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Tongue River Elementary project put on hold; bids too high

June 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — The development of the new Tongue River Elementary school was halted Tuesday night at the Sheridan County School District 1 Board of Trustees meeting after an update from Superintendent Marty Kobza led the board to reject all construction bids received to date. The school was to begin development this summer and the project Read More

SCSD1 parents form new advisory committee

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County School District 1 Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night in Ranchester was anything but business as usual. A group of parents attended the meeting — some with prepared speeches and some simply seeking to better understand board processes — and dominated the majority of the lengthy meeting with questions and Read More

Summer Math Challenge to start Monday

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Department of Education in partnership with MetaMetrics is trying to negate the effects of summer learning loss with new summer initiatives. The Summer Math Challenge is a math skills maintenance program based on grade-level state standards for mathematics and is set to begin Monday. The program targets students who have just Read More

YMCA’s Camp Roberts to host open house Sat.

SHERIDAN — The YMCA of the Bighorns Camp Roberts will host an open house on Saturday. The free event is open to all members of the community to get to know the camp that has been open since 2008. Activities will include mountain biking, fishing, archery, shooting, canoeing and more. Lunch will be served and Read More

‘Jim Gatchell’s Living History Day’ this Sat.

SHERIDAN — The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in Buffalo will host “Jim Gatchell’s Living History Day” on Saturday. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the museum will offer free admission and refreshments. The event will feature Basque dancers, Basque sausage, a petting zoo, corn dart throwing, a wood carver, tomahawk throwing, Pick’s Saddle Shop, Buffalo Read More

Blood drive to be held Monday, Tuesday

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Community Blood Drive is coming again Monday and Tuesday and there is currently a critical need for the O- and O+ blood types. The drive will be held at the Best Western Sheridan Center ballroom from noon to 6 p.m. Monday and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Appointments are strongly Read More

County renews contract with private ambulance firm

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County commissioners renewed the contract for services with Rocky Mountain Ambulance, LLC, Tuesday morning. The board also voted unanimously to subsidize the emergency medical service to the tune of $170,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2015. County Administrative Director Renee Obermueller explained the contract review Read More

Tandem Productions celebrating decades of theater

June 17, 2014

SHERIDAN — Spend 20 years doing anything you enjoy and the time will fly past. Just ask Richard and Tami Davis of Tandem Productions this month as they celebrate two decades of children’s theater. “We never dreamed we’d be doing it this long,” Tami Davis told The Sheridan Press on Monday. She had codirected a Read More

City, firefighters still can’t agree on new contract

SHERIDAN — IAFF Local 276 representative George Neeson continues to butt heads with the Sheridan City Council in negotiations to establish a new contract for the firefighters union. Neeson and the council spent nearly an hour Monday discussing proposed contracts and counter offers, to no avail. The city has boiled down a nearly 20 page Read More

SCSD2 to submit plan for Ft. Mackenzie restructuring

SHERIDAN — Fort Mackenzie High School missed the Adequate Yearly Progress target for graduation rates for the sixth consecutive year and as a result they are now labeled a “School in Improvement” under the requirements of No Child Left Behind. As such, the school is now required to submit a restructuring plan for consideration to Read More

City adopts two year budget for first time

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan, for the first time, adopted a two-year budget Monday, signaling hope for economic recovery by planning for slight increases in the general fund budget compared to the current fiscal year. For FY2015, which begins July 1, the city budgetted for $11.2 million in general fund revenues, compared to the Read More

SCSD2 renews contract with ACE program

SHERIDAN — Since the fall of 2007 the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies have partnered with Sheridan County School District 2 to provide services to suspended students via the ACE program. Accountability Change in Education houses students instead of participating in out-of-school suspensions and VOA Division Director Todd Richins said this ensures a safe situation Read More

Edwards to celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

SHERIDAN — Mickey and Irene Edwards will celebrate 70 years of marriage next week. The couple was married June 26, 1944, in Kansas. The couple are both retired. They have two children, Ernest (Glenda) Edwards of Sheridan and the late Janice (Rich) O’Brien of Arizona. They have six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A celebration will Read More

Drive, Chip, Putt qualifier Sun.

SHERIDAN — A local qualifier for the 2015 Drive, Chip, Putt National Championship will be held Sunday at the Powder Horn Golf Course. Preceeding next year’s Masters Golf Tournament, the nationals will be held at Augusta National Golf Club. The qualifier is free with the top three finishers in eight categories advancing to sub-regionals in Read More

Summer lecture scheduled at Spear-O Sunday

SHERIDAN — The Northwest Community College District will host a series of summer lectures at their Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus. The first lecture will be held Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Randy Stout will discuss “The Solitude Trail Experience.” Attendees are encouraged to come early, bring a lunch to enjoy at a creekside picnic table and take a Read More

Next ‘Birding at The Brinton’ to be held Saturday

SHERIDAN —  The Brinton Museum, Science Kids and the Big Horn Audubon will present the next monthly “Birding at The Brinton” on Saturday with a special guest. Regular instructor Dr. Jackie Canterbury will be joined by renowned ornithologist and author Dr. Paul A. Johnsgard for the event. This free morning of bird watching will run Read More

New mine could create more than 200 jobs

SHERIDAN — Last month, the Kentucky-based Ramaco, LLC, announced plans to open a coal mine between Sheridan and Ranchester. The endeavor represents an economic opportunity for the local economy, but also a pioneer effort to bring Appalachian mining techniques to Wyoming. Initial mining plans for the proposed Brook Mine, which will be located in an Read More

Country singer works his way through tragedy, back to stage

June 16, 2014

SHERIDAN — It was shortly after his daughter Julia Grace passed away that Aaron Watson hung his guitar up for what could have been the last time. “After I lost her I was so heartbroken the last thing I wanted to do was get on stage and sing songs for folks who just wanted to Read More

New exhibit in Ucross opening Saturday

SHERIDAN — A new exhibit at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery is opening Saturday and a public reception will be held. “John Catterall: Wyoming Dialogues” will feature work spanning over 30 years of the local artist’s career. The reception is free and open to everyone from 3-5 p.m. For more information contact the foundation at Read More

Local artist Morel’s work on display at library

SHERIDAN — Local artist Mark Morel’s artwork is currently on display in the mezzanine area of Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library and his show features the art of friends Marv Roussan and Mara Schasteen. A public artists’ reception will be held Thursday for Morel and friends from 5-7 p.m. All members of the community are Read More

Big Horn Woman’s Club to hold meeting Fri.

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Woman’s Club will hold a meeting on Friday. Meeting at the BHWC clubhouse at 9:15 a.m. the day will begin with a tour of the Wallick Gardens followed by a picnic at the home of Ann Custis at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is free and open to anyone who is Read More

Wyoming Wilderness Association to host hike Sat.

SHERIDAN — For the next event in a series of outings celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the 30th anniversary of the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984, the Wyoming Wilderness Association will host a hike Saturday. A difficult and intense hike, WWA staff member Jared Oakleaf will lead a 10-mile Read More

Tongue River Middle School announces spring honor roll

From staff reports SHERIDAN — Tongue River Middle School officials have announced the spring 2014 honor roll recipients. 8th grade Superintendent’s Honor Roll Emily Brown, Mary Miller, Cydney Mullaney, Nikki Perfetti, Claire Reed and Dehlaney Schulthess. 7th grade Superintendent’s Honor Roll Mackenzie Aksamit, Jaren Fritz, Holly Hutchinson, Macey McArthur and Morgan Warren. 6th grade Superintendent’s Read More

Cowgirls kick off rodeo season

Kade Koltiska competes in break away roping during the Sheridan Cowgirls Association Rodeo on Thursday evening at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds. Koltiska will be going to the National Junior High School Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa, later this month.

Famous James brother made camp in Big Horn

June 13, 2014

By Christina Schmidt The Sheridan Press BIG HORN — In 1880, William Jackson arrived in the Big Horn area from Iowa with his family. Jackson settled his family in a tent on the Goelet Gallatin Ranch until an unexpected vacancy in a cabin came open nearby. According to Ann Helvey, in the book “Big Horn Read More

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