Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

Column: The gift of books via ‘Season’s Readings’

We’ve got about two weeks left in our annual “Season’s Readings” book program for local, underserved youth. There are dropoff buckets: both McDonald’s, Sheridan College, Java Moon, Fulmer Public Library, The Sheridan Press. Please consider donating slightly used children’s books. Perhaps they are stored in a basement or attic or garage. If you could collect… Continue Reading

Column: ‘New’ Brinton rich in ‘wow factor’

As corny as it sounds, when one tours the future Brinton Museum in Big Horn, you say “wow!” a lot. Throw in “spectacular” and “stunning” as well. The Brinton Museum, long a local touchstone for fine art since opening its doors in 1961, will evolve into a “world class facility” come June, says curator/director Ken… Continue Reading

Column: TW recognition, ‘Longmire,’ pie

First things first. Whenever my copy of “True West” magazine arrives, the day is better. I’m a longtime subscriber, cover-to-cover reader. Bob Boze Bell is the longtime publisher of this nationally circulated magazine that celebrates the west, its culture and history. The January 2015 edition heralds how Sheridan is the “Best Place to Live Like… Continue Reading

Column: Pecans recall baking, travel

“Thanksgiving,” Edward Sanford Martin (1856-1936), an American editor and journalist once wrote, “comes, by statute once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” •••••• A lot of holiday baking is beginning to crank up, featuring pecans. I’ve got my mother’s recipe for pecan pie, the… Continue Reading

SC AgriPark open after years of talk

Saturday’s 50-degree warm sunshine temperatures brought out the shoppers and kids in downtown Sheridan. Some people wearing shorts, others circling and circling for a good parking spot. Good to see. •••••• Thurman Briggs last week noted that when he returned from the Air Force in 1972, people hereabouts were talking about an indoor agriculture facility.… Continue Reading

Column: Big EGAP! edition coming next week

Question: Why didn’t the Chicago Cubs get a new website? Answer: They couldn’t get three WWW’s in a row. •••••• My, oh my! Next Wednesday is a special issue of The Sheridan Press. It’s our Black Friday, Everyone-Gets-A-Press (EGAP!) edition. More than 12,000 homes get this special edition throughout the city and in some rural… Continue Reading

Column: Linotypes, phones recall experiences

My aunt, who retired more than 40 years ago from what was then known as “the phone company,” will be 107 next month. She will now and then remark how AT&T was working on a visual communication project when she cut her retirement cake. It was an early version of Skype, now an essential for… Continue Reading

Column: Berger elected leader; DelRossi, sportswriters

Congrats! Rep. Rosie Berger of Big Horn was elected Majority Floor Leader earlier this week. Always good for the home team to have some extra “juice” in Cheyenne when the Legislature begins Jan. 13, 2015. Rep. John Patton of Sheridan will lead the House’s education committee. •••••• In Washington state, Roger Freeman was re-elected to… Continue Reading

Column: SC AgriPark opens; public is invited

Question: Why didn’t Great Britain get into the personal computer business early on like the U.S.? Answer: They couldn’t make them leak oil. (Rimshot! A memory from those years of owning and riding a BSA 650 and being stranded in a couple of MGs.) •••••• News! Progress! Tomorrow — Wednesday, Nov. 19 — the public… Continue Reading

Go Big Horn Rams! Win state!

The Sheridan Press will be in Laramie for the state championship game Saturday at the University of Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium. Photojournalist Justin Sheely and sports editor Michael Pruden will provide game coverage, color, photography, video and likely a surprise. Big Horn will be playing for its second straight state football championship title against a… Continue Reading

Column: SC honors vets for their service

“Sheridan College,” noted Dr. Paul Young, its president Tuesday during annual Veterans Day ceremonies on campus, “will always be a veterans college.” Indeed. The college’s roots date back to post WWII when the Truman Commission in 1946 called for an establishment of a network of community colleges throughout the U.S. Sheridan College was founded two… Continue Reading

Column: Thank you, veterans!

Jessica Stewart of Sheridan designed the artwork for the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Stroll contest. Award-winning artwork is apparently in the genes as twin sister Elizabeth Stewart was the runner-up. Dixie Johnson, the executive director of the Chamber, says the alert for entries go out in the spring to local schools (grades… Continue Reading

Column: Three good groups merit support

Wife: You told me you’d spend your whole life trying to make me happy. Husband: I didn’t expect to live this long. •••••• Three good organizations that enrich our community that need support and typically get it: • The Food Group was started in 2010 because a number of schoolchildren were going hungry on the… Continue Reading

Column: Music, theater choices enliven cultural scene

Music, theater – Sheridan’s cultural offerings this week are many. • Thursday, cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Mary Au will perform a recital at the WYO Theater beginning at 7 p.m. The performance and reception after honors the longtime support of Dr. Seymour Thickman towards the Piatigorsky Foundation. Tickets: 672-9084. • Also Thursday, in the… Continue Reading

Column: Election Day polls open until 7 p.m.

Vote! (There’s still time. Local polls close at 7 p.m.) •••••• Our Sheridan College, a happening place. To wit: • Construction on the college’s new AgriPark will be completed soon. That said, it’s also worth noting how the trustees of the college recently recognized one of its former students and rodeo team members. It’s a… Continue Reading

PRBRC convenes; holiday recipes needed

Happy Halloween, Sheridan! (Look out for the little ghosts and goblins and super heroes tonight.) •••••• Tomorrow, (Nov. 1), the Powder River Basin Resource Council will have its 42nd annual meeting and auction at the Holiday Inn on Sugarland Drive. The social hour starts at 4 p.m., followed by dinner, followed by the keynote address… Continue Reading

Column: Wyoming’s #1 again; Drachman in concert

A good dog story is always irresistible. Judy Muh, 76, of Palmdale, Florida, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, recently fell in her kitchen and fractured her shoulder. Her two golden retrievers, Higgins, age 10, and Dodger, 4, stayed by her side keeping her company and keeping her comfortable for two days until a neighbor stopped… Continue Reading

Column: ‘The Log’ always brings good reading

There was a good interview in Sunday’s Denver Post with Ucross author Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire mysteries. He’s in Denver at the Tattered Cover Book Stores this weekend, arguably the best large indie book store in the U.S. (Powell’s in Portland, Oregon, being another; City Lights book store in San Francisco as… Continue Reading

Sheridan AAUW celebrates 100th

What did Cinderella say when her holiday/birthday photos didn’t arrive on time? (It’s a pre-digital era joke.) “Someday, my prints will come.” •••••• Congratulations! Come Saturday, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will celebrate 100 years in Sheridan. The group will have a valedictory luncheon at the Best Western Sheridan Center. My mother —… Continue Reading

Wyoming No. 6 on ‘happy’ list

Company’s coming…… The 95th annual Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation convention is coming to Sheridan Nov. 13-15 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. •••• I see by the paper….. Wyoming has again made one of those “best of” lists. This time, Wyoming is the sixth “happiest” state in the country, according to the online data provider,… Continue Reading

Column: Wyoming Theater Festival in 2015

One more reason why Sheridan’s a good place to call home. Next July, the Wyoming Theater Festival finds a nest at the Mars (Black Box) Theater inside the WYO Theater. Essentially, what Sundance is to independent movies, the Wyoming Theater Festival will be to new playwrights and stage productions. It’s too costly to develop new… Continue Reading

Column: Emborg uses landmarks to illustrate government

You know the week is off to a good start when you pull around the corner Monday morning and see Sheridan High School educator Tyson Emborg guiding students about local history and government. He was showing his class the physical link with landmarks, along with lecture, some of Sheridan’s history. He showed them, for example,… Continue Reading

Friday night lights: first ever for Rams

Go Broncs! Beat Gillette! •••••• That new Petco Store? On Sugarland, near Albertsons and Walmart? Opening Oct. 25-26. So says Petco. •••••• If you’re a baseball fan, Andy McCue is one of those guys you’d like to be stuck with on a cross-country train ride, talking history, players and stats. Particularly if you’re a diehard… Continue Reading

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