Author Archives: Travis Pearson

WYO Rodeo brings home award, knowledge from NFR

SHERIDAN — They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Sheridan WYO Rodeo officials decided to ignore this slogan, instead returning home from the National Finals Rodeo this week with hardware and also knowledge they hope to apply to the 2016 event. WYO board member Jeff Wells said representatives went to the NFR kickoff… Continue Reading

Local court briefs — domestics, theft

Man pleads not guilty to punching a woman in the face SHERIDAN — A Banner man accused of punching a female in the face pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and battery on Thursday morning. Stephen Snyder, 37, entered his plea in 4th Judicial District Court. If convicted, Snyder could go to prison for up to… Continue Reading

Audubon Society to designate Scott Park important bird area

DAYTON — With the Tongue River, big cottonwood trees, a wetland and plenty of open space, Dayton’s Scott Park makes an ideal habitat for birds. After earning the Dayton Town Council’s blessing Tuesday evening, the Audubon Society will designate Scott Park an Important Bird Area, signifying its significance to the many avian that call the… Continue Reading

City discusses future of Kendrick Park lion-dogs

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s Kendrick Park might be most known for elk and bison when it comes to exotic wildlife, but a pair of endangered lions stole the show at Monday’s City Council meeting. The two bronze Komainu — Japanese for lion-dog — have guarded the main entrance of Kendrick Park since 1919, according to library… Continue Reading

Cross ‘pet’ off your holiday wish list

SHERIDAN — Pets make wonderful companions — they do not, however, make good gifts. Individuals who head to the Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter this year looking for the perfect Christmas present for a friend or relative will leave disappointed, as the shelter does not allow third-party adoptions, according to Executive Director Debie Crawford. “Sure,… Continue Reading

Is meth still a big problem?

SHERIDAN — Methamphetamine use tends to ebb and flow as other drugs enter a region, but overall use of meth in the United States has declined the past 10 years. But meth still casts a wide net. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 1.2 million Americans reported using methamphetamine… Continue Reading

Meth contamination surprising concern for homebuyers

Meth contamination surprising concern for homebuyers

SHERIDAN — The house looked completely normal, a structurally sound building located in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Sheridan. “The house wasn’t really abused or anything,” local realtor Dan Casey said. “It all looked pretty nice.” But, inside the walls, in the ductwork, even buried in the carpet — the house was hiding a dangerous… Continue Reading

Ranchester’s Mercantile nearly complete

Ranchester’s Mercantile nearly complete

RANCHESTER — As Ranchester’s Main Street Mercantile nears substantial completion, officials hope the building draws three businesses into the heart of the town while promoting economic growth. Town Engineer Chris Johnson reported Wednesday the mercantile is 90 percent complete. The contractor, Sheridan-based Ace Builders, only needs to finish up small jobs like paint touchup and… Continue Reading

Ranchester Town Council approves permit for condos

RANCHESTER — The Ranchester Town Council approved a special permit Tuesday evening that could eventually bring 19 condominiums to the town. Ace Builders owner Chris Bernard approached councilors with a plan to build the townhome-style dwellings over 1.3 acres on the west end of town. Bernard told the Council he imagines a hip, cool neighborhood… Continue Reading

Whitney Rink officials eye mid-December opening

SHERIDAN — The public’s first chance to see the Whitney Rink at the M&M’s Center ice arena is coming — and soon. Construction progress and a completed ice surface have officials projecting an unveiling on Dec. 19 featuring skating and tours. Competitive figure skating and traveling hockey squads began using Whitney Rink for practices a… Continue Reading

Weather doesn’t hinder Christmas Stroll’s success

Weather doesn’t hinder Christmas Stroll’s success

SHERIDAN — The weather outside may have been frightful, but that did not stop customers from heading to local businesses in droves beginning on Black Friday. With snow on the ground and temperatures plunging into the single digits Friday evening, Christmas Stroll representatives and small business owners were concerned the annual event — which pairs… Continue Reading

Sheridan region biologists work to preserve finescale dace

SHERIDAN — The area near the headwaters of Middle Redwater Creek is hardly extraordinary. Located in the Black Hills National Forest 10 miles north of Sundance, scraggly trees and brush surround shallow ponds and slow-moving streams. In the scenic Black Hills, it seems unlikely the average hiker would make the trip for photos, and probably… Continue Reading

Ranchester preparing for growth by looking to history

RANCHESTER — To grow into the future, Ranchester plans to look to the past. The town of Ranchester was established by the Lincoln Land Company pre-1900 as a railroad terminal, but Mayor Peter Clark said very few features remain from that bygone era. That’s about to change. Ranchester intends to display an out-of-service caboose at… Continue Reading

More bite to Dayton law dealing with vicious animals

DAYTON — The Dayton Town Council approved the second reading of an animal ordinance that updates definitions and penalties for vicious and noisy pets. “This will give us a little bit more teeth in enforcement,” Mayor Norm Anderson said. The old law included some outdated, confusing language that caused at least one court case to… Continue Reading

Friends of Library Auction raises $42,000

Friends of Library Auction raises $42,000

SHERIDAN — Organizers of the 33rd annual Friends of the Library Auction were unsure how residents would turn out for this year’s new format, which featured a band, martini bar and live auctions. After running the numbers, the organization got its answer: People reacted really, really well to the 2015 setup, raising $42,000 in gross… Continue Reading

Ranchester approves digital infrastructure upgrade

RANCHESTER — The Ranchester Town Council decided Tuesday to upgrade its aging computers and digital infrastructure for approximately $27,000. Casper-based Computer Professionals Unlimited, Inc., will provide a main server, three workstations, a router, new monitors, as well as off-site backup/storage and monitoring in a move Mayor Peter Clark said was long overdue. “Our systems were… Continue Reading

Council OKs funding for phase two of WYO renovation

Council OKs funding for phase two of WYO renovation

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan City Council on Monday lent its support to local arts by authorizing submission of a $2 million Wyoming Business Council Downtown Development grant on behalf of Sheridan College and the WYO Theater. The money will help fund phase 2 of the WYO Performing Arts and Education Center via renovation of the… Continue Reading

Red Grade Trails growing in popularity

Red Grade Trails growing in popularity

SHERIDAN — It’s a perfect Saturday in early November, sunny with highs in the upper 40s and the slightest hint of a breeze. The foliage is long gone from the foothills off Red Grade Road, the reds and yellows replaced by drab patches of snow and mud. Sheridan resident Mike O’Connor and his faithful pooch… Continue Reading

Space for future generations to enjoy

Space for future generations to enjoy

Initial dirt work progressing at West Fifth Street Park SHERIDAN — A large park planned for West Fifth Street should provide young Sheridan athletes with several acres of sports fields for years to come. Thanks to the cooperation of a few organizations, work on West Fifth Street Park began in the past month on a… Continue Reading

When will the refunds come?

When will the refunds come?

SHERIDAN — Frustration. That’s the word that keeps cropping up amongst the hundreds of individuals who have yet to receive refunds from the canceled Rock’n the Railroad concerts planned for Aug. 6-8 in Sheridan. Trails End Concert Park Manager Rob Green preaches a different word: patience. He assures customers the money is coming, and hopefully by… Continue Reading

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