capital rolls on. The bill sponsored in part by Rep. Read More

Monday crash results in the death of one Sheridan man

SHERIDAN — A two vehicle crash on Monday resulted in the death of Alfred Banda, 32, of Sheridan. The crash occurred at 1:45 p.m. on Wyoming Highway 50 approximately 24 miles south of Gillette at mile post 24.10. Banda was the front-seat passenger in a 1990 Jeep Cherokee driven by Lynn Poppell, 33, of Casper. Read More

Ranchester town council approves liquor licenses

RANCHESTER — Members of Ranchester Town Council approved four liquor license renewals at their meeting Tuesday with the stipulation that future approval of renewals will depend on the applicants being current on their utility payments. Mayor Peter Clark said a few renewal applicants have gotten behind on utility payments. He said state statute allows the Read More

Granger sentenced in sexual abuse case

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man charged with sexual abuse of a minor was sentenced Thursday in 4th Judicial District Court. Clinton Michael Granger was arrested Feb. 8 after the victim approached authorities and told them Granger had molested her four years earlier. Granger pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of first degree sexual abuse Read More

Castro, Geary wed Dec. 19 in Florida

SHERIDAN — Kaitlyn Patricia Castro of Loxahatchee, Florida, and Scott Joseph Geary of Sheridan were married Dec. 19 at Hope Lutheran Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. Castro has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Florida Atlantic University. She is the daughter of Steve Olivo of Harmony Township, New Jersey, and Marie Castro of Read More

Historical Society meeting to feature presentation on Story cafes of old

STORY — The Story Historical Society will meet Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Story Woman’s Club clubhouse. The meeting is free and open to the public. Longtime resident Jerry Johns will give a presentation on the cafes of old Story including the Story Lodge, Mountain View, Pine Nook Inn, The Rendezvous, The Village Inn, Read More

Eighth annual Fireman’s Ball set for Feb. 14

SHERIDAN — The eighth annual fireman’s ball will be held Feb. 14 at the former Warehouse 201 building on Broadway Street. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. and will include live music from the Teka Brock Band starting at 7 p.m. The ball is open to the public and tickets cost $25 per person. Read More

Catching a lift back to class

February 4, 2015

Dayton Town Council begins interviews for vacant council seat

SHERIDAN — Council members realized it won’t be easy to pick who will fill the vacant seat on Dayton Town Council following interviews of three out of four applicants for the position on Monday. “Any one of those three candidates would be an excellent fit,” Mayor Norm Anderson said. The candidates were Mick Johnson, Jeremy Read More

Red Grade Trails: County to own rights-of-way for multi-phase project

SHERIDAN — In a show of support for a new system of non-motorized recreation trails being built along Red Grade Road, county commissioners voted Tuesday to take ownership of the right-of-way for trails and trailheads on Bureau of Land Management land in the project. The Red Grade Trails project was spearheaded by the Sheridan Community Read More

SCSD1 addresses concerns at public budget discussion

BIG HORN — Administrators at Sheridan County School District 1 hosted a public budget discussion Tuesday night at Big Horn Middle School that was attended by district staff and a handful of community members. Following the statement made in January by the district’s third-party auditors that the budget showed some areas of concern, SCSD1 distributed Read More

State considering plea deal for man facing drug, theft charges

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man facing various drug charges may have a plea deal before his case comes to trial. Trevor Olson, 22, was arrested Aug. 21 for possession of marijuana and for the intent to deliver a controlled substance. His case has been bound over to 4th Judicial District Court. Olson is being held Read More

Two vehicle crash south of Gillette results in death of Sheridan man

SHERIDAN — A two vehicle crash on Monday resulted in the death of Alfred Banda, 32, of Sheridan. The crash occurred at 1:45 p.m. on Wyoming Highway 50 approximately 24 miles south of Gillette at mile post 24.10. Banda was the front-seat passenger in a 1990 Jeep Cherokee driven by Lynn Poppell, 33, of Casper. The Read More

Eagles #186 to host Tipsy Taxi casino night on Saturday

SHERIDAN — A fundraiser to benefit the Tipsy Taxi is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles #186. The event will feature roulette, black jack and a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. Admission is $20 per person, which includes funny money, food and two drinks. Additional funny money will also be available for purchase. Prizes Read More

Dad, daughter dance to benefit Martin Luther Grammar School

SHERIDAN — Proceeds from a Dad and Daughter Dance set for Saturday at the Best Western Sheridan Center will benefit the Martin Luther Grammar School. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the event will last until 9 p.m. The evening will include dancing and a silent auction. Professional photos will also be for sale, Read More

Big Horn student to attend media conference

BIG HORN — Big Horn High School student Kaylin McKinley has been selected to represent Sheridan County as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2015 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. McKinley will join a select group of students from around the country for an extensive study of journalism and the media. Read More

Fire and Ice Ball to benefit Habitat

SHERIDAN — The annual Fire and Ice Ball to benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will be held at the Kalif Shrine Center. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event will also include live music. Tickets are Read More

Spring term of ‘Saturday U’ set for this weekend

SHERIDAN — Area residents have the opportunity to go back to college for a day — this Saturday — with three professors from the University of Wyoming lecturing at Sheridan College for Saturday University. The free, one-day college education program will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center. The day will Read More

Appraisal completed for SCSD2 Gollings paintings

February 3, 2015

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 2 is the owner of $3,237,500 worth of William Gollings paintings, according to the appraisal the district received from Gary Temple of the Meadowlark Gallery in Billings, Montana. Members of the Capital Construction Committee at SCSD2 commissioned the appraisal of the paintings after members of the Whitney Benefits Board Read More

City to hire city administrator

SHERIDAN — City Council has directed department heads and legal counsel to begin the process of creating a new city administrator position to be funded in the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget. At the regular City Council meeting Monday, councilors voted unanimously to approve a resolution directing department heads and legal counsel to investigate the legal Read More

State to fund study for alternative school

SHERIDAN — TSP Inc., an architecture firm based in Sheridan, will spearhead the efforts to explore facility solutions for a collaborative alternative school in Sheridan County after the Capital Construction Committee of Sheridan County School District 2 selected the firm through the state procurement process. Recently, superintendents of each of the local school districts, as Read More

Facility named for Whitney, Mars: Crews expected to break ground in next several weeks

SHERIDAN — Sheridan on Skates has announced the official name of Sheridan’s new indoor ice arena: Whitney Rink at the M&M’s Center, in recognition of Forrest Mars and Whitney Benefits for their contributions to the project. SOS also has released the architect’s schematic renderings to the public as contractors prepare to break ground in the Read More

Firefighter contract negotiations delayed

SHERIDAN — City Council was set to begin negotiations on contracts with the IAFF Local 276 firefighters union on Monday, but both the president and vice president of the union were unable to attend, delaying the negotiations until the next Council meeting. Mayor John Heath said union representatives were in Cheyenne lobbying against a bill Read More

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