Local News

County reviews budgets, hears from resident on Darby Pledge

August 20, 2014

SHERIDAN — County Administrative Director Renee Obermueller told county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday that conservative budgetting and strict adherence by department heads to their budgets has lead to an approximately $2.38 million budget overage for fiscal year 2013-2014 that will be carried over into this year’s budget to reduce the amount that will need Read More

Incumbent commissioners move forward to general, challenger Fox eliminated

SHERIDAN — Three incumbent county commissioners will move forward to the general election for three open seats on County Commission following results from the primary election Tuesday. Commissioners Terry Cram, Steve Maier and Bob Rolston pulled ahead of challenger Dennis Fox, who was running on a platform of lower taxes and financial restraint. Fox pulled in Read More

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 Read More

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. Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Press to appeal ruling in SCSD2 case

August 19, 2014

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 Read More

Luck of the draw — First lottery ticket to be sold here

SHERIDAN — The first lottery ticket to be sold in Wyoming will be sold to Mary Ogg, 67, of Sheridan on Sunday at noon. Ogg won the drawing held by the Wyoming Lottery Saturday. She was chosen randomly from among the more than 27,000 entrants in a giveaway the Lottery created to promote its upcoming Read More

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, Read More

Increased revenues, decreased expenditures could indicate economic uptick

SHERIDAN — Although only one month into its new fiscal year, the city of Sheridan is reporting increased revenues and decreased expenditures, potentially indicating the uptick in the economy that was hoped for earlier this year when City Council adopted a general fund budget for the year that was $500,000 more than the previous year’s budget. Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Challengers report higher contributions than incumbents

August 18, 2014

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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. Read More

Werner Chamber Quartet to kick off three-part classical music series

SHERIDAN — A three-concert classical music series by the Sheridan Arts Council and First Baptist Church will kick off Friday. According to Sheridan Arts Council President Jack Burke, the idea for the project came when Nick Johnson, the former executive director of the WYO Theater, told the council that the WYO would no longer include Read More

Dayton candidates talk about growth

August 15, 2014

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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