Editor’s Column

Here’s to one more worthy nonprofit

October 24, 2014

It’s not very often you get to hear about businesses more worried about making the world better than they are about making a profit. It would have been easy — OK starting a business isn’t easy, but you know what I mean — for Emily Betzler to take the route that may have led to Read More

Column: Nobel awards give voice to the murmur

October 18, 2014

There has been a lot of talk over the last week or so about the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. The winners made quite the stir. Malala Yousfzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls’ education, became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. The Nobel Committee also took great care in choosing the Read More

Column: Books, pizza — two of my favorite things

October 11, 2014

Do you remember “Book It!”? It was that program in elementary school that rewarded you with pizza if you read a lot of books. Well, fellow reporter Hannah Sheely mentioned to me Thursday that Book It! has launched an alumni program in honor of its 30th anniversary. Awesome. I loved Book It! as a kid. Read More

Column: A personal challenge

October 4, 2014

This week a friend of mine sent me a TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert titled, “Success, failure and the drive to keep creating.” The talk focuses on what you do when you’re faced with either the blinding glare of success or the blinding glare of failure. It turns out that both endings fling you far Read More

Column: Collaboration over competition

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

Column: Gaining perspective over the years

September 13, 2014

Our education reporter, Alisa Brantz, started an interesting conversation in the newsroom the other day. She was talking about a group of kids at a local school district who didn’t know about the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. The kids have often heard the mantra “Never forget,” but were either too young Read More

Remembering my favorite titles

September 6, 2014

I’m not usually a fan of social media posts that call on you, and then others, to make lists. You know the ones I’m talking about. “List five words that describe our friendship,” or “List the top five most-played songs on your iPod.” If that wasn’t annoying enough, they then ask you to list 10 Read More

Landmark day for women

August 30, 2014

Whether or not you knew it, the 94th anniversary of a pretty important day just passed us by this week. On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment — the one that granted U.S. women the right to vote — was signed into law. Voting is a right so many of us — and by us Read More

Taking the time, effort to give thanks

August 22, 2014

When is the last time you received a hand-written note from a friend? Whether it was a thank-you letter, an invitation to a gathering or just a way to catch up — can you remember? There is something very special about somebody taking the time to write, not just type, a note. The penmanship, the Read More

Little taste of life at Thorne-Rider Sunday

August 8, 2014

My neighbor, Nancy Silla, helps organize the Taste of Sheridan at Thorne-Rider Park each year. The event highlights the restaurant choices in town and let’s everyone see and learn about some of the projects happening in the northern neighborhoods. I’ve attended the Taste of Sheridan nearly every year, partially because I can hear the live Read More

No campfires, but many memories

August 1, 2014

Life usually gets in the way of everything I plan. Some would say I let it, others would say I need to learn to say no. This weekend, “life” simply took a turn and caused a change in events. I’ve written, several times now, about a trek to the top of Cloud Peak scheduled for Read More

Baseball teams around town prompt memories

July 25, 2014

Driving home from work at lunch Friday I passed by the Best Western on Main Street and saw a group of ballplayers hanging out in the parking lot. They must have been waiting for the rest of their team, coaches and parents to head to lunch somewhere. I forget, sometimes, how many teams travel to Read More

Small staff, good team in newsroom

July 18, 2014

One of the things about small newspapers, nearly every small newspaper, is that staff often come and go. Young reporters accept positions far from home to gain experience, but the plan is nearly always to move up and on. I’ve said many times, that was my plan. Why else would a twenty-something move 16 hours Read More

Love sports, but soccer not my thing

July 11, 2014

Sports have always been a big part of my life. I grew up attending my brother’s hockey, baseball and lacrosse games. I played softball and basketball for many, many years. I’ve always enjoyed live sporting events — never really mattered what it was. Granted, baseball was always one of my favorites. The game is fun Read More

My sixth anniversary

July 4, 2014

This week marked my sixth anniversary as an employee at The Sheridan Press. If you would have told me six years ago that this day would ever come, I likely would have laughed and shrugged it off. After all, I had big plans (don’t most 22 year olds?). I intended to travel the world with Read More

Politics junkie

June 27, 2014

While professionally, at the newspaper, we’ve decided to go easy on the 2014 election coverage until after rodeo so we don’t lose everyone’s interest, personally I’ve been glued to anything political I can read. As I’ve said many times before, I’m a huge nerd. I love politics almost as much as I love journalism. My Read More

Is it rodeo yet?

June 20, 2014

I know the Sheridan WYO Rodeo is still weeks away, but I already can’t wait for all of the excitement that surrounds this community’s premier event. We’ve just sent our rodeo magazine off to print and I’m excited to see how it turns out. Anyone who wants to know about the rodeo or the surrounding Read More

Cheers to my work family

June 13, 2014

If you don’t like a little sap, stop reading. Things are about to get pretty cheesy. It is not very often that you find a group of people that you not only enjoy working with, but enjoy socializing with outside the office. Yes, I know it is possible, but this is the first job I’ve Read More

Falling behind — time for a book

May 16, 2014

I’ve gotten pretty behind in my reading in the last few months. I typically have several books going at one time — one for each kind of day and each kind of mood. For example, I typically have a historical novel for days when I’m feeling reminiscent. I have a historical nonfiction, leadership or gardening Read More

Sounds of summer music to the ears

May 2, 2014

This time of year always makes me miss Chicago. Not for the tall buildings, the crowds or the world’s best pizza — though there are times I miss those too. As the grass turns green and the weather starts to warm, I long for the sounds, smells and cheers that always came from Wrigley Field. Read More

Out with the old, in with the new

April 25, 2014

My husband and I have a lot of trees at our house. Up until last October we had three apple trees, two plum trees, a buckeye, a couple choke cherries and what I think is an ash. I say up until last October because we are now down one apple tree. That early season snowstorm Read More

Finding time to dig deeper

April 18, 2014

Each of us could be better at something. Some want to be better runners or parents, while others maybe just want to perfect their golf game. In the spirit of bettering the newspaper, staff members at The Sheridan Press have participated in at least three trainings in the last several months. The entire newsroom visited Read More

Unionizing the NCAA

April 11, 2014

I know this won’t be a popular opinion, but give me a chance to explain myself. I’m sure at least some folks have seen in the news the attempt by Northwestern football players to unionize and I’m rather proud of them. I was a student athlete in college, and while I wasn’t the most talented, Read More

FAB Committee bringing film to Sheridan

April 4, 2014

The countdown has begun to the FAB (For. About.By.) Women’s Conference — at least for me. In 174 days, this year’s conference will begin. That means Sept. 27 at Sheridan College’s Edward A. Whitney Academic Center, women of Sheridan County, the state of Wyoming and potentially areas of Montana and South Dakota will gather to Read More

Holding each other accountable

March 28, 2014

I went out for a drink with a friend and colleague of mine several weeks ago. We talked work, we talked life and we talked goals. She let me know that one of her “bucket list” items included summiting Cloud Peak. Most of us have things we “always wanted to do” but never found the Read More

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