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House District 29 decided by just 22 votes

House District 29 decided by just 22 votes

SHERIDAN — Rep. John Patton, R-Sheridan, went to bed last night thinking he’d lost the race for House District 29 in the primary election by eight votes. With 29 out of 29 precincts reporting, his challenger, Ptolemy Data Systems CEO Ryan Mulholland, was ahead by eight votes. However, the addition of absentee ballots to the… Continue Reading

SCSD1 obtains property after ‘long saga’

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 1 will soon officially own a small strip of land they have been using but due to a surveying mistake made in the 1960s did not technically own. In what SCSD1 Business Manager Jeremy Smith described as “the end to a very long saga” the board of directors voted… Continue Reading

Mark Jennings unseats Kathy Coleman in HD 30

SHERIDAN — Although candidate Mark Jennings pulled in 65 percent of the votes in the race for House District 30, he said he realizes there’s still an election coming, and he plans on continuing to get out to get to know his potential constituents. “I view it like there’s still an election to be had.… Continue Reading

Backcountry Horsemen to meet Tuesday

SHERIDAN— The Cloud Peak chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Dwight French. A steak fry and potluck will be served. Jim Pratt, the treasurer for the State Backcountry board will be there to answer questions. To be included in the head count… Continue Reading

Don King Days set for Labor Day weekend

SHERIDAN— The annual Don King Days is set to kick off Aug. 30 with the World Champion Blacksmiths Contest. The gates open at 9 a.m. both Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 for the contest. On Aug. 31, the introduction of ropers, riders, players and horses will be at 11 a.m. with the Calcutta beginning at… Continue Reading

Press to appeal ruling in SCSD2 case

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Press will appeal a 4th Judicial District Court decision regarding the legality of closed sessions held by the Sheridan County School District 2 board of trustees. The appeal was filed with the Wyoming Supreme Court and was sent to the 4th Judicial District Court for filing on Monday. The appeal is… Continue Reading

Clearmont residents discuss animal ordinance

CLEARMONT — Nearly one-sixth of the population of the town of Clearmont attended the Clearmont Town Council meeting Monday to discuss proposed changes to the town’s animal ordinance, which currently does not allow livestock, chickens, rabbits and similar animals within town limits. Mayor Chris Schock said the ordinance is not very well followed or enforced,… Continue Reading

Bighorn elk hunters asked to assist with brucellosis surveillance

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — In cooperation with the Wyoming State Veterinarian’s office, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will conduct brucellosis surveillance in the Bighorn Mountains by collecting blood samples from hunter harvested elk this fall. WGFD officials are asking successful elk hunters to assist in this effort by collecting blood samples from elk immediately after… Continue Reading

Internal medicine clinic for adults to open in Ranchester today

SHERIDAN — Physician’s assistant Stephanie Sander and nurse practitioner Kim Gilbert will alternate in conducting internal medicine outreach clinics for adults (age 16 years and older) in Ranchester on Tuesdays beginning today. The clinic, operated by Big Horn Mountain Medicine, an affiliate of Sheridan Memorial Hospital, will be open on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to… Continue Reading

BNF seeking advisory committee members

SHERIDAN — The Bighorn National Forest is seeking individuals to fill openings on the Bighorn Resource Advisory Committee. The committee recommends projects and funding to improve forest health, watersheds, roads and facilities on or adjacent to the Bighorn National Forest. Committee members will be appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and must represent varied interests… Continue Reading

Student news Aug. 19, 2014

• Pfc. Gary Curtis Foster, 20, of Sheridan, graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps basic training in San Diego, California, Aug. 8. Foster successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot as one of 51 recruits. He will be home in Sheridan for 10 days leave, and then will… Continue Reading

Challengers report higher contributions than incumbents

SHERIDAN — Challengers in local races for the 2014 primary election raised more money than incumbents by huge margins for the May 12-Aug. 12 filing period. On the state level, though, candidate contributions vary more based on sources rather than total dollar amounts. The largest margins could be seen in the race for Sheridan County… Continue Reading

Primary voting: How it works

SHERIDAN — Although the word “primary” indicates something first in rank or essential to a system, voter turnout in primary elections versus general elections in America has been dropping since the 1970s, and Wyoming is no different. Records kept by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office show that voter turnout for primary elections was 42… Continue Reading

Szymanski enters race, any race, as write-in candidate

SHERIDAN — One candidate hoping to be elected to political office this fall has an unusual approach to the process — he’s asking you to elect him as a write-in candidate for whatever position you see fit. Darryl Szymanski sent out a press release Thursday afternoon making the request. “Reluctantly and belatedly no doubt, but… Continue Reading

Elected officials, 2014 hopefuls attend Reagan Day Dinner

SHERIDAN— The Sheridan County Republican Party held its annual Reagan Day Dinner Saturday night at the new Thorne Rider Campus Center at Sheridan College. Some of the notable guests included Sen. Mike Enzi, candidate for U.S. Senate Bryan Miller and Secretary of State candidate Pete Illoway. The keynote speaker was 20-year-old Charlie Kirk who has… Continue Reading

SCSD1 to host picnic Wednesday

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 1 will host a potluck picnic Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. While the event is aimed at retired SCSD1 staff, organizers said anyone is welcome to attend. Those who do wish to attend should bring a dish to share, a chair and something to drink to Scott Park in Dayton.… Continue Reading

Dayton candidates talk about growth

DAYTON — In an unprecedented race for a small town, five Dayton residents are in the running to fill two open seats on Dayton Town Council in the upcoming election. That field will be narrowed to four candidates for the general election following the primary election Tuesday. There have been times in past elections that… Continue Reading

Ancient bones found in Wyoming cave

CHEYENNE (AP) — North American lions, cheetahs and short-faced bears: Those are just a few fearsome critters from 25,000 years ago paleontologists already might have found in their first excavation of a bizarre northern Wyoming cave in 30 years. Good fossils also come in small packages: Exquisite rodent bones best examined by microscope, or even… Continue Reading

Courts waiting on Brookhouse psych evaluation

SHERIDAN — A court hearing for Paul Brookhouse remains unscheduled pending the completion of a psychological evaluation ordered through Sheridan County Circuit Court July 15. The evaluation was ordered to be completed through the Wyoming State Hospital for Brookhouse, who has been accused of killing James Lee Drake in June. Brookhouse, 57, was arrested on… Continue Reading

Cloud Peak Outdoors Center proposing new use for visitor center

SHERIDAN — At least one of the parties interested in revitalizing the former Burgess Junction visitor center has made proposed plans for the facility public. Sheridan resident Andrew Gast said his organization Cloud Peak Outdoors Center has been working with the U.S. Forest Service on a proposal that would reopen the facility as the company’s… Continue Reading

Annual Story Days celebration set for Aug. 22-24

STORY — The annual Story Days will be held Aug. 22-24 and this year’s theme is “Pastimes in the Pines.” There will be live music both Friday and Saturday night, run/walk/bike races, cook-offs, parade, vendors, plus many other events. To register for the cook-off call Debbie Woody at 763-7199. To register for the run/walk/bike race… Continue Reading

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