Category Archives: Local Columnists

Contributions from local columnists

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

Health Watch: Stress management

Stress can affect people’s mental and physical wellbeing. Many adults are attempting to juggle work, parenting, relationships and other daily responsibilities. For kids, life changes and academic or social pressures can contribute to stress. The pressures of modern life have led to increased stress on American families in general. Effectively handling stress is an important… Continue Reading

Sheridan continues to excel in variety of ways

Sheridan continues to excel on a variety of economic development themes. First off, congratulations to Susan Bigelow, Ph.D, of Sheridan College, and Robert Briggs, of the city of Sheridan, for the successful continuation of state funding for the WYO Theater project that includes renovating and expanding into the old Hallmark building. This, in times of… Continue Reading

Supporting the flowers on Main Street

Every year we are sad to see the beautiful flower baskets lining Main Street removed for the winter season. Sadly, it must be done. On Sept. 25, on a beautiful, brisk Sunday morning a number of individuals helped make quick work of a tough job. The task of removing the baskets, separating and storing all of… Continue Reading

Health Watch: The color of winter

What is the color of winter? This depends upon what aspect of winter we reference. The ground is white, trees are gray and there is a darkness to the early morning sky. When blended together, for many, these colors result in “the winter blues.” Most of us, at some point during the season, suffer from… Continue Reading

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