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Contributions from local columnists

Health Watch: Uniting to discuss veteran mental health support

On Aug. 11, community stakeholders gathered at the VA Community Mental Health Summit on the Sheridan College campus to enhance access to mental health services, share information and address the needs of veterans and their family members in Sheridan and throughout Wyoming. This event, held annually, yielded small group conversations and solutions relating to improving… Continue Reading

Another Brewfest in the history books

Many of you attended the Suds and Spurs Brewfest last weekend, an annual event that serves as the Chamber’s primary fundraiser and draws hundreds of visitors to Sheridan. The weather was beautiful, the location fantastic, the music outstanding, and those in attendance showed up to support the Chamber while sampling delicious craft brews in beautiful… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Live smart to learn smart

As summer wanes, we are presented with an opportunity to get back in to a routine. Instead of returning to the “same old” habits, use this time to examine the home environment and create some smart living practices to support the learning needs of children. Aside from extracurricular activities a new academic year invites, children… Continue Reading

Counting the Christian vote

Politics is thick in the air.  It’s part of our bi-annual American ritual that leads up to voting for various candidates. Voting in elections is something my congregation takes seriously as I am certain 96 percent of the adults eligible to vote in the congregation, vote. As I am certain, the same high percentage of… Continue Reading

Health Watch: You are a light in the world

Life is just too short! Recently, I attended the memorial service of a high school classmate, a friend of mine. Shortly before he passed away, he was an active, vibrant individual, full of life. Yet, like many of us are, he was vulnerable to age-related physical issues, his time on earth shortened due to an… Continue Reading

Where there’s a will

A good horse is an indispensable asset when you live in remote country.  No matter how good the horse, however, he is useless unless his feet are able to carry him the distance. The late summer sun was shooting low angles through the canyon ponderosa pines as the lazy shadows they were making provided a perfect… Continue Reading

Dog Days require tart therapy

Settling into August is always a test of will for me. Hot and you know the cool down is just around he corner, but won’t I melt before that happens? It’s time to take a simple crust and make amazing fruit or savory vegetable tarts that everyone will love. They will also travel well to… Continue Reading

This week at the WCA…

This column will discuss upcoming events happening at the new Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. In addition to gallery exhibitions, concert listings and reviews, lectures and dance and theater productions, you will be able to learn more about the arts faculty at the college. More information on the WCA can always be… Continue Reading

Scoop your lemonade

Just a small scoop of this rich, tart and tangy dessert will make the end of the meal the best part. And dessert doesn’t get much easier than this. You will need an ice cream freezer and three simple ingredients for this simple chiller. To mix: In a medium mixing bowl, combine 4 cups whipping cream,… Continue Reading

Word confusion strikes again in world of couponing

Most of the time, using coupons is easy — simply read the wording on a coupon to find out for what product the coupon is valid. However, my readers have been adept at spotting unusual or questionable wording on coupons lately, and here’s another batch of reader email sharing what they’re seeing on their coupons:… Continue Reading

Nutrition buzz words — Dietary nitrates

Dietary nitrates may provide many health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and improving athletic performance. This is most likely achieved through the process of converting dietary inorganic nitrates to inorganic nitrites in the digestive tract, and then to nitric oxide in the blood stream. Nitric oxide helps improve oxygen delivery to your brain, heart and… Continue Reading

Spotting fires a lonely, isolated job

Spotting fires a lonely, isolated job

One hundred six years ago this month, 1,736 wildfires burned more than three million acres of private and federal land in the West. Several small towns were destroyed and at least 85 people were killed. Smoke from the fires reached New England and traveled all the way to Greenland. Nationally in 1910, wildfires consumed more… Continue Reading

More s’mores

This is the perfect summertime treat that feeds a crowd. And, you don’t need a campfire. The squares are great served at room temperature or you could pop the pan into a warm (250 degree) oven for 1 or 2 minutes just until the chocolate softens. Sheet pan s’mores 1 (14.4-oz.) box graham crackers, lightly… Continue Reading

Go back to school shopping without breaking the bank

It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school time is right around the corner. As our family prepares, I’m also enjoying some of my favorite stock-up sales of the year on school supplies. It’s easy to get great deals on everything from scissors to binders to notebooks by watching sales and shopping the lowest-priced items. Almost every… Continue Reading

Look for the evidence

With easy access to information comes easy access to misinformation. How does anyone figure out what is fact versus hype? We live in a world where pseudoscience inundates our lives in the form of catchy memes from the latest guru suggesting the latest and greatest way to stay healthy. We hear that coffee will keep… Continue Reading

Eliminating all the big clutter in our lives

A couple months ago I accidentally made a new and fairly significant lifestyle choice.  I was looking for something — I don’t even remember what it was now — and I found it in a dark corner of a basement closet.  In the process of looking for this object that I obviously don’t care a great… Continue Reading

Window leaks likely caused by improper installation

Window leaks likely caused by improper installation

 Our semi-contemporary house has cathedral ceilings on most of the roof. The original roof was replaced in 2005. It was a clean re-roofing job. The decking was found to be in good condition, except for some loose nails. Owens Corning 50-year architectural shingles were selected, with added attic ridge vents. Ice and water shield was… Continue Reading

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