Author Archives: Kristen Czaban

Potential NEA elimination has artists on edge

Potential NEA elimination has artists on edge

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County prides itself on its art community and economy. Studies have even been conducted to gauge the impact of the arts and what can be done to encourage economic growth and tourism in the industry. The community touts a number of events that serve as a draw, including shows at the WYO… Continue Reading

Find your ‘thing’

I’ve been thinking a lot about Travis Todd’s presentation at Wednesday’s e2e event at the Best Western Sheridan Center. For those of you who missed it, Todd talked about a company he helped to found called FullContact. The company went from four to more than 200 employees in the span of just a few years.… Continue Reading

Things to get excited about

This week has been very exciting for a number of reasons.  First, spring is so close I swear I can taste it (or maybe it’s all that Easter candy that smells of sugar and bad habits?) In addition, the group of women that I hike with picked the days for our third annual backpacking trip… Continue Reading

McGinnis to step down as YMCA leader

McGinnis to step down as YMCA leader

SHERIDAN — Whether it meant singing songs, driving the camp bus, mowing lawns or fundraising for a multimillion dollar project, if something needed done at the Sheridan County YMCA over the last 41 years, Executive Director Jay McGinnis did it. “He has great drive,” YMCA Board President Ellen Treide said Thursday. “He knows how to… Continue Reading

Associate executive director switching to part-time role

Associate executive director switching to part-time role

SHERIDAN — While Sheridan YMCA Associate Executive Director Diane Ballek won’t leave the YMCA completely, she will step down in the coming weeks from her leadership position. She’ll shift, instead, to a part-time role at the nonprofit organization focused on youth and family development. Ballek will work primarily in member services and the health and… Continue Reading

WTBC receives 68 submissions for Sheridan Start-Up Challenge

SHERIDAN — Not many people have the courage to start a new business. It is difficult, time consuming and doesn’t always pay off. Despite those challenges, the Wyoming Technology Business Center received 68 submissions from local entrepreneurs for the first ever Sheridan Start-Up Challenge. The submissions covered a broad range of industries — service, software,… Continue Reading

Column: Celebrating those around us

On Wednesday, The Sheridan Press featured an article that drew parallels between women of Wyoming’s past to women of Wyoming’s present. Many of our state’s movers and shakers are women who blazed trails for the rest of us. What was fun for me, in particular, was watching our reporter Chelsea Coli reach out to women… Continue Reading

Photo hunting leads to…

Photo hunting leads to…

Recently, I learned that I will be featured in the April edition of Editor & Publisher magazine. I won’t say why — yet — but the announcement forced me to confront some issues head on over the last few days. First, I was sent questions regarding my thoughts on where the news industry is heading… Continue Reading

Training grounds: How can I stay on track?

I feel like a little bird about to be kicked out of the nest. For the last several weeks, I have been working with personal trainer Caryn Moxey. But, this is our last week working out together. I’ll either fly, or fall. With this in mind, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on how… Continue Reading

Column: A complicated truth

I have a confession to make. While winter resumes in Wyoming, I’m writing this week’s column from Florida. It’s currently supposed to be 82 degrees, but don’t worry, it’s cloudy so you don’t need to feel envious. This is my last trip for a few months, and I’ll kind of miss the time spent in airports… Continue Reading

FAB just around the corner

For the last few years, the Sheridan Press has organized a conference for, about and by women. This year’s FAB Conference will take place April 28 at Sheridan College and I’m excited to gather again with some of the amazing people we have in this community. As the committee gathers to nail down session topics,… Continue Reading

Training grounds: First run, thinking ahead

Week six. With 11 training sessions under my belt, I’ve started thinking a lot about what happens when my time training with Caryn Moxey at PURENERGY ends.  My fear is that with the myriad things that take time out of my days, I’ll fall back off the wagon. What a waste that would be! Moxey… Continue Reading

WTBC kicks off business contest

WTBC kicks off business contest

SHERIDAN — If you had the time, money and resources to start a new business, what would it be? That’s a question John Dick hopes many people will be asking themselves over the next couple of weeks. He especially hopes to give those individuals a nudge who have been tinkering with their idea in a… Continue Reading

Remember the good side of the season

Weather seems to be all folks talk about lately. Well, politics will likely remain at the top of the talking points list for awhile, but weather is a safer topic to tackle. So, while many skulk around the county cursing the snow either under their breath or at the top of their lungs for all… Continue Reading

Column: Disney, dreams and a remembered childhood

Most millennials grew up with Disney, and I was no different. I’ve seen many Disney movies and I even had “The Little Mermaid” sheets, blankets and window curtains.  I know that Disney is not immune from criticism. Some say the movies are historically inaccurate, the portrayals of heroic characters are unrealistic (too thin, inevitably beautiful,… Continue Reading

Navigating tricky situations

We all find ourselves in sticky situations from time to time. Maybe you know something you shouldn’t or someone asks you for help with something and you aren’t quite sure how to handle it. Other times, the situation could be that you’re a manager and you have to discipline your staff or you’re a daughter,… Continue Reading

Find the fire through the hokey

Find the fire through the hokey

Conventions bring out the awkward in everybody. They tend to focus on schmoozing and back-patting rather than productive feedback and critique. It doesn’t matter what kind of convention it is. Government agencies, high school leadership courses, etc. can all exude their own amount of hokey. You know what I’m talking about. But, sometimes, you attend… Continue Reading

Training grounds: 3 down, 18 to go

At about 6:15 a.m. today (Monday), I finished my third workout with Caryn Moxey from PURENERGY Fitness in Sheridan.  My muscles are tired and sore, but in a good way. I’ve already had a few embarrassing moments. I already feel better. First let’s talk embarrassment. Caryn and I have been meeting at about 5:30 a.m.… Continue Reading

Marching for recognition, solidarity

On Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people will march through our nation’s capitol. The Women’s March on Washington, D.C., started with a Facebook page, and once again showing the power of social media, the idea grew into a movement.  The idea from the start has been to challenge… Continue Reading

Training grounds: No more excuses

When I attended Northwestern University I competed in Division I sports. Hard to believe now, but I could exercise and train with the best of them.  When I stopped competing my senior year, I started running. I ran several miles each day nearly every day of the week. I loved it. I understood the meaning… Continue Reading

Column: Are you ready?

On Tuesday, the 64th Wyoming Legislature will convene for the 2017 session.  A lot is on the line. Budget issues have been discussed alongside voting rights for convicted felons, the transfer of federal public lands to the state and license plates sporting images of Yellowstone National Park. From what seems like a big deal to… Continue Reading

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