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Taking kids into the outdoors

Taking kids into the outdoors

This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing so many families enjoy the Bighorn Mountains during the Antelope Butte Summer Festival. The ski area was crawling with little kids who were hiking, speeding past on their bikes or playing in the creek. During many conversations with festival-goers I heard variations of “we don’t get… Continue Reading

Summer in Sheridan full of fun

You know it’s summer when… It is not difficult to notice the influx of big RVs and camp trailers and other out-of-state licensed vehicles on the interstate, rolling down Main Street and ensconced in the Wally World parking lot and realize that it is summer in Wyoming. Granted we are more likely to focus on… Continue Reading

Versatile zucchini

Zucchini is about as versatile a vegetable as there is; able to be made into savory pancakes and moist, delicious brownies. Zucchini Pancakes with Creamy Dill Sauce 1 cup buttermilk, divided 1/2 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons dill, chopped 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions 1 teaspoons lemon juice, plus more as needed 4 small zucchini,… Continue Reading

The upsides of home owner’s associations

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared some email from readers regarding homeowner’s associations. While many readers were quick to point out what they didn’t like about HOAs, others wrote to share the upsides of living in a community where everyone has agreed to abide by the same rules. “Dear Jill, I personally have served… Continue Reading

ACCESS YES opening land for Wyoming sportsmen

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department offers several different types of access for hunting and fishing. The Department maintains approximately 413,000 acres of land under deed, lease or agreement.  These areas include access to nearly 225 miles of streams, more than 21,000 lake surface acres and more than 148 miles of road rights-of-way. These areas… Continue Reading

Lemon twists

Throughout history, lemons have played an important part in adding depth to regional cooking or made into lemonade or marinades; lemon are multitaskers. Other ideas: • Air fresheners — simmer slices of lemon and a few whole cloves in a pan of water help remove food odors. • Vegetable enhancers —Toss lemon peel with vegetables… Continue Reading

Health Watch: The straight facts about osteoporosis

Bones are active tissue, which means they constantly break down and rebuild themselves. With osteoporosis, however, the regeneration of new bone does not keep up with the bone that has broken down. Over time, bone quality and strength degenerates. Bones become weak and brittle, leaving one more susceptible to a fracture (broken bone.) In fact… Continue Reading

These boots are made for walkin’

These boots are made for walkin’

Yee-haw! For many Sheridan locals, Rodeo Week means hosting a group of out-of-town friends and family. With guests of all ages, it’s fun to get creative and show off some of the wonderful summer activities Sheridan has to offer. With weather like this and several great hiking options close to town, many people choose to… Continue Reading

Not all stories end happily … and that’s good!

Recently, my wife and I took our two young boys on our first Disneyland vacation.  For those of you that have not been there, Disney’s imagineers have created several rides that allow riders to “live through” the Disney adaptations of many storybook adventures.  To pass the time while waiting in line for one of these… Continue Reading

Fresh sauces to get you through summer

Top pizza or bread for bruschetta, or toss on penne. Seeding half the tomatoes keeps the sauce from becoming too watery. Fresh Tomato Sauce 1 pound ripe tomatoes, divided 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon molasses 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 garlic… Continue Reading

Health Watch: The heat is on!

As “fitnovations” go, exercising in hot environments has become a pretty common practice among fitness fanatics. It is not unusual to see Bikram style yoga, hot aerobics, Cross-Fit and even specific weight lifting classes conducted in overly warm environments. Some believe that hot temperatures facilitate the removal of waste and toxins from the body by… Continue Reading

Tips and tricks to get you through summer

It doesn’t take a lot to put a little punch in your food. Sometimes just a pinch of something flavorful will be enough to make a dish sing. Herbs Growing and cooking with your own home-grown herbs is one of the perks of summer. The aromas that linger in your kitchen are the payoff. Here… Continue Reading

Couponing — All that glitters isn’t good

Dear Jill, “I learned of a way to save even more with coupons that I’ve never seen you talk about. On Facebook, I have joined several groups for ‘glitter’ couponing. Did you know that just because a coupon shows one product, you could use the coupon on other products that cost less for a better… Continue Reading

Hitch your wagon to the WYO next week

SHERIDAN — The theme for the 86th annual Sheridan WYO Rodeo parade is “Hitch Your Wagon to the WYO.” It is appropriate because this year the National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association will hold its ninth annual conference in Sheridan. The NSFWA is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 that is dedicated to the interpretation,… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Practicing patience

“Summertime … and the living is easy …” I love that old song and the message that comes from within its lyrics: “… one of these mornings, you’re gonna rise up singing, and you’ll spread your wings and take to the sky …” Those words speak volumes to me. However, we human beings tend to… Continue Reading

Column: What to do for July

Inside: Too hot outside? Spend the morning cleaning the basement. Give some thought to having curtains or drapes laundered. Take drapes to the dry cleaners one week then launder kitchen and bathroom curtains the next. Don’t forget to give your windows a wash too. Dust blinds weekly. Once or twice a year clean wooden blinds… Continue Reading

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