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Is a drought in the 2016 forecast?

Is a drought in the 2016 forecast?

SHERIDAN — Lack of precipitation in the Bighorn Mountains and surrounding areas has many concerned about the possibility of a drought. The University of Wyoming Water Resources Data System’s recent data indicates the Tongue River Basin’s snow water equivalent is down to 49 percent of the median for this time of year. “Right now, the… Continue Reading

Homeland Security gives county $83K for new public safety equipment

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security has awarded Sheridan County $83,075 to purchase WyoLink-compatible radios, surveillance equipment for the county courthouse and new computers for Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office squad cars. WyoLink is the statewide communications system used by emergency personnel, including firefighters, police officers and SCSO employees. Reneé Obermueller, Sheridan County administrative… Continue Reading

City officials move forward with landfill repair, move lion dogs

City officials move forward with landfill repair, move lion dogs

SHERIDAN — Sheridan city councilors awarded a $55,000 contract to Sheridan-based MC2 Engineering in order to repair a sinking building at the Sheridan landfill. Typically, Wyoming law requires government entities to advertise and issue a public notice for contracts that are more than $35,000. Contracts in excess of $35,000 also require a public bidding process.… Continue Reading

Local court briefs — Jan. 6, 2016

Sheridan woman sentenced for fourth DUI conviction SHERIDAN — A Sheridan woman received a suspended sentence for her fourth driving under the influence conviction. Aileen D. Butterfield, 58, of Sheridan appeared before Judge John Fenn in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday. Fenn sentenced Butterfield to 5-7 years of imprisonment, which was suspended in lieu of… Continue Reading

BHHS to hold assembly to celebrate top school honor

BIG HORN — Big Horn High School will hold an assembly on Thursday at 10 a.m. to celebrate being named Wyoming’s top high school. In August, Newsweek released a report titled “America’s Top 500 High Schools 2015,” and Big Horn was the only Wyoming school on the list. Gov. Matt Mead will speak at the… Continue Reading

SR Cattle Company awarded environmental stewardship award

SHERIDAN — The SR Cattle Company has been named the 2016 recipient of the Wyoming Leopold Conservation Award, given as part of the Wyoming Stock Growers Environmental Stewardship Award Program. According to a press release from the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, owned and managed by the Kane family, SR Cattle Company is located northeast of… Continue Reading

YMCA soupfest to feature Darren Rogers presentation

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County YMCA’s monthly soupfest will take place Friday from 12:15-2 p.m. Local mountaineer Darren Rogers will talk about his recent trip to Mount Everest. Rogers was at Camp 1 when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people. Rogers will show photos from his journey and discuss the… Continue Reading

Wyoming Business Resource Network to present Thursday

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Business Resource Network will present information about the valuable assistance to businesses and supporting organizations in Wyoming. On Thursday, beginning at 11:30 a.m., learn how the Resource Network can serve your business from start-up to expansion, to exit and everything in between. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration… Continue Reading

Cirque Ziva coming to the WYO

SHERIDAN — The WYO Theater will play host to a premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company on Sunday. The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday as part of the WYO Theater’s Children’s Educational and Family Series. Tickets to attend are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and military members and $10 for students.… Continue Reading

True West magazine honors local businesses

SHERIDAN — True West magazine recently recognized two local businesses — King’s Saddlery and the Historic Sheridan Inn. King’s Saddlery was given the Reader’s Choice award for Best Western Collectibles Gallery. The Historic Sheridan Inn was the 2016 winner of the Best Preservation of a Western Building award. Continue Reading

Petition to eliminate city administrator fails

SHERIDAN — A petition that would have put the city administrator position on the ballot in Sheridan failed despite receiving more than the necessary number of signatures. The petition needed 529 signatures in order to be valid, and 553 people signed it. However, 78 signatures did not belong to qualified electors from the city of… Continue Reading

National scholarship program looks to increase Wyoming applications

SHERIDAN — Officials from a national philanthropic foundation that offers a selective scholarship program for low-income, high-performing students in junior high and up want more Wyoming applicants. “Really what we’re looking for are those kids who are hungry to learn and they’re demonstrating a curiosity that is sort of beyond the norm,” Rebecca Cullen, director… Continue Reading

Stray livestock list on display at courthouse this week

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County residents whose livestock have disappeared in 2015 may have the opportunity to address the issue in 2016. “Livestock are highly mobile,” Wyoming State Brand Commissioner Lee Romsa said. When livestock, including sheep, cattle and horses get loose, officials with the Wyoming Branding Commission take control of the animals and auction them… Continue Reading

Local lawmakers split on minimum wage hike

Local lawmakers split on minimum wage hike

SHERIDAN — Once again, the nationwide discussion on a higher minimum wage has made its way to the Wyoming Legislature and local lawmakers are split in their support of the proposed changes. House Bill 0004 would increase Wyoming’s minimum wage by more than four dollars from $5.15 to $9.50. The bill also proposes an increase… Continue Reading

SBA nominations for business awards due Jan. 11

SHERIDAN — The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations of Wyoming businesses for the 2016 Small Business Week awards. The awards included are Small Business Person of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Spirit of Wyoming, For additional information regarding each category, see the Sheridan County Chamber of… Continue Reading

Local chapter of AARP to gather Friday at Senior Center

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan chapter of the AARP will gather at the Sheridan Senior Center at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a dish to share and their own place settings. Stella Montano will speak about the emerging support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Carmen Rideout will give a legislative update… Continue Reading

Student news — Jan. 5, 2016

Big Horn student named to UNC dean’s list BIG HORN — Nell Mcclaran Maccarty was named to the University of North Carolina — Asheville dean’s list for the fall semester. The dean’s list is made up of full-time students who earned between a 3.5-3.99 GPA. Smith named fall inductee to Phi Theta Kappa SHERIDAN — Casper College… Continue Reading

SCSD3 bus barn fire originated in school bus

SHERIDAN — The fire that severely damaged the Sheridan County School District. No 3 bus barn in Clearmont originated in a bus, but investigators will be unable to determine a specific cause. “The fire destroyed whatever it is that caused it,” Wyoming State Fire Marshal Investigator Richard Embrey said Monday. “Vehicle fires are hard to… Continue Reading

Library organizing ‘Downton Abbey’ tea party

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Fulmer Library will host the third annual “Downton Abbey” tea party in celebration of the beginning of the sixth and final season of the popular PBS Masterpiece Theater series. The program will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in The Wyoming Room of Sheridan Fulmer Library. Period dress is encouraged.… Continue Reading

Volunteers sought for free tax program

SHERIDAN — Organizers of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program are seeking volunteers to help with this year’s program. Volunteers will receive training to provide free tax help for low- to moderate-income families that need assistance preparing their tax returns. Tax volunteers will work with the Sheridan Free Tax Program, first to receive training and… Continue Reading

Agendas — Jan 2, 2016

Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission 5:30 p.m. Thursday Commissioners Boardroom Sheridan County Courthouse 224 S. Main St. • Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance • Roll call • Approval of agenda • Approval of minutes — Dec. 3, 2015 • Matters from the public (items not on agenda) • New business 1. S-15-002JM: Foosball… Continue Reading

Tough decisions ahead for Wyoming legislators

SHERIDAN — Wyoming state legislators are facing an uphill battle heading into the 2016 budget session, which begins Feb. 8. The Consensus Revenue Estimating Group in October released a report detailing a grim outlook for Wyoming revenue sources — and a local senator believes it’s only going to get worse. “I’m not a ‘doom and… Continue Reading

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