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Press seeking nominations to honor young professionals

Press seeking nominations to honor young  professionals

SHERIDAN — Do know a rockstar in the Sheridan area that could use a little recognition? The Sheridan Press is once again accepting nominations for its “20 Under Forty” special feature to be published in early October. The median age in Sheridan County is nearly 42 years old. Members of the mature generations are often… Continue Reading

Man gets 2.5-4 years prison for using meth around baby

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man who used methamphetamines around his 1-year-old son was sentenced to 2.5 to four years prison in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday. Jamie Buskirk, 38, previously pleaded guilty to child endangerment for possessing and using drugs in the presence of his young son in April 2015. Hair samples taken from the… Continue Reading

Museum to host free weekend, switch to fall hours

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Museum will host its fall community appreciation weekend Saturday and Sunday. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offer free admission both days. In addition, visitors will receive a 20 percent discount on most items in the museum mercantile. The musuem will also be open… Continue Reading

SD man pleads not guilty to felony theft

SHERIDAN — A South Dakota man who faces two separate felony cases in Sheridan County pleaded not guilty to the first in court on Thursday. Michael Paul Jurkowski, 30, of Spearfish, entered his plea to a charge of felony theft in 4th Judicial District Court. In another case, prosecutors allege Jurkowski lived and worked in… Continue Reading

Whitaker pleads not guilty to forgery, theft

SHERIDAN — A man prosecutors say burglarized vehicles and forged signatures using stolen credit cards pleaded not guilty to four charges Thursday in 4th Judicial District Court. Isaac Whitaker, 35, of Sheridan, faces three felonies — two counts of forgery and one burglary count — as well as misdemeanor theft. If found guilty, he could… Continue Reading

Spaces still available for Red Grade Writers Workshop

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — Spaces are still available for the Red Grade Writers Workshop set for Sept. 9-13 at the Spear-O Wigwam Mountain Campus west of Sheridan in the Bighorn Mountains. The workshop will be conducted by award-winning author Sarah Suzor and will consist of multiple creative writing exercises and prompts for participants in every genre:… Continue Reading

Big Horn Heritage Days set for Saturday

BIG HORN — The annual Big Horn Heritage Days celebration will be held Saturday in downtown Big Horn. The event will include a chuckwagon cook-off, live music featuring Rick Geisler and the Outlaws, tethered hot air balloon rides and food and drink specials at local eateries and bars. For additional information, call Doug Meier at 655-5622. Continue Reading

Hot Bike Tour coming to Sheridan Sept. 12

SHERIDAN — A free Hot Bike Tour will come to downtown Sheridan on Sept. 12 from 5-9 p.m. The event will include a bike build-off, street team stunt show, ride-in bike show, live music, vendors, giveaways and more. The event will be held near Main Street and Grinnell Plaza. For additional information, see Continue Reading

WYDOT: North Main Interchange project to begin in ‘16

WYDOT: North Main Interchange project to begin in ‘16

SHERIDAN — Three miles of Interstate 90 will be replaced starting in 2016 to improve the interchange at North Main Street. State officials have set the total project cost at approximately $55 million. Wyoming Department of Transportation spokeswoman Ronda Holwell said that should be close to the total project cost. “That’s the WYDOT cost, the… Continue Reading

Rapid Creek fire consumes half acre

SHERIDAN — Firefighters contained a human-caused, half-acre fire in the Bighorn National Forest Wednesday afternoon. Two volunteers at the Big Goose Ranger Station called in the Rapid Creek fire at approximately 2:30 p.m. Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service and a county outfit utilized a single-engine air tanker and a state helicopter to drop fire… Continue Reading

Sex ed continues to be a touchy subject

Sex ed continues to be a touchy subject

SHERIDAN — The birds do it. The bees do it. And few in local schools want to talk about it. Yet, according to a 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 47 percent of high school students in Wyoming reported ever having sex. A dreaded topic for teenagers and school officials alike, sex education standards remain ambiguous… Continue Reading

Patients benefit from SMH’s trauma designation

SHERIDAN — Sheridan Memorial Hospital was again granted designation as an Area Trauma Hospital by the Wyoming Department of Health/Wyoming Trauma program following a site review conducted in April 2015. The Wyoming Department of Health emphasizes the importance of established trauma systems to patient care. One of the advantages of being part of a trauma… Continue Reading

Landon’s to host miniature gardening workshop

SHERIDAN — Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery will host a miniature gardening workshop on Saturday. Kids and adults alike can get creative and get their hands dirty with the hands-on workshop. Attendees will design and plant their own miniature gardens using supplies from the business. The only cost is for materials used. To sign up, call… Continue Reading

People Assistance Food Bank to hold food drive

SHERIDAN — The People Assistance Food Bank will host a food drive over the Labor Day weekend. On Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. representatives from the organization will be collecting donations at Albertson’s, Kmart, Ridley’s and Warehouse Market. Representatives from the food bank will also be on hand at Ridley’s on… Continue Reading

Next offering of Conversations in History set for Wed.

SHERIDAN — The next offering in the Conversations in History program will be held Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Sheridan Senior Center. Helen Laumann will lead a free discussion on “The History of the Sugar Factory and Raising Sugar Beets in Sheridan County.” The event is sponsored by the Sheridan County Historical Society. For… Continue Reading

Proposed aquatic center inches closer to reality

SHERIDAN — A proposed new indoor aquatic center may take another step closer to reality this month. The Citizens for Community Recreation could receive the deeded land located south of the YMCA on the current soccer fields to build a $12.5 million facility sometime this month. Sheridan YMCA Executive Director Jay McGinnis said while it… Continue Reading

Archaeological society to meet Thursday

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan-Johnson County chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sheridan Holiday Inn in the Le Gourmet room. Dinner will be ordered from the menu, however it is not necessary to order dinner to attend the free program. Following the dinner, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Christine… Continue Reading

Ranchester shuts off water to non-paying residents

RANCHESTER — After sending letters to more than 10 Ranchester residents for not paying their water bills some residents are getting cut off. During the Town Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Peter Clark said two of those people still hadn’t paid their bills and the town shut off water to one customer. “We have one that… Continue Reading

Scholarship being offered to teachers

SHERIDAN — SR Education Group, an education research publisher, recently announced a new graduate school scholarship for teachers. The scholarship is open to all U.S. teachers currently attending or accepted into graduate school. All SR Education Group scholarships are need-based and will be awarded to the applicant who shows the most financial need. Applications are… Continue Reading

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