Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

Cartoons, ‘free’ samples

One “takeaway” from 35-plus years of community newspaper publishing is that readers get riled at opinion page cartoons. They can be provocative. I’ve learned that while you can have entire editorial pages or sections that for years have leaned conservative with bedrock Republican columnists, a cartoon is often more impactful and more determinate at perceptions.… Continue Reading

FAB Conference; phones vs phones

There was a recent story in the Wall Street Journal about “land lines.” Also known as: telephone. We had one. It was black. It was located in the hall. My older brother and I would run to it, exclaiming: “I’ve got it!” Nowadays, when a call comes in on a smartphone, it’s an option to… Continue Reading

3 kind words; books, coaches

Few things amuse more than when a billionaire claims how the system is “stacked against me.” •••••• Three kindest words in the English language? “I love you.” Next three kindest? “You’ve lost weight.” Capt. Don Warriner of the Sheridan Salvation Army stopped in earlier this week to talk up the SA’s 100th anniversary in Sheridan.… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes, anecdotes

It’s National Library Week, in case you’re wondering. We’ve got a good one here, for sure. Fulmer Library is home to an expanding print and online collection, galleries, reading areas; a destination for authors with readings and book signings; a center for social and family archival possibilities; a friendly, competent and welcoming staff. And it… Continue Reading

Column: ‘Spectacular’ venue for Whitney concerts

When the Whitney Center for the Arts concert hall opens later this year, it will be, in a word, spectacular. It’ll be the best concert and performing arts venue in Wyoming, rivaling any similar facility in Jackson or Cheyenne. One can imagine symphonies, even rock and roll bands, desirous of wanting to play here given… Continue Reading

Bottoms Up Bash; P.O. News party

It’s a happening place, downtown Sheridan, Saturday night. • Put on the dancing shoes, the “Bottoms Up Bash” will be held at the Elk’s Lodge. It’s the third annual event, a fundraiser for colon cancer awareness. The Wyoming Cancer Resource Services is also a presenting sponsor. Doors: 7 p.m., music by Narrow Gauge of Denver,… Continue Reading

Column: It’s busy: training, survey, upgrades

There’s a lot going on these days at The Sheridan Press. Equipment and software upgrades. A market and readership survey underway. Training, always training. To wit: • Steve Roessler and Joanna Poe are on site from Newscycle. We are transitioning from Quark to InDesign, a change essential to design and presentation of what you see… Continue Reading

Column: Play ball!

Paul DelRossi, developer of Sheridan real estate and culture, shared yellowed, but in good condition tearsheets that his Harvard roommate had recently sent him. Both are from the Boston Globe in June, 1964. • In one, there’s a story about DelRossi, a lefthander, wrapping his Harvard pitching career, winning his 30th career game against arch-rival… Continue Reading

Kardashians buy Wyarno; Obamas moving to town

I was surprised as anyone to learn how Wyarno was sold earlier this week to the Kardashian family. Usually when Wyoming communities go up for sale — Aladdin, Buford — they’re purchased by some big time foreign industrialist desirous of a taste of the American West. It’s good to know that bona fide Hollywood-types have… Continue Reading

Dooley among top McDonald’s GMs

Some ink for a good fundraiser (and fun night) coming soon. The Bottoms Up Bash #3 will be April 9 at the Elk’s Club. It’s $10. It starts at 7 p.m. and features the Denver band Narrow Gauge. Dana Arney Townsend, along with a slew of volunteers, focuses attention to colorectal cancer. •••••• Chris Dooley… Continue Reading

Dowling named top Cheyenne citizen; SC jazz tonight

Tonight, it’s another “Jazz on Mars” at the WYO Theater on Main Street. It’s presented by Sheridan College and begins at 8 p.m. It’ll feature the SC Jazz Ensemble, the SC Jazztet, local guest artists, regional high school ensembles and SC jazz faculty. (They’re good.) Admission: $5. It’s part of a growing music department at… Continue Reading

Column: P.O. News milestone; Brinton on PBS

The Brinton Museum will be featured on Wyoming PBS tonight and this weekend. The program, “Wyoming Chronicle,” will have an interview with Brinton curator Ken Schuster, advisory council president Isabel Wallop and will outline what’s ahead for this destination museum. The schedule: • Tonight (Friday): 7:30 p.m. • Saturday: 6:30 p.m. • Sunday: noon. One… Continue Reading

Column: Denver Air; C.J. Box

It’s a welcome sound from an airline seat, “Welcome to Sheridan.” There were several “first-timers” aboard the Denver Air Connection flight into Sheridan Tuesday at noon. Patrick Henderson talked about visiting family near Colorado Springs. Frank Rotellini, a “veteran” DAC traveler, was returning from Arizona for some work at the Sheridan College Foundation. Jack Pelissier… Continue Reading

Column: Juhasz exhibit; FAB nominees

It’s open everyday now, yessiree. The Brinton Museum in Big Horn is featuring the work of renowned artist and illustrator Victor Juhasz. It’ll run through May 29. Juhasz was featured Monday in a story in the Press that outlined his diverse portfolio in a variety of mediums. His “Afghanistan and Beyond” project will be featured… Continue Reading

Kinner shares first impressions

State Rep. Mark Kinner stopped by the Press last week to provide some insights from the recently concluded budget session at the Legislature. His conversation, attitude and enthusiasm says much: life in the Legislature suits him. The next day, he announced he was running for office on his own. (He had been appointed to fulfill… Continue Reading

Salvation Army celebrates 100

One hundred years of The Salvation Army in Sheridan? ‘Tis so. This ministry celebrates its centennial milestone May 7 with its Good Samaritan Banquet at the Holiday Inn. •••••• I see by the paper……. • A firefighter in Clinton Township, Michigan, responded to an emergency call by a local family whose son needed to be… Continue Reading

Simpson class at SC raised enlightenment

It’s likely there is some “Pete Simpson Withdrawal” nowadays at Sheridan College. The class — Wyoming’s political culture and identity — was a delight and a sensation for 35-plus students and several guests who attended for seven weeks. Dr. Pete Simpson, rightfully labeled by his “kid” brother, former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, as a “master… Continue Reading

Column: Scott honored for children’s charity

Homer “Scotty” Scott was recently awarded the “Give the Kids the World” honor at the Perkins annual franchise conference in Minneapolis. The Powder Horn hosts a “Give the Kids the World” golf tournament and more than $60,000 has been raised in the last two years. Overall, the charity has benefited some 143,000 families who have… Continue Reading

Alamo battle 180 years ago

Tomorrow, is the 180th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo in 1836. If you grew up in Texas and were educated in its schools and universities, you know this. It’s rote. Six weeks later, Gen. Sam Houston’s army exacted revenge on the Mexican army at San Jacinto to battle cries of “Remember the Alamo!”… Continue Reading

Wright exhibit; syrup season

Kim Fuka, resident artist at the Gallery In-De-Skies, dropped by the Press earlier this week to announce how the art of William E. (Bill) Wright of Sheridan, a Wyoming Master Artist, is now on display in Ranchester. Gallery hours are 9 to 5 Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment by calling Fuka, 655-9157. It’s the… Continue Reading

Food Group tacos; ‘Spotlight’ on the big screen

March. Already? •••••• The timing’s just about ideal. Sunday night, “Spotlight” won the Oscar for Best Picture. Wednesday, it’ll be featured during week four of the Sheridan Film Festival. It’s the story about the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team of The Boston Globe and how it exposed child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. It has… Continue Reading

FAB coming; culture clash

One of those save the date items. The annual FAB (For. About. By) Women’s Conference is April 29. It’ll be at Sheridan College and will feature a variety of seminars. Brenda Abdilla, a business consultant and author, will keynote the annual Woman of the Year banquet that evening. Previous honorees: Erin Kilbride, Carmen Rideout, Ada… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes, anecdotes

My copy of this year’s swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated arrived a week ago. I’ve been a subscriber for more than 30 years and usually read it cover to cover. (Sometimes, even the stories about soccer.) After a cursory look-through — really — I put it on Susan’s stack of reading. “Why did you give… Continue Reading

Column: New ICU will lift SMH, city

The Notebook’s always impressed at what’s happening at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. Expansion of facilities. Renovations. New treatments. New physicians, expanded quality care. SMH has its own cardiac care center, a dialysis center, a cancer center and a wound clinic. Come fall, a new Intensive Care Unit will feature 11 patient rooms. This is extraordinary for… Continue Reading

Dogs and cats, living together

The Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter will have a winter carnival from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds’ Exhibit Hall. The fundraiser ($10 and lower) will include family-centric entertainment, auctions, chili and cornbread.  Info: 674-7694. •••••• One more good thing about living here — good air. Not so in China. In fact,… Continue Reading

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