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Bicycle/vehicle collision on Coffeen Avenue results in fatality

May 31, 2014

SHERIDAN — At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, a man and woman riding bicycles on Coffeen Avenue about 1/2 mile south of Sheridan College were struck by a vehicle. Larry Hurst, 65, of Sheridan, died at the scene. At last report, his wife, Sara Hurst, was in critical condition at a hospital in Billings. The names of Read More

Pros, cons and controversy surround hospital and home births

May 30, 2014

SHERIDAN — Within mainstream society in the United States, women giving birth at home is often regarded odd. However, for most of human history, pregnancy and labor were not regarded as a medical emergency warranting the immediate care of a physician. Instead, the process was viewed from the paradigm that it is a natural rite Read More

Attempted abducter still at-large

SHERIDAN — The Powell Police Department reported Thursday that a man attempted to abduct two 12-year-old girls Wednesday near Northwest College. The girls reported the man attempted to pull one of the girls into his pickup truck, but they got away by kicking and biting him. The suspect is between 50 and 70 years old, Read More

A look at the history of midwifery in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — The history of midwifery in Wyoming is one that got a significant start in the court systems of Sheridan County. Today, Pat Schwaiger is a Montana-based licensed midwife and registered nurse who attends home births around the immediate region. But 20 years ago, she was sued by the State of Wyoming for practicing Read More

Local students to experience real-life government

SHERIDAN — Running for public office can be a grueling process requiring charisma, dedication, knowledge and a hint of fortuity. Starting next week, eight local high school boys selected to attend the 66th annual American Legion’s Wonderful Wyoming Boys’ State Conference will learn if they possess these qualities. The selected student delegates will participate in Read More

Tongue River Valley Community Center offers summer fun

SHERIDAN — Summer can be a busy time full of personal hobbies, extracurricular activities and community events. Conversely, it can also be a time when others slip into a slump and lack motivation to leave the air-conditioned couch. Whether seeking to learn something new, continue a year round hobby or simply add structure to your Read More

Sheridan college booster club to host flea market

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College Booster Club will host its fifth annual Community Flea Market on June 7. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome shoppers are welcome to the free flea market. Booths can be rented for the sale of items or items may be donated to the booster Read More

Science standards committee looking for members

SHERIDAN — A call has been made for all Wyoming residents interested in serving on the 2014 Wyoming Science Standards Review Committee to come forward prior to the end of the day June 14. The science standards will outline what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level. Read More

McLaughlin hosting book signing Friday

SHERIDAN — Author Kari Massie McLaughlin of Gillette will host a book signing on Friday in Sheridan. Beginning at 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Sheridan-Convention Center McLaughlin will be available to sign copies of her book “Get your troop in a group!” For more information contact Michelle Whitman at michelle@keymgc.com or 405-458-5642. The Holiday Inn Read More

Holy Name awards scholarships to graduating seniors

SHERIDAN — Holy Name Catholic Church recently awarded eight Graduating Senior Scholarships to students who are members of the parish. The scholarships of $700 may be used at any institution of higher learning. The recipients of the scholarships were all from Sheridan High School and included Madison Farr, daughter of Brian and Jennifer Farr, Morgan Read More

Severe storms forecast, flooding possible

SHERIDAN — With snow melt still running high and forecasts for severe thunderstorms this weekend, county residents need to be prepared for flooding. The National Weather Service out of Billings, Montana, has issued a flood warning for Sheridan County. Snow melt has already caused high water levels on Big Goose and Little Goose creeks and Read More

City public works department seeks efficient operations

SHERIDAN — The portions of the Sheridan Public Works Department funded mostly by enterprise funds — fees for services such as water, sewer and solid waste — presented a proposed budget at Wednesday’s City Council work session that focused on making operations more efficient in order to keep expenses, and thus fees for customers, as low Read More

Board chooses next Wyoming Business Council CEO

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The 15-member Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors chose Shawn Reese, Gov. Matt Mead’s policy director, as the agency’s next chief executive officer Thursday. Board Co-Chairman Rex Lewis said terms of Reese’s employment have yet to be negotiated. The position will pay between $120,000 and $150,000. “I am extremely excited to continue Read More

Ucross Foundation field trip brings learning to life

SHERIDAN — You’re a first-grader and you’re standing at the bus stop with a backpack full of completed homework eagerly awaiting another day of school. But today is no ordinary day of blackboards, study and desks; today is field trip day. To you, this possibly means one of two things: a welcome break from learning Read More

SAGE hosting ‘Summer Show and Sale’

SHERIDAN — The SAGE Exhibit Gallery is having a “Summer Show and Sale,” a members show from the Sheridan Artists’ Guild. There will be an artists’ reception Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. The free reception is open to the community at the gallery inside the new Sheridan Chamber of Commerce at 171 N. Main St.

Local woman recognized for national emergency management service

SHERIDAN — Michelle Lyon of Sheridan recently completed 10 months of national service with the National Civilian Community Corps as a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Corps. Lyon was one of 160 citizens who pledged their time to FEMA for the administration of emergency management and long-term recovery activities across the nation. She Read More

Bird banding at Keyhole Reservoir to be done Thursday

SHERIDAN — The seventh annual local bird banding season will commence Thursday. The banding station is located by the Keyhole Reservoir Dam at Keyhole State Park. Volunteers are needed for the banding process which involves catching the birds in mesh nets, processing them for information including wing lengths and type of bird, banding them and Read More

Sheridan College Professor Michael Flynn featured at international tuba conference

SHERIDAN — Sheridan College music faculty Dr. Michael Flynn performed as part of the featured group of the 2013 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 23-24. Flynn was selected from a pool of 300 applicants to perform. He and the Blue Lake Brass Quintet performed a brand new work written by world-renowned composer Read More

Sheridan College wins design award for Whitney Academic Center

SHERIDAN — Sheridan College’s Edward A. Whitney Academic Center was recently recognized as a “Project of Distinction” for outstanding design and architecture as part of the College Planning and Management’s 2014 Education Design Showcase. The Academic Center opened its doors in August 2013 and appeared in the April 2014 issue of College Planning and Management Read More

Hospital Pharmacy break-in

A Sheridan Police Officer points his flashlight to a damaged area on the ceiling, a possible point of entry, after the owners arrive on the scene of a possible break and entry Friday morning at the Hospital Pharmacy on Main Street. The Sheridan Police department responded to a call at 5:25 a.m. Friday by a Read More

Hospital board looks at building free-standing hospice house

May 29, 2014

SHERIDAN — Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees has approved funding for preliminary steps toward updating the hospital’s hospice program. Specifically, SMH will explore the possibility of constructing an independent hospice building to house six to eight terminally ill patients. The board authorized $22,000 to be used for conceptual research and master planning of the Read More

Ranchester continues to fight flooding

RANCHESTER — Connor Battlefield Park in Ranchester is completely under water as snow has melted and the Tongue River has risen over its banks. Town of Ranchester Head of Maintenance Tim Brewer said the park has been submerged, as it often is in the spring, since Friday. Nearby Wolf Creek Road (County Road 67) has had Read More

Multiple fires after short, destructive storm keep crews busy

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County emergency responders were out in full force Wednesday evening after a short but powerful wind storm downed trees onto power lines, creating fires and fire hazards around town. The storm ripped through Sheridan with gusts up to 75 mph just before 5 p.m., and though it lasted less than half an Read More

I-90 sees overturned semis, uprooted trees after wind storm

SHERIDAN — While many Sheridan residents sat at home without power after Wednesday’s storm blew through town, visitors and passers-by dealt with a plethora of their own problems on Interstate 90. As wind gusts peaked at 75 mph just before 5 p.m., four separate topplings created traffic diversions and road closures. A large tree uprooted Read More

Thousands of county residents lose power in storm Wednesday

SHERIDAN — Thousands of people in Sheridan County were affected by power outages Wednesday night that resulted from a cluster of wind gusts that reached up to 75 mph. Montana-Dakota Utilities Spokesman Mark Hanson said customers in Sheridan, Story, Big Horn, Dayton and Ranchester experienced outages. “We had downed power lines, broken cross arms and Read More

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