Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

Play ball! Opening Day coming; films

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… Continue Reading

Infragard conference coming to Sheridan

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… Continue Reading

Local hockey scores with magazine piece

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,… Continue Reading

DeSmet ice ‘crawls’; pay it forward hospitality

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.… Continue Reading

Super Bowl champ? Most know already

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… Continue Reading

Open Range open; Tom blows last whistle

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… Continue Reading

SC AgriPark busy; FAB coming April

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… Continue Reading

SHS ‘People’ team wins 2nd title

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… Continue Reading

Good movies, ‘Longmire’ back

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”… Continue Reading

Trophies always spark remarkable memories

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… Continue Reading

Winfield passing; WPA recognition

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… Continue Reading

Chamber honors businesses, leaders

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… Continue Reading

SHS capitol interns; ‘Downton’ tea, history

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… Continue Reading

Chamber Bucks hit new record

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… Continue Reading

Open Range opens; new Warnke diorama

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… Continue Reading

Column: Goodfellow fund reaches 2014 goal

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.… Continue Reading

Western film series starts Sunday at WYO

The Western movie series at the WYO Theater returns for another month-long season Sunday. Gene Sturlin is the mover-and-shaker for this endeavor and is a big fan of westerns. The series has been going on at the WYO for several years. He’s a former Western stunt man himself. This coming Sunday’s film will be “Once… Continue Reading

Column: 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

Column: New ‘Longmire’ collection draws crowd

Thursday night last, during a downtown Sheridan retail promotion, author Craig Johnson held forth, telling stories and signing books at Sheridan Books and Stationery. His latest, “Wait for Signs” is a nifty collection of 12 Walt Longmire short stories. I bought two copies for friends who are big fans of Johnson’s books and the TV… Continue Reading

Column: Tebow coming to city; dog story, corrections

Tim Tebow in Sheridan? ‘Tis so, for Tebow. The Press learned Thursday afternoon the former Heisman Trophy recipient, Denver Broncos quarterback and author will be appearing for K-Life April 15, 2015, in the Sheridan High School gym. It’s part of a youth rally, but all ages are welcome. There will be a VIP Meet/Greet fundraiser… Continue Reading

Column: SC Foundation eyes the future

The Sheridan College Foundation’s fundraising letter came in the mail recently. (There’s a lot of fundraising letters this year.) Sheridan College, whose roots date to 1948, has been on a successful trail of expansion and increased community engagement in recent years, noted here in this column and throughout the 307 editions annually of The Sheridan… Continue Reading

Holiday shopping; Suzor book release

Support the Goodfellow Fund. •••••• Nine shopping days left, so says the calendar. By (buy?) and large, my Christmas shopping is completed. I tend to shop early, quietly and locally, primarily because our local merchants support us. And, when shopping with a critical eye there’s value: a clerk or owner that smiles back at me… Continue Reading

VOA, recipes, notes, quotes

Tidings of good cooking. Come Saturday in the weekend edition of The Sheridan Press, there will be the special section, “Cooking for Christmas.” It’s a nifty little recipe book for holiday cooking. The recipes are all locally prepared, showcasing appetizers, vegetables, entrees, desserts (aka “soup to nuts”), and is just the right size and shape… Continue Reading

Column: Historic renovation, cancer support

Must say, the renovation on the old Montgomery Ward building in downtown Sheridan is welcomed. You notice some degree of progress every time you’re stopped at the traffic light or walking by. The French balconies and long windows are certainly the right (nice) touch. Greg Von Krosigk, a Sheridan attorney, and three other families/investors (Barry/Kristen… Continue Reading

Column: Cowboy Joe photo; Blue Ribbon award

The Cowboy Joe Donor Guide arrived in the mail earlier this week. It’s always good to get it. Noteworthy: Sheridan’s Kamrin Allen is featured in a photo collage, along with the other UW top sports, representing the golf team. Allen finished last season with the second best stroke average (74.3) on the team and won… Continue Reading

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