Publisher’s Notebook

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

Welcome, Diocese! FAB canceled

October 4, 2013

The FAB Women’s Conference was canceled this morning due to weather and power outages throughout the city. Speakers stranded, roads closed — the fate of Wyoming weather I suppose. Stay tuned for announcements about rescheduling and thank you for all of your support.   ••••••   Welcome! Sheridan is the host city for the 47th Read More

Big play, clutch QB Street recalled

October 3, 2013

The first-ever FAB Women’s Conference starts tomorrow at Sheridan College. Registration begins at noon. For full event listings of programs, keynote, training and the 2013 Sheridan Woman of the Year award, go to: Or, call Press managing editor Kristen Czaban, managing editor. 307-672-2431. Thanks to the community support of the Homer A., and Mildred Read More

Johnson excites; FAB opens Friday

October 2, 2013

A librarian friend of mine uses the email transom to let me know how much she enjoyed local author Craig Johnson while attending a national conference. Johnson, The New York Times best-selling novelist of the “Longmire” series which is the highest-rated scripted television program on the A&E network, was the featured speaker at the 2013 Read More

Whitney Center, SC celebrated

October 1, 2013

Saturday night’s celebration of Sheridan College, through the dedication of the new Edward A. Whitney Academic Center, reaffirmed the college’s core place in Sheridan’s educational, economic and social life. Tom Kinnison, president of the college’s primary benefactor, Whitney Benefits, and Dr. Paul Young, president of Sheridan College, led the evening with illustrative presentations of the Read More

Partners in Pink; FAB next week

September 27, 2013

The recent mail brought a welcomed sight – the announcement of the fifth annual The Link – Partners in Pink. It’s sponsored by the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation. It’ll be Saturday, Oct. 19. The fun run/walk begins at Whitney Commons at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit breast health at SMH. It’s $35 to participate and Read More

Proposal, vacation Helton, credit card

First things first….. He proposed; she accepted. That’s how these things work. (If I recall correctly.) Sheridan Press news staffers Hannah Wiest and Justin Sheely are going to tie the knot in marriage. Hannah is the Press’ government reporter; Justin is our photojournalist. Incidentally, Justin will be having a photography show starting Tuesday at the Read More

McCarthy ‘trial’; history honor, FAB

September 18, 2013

One more dose of ink for the “mock trial” of Sen. Joe McCarthy and whether through blackmail and smear he compelled the suicide of Wyoming Sen. Lester Hunt in 1954. The trial will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center on the campus of Sheridan College. The presentation is Read More

Whitney Center welcomes conferences

September 17, 2013

This week, Forward Sheridan will host the third annual Wyoming BioTech Conference, two days of discussion regarding biology and genetics, intellectual property and telehealth. Some big hitters in this field from all over the U.S. will be coming here –– representatives from higher education, government and entrepreneurs. Major research universities –– the University of Chicago, Read More

Neltje mural begins at SC

September 13, 2013

A first; well, many “firsts.” Next week, nationally recognized artist and local philanthropist Neltje will begin a mural inside the new Edward A. Whitney Academic Center on the campus of Sheridan College. A first mural, the largest work of her career and a first time that Sheridan College art students can observe a “live” mural Read More

Sen. Hunt blackmail ‘mock trial’ coming

Entertainment and enlightenment – call it a cultural history lesson – comes to a local stage next week. A mock trial regarding whether Sen. Joe McCarthy had compelled the suicide of Wyoming Sen. Lester Hunt in 1954 will be argued. McCarthy, whose last name spawned a term for a political or cultural smear, “McCarthyism,” will Read More

‘Heart-felt’ chord enriches local care

September 12, 2013

The Foundation of Sheridan Memorial Hospital and the Powder Horn Ladies Golf Association put together their collective brain power and creativity and begat a fund raiser of the first order. The synapses were firing! And the greater community benefits. Proceeds from the Drive for the Cause – Helping Hearts supported he new heart Cardiac Cath Read More

‘Silence’ author coming to city

September 11, 2013

Melanie Hoffert’s first book, ‘Prairie Silence,’ is a rich, affecting look at family, acceptance, and farm life in North Dakota and the small towns nearby in the southeast corner of the state. Small town, rural life isn’t always as simple as Burma Shave signs, nickel Cokes and Wonder Bread sandwiches at the family table. She Read More

Film Festival opens; FAB welcomes Wright

September 10, 2013

The Notebook’s U. of Alabama pal – gearing up for this week’s Big Game with Johnny Football and Texas A&M – writes in about U. of Tennessee football. Question: Why do Tennessee fans wear orange? Answer: So they can dress that way for a game on Saturday, go hunting on Sunday, and pick up roadside Read More

Football! 3 venues; SC’s jazz lunch

September 6, 2013

Stealing a line from Monday nights on ESPN: Are you ready for some football?! • Sheridan Broncs host Casper’s Kelly Walsh at 7 p.m. at Homer Scott Field. • Big Horn Rams host Greybull at 1 p.m. in Big Horn. • Tongue River Eagles host Rocky Mountain at 4 p.m. in Dayton.   ••••••   Read More

Weekend events; Brinton opening

September 5, 2013

Three events of note, for this glorious late summer weekend. • First off, all three local high schools – Sheridan High School, Big Horn High School, Tongue River High School – have home games Friday afternoon and evening. Check The Sheridan Press for times and opponents. • The Best of the West BBQ Fest, a Read More

Super Bowl guess; Trails End kudos

September 4, 2013

A reader from Dayton writes in a letter (wow, a letter): “Hope you’re enjoying your summer.” Q: What did the buffalo say to his boy when he dropped him off at school? A: Bi son.   ••••••   An “atta boy” regarding Sheridan attractions……. Misty Peterson of Gillette writes: “Myself and 20 friends attended the Read More

Cath Lab golf; Miss Wyo visits

September 3, 2013

  BumperSnicker: The NSA: The Only Part of Government That Actually Listens.   ••••••   The good people at The Foundation/Sheridan Memorial Hospital and the Powder Horn Ladies Golf Association are having a fundraising social and golf tournament Friday and Saturday at The Powder Horn. Proceeds will benefit women’s heart health in our community and Read More

A person’s work ethic has early genesis

August 30, 2013

Now and then while doing interviews, I often ask about first jobs. It’s a good icebreaker. Most people, if of a particular vintage, have fond memories of bussing tables, working behind a counter, doing some sort of labor. It’s the thrill of getting that first paycheck, away from the purview of parentage. There’s a sense Read More

Biotech sessions coming to city

August 29, 2013

Jay Stender of Forward Sheridan has a good lineup of speakers coming to Sheridan for the third annual BioTech Conference. It’ll be Sept. 19-20 at the Sheridan College/Edward A. Whitney Academic Center. Among the speakers: Dr. Eric Welch, director of Science & Technology, University of Illinois/Chicago and Barb Johnston, CEO & co-founder of HealthLinkNow. Topics Read More

‘Butler,’ indie films; newspaper headlines

August 28, 2013

Shop Sheridan!   ••••••   Recommended….. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is worth a look, if for no other reason it’s a good, solid American story in a summer of blockbuster movies that was annoyingly thick in robots, monsters, police officers apparently back from the dead and end-of-the-world, computer-generated-imaging destruction. Oh. And some story about Tonto Read More