Author Archives: Cassidy Belus

Sex ed continues to be a touchy subject

Sex ed continues to be a touchy subject

SHERIDAN — The birds do it. The bees do it. And few in local schools want to talk about it. Yet, according to a 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 47 percent of high school students in Wyoming reported ever having sex. A dreaded topic for teenagers and school officials alike, sex education standards remain ambiguous… Continue Reading

Sheridan named one of the best places to retire in Wyoming

SHERIDAN — When compared to towns across the state, Sheridan has been named one of the best places to retire in Wyoming. Smartasset released its study, comparing cities in three areas — tax-friendliness, medical care and social life — and placed Sheridan in fourth place overall. At 16.3 percent, the number of seniors in Sheridan… Continue Reading

All three local school districts see enrollment growth

SHERIDAN — As teachers, parents and kids gear up for a new school year, preliminary numbers show an increase in enrollment for the local school districts. The largest local district, Sheridan County School District 2 (Sheridan) is expecting an increase in enrollment, but numbers are affected by multiple factors said Scott Stults, the district’s director… Continue Reading

BHES says goodbye to national lunch program

BIG HORN — Another school in Sheridan County School District 1 has ditched the national school lunch program in favor of locally sourced, made from scratch cuisine. Big Horn Elementary School kicked off its first day of school with the new lunch menus, joining the district’s high schools and middle schools in this venture. Food… Continue Reading

BHHS named to Newsweek’s best schools list

SHERIDAN — Just making the cut off, Big Horn High School has been named by Newsweek as one of the best schools in the country. In a list of 500, the school grabbed the last rank, but is the only Wyoming high school to be named. “It’s a great honor, but we always have work… Continue Reading

Bigelow chosen as finalist in Arizona’s Coconino Community College presidential search

SHERIDAN — After receiving 40 applications for its presidential search, Arizona’s Coconino Community College has selected Dr. Susan Bigelow from Northern Wyoming Community College District as one of its five finalists. Currently serving as the vice president for external relations and economic development in Sheridan, Bigelow has been with NWCCD for nine years. An avid… Continue Reading

BHHS, SHS top state ACT average

SHERIDAN — Results are in. The Wyoming Department of Education released the state’s 2015 ACT, PLAN and EXPLORE results and the success is mixed. This is the third year that the assessments have been administered statewide in order to comply with the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act. Sheridan County School District 2 ranked fourth statewide… Continue Reading

SCSD2 talks future of standardized tests in district, state

SHERIDAN — As Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students scores fall statewide, Sheridan educators hope to see reform and possibly a new test that allows for national comparison. Although there’s hesitation from the Wyoming Department of Education to switch up assessments, Sheridan County School District 2 Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Tom Sachse said the state might… Continue Reading

Harrelson earns statewide ‘Women of Influence’ award

SHERIDAN — In its third year, Wyoming’s annual Women of Influence celebration, hosted by the Wyoming Business Report, honored winners in Cheyenne on Friday. Of the 64 nominees, 11 women were honored with Cheryl Harrelson of Sheridan taking home one of the awards. In the running with two other women in the business and business… Continue Reading

Coal: A key but threatened part of state economy

Coal: A key but threatened part of state economy

SHERIDAN — Born into a bedlam of state outcries, the Environment Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is the largest U.S. action constructed on climate change. Not even two weeks old and officials are already molding their lawsuits while others threaten that their states will not comply. As the leader in coal production nationwide, Wyoming will… Continue Reading

SCSD3 considers future of Rock School

SHERIDAN — Discussions continue on what will become of the historic Rock School building in Clearmont. Owned by Sheridan County School District 3, the dilapidated structure has been surrounded by debate on whether, and how, to restore the building. A bid from Dale Buckingham Architects was tabled Wednesday night. Superintendent Charles Auzqui says the district… Continue Reading

SCSD3 schools gearing up for school year

SHERIDAN — Preparing for the new school year as a small district provides both challenges and benefits for Sheridan County School District 3. With changes in staffing and procedures, this district has experienced “growing pains,” superintendent Charles Auzqui said, but he ultimately believes those will pay off. By simplifying technology and strengthening staff through in-service… Continue Reading

SCSD2 focuses on managing teacher stress

SHERIDAN — A new survey conducted by Sheridan Memorial Hospital was distributed to determine the health needs of Sheridan County School District 2’s staff through its wellness program. The main concerns and interests reported by staff are nutrition, weight management and stress. Participation in SCSD2’s Wellness Program has increased from previous years, with 53 percent… Continue Reading

SCSD2 discusses future of auditorium sound system

SHERIDAN — While Sheridan County School District 2 officials had been confident that the sound system in the Sue Henry Auditorium had been fixed, Trustee Marva Craft alerted board members to continuing problems at the district’s board of trustees meeting Monday night. The Sheridan High School auditorium presents problems for growing audiences and music programs… Continue Reading

Harrelson named finalist for Women of Influence award

SHERIDAN — Recognizing talented and high-achieving women, the “Wyoming Business Report” announced 64 nominees for Wyoming’s Women of Influence award in mid-July. Two Sheridan professionals, Cheryl Harrelson and Melissa Butcher, were nominated. On Wednesday, finalists were selected. Making it to the last round, Harrelson will be considered for the award in the Business and Business… Continue Reading

FIB to pay staff to volunteer with BBBS

SHERIDAN — After unveiling their plans for business sponsorships in January, Big Brothers Big Sisters is finally seeing some interest from the Sheridan community. BBBS plans to partner with First Interstate Bank. FIB will give employees one extra hour a week — paid time — to volunteer with BBBS. Such partnerships have been successful for… Continue Reading

UW offers a free day of college through Saturday U program

SHERIDAN — College drops the price tag this weekend through Saturday U — a program sponsored by the University of Wyoming. A free day of college education, UW professors will host lectures and discussions at Sheridan College’s Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus. Saturday U will feature professors Harold Bergman, Marcel Kornfeld and Bruce Richardson, and participants are… Continue Reading

STEM Conference: Keynote speaker tackles issues regarding science, stereotypes

SHERIDAN — The second annual Roadmap to STEM conference brought an influx of scientists and teachers to Sheridan this week. Hosted by the Wyoming Department of Education and Sheridan College, today marks the last day of the event. Keynote speaker Dr. Deborah Berebichez addressed issues regarding science, education and stereotypes Tuesday morning. Originally from Mexico,… Continue Reading

Construction of new locker room facilities on track

SHERIDAN — A gaping hole in the side of Sheridan High School marks the site of Sheridan County District 2’s recent construction project. The $4-5 million dollar addition and remodel is on schedule and still within budget, Activities Director Don Julian said. Fundraising efforts for the project were lead by Julian. The project began June… Continue Reading

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