Editorials

Despite semantics, decision regarding chief of staff demands public input

July 23, 2014

The recent promotion of Police Chief Richard Adriaens to city chief of staff has left many Sheridan residents scratching their heads. When did this happen? The decision wasn’t talked about in public meetings, nor was it advertised. Typically, in the past, the city of Sheridan has advertised high level positions — police chief, fire chief, Read More

Planning to vote? Attend candidate forums to educate yourself first

July 18, 2014

The Sheridan WYO Rodeo, in all its glory, has passed. Summer farmers markets, festivals and camping opportunities are in full swing. Our community is full of tourists and entertaining attractions. But two events with a lasting impact will bear down on us in no time — the primary and general elections. The primary, set for Read More

Gov. Matt Mead merits another term

July 16, 2014

We don’t do it very often, so when The Sheridan Press endorses a candidate for office, you know it isn’t a half-hearted nod. Gov. Matt Mead has fought tirelessly for Wyoming coal efforts. In June, he spent a couple of days in Washington visiting with local officials in an effort to boost the chances of Read More

When is a $45 million project not a project? When SCSD#2 spins it

July 11, 2014

We had hoped the hearing before 4th Judicial District Court Judge William Edelman last week would have revealed more on the school district’s thinking when they held closed meetings to discuss a proposed $45 million multipurpose recreation facility. We were disappointed. Sheridan County School District 2 attorney Kendal Hoopes simply reiterated the district administration’s same Read More

Vacant mayor seat; who is the fairest of them all?

July 9, 2014

The Sheridan City Council will accept Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey’s resignation Thursday and consider its options for his replacement — which are limited to the six council members currently in office according to state statute. The situation seems much like choosing from the dwarfs highlighted in the classic Disney tale of Snow White. They may Read More

Pathways a community benefit; connections need better planning

July 4, 2014

City of Sheridan officials often boast about the community’s parks and pathways. They are, in fact, something to brag about. The pathways stretch for miles, allowing for recreationists including joggers, bicyclists and others to traverse the city while avoiding the major roads. But, it seems, as pathways go in, connections are sometimes an afterthought. Either Read More

Reminding public officials for whom they work

July 2, 2014

Wyomingites like to take matters into their own hands. They want a say in the policies that affect them and want those who do wrong to be held accountable. For these reasons, Wyoming residents would have applauded an Illinois watchdog group last week when it placed an entire park district board under citizen arrest. According Read More

Schiffer’s will be hard shoes to fill

June 25, 2014

Not everyone is willing to dedicate their life to serving others. Many, in fact, flinch at the concept.  Serving others can take you away from family, friends and community events that promise fun and laughter. It requires selfless action, honed listening skills and a keen sense of awareness regarding what issues are most important to Read More

Many events to attend next weekend, be sure to include Relay for Life

June 13, 2014

Next weekend will be a big one in Sheridan. Yes, I know it is the weekend of Big Horn Country USA. Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, Thomas Rhett, Joe Nichols and other famous artists will be in town. But, there is another event in town that is sure to be fun, entertaining and Read More

Not bad, but local graduation rates still need work

May 21, 2014

Each of the schools in Sheridan County will celebrate graduation this weekend and those students who earn their diplomas deserve respect and praise. Many will go on to college or trade schools, others will enter the workforce immediately. But in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the Wyoming Department of Education, Sheridan County School Districts Read More

Lottery retailer applications open Wednesday, many will benefit

May 16, 2014

Feeling lucky?  While some Wyoming residents likely don’t care that lottery tickets will go on sale in the state for the first time later this summer, others are rubbing their lucky rabbit’s foot, searching for four leaf clovers and collecting as much good luck as they can. It wasn’t an easy fight to get this Read More

Support our young entrepreneurs this summer

May 14, 2014

It is time we take our “Shop Sheridan” motto one step further. This summer, let’s support our young — very young — entrepreneurs. There is any number of ways for teenagers to make a couple of bucks this summer — dog walking, lawn mowing, babysitting, lemonade stands and dog poop scooping are just a few. Read More

Women less likely to seek public office; let’s change that

May 7, 2014

While approximately 50 percent of the Sheridan County population is female, only about one-third of the elected offices in Sheridan County are held by women. Why? Some would argue that women simply aren’t as interested in politics or taking on such public leadership positions. Others would say that it is just too hard for women Read More

Optional One-Cent Sales Tax best spent with service organizations

May 2, 2014

Last Monday, the Sheridan City Council and the Sheridan County commissioners met to start hashing out some of their differences on a wide range of issues. The city and the county seem to be on completely different pages — perhaps even in different books — when it comes to how their issues could be solved. Read More

Celebrate the good, you’ll inspire more

April 25, 2014

This week was one of recognition.  Community members from various walks of life gathered, not once, but at least three times to honor our strengths over the last few days. On Thursday, volunteers and athletes kicked off the 2014 Special Olympics. They recognized that disabilities don’t mean the end to a life with a celebration Read More

Changing community signals need for city administrator

April 18, 2014

Most of Wyoming’s larger communities — Gillette, Riverton, Cody, Casper and Laramie — now have a city administrator or manager on staff. Cheyenne and Sheridan are the only major communities without one. In 2007, Sheridan’s City Council approved the hiring of a city administrator only to have the action challenged by the community in a Read More

SCSD2 hubris serves no one

April 11, 2014

Sheridan County School District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty reassured The Press in February that the district’s administration and staff always have and always will return media phone calls seeking information. Yet, The Sheridan Press received notice from the district’s attorney that — per district policy that has been in place for years, but never enforced Read More

Natural gas pipeline a good move for Tongue River Valley

April 4, 2014

Several months ago, officials from Dayton, Ranchester and Sheridan County School District 1 took steps to bring a cheaper energy option to the Tongue River Valley. They’ve formed a joint powers board and applied for grant and loan funding from the State Loan and Investment Board. Bravo. Bringing natural gas to the valley will provide Read More

Legislature needs to let the State Board of Education do its job

March 28, 2014

The 11 members of the Wyoming Board of Education have a mission. They are to “set policy that will create educational systems in Wyoing that cultivate a mind for a student who will live in a world where rapid change will be the norm and the ability to adapt will be critical.” It is a Read More

No excuses for boredom this summer

March 21, 2014

Spring is in the air. Temperatures are rising — albeit slowly — and the hours of daylight are growing. Sure, we’re just about guaranteed to have at least a couple more spring snow storms, but thoughts are already wandering to family vacations, activities for kids and events like the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo. Some area residents can be Read More

Schools should not be in business of community centers

March 19, 2014

In the last year, Sheridan County School Districts 1 and 2 have each considered the possibility of funding community center’s for students and residents of all ages. Early in 2013, SCSD1 representatives submitted plans to the county for a community center near Big Horn. They pitched the project as a location for activities, classrooms and Read More

City, county officials need to do their duty — sit down, find a solution

March 5, 2014

Elected officials from the city and county need to sit down at a table and hash out their differences. Last week, the county publicly released a letter written to the Sheridan City Council indicating the mayor had asked for a meeting with a couple of county commissioners for the purpose of “clearing the air” on Read More

Bringing energy development to Sheridan, why wait?

February 28, 2014

In the West, most community leaders and government officials become enthusiastic over the prospect of more energy development coming to their area. After all, more development means more tax revenue and a stronger economy. In Sheridan, the community and the leaders in economic development were abuzz when a coal mine on this side of the Read More

Time to ante up — Reliable local air service vital to local economy

February 19, 2014

There’s a sense that if you travel in and out of Sheridan via business or leisure — via the Sheridan County Airport – that Great Lakes Aviation is on its final approach here. That with what little service there is, it is undependable. The Sheridan Press in its Jan. 28 edition published a story about Read More

School district violated open meetings rules, let down community

February 14, 2014

Over the last two years, Sheridan County School District 2 has been meeting with local interest groups about the potential for a large, multipurpose recreation facility in the city. Despite comments saying the project was never meant to be “hush, hush,” the broader public was never made aware of this project. The project, according to Read More

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