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Fire restrictions up, quarry moves forward

SHERIDAN— Sheridan County commissioners lifted fire restrictions in place since July 31 and the County Planning and Zoning Commission approved permits for a quarry and for gas production storage and field offices at meetings Thursday. Chiefs of the local rural fire districts recommended ending the restrictions Thursday because the recent precipitation has reduced fire risks. … Continue Reading

Plea deals, not guilty pleas entered in court

Man who allegedly stole from company pleads not guilty SHERIDAN — A man charged with defrauding a local business out of tens of thousands of dollars through a “grand scheme” pleaded not guilty to two charges Thursday. Wayne Bumbaca, 45, of Sheridan, faces one count of felony theft and a count of misdemeanor theft of services, crimes… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Overdue hunter returns home

Update: 11:30 a.m. BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — Friday at approximately 5:30 a.m., Sheridan Area Search and Rescue was activated to help locate an overdue hunter. He returned to his home at approximately 9:20 a.m. after spending the night in the mountains. The hunter has been identified as 49-year-old Story resident John Stauffer. On Thursday, Stauffer and a… Continue Reading

SC Museum of Discovery to present ‘Historic Lagerstattens’

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College Museum of Discovery will present the next offering in its lecture series Wednesday at 7 p.m. The lecture will take place at the museum and is free and open to the public. Georgia Knauss, the paleontology lead at SWCA Environmental Consultants, will present “Historic Lagerstattens — Wyoming to Germany —… Continue Reading

Tween Club to discuss animal identification

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library’s Tween Club will gather to learn about animal identification Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. The Tween Club meets every Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. Topics planned for the rest of the year include ducks, silent films, biomimicry and more. For additional information, contact the library at 674-8585. The library… Continue Reading

Chamber luncheon to include Q&A on new air service

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s new commercial air service — Denver Air Connection — will be the topic of the next Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The event is set for Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Sheridan Holiday Inn. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions regarding the new service. In addition, a special recognition… Continue Reading

Pete Simpson to teach political science class at SC

SHERIDAN — Retired historian and former Wyoming politician, Dr. Pete Simpson, will return to Sheridan College during the Spring 2016 semester to teach a two-credit political science course titled “Wyoming’s Political Identity.” The course is designed to explore the political culture of Wyoming with an eye to discovering what might be special or unique about… Continue Reading

Too many tests and too little time?

SHERIDAN — Standardized testing has increased in recent years in most classrooms across the nation and Sheridan County School District 2 is no exception. Twenty-three assessments will be taken in the district this year, according to the district’s calendar. Although not each of these is taken by all grade levels or all students, Assistant Superintendent… Continue Reading

Going on vacation? You’ll have to get your passport elsewhere

SHERIDAN — Want a passport? If so, you’ll need to head outside Sheridan County, as the local District Court Clerk’s Office no longer offers the service. Nickie Arney, the clerk of district court, explained that the county stopped processing passport applications Jan. 1. “It was because we’re just too short-staffed,” she said. “We didn’t have… Continue Reading

Vintage market set for Saturday

SHERIDAN — The Behind the Picket Fence Vintage Market will take place at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on Saturday. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event will include arts and crafts, home and garden decor, and vintage and retro finds. The market is sponsored by Red Shed Redos. For additional information, or… Continue Reading

Study circles on dementia wrap up with action forum

Study circles on dementia wrap up with action forum

SHERIDAN — It’s time to take action. Last night, The Center for a Vital Community Executive Director Amy Albrecht, along with several other members of the public, shared the findings and ideas generated through study circles on creating dementia-friendly communities with the large crowd of Sheridan residents who filled the Sheridan County YMCA. Statewide, Alzheimer’s… Continue Reading

SEEDA approves matching funds for Hallmark building project

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s vibrant arts scene will soon get another makeover as the former Hallmark building in downtown Sheridan is closer to renovations. The Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority Joint Powers board approved $200,000 in matching funds Tuesday to go along with a Wyoming Business Council grant application to improve the Hallmark building, located… Continue Reading

Ranchester requests more info on liquor license transfer

RANCHESTER — The Ranchester Town Council held off on transferring a liquor license Tuesday night and requested business representatives attend a future meeting to answer councilors’ questions. A new ownership group, doing business as Eat Street, wanted to take over the liquor license from Bernard Food Group, LLC, the group that previously ran the restaurant.… Continue Reading

Results tallied for local fire district elections

SHERIDAN — Five fire protection district board elections came and went Tuesday, and the only contested race found a clear-cut winner, according to unofficial results posted by Sheridan County. The Story Fire District had two candidates vying for one four-year term. Matt Young’s 137 votes outpaced Scott Deans, who finished with 52. Election results went… Continue Reading

ABF updates city on plans, fundraising

SHERIDAN — The Antelope Butte Foundation wants to offer affordable skiing in the Bighorns by December 2016 and continues to make strides toward that dream. ABF Executive Director and CEO Andrew Gast told the Sheridan City Council Monday night the nonprofit has raised $335,000 as part of continuing fundraising efforts and recently began minor maintenance… Continue Reading

Commissioners approve jail contract extension

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County commissioners accepted an agreement with the city of Sheridan Tuesday that has the city paying the medical bills of municipal prisoners until a long-term jail contract is reached. Sheridan County had been paying the medical expenses, though the bill had amounted to less than $1,000 since the city ended its contract… Continue Reading

VFW organizing Buddy Poppy drive

SHERIDAN — The Veterans of Foreign Wars #1560 will conducts its annual Buddy Poppy drive Friday and Saturday in Sheridan. On Friday, the group will be at the Sheridan Veterans Affairs Medical Center. On Saturday, members of the VWF will be at Kmart and Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. to noon. Buddy Poppies are made in… Continue Reading

‘Dining for A Cause’ set for Monday

SHERIDAN — The next edition of Dining For A Cause will take place Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. at Frackelton’s in downtown Sheridan. During that time, 100 percent of sales will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling… Continue Reading

Black Tooth to be focus of next e2e

SHERIDAN — Want to hear about how Black Tooth Brewing Company got started and how it advanced to where it is today? Join e2e Wyoming at the Best Western Sheridan Center at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tim Barnes will talk about the launching of the brewery as it approaches its fifth anniversary. The event is free… Continue Reading

More ‘Hunting for Bucks’ winners announced

SHERIDAN — Another week of winners has been announced in the “Hunting for Bucks” downtown shopping promotion. Shoppers entered the contest by stopping into any downtown Sheridan store with a “Hunting for Bucks” sign in the window and signing up. More than 600 entries were delivered from week four of the contest. In week four,… Continue Reading

VA nurse looks back on medic career

VA nurse looks back on medic career

SHERIDAN — Occasionally Chris Rojo runs into old service buddies from his Montana Army National Guard unit at the Sheridan Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he works. He said it’s not the same as running into just any old friend. “It opens up some old scars. It definitely does,” he said. Rojo, a registered nurse,… Continue Reading

Breakfast to support Kenyan water project set for Sat.

SHERIDAN — A breakfast to support a Kenyan water project will take place from 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. The water project will help to eradicate waterborne diseases; assist women who are responsible for fetching water for their households; reduce school dropout rates among girls; improve irrigation; and alleviate food shortages that plague… Continue Reading

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