Editorials

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

Elimination of city wards deserves further discussion

February 12, 2014

In the last two Sheridan City Council meetings, the elected officials have discussed eliminating the city’s wards in favor of an at-large system. This topic deserves much greater discussion and public involvement than two readings at Council, which is why Councilor Alex Lee tabled the motion until the group’s next meeting. This change would allow Read More

Take their advice, get involved in local government today

February 7, 2014

Remember that high school government class you took? Something about the government having branches and a bill moving into a House before sitting on the Senate floor or something? While many of us who are one, 10 or 40 years out of high school may remember that cute guy or gal who sat in front Read More

Education event a good start, but we want more

January 31, 2014

On Monday, Whitney Benefits hosted a conversation on education. Organizers said the event was meant as a way to bring major players to the table and talk about where we are heading and what we can do better. Yet, rather than invigorating some attendees, including members of The Press, the event left some wanting more. Read More

Rodeo board meets muster as real community partner

January 24, 2014

These days, it seems, the entire community loves the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo. Class and family reunions are planned around that week in July. It is a week chock full of activities, the welcome mat quite large for natives, newcomers and visitors alike. Sell out crowds are not uncommon and lines wind through the WYO Theater the day Read More

Obama administration setting dangerous precedent for free press

January 22, 2014

Disposable phones with numbers only used one time for a short call. Encrypted emails. Fear of prosecution. It all sounds like an exciting spy scenario, but these are the measures that some American journalists now have to take in order to do their jobs. Last spring, federal investigators secretly seized two months of phone records Read More

Cheney withdrawal not all good news for Wyoming

January 10, 2014

While Wyoming residents did not welcome Liz Cheney with outstretched arms when she announced her plans to run for Congress, her withdrawal from the race for one of Wyoming’s U.S. Senate seats isn’t necessarily great news. One of the great things about our country is the opportunity citizens have to choose their leaders in elections. Read More

Headlines we hope to see in the year to come

December 31, 2013

Each year, The Sheridan Press and media outlets everywhere reflect on the top stories of the last 12 months. Most of the time, they are crime stories, scandals or disasters. As we enter into the new year, Sheridan Press staff decided to be optimistic and focus on the headlines we hope we can write in Read More

12-week course a good way to build relationships with SPD

December 27, 2013

The sight of a police officer approaching could mean many things. Depending on the situation, it could mean you’re about to get saved, about to get busted or perhaps get a firm warning. Law enforcement officials often get a bad rap because many of their interactions with the public have a negative connotation, despite attempts Read More

‘Twas the night before Sheridan County’s Christmas

December 24, 2013

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the county Not a creature was stirring, not even a townie; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, They were soaked way through after a day of mountain air; All the notable neighbors were snug in their beds; While visions of rodeo ponies danced in Read More

Cheers to those who speak up

December 20, 2013

In this country young Americans get a bad rap for indifference. News stories often chide them for not showing up to public meetings or not registering to vote. A misconception seems to be in the air that young people simply don’t care. That isn’t the case, of course. As one New York Times article from Read More

State exploring pay increases for employees, so should city

December 18, 2013

Everyone could use a little extra money in their pockets these days. The cost of everything from milk to child care continues to rise while the size of paychecks seems to do nothing but shrink as employee contributions to pensions and health insurance rise. You can’t blame the local firefighters union, Local 276, for asking Read More

If not Medicaid expansion, what is the solution?

December 13, 2013

While legislators statewide are once again beginning to talk of expanding Medicaid, the overall opinion seems to be that no such expansion will pass this session. Fears of big government, government handouts and the feds not following through on their promise to pay have Wyoming Republican officials shying away from Medicaid expansion proposals. In the Read More

SCSD2 board of trustees right to endorse cyberbullying legislation

December 6, 2013

Several weeks ago the Sheridan community was abuzz with talk of a Facebook page that allowed anyone to anonymously comment about other people. It centered around high school students, though Sheridan College students have a similar site. Some comments were harmless. Some were a little raunchy and others were downright mean. Parents and school administrators Read More

Find your holiday cheer in the great outdoors

December 4, 2013

Yes, the temperature outside can most aptly be described as arctic. The wind has been howling, the snow has been blowing and everyone has been trying desperately to stay warm. But, we encourage everyone to go outside. We know, sounds crazy right? But as Christmas cheer begins spreading around the county, it is important for Read More

Education funding and sports

November 22, 2013

While University of Wyoming President Robert Sternberg resigned recently after just four months at the helm, one comment he made while in office raised much criticism. He said the school should be spending more money on athletics. While UW alumni and others invested in the school protested this idea, the argument could be made that Read More

Sheridan press editorial

November 13, 2013

One of the greatest things about the Sheridan County community is the generosity and giving nature of its citizens. Each time fundraisers are held for local nonprofits or to help a family cover medical bills after a tragic accident or diagnosis, Sheridan residents eagerly rise to the challenge. The tragedy doesn’t even have to be Read More

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