Author Archives: Steve Woody

Mars recognized in arts magazine

The winter edition of Wyoming Artscapes magazine, always a lift when it arrives, features how the late Forrest E. Mars, Jr. is the recipient of a Governor’s Arts Award. The story profiles Mars’ philanthropy with Sheridan County, not only with the arts, but also with local education and culture. He died last July. “If Forrest… Continue Reading

Brubeck Brothers coming to Whitney

Come Feb. 2, the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College will welcome The Brubeck Brothers Quarter in concert. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Dan and Chris Brubeck lead the group. Its best album is “Classified” which features vocalists and compositions by their great father, Dave Brubeck. They’ve been touring and performing since the 1970s,… Continue Reading

SC’s Mars Ag Center welcomes students

On a campus with already terrific views of the Bighorns, it’s arguably the best scenic around. The new Mars Agriculture Center is open and busy with students. I was on the receiving end of a tour Wednesday and students were busy inside classrooms and laboratories. The brilliant sunshine that day amplified what a strategic addition… Continue Reading

Eliana Grace Sheely arrives; WTP team ready

Eliana Grace Sheely arrives; WTP team ready

Sheridan High School’s “We the People” team will have a dress rehearsal for its state competition Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Sheridan County Fulmer Library. The state tournament is Feb. 6 in Laramie. Tyson Emborg’s WTP team is the defending state champion, three years running. They competed nationally last April in Washington, D.C.… Continue Reading

‘Bakersfield Mist’ opens soon at CHT

The Sheridan Civic Theatre Guild will present “Bakersfield Mist” beginning Jan. 20 at the Carriage House Theater. It’s directed by Gene Davis and stars Aaron Odom and Erin Kranz. It’s the story of a bartender who finds a long-lost Jackson Pollock painting that is worth millions. Critics love the mystery and the comedy. The story… Continue Reading

Sheridan again on top 10 True West list

The ghosts of Christmas past are beginning to show up. American Express. Visa. Mastercard.   ••••••   The new edition of True West magazine arrived recently — always a lift in the day — and in it, its annual listings of the “True West True Western (Top 10) Towns.” Sheridan is on the list. In… Continue Reading

Well wishes for New Year; resolutions

Happy New Year, Sheridan! •••••• Some baseball trivia, right here in the middle of winter…. • Who was the first player to be named Rookie of the Year from the designated hitter position? (Answer below.) •••••• This time of year, there’s all kinds of resolutions and “lists” for the new year. Resolutions often have a… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes anecdotes

One doesn’t hear the chirps about how Wyoming’s football team should go down a class, giving up its Division I, NCAA status. The Cowboys’ recent 8-6 season, with a narrow bowl game loss to old rival BYU, likely has salved that rub for a while. Coach Craig Bohl recently signed a big contract extension. The… Continue Reading

Others drop, SC enrollment steady

I see by the paper…… Earlier this month, Sheridan’s Mel Heckman flew to Pearl Harbor where he once served. Heckman has led the Wyoming Pearl Harbor survivors for many years. The Press covered Heckman’s departure. More than 100 survivors attended the 75th anniversary, so reported the Wall Street Journal. Four of the five survivors of… Continue Reading

To touch an angel

A favorite Christmas column is from former Dallas Morning News columnist Paul Crume (1912-1975). His front-page ‘Big D’ column was essential daily reading in our home, part of the morning breakfast nourishment. Readers in north Texas enjoyed his commentary for decades. This essay, which first appeared in 1967, is timeless in its appeal. •••••• To Touch… Continue Reading

‘We the People’ team in state tourney (again)

Monday’s Electoral College vote affirming president-elect Donald Trump’s victory in November reminds that no other state gets more out of the EC than Wyoming. OK. OK. Secretary Clinton won more votes, about 2.6 million in the popular ballot, the largest gap in the country’s history when the same candidate didn’t also win the Electoral College.… Continue Reading

Johnson readings; Demple’s deliveries

First things first……. “Christmas @ Your Library” includes a program by local author Craig Johnson. He will read his latest Christmas story and there will be plenty of “Longmire” items available for purchase. Johnson’s schedule: • Dec. 17: Sheridan Fulmer Library, noon. • Dec. 18: Story Library, 6 p.m. • Dec. 21: Clearmont Library, 6… Continue Reading

Six best books of ‘16

The Notebook loves a good book. Mostly non-fiction. History, biography, books about culture. In recent years, I’ve bitten often into memoir as a genre. Now and then, a whodunit rolls through the nighttime stack to shake up the psyche. The best books of 2016, in no particular order:  • “Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who… Continue Reading

Create a family cookbook

The holidays often mean time with family and good friends. This year try something new and you’ll end up with a family memento that could well span several generations — create your own family cookbook. Here are some tips in accomplishing your task: • Spread the word — call, write, email or text family members,… Continue Reading

Shop Sheridan; books, anecdotes

The late, great comic George Carlin used to say that he always ate in a “family-style” restaurant. “That means there’s an argument going on at every table.” •••••• This week, some Christmas shopping. A pair of boots; books, always. Some gift cards. Clothing for the grandkids. A piece of jewelry. A scarf. Some apparel. All… Continue Reading

Pruden top staffer; Hawkinson painting

From the Good-Things-From-Around-This-Time-Of-Year, file……. Sheridan artist Ed Hawkinson, in partnership with the Powder Horn, is sponsoring a Christmas silent auction of his painting, “Elk Crossing.” It’s a 14-by-18-inch oil that features a winter landscape and a cabin at dusk. This is the fourth year that Hawkinson has donated the proceeds from his art to the… Continue Reading

Johnson earns top Chamber spot

Congrats! Dixie Johnson, CEO of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, was selected to lead Wyoming’s Chamber of Commerce board of directors beginning next month. It’s a good fit. She has done a terrific job in developing a good, responsive Chamber team, increasing membership and offering diversity to Chamber programs. Nice work. •••••• Dept. of… Continue Reading

Goodfellow Fund; Fly Sheridan, Denver Air

‘Tis the season….. The Goodfellow Fund appreciates your support. It’s been around since 1958 and provides local help through The Salvation Army for food, clothing and toys during the Christmas season. In all, more than $300,000 has been raised over the years. If you’d to help: • The Goodfellow Fund c/o The Sheridan Press 144… Continue Reading

McIntyre book; ‘Auntie’ passes

McIntyre book;  ‘Auntie’ passes

Sheridan author Tom McIntyre has spent parts of 40 years in Africa. His first story appearing in print in 1975. “It’s taken a lifetime to absorb Africa,” he says. His new book, “Augusts in Africa: Safaris Into the Twilight,” is a collection of essays, all of them quite personal. It’s good. McIntyre, who is also… Continue Reading

Chamber Stroll; Brinton ‘Dimensions’

Tonight is the night! The holiday stroll in downtown Sheridan, beginning at 4 p.m. Thousands of “Chamber Bucks” will be given away.  Tomorrow, it’s Small Business Saturday. Shop Sheridan!   ••••••   Must say, Aretha Franklin won the “time of possession” award for Thursday’s National Anthem before the Minnesota-Detroit game. Said one smart aleck, when… Continue Reading

Gollings program coming next week

Thanks for reading today’s Sheridan Press, our Thanksgiving/Black Friday edition. It’s the largest newspaper we published this year based on page count, distribution, special sections, “wraps” and marketing inserts. Enjoy!   ••••••   Certainly worth the time…… Tyson Emborg will present a lecture on the life and times of E. William Gollings come Nov. 30… Continue Reading

Goodfellow fund; biggest Press of year

‘Tis the season. The annual Goodfellow Fund is off and running. It’s sponsored by The Sheridan Press and dates to 1958. Over the years, some $300,000 has been raised for Salvation Army ministries – namely food, clothing and toys during the Christmas season. John Rotellini and Becky Martini, office manager for the Press, are the… Continue Reading

Treide’s company leads fastest growing list

Number one fastest growing company in Wyoming? It’s right down the street. Bighorn Design Studio is atop the list that was published in this week’s Wyoming Business Report. Two other Sheridan companies, Kennon Products, Inc., a company that manufactures high-tech protection for aviation, healthcare and energy industries, came in at number nine; Black Tooth Brewing… Continue Reading

Season’s Readings, ERA rodeo on TV

Thanksgiving prep….. A marquee/message sign outside a Grand Junction, Colorado, liquor store: Make Your Relatives Look Better. Shop Here First.   ••••••   Those drop-off buckets containing children’s books around town are part of the Season’s Readings book program. The Sheridan Press began the program in 2011 and is partnering with the Food Group for… Continue Reading

Books, music, Gollings at SC

“County 3 Pride” said the Press headline Monday, after two of the three Sheridan County football teams came away from Laramie with state championships. Tongue River came up just short; Sheridan and Big Horn are again at the top. Come Saturday, the Press will publish two commemorative special sections about the two teams. The two… Continue Reading

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