Category Archives: Editor’s Column

Sad realizations

It is a sad day when you realize your pet is getting older. Of course, each day they age. But one day, you look up and you realize that they aren’t quite as spry as they used to be. That day happened to me a couple of weekends ago. My husband and I went snowshoeing… Continue Reading

Column: Award season buzz

This time of year is always a blast for me. I never watch the red-carpet awards shows, but I like to read the follow-up coverage on who won and who was nominated. The coverage helps me pick out the movies I may have missed throughout the year and need to either catch in the local… Continue Reading

Column: Almost time for FAB

It’s almost that time again — time for the 2015 FAB (For.About.By.) Women’s Conference. If it sounds different from last year already, that’s because it is. We heard some feedback from attendees and those who couldn’t make it that fall was just a tough time of year to get away. So, we moved the event… Continue Reading

Winter driving always an adventure

Winter travel in Wyoming is always kind of a game of chance. Sometimes it snows, sometimes it hails and sometimes its 60 degrees and sunny. Thursday, it felt like it was a little bit of all three. That day, I drove to Cheyenne with two Press reporters to attend the Wyoming Press Association convention (see… Continue Reading

Headlines we wished for, nearly achieved

Ahhh, a whole new year. The hectic 12 months that was 2014 has come to an end and I’m already filling up the calendar for 2015. In that mix are trips, hikes, meetings and the like. But really, these past few days, I’ve been getting my social media and “looking back” fix. I’m a sucker… Continue Reading

Holiday deeds that warm the heart

This time of year it is a lot of fun to be a reporter. Yes, it tends to be a quieter season, but it is also a season full of heartwarming stories of love, caring and giving. I spent this Christmas alone — well, mostly, my dog was home too. My husband was helping family… Continue Reading

Column: Joys of travel, holidays

A couple of days ago, I began a trip down to Florida to hang out with my husband and his family who live just outside of Gainesville. I haven’t spent much time in Florida, but I’ve spent many, many hours in airports. In college, I was in an airport almost every weekend between February and… Continue Reading

Column: The joy of Christmas cards

One of my favorite times of year is right now. It isn’t the lights, the cheer or the overall feeling of fellowship — though I enjoy those too — that gets me going, though. I’ve said before how much I enjoy a good hand-written note, and this time of year gives me the opportunity to… Continue Reading

Column: How looking back allows you to move forward

There is something about this time of year that makes me look back. Maybe it’s the early darkness that falls each evening and keeps me indoors poring over good books and journaling. Maybe it’s the copious amounts of food that lull me into a sleepy satisfaction. Better yet, it could be all of the holiday… Continue Reading

Column: A family history

When I was younger, a couple of my family members dabbled in genealogy. We didn’t find a whole lot, but we found a little bit of information on our ancestors. I always found the hobby fascinating. But after many hours spent doing online research and turning up no new information we stopped digging. About a… Continue Reading

Column: My encounter with a legend

Kristen Czaban is the managing editor of The Sheridan Press. I’m quite positive that looking back over my career 40 or 50 years from now, one of the highlights will be when I met Bob Woodward. For those who do not know him, he’s the journalist of Watergate fame. He and cohort Carl Bernstein covered… Continue Reading

Column: Celebrating each other’s quirks

In my entire life, I’ve only spent about six months living by myself. Growing up, I had my mother, father, brother and dog. In college, I always had a roommate — some good, some bad. After college, I moved to Sheridan and found a roommate so that I could afford rent. I got lucky; she… Continue Reading

Here’s to one more worthy nonprofit

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… Continue Reading

Column: Nobel awards give voice to the murmur

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… Continue Reading

Column: Books, pizza — two of my favorite things

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.… Continue Reading

Column: A personal challenge

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… Continue Reading

Column: Collaboration over competition

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… Continue Reading

Column: Gaining perspective over the years

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… Continue Reading

Remembering my favorite titles

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… Continue Reading

Landmark day for women

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… Continue Reading

Taking the time, effort to give thanks

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… Continue Reading

Little taste of life at Thorne-Rider Sunday

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… Continue Reading

No campfires, but many memories

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… Continue Reading

Baseball teams around town prompt memories

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… Continue Reading

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