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Student news Aug. 19, 2014

August 19, 2014

• Pfc. Gary Curtis Foster, 20, of Sheridan, graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps basic training in San Diego, California, Aug. 8. Foster successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot as one of 51 recruits. He will be home in Sheridan for 10 days leave, and then will Read More

Challengers report higher contributions than incumbents

August 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — Challengers in local races for the 2014 primary election raised more money than incumbents by huge margins for the May 12-Aug. 12 filing period. On the state level, though, candidate contributions vary more based on sources rather than total dollar amounts. The largest margins could be seen in the race for Sheridan County Read More

Primary voting: How it works

SHERIDAN — Although the word “primary” indicates something first in rank or essential to a system, voter turnout in primary elections versus general elections in America has been dropping since the 1970s, and Wyoming is no different. Records kept by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office show that voter turnout for primary elections was 42 Read More

Szymanski enters race, any race, as write-in candidate

SHERIDAN — One candidate hoping to be elected to political office this fall has an unusual approach to the process — he’s asking you to elect him as a write-in candidate for whatever position you see fit. Darryl Szymanski sent out a press release Thursday afternoon making the request. “Reluctantly and belatedly no doubt, but Read More

Elected officials, 2014 hopefuls attend Reagan Day Dinner

SHERIDAN— The Sheridan County Republican Party held its annual Reagan Day Dinner Saturday night at the new Thorne Rider Campus Center at Sheridan College. Some of the notable guests included Sen. Mike Enzi, candidate for U.S. Senate Bryan Miller and Secretary of State candidate Pete Illoway. The keynote speaker was 20-year-old Charlie Kirk who has Read More

SCSD1 to host picnic Wednesday

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 1 will host a potluck picnic Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. While the event is aimed at retired SCSD1 staff, organizers said anyone is welcome to attend. Those who do wish to attend should bring a dish to share, a chair and something to drink to Scott Park in Dayton. Read More

Werner Chamber Quartet to kick off three-part classical music series

SHERIDAN — A three-concert classical music series by the Sheridan Arts Council and First Baptist Church will kick off Friday. According to Sheridan Arts Council President Jack Burke, the idea for the project came when Nick Johnson, the former executive director of the WYO Theater, told the council that the WYO would no longer include Read More

Dayton candidates talk about growth

August 15, 2014

DAYTON — In an unprecedented race for a small town, five Dayton residents are in the running to fill two open seats on Dayton Town Council in the upcoming election. That field will be narrowed to four candidates for the general election following the primary election Tuesday. There have been times in past elections that Read More

Ancient bones found in Wyoming cave

CHEYENNE (AP) — North American lions, cheetahs and short-faced bears: Those are just a few fearsome critters from 25,000 years ago paleontologists already might have found in their first excavation of a bizarre northern Wyoming cave in 30 years. Good fossils also come in small packages: Exquisite rodent bones best examined by microscope, or even Read More

Cloud Peak Outdoors Center proposing new use for visitor center

SHERIDAN — At least one of the parties interested in revitalizing the former Burgess Junction visitor center has made proposed plans for the facility public. Sheridan resident Andrew Gast said his organization Cloud Peak Outdoors Center has been working with the U.S. Forest Service on a proposal that would reopen the facility as the company’s Read More

Courts waiting on Brookhouse psych evaluation

SHERIDAN — A court hearing for Paul Brookhouse remains unscheduled pending the completion of a psychological evaluation ordered through Sheridan County Circuit Court July 15. The evaluation was ordered to be completed through the Wyoming State Hospital for Brookhouse, who has been accused of killing James Lee Drake in June. Brookhouse, 57, was arrested on Read More

Annual Story Days celebration set for Aug. 22-24

STORY — The annual Story Days will be held Aug. 22-24 and this year’s theme is “Pastimes in the Pines.” There will be live music both Friday and Saturday night, run/walk/bike races, cook-offs, parade, vendors, plus many other events. To register for the cook-off call Debbie Woody at 763-7199. To register for the run/walk/bike race Read More

ParkFit to feature fitness from the YMCA

SHERIDAN — EMIT Technologies, the Recreation District and the Wellness Council have partnered to present ParkFit 2014. Every Wednesday throughout the summer from 12:10-12:50 p.m. a free fitness class will be offered at one of the local parks. The next session will be fitness by the YMCA at Washington Park. A full schedule of ParkFit Read More

Registration open for Aug. 21-22 ASIST class

SHERIDAN — Registration is now open for the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) class to be held Aug. 21-22, from 8:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Northern Wyoming Mental Health offices, 1701 W. Fifth St. The two-day ASIST class is designed to supplement a caregiver’s abilities to assist an at risk person. This Read More

College’s indoor arena nears completion

SHERIDAN — Sheridan College is nearing completion of the SC Arena and Large Animal Science Facility, located on the north end of Sheridan, within the Wrench Ranch. “Our students and our rodeo athletes are very excited to have a large indoor space to learn and practice,” Director of Agriculture Keith Klement said. “Historically, we have Read More

SCSD1 opts for homegrown school lunches

RANCHESTER — Sheridan County School District 1 administrators have ditched the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school lunch program in favor of a more homegrown variety — at least at its middle and high schools. The federal program places strict nutritional restrictions on what the schools can serve under the program, including the number of calories Read More

Buffalo resident challenging Madden in House District 40 primary

SHERIDAN — A sense of dismay with recent legislative actions and a growing interest in seeking change through political office has led Buffalo artist and business owner Jenny Wuerker to step into the race for House District 40 against Rep. Mike Madden, R-Buffalo. Wuerker said she is not running on an agenda — she has Read More

Board: Community usage of fairgrounds up

SHERIDAN — Members of the Sheridan County Fair Association marveled at their meeting Thursday at just how busy the fairgrounds have been this season, hosting the usual events like the Sheridan WYO Rodeo and County Fair but also seeing an increase in usage from community groups and private events like weddings. “It’s all gone very well. It’s Read More

Weber pleads not guilty in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday

SHERIDAN — Robert Kelly Webster, 34, pleaded not guilty in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday to one count of felony burglary. The Sheridan County Attorney’s Office filed the charge earlier this summer in connection to the burglary of prescription medications from Hospital Pharmacy West in 2013. According to the Sheridan Police Department, information received throughout Read More

Crews respond to structure fire Thursday

SHERIDAN — Firefighters responded to a fire at Heidi’s Mobile Home Park Thursday afternoon. The fire destroyed one mobile home, but no injuries were reported. Sheridan Fire-Rescue and the Goose Valley Fire Department responded to the fire with a total of approximately 15 firefighters just after 3 p.m. GVFD Chief Bob Williams said the structure Read More

Sheridan College offering high school equivalency exams

SHERIDAN — Opportunities continue to expand for community members looking to complete their high school equivalency. The state of Wyoming now offers three tests: GED, HiSET and soon the TASC exam. The Northern Wyoming Community College District, which includes Sheridan College, Gillette College and outreach centers in Johnson County, now offers two tests, the GED Read More

Final ‘Flavor of the Week’ to feature yoga

SHERIDAN — In celebration of its fourth anniversary, the Kula Space will host “Flavor of the Week,” a weekly free class on Thursdays this summer at 5:30 p.m. Some of the free classes will request optional donations to support a local cause and suggestions of local causes to support are welcome. This week’s class will be Read More

Farmers market to feature dunk tank next week

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Farmers Market will be moved farther up Grinnell Street this Thursday, in front of The Sheridan Press, to celebrate the Third Thursday Street Festival. From 5 until 7 p.m. vendors will sell produce, arts and crafts and more as live music, children’s activities, demonstrations and nonprofit booths are hosted. In addition, Read More

Planning a community’s future

August 14, 2014

SHERIDAN — With an estimate that places the population of Sheridan over the 20,000 mark by the year 2030, a group of Sheridan residents huddled over maps Wednesday night at the Best Western Sheridan Center and drew squares, circles and dotted lines to indicate how they would like to see the city accommodate that growth. The Read More

Wyo Drifters to perform at Polka Club Sunday

SHERIDAN— The Big Horn Mountain Polka Club will meet at the Elks Lodge, 45 W. Brundage St., Sunday at 1 p.m. The Wyo Drifters will be playing polka, waltzes, two steps and round dances. The event is open to the public and costs $5 For questions call Jean Arzy at 672-3623.

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