Author Archives: Mike Dunn

Doubleday Sports Complex committee releases preliminary designs

Doubleday Sports Complex committee releases preliminary designs

SHERIDAN — Sheridan residents now have an opportunity to review plans for what has been a dream for the past six years.  Members of the Doubleday Sports Complex committee, Sheridan Recreation District board and others spent the past week gathering input from the public on preliminary designs for the future sports complex in north Sheridan. … Continue Reading

SCSD2 uses incentives to boost attendance

SCSD2 uses incentives to boost attendance

SHERIDAN — While it may seem like a simple concept, making sure students show up to class can be challenging for local schools. Sheridan County School District 2 schools have started a cultural shift in maintaining attendance — providing incentives for students instead of only punitive measures to minimize excessive absences. Through a program called Next… Continue Reading

Kobza speaks against Legislature’s decisions

Kobza speaks against Legislature’s decisions

BIG HORN — Sheridan County School District 1 board members and Superintendent Marty Kobza continue to speak out against the Wyoming Legislature’s approach to budget cuts. Kobza claimed that in the past decade, the Legislature has taken nearly $2.7 billion from the state’s School Foundation Account and put it to other uses. He cited 2009… Continue Reading

SCSD2 to increase collaboration efforts

SCSD2 to increase collaboration efforts

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 2 officials continue to  push for more statewide collaboration. At the SCSD2 board retreat in Ucross on Saturday, Superintendent Craig Dougherty and other district officials discussed the development of a principal and teacher college along with implementing a statewide professional learning communities framework. The principal and teacher college would take… Continue Reading

High school students to participate in SC Demo Day

High school students to participate in SC Demo Day

SHERIDAN — Hundreds of high school students will get a chance to get their hands dirty at the college level next week when Sheridan College industrial technology programs host Industrial Tech Program’s Demo Day.  Misty Bateman, career and technical education student recruiter, said the program will introduce students to Sheridan College’s programs and the tech field.… Continue Reading

School districts plan for shift to new standardized test

School districts plan for shift to new standardized test

SHERIDAN — When the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students testing wraps up for Sheridan County School District 2 on March 22, it will not only be the end of the testing season, but the end of an era. The 2016-2017 school year will be the final year of PAWS testing for schools around the state. At… Continue Reading

SCSD3 nixes contract with principal

SCSD3 nixes contract with principal

CLEARMONT — Principal Christy Wright will end her tenure at Arvada-Clearmont School in June.  The Sheridan County School District 3 Board of Trustees voted unanimously during its Wednesday meeting to approve Superintendent Charles Auzqui’s recommendation that Wright’s contract be allowed to expire at the end of the current school year. No new contract will be… Continue Reading

SCSD3 board votes to allow AC principal’s contract to expire

CLEARMONT — The Sheridan County School District 3 Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve Superintendent Charles Auzqui’s recommendation that Arvada-Clearmont school principal Christy Wright’s contract be allowed to expire at the end of the year, and that a new contract would not be issued for the coming year. The board made the… Continue Reading

School districts look forward after education cuts

School districts look forward after education cuts

SHERIDAN — Cuts to local school districts will be coming — it’s only a matter of when and where. Since the Legislature passed its budget for the next school year, local school districts have felt a sense of both relief and distress; relief in that districts now have an understanding of how much they have… Continue Reading

A new twist on an old classic

A new twist on an old classic

SHERIDAN — The story of “Saint George and the Dragon” may be one of the more popular story lines in history, featuring a heroic protagonist slaying an evil beast to save the princess. The plot line has been tweaked and altered over the years; authors, movies and even video games have adapted the tale to… Continue Reading

Dog sledders take on Bighorns

Dog sledders take on Bighorns

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS — Silence and the cool morning air filled a parking lot near Arrowhead Lodge Sunday, a place typically reserved for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers.  In the back of three vehicles were large kennels, each filled with dogs that, despite the 20-degree weather, stayed warm in their straw-filled sleeping quarters, using each others’ body… Continue Reading

UW looking to extend its presence in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — A drive from Sheridan to Laramie takes nearly five hours, 331 miles and crosses through five counties.  But officials at the University of Wyoming are looking to shorten that distance and instill in residents statewide a greater sense of connection to the school. Since Dr. Laurie Nichols took over as the president of… Continue Reading

Legislators warn of ‘new normal’ for government funding

Legislators warn of ‘new normal’ for government funding

SHERIDAN — While cuts have become commonplace during the current economic downturn, many wonder if there will be additional slashes to budgets. During a legislative recap at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday Sheridan County Commissioner Mike Nickel asked legislators about the future of funding for local governments. Legislators agreed that things do… Continue Reading

Legislators provide education funding recap at Chamber lunch

Legislators provide education funding recap at Chamber lunch

SHERIDAN — Calling it the “900-pound gorilla in the room,” legislators said they still have plenty of work to do with the state’s education budget. On Wednesday at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, local legislators talked extensively about the progress made regarding the education budget during the 2017 legislative session. They told constituents… Continue Reading

Students mix humor, ag at Border Wars

Students mix humor, ag at Border Wars

  SHERIDAN — International agriculture trade agreements can be complex, but students at Buffalo High School had some fun learning the intricacies of imports and exports recently. The school’s FFA Agriculture Issues team — comprised of Halie Harding, Avery Burtenshaw, Kyera Vasco, Brooke Sanburn, Shey Blakeman, Taylor West and Bridgette Klasinski — decided to take… Continue Reading

SCSD2 kindergarten registration numbers drop; board tables RIF policy

SCSD2 kindergarten registration numbers drop; board tables RIF policy

SHERIDAN — Kindergarten registration numbers for Sheridan County School District 2 dropped slightly, but still remain near previous years’ figures.  At the SCSD2 board meeting, assistant superintendent Scott Stults announced that 213 kindergarten students signed up to attend district schools over the past month.  District officials registered incoming kindergarten students at local schools from Feb.… Continue Reading

Big Horn girls basketball team wins 2A state title

Big Horn girls basketball team wins 2A state title

CASPER — “It’s a great day to be a Ram,” Big Horn basketball coach Michael McGuire said, as his team and Big Horn community members swapped hugs in celebration near the east end of the Casper Events Center. Saturday, the Lady Rams edged out Wyoming Indian High School in a thrilling 50-49 contest to take… Continue Reading

Lady Rams win 2A state title

Lady Rams win 2A state title

CASPER — “It’s a great day to be a Ram,” Big Horn basketball coach Michael McGuire said Saturday as his team celebrated its win. Saturday, the Lady Rams edged out Wyoming Indian High School in a thrilling 50-49 contest to take the 2A girls crown. This is the team’s first state title since 2009. The Lady… Continue Reading

Academics look to improve CNA dementia training

Academics look to improve CNA dementia training

SHERIDAN — The process to become a certified nursing instructor can be fast-paced and rigorous. Certified nursing assistant students have to memorize 22 different skills and take a written test before they can be certified.  Despite the skills CNAs are required to learn, Sheridan College instructor Amy Wyatt said there needs to more of a… Continue Reading

Lady Rams come together behind groups of sisters

Lady Rams come together behind groups of sisters

BIG HORN — Family bonds often develop within a team during a four-month basketball season. But for the Big Horn Lady Rams basketball team, those bonds run deeper — and more literally — than most.  Three sets of sisters make up one of the best teams in the state: sophomores Britny and Alisyn Hutton; sophomore Jenny… Continue Reading

Tourists from across US key, but Chinese a boon for industry

Tourists from across US key, but Chinese a boon for industry

SHERIDAN — China will be one of Wyoming’s biggest customers the next several years, and travel and tourism organizations say that local businesses could benefit from the country’s customers.  On March 10, Sheridan Travel and Tourism and the Wyoming Office of Tourism will host a China-Ready workshop for local businesses and residents.  The workshop responds to… Continue Reading

Downtown Sheridan Association to host annual fundraiser

Downtown Sheridan Association to host annual fundraiser

SHERIDAN  — Sheridan residents have a chance to enjoy some of the best wines available, and maybe learn a little something while they’re at it. Friday, the Downtown Sheridan Association will put on the Wild West Wine Fest — an annual fundraiser for the organization that allows participants to enjoy a variety of wines. The… Continue Reading

SC still waiting on state funds to arrive for tech center project

SC still waiting on state funds to arrive for tech center project

SHERIDAN — Sheridan College officials plan to proceed with the organization’s next building project, despite waiting on the rest of the funds to arrive. At last week’s Northern Wyoming Community College District Board meeting, President Dr. Paul Young and board members discussed the future of the SC Tech Center expansion and renovation project. Whitney Benefits… Continue Reading

Talking Tibet: Jenkins to present on China, Tibet relationship

Talking Tibet: Jenkins to present on China, Tibet relationship

SHERIDAN — Sheridan residents will have an opportunity to get a glimpse of the world, without having to leave the county.  Mark Jenkins, a writer for National Geographic and the University of Wyoming’s writer in residence, will give a presentation called “Tea, Trade and Tyranny: Tibet and China over Time” at 7 p.m. Wednesday the Sheridan… Continue Reading

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