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The Antelope Butte Foundation, whose mission is to provide accessible, affordable skiing and year-round mountain recreation and training in the Bighorn Mountains, will host public information and outreach meetings throughout the region.
The meetings are designed to give a progress report and provide information about ABF’s goal to reopen the ski area located 59 miles west of Sheridan.
Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m., and all members of the community are invited to attend.
The first meeting will be held Monday at the Tongue River Valley Community Center in Ranchester.
The TRVCC is located at 411 Dayton St. in Ranchester.
Another meeting will be held Tuesday in Sheridan at the Sports Stop store.
The Sports Stop is located at 208 N. Main St.
For more information on the organization, see www.antelopebuttefoundation.org.
The Sheridan/Johnson county chapter of the Cloud Peak Back Country Horsemen will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. All members of the community are invited to attend this free meeting. The meeting will be held at the Masonic Lodge on Cedar Street in Buffalo. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bighorn National Forest managers and members of the Forest Plan Steering Committee will meet Thursday for the annual forest plan monitoring and evaluation field trip. Participants will meet at Arrowhead Lodge at 10 a.m. before proceeding to different locations in the Tongue Ranger District. Discussion topics include wetland mitigation for the Burgess South highway project, travel management, trails, recreation sites and forest plan monitoring. The field trip will conclude around 3:30 pm at the last stop on the tour, the Hunt Mountain Gravel Pit. The field trip is open to the public. Drinking water will be provided, but participants should bring their own field gear. The group will take a lunch break at Bear Lodge at 12:30 pm. For more information, call Susie Douglas at 674-2600. Arrowhead Lodge is located at 6002 U.S. Highway 14 in the Bighorn Mountains.
Members of the University of Wyoming community and people around Wyoming have an opportunity to voice their desired qualifications and characteristics for a new UW president.
Presidential search listening sessions are scheduled on the Laramie campus and at UW-Casper with video-conferencing connections to many Wyoming communities, including Sheridan. Input gathered from the meetings will help guide the selection committee as they consider candidates.
A statewide outreach meeting, originating in Casper, will be broadcast through UW’s Outreach Video Network Monday from 5-6:30 p.m. Members of the community interested in participating can connect to the network at Sheridan College in the Watt Building, room 132.
Written comments are also currently being accepted via email at email@example.com. For more information about the presidential search, see www.uwyo.edu/presidentsearch. Sheridan College is located at 3059 Coffeen Ave.
The Sheridan VA Medical Center has organized a mental health summit to bring together key stakeholders in the community with two goals: enhancing access to mental health services and addressing the mental health care needs of veterans and their family members residing in the Sheridan area. Led by mental health professionals.
8:30-9:00 a.m. – registration
9-9:30 a.m. – welcome and description of the VA’s current services
9:30-10:30 a.m. – three breakout discussion sessions: 10 elements of recovery, mental health inpatient needs, homeless challenge
10:45-11:45 a.m. – three breakout discussions: caregiver/family support, Indian health services, homeless challenge
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – lunch on your own, poster sessions
1:15-1:30 p.m. – plenary session and housekeeping items
1:30-3 p.m. – summary of sessions, discussion
3-3:30 p.m. – closing remarks and future direction
Anyone interested in mental health issues in our community is invited to attend part or all of the summit sessions, at no cost. For more information, call Michael Berghofer at 672-3473.
The American Legion Auxiliary will host a public luncheon to introduce its new department president.
Rebecca Allred will serve as the Department of Wyoming American Legion Auxiliary president for the 2015-16 year.
Allred joined the auxiliary sponsored by her husband, Sherman Allred, a veteran of the Vietnam era. She has served as Marion Tanner Unit 29 president, two-time District 4 president and held the department offices of chaplain and vice president/membership chairman. In 2001, she received the American Legion Educator of the Year award for Wyoming.
The meet and greet luncheon will be held at the Country Kitchen at noon on Tuesday.
It is free to attend and lunch can be purchased off the menu. All members of the public are welcome.
For more information, see wylegionaux.org.
Sheridan County is hosting a community meeting to discuss issues that may be of interest to residents living in and around the community of Big Horn.
These issues include street and road maintenance, storm drainage and flood plains and service and improvement districts. Sheridan County commissioners, County Attorney Matt Redle and county public works staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss issues of interest to the residents of the area.
The meeting will be held in the Big Horn High School auditorium Tuesday from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
For more information, or if you have something you would like addressed but won’t be able to attend the meeting, call the public works office at 674-2920 or the commissioners’ office at 674-2900. Big Horn High School is located at 333 Highway 335 in Big Horn.
The Center for a Vital Community is organizing study circles on dementia beginning with a kickoff Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to be part of the community conversation to create a dementia friendly community that will include education, resources and support for those living with dementia and their care partners.
A community that is informed, safe, respectful and supportive is a place where those living with dementia can continue to live meaningful lives, study circle organizers said.
The kickoff will be held at the Whitney Academic Center at Sheridan College on Tuesday.
The study circles will meet weekly for two hours from Sept. 28 through Oct. 31.
An action forum will then close out the effort on Nov. 4 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Sheridan County YMCA.
For more information, contact the CVC at 674-6446, ext. 4203.
Sheridan College is located at 3059 Coffeen Ave.
The Sheridan Community Land Trust is gearing up for its annual Biketoberfest event, set for Oct. 10 at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will feature a four-mile fun run/walk, seven-mile trail run or 15-mile mountain bike race.
This year’s event will be a morning and afternoon event, with fun kids activities, Dominos pizza and beer from the Black Tooth Brewing Company to follow the races.
Fees are $30 for the four-mile race and $35 for either of the other two races until Oct. 3.
For additional information on the event or to see race course information, see sheridanclt.org.
The Sheridan County Fairgrounds are located at 1753 Victoria St.
A public square rosary crusade will take place at noon Saturday at the corner of Main and Burkitt streets.
Organizers encourage local residents to attend and pray the rosary. The purpose of the event is to ask for God’s blessings on the nation to help solve the country’s moral and financial problems.
An estimated 12,000 similar rallies will take place across the country on Saturday.
For additional information, contact Holy Name Catholic Church at 672-2848.
Looking for a way to show your Bronc spirit? Join fans for a Sheridan High School pep rally on Grinnell Plaza on Thursday.
From 7-8 p.m., the whole community is invited to join in the fun.
Attendees will get to meet the Bronc and Lady Bronc teams and watch the burning of the bronc head.
Activities and food vendors will be available as well.
For additional information, contact Tyson Emborg at 672-2495, ext. 3228.
SHERIDAN — The American Legion Auxiliary will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library.
The group will gather in the Inner Circle. Local students who participated in Girls State will share their experiences regarding last year’s event.
The event is open to the public.
For additional information, contact Jean Arzy at 672-3623.
The Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library is located at 335 W. Alger St.
SHERIDAN — The Powder River Basin Resource Council will conduct its annual meeting and dinner Oct. 31 at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan.
At 3:45 p.m., Sheridan attorney Tom Toner will discuss land and mineral owners’ rights in the oil and gas bust.
A social hour, music, live and silent auctions and a 50/50 raffle will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature keynote speaker Andrew Nikiforuk. The award-winning Canadian journalist will present “Citizens’ Rights, Government Accountability and Big Oil.”
The cost to attend is $35 for PRBRC members and $45 for nonmembers.
Reservations should be made by Friday.
For additional information or to RSVP, call 672-5809 or see powderriverbasin.org.
SHERIDAN — The Republican Women of Sheridan County will conduct the final meeting of 2015 on Monday.
At 11:30 a.m., the group will meet at Frackelton’s. The event is open to the public.
Outgoing President Carla Klopfenstein will present slides from the national convention and highlight her four years as president.
The election of officers for 2016-2017 will also be held.
The cost of the lunch is $18.
For additional information, contact Klopfenstein at 763-2672.
Frackelton’s is located at 55 N. Main St.
SHERIDAN — A community action forum regarding local efforts to create dementia-friendly communities will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday.
The event will be held at the Sheridan County YMCA.
It is a culmination of five weeks of community study circles on creating dementia-friendly communities. The kickoff meeting was held in September.
The event Wednesday will focus on the action steps developed by the study circles.
For additional information, call the Center for a Vital Community at 674-6446, ext. 4203.
The Sheridan County YMCA is located at 417 N. Jefferson St.
SHERIDAN — Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials are encouraging hunters who pursue big game in the hunt areas around Sheridan to attend a season setting open house Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the Game and Fish Regional Office.
“We are proposing some significant changes to the hunting season structure for deer and elk in some hunt areas, particularly those areas west of Sheridan,” WGFD wildlife biologist Tim Thomas said. “The open house on March 14 provides an opportunity for hunters and the public to learn about local wildlife populations, ask questions and visit with local Game and Fish biologists and game wardens about the proposed upcoming hunting seasons. We really encourage sportsmen to take advantage of this open house to provide input.”
The following changes are being considered:
• Areas 24 deer: To reduce regulation complexity, WGFD proposes closing the general license deer season on Nov. 30 with no extension into December. Antlerless deer harvest in December will only be on Type 6 and Type 8 doe/fawn licenses.
• Area 25 deer: Consider options for changing the deer season, with potential changes starting in 2017.
• Area 27 deer: WGFD proposes changing the general license deer season during October from “any deer” to “antlered mule deer or any white-tailed deer.” WGFD also proposes closing the general license deer season Nov. 30 with no extension into December. Antlerless white-tailed deer harvest in December will only be on Type 8 licenses.
• Area 37 elk: WGFD proposes eliminating the Type 6 September early cow elk season on national forest north of Wolf Creek Trail. This season is no longer meeting objectives. Cow elk hunting would still be allowed off national forest in September. Additionally, WGFD proposes closing the Area 37 Elk Type 6 season Nov. 30.
• Implement an Area 37 Elk Type 7 cow/calf season Dec. 1–31 off national forest. This season is intended to address damage issues on private lands with a limited number of hunters. This license type and season structure will be closely monitored to see if it addresses our goals.
Area 38 elk: Due to high elk numbers observed this year, WGFD proposes the Area 38 Type 4 license be valid in the entire area during the whole season. WGFD will likely return to the traditional restriction on this license type in subsequent years.
If you are unable to attend the open house, written comments may also be mailed to: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Attn: Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604. Individuals may also provide comments by going online at: wgfd.wyo.gov and clicking on “Get Involved” and the “Public Meetings” tab. All written comments must be received by 5 p.m. March 25 and are provided to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and field personnel for review.
Public meeting to provide an update on the proposed Lodge ATV Connector Trail project, to connect the lodges in the northern Bighorn Mountains.
District ranger Amy Ormseth will recount the history of the project, share input from the fall 2015 public comment period, and describe alternate routes the agency has considered for motorized recreation opportunities in the Burgess Junction area.
More information about the project is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project+45472.
Join Sheridan’s participation in the statewide walk for DisABILITY Awareness Month! Registration and the walk itself will be at the Sheridan Junior High School outdoor track (enter the school campus from Clarendon Avenue). Free and open to all.
For more information, call Dawna Romeo at RENEW, (307) 672-7481.
In case of bad weather, the walk will be held in the gymnasium.
RANCHESTER — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce will present a Chamber Coffee on Wednesday, March 31 at 8 a.m. at the brand new Ranchester Mercantile in Ranchester.
“Our Chamber Coffees are a great opportunity to provide businesses and residents throughout the county an opportunity to get together and talk about issues that may be affecting their businesses and other things happening in the surrounding communities,” said Dixie Johnson, Chamber CEO.
The coffee is open to the public and will be held in the Ranchester Mercantile, located at 254 U.S. Highway 14, across the street from the Ranchester Information Center.
Everyone is invited to Ranchester to enjoy coffee, goodies, discussion and networking.
For more information, call the Chamber at 672-2485.
SHERIDAN — Are you a descendant of someone who lived and/or worked in the mining communities north of Sheridan?
If so, you are invited to a meeting to plan the Monarch/Underground Miners Picnic. The meeting will take place March 30 at 5 p.m. in the Inner Circle at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library.
The picnic used to be an annual event and plans are being made to reestablish it. The picnic is scheduled to be held on July 31 at Pine Island Campground in the Bighorn Mountains.
For additional information, check the group’s Facebook page “Monarch Picnic aka Underground Coal Miners Picnic.”
SHERIDAN — City staff will host a public meeting on Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Sheridan County YMCA youth room to discuss a water meter replacement project.
The project will begin this fall. Most water meters in Sheridan County are about 20 years old and in need of replacement.
Later this year the city of Sheridan and the Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board will begin installing new water meters in approximately 9,000 locations across the county. Meter-reading infrastructure within the water service area also will be updated.
State grants will cover half of the project costs. The remaining cost of the project will be managed with a 20-year, zero-percent state loan.
According to city officials, installing meters all at once also allows for bulk purchasing, efficient use of city resources and convenient/consistent installation for citizens.
The next steps include the city hiring a vendor to design the infrastructure and to procure and install the meters.
City officials estimate that the project will begin by the end of this year. Customers will be notified when installations begin in their area so that they may schedule a convenient time for meter replacement.
To learn more, see www.sheridanwy.net or email Chad Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sheridan County YMCA is located at 417 N. Jefferson St.
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly luncheon May 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Best Western Sheridan Center.
The event includes a buffet lunch, followed by a brief business meeting and featured program.
The event is open to the public. The cost is $15 for the lunch.
For additional information, call 672-2485.
The Best Western Sheridan Center is located at 612 N. Main St.
SHERIDAN — A planning meeting for the Monarch/Underground miners picnic will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library in the Fulmer Room.
All interested parties are urged to attend.
The picnic will take place July 31 at Pine Island Campground in the Bighorn National Forest. It will be begin at 10 a.m. and continue to 5 p.m.
The Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library is located at 335 W. Alger St.
SHERIDAN — The American Legion Auxiliary will meet June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Kitchen for a no-host dinner.
Linda Orr will talk about finances and explore improvements to be made. All are welcome.
For more information contact Jean Arzy 672-3623.
Country Kitchen is located at 2617 N. Main St.
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon will take place Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.
The event will include a buffet lunch, followed by a brief business meeting and featured program.
A panel of speakers will give updates from county, city and municipal governments.
The event is open to the public. The lunch buffet costs $15 per person. No reservations are needed.
For more information call the Chamber of Commerce at 672-2485.
The Holiday Inn is located at 1809 Sugarland Drive.