Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

SC microbiology tools, students earn praise

Don Jacobson teaches microbiology at Sheridan College, an adjunct position. There are 29 students, nine in his class. After a successful career as an educator, consultant and entrepreneur, he’s back in an environment that he loves — teaching — and in a place that values education. “It’s a helluva good school.” Jacobson, 66, should know.… Continue Reading

Waddell-Waddell art at Whitney

Man walks into a bank. • Man: I’d like a business loan, he tells a banker. • Banker: We’ll need a statement. • Man: OK. You can say I’m optimistic.   ••••••   Spectacular, provocative art on display now at the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. Certainly, the Notebook is no bona… Continue Reading

30-year marriage started with advertisement

Cheyl Tiegs, in a bikini, in a forthcoming edition of Sports Illustrated? Sixty-three years of age? Next they’ll be saying that pro rasslin’ ain’t on the level.   ••••••   Thirty years ago today, Valentine’s Day, Henry Maine and Lisa Willhardt, said to each other and those attending, and I’m quoting here, “I do.” People… Continue Reading

Wallop, Grappo program insightful

Ambassador Gary Grappo received a warm Sheridan welcome and reception last week as the featured speaker at the University of Wyoming’s Center for Global Study. The program, “Sen. Malcolm Wallop: Conversations on Democracy,” also brought forth programs by three UW graduate students and their study abroad in the Middle East and Europe. Sen. Wallop served… Continue Reading

Student achievements; a fourth championship

First off, let’s hear it for the Sheridan High School We the People team. For the fourth consecutive year, the SHS team won the state championship in Laramie earlier this week and will move onto the national competition in Washington, D.C., come April. Congrats!   ••••••   Of students…… The Brinton Museum will for the… Continue Reading

‘17 spring film festival to begin

Finally, a reason to go to Casper. (Jes’ kidding.) A total eclipse of the sun is coming Aug. 21 and Casper is the ideal spot, so say scientists and astronomers who are up on this sort of thing. The “totality” of the eclipse will be about 60 miles from the Ghost City (CB radio talk… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes anecdotes

Shop Sheridan, this weekend.   ••••••   President Barack Obama played 306 rounds of golf during his eight years in office, says a story in the Daily Telegraph of London. Obama carded the most scores of his recent contemporaries, notably presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. President Dwight Eisenhower is considered the most-ever active… Continue Reading

Anderson honored; Brubeck concert tonight

Proud mom Peggy Anderson dropped a note to the Notebook earlier this week, bragging on her son, as mothers tend to do.  For good reason. Kory Anderson, head coach of the Ventura, California, High School track and field team, has been nominated by the California Coaches’ Association for the Southern California Track and Field Coach… Continue Reading

‘We the People’ team ready for state competition

Sheridan High School’s We the People team had a dress rehearsal Monday night at the Sheridan County Fulmer Library. There was lively discussion of Hamilton and other founding fathers, Madison’s Federalist Papers (85 essays to the American people urging passage of the Constitution; of course, we remember that from civics class, eh?), the distinction of… Continue Reading

Brubeck Brothers in concert at SC

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet will be in concert Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. Both Chris and Dan Brubeck recorded and toured with their legendary father, Dave Brubeck, along with another brother, Darius, who left the group years ago to start a university jazz studies program in South… Continue Reading

BHJ Realty to host s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g bee

A spelling bee, once a touchstone of core American educational values, is alive and well in Sheridan County, thanks to Century 21 BHJ Realty and Rosemary Larkin. Three years ago, interest was diminishing and the event was about to go kaput. (Ka-put: broken and useless; no longer working or effective, so say the dictionary folk.)… Continue Reading

Mars recognized in arts magazine

The winter edition of Wyoming Artscapes magazine, always a lift when it arrives, features how the late Forrest E. Mars, Jr. is the recipient of a Governor’s Arts Award. The story profiles Mars’ philanthropy with Sheridan County, not only with the arts, but also with local education and culture. He died last July. “If Forrest… Continue Reading

Brubeck Brothers coming to Whitney

Come Feb. 2, the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College will welcome The Brubeck Brothers Quarter in concert. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Dan and Chris Brubeck lead the group. Its best album is “Classified” which features vocalists and compositions by their great father, Dave Brubeck. They’ve been touring and performing since the 1970s,… Continue Reading

SC’s Mars Ag Center welcomes students

On a campus with already terrific views of the Bighorns, it’s arguably the best scenic around. The new Mars Agriculture Center is open and busy with students. I was on the receiving end of a tour Wednesday and students were busy inside classrooms and laboratories. The brilliant sunshine that day amplified what a strategic addition… Continue Reading

Eliana Grace Sheely arrives; WTP team ready

Eliana Grace Sheely arrives; WTP team ready

Sheridan High School’s “We the People” team will have a dress rehearsal for its state competition Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Sheridan County Fulmer Library. The state tournament is Feb. 6 in Laramie. Tyson Emborg’s WTP team is the defending state champion, three years running. They competed nationally last April in Washington, D.C.… Continue Reading

‘Bakersfield Mist’ opens soon at CHT

The Sheridan Civic Theatre Guild will present “Bakersfield Mist” beginning Jan. 20 at the Carriage House Theater. It’s directed by Gene Davis and stars Aaron Odom and Erin Kranz. It’s the story of a bartender who finds a long-lost Jackson Pollock painting that is worth millions. Critics love the mystery and the comedy. The story… Continue Reading

Sheridan again on top 10 True West list

The ghosts of Christmas past are beginning to show up. American Express. Visa. Mastercard.   ••••••   The new edition of True West magazine arrived recently — always a lift in the day — and in it, its annual listings of the “True West True Western (Top 10) Towns.” Sheridan is on the list. In… Continue Reading

Well wishes for New Year; resolutions

Happy New Year, Sheridan! •••••• Some baseball trivia, right here in the middle of winter…. • Who was the first player to be named Rookie of the Year from the designated hitter position? (Answer below.) •••••• This time of year, there’s all kinds of resolutions and “lists” for the new year. Resolutions often have a… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes anecdotes

One doesn’t hear the chirps about how Wyoming’s football team should go down a class, giving up its Division I, NCAA status. The Cowboys’ recent 8-6 season, with a narrow bowl game loss to old rival BYU, likely has salved that rub for a while. Coach Craig Bohl recently signed a big contract extension. The… Continue Reading

Others drop, SC enrollment steady

I see by the paper…… Earlier this month, Sheridan’s Mel Heckman flew to Pearl Harbor where he once served. Heckman has led the Wyoming Pearl Harbor survivors for many years. The Press covered Heckman’s departure. More than 100 survivors attended the 75th anniversary, so reported the Wall Street Journal. Four of the five survivors of… Continue Reading

To touch an angel

A favorite Christmas column is from former Dallas Morning News columnist Paul Crume (1912-1975). His front-page ‘Big D’ column was essential daily reading in our home, part of the morning breakfast nourishment. Readers in north Texas enjoyed his commentary for decades. This essay, which first appeared in 1967, is timeless in its appeal. •••••• To Touch… Continue Reading

‘We the People’ team in state tourney (again)

Monday’s Electoral College vote affirming president-elect Donald Trump’s victory in November reminds that no other state gets more out of the EC than Wyoming. OK. OK. Secretary Clinton won more votes, about 2.6 million in the popular ballot, the largest gap in the country’s history when the same candidate didn’t also win the Electoral College.… Continue Reading

Johnson readings; Demple’s deliveries

First things first……. “Christmas @ Your Library” includes a program by local author Craig Johnson. He will read his latest Christmas story and there will be plenty of “Longmire” items available for purchase. Johnson’s schedule: • Dec. 17: Sheridan Fulmer Library, noon. • Dec. 18: Story Library, 6 p.m. • Dec. 21: Clearmont Library, 6… Continue Reading

Six best books of ‘16

The Notebook loves a good book. Mostly non-fiction. History, biography, books about culture. In recent years, I’ve bitten often into memoir as a genre. Now and then, a whodunit rolls through the nighttime stack to shake up the psyche. The best books of 2016, in no particular order:  • “Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who… Continue Reading

Shop Sheridan; books, anecdotes

The late, great comic George Carlin used to say that he always ate in a “family-style” restaurant. “That means there’s an argument going on at every table.” •••••• This week, some Christmas shopping. A pair of boots; books, always. Some gift cards. Clothing for the grandkids. A piece of jewelry. A scarf. Some apparel. All… Continue Reading

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