Publisher’s Notebook

Wine Fest coming; Red Kettle success

January 24, 2014

Come March 7, the Downtown Sheridan Association will hosts its annual Wild West Wine Fest. It’s the 15th year as the primary fundraiser for DSA, the organization that preserves our historic downtown, keeps it attractive, hosts the farmers’ markets, the Third Thursday Street Festivals and the Christmas Stroll, among other activities. It’s always a festive Read More

Burns makes both Fox, ‘Colbert Report’

January 23, 2014

State Sen. Bruce Burns — newsmaker these days for advocating firing squads over the new construction of a likely seldom-used expensive gas chamber to carry out Wyoming’s capital punishment — was featured on Fox News. Somewhat predictably as well, because of the subject, you knew it would end up on one of the “fake” news Read More

Krafts celebrating golden milestone

January 22, 2014

Locally-owned businesses, when they mark a milestone anniversary, can rejoice in the satisfaction of having watched it grow, expand and then provide the groundwork for another generation’s leadership. Rejoice is apt, given the “sweat-equity” that most family-owned businesses know firsthand. Kraft Jewelers celebrates 50 years in business come May. That’s a big deal, for sure. Read More

Millionaires, other in-state rankings

January 21, 2014

The state with the fastest growing number of millionaires? It’s North Dakota. According to data from Phoenix Marketing International, North Dakota jumped 14 spots in having the most millionaires in its state, from 42nd in 2012, to 29th. The reason, of course, is all the oil money coming from northwest North Dakota. “North Dakota is Read More

DSA Wine Fest; ‘Tom Horn’ Sunday

January 17, 2014

The Downtown Sheridan Association is having its annual Wild West Wine Fest come Mar. 7. This year, it’s at Warehouse 201. The festive event features a slew of wine tastings, good food and tickets start at $50. There is a silent auction and other activities. It’s a fundraiser for DSA, a group always worth supporting, Read More

Books, movies quotes, corrections

January 16, 2014

Recommended reading….. Rock-and-roll memoirs tend to follow a certain formula: early struggle, breakthrough, a pot of sudden money, crooked promoters, nonstop women/drugs/parties, overdoses and rehab, validation from fans and peers. Then, many of the people featured within, just get older like the rest of us. Graham Nash’s breezy memoir, “Wild Tales,” has similar stories and Read More

Wrong airport: what’s the big deal?

January 15, 2014

Sheridan High School’s “We, the People” team won the Wyoming state championship in Cheyenne Monday at the state capitol. The team is led by SHS educator Tyson Emborg. Sheridan’s victory broke a four-year run by Cheyenne Central. They’re off to Washington, D.C., next for the national competition in April. Congratulations!   ••••••   One of Read More

‘Stars’ coming; Browns rebuilding

January 10, 2014

Sheridan Kiwanis Club’s “Stars of Tomorrow” talent contest will be Friday, Feb. 21 at the WYO Theater. This year’s chairperson, Katie Dehn, stopped by Thursday with the particulars. The tryouts begin Jan. 28. For more information: www.sheridanwykiwanis.com. •••••• I see by the paper……. • Marital bliss: For the first time, two male West Point graduates Read More

Chamber honors; mid-winter golf quotes

January 9, 2014

Nobody asked me, but…… All the ongoing noise about Colorado’s new recreational use marijuana law makes one wonder: Did more young people line up to buy pot — than sign up — for the Affordable Care Act. Both laws are coincidental in a timeline. It’s those same young people needed by the Obama Administration to Read More

FAB ’14 conference dates scheduled

January 8, 2014

The ghosts of “Christmas Past” are arriving: aka American Express, VISA, MasterCard.   ••••••   One of the more unusual stories of 2013 was about how a tiger from a Shriner’s Circus in Salina, Kan., escaped from its performance cage and went into a women’s bathroom, encountering a woman. “You don’t expect to go in Read More

‘Log’ highlights area ranching

January 7, 2014

Whenever “The Log” arrives, it’s a lift in the day. The current issue from the Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum features a good story and recounting of The Kendrick Cattle Company by Cynde Georgen. Ms. Georgen is the director of the Trail End State Historic Site. There are other stories in the issue about Read More

OK, OK; we get it; Colorado OKs pot

January 3, 2014

Colorado’s new recreational use marijuana law, in place because voters last November said so and enacted earlier this week by government, is generating reams of news coverage and airtime. Enough already. It’s as if you could dust off all of those old Cheech & Chong records that have been stowed in a moving box and Read More

To touch an angel

December 24, 2013

A favorite Christmas column of mine is from former Dallas Morning News columnist Paul Crume (1912-1975). His front-page “Big D” column was essential to the morning breakfast table nourishment for north Texas readers for decades. This particular essay, which first appeared in 1967, is timeless in its appeal.   ••••••   To Touch An Angel Read More

County libraries welcome Johnson

December 17, 2013

Say you get 100 people in a group. In that group, some 27 will volunteer for some kind of community service. So say the experts at the Census. (Likely more than 27 hereabouts, given our ongoing neighborliness.)   ••••••   Christmas with Craig Johnson? ‘Tis so. The best-selling “Longmire” author will spend time — readings, Read More

In-state scholarships; ACA report coming

December 13, 2013

It’s a novel idea, one that the often-contradictory NCAA would have to likely sign off on: three or more scholarships for the University of Wyoming’s football program for just in-state athletes. One common lament is how Wyoming coaches either choose not to recruit, or ignore, Wyoming high school’s best players. One oft-cited example is Jordan Read More

12 days ‘til Christmas; SA needs assistance

December 12, 2013

The recent “cold snap,” as optimists call it, has put a crimp in the annual Sheridan Salvation Army bell ringers campaign. It’s problematic, because: volunteers have canceled their shifts because of the bitter temperatures; and, customers are bundled from head to toe and aren’t prone to reach for cash, if they’re out at all. This Read More

Hardcover, or not: best books of 2013

December 11, 2013

The Notebook loves a good look. I’ve tried the electronic types — Nooks, Kindles, and so forth — but can’t warm up to them. My favorite is a good old hard-covered dose of story-telling, using my iPhone as a bookmark. Best of all, they are recyclable: buy them at Sheridan Books Stationery, Books and Gallery, Read More

Trees, tours, books; Post pot coverage

December 10, 2013

Did you hear about the Buddhist monk who refused his dentist’s Novocain during root canal work? Yep. He wanted to transcend dental medication.   ••••••   The Notebook Monday collected the last donations of children’s books for the Season’s Readings campaign. For a first-year initiative, I’d give it an A. I’m guessing, but some 2,000-plus Read More

LaMeres, Riegler named top staffers

December 6, 2013

“Did you cover your tomatoes?” one Press reader asked. “That was some frost we had, last night, wasn’t it?” ••••••   The Sheridan Press had its Christmas party Wednesday night at Warehouse 201. The food was terrific; the atmosphere both festive and intimate. Tip of the Hat! to John Harrison and his crew for a Read More

Community Dinner; first impressions

December 5, 2013

A dose of ink for one of the best events of the year – the annual Community Holiday Dinner. Twenty-three years now. It’ll be at the Holiday Inn, Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. Usually some 1,300 attend. Volunteers put on the festive event. The public’s encouraged to come by. If you’d like Read More

Brinton show ideal for visitors

December 4, 2013

When in-laws and cousins and other relations arrive and after all the catching up is done, here’s a recommendation: a trip to The Brinton Museum in Big Horn. Free admission during its annual holiday show that will run through Dec. 22. The current exhibition features the art of Tony Hochstetler, Allan Mardon, Joel Ostlind. Good Read More

Goodfellow Fund; Season’s Readings

December 3, 2013

One for the books. Shoppers got the jump on The Stroll. It was good to see downtown sidewalks filled with would-be Santas Friday afternoon. For good reason — sunshine and 59 degrees. More than one shopper mentioned Saturday afternoon — short sleeves and Christmas shopping.   (The belt in Friday’s blue jeans went into the Read More

Thanksgiving: the best holiday

November 27, 2013

Ten years ago, our family was in sort of a “race” to finish up in Seattle and get home before Thanksgiving. We’d spent five months at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance having a stem cell transplant to remedy a rare blood cancer and grow new bone marrow. Three of us lived in a tiny urban Read More

Press to “thump”; ‘Stroll’ is Friday

November 26, 2013

Often it’s the little things. Couldn’t help but notice Monday morning, city crews out and about hanging Christmas decorations downtown. This project always adds a dose of holiday spirit to the community. Tip of the Santa hat!, to the city of Sheridan and the Downtown Sheridan Association for effort.   ••••••   The Notebook was Read More

Rams section; college growth

November 22, 2013

The Sheridan Press is publishing a special eight-page commemorative section about the state champion Big Horn Rams football team. It’ll be in Saturday’s editions. There will be a game-by-game profiles, stories and photos about the players by Press sport editor Brad Estes and photojournalist Justin Sheely, and much more. It’s a keeper.   ••••••   Read More