Category Archives: Local Columnists

Contributions from local columnists

Contact during the legislative session

The Wyoming Legislature convened for 2017 on Jan. 10 and will adjourn for the year on or about March 3.  Let’s keep in touch during the legislative session.  By Constitution the Legislature meets only 40 days in odd numbered years, 20 days in even numbered years.  That means when “in session” the pace is fast.… Continue Reading

Guest column: After 150 years, a unique gathering

Perhaps for the first time since the violent struggle for the lands on which we live today, representatives of four Indian tribes and the U.S. military, gathered at the Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site to honor the warriors and soldiers who fought there. A ceremony and activities took place around the Fetterman Monument on… Continue Reading

Health Watch: How to avoid too much iron

Hemochromatosis is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States. It is a condition where the body absorbs and stores too much iron. The extra iron builds up in several organs, especially the liver, and can cause serious damage. Without treatment, the disease can cause these organs to fail. Over 1 million… Continue Reading

The WYO equals economic development

We talk about economic development a lot, mostly in terms of getting new businesses into Sheridan. That’s important, of course. But sometimes we overlook one aspect of economic development that’s been happening for 86 years. I’m speaking of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo.  One of the reasons The WYO was established in 1931 was to provide… Continue Reading

Stock a nonalcoholic bar for parties

Stock a nonalcoholic bar for parties

If you are entertaining this season and want to serve a variety of drinks, keep in mind that not everybody drinks alcohol, and more important, not every one should. When making party plans remember alternatives to plain pop or canned juice by giving some thought to these suggestions. Fortunately there are enough flavorful non-alcoholic beverages… Continue Reading

Health Watch: I recovered

I’m moved to write this article, by having recently lost a friend to suicide. It’s not the first time that’s happened in my life, and along with many others, I’m very invested, and very hopeful, about making a difference with suicide, which certainly is a top public health priority in Wyoming and nationwide. After 40… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Stop the clock on skin aging

None of us like to admit that we’re getting older. But let’s be real: we’re all aging — and so is our skin. The primary cause of skin aging is something most of us enjoy: wonderful, life-giving sunshine. But the more we enjoy it, the “older” our skin becomes. One way to visualize the aging… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Rest, relax, recover

There’s no arguing — exercise results in both short-term and long-term adaptations. However, the point at which those changes take place is often misunderstood. Is it during the workout experience or after the exertion is over?  Logically, it might make sense to assume that the real work — the work it takes to make a… Continue Reading

Heath Watch: Social health and well-being at its best

Developing rewarding interpersonal relationships is fundamental to enhancing health and well-being. “Social wellness refers to one’s ability to interact with people around them. It involves using good communications skills, having meaningful relationships, respecting yourself and others, and creating a support system that includes family members and friends.” ( A level of emotional involvement (i.e., intimacy)… Continue Reading

Giving thanks to those who have invested in our downtown!

This past Tuesday, we recognized many of the folks who continue to help us enhance, preserve and promote beautiful Downtown Sheridan. Without these generous individuals we could not orchestrate the many events and shop local campaigns that keep our downtown hopping!  Within the downtown historic district, thirteen new businesses opened their doors; Dave Craft opened… Continue Reading

Column: Savvy with suet

I set out the first block of suet a few weeks ago as the weather chilled in the hopes of catching the eyes of those birds who regularly eat bugs. As the season changes suet can become a mainstay of these birds. The bonus in all of this is that I simply enjoy watching and attracting… Continue Reading

An open letter to the people of Sheridan County

Over the last 14 years I have had the privilege of representing the citizens of Sheridan County. It has truly been one of the greatest honors of my life and I am eternally grateful to the people of our community for trusting me with this important responsibility. I have called Sheridan County home for nearly… Continue Reading

Guest column: All citizens deserve the chance to vote

Every eligible voter who wishes to cast a ballot should be able to. Becoming an American citizen includes the right to participate in our democratic process and elections. Earlier this year, voters across Wyoming received a letter from their County Clerk saying their citizenship status was in question and if they wished to vote, they… Continue Reading

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