Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

Column: Museum raises $25K, Brinton youth art, film fest begins

Last month’s “An Evening with the Simpson Brothers” was a big hit. The benefit dinner and collaborative auctions featuring Dr. Pete Simpson and former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson raised more than $25,000 for the Sheridan County Historical Society and its museum. The Simpson brothers told stories, jokes and anecdotes; they even sang. More than 240… Continue Reading

WTP team wins (again), engineers, Java Moon

Welcome, engineers and surveyors. The Wyoming Engineering Society is having its annual convention in Sheridan at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. Entech principal Dave Engels says more than 400 conferees are in town for the weekend. His partner, Joe Feeley, who celebrated a birthday party in his honor Thursday night at the Wyoming Cattle and… Continue Reading

Column: Caucuses, indie films coming

Whew! Glad that “caucus” thing in Iowa is over. The caucus process there is always complicated. It reminds of a story about former Rep. Mo Udall, a Democrat from Arizona. In 1969, Rep. Udall became the first congressman in the 20th century to challenge a sitting Speaker of the House, John McCormack. (Udall was elected… Continue Reading

Column: Beards, bras Super Bowl trivia

During some social chit-chat with Roy Garber recently, I made note of his beard and how it made him appear worldly, erudite and virile. I’ve had a beard since 1983 (except when I was doing chemotherapy) and hear that all the time, too. The first time I grew a beard in 1974, I took it… Continue Reading

Column: Expansion wins; Indie films coming

Just so there’s something in writing….. The dog walkers along South Park Wednesday were almost equal numbers in shorts, right here in the middle of winter, Jan. 27, 2016. •••••• Independent film lovers rejoice! Next week, the spring season of the Sheridan Film Festival gets underway. Bill Campbell tells me how films like “Spotlight,” “Carol,”… Continue Reading

“Stub” Farlow recalled in traffic

One of the talking points Monday during Dr. Pete Simpson’s class at Sheridan College was how Wyoming’s distinctive license plate is part of the state’s “sponsored identity.” Dr. Simpson is teaching a seven-week class about Wyoming’s culture and politics. My newspaper career took off in Lander, a fond place in memory in which to some… Continue Reading

Wyarno for sale; spelling bee, swim blocks

Wyarno is for sale. “The whole town!” so says the ad copy in The Sheridan Press last week. John Smith of ABC Realty has the listing for the Sheridan County locale; it’s $560,000. It includes two residences, a community hall, a garage, a workshop, the post office and the bar and grill. “It’s in great… Continue Reading

Column: Notes, quotes anecdotes

A friend from Greeley, Colorado writes: “If I had won the lottery ($1.6 billion), I was going to buy an election.” •••••• Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a big supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz, told reporters how “we’ll match your Palin (endorsement of Trump) with Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty star) and raise you a Glenn… Continue Reading

Column: City to host state engineers

Randy Bomar of Vista West Engineering drops a note about the forthcoming Wyoming Engineering Society’s annual convention in Sheridan Feb. 4-6 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. One highlight will be the society’s top award, the Presidential Project of the Year, and a review of the projects completed in 2015. Sheridan engineers are volunteering to… Continue Reading

Another column about books

Palin endorses Trump? Stop the presses! The next thing we’ll hear is that professional ‘rasslin’ ain’t on the level. •••••• I was talking books with a young lady before Sen. Al and Dr. Pete Simpson’s program the other night at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. It was a fundraiser for the county museum. It’s always… Continue Reading

Column: Simpson brothers delight, entertain

There were nods of recognition instead of nodding off. In show business parlance, the Simpson brothers, Pete and Al, just “killed.” Their after-dinner fundraising program Thursday night at the Holiday Inn Conference Center included story-telling, jokes, and singing. They raised a ton of money for as good a cause as there is – the Sheridan… Continue Reading

Brinton to be featured on PBS

This spring, our Brinton Museum will be featured on Wyoming PBS’ “Wyoming Chronicles” program. Brinton curator Ken Schuster told me Thursday afternoon it’s the first time the PBS network has rolled through The Brinton atmosphere. In June, the new Forrest E. Mars Jr. Building at The Brinton Museum opened featuring the Western art of Hans… Continue Reading

True West celebrates King Museum

The ghosts of “Christmas Past” are beginning to appear. American Express. VISA. Discover. •••••• True West, a magazine I’m long fond of, arrived Tuesday. Inside, there’s a story — a correction actually — about the Don King Museum of Sheridan and how it had been voted the Reader’s Choice award for Best Collectibles Gallery. In… Continue Reading

Snow blowers, trivia, blessings

The little blessings we enjoy. Embrace them. Treva Lannan noted so in her letter Tuesday in the Press. • Stuck in traffic on Coffeen? Think about those people who have never driven a car and depend on public transportation here in the U.S. and abroad in order to get from Point A to Point B.… Continue Reading

Drunk Russian rises from dead

Today’s Notebook – not approved prior to publishing by El Chapo. •••••• I see by the paper…. We were in Colorado last month visiting family and celebrating Susan’s birthday when the big story in nearby Grand Junction was about a busboy who found $3,000 in cash a few of days before Christmas. Johnny Duckworth has… Continue Reading

Wright art exhibit coming; Simpson brothers sell-out

Artist, craftsman, historian — they all seem to fit a label for Kim Fuka of Ranchester. Add cheerleader and dealer for the work of Sheridan artist William E. Wright. Wright died in 1989. In the past several weeks, Fuka has been hanging Wright’s art — oils, pastels, watercolors, charcoal, acrylics, pen and inks — in… Continue Reading

Letters to editor always well read

Last October, I had a letter to the editor published in the Montrose (Colorado) Daily Press. It was in regard to a hospitalization there and noted gratitude. It was my first letter to the editor that was published since 1984 when a submission made print in Texas Monthly magazine. (It was about a former military… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes anecdotes

Nostalgia, defined: It’s like a grammar lesson — you find the present tense and the past perfect. •••••• I see by the paper…. • Likely because of the holiday season, people are sick of turkey on their plates. The number one state in turkey production? Minnesota. Some 46 million birds are produced there. The other… Continue Reading

Goodfellow Fund passes goal

First things first. It’s good to read how the 2015 Goodfellow Fund surpassed its goal of $8,000. In all, $10,560. Funds are directed to the Sheridan Salvation Army. The Sheridan Press and Bank of the West were the coordinating agencies. The Press started this community drive almost 60 years ago and over time, more than… Continue Reading

Column: Concert, play Simpson class

“The Project(s), a stage play developed earlier this year in Sheridan, was named to “The Best of Chicago Stages” list recently by the Chicago Tribune. It’s the creation of PJ Paparelli who was a resident artist at Jentel in January. Tragically, Paparelli wasn’t around to see his success. He was killed in an automobile accident… Continue Reading

Genders split evenly; new interchange in ‘16

From the No-Man-Camps-Here, file…… One remarkable statistic from the newly released Sheridan County profile via the Census is how the county’s population is now 30,032. First time ever in the 30,000-plus territory. More remarkable: 15,004 males and 15,028 females. That’s pretty much even. •••••• The data is from the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce website.… Continue Reading

‘To Touch an Angel’

A favorite Christmas column of mine is by the late Paul Crume. His front-page “Big D” column was a morning staple for readers of the Dallas Morning News for many years. This particular essay, which first appeared in 1967, is timeless in its appeal. •••••• To Touch An Angel A man wrote me not long… Continue Reading

Book notes, quotes, anecdotes

Shop Sheridan this week! •••••• Recommended reading…… Say two good friends are having a conversation. Their talk has a suppleness to it because of shared storytelling from a long friendship. That’s the feeling a reader gets while reading (and dog-earring) pages in Roger Angell’s latest, “This Old Man: All in Pieces.” Angell, 94, has such… Continue Reading

Hillary ahead of P-Funk; Morris books recalled

What did the Zen master say to the hot dog vendor? Make me one with everything. •••••• I see by the paper… • The era of the big indoor shopping mall may be coming to an end, so says a story from The Wall Street Journal. From 1995 to 2005, 54 mall properties were built.… Continue Reading

Cookies, park construction

Thank you notes are always appreciated. Kimberly Hein dropped by The Sheridan Press offices Monday afternoon with a big tray of cookies and sweets. Unexpected. The gesture was about the United Methodist Church’s cookie and candy sale Saturday. More than 6,000 cookies were sold in three hours, she said. The sale was featured in The… Continue Reading

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