Author Archives: Ashleigh Fox

Veinbergs hosts backyard beekeeping workshop

Veinbergs hosts backyard beekeeping workshop

SHERIDAN — Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Sheridan hosts frequent and free workshops, giving garden and outdoor enthusiasts the chance to learn about different activities. Landon’s landscape manager, Pete Veinbergs, conducted two workshops Sunday, including one that focused on personal beekeeping. Veinbergs’ father raised bees along with an apple orchard in Michigan. “I haven’t kept bees… Continue Reading

City building leases beneficial for community

City building leases beneficial for community

SHERIDAN ­— While downtown office space can cost anywhere from $8-10 per square foot per year, a number of city leases with local nonprofits allow those organizations to focus on their mission rather than monthly rent. The city of Sheridan leases nine of its buildings to non-profit organizations in the community for $1 a year.… Continue Reading

Plans eliminate downtown vision, for now

Plans eliminate downtown vision, for now

SHERIDAN — What started as a nearly $18 million project has been whittled down to a $1 million project to restore areas around Goose Creek within Sheridan city limits. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers out of Omaha, Nebraska, said they are less than six months from completing a feasibility study on how… Continue Reading

Sheridan man faces charge for felony child abuse

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man faces a charge of felony child abuse for actions involving his 6-month-old son. According to court documents, Robert Swett brought his child to Dr. Barry Wohl’s office due to severe vomiting. Wohl had previously diagnosed the child with failure to thrive and admitted him to Sheridan Memorial Hospital. On Jan.… Continue Reading

Local Court Briefs — March 24, 2017

Local Court Briefs — March 24, 2017

Man arrested in connection with January robbery SHERIDAN — A man from Billings, Montana, faces felony aggravated robbery and burglary charges in Sheridan County Circuit Court. Gregory MedicineHorse faces a prison sentence of 5-25 years and a $10,000 fine for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and 5-25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for aggravated burglary with… Continue Reading

Firefighter union seeking adequate pay for extra duties

Firefighter union seeking adequate pay for extra duties

SHERIDAN — Sheridan Fire-Rescue employs one chief, three captains and 12 firefighters. Back in 2013, two additional positions existed — fire marshal and division chief. The civil service commission and the city chose to leave the positions vacant, and five years later, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 276 has asked the city to help the… Continue Reading

Baristas connect through latte art

Baristas connect through latte art

SHERIDAN — Baristas communicate with customers through more than words. Sometimes, baristas communicate through the craft of latte art. “It’s a way to communicate with customers if you’re busy,” Andi’s Coffee House owner and operator Dionne Hendrickson said. “It will make them smile.” Hendrickson and her mother, Annie, opened Andi’s Coffee House two years ago… Continue Reading

Local Court Briefs — March 21, 2017

Trio faces drug charges in federal court SHERIDAN — Three Sheridan residents accused of conspiring and delivering methamphetamine in Wyoming appeared in federal court last week. Two entered guilty pleas in change of plea hearings and the third will attend a change of plea hearing Wednesday. Court documents stated that from April 2016 through Aug. 16,… Continue Reading

Women entrepreneurs featured in pop-up shops

Women entrepreneurs featured in pop-up shops

SHERIDAN — The Whirly Girl popped into town last week for a quick visit to the Twisted Hearts store in downtown Sheridan. Co-owner Pamela Gable has worked to promote women in her store in a number of ways.  Gable herself has worked for years as an entrepreneur, running the gift shop at the Holiday Inn at… Continue Reading

Legislators take a breather before interim meetings begin

Legislators take a breather before interim meetings begin

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Legislature completed its 2017 general session earlier this month and will move into the interim period within the next two months. Although legislators will not be spending hours on the Senate and House floors deliberating bills, committees will meet periodically throughout the rest of the year for joint committee meetings in… Continue Reading

Sheridan infrastructure in good shape despite D+ for country

Sheridan infrastructure in good shape despite D+ for country

SHERIDAN — Driving down the street, flying in a plane, turning on a faucet — daily tasks tie into the bigger picture of infrastructure. Infrastructure funding affects everyone and makes up a large portion of government budgets. With the next fiscal year’s budgets starting to take shape, the effects of changes to those budgets —… Continue Reading

Legislators go into interim, Mead starts signing bills

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Legislature introduced several contentious bills in the 2017 session, which ended earlier this month.  Two bills introduced by Rep. Bo Biteman, R-Ranchester, would have allowed citizens with concealed carry weapons into government meetings and repealed gun free zones on public college and university campuses. The campus carry bill failed in the… Continue Reading

City remains relatively animal cruelty-free

City remains relatively animal cruelty-free

SHERIDAN –– An amended Wyoming animal cruelty bill signed by Gov. Matt Mead expanded the acts that constitute a felony charge for aggravated cruelty to animals. Sheridan’s Dog and Cat Shelter and the police department’s community resource officers rarely see or receive calls for abused animals throughout the year. “Occasionally we do get animals that… Continue Reading

City water system projects set to start this spring

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan will have two large projects begin this spring — the East Fifth Street infrastructure project and a meter replacement project. East Fifth Street City engineer Lane Thompson said now that the engineering portion of the project is completed, construction can begin. The project includes two project areas — the… Continue Reading

Harper saying goodbye to Sheridan

Harper saying goodbye to Sheridan

SHERIDAN — The silent, yet integral fixture of the 4th Judicial District Court room, Geri Harper, will serve her last day as a court reporter in Sheridan on April 7. The swift bouncing of her fingers will cease for at least six months while she moves back to her home in Modesto, California, and settles… Continue Reading

Collins lays out initiatives for city

Collins lays out initiatives for city

SHERIDAN — As city administrator Mark Collins settles into his position, he said his focus lies with three main aspects of the position — internal efficiencies, external partnerships and capital projects and infrastructure programs. From his perspective, his job refines the already well-oiled machine of city government. “The thing I’ve noticed about Sheridan is it has… Continue Reading

City seeks grant to explore renewable possibilities

City seeks grant to explore renewable possibilities

SHERIDAN — Sheridan sits in coal country, sometimes making the term renewable resources unpopular in the area. Despite the tricky tension between the coal industry and renewable resources, the city of Sheridan is taking a step toward promoting renewable energy sources with a grant request to the Wyoming Business Council. The city of Sheridan submitted… Continue Reading

City of Sheridan receives clean audit

City of Sheridan receives clean audit

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan came through its 2016 audit with a clean bill of health. Each year, the city undergoes an audit with Porter, Muirhead, Cornia and Howard, a corporation of certified public accountants.  This particular group started working with the city in June 2005. This year, the CPAs had only two issues… Continue Reading

City to launch Connect Sheridan app

City to launch Connect Sheridan app

SHERIDAN — Thunk. You hit a pothole while driving along Sheridan Avenue. What do you do about it? Starting March 27, citizens of Sheridan will be able to report potholes and water issues directly to the city of Sheridan Public Works Department with a few taps on their smartphones. Connect Sheridan, the city’s new smartphone… Continue Reading

City approves aquatic center funding, subdivision

City approves aquatic center funding, subdivision

SHERIDAN — Sheridan City Council heard from two sides of the issue before approving the splitting of a more than 17,000-square-foot lot into two with the Goldfinch Subdivision resolution. A resident of the area, Helen Laumann, spoke against the approval of the subdivision, asking the council to reject the resolution. “Part of the attractiveness of this… Continue Reading

Girl Scouts celebrate 105th birthday March 12

Girl Scouts celebrate 105th birthday March 12

SHERIDAN — Although cookie season slows down, the Girl Scouts will keep busy with the upcoming Girl Scout Week. The week will kick off with a public proclamation at the Sheridan City Council meeting Monday at 7 p.m. Brownie Troop #1696 and Junior Troop #1266 will read the proclamation to be signed by Mayor Roger… Continue Reading

Local Briefs – March 4, 2017

Pot O’ Gold campaign encourages local shopping SHERIDAN — Local organizations are encouraging area residents to shop local with the Pot O’ Gold campaign. From March 1-18, shop at any participating downtown Sheridan store and fill out a golden ticket for a chance to win the Pot O’ Gold. The Pot O’ Gold includes goodies… Continue Reading

Mayor, administrator adjusting to positions

Mayor, administrator adjusting to positions

SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan’s newly added city administrator position costs taxpayers more than $150,000 per year and some are wondering whether the city is seeing a return on its investment. The establishment of the position received a mixed response from the community that included a failed petition to put the creation of a… Continue Reading

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