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Unemployment rises .5% since Nov.

January 29, 2014

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County’s unemployment rate for December 2013 rose slightly to 4.9 percent, up 0.5 percent from the previous month. Statewide, the unemployment rate averages 4.4 percent, a figure that is unchanged from November, but 0.5 percent lower than the same months in 2012. Senior Economist for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Research Read More

New phone scam hits Sheridan

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Police Department issued a warning Tuesday after reports of a phone scam featuring a caller who claims to be a local police officer and then solicits funds. The SPD does not conduct fundraisers for any of its services. In a press release, Sgt. Travis Koltiska revealed a caller notified the police Read More

Water line break at the Children’s Center causes over $100k in damages

SHERIDAN — A water line at the Children’s Center caused more than $100,000 in damage last month. The line associated with an upstairs bathroom broke within the facility the weekend of Dec. 14 and was discovered by staff Monday morning. By that time, the facility had four to six inches of standing water pooling on Read More

Sheridan County’s StormReady recognition renewed

SHERIDAN — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service in Billings has renewed Sheridan County’s StormReady recognition for its continued support of improved communications and an increased level of severe weather awareness. StormReady encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness, and arms communities with Read More

Sadie Clarendon named to dean’s list

SHERIDAN — Southwestern University in Texas, has announced their fall 2013 semester dean’s list. To be selected for the list, students must have at least a 3.6 grade point average while taking at least 12 credit hours of courses and be in good standing with the university. Sadie Clarendon of Story was named to the Read More

‘Jentel Presents’ to be held Tues.

SHERIDAN — Jentel Artist Residency Program will host the next “Jentel Presents” on Tuesday. “Jentel Presents” is a community outreach program that features visual presentations and readings by artists at the residency. This month’s presenters include a photographer, a fiction writer, a mixed media artist, an oil painter, a poet and a printmaker. The free Read More

Super fan Lori Roe is ready for the game, are you?

SHERIDAN — Denver super fans are not hard to find in Sheridan. Enthusiasts like Kay Roush decorate their offices and collect gear to wear all year. Another Broncos fanatic also has a shrine of blue and orange — some may call it a throne — but in a much more unusual place. Sheridan resident Lori Read More

Rep. Coleman: Medicaid expansion would grow already broken system

January 28, 2014

SHERIDAN — Over the 2013 interim session for the Wyoming Legislature, the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee tackled several issues including Medicaid expansion and how to define what constitutes misconduct in order to disqualify workers for unemployment insurance. It was hoped by many state residents that the committee would propose a bill to address Read More

Education proponents discuss plans

SHERIDAN — Local educators, government representatives, members of philanthropic foundations and others gathered last night at the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center last night to discuss education issues in Sheridan and Johnson counties. The event was hosted by Whitney Benefits with the intent of bringing various stakeholders together to hear from education administrators about the Read More

Broncos fever sets in for super fan Kay Roush

SHERIDAN — The boys in blue and orange are headed to the big game this weekend and Sheridan has Broncos fever. While some may simply be swept up in the excitment, for some fans, this is a life- long passion at its finest. Super fans are everywhere, hiding among us as average citizens. But when Read More

Children’s Center board fails to address parental concerns at Monday meeting

SHERIDAN — Three parents attended Monday’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Children’s Center in order to address the board of trustees about concerns related to the quality of child care provided by the center. Approximately two hours into the meeting, board chair Robert Wyatt opened the floor for public comment, but by that time, Read More

Akcita Win to host next meeting Feb. 4

SHERIDAN — Akcita Win will host their next meeting Feb. 4 in the Trails End Motel meeting room. Georgia Boley from Journey’s Center of Wellbeing will address the nutritional services for disease prevention and treatment as well as dietary adjustments for good health in a presentation titled “It’s not just corn, peas and green beans Read More

Casting for Recovery seeking applicants for 2014

SHERIDAN — Casting for Recovery, a two and a half day free retreat awarded to 14 women of Wyoming who are breast cancer survivors, will be held July 25-27. The fourth annual event includes fly-fishing instruction, breast cancer information and other tools for healing and socializing, including a psycho-social therapist, a health care professional and Read More

‘Leap into Leadership’ to be held Feb. 27

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus invites all community members to attend “Leap into Leadership 2014” on Feb. 27 and 28 in Cheyenne. The caucus will feature national experts on women in politics, campaign planning and board governance workshops and a roundtable discussion of women in Wyoming politics. A dinner will be held on Read More

Sheridan flights take a nose dive

SHERIDAN — Commercial air service in and out of Sheridan has taken a metaphorical nose dive since October, and this month’s numbers are promising to be the worst on record for canceled flights. A task force of concerned citizens and business entities from Sheridan and Johnson counties is looking for ways to rectify the situation. Read More

Duprey receives leadership award

January 27, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Sheridan pastor Lt. David Duprey received the Admiral Zumwalt Award for Visionary Leadership at the 26th Annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium. Duprey is a chaplain assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. “It is a tremendous honor to receive this award and I will accept the award on Read More

Enzi got start in service group; pitches ‘Penny Plan’

SHERIDAN — U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, stopped in Sheridan on Saturday to serve as keynote speaker at the Wyoming State Convention of the Jaycees, an organization that promotes leadership and community service for people ages 18-41. Enzi said he was honored to be speaking for the organization that launched him into politics. As president Read More

Cost of cigarettes could rise as anti-tobacco advocates seek tax increase

SHERIDAN — Anti-tobacco advocates are working to introduce a bill during the upcoming session of the Wyoming State Legislature to increase taxes on tobacco products by 5 cents per cigarette, or $1 per pack. While the hypothetical revenue generated by the measure could be used to help offset the state’s shrinking budget, an equal motivator Read More

Republican Women of Sheridan County seeking college scholarship applicants

SHERIDAN — The Republican Women of Sheridan County are seeking applicants for their college scholarship program. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a registered female Republican resident of Sheridan County who is planning to attend a junior college, college, university or vocational trade school. Interested individuals should contact a RWSC member at least a Read More

‘Postcards of the Past’ scheduled for Feb. 2

SHERIDAN — The Story Historical Society will present “Postcards of the Past” on Feb. 2. George Lunbeck will conduct the program focused on photographer Lou Larson of Story. The free presentation is open to everyone and will commence at 1:30 p.m. Cookies and coffee will be served. The meeting will take place at the Story Read More

‘Big Horn Country USA’ coming to Sheridan this summer; tickets on sale

SHERIDAN — Tickets are now available for the “Big Horn Country USA” three-day camping and country music festival. Sheridan will host national performing artists including Lady Antebellum, Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, Joe Nichols and Brett Eldredge, along with several other national and local musicians on June 19-21. More than 1,000 campsites are available at the Read More

Bear Lodge offering snowmobile activities and training

SHERIDAN — A variety of snowmobile activities will be offered at Bear Lodge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday including on-snow avalanche training. “Ride Rasmussen Style,” an all-day snowmobiling class taught by Bret Rasmussen, will feature technical riding skills and boondocking fun. The course will be offered Thursday and Friday at 9 a.m. with an 8:30 Read More

Martin honored for community service

SHERIDAN — Sheridan resident Jarod Martin was recognized with one of the Jaycees highest honors at the annual state convention at The Black Tooth Brewing Company on Saturday night. Martin was awarded the Junior Chamber International Senatorship at Saturday night’s event. The Jaycees is an international civic organization for young adults ages 18 to 40 Read More

Patton still passionate about Wyoming education

January 24, 2014

SHERIDAN — Rep. John Patton, R-Sheridan, has served several spans over the last five decades in Wyoming’s Legislature and is as passionate as ever about seeing state lawmakers operate efficiently and education systems operate in ways that will best serve the needs of the state’s youth. Over the years, he has sat on a variety Read More

Second Chance Cat Rescue hosting ‘Spayghetti and No Balls’ dinner

SHERIDAN — The Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue is hosting a fundraising dinner “Spayghetti and No Balls” on Jan. 31. Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Powder Horn Clubhouse, the evening will feature an Italian buffet, live entertainment from Mick Johnson, a silent auction, door prizes and a grand prize drawing for a diamond necklace Read More

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