Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

Rodeo Week coverage; Big Horn music festival

Welcome, visitors! We’re glad you’re in Sheridan. •••••• The Sheridan Press is “all in” at this year’s Sheridan WYO Rodeo, now in its 85th season. The Press is a performance sponsor and we’ve had extensive photo, video and news coverage all this week. The Destination Sheridan RODEO magazine is disappearing from newsstands all over town.… Continue Reading

Column: Mile High City notes; welcome, Rodeo Fans!

Susan, Ryann and I visited Denver earlier this week. A few newspaper-digital media-printing related meetings and a Rockies game. Some notes from The Mile High City: A taxi had a notice in its price schedule that “illness (vomit) will be charged an additional $100.” I told the driver it was unlikely that I would hurl,… Continue Reading

Rodeo magazine out; Rodeo Week July 6

Welcome, visitors! We’re glad you’re here in Sheridan. •••••• Our Destination Sheridan WYO Rodeo magazine is out everywhere. It’s 140 full-color pages of what you need to know about next week’s rodeo, feature stories, history of the event, terrific photography and useful marketing information from Sheridan area merchants. It’s our biggest edition to date. Pick… Continue Reading

News bug bites, and being HAD

Honor America Day in 1970 was Ross Perot’s idea. The founder of Electronic Data Systems, one of the earliest “tech” companies, Perot was en route to becoming a billionaire and a presidential candidate 22 years later. Perot and others were weary of watching the networks’ (imagine, just three in those days) nightly coverage of Vietnam… Continue Reading

Stuart, Superlatives coming to Festival

Have got my tickets. The 11th annual Big Horn Mountain Festival will feature one of my favorite groups: Marty Stuart and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives. John Anderson, too. And a good lineup of other artists. Rick Clark, the financial manager of the festival, stopped by Monday to talk music and history. It’s July 10-12… Continue Reading

Brinton evening, Theater festival

Bush and Clinton running for president. The big summer movie is “Jurassic Park.” Some things never change. •••••• Tip of the Hat!, to Ken and Barbara Schuster for welcoming 300-plus people for an evening of celebrating fine art and the new Forrest E. Mars Building at The Brinton Museum in Big Horn. Schuster’s brief introductory… Continue Reading

Column: Rodeo coming soon, Wyoming well-being

The “buzz” is familiar — the 85th annual Sheridan WYO Rodeo is coming soon. July 6 through July 12, officially, is “Rodeo Week.” This year’s theme: “Paintin’ the town Red!” Apt, indeed. The Sheridan Press is a performance sponsor. We’ll be publishing our annual Destination Sheridan RODEO magazine on July 2. We’ll also publish daily… Continue Reading

Column: Local history has timeless appeal

The appreciation of local history bit me early. It was in San Angelo, Texas, where my older brother Paul and I were born. San Angelo was a frontier post, the home of Fort Concho that was commanded by Gen. Ranald S. Mackenzie. Mackenzie was a decorated Civil War general and a contemporary of Custer’s. We… Continue Reading

Column: Press coverage, Samaritan boost

Welcome, visitors! We’re glad you’re in Sheridan. ••••• Lt. Kim Warriner of The Sheridan Salvation Army sends a shout about the annual Good Samaritans Awards Dinner that was held in May at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. The “numbers” are in from the celebration of good citizenship: Some 210 people attended the dinner, an increase… Continue Reading

Column: Pancakes, Relay, Brinton lunch views

All that purple around town? It’s the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life coming Friday at 6 p.m. at Kendrick Park. Cancer survivors, care givers, current patients are encouraged to participate and commemorate. ••••• Dr. Rod Bisbee dropped by The Sheridan Press offices Monday and said that pancake breakfast tickets and duck race tickets are… Continue Reading

Column: ‘Warriors’ honored with PH golf day

Tip of the golf visor! The whole crew at the Powder Horn should get a pat on the back for their hosting of the Rounds Fore Warriors program Wednesday. The Powder Horn gave complimentary greens fees and cart fees and provided hospitality for veterans from all over the U.S. It’s a unique program. Veterans tee… Continue Reading

Column: Cowboy Bank breaks ground; festival tonight

There’s nothing like the optimistic vibe of a groundbreaking. It reflects success, expansion and business growth. Sam Summers of Sheridan had his foot on a groundbreaking shovel Wednesday morning for the new Cowboy State Bank. The construction will be completed by year’s end (hopefully) and the new bank will be located next to Sheridan Seed… Continue Reading

Column: Mars Building/Brinton; Wyo. Watercolor exhibit

Welcome, visitors! We’re glad you’re here. ••••• Visitors are likely to take in the fine art offerings inside the new Forrest E. Mars Jr. Building at The Brinton Museum in Big Horn. It opened Monday. Sunday, there were dedicatory remarks from Gov. Matt Mead and former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson. Today’s Sheridan Press features a… Continue Reading

Column: More theater fest hospitality needed

Five more rooms (with baths). Last week, the Notebook wondered aloud about the availability of 12 places locally to serve as housing for the actors, directors, playwrights and stage personnel for the upcoming Wyoming Theater Festival. It’ll begin July 13 at the WYO Theater and will feature four distinctly different state plays using professional actors… Continue Reading

Column: Headlines ‘collected’ over the years

Vincent Musetto spent a career copy editing and writing headlines, mostly for the New York Post. He was also a film critic. In 1983, Musetto wrote a headline for the Post that gave him lasting fame and earned him a hallowed spot on The New York Times’ esteemed obituary page. He died Tuesday. The headline:… Continue Reading

12 rooms needed for theater festival

Twelve rooms (with baths). That’s what DannyLee Hodnett of the Wyoming Theater Festival needs. Twelve rooms to house actors, directors and playwrights from the leading theater companies in the U.S. They’re coming to Sheridan. This event — the Wyoming Theater Festival — has had a gestation period of a few years. Hodnett said he was… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Notebook: WSGA convention; Brokaw’s book

  Welcome, Wyoming Stock Growers Convention. We’re glad you’re in Sheridan. The group’s annual convention began Thursday and runs through the weekend at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. More than 300 people will attend, including U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, a keynote speaker. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso will also attend. ••••• Recommended reading…… One core theme… Continue Reading

‘Wrecker’ Week, Third Thursday Coming

It’s “Wrecker Fashion Week” hereabouts. Come Saturday, Sheridan’s Wild West Wreckers roller derby team will host an evening of fashion, health and beauty presentations, food and much more. The fun begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kalif Shrine Center on West Loucks. Info: Tickets start at $10. ••••• I see by the paper….… Continue Reading

Cowboy Joe golf raises $$$ for UW

  A ton of money was raised Saturday for University of Wyoming athletics at the 17th annual Michael Phillips Memorial Cowboy Joe Golf Tournament at the Powder Horn. After a week of heavy rains and flooding, brilliantly blue spring Wyoming skies greeted the 30-plus team field. It was presented by Ford, Throne Law Office, Emit… Continue Reading

Appreciation weekend: craft beers, rich history

  It’s always a good destination — (if you’re) native, newcomer, visitor — the Sheridan County Museum. This weekend, it’s the annual Community Appreciation Weekend. Free admission and discounts on memberships and merchandise. There are new exhibits as well. Museum curator John Woodward and his staff is always welcoming and rich in information, too. •••••… Continue Reading

Road trip rain; ‘Destination’ a hit

Welcome visitors! We’re glad you’re here. ••••• The Notebook was “on the road,” as per Willie’s paean to travel and friendships, for the last two weeks. The constant companions: rain and the weather forecasters. Texas. Oklahoma. Colorado. Wyoming. Everywhere, threatening weather, soaking rainstorms, tornadoes and advice from Oklahoma City meteorologists: “Get to your safe place… Continue Reading

Memorial Day affirms sacrifices

The price of freedom is never cheap. Lincoln said it best when our citizens are called upon to pay for these freedoms with “the last full measure of devotion.” ••••• The idea of honoring the war dead began humbly enough. I’ve read where black schoolchildren in Charleston, South Carolina, started spreading flowers over the neglected… Continue Reading

Letterman, books; notes and quotes

  Certainly when David Letterman signs off tonight, I will be one of the millions of fans who will miss him. He’s hosted 6,000-plus programs and I’ve enjoyed say, half of them. (More or less. Also known as “more probable than not.”) Critics and essayists in a variety of media have recently summed up his… Continue Reading

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