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Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, dies at 68

June 19, 2014

SHERIDAN — Colleagues of Wyoming Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, have confirmed that the longtime state legislator died this morning at age 68. Rep. Rosie Berger, R-Big Horn, said this morning that Schiffer had been feeling ill for a couple of months, but believed it to be pneumonia. On May 31, he was diagnosed with liver Read More

Recreation district moving ahead with tennis agreement

SHERIDAN—Three main topics were discussed Wednesday afternoon when the Sheridan Recreation District held their monthly board meeting at the Sheridan Recreation Office in Thorne-Rider Park. The Sheridan Parkfit program, the Sheridan Community Softball Agreement, and the covered tennis court facilities at Thorne-Rider Park were all on the docket for the June meeting. Emit Technologies has Read More

WYDOT gathers feedback on new interchange

SHERIDAN — Representatives from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, city of Sheridan, Sheridan County and consulting firm Russell + Mills Studios gathered at the Best Western Sheridan Center on Wednesday to gather feedback from the public on designs for the proposed new North Main Street interchange. The open house style meeting included display maps of Read More

Three projects underway at SC

SHERIDAN — Construction is rolling along on time and within budget at Sheridan College and the current state of their four biggest projects was presented at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Northern Wyoming Community College District. Three projects are in active construction phases and the fourth is currently being discussed Read More

College includes raises in FY15 budget

SHERIDAN — The Northern Wyoming Community College District held a budget work session Wednesday night for discussion on the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget to be voted on July 16. Highlights of the potential budget line items include a raise for college staff and the creation of new positions. There has not been a raise Read More

Dayton approves final 2014-2015 budget

DAYTON — The Dayton Town Council on Wednesday approved on third and final readings its fiscal year 2014-2015 budget as well as the town’s annual mill levy ordinance. At the council’s last meeting, the budget total was brought up to $831,620 with the addition of costs for utilizing the services of Cloud Peak Scanning to Read More

Compromise reached on railroad quiet zone

RANCHESTER — The Ranchester Town Council on Tuesday reached what they feel is a compromise regarding the creation of a quiet zone at the train crossing on Five Mile Road (County Road 120A). Town engineer Chris Johnson said the council opted to install a wayside horn, which will sound only at the crossing. “It creates Read More

Student news

• Four Sheridan College students will compete at the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference next week including Grant Belton and Kolby Brown of Sheridan. Each student won first place in their category of competition at the state level. • Trenton Kelly of Sheridan graduated from Eastern Wyoming College last month. • Jeffery Zdziarski, Read More

Fourth annual SAGE National Juried Exhibition to be held Tues.

SHERIDAN — The Sagebrush Art Center will host the fourth annual SAGE National Juried Exhibition at the Historic Train Depot. An awards ceremony and reception will be held for the event on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to this free event and refreshments will be served. The national show runs through June Read More

Outdoor art event scheduled for Tuesday

SHERIDAN — For the next event in a series of outings celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the 30th anniversary of the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984, the Wyoming Wilderness Association will host “A Sketch of Wilderness: A Plein Air Experience” on Tuesday. Hosted in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area Read More

‘Wyoming Wednesdays’ to be offered in June, July

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Office of Tourism will host the next event in a series of events called “Wyoming Wednesdays.” Informative and interpretive programs about Sheridan are being offered at 10 a.m. most Wednesdays in June and July at the Wyoming Welcome Center. Bud Stewart of Wyoming Game and Fish will bring the WGFD  collection Read More

Next ‘Tidbit Tuesday’ to be held next week

SHERIDAN — The next offering of “Tidbit Tuesday” educational program at the Sheridan County Museum will be held next week. The program gives children and their families an opportunity to explore history together from 10 a.m. to noon every other Tuesday in June, July and August. The events are free and open to all but Read More

Warehouse 201 doors close, brewery stays open

SHERIDAN — Luminous Brewhouse, LLC, is now the sole occupant of the building located at the junction of Broadway Avenue and Grinnell Plaza. When the Warehouse 201 restaurant closed its doors this weekend amidst financial difficulties, the sudden vacancy in the building represented a bittersweet opportunity for Sheridan’s newest brewing operation. Manager of the former Read More

Tongue River Elementary project put on hold; bids too high

June 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — The development of the new Tongue River Elementary school was halted Tuesday night at the Sheridan County School District 1 Board of Trustees meeting after an update from Superintendent Marty Kobza led the board to reject all construction bids received to date. The school was to begin development this summer and the project Read More

SCSD1 parents form new advisory committee

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County School District 1 Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night in Ranchester was anything but business as usual. A group of parents attended the meeting — some with prepared speeches and some simply seeking to better understand board processes — and dominated the majority of the lengthy meeting with questions and Read More

Summer Math Challenge to start Monday

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Department of Education in partnership with MetaMetrics is trying to negate the effects of summer learning loss with new summer initiatives. The Summer Math Challenge is a math skills maintenance program based on grade-level state standards for mathematics and is set to begin Monday. The program targets students who have just Read More

YMCA’s Camp Roberts to host open house Sat.

SHERIDAN — The YMCA of the Bighorns Camp Roberts will host an open house on Saturday. The free event is open to all members of the community to get to know the camp that has been open since 2008. Activities will include mountain biking, fishing, archery, shooting, canoeing and more. Lunch will be served and Read More

‘Jim Gatchell’s Living History Day’ this Sat.

SHERIDAN — The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in Buffalo will host “Jim Gatchell’s Living History Day” on Saturday. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the museum will offer free admission and refreshments. The event will feature Basque dancers, Basque sausage, a petting zoo, corn dart throwing, a wood carver, tomahawk throwing, Pick’s Saddle Shop, Buffalo Read More

Blood drive to be held Monday, Tuesday

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Community Blood Drive is coming again Monday and Tuesday and there is currently a critical need for the O- and O+ blood types. The drive will be held at the Best Western Sheridan Center ballroom from noon to 6 p.m. Monday and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Appointments are strongly Read More

County renews contract with private ambulance firm

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County commissioners renewed the contract for services with Rocky Mountain Ambulance, LLC, Tuesday morning. The board also voted unanimously to subsidize the emergency medical service to the tune of $170,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2015. County Administrative Director Renee Obermueller explained the contract review Read More

Tandem Productions celebrating decades of theater

June 17, 2014

SHERIDAN — Spend 20 years doing anything you enjoy and the time will fly past. Just ask Richard and Tami Davis of Tandem Productions this month as they celebrate two decades of children’s theater. “We never dreamed we’d be doing it this long,” Tami Davis told The Sheridan Press on Monday. She had codirected a Read More

City, firefighters still can’t agree on new contract

SHERIDAN — IAFF Local 276 representative George Neeson continues to butt heads with the Sheridan City Council in negotiations to establish a new contract for the firefighters union. Neeson and the council spent nearly an hour Monday discussing proposed contracts and counter offers, to no avail. The city has boiled down a nearly 20 page Read More

SCSD2 to submit plan for Ft. Mackenzie restructuring

SHERIDAN — Fort Mackenzie High School missed the Adequate Yearly Progress target for graduation rates for the sixth consecutive year and as a result they are now labeled a “School in Improvement” under the requirements of No Child Left Behind. As such, the school is now required to submit a restructuring plan for consideration to Read More

City adopts two year budget for first time

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan, for the first time, adopted a two-year budget Monday, signaling hope for economic recovery by planning for slight increases in the general fund budget compared to the current fiscal year. For FY2015, which begins July 1, the city budgetted for $11.2 million in general fund revenues, compared to the Read More

SCSD2 renews contract with ACE program

SHERIDAN — Since the fall of 2007 the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies have partnered with Sheridan County School District 2 to provide services to suspended students via the ACE program. Accountability Change in Education houses students instead of participating in out-of-school suspensions and VOA Division Director Todd Richins said this ensures a safe situation Read More

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