Author Archives: Zachary White

Commissioners approve jail contract extension

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County commissioners accepted an agreement with the city of Sheridan Tuesday that has the city paying the medical bills of municipal prisoners until a long-term jail contract is reached. Sheridan County had been paying the medical expenses, though the bill had amounted to less than $1,000 since the city ended its contract… Continue Reading

Dayton updates animal ordinance

SHERIDAN — A recent court case in Dayton was thrown out because of an awkward sentence in the town code. The case was centered on a resident who allegedly had a noisy dog. The town code makes residents responsible for animals in their care, and in this case presents how an animal should be dealt… Continue Reading

Funding for aquatic center gaining steadily

SHERIDAN — Almost two months into its campaign to raise money for a new aquatic center, the Sheridan County YMCA is more than halfway to its funding goal. Despite what organizers have done so far, YMCA Executive Director Jay McGinnis said some have been skeptical about the ability to raise the amount needed. In total,… Continue Reading

Hootin’ Owl owners bring location back to life

Hootin’ Owl owners bring location back to life

RANCHESTER — On U.S. Highway 14 in Ranchester a building that sat empty for 15 years has new tenants, and people are starting to notice. Jenny Miller, who owns the Hootin’ Owl Café with her husband, Bill, said they’re having more of a turnout than they originally expected. “I told my husband, ‘Hey I’ll just… Continue Reading

State revenue continues slide, could decrease by 20 percent

SHERIDAN — Wyoming may see its revenue decrease by more than 20 percent in coming years as oil, gas and coal prices remain low nationwide. This data comes from a Consensus Revenue Estimating Group report that was released Monday. That decrease is based on a revenue projection of approximately $4.45 billion for general government operations… Continue Reading

BUDGET WOES: County officials discuss budget future

SHERIDAN — A quarter of the way through fiscal year 2016 and county officials are being asked to think about where 5 percent of their budgets can be cut next year. “No one’s happy about this, but we’re probably going to have to decrease the budget next year,” County Commissioner Steve Maier said. During a… Continue Reading

Hospital board discusses feedback

SHERIDAN — While every interaction at the hospital is different for every person, hospital staff say they’ve had a chance to see what their patients are seeing. Laura Lehan with PeAk Consulting updated the board on the patient forum the hospital put together in order to get feedback on its services. It was a six-person… Continue Reading

Zombies: Sheridan’s youngest spread the virus

Zombies: Sheridan’s youngest spread the virus

SHERIDAN — With her face covered in zombie makeup, Karson Vielhauer wandered the Fulmer Public Library Tuesday with arms extended toward her possible next meal. “Grrrrrr,” she rumbled at unsuspecting passersby. Vielhauer’s instant zombification was a result of the Zombie Fest put on by the Tween Club at the library, where students talked about how… Continue Reading

County working to fill emergency management coordinator position

SHERIDAN — When Dave Coleman retired from his position as county emergency management coordinator on Oct. 16, he left a hole in the county’s operation. The retirement was planned with a lot of warning, but the process might have taken longer than originally anticipated; Coleman’s replacement, Bruce Edwards, isn’t likely to take the post until… Continue Reading

TRVJPB looks at pipeline locations

DAYTON — A natural gas pipeline could be built to the Tongue River Valley off of an existing gas line on Fifth Street, but it isn’t the only possible location to choose from. WWC Engineering took on the project to get natural gas to the Tongue River Valley in August, and they recently met with… Continue Reading

Dayton to purchase GIS equipment

SHERIDAN — After more than a month of discussion on the idea of getting geographic information system mapping done in Dayton, Wednesday the town council approved a $10,383 purchase for equipment and software from Frontier Precision. Council members had been hesitant to buy GIS equipment because of the high price tag that went along with… Continue Reading

Clearmont fills Council seat

CLEARMONT — Council members filled an empty seat Monday, naming Anna Switzer as the newest member of the Clearmont Town Council. Switzer was the only candidate to submit a letter of interest, but Mayor Chris Schock said the Council still evaluated her abilities. Switzer is the owner of the Clear Creek Stop in Clearmont. The… Continue Reading

NG to discuss local troops at meeting

SHERIDAN — The National Guard unit in Sheridan will be switching armory locations with a unit in Casper in 2016. This won’t shut down the armories or displace the units, National Guard spokeswoman Deidre Forster said. “It’s not really changes in numbers, just changes in location,” Forster said. “If you’re drilling in Sheridan (now), you’ll… Continue Reading

SAWS to seek out reservoir water

SHERIDAN — Officials approved the transfer of $500,000 into a water fund to get some Sheridan residents a back-up water supply. Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board members put that money aside Wednesday to purchase water rights from current shareholders of the Park Reservoir. In order to get current shareholders of the Park Reservoir… Continue Reading

Locals responsible for designated public roads

SHERIDAN — While state highways and county roads have a steady source of income used for maintenance, some roads in rural parts of the county aren’t as fortunate. One type of road is simply dedicated for public use. In some rural areas, that means the nearby property owners are responsible for maintenance of that road.… Continue Reading

Ongaro aims to expand patient base at health center

Ongaro aims to expand patient base at health center

SHERIDAN — With her new position as executive director and clinic director of Sheridan Health Center, Wendy Ongaro is looking to expand whom the health center takes care of. This includes adding another 200 to 300 patients to the practice. “We have tried a lot of traditional methods of advertising for patients, and we just… Continue Reading

National Guard experience helps deputy grow up

National Guard experience helps deputy grow up

SHERIDAN — Vigilance is what kept him alive — his own and that of his brothers in arms. Clint Salyards said he’s happy to be included among the numbers of great men and women who have worked to protect their country; but he doesn’t think his story compares to those who have given their blood,… Continue Reading

Jaycees host convention, recruit young professionals

SHERIDAN — With the Junior Chamber of Commerce state convention going on today in Buffalo, national Vice President Keri Fisher is making the rounds to offer training and bolster numbers. Fisher said there’s a large number of benefits associated with becoming a member, which include gaining leadership skills that can become valuable quickly or later… Continue Reading

Food bank sees declining donations, closes Thursdays

Food bank sees declining donations, closes Thursdays

SHERIDAN — As the holiday season nears some of Sheridan’s most needy families may have trouble getting food on the table every day of the week. Earlier this week, officials with the People Assistance Food Bank announced they will no longer be open on Thursdays to distribute food. Manager Dan Lick said the change is… Continue Reading

SEEDA discusses property sale, Hollywood possibilities

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority is working to sell one lot of land for approximately $600,000. SEEDA received an offer from Bradley Walden of C&K Equipment Sales for the space located off of Commercial Avenue just east of Interstate 90. C&K Equipment Sales is located across the street from the lot… Continue Reading

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