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While some businesses suffer, bars get boost during March Madness

SHERIDAN — It’s no secret that office productivity declines during the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. Estimates indicate nationally, businesses will lose more than $1 billion this year in lost wages from employees during the March Madness tournament. However, not all businesses hurt during the tournament; area bars and restaurants typically get a major boost. This… Continue Reading

‘Babes with Bullets’ teach firearms

‘Babes with Bullets’ teach firearms

SHERIDAN — When Leah Engler first stepped to the line with her .22-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun, she froze. It was a classic deer-in-the-headlights moment — her hands shaking, her mind blank. Two and a half days later, Engler was weeping — with tears of victory. She had just finished Babes with Bullets, a traveling… Continue Reading

Current Measles outbreak reminder of vaccine importance

SHERIDAN — A growing, multistate outbreak of measles linked to a famous California amusement park is prompting Wyoming’s state health officer to remind families not to take vaccinations for granted. According to the Wyoming Department of Health, there has not been a case of measles reported in Wyoming since 2010. “However, the current outbreak is… Continue Reading

SF 12 to protect private property, enhance trespassing laws

SHERIDAN — Last year, several Wyoming organizations supported a lawsuit against Western Watersheds Project, Inc. after members of that group trespassed onto private property to collect data in the southwest part of the state. Gov. Matt Mead signed Senate File 12 into law March 5. The bill protects all Wyoming landowners from similar crimes being… Continue Reading

Oldman sentenced in felony battery case

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man was sentenced Friday to two to three years in prison in 4th Judicial District Court for felony battery. Arapaho Oldman, 37, was sentenced on a last minute plea deal due, in part, to a victim’s reluctance to testify. Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney Darci Phillips told the court the state… Continue Reading

Department of Health: Norovirus not just for cruise ships

SHERIDAN — Norovirus, a common but sometimes misunderstood stomach bug, is circulating in several communities around the state, according to reports received by the Wyoming Department of Health. Norovirus, also sometimes described as the “cruise ship virus,” is spread when people eat or drink contaminated food and beverages, touch surfaces contaminated with the virus or… Continue Reading

Woman attacked by dogs

SHERIDAN — Authorities confirmed that a women was bitten by dogs as she jogged Tuesday afternoon. Lt. Tom Ringley of the Sheridan Police Department said the woman was jogging near the intersection of Big Horn Avenue and Absaraka Street when she was attacked by two dogs. Ringley would not release the names of the dogs’… Continue Reading

Library to host instrument petting zoo

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library will host an instrument petting zoo in the Inner Circle on March 28 at 10 a.m. Instrument petting zoos have been offered for several years by orchestras and other entities around the country to introduce children and adults to instruments that may be otherwise inaccessible. Some instruments can… Continue Reading

Two SC Ag students earn high honors at national competition

SHERIDAN — Two Sheridan College agriculture students excelled at the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student Organization competition in Boise, Idaho, last week. Kristina Kline, a freshman from Gillette, placed first in the Horticultural Job Interview competition. Kline and Anne Van Wanrooij, an international student from Holland, together placed second in the Horticultural Team competition. Kline and… Continue Reading

ABF enters crucial fundraising stage for ski area

ABF enters crucial fundraising stage for ski area

SHERIDAN — For the past four years, the Antelope Butte Foundation has been slowly maneuvering themselves into position to reopen the Antelope Butte Ski Area as a community, nonprofit ski area, but fundraising efforts in the next six to 12 months will either make or break the project. The ABF, comprised of local volunteers, recently… Continue Reading

March : A celebration of disABILITIES

March : A celebration of disABILITIES

SHERIDAN — Celebrating the ability in all of us: that is the purpose of National DisABILITY Awareness Month and the reason for a variety of local activities being offered throughout March. “We all have disabilities or will have them in our lives,” said Ace Young, public relations and marketing officer for Rehabilitation Enterprises of North… Continue Reading

Natural gas board picks engineer for pipeline project

DAYTON — The Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board selected WWC Engineering to assist in its quest to bring a natural gas pipeline to the region. “I’ll make the motion to approve WWC just based on the pipeline experience that we need for that particular part [of the process],” board member Joey Sheeley said. The… Continue Reading

Just the girls

Just the girls

Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts from Sheridan and the Tongue River Valley recently spent a night at the Thorne-Rider Youth Camp in Story. The theme of the event was “Our Chalet in Switzerland.” The camp was the perfect setting for an imaginary trip to Switzerland, with fresh snow fall and the log lodge with a… Continue Reading

CHAPS asks local residents to adopt a horse

SHERIDAN — CHAPS Equine Assisted Therapy is asking area residents to adopt a horse. There are seven horses to choose from and an adoption includes a plaque with your name on its stall and community recognition. A partial “adoption” costs $500 per year while a full “adoption” costs $1,000. The donations are tax deductible. For… Continue Reading

March ‘Brown Bag’ seminars to focus on self care

SHERIDAN — March’s “After Hours” and “Brown Bag” seminars will focus on self care. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Lynn Gordon of the Family and Personal Counseling Center will lead the discussion. The seminars are sponsored by Sheridan College’s continuing education program. The seminars are free and open to the public with no reservations required. The… Continue Reading

Libraries to offer ‘Food for Fines’ amnesty week

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Public Libraries will offer a “Food For Fines” Amnesty Week from Sunday through March 28 at all four locations — Sheridan, Story, Clearmont and Tongue River. The purpose of the program is to give back to the community while at the same time allowing library users the opportunity to clear… Continue Reading

Sheridan man indicted in County Attorney Office arson

Sheridan man indicted in County Attorney Office arson

SHERIDAN — Officials announced Friday morning the indictment of Sheridan resident Joel Elliott in connection with the June 4, 2014, arson at the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office. After months of investigation, on March 19 Elliott was indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts: arson of building receiving federal funds; using a firearm during… Continue Reading

Rattlesnake vaccine could save your dog’s life

Rattlesnake vaccine could save your dog’s life

SHERIDAN — Picture this: You are out for a hike with your favorite four-legged fur baby on a warm sunny day. You’re off the beaten path, so Fido is off his leash. From a short distance, you hear him make a quick “yelp!” and maybe a subsequent whimper. What would you assume was wrong with… Continue Reading

Dayton history in the palm of your hand

Dayton history in the palm of your hand

DAYTON — Dayton’s 125-year history can now be held in the palm of your hand. One external hard drive contains more than 21,000 pages of historical documents — town minutes, court records, archived files and more — drafted between 1889 and 2014, Cloud Peak Scanning owners Sherri Gazdik and Nadine Gale told the Dayton Town… Continue Reading

Sheridan unemployment rate one of highest in state

SHERIDAN— Wyoming’s unemployment rates fell substantially in January, but Sheridan County still holds one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. The Research and Planning division of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported earlier this week that Sheridan County tied with Park County for the fourth-highest unemployment rate in Wyoming for January 2015… Continue Reading

Rec. District talks ball at Wednesday meeting

SHERIDAN — As baseball season approaches, the Sheridan Recreation District, which operates Webb Wright Baseball, is in negotiations with Sheridan Youth Baseball to work together this summer. SYB and the Recreation District hope to work together in the use of facilities as well as making sure as many kids get as many chances to play… Continue Reading

Sagebrush seeks submissions for juried photo show

SHERIDAN — The Sagebrush Community Art Center will host a juried photography show May 4-28 and is currently seeking submissions for the show. The cost to submit photographs is $30 for up to three entries that are due by April 1. The Best of Show photographer will be awarded $500, while first- and second-place photographers… Continue Reading

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