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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

The Sheridan Press Editorial: ‘Longmire’ cancellation more than just loss of popular television show

September 26, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, A&E announced that it planned to cancel the popular television show “Longmire.” The announcement left viewers in the Sheridan and Buffalo areas in shock. After all, the show was the most popular scripted show on A&E and the second most popular show overall, second only to “Duck Dynasty.” Local viewers Read More

The Sheridan Press Editorial: Internet speculation, blame not productive use of time

September 20, 2014

Earlier this week a juvenile male stole a truck. He drove through town until law enforcement pulled him over. When the officer got out of his squad car, the juvenile man drove off, leading officers in a pursuit that traveled onto the interstate. Once on the interstate, the juvenile ended up on the wrong side Read More

The Sheridan Press Editorial Sept. 13, 2014

September 13, 2014

Last week, during a celebratory and commemorative evening inside the new Thorne-Rider Campus Center, Roy Garber summed up the vibe pretty well. Garber, representing Whitney Benefits, noted how the event was about vision. Six local foundations made this facility possible along with others. Together, they have committed to the growth and the betterment of higher Read More

Editorial: If you can afford your outdoor toys, you can afford a SPOT

September 10, 2014

We’ve all seen them — the huge trucks with even larger trailers hauling various toys up into the Bighorns. Some residents loathe them. After all, those motorized vehicles do nothing but tear up the ground and make a lot of noise, right? Others look at them and see dollar signs — a huge boost to Read More

Voters feelings on fluoride could weigh heavy on November election

August 30, 2014

It isn’t often that elections in Sheridan hinge on just an issue or two. In past years, candidates have had the luxury of framing the election by what they want to accomplish — economic development, higher paying jobs, upkeep and infrastructure improvements. That likely won’t be the case this year. If the letters to the Read More

Fickle voters keep some, oust others in primary election

August 22, 2014

This week’s primary elections demonstrated some interesting differences between the different levels of government within Sheridan County. Voters ousted a state representative, Kathy Coleman of House District 30, but kept two others, Rep. Mike Madden and Rep. John Patton. While Patton’s race with challenger Ryan Mulholland was close, Coleman lost her seat by more than Read More

Shop local extends to buying produce from local producers

August 15, 2014

Shop local — a community marketing campaign — has taken on deeper meaning in recent years and months as community members seek not only local wares, but locally grown food. The movement has taken hold nationally and restaurants and markets have started to advertise not only what kind of food they serve, but where it Read More

Motorcyclists, too, should follow rules of the road to keep drivers safe

August 8, 2014

Sunday marks the end of the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Residents of Sheridan have likely noticed the huge influx of the bikers making their way through town. The event is a great boost for Sheridan’s economy, even though it takes place in South Dakota. Bikers stop in town, eat in our restaurants, drink in our Read More

Common sense, ability to cooperate all that can be asked of aquatics committee

August 6, 2014

Two of the most admirable qualities in community leaders are the ability to utilize common sense and the ability to work with others to accomplish goals. Last week, a group of local leaders announced their intentions to find a solution to Sheridan’s aging aquatics infrastructure. They are calling themselves the Citizens for Community Recreation. The Read More

Hoffman’s years of advocating for students, community admirable

August 1, 2014

Tonight, the community will honor a longtime champion of Sheridan and Sheridan College during Hoffman Days. Bruce Hoffman has committed 50 years of service to Sheridan College. He is an award-winning former instructor and basketball coach for the Generals. He racked up 651 wins, a statistic that still ranks in the top 30 in National Read More

Court’s ruling in SCSD2 lawsuit will have lasting impacts

July 25, 2014

Staff at The Sheridan Press cannot believe 4th Judicial District Court Judge William Edelman’s decision regarding the newspaper’s lawsuit with Sheridan County School District 2. We felt our case was solid. The school district had been discussing a potential $45 million multi-purpose recreational facility for months. They had worked with consultants to gather market data, Read More

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

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