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Starting to forget 9/11

September 6, 2013

Twelve years later, the U.S. is already beginning to forget. Fewer and fewer people are attending remembrance ceremonies. They are forgetting the lessons learned and the loved ones lost. Twelve years later, a generation born in the early 2000s cannot tell you where they were when the world stopped turning Sept. 11, 2001. Just as Read More

Reflections on a tough job this Labor Day

August 30, 2013

Most jobs come with challenges.Co-workers you don’t get along with, long hours, lengthy commutes, not enough pay. We’ve all had tough jobs. Few careers require as broad of shoulders as those in the judicial system. Caseloads that would keep a dozen people busy are leveled on just a handful of prosecuting attorneys. Then that large Read More

Honoring progress made, looking forward to change

August 23, 2013

On Aug. 18, 1920, we celebrated the ratification of the 19th amendment, which prohibited any U.S. citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. An interesting fact regarding the amendment: It was ratified 40 years after it was first proposed. To many, this is a reminder that change is possible, Read More

‘Yes’ vote for bond issue a positive move for Sheridan’s future

August 14, 2013

We all have hopes for the future. Dreams. In a more practical sense, let’s call them goals. They’re partial to personal achievement; say, a better life for a family, a better future with more earning potential. Sheridan has been fortunate to have a mostly unified vision for the future of this community. Quality of life, Read More

Value education, opportunities

August 9, 2013

Education is something we sometimes take for granted. While in high school and college, many of us skipped classes to grab a nap, attend a ball game, go on vacation or hang out with friends. This week, a group of Sheridan folks brought a film called “Girl Rising” to the Centennial Theatre. People filled the Read More

Limited understanding of laws regarding kids in restaurant bars frustrating

August 7, 2013

Every bar and restaurant owner knows, or should know, that a 13-year-old can’t walk into an establishment and belly up to the bar to order a drink. But rules in local establishments regarding children who, with their parents, visit local restaurants that have bars are about as clear as an extra dirty martini. State statutes Read More

Fluoride issue contentious; listen to the people

August 2, 2013

The trouble with contentious issues is that legitimate arguments and facts exist on both sides. This is the case regarding the fluoridation of water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. According to the CDC, the proper amount Read More

Summer fun not over; fair starts Thurs.

July 31, 2013

Rodeo is over, and while many may think the warm weather events in Sheridan are coming to an end, Sheridan County 4-H and FFA participants along with area residents of all ages and backgrounds will show of their work this weekend. Beginning tomorrow, the Sheridan County Fair will highlight everything from livestock to horse showmanship Read More

Traffic study will show what we already know

July 26, 2013

Nobody seems to actually know what the speed limits are on Brundage Lane. At least not where the different limits apply and for how long. More often than not, those traveling the well-known Sheridan road can be found to be cruising along at varying speeds. Some go 30 miles per hour, either because they are Read More

Cheney a long shot for Senate

July 24, 2013

Despite Wyoming’s friendly landscapes, welcoming hills and cozy downtowns, this state does not always take kindly to outsiders. Especially outsiders who tell them what is wrong with the state and how to fix it. Liz Cheney recently announced her intentions to run against U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi in 2014. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice Read More

Field of Honor should awe all who have served

July 19, 2013

This August, Sheridan College’s front lawn will feature flags purchased in honor of local military members, veterans, police, firefighters and other first responders. It is a moving sight, if you’ve ever seen such a “Field of Honor.” The same people who are moved by our national anthem or the sight of all those white tombstones Read More

Real deterrents needed to lessen DUIs, fatalities

July 12, 2013

When in 2000 Congress passed the Department of Transportation Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2001, establishing the .08 blood alcohol content limit and toughening the drunken driving laws in the U.S., Congress and President Bill Clinton,were applauded for cracking down on a nationwide problem. The bill required that states implement the .08 percent BAC standards Read More

Involvement should go beyond social media lambasting

July 10, 2013

When Sheridan resident Ernie Scott and several of his neighbors arrived at the Sheridan Planning Commission meeting Monday evening, they didn’t feel good about their chances of swaying the eventual vote. As it turned out, they had been right not to get their hopes up. The group had come to protest a request by First Read More

Firefighters, families deserve our thanks

July 5, 2013

At one point in time, most people have looked up to and admired firefighters. Whether you were a starry-eyed kid doning a red coat, black boots and a helmet for Halloween, staring at them in one of the many calendars firefighters are featured in or paying your respects at a 9/11 ceremony, we’ve all been Read More

Keep some pathways free of concrete

June 26, 2013

Ask most local runners which surface they would rather put their miles in on and few would say concrete. Concrete, according to, is one of the hardest running surfaces around and can lead to increased shin splits and joint pain. While research regarding the impact of running surfaces on the body is not definitive, Read More

Youth work programs help teach life lessons

June 21, 2013

Summertime is often portrayed through sun tans, bathing suits, swimming pools and lemonade. Rarely is hard work seen — after all, school is out and many kids don’t have a care in the world. But, around the community, many teenagers are taking advantage of the summer months by finding employment. Kudos should go out to Read More

Get involved as a mentor

June 14, 2013

Study after study has shown the benefits of mentoring for both mentors and mentees. Fifty-nine percent of teens who are mentored get better grades and 53 percent credit mentors with improving their ability to avoid drugs. Twenty-seven percent of mentored youth are less likely to start using alcohol and 52 percent less likely to skip Read More

A little tolerance can go long way

June 7, 2013

There is something to be said for tolerance. There have been several examples of expanding tolerance in our country as of late. Last month, the Boy Scouts took an incremental step toward acceptance of homosexuals in their ranks, allowing openly gay boys to participate in their organization. Cheerios too tried to move forward and acknowledge Read More

Process to repeal bill should be difficult

June 5, 2013

As citizens, we have the privilege to elect the individuals who represent us in government. We expect them to listen to us — their constituents -— about controversial topics, gather feedback on topics the public may not be aware of and generally advocate for us in government. Many Wyoming voters recently felt their representatives didn’t Read More

Online is no public notice alternative

May 31, 2013

Internet usage statistics don’t support Wyoming governmental entities moving paid public notices to online-only alternatives. In a Wednesday meeting of the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions meeting in Lander, state legislators, local government officials and Wyoming journalists/publishers again discussed the publishing of legal notices in newspapers. Government agencies are concerned about the cost of Read More

Move forward with recycling program

May 29, 2013

In 2002, there were about 8,875 curbside recycling programs nationwide. In 2010, that number rose to about 9,000. In fiscal year 2014, the city of Sheridan may add one more program to that list. Finally! The city of Sheridan first began discussing curbside recycling a few years ago during budget discussions. City officials even went Read More

Cap Facilities Tax money shouldn’t be used for pool

May 24, 2013

Community pools are a tricky endeavor. Some can become a drain on already tight budgets, while others bring in more revenue than a multitude of other recreation activities combined. Right now, Kendrick Pool is one of the former. Staff members from the Sheridan Recreation District have said the pool had a net loss of $18,406 Read More

Make Sheridan a conference destination

May 17, 2013

Last year, Sheridan played host to the Wyoming County Commissioners Association and droves of people visited our community. Last weekend, the Snickers Cup soccer tournament brought thousands of visitors to Sheridan. Restaurants were full, hotels were booked and downtown Sheridan was hopping. This weekend, the Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show returns to Sheridan and will Read More

Get unplugged and get out this summer

May 15, 2013

It’s summertime. Well, almost. But it is warm and sunny — The days are getting longer and the opportunities for recreation are expanding. So, turn off that television, radio, computer, iPad or whatever other screen-based technology you’re glued to and get outside. Go tech-free for awhile. Take some time to unplug. According to a study Read More

Our schools are good; Let’s not be complacent

May 10, 2013

Sheridan County schools had a little something to brag about recently. Sheridan’s was named among the top high schools in the country, receiving a silver medal in the U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of our country’s best secondary education institutions. That put SHS at No. 1,368 out of the more than 21,000 public schools Read More

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