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Sheridan Press Editorial: Is Kobza a leader without followers?

March 27, 2015

Sheridan County School District 1 Superintendent Marty Kobza has reached a point at which it no longer matters if he’s good at his job. On Tuesday, members of the West Sheridan County Education Association teachers union told the district’s board of trustees that a vote taken by district employees showed a lack of confidence in Read More

Editorial: Dose of ‘Sunshine’ needed with city records

March 18, 2015

With the backdrop of National Sunshine Week — a time to reflect on how open records and transparent government serve the greater good — The Sheridan Press is pressing for the release of public documents. There are two cases. We’ve asked the city for reports that are supposed to be submitted by Rocky Mountain Ambulance. Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Bill failure isn’t funny; it’s embarrassing

February 27, 2015

Some states have a knack for making a spectacle. Florida nearly always has some weird story or crime that goes viral on social media. California is full of left-wing movie stars. Mississippi is full of rednecks and everyone in New York talks funny. But Wyoming is no stranger to being the butt of a joke. Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Are elected officials listening to their constituents?

February 21, 2015

In at least two situations this week, Sheridan County residents expressed concern that area residents’ voices are not being heard by those elected to serve them. The rub: some of those officials aren’t elected, they’re appointed. On Tuesday, Sheridan County School District 1 opted not to renew the contract of Big Horn High School and Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Public-private partnership for aquatics facility the way to go

February 14, 2015

On Tuesday, a committee made up of area citizens interested in community recreation will propose a project for Sheridan County — an indoor aquatics facility that could cost between $10-12 million. It is a big project that would have a big impact — a good impact. The project became a focal point in the community Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: SCSD2 continues to deny violating open meetings law

February 7, 2015

On Wednesday, attorneys representing The Sheridan Press and Sheridan County School District 2 will appear before the Wyoming Supreme Court to present oral arguments. The arguments will likely be similar to those already made in the case initiated by The Press last spring. The Sheridan Press believes that the school district violated state laws by Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Is Kinskey in pursuit of good government or a personal vendetta?

January 31, 2015

State Sen. Dave Kinskey (R-Sheridan) has renewed what seems to be a personal battle against firefighter unions by sponsoring a bill in the Legislature that would make arbitration with these unions nonbinding to government bodies throughout Wyoming. If the bill becomes law, there is nothing to stop a city from letting the 30-day negotiation time Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Bicycle bill won’t be enough to prevent injuries, fatalities

January 24, 2015

On Wednesday, the Wyoming House of Representatives gave initial approval to a bill that would require motorists to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of distance while passing them. The bill comes after a year marked by five bicyclist fatalities, including one locally. In Sheridan last June, a woman drove her vehicle into two cyclists Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Curbside recycling push, one of city’s best ideas

January 16, 2015

Officials and staff at the city of Sheridan have been discussing curbside recycling for a few years now. Now, it seems, the city will begin rolling out the program. In December, city staff presented a curbside recycling program — with the moniker Curbcycle — to members of City Council. If approved in February, the expected Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Why we publicly stood in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo

January 10, 2015

Usually, The Sheridan Press uses its editorial space to discuss local issues. Fluoride, $45 million multi-purpose centers, indoor tennis facilities, the elimination of wards, etc. But, The Press broke its own mold earlier this week when we made ourselves a part of the news. On Thursday, we published a photo of ourselves holding signs that Read More

Respect, camaraderie needed on the winter trails

January 7, 2015

All of us know, or should know, how blessed we are to live at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. Just out our back door is a recreationist’s dream; snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing and sledding are just a few of the activities available in the winter. But, inevitably this time of year, we hear Read More

Get informed, get involved in 2015 legislative session

January 2, 2015

Wyoming operates with a citizen Legislature. That means, just like you or I, our representatives to the Wyoming House and Senate have other jobs in addition to their duties in government. Usually, this means our legislators are accessible to their constituents. You can call them, email them, write to them and often run into them Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Opportunities abound for city leadership

December 13, 2014

Two things happened recently that give the leadership in the city of Sheridan an opportunity to listen to their constituents. First, the city’s Public Works Department announced that fluoride will be added to the water early next year. After the announcement, social media erupted with comments about the city’s plans to add what some call Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Sheridan full of good cheer, holiday spirit — and grinches too

December 5, 2014

This time of year always brings a smile. Decorations, twinkling lights, the spirit of giving and community hang from every lamppost, store window and heart in town. But inevitably, that cheer is balanced by its polar opposite — the grinches of Christmas. The grinches are those out to ruin the fun and spirit of activities Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Time for the Legislature to define uses for ‘rainy day’ account

December 3, 2014

Money, money everywhere but not a dime to spend. That has seemed to be the Wyoming Legislature’s motive over the last several years as the state built up its “rainy day” account. But legislators, in a year when the budget is not the focus of their session, have begun to admit that their constituents want Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: In this season of giving, know where your money is going

November 22, 2014

‘Tis the season of giving. Pretty soon, those familiar Salvation Army bells will be ringing downtown and in front of stores throughout town. Coat drives and food drives are already underway. There are countless ways to help the less fortunate this holiday season. No doubt there are numerous worthy charities in Sheridan County that will Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Why, how women lost in the 2014 general election

November 12, 2014

For many reasons, based on any given person’s ideologies, last Tuesday’s election was a disappointment. Perhaps you feel not enough voters participated in the process, not enough Democrats were elected or not enough Republicans were elected. Or, beyond the process, maybe you feel your issues were weren’t addressed or won’t be addressed based on who Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Election results reveal much about Sheridan County, its residents

November 7, 2014

Elections always reveal a little bit about the community, country and circumstances in which they are held. The results can show us what voters are thinking, where their priorities lie and how policy has impacted their lives. While talking heads analyze national politics and predict trends, local elections can also give us a read on Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Exercise your right, judgement Tuesday at the polls

November 1, 2014

It seems, these days, election season never really ends. Candidates announce plans to run for office sooner, news reporting overflows with political debates and voters tend to ignore a large part of it. Please don’t. This Tuesday, if you haven’t done it already, vote. Many, many people have died to protect and uphold the freedoms Read More

Amendment to allow nonresidents to serve on UW board of trustees unwise

October 24, 2014

On the Nov. 4 ballot is a proposed amendment to the Wyoming Constitution to allow the governor to appoint up to two nonresidents to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees. The argument put forth by the proponents is that there are many UW successful graduates or supporters living outside the state who could add Read More

Same-sex marriage battle won, war not over in Equality State

October 22, 2014

Finally. The state of Wyoming may actually begin living up to its “Equality State” claim. It seemed clear, even to those who oppose the action, that Wyoming’s ban on same-sex marriages would eventually be overturned. One by one, other states’ bans have fallen. Wyoming now joins their ranks. It is unlikely many in the state Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Part of success means showing up

October 18, 2014

Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” For candidates running for public office, that quote seems to fall on deaf ears. The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce held two nights of candidate forums this week. Sheridan is one of the largest communities in the state, yet few statewide candidates participated in Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: State should enact real consequences for workplace deaths

October 15, 2014

Two years ago, Brett Collins of Ranchester was killed on a construction job in Sheridan when he was struck in the head by an excavator bucket while working in a trench. He was 20 years old. Tomorrow, his family will attend the meeting of the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee in Evanston. The committee Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: City’s decision to let license applications ferment shows lack offoresight

October 11, 2014

Two years. The city had two years to get their ducks in a row regarding criteria for retail liquor licences, but failed to do so. Now, after a restaurant manager has stood before Sheridan City Council to say “I want to open next month,” council members seem to be pedaling quickly, but getting nowhere. Lou’s Read More

Sheridan Press Editorial: Why the federal grant for the local airport matters so much

October 4, 2014

Thursday, it was announced that a $500,000 federal grant has been secured to help provide air service guarantees into Sheridan County Airport. This money, in combination with the $750,000 pledged by Sheridan and Johnson counties, provides real hope that reliable air service in and out of Sheridan may come to fruition soon, particularly if a Read More

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