Publisher’s Notebook

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

Bad news sells; one more JFK story

November 21, 2013

Time was, I could look out onto the staff of a newspaper and collect some similar “where were you” feedback from staffers regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. No matter the anniversary date – 20 years on, 30 years and other milestones – newspapers would publish stories, local observations, remembrances about the story, Read More

State champs; Season’s Readings

November 19, 2013

State champions! The Big Horn Rams football team — as most know — won the state 2A championship Friday in Laramie. “Put the wood to her,” is the saying in the newspaper business regarding type size. Back in the day, large headline typefaces were made of wood and when there was a big story, newspaper Read More

‘Rivals’ opens; study says: smile

November 15, 2013

Parents relentlessly tell their kids on class photo day: “Smile.” Who doesn’t recall this admonition? Researchers, likely with a lot of time on their hands, have determined that people who smile in college class photos are more likely to have had happier lives, enjoyed more success, divorced less, that sort of thing. All this, according Read More

Brinton Museum construction underway

November 14, 2013

The Notebook got the “nickel tour” (hard hat included) of the new addition to The Brinton Museum in Big Horn Tuesday. Thanks to museum curators Kenneth Schuster and Barbara Schuster and Sheridan architect Tim Belton who is designing the stunning, $16.4 million project. The milder winter days of late will keep construction of the new Read More

Hiring veterans lifts a company

November 13, 2013

Much is said and written these days about hiring returning veterans. They’ve served us, and their countrymen in a time of global terror abroad and in peacetime in the homeland. They should get a good look for employment. Or additional training at a local college. It’s worth noting that our Sheridan College has been named Read More

Library success; film, basketball

November 12, 2013

Cameron Duff, executive director of the Fulmer Public Library, says more than $55,000 was raised Saturday night during the annual Friends of the Library auction. As always, it was a big deal, a packed house and a festive one.   ••••••   The last week of the 2013 Sheridan Film Festival is tomorrow. Centennial Theatre Read More

Sports, awards notes, quotes

November 8, 2013

If you’re a sports fan, tonight is special. • At 6 p.m., Sheridan High School hosts Cheyenne East in the Class 4A football semifinal at Homer Scott Field. The winner goes onto next week’s state championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. • At 8 p.m., it’s first-rate, big-time women college basketball with the Read More

UW Cowgirls, Broncs play here Friday

November 7, 2013

Got my tickets a month ago….it could be a sellout. The University of Wyoming Cowgirls basketball team, featuring four team members with a Sheridan hometown/Sheridan College connection, will be suiting up for Wyoming. They’ll host Montana State-Northern at 8 p.m. Friday in the Bruce G. Hoffman Golden Dome at Sheridan College. At 6 p.m., is Read More

Tippin at WYO; Veterans’ photos

November 6, 2013

Next Monday is Veterans Day. The Sheridan Press will publish again photos of active duty soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors, Coast Guard and National Guard members. The deadline to submit photos is noon, Friday, Nov. 2. Please submit a color photo with the name, rank, branch of service, job title, where they are stationed, family members Read More

First-ever FAB was successful

November 5, 2013

Congratulations! Erin Kilbride is the 2013 FAB Women’s Conference Woman of the Year honoree. She is the director of the Tongue River Valley Community Center. The FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference was a success. More than 100 attended the 20-plus seminars and discussions, two keynote presentations featuring Sara Calhoun, the founder of Red Ants Read More

Open House brings Inn back to life

October 31, 2013

Congratulations! This past summer, a Sheridan institution – the Historic Sheridan Inn — looked just flat-out lonely. Bereft. No tour buses parked outside. No guests or visitors walking in and around on the distinctive and expansive front porch. No Rotary Club lunches; no lunches of any sort (or happy hours) at the 1893 restaurant/bar. No Read More

FAB Conference set for Saturday

October 29, 2013

First things first……… The first-annual FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference is coming this Saturday, Nov. 2. It’ll be in the new atrium inside the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center. It’s presented by The Sheridan Press and Sheridan College. It’s a day-long series of empowerment seminars, learning, two keynote addresses and the 2013 Sheridan Woman Read More

FAB Nov. 2; ‘Miss Representation’ event a success

October 24, 2013

A Notebook reader in Dayton writes about a sign inside a veterinarian’s office in Sheridan: “Unattended children will be given expresso and a free kitten.”   ••••••   The Oct. 4 blizzard that rolled into Sheridan and shut down interstate highways, local schools and the FAB Women’s Conference, is a memory. But the FAB Women’s Read More

WCF seminar; ‘Blue Jasmine’

October 22, 2013

Fearless prediction: Cardinals in 7.   ••••••   It’s Week 7 for the Sheridan (fall) Film Festival. This week’s offering is “Blue Jasmine,” the Woody Allen film starring Cate Blanchett, Alex Baldwin, among others in a terrific ensemble cast. David Denby, film critic at The New Yorker, says it’s the best Woody Allen film ever. Read More

‘Pink’ event Saturday; Ms. Hoffert’s memoir

October 18, 2013

Expect a spirited, clad-in-pink, upbeat crowd at the fifth annual The Link – Partners in Pink breast cancer awareness walk/run which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Whitney Commons. Some 800 are expected. Late registration at 9 a.m., in the senior citizens center. It’s sponsored by the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation and always features survivors Read More