Category Archives: Editorials

Gov. Matt Mead merits another term

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… Continue Reading

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

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… Continue Reading

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

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… Continue Reading

Reminding public officials for whom they work

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… Continue Reading

Schiffer’s will be hard shoes to fill

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… Continue Reading

Not bad, but local graduation rates still need work

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… Continue Reading

Support our young entrepreneurs this summer

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.… Continue Reading

Celebrate the good, you’ll inspire more

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… Continue Reading

Changing community signals need for city administrator

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… Continue Reading

SCSD2 hubris serves no one

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… Continue Reading

No excuses for boredom this summer

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… Continue Reading

Schools should not be in business of community centers

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… Continue Reading

Bringing energy development to Sheridan, why wait?

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… Continue Reading

Elimination of city wards deserves further discussion

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… Continue Reading

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