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‘We the People’ team represents city, state

March 11, 2015

Sheridan High School’s ‘We the People’ team — Wyoming’s two-time defending champion — is off to Washington, D.C. for the national championship. It’ll be April 23 at George Mason University. The Tyson Enborg-coached team will compete on topics ranging from current issues to the Magna Carta and much more. They will be representing Sheridan and Read More

Good Samaritan, FAB banquets coming

March 10, 2015

The recent “turn” in the weather — all of it good — has brought out the usual devotees: shoppers on Main Street Saturday, guys in shorts, bikers, cyclists in summer dress, a convertible or two. And long lines at the local car washes. Monday afternoon, three Sheridan College students and musicians were singing enthusiastically. A Read More

Gollings purchase enriches many

March 6, 2015

One more reason Sheridan is a good place to call home. Wednesday, Whitney Benefits purchased for $3.2 million 10 Gollings paintings from Sheridan County School District 2. The foundation’s philanthropic gesture created wealth for schools and education and secured the future of the paintings that they remain on local display. They are going to be Read More

100,000 haircuts; Tacofest Saturday

March 5, 2015

Milestones! Sheridan barber Ron Charlson just recently cut his 100,000th head of hair. Imagine all of the discussions — political and otherwise — and the “problem solving” in his chair while others await a turn. Natives, newcomers, and tourists alike. 100,000. That’s a lot of haircuts. John Lundberg of Big Horn Trading Co. on Sheridan’s Read More

VOA hosts movie; try the cheesecake

February 19, 2015

Our local Volunteers of America ministry is offering a free showing of the film, “I’ll be Me,” the story of Glen Campbell’s fight with Alzheimer’s Disease. The film is Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., inside Sheridan’s WYO Theater. •••••• I see by the paper and other email transoms… • A Colorado pal writes about Read More

Original theater coming to WYO

February 18, 2015

The Wyoming Theater Festival will make its debut July 13-25 with four stage productions at the WYO Theater. DannyLee Hodnett, the theater instructor at Sheridan College, has been the guiding hand and heavy-lifter behind this endeavor which has had a gestation period of several years. Come summer, the curtain lifts. Hodnett draws inspiration not only Read More

Gollings’ Press flag; ‘Selma;’ YMCA update

February 17, 2015

The Sheridan YMCA newsletter is always a bright spot in the mail. Particularly when they provide an update to the “Give Your Heart to a Child” campaign. Sheridan-area residents have donated to the program that nurtures youth and encourages a healthy self. Pertinent stuff: • 669 donors and $185,100 pledged. • 100 percent of the Read More

Idle thinking while on I-25

February 13, 2015

Mental notes from some recent mileposts along I-25….. • Last month, The Sheridan Press received a number of awards from the Wyoming Press Association. There was a big banquet. People dressed up. There was an auction and I scored a super cool 1908 vintage Underwood typewriter that had been in the Buffalo Bulletin office. Knowing Read More

Film fest begins; local market wins

February 10, 2015

The spring edition of the Sheridan Film Festival begins tomorrow afternoon. Centennial Theater owner Bill Campbell has a lineup of terrific Oscar-nominated films for the next 10 Wednesday afternoons and evenings. Curtain: 4:30 and 7:15 p.m. On the menu: “Selma,” “Birdman,” “Foxcatcher,” “Big Eyes,” “Whiplash,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Still Alice” and others. This week’s Read More

Play ball! Opening Day coming; films

February 6, 2015

Opening day of Major League Baseball is coming soon — April 5. Spring training opens in less than two weeks. Now and then, a baseball movie helps salve a long winter. In any run-up to spring training, the networks should reach into their baseball film library, show a few here and there and whet the Read More

Infragard conference coming to Sheridan

February 5, 2015

Politics, defined: It’s the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it wrongly and applying unsuitable remedies. •••••• Infragard, a nonprofit organization that serves as a public-private partnership with the FBI and business, is coming to Sheridan. There are more than 80 chapters nationally. It was founded in the mid-1990s in Cleveland. It’ll Read More

Local hockey scores with magazine piece

February 4, 2015

Must say, the six-page spread about the Sheridan Hawks hockey program in the current edition (February 2015) of USA Hockey Magazine is flat-out remarkable. Good reading, terrific photos, compelling layout. I called the magazine’s editor, Harry Thompson, and he agreed that doing a feature story about a non-traditional hockey “hotbed” — Wyoming, and in particular, Read More

DeSmet ice ‘crawls’; pay it forward hospitality

February 3, 2015

BumperSnicker spotted on I-25: “Re-Elect Gore.” •••••• The warm, unseasonable weather has made some ice fishermen nervous. One regular fisherman at Lake DeSmet noted Monday morning how the lake was “rumbling, rumbling,” adding, “the ice seemed like it wanted to crawl up on the bank.” The fishing’s lousy, too, he said during this warm spell. Read More

Super Bowl champ? Most know already

January 30, 2015

Sunday, the Super Bowl will be played in Glendale, Arizona, out in the desert. It’s brutally hot there most of the year. “But,” says late night funny guy Dave Letterman, “for the Patriots, it’s a dry cheat.” •••••• Who’s going to win the Super Bowl? There’s a lot of experts hereabouts and much insight; some Read More

Open Range open; Tom blows last whistle

January 29, 2015

From the I-Know-This-Sounds-Like-An-Ad, file… The Notebook typically exercises caution whenever a new place to eat opens, not wanting to get crushed in the maw of people yearning for a new spot to wine, dine, gossip, romance or seal a business deal. Along comes the Open Range in the Sheridan Inn. It’s open for lunch and Read More

SC AgriPark busy; FAB coming April

January 28, 2015

Zane Garstad wears a lot of hats. Among them are executive director of the Sheridan-WYO-Rodeo, admissions director at Sheridan College, former professional rodeo cowboy, local hockey coach of the Sheridan Hawks. Add one more: he’s the key figure in the new Sheridan College AgriPark. It officially opened earlier this month and already has 130 events Read More

SHS ‘People’ team wins 2nd title

January 27, 2015

Back to back championships! The Sheridan High School “We the People” team, coached by Tyson Emborg, won the state championship in Laramie Monday evening and will be “on to Washington” to again represent Wyoming. Congrats! •••••• News! So what’s the theme of this year’s Sheridan-WYO-Rodeo? “Paint the town red,” so says Vicki Kane, in the Read More

Good movies, ‘Longmire’ back

January 23, 2015

Week Four, the last of the four Western films at our WYO Theater, will feature the movie,  “The Wild Bunch.” Curtain is 2 p.m. When the film premiered in 1969, it was condemned and praised for its tone and violence and was a pivotal Western. The late great critic Roger Ebert called it a “masterpiece” Read More

Trophies always spark remarkable memories

January 22, 2015

People tend to pooh-pooh trophies. (Likely an age thing.) Yet when you get one, no matter the size or shape, typically its receipt comes with a smile and launches a memory. They denote and celebrate accomplishment on a variety of levels — personal or with a team. Typically, the trophy usually goes from a shelf Read More

Winfield passing; WPA recognition

January 20, 2015

For a while last week, news of Darrell Winfield’s passing at age 85 was the number one trending story on major news services and social media. Winfield’s face was better known than his name — he was a “Marlboro man” and the face of the cigarettes for 20-plus years. He died at his home in Read More

Chamber honors businesses, leaders

January 15, 2015

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Wednesday recognized the top local  businesses, business persons and those who embody the strength and spirit of Sheridan. • Spirit of Sheridan: Elaine Henry and Richard Garber • Strength of Sheridan: Carroll ERA Realty • Business Person of the Year: Laura Lehan • Business of the Year: Frackelton’s The Read More

SHS capitol interns; ‘Downton’ tea, history

January 13, 2015

Notice in church bulletin in Texas: “Next Sunday’s sermon will be delivered by a guest speaker, Neverend Sweeney.” •••••• The state Legislature opens today. Later in the month, two Sheridan High School students, Ana Gilgum, a junior, and Anne Lynam, a senior, will serve as interns for the Sheridan County coalition: Sens. Bruce Burns, Dave Read More

Chamber Bucks hit new record

January 8, 2015

It’s good to read how the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce made its goal ($65,000) of selling Chamber Bucks this past year. In all, some 1,745 Chamber Bucks totaling $68,325 were sold in 2014. The Sheridan Press participated with a few hundred dollars’ worth for its holiday party, staff prizes and such. They are welcomed Read More

Open Range opens; new Warnke diorama

January 7, 2015

It’s one of the most anticipated openings in recent years. Tonight, the Sheridan Inn (Open Range Bar and Grill) reopens for dinner only, 5-9 p.m. No reservations needed, but expect a crowd. Closed on Sundays for the remainder of the winter. Congrats!, to owner Bob Townsend and his family and staff for restoring this Sheridan Read More

Column: Goodfellow fund reaches 2014 goal

January 6, 2015

Some good news. The annual Goodfellow Fund met its goal during the 2014 Christmas season — $11,410. (Goal: $10,000). The achievement once again illustrates what a generous community Sheridan County is. Proceeds benefit the ministries of our local Salvation Army. Tip of the Hat!, too, to John Rotellini and Bank of the West, the co-sponsor. Read More

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