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Sheridan unveils new recycling digs

June 30, 2015

SHERIDAN — With curbside recycling about a month away, Sheridan recycling center staff welcomed community members Monday afternoon to check out the upgraded facility as the city makes its final push to beginning the program on Aug. 3. The last two weeks of July, residents in single-family homes and duplexes will start receiving blue, 96-gallon Read More

State funding may fall short for mentally ill patients

SHERIDAN — State legislators and executive branch officials last week discussed cost cutting methods in regard to involuntary holds of severely mentally ill patients in hospitals around the state. The state currently has $4.4 million set aside in its two-year budget to pay for the care of mentally ill patients who have been hospitalized due Read More

Brinton to host gallery talk Wednesday

SHERIDAN — The Brinton Museum’s Assistant Curator Katie Belton will host a gallery talk titled “To Honor The Plains Nations” on Wednesday. Beginning at 10 a.m., premier exhibit of American Indian art in the new Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building’s John and Adrienne Mars American Indian Gallery at the museum will be highlighted, focusing on Read More

Vandal pleads guilty

SHERIDAN — The Story man who vandalized Whitney Commons and several other signs and buildings near Sheridan Avenue pleaded guilty in Sheridan County Circuit Court Monday afternoon. Luke Young, 19, told Judge Shelley Cundiff he and some friends — the Sheridan Police Department previously cited two minors — spray-painted a few locations June 9 and Read More

WCCC drafts 2016 budget

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Community College Commission outlined a draft budget for all community colleges in the state. If accepted by the governor and Legislature, the budget will go into effect July 1, 2016. The Commission provides coordination and accountability for the seven colleges within the state, and is tasked with setting tuition rates and Read More

Building a year-round destination

SHERIDAN — Since the purchase and sale agreement with the U.S. Forest Service was signed on June 19, the representatives for the Antelope Butte Foundation have reiterated that 2015 is the “go year.” For the first time since the revitalization of the Antelope Butte Ski Area was conceptualized, the ABF is on a financial deadline Read More

Local students attend Wyoming Girls State

SHERIDAN — Samantha Hamilton, Julie Tritschler, Anastasia Giljum, Heather Bergey, Madison Pehringer, Allison Reed and Catherine Winnop, Girls State Delegates from Sheridan County, attended the 73rd session of American Legion Auxiliary Wyoming Girls State held on the campus of Northwest College, in Powell on June 7-14. During the program, which is operated in accordance with Read More

Probation, counseling for man in domestic fight

SHERIDAN — A man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for domestic battery in Sheridan County Circuit Court Monday after his housemate pleaded not guilty to the same charge. Judge Shelley Cundiff suspended a 60-day jail sentence for David Williamson, 39, of Sheridan in favor of probation and counseling at Volunteers of America. Williamson Read More

Veteran had 43 homes during his service to country

June 29, 2015

SHERIDAN — “It was an adventure,” Gerald Erpelding said of the two years he spent traveling the country as a private in the U.S. military. Now 87, the World War II and Korean War veteran looked back on 1946, the 18th year of his life, when he left his work as an airplane mechanic in Read More

What are your Fourth of July plans?

SHERIDAN — Firework shows will be available for the whole county July 4, but some people may have to drive a bit to get there. Connor Battlefield State Park in Ranchester will host live music starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. That’s when Gary Small & the Coyote Brothers start playing the blues, rockabilly, surf and Read More

Arrest made in Whitney Commons vandalism case

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Police Department last week arrested a man authorities allege vandalized Whitney Commons. Luke Young, 19, of Story was arrested and jailed Thursday evening. He was charged with destruction of property $500-$1,000. Last week, SPD cited two minors for vandalism in relation to the case. On June 10, residents awoke to notice Read More

Play tennis this week at ParkFit

SHERIDAN — The weekly afternoon outdoor fitness sessions, Sheridan ParkFit, will continue Wednesday with tennis at Thorne-Rider Park. Each Wednesday through Aug. 26 free community workouts will be offered at a variety of parks. All members of the community are invited to attend. This year, points will be given for each activity you attend and Read More

Rapid Creek Rangers to perform at the WYO

SHERIDAN — Summertime in Sheridan means lots of celebrating and getting together with friends old and new. It also means that the Rapid Creek Rangers are coming to town. In the early 1970s, a group of local kids formed a band covering songs made famous by musicians such as the Beatles, James Taylor, Carole King, Read More

Wyoming Wednesday to feature Kim Fuka

SHERIDAN — Wyoming Wednesday programs will continue Wednesday and run through July. Activities will take place at 10 a.m. each Wednesday in June and July at the Wyoming Welcome Center located off the Fifth Street exit on Interstate 90. Wyoming Wednesday offers informative, interpretive programs about the Sheridan area and Wyoming. Emphasis is placed on Read More

Hospice of the Big Horns named 2015 Hospice Honors Elite recipient

SHERIDAN — Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Hospice of the Big Horns has been named a 2015 Hospice Honors Elite recipient for scoring above the national average on post-care surveys. Hospice of the Big Horns provides service for terminally ill patients and their families when the focus of care shifts from curing illness or extending life, to Read More

SCALING BACK: County officials look for creative ways to cut the budget

June 26, 2015

SHERIDAN — County Commissioner asked department heads and elected officials in the county to cut expenses to make up for an approximate $800,000 budget shortfall. Commissioners originally faced a $2.6 million deficit but cut it down to $800,000 by pulling $1 million from their reserves, appropriating approximately $665,000 from federal funds that haven’t come in Read More

The evolution of the American front porch

SHERIDAN — Front porches are as American as apple pie, and the history of the American front porch is in some ways the history of the American people as well. From evolving status symbols and evolving functions to declining (and possibly resurging) use, the evolution of the porch is a uniquely American phenomenon. The modern Read More

Former UW basketball player opens business to help young athletes

SHERIDAN — Ever since he was young, basketball has been Aaron Tyser’s life. He was a part of two state championship teams in high school, earning multiple All-State and All-Conference accolades. He was a standout player at Sheridan College who eventually made his way to the Arena Auditorium in Laramie as a walk-on for the Read More

Digging up wildflowers could cost you

BIGHORN NATIONAL FOREST — Picking flowers is a part of life whether young or old, but gardeners should be weary when looking to take wildflowers and place them in their yard. “It is illegal to remove them by digging them up and transplanting them,” Bighorn National Forest spokeswoman Susie Douglas said. Local authorities can fine Read More

City updates maintenance and construction projects

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan will host meetings every two weeks to update the public on in-progress construction and maintenance projects. On Thursday, city staff said that while rain the last month has hampered work crews, several efforts are nearing completion or ready to get underway. • A fire hydrant installation will close North Read More

WCCC weighs tuition guarantee research

SHERIDAN — Three Casper College students presented their research on the possible effects of a tuition guarantee for Wyoming community colleges at Friday morning’s Wyoming Community College Commission meeting. The research sparked conversation among college officials about the potential future of the state’s college tuition. Basing their survey on the tuition guarantee at Cuyahoga Community College Read More

Agendas June 27, 2015

Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board 7 p.m. Thursday Lucille Alley Room Dayton Town Hall • Call to order • Approval of minutes of June 24 meeting • Approval of agenda A. Additions B. Deletions • Old business • New business A. Review, evaluation and ranking sheets for letters of interest submitted by engineering firms Read More

Wyoming Author Marjane Ambler at Sheridan Fulmer Library

SHERIDAN — Sheridan Fulmer Library will host Wyoming author Marjane Ambler in the Inner Circle on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Ambler will discuss her book, “Yellowstone Has Teeth,” and give a short visual presentation titled “Creating Community in a Hostile Environment” featuring stories and photos from her time living in the heart of Yellowstone. For Read More

Free health screening being offered for coal miners

SHERIDAN — Throughout June, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has been offering a series of free, confidential health screenings to coal miners throughout the United States. The Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Unit will be in Sheridan on Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to conduct free black lung screenings. All Read More

Ranchester to host Fourth of July celebration

RANCHESTER — The town of Ranchester will host July Fourth celebrations in the park from 4:30-10:30 p.m. Enjoy live music and a community gathering in the Connor Battlefield State Park, followed by a fireworks celebration at dark. Live music with Gary Small and the Coyote Brothers starts at 4 p.m. Boat races, with cash prizes Read More

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