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Missing Democrat leads to chaos in Montana Senate

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate erupted into chaos Friday when shouting Democrats pounded their desks in an attempt to drown out their Republican counterparts while they voted on bills and ignored Democratic attempts to stall the chamber. The brouhaha brought a noisy end to the session’s early promises of compromise and bipartisanship —… Continue Reading

Gov. Matt Mead headed to Middle East

Matt Mead says he’s heading to the Middle East for a weeklong trip to meet with energy industry officials about research that’s going on at the University of Wyoming. Mead says he’s leaving Saturday, but declined to say exactly where he’s going because of security concerns. Mead says he’ll be able to release more details… Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton headlines NY women’s conference

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a rousing speech Friday about improving the future of women across the globe, gave no hint of plans for her own future. But that didn’t mean everyone in the audience wasn’t thinking about it. “Of course, the big question now about Hillary is what’s next,” quipped Tina… Continue Reading

Parents must get involved

As a Sheridan County School District 1/Tongue River parent, I would like to offer a letter of support to teachers and staff within our district. Thank you for your time and efforts in teaching and listening to our students. The children in our community spend the largest part of their weekdays with you in school and… Continue Reading

Obama beholden to Wall Street

bama beholdento Wall StreetRe: Contrary to image Is President Obama’s administration governing mainly for the benefit of Goldman-Sachs and their friends?I recall being surprised about four years ago when I read a short piece in “Mother Jones” magazine that said Goldman-Sachs had given substantially more money to Obama’s 2008 campaign than to the campaign of… Continue Reading

Truth — stranger than fishing

I’ve always thought of myself as a person who disliked politics. Maybe it’s because my naiveté on the subject makes me uncomfortable with it, but I feel like if a person has the right heart, they shouldn’t take any issue with exposing it. And if people don’t agree, at least they can have mutual respect.… Continue Reading

The president’s feeble and patronizing salary gesture

At the annual White House Easter Egg Roll last week, President Obama decided to shoot some hoops with the kids, and wound up going only 2-for-22. The abysmal field goal percentage — 9 percent — would get him hooted out of any neighborhood rec center. Yet even that paltry percentage is better than Obama is… Continue Reading

Forward Sheridan working to create consistent message

The objective of Forward Sheridan is to create a consistent economic message about Sheridan. To accomplish this objective the group is hosting Janet Ady, a nationally recognized site selector on April 16-17.Ady has been engaged by the Wyoming Business Council to evaluate many communities in order to identify their strengths and weaknesses and we are… Continue Reading

Judge OKS $4M for Mont. town asbestos attorneys

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A state judge has ruled that lawyers for victims of asbestos exposure in a contaminated Montana town are entitled to more than $4 million in fees and expenses out of a $19.6 million settlement with chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace and Co. Some victims had objected to the amount as excessive. They… Continue Reading

Salazar: Cape Wind could break ground this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday he is optimistic that the nation’s first offshore wind farm will break ground this year after more than a decade of delays. “I think there’s a good chance it will happen before the end of the year,” Salazar said in an interview with The Associated Press… Continue Reading

Seniors can ‘Unleash the Power’ at camp

SHERIDAN — May celebrates older Americans through the 2013 theme: Unleash the Power of Age.To celebrate the power of older Americans in our community, the Sheridan Recreation District. Carriage House, Sheridan YMCA and the Sheridan Senior Center have teamed up to offer a series of camps for campers age 55 years and older. The camps… Continue Reading

Building reservoirs

My granddad staked my dad to a new D7 Caterpillar with a cable operated dozer in 1937. Under President Roosevelt’s program the Agricultural Adjustment Act the ranchers were were paid 15 cents a yard to build reservoirs on their property. My dad charged the rancher 12 cents a yard and the rancher got to keep… Continue Reading

Obama seeks deal, proposes cuts to Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking an elusive middle ground, President Barack Obama is proposing a 2014 budget that embraces tax increases abhorred by Republicans as well as reductions, loathed by liberals, in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs. The plan, if ever enacted, could touch almost all Americans. The rich would see tax… Continue Reading

Lady Thunderbirds rally past Sheridan

SHERIDAN — Robbi Ryan scored two first-half goals to give the Sheridan girls soccer team a 2-1 lead, but the Cheyenne East girls scored four unanswered goals to give the Lady Thunderbirds a 5-2 win in Cheyenne.“We had a pretty poor defensive effort,” said Sheridan coach Tom Racette. “We didn’t adjust to how they were… Continue Reading

Cowboys hold 1-hour scrimmage in practice

LARAMIE (AP) — Wyoming concluded its second week of spring practice on Friday with a one-hour scrimmage. The Cowboys got in right at 100 plays during the scrimmage, with the offense generating 559 yards passing and 120 rushing for 679 yards of total offense. The offense did not commit any turnovers. Continue Reading

McIlroy pulls within 3 shots of lead inTexas Open

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Rory McIlroy didn’t anticipate an encounter with the native plant life when he signed up for the Texas Open. Despite just such a happening on Friday, the world’s No. 2 golfer matched the low round of the day with a 5-under par 67 and moved within three shots of leader Billy… Continue Reading

Three BH athletes fare well at Spearfish meet

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn track team had three athletes post state qualifying marks at the Queen City Classic in Spearfish, S.D., Friday. Christian Mayer broke the tape at 11.54 seconds in the 100-meters which was good enough for eighth at the meet. Matthew Wigglesworth took seventh in the 110 hurdles with a time of… Continue Reading

Eisele shoots a 94 to lead BH girls in Worland

SHERIDAN — Alex Eisele fired a 94 to lead the Big Horn girls to a second-place finish in the opening tournament of the season in Worland. Eisle’s score was good for a fourth place finish. Kaleigh Anderson shot a 103 and Taylor Nance carded a 106 to round out the Lady Rams score. Continue Reading

Edeen shines for SHS girls

SHERIDAN — Gabby Edeen won the 100 and 200 meters in Casper Friday at the Trojan Invitational and Shayla Christensen claimed first in the shot put to lead the Sheridan girls track team to a second-place finish.Edeen posted times of 13.58 seconds in the 100 and 27.68 in the 200 to qualify for state in… Continue Reading

New ‘broad spectrum’ best when choosing sunscreen

Help is on the way to consumers confused by the jumble of sun protection numbers, symbols and other claims on sunscreens. Starting this summer, consumers can start looking for SPF 15 bottles with the label “broad spectrum” and feel confident they’re being protected from an increased risk of cancer. Currently, standards of protection apply only… Continue Reading

Planting trees, shrubs and perennials

Early springtime is a good time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials in Wyoming. Trees, shrubs, and perennials need time to recover from transplant shock before hot weather sets in and to establish new roots before next winter. Because this time of the year is cooler and wetter there is less stress on plants and… Continue Reading

Getting green Earth Day April 22

Seventy-three percent is the amount of energy saved by upgrading to a new energy-efficient gas-powered lawn mower. Newer mowers also emit fewer pollutants. More ways of being eco-friendly at home in honor of Earth Day, April 22. Continue Reading

Louisville’s Dieng rewarded for staying with dream

ATLANTA (AP) — Half a world away from home, in a country where he knew no one and didn’t speak the language, Gorgui Dieng would hole up in his bedroom and cry. “It was very hard for me, I’ll be honest with you,” he said. “I wasn’t scared, I was just frustrated. I can’t talk… Continue Reading

Comedy on Mexico income gap a big screen hit

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A construction magnate’s preppy son is forced to drive one of Mexico City’s battered green buses, while his spoiled sister waits tables at a cantina in a miniskirt and non-designer shoes. Their credit cards have been canceled, their BMWs and mansion seized. OMG! Continue Reading

China court detains lawyer after Falun Gong trial

BEIJING (AP) — Several prominent lawyers in China have signed a letter urging a court to explain its detention of a rights lawyer after he defended a practitioner of the banned Falun Gong movement.Wang Quanzhang was detained Wednesday at the end of a trial at Jinjiang People’s Court in eastern Jiangsu province. According to other… Continue Reading

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