Author Archives: Paolo Cisneros

Transit initiative visiting with respective organizations

SHERIDAN — Advocates of improved public transportation in Sheridan County are set to spend August discussing preliminary transit plans with their respective professional organizations before they reconvene in September and begin working toward implementation. “We have the right people at the table so far, and we’re looking forward to getting more people involved,” said Carmen… Continue Reading

New dealers already filling gap left by meth bust

SHERIDAN — A local man who was among more than 30 individuals arrested last summer in connection with a large-scale methamphetamine distribution network was sentenced Thursday to five to seven years in prison. Dale Lee appeared in 4th Judicial District Court this week where he became the latest in a string of convicted dealers to… Continue Reading

PRECorp seeks to raise electricity rates

SHERIDAN —Officials at Powder River Energy Corporation are seeking a 3.9 percent system-wide increase in electricity rates that they say is necessary in order to remain in good standing with important financial backers. For their part, residential customers stand to see a 7.6 percent rate increase if the changes are ultimately approved. At a meeting… Continue Reading

Unemployment rates steady in Wyoming

SHERIDAN — Monthly unemployment in Wyoming remained unchanged at 4.6 percent in June, according to data released this week by the Research and Planning Section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. That figure represents an estimated 14,086 people across the state. While government and business leaders across Wyoming have touted the need for statewide… Continue Reading

IML elects new board leadership

SHERIDAN — Officials at Inter-Mountain Labs announced this week that industry veteran Kevin Chartier has been elected the new president of the Sheridan-based company. As a 21-year employee of Inter-Mountain Labs, Chartier brings 12 years of experience as vice president to his new role. He succeeds Duane Madsen who founded the company in 1979 and… Continue Reading

Regional fires cause haze; county to enact fire ban

Regional fires cause haze; county to enact fire ban

SHERIDAN — After a particularly hazy morning in Sheridan Monday, officials at the National Weather Service Office in Billings said northern Wyoming and southern Montana could be in store for several more weeks of smoky conditions. “The bottom line is we’ve hit that time of year,” impact meteorologist Dan Borsum said. “All the fires across… Continue Reading

Local team wins national prize for mobile app

Local team wins national prize for mobile app

SHERIDAN — When the prize for a national medical technology contest was awarded last week in Baltimore, representatives of the winning team hadn’t traveled to the event from a well-known hub for innovative software development. Instead, they hailed mostly from Sheridan and surrounding communities in Wyoming and southern Montana. The honorees — representatives of Sheridan-based… Continue Reading

City, WYDOT to discuss lowering speed limits on Brundage Lane

SHERIDAN — In an effort to curb vehicle accidents at one of the city’s more dangerous intersections, Sheridan Police Chief Rich Adriaens is planning to hold preliminary discussions with officials from the Wyoming Department of Transportation regarding lowering the speed limit on a heavily traveled section of Brundage Lane. At issue is the portion of… Continue Reading

Police: Smith was stalling; city employee passenger in car

SHERIDAN — Police records recently obtained by The Sheridan Press have shed more light on the April 26 drunk driving arrest of Sheridan City Councilor Shelleen Smith. Arresting officers claimed Smith attempted to delay taking a field sobriety test after being pulled over at 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Absaraka Street and Big Horn… Continue Reading

Rodeo continues to boost local economy

SHERIDAN — Monday morning brought a much-needed reprieve for the staff of Bighorn Design on the corner of Main Street and Grinnell Plaza. Following a hectic rodeo weekend — one which owner Joan Jacobson characterized as her busiest ever — the quiet of the early morning hours was a welcome change of pace, even if… Continue Reading

Sheridan police: No surprises in rodeo weekend crime reports

Sheridan police: No surprises in rodeo weekend crime reports

SHERIDAN — Despite the usual driving under the influence and public intoxication arrests, this year’s rodeo weekend proved relatively uneventful for the Sheridan Police Department. “We expect the alcohol-related issues to happen, and they did,” Lt. Chris Dahmke said. “Overall though, I think from the amount of people (that attended) it was a pretty good… Continue Reading

Trailer fire closes I-90 exit at N. Main St.

SHERIDAN — A semi-trailer hauling a monster truck from Great Falls, Mont., to South Dakota caught fire Sunday evening resulting in minor injuries to one person and a traffic disruption that lasted approximately 45 minutes. State fire investigator Richard Embrey said the blaze was caused by the placement of liquid fuel near the pilot light… Continue Reading

Wyo. farmers, ranchers have much at stake in federal farm bill

SHERIDAN — Despite several recent setbacks, local farmers and ranchers are continuing to push for the approval of an updated federal farm bill that they say is imperative to protect their industries from unwelcome intrusion by multinational agricultural corporations. “We’re getting left in the dust,” said Bill Bensel, agricultural organizer with the Powder River Basin… Continue Reading

Councilwoman Smith pleads guilty to DUI

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan City Councilwoman arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol last spring changed her plea to guilty at a hearing Thursday in Sheridan County Circuit Court. Shelleen Smith had previously entered a written not guilty plea in the days following the incident. Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff sentenced Smith to one… Continue Reading

Mead touts energy strategy at luncheon

SHERIDAN — On the 123rd anniversary of Wyoming statehood, Gov. Matt Mead appeared in Sheridan Wednesday to reassure business owners that his office is working to ensure the continued vitality of the state’s energy industry despite the economic and political hurdles that stand in its way. “I think it is one of the defining issues,… Continue Reading

Padlock celebrates stewardship award

Padlock celebrates stewardship award

SHERIDAN — Following the announcement that the Sheridan County-based Padlock Ranch had been recognized with the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award, dozens of well-wishers flooded the property Tuesday morning for an environmental stewardship tour of the 500,000-acre property that stretches from Dayton across the Montana border. “These awards reinforce for all of us the reasons that… Continue Reading

Despite protests, Planning Commission OKs rezone

SHERIDAN — Despite objections from residents who said the plan stands to increase traffic in their neighborhood, the Sheridan Planning Commission voted Monday to recommend for approval a rezone request submitted by First Federal Savings Bank. If ultimately approved by the Sheridan City Council, the measure would reclassify about 10,440 square feet on the southeast… Continue Reading

Behind bars — Local bartenders talk business

SHERIDAN — Whether they’re pouring beers, mixing cocktails or adding up receipts at the end of the night, Sheridan’s bartenders are the men and women on the front lines of the area nightlife scene. This week their skills are set to be tested to an even greater extent than usual as thousands of visitors descend… Continue Reading

Hospital OKs three expansion projects

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to approve three capital renovation projects totaling about $332,000. Facilities for the Sheridan Women’s Clinic, Big Horn Mountain Medicine and a new urgent care track in the emergency department are set to be updated as part of the plan. Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty said… Continue Reading

Hospital board approves renovation projects

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees voted Wednesday afternoon to approve three capital renovation projects totaling about $332,000. Facilities for the Sheridan Women’s Clinic, Big Horn Mountain Medicine and a new urgent care track in the emergency department are set to be updated as part of the plan. Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty… Continue Reading

Ranchester finalizes FY14 budget

SHERIDAN — Ranchester town councilors passed their 2013-2014 budget Tuesday, and Mayor Allan Moore said the community looks to be on solid financial footing for the coming fiscal year. “We’re staying in the black pretty good,” he said. Moore said the document, which passed unanimously on its third and final reading, doesn’t feature many major… Continue Reading

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