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$50K awarded to Sheridan, Johnson county nonprofits

$50K awarded to Sheridan, Johnson county nonprofits

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Community Foundation awarded nearly $600,000 in grants to nonprofits throughout the state earlier this month. Of that, $50,000 was distributed by the Sheridan-Johnson counties local board to charitable causes in the two counties, the foundation said in a press release. WCF program associate Anita McLauglin said the foundation had 154 applications… Continue Reading

Buffalo artists prep for Casper exhibit

Buffalo artists prep for Casper exhibit

SHERIDAN — Buffalo artist Jenny Wuerker and her husband, Aaron, have been working tirelessly preparing for a dual show unlike any they’ve done before. The show, which will feature both landscape painters, is called “Married to the Landscape,” and will be held at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper May 26 to Aug. 14. Jenny… Continue Reading

Utility maintenance crew responds to water main leak

Utility maintenance crew responds to water main leak

SHERIDAN — Utility maintenance crews responded to a leak on the 20-inch water main in Big Goose Valley early Sunday. City of Sheridan Utilities Division Manager Dan Roberts said water treatment staff discovered and notified the city that the Big Goose clearwell was losing water just after midnight Sunday morning. “That water level was dropping… Continue Reading

County applauds city’s CAST funding, OKs subdivision

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan City Council recently approved an additional $100,000 in funding for the Critical Air Service Team, a move Sheridan County commissioners applauded Tuesday. “This is a big step for us going forward for CAST,” Commission Chair Steve Maier said, “and a good vote of confidence from the city, and the county’s certainly… Continue Reading

SCCD promotes Ag Week in schools

SCCD promotes Ag Week in schools

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Conservation District kicked off the week with demonstrations at various schools, teaching students how to make butter. SCCD district manager Carrie Rogaczewski said the activity was part of the district’s effort to celebrate and spread awareness for National Ag Week. While Ag Day is recognized March 21, National Ag Week… Continue Reading

Golden Rule to open downtown cafe, shop

Golden Rule to open downtown cafe, shop

SHERIDAN — A new type of healthy, interactive café will call Main Street home beginning this spring. Melissa Smith, who owns Golden Rule Grocers with her husband, Jim, said they will open Studio Café on the corner of Grinnell and Main streets and hope it’ll be ready to open at the end of April. Smith… Continue Reading

Sheridan College class organizing Startup Weekend

Sheridan College class organizing Startup Weekend

SHERIDAN — During a Startup Weekend, contestants have 54 hours to develop, design, gain support and pitch a business to a panel of judges. This April, the Sheridan community will get its chance to participate. Startup Weekend has held events in more than 160 countries with the aim of giving entrepreneurs a chance to develop… Continue Reading

Local food brings benefits to state, accountability to industry

Local food brings benefits to state, accountability to industry

SHERIDAN — When it comes to food choice, overwhelming numbers of drive-thru restaurants, microwavable meals and one-stop warehouse shopping can easily shift tracing a food’s roots to the back of the mind. But as nutrition information continues its steady flow to consumers, some return to an earlier mindset where producing for, and purchasing from, a… Continue Reading

Task force identifies opportunities in outdoor economy

Task force identifies opportunities in outdoor economy

SHERIDAN — Gov. Matt Mead’s Outdoor Recreation Task Force met last week in Cody, bringing it closer to identifying problems and opportunities that face Wyoming’s recreation economy. The task force, which is made up of 26 representatives from entities that range from the oil and gas industry to conservation groups, will develop policy recommendations for… Continue Reading

Buffalo wool mill delivers product, story for consumers

Buffalo wool mill delivers product, story for consumers

SHERIDAN  -— These days, consumers are searching for more than just products while shopping, they’re in search of a story. Karen Hostetler recognized this nearly 10 years ago and applied it to the wool industry when she and her friend Valerie Stanos opened Mountain Meadow Wool in Buffalo. The now family-owned mill supports local ranchers… Continue Reading

SCFA approves barn expansion project

SCFA approves barn expansion project

SHERIDAN –– The Sheridan County Fair Association approved the advancement of a project that will expand the sale barn during its meeting Monday. SCFA Treasurer Jason Koltiska presented a plan for the expansion that would extend the sale barn approximately 70 feet. Koltiska said the expansion is needed because of the growing number of animals,… Continue Reading

Free health center switching to sliding fee scale

Free health center switching to sliding fee scale

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Health Center will shift from a free clinic to a charitable clinic starting July 1. Currently, Health Center Executive Director Wendy Ongaro said they do not bill third party payers and request a $10 donation from patients. As a charitable clinic, payment will work on a sliding fee scale and the… Continue Reading

Local watersheds need little pollutant reduction

Local watersheds need little pollutant reduction

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Conservation District wrapped up its annual meetings for the Goose Creek, Tongue River and Prairie Dog Creek watersheds late last week. A main topic discussed regarding the watersheds was the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s total maximum daily load, which specifies the amount of a given pollutant that can be… Continue Reading

Frustrations expressed with Ramaco coal mine

Frustrations expressed with Ramaco coal mine

SHERIDAN — Some frustrations have arisen among residents who could be affected by Ramaco Carbon’s proposed coal mine. Big Horn resident Gillian Malone not only submitted a letter of concern to the Department of Environmental Quality, but said she attended the Sheridan County Commission meeting March 7 to express her apprehensions. Malone said her main… Continue Reading

Celebrating influential females of past, present

Celebrating influential females of past, present

SHERIDAN — Celebrated nationally since 1987, March’s designation as Women’s History Month recognizes the contributions to society, history and culture made by women. From politicians and activists to mentors and artists, Wyoming’s history is teeming with extraordinary women. Their contributions go as deep as creating Wyoming’s identity through Verna Keays’ design that remains an icon… Continue Reading

Forward Sheridan discusses airport, business leads, mine

Forward Sheridan discusses airport, business leads, mine

SHERIDAN — During a special meeting of the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission, the state approved $1.1 million in funding for the coming year, County Commissioner Steve Maier said at Tuesday’s Forward Sheridan meeting. Maier said that Sheridan still has about $750,000 to raise locally to help keep Denver Air Connection in Sheridan providing commercial air service.… Continue Reading

County questions Free Landfill Days billing, impact

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Commission didn’t include spring’s Free Landfill Days in their budget and discussed the importance of the event as well as appropriate county billing for it during its staff meeting Monday. County Administrative Director Renee Obermueller said that when county officials set their budget they also sent a letter to the… Continue Reading

SHS track team donates time to downtown business

SHS track team donates time to downtown business

SHERIDAN — Members of the Sheridan High School indoor track team spent their Sunday afternoon packing and unpacking boxes to help Foot of the Bighorns move to its new location. Foot of the Bighorns general manager Michelle Powers Maneval said that through The Sport Stop they often work with the track team and are involved… Continue Reading

Community lends hand to local cemetery

 SHERIDAN ­—Maintaining the cemetery is more than a one-woman job. While Sheridan Municipal Cemetery coordinator Patty Jo Coates said she stays busy most days, and sometimes doesn’t even get a lunch break, it takes more than just her efforts to keep up with the cemetery maintenance. Coates said she does about 50-75 percent of the… Continue Reading

County Commission approves award in airport project

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Commission approved an award of the Snow Removal Equipment Acquisition project for the Sheridan County Airport to a Wisconsin company during its regular session board meeting Tuesday.  M-B Companies, Inc. submitted the lowest bid for the project at $525,945, which was just below the estimate for the project at $577,500. … Continue Reading

Library sees fewer patrons, more checkouts

Library sees fewer patrons, more checkouts

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Fulmer Library may not see as many readers in the stacks, but that doesn’t mean checkout rates are down. Library Director Cameron Duff said that while patron count has decreased from about 16,000 people to 13,000 from five years ago, checkout rates have risen. He said this has to do… Continue Reading

Bill moves to House for long acting contraceptive coverage

Bill moves to House for long acting contraceptive coverage

SHERIDAN — A bill has been introduced in the Wyoming House that would add long acting reversible contraception information and services to birth control already covered by the department of health. Senate File 150 would create an account to fund the provision of long acting reversible contraceptives for eligible women, defined as, “women who would… Continue Reading

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