Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

Evers leads Food Bank effort to assist miners

A final push for donations for impacted coal miners and their families through the Food Bank of the Rockies will end Friday. It’s a good example of Wyoming citizens helping each other and the catalyst, Joe Evers, emblematic of a “circle of life” premise in the state and this area in particular. Evers is from Sheridan… Continue Reading

YMCA event, notes and quotes

Welcome visitors — we’re glad you’re here. •••••• Jay McGinnis is one of those people who can lift a day. Always upbeat. Positive. He’s the longtime director of the Sheridan YMCA, a city “center” by definition, usage and patronage. He stopped in earlier this week and in the course of conversation let it out that… Continue Reading

Khan, Stones, Mint, beer

Certainly there’s some buzz hereabouts regarding the story in the current edition of The New Yorker about “Tamale Louis,” aka “Hamburger Louis,” citizen, entrepreneur and depending on who you talk to, legend. Pulitzer Prize winning writer Kathryn Schulz profiles Zarif Khan, an immigrant from Afghanistan who, if you talk to “old timers,” made the best… Continue Reading

Housing sought for WyoTF folk

The Wyoming Theater Festival will showcase two weeks of original theater. Professional actors, directors, writers are coming in July. There’s a need for local housing. If you want to help — and in return receive courtesy access to shows — contact Susie Schatz-Benson, 763-0525. •••••• Susan and I were in Kansas City, Missouri, recently for… Continue Reading

Rogers, Williams, Mars Ag Center

How about Darren Rogers! Wow! The Sheridan engineer summits Everest. Rarified air indeed. •••••• If you like sports anecdotes and local history, there was a gem in sport editor Michael Pruden’s column a week ago Wednesday when he profiled Barb Williams. She has had a 57-year connection with Sheridan College, including being a member of… Continue Reading

Lanka sculptures; Warriner farewells

Sheridan Salvation Army Capt. Don Warriner stopped in last week to say that he and his wife, Capt. Kim Warriner, also of the SA, have been transferred to a similar posting in Ogden, Utah. The Warriners have been in Sheridan for three-plus years and have done good work to expand its ministry. They’ve gotten involved… Continue Reading

Books, notes, quotes, anecdotes

Recommended reading……. • Baby Boomers — the generation born in the years between 1946 and 1964 — are as a group beginning to “wrap it up” in earnest. Life, that is. Author and columnist Michael Kinsley, 65, cheerfully and poignantly captures the ethos of aging in “Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide.” He addresses friendships, family… Continue Reading

Theater Festival, baseball, golf

Recently, I shared a table with one of the recipients of the Sheridan Salvation Army’s Good Samaritan awards, Dave Engels, one of the principle engineers of Entech. We were talking about how good the local air service has become. He related the story about the time, years ago, that he and Catherine Engels, “walked home… Continue Reading

Graduates, ‘Longmire;’ Wright art, SA is 100

Congratulations to Sheridan College graduates! It’s commencement weekend. •••••• “Longmire” author Craig Johnson will be reading from his new book, “The Highwayman,” tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at 2 p.m. It’ll be at the Fulmer Public Library. •••••• Artist, curator and historian Kim Fuka of Ranchester stopped by last week. Bids on the art by Bill Wright… Continue Reading

Typewriters, ‘laws’ of golf

Today’s Notebook. No cheese — or bacon — in its crust. •••••• I bought a 1947 Royal typewriter last week from Chris White. She works next door at Grinnell Street Dental. It’s virtually identical to the other 1947 Royal I already have — now, two boat anchors. I also have a 1908 Underwood typewriter, scarfed… Continue Reading

DS: 307 reasons we love Sheridan

Hot off the press! The spring/summer 2016 edition of Destination Sheridan magazine arrives today for subscribers. Tomorrow, we’ll deliver it to visitor centers, restaurants, racks and hospitality-related businesses, in state and out. (Bless those visitors!) The cover story: 307 reasons we love Sheridan. The cover photo is by Justin Sheely. It’s 140 pages of local… Continue Reading

McCafferty named to Creighton HOF

Hall of Famer Mike McCafferty. ‘Tis so. Last month, McCafferty, the CEO of Sheridan Memorial Hospital since 1998, was inducted into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame along with his baseball teammates of the 1991 Bluejay team. It was the first and only team in Creighton history to reach the College World Series. The ceremony… Continue Reading

Her name was Helen

I called my older brother earlier this week because I wasn’t sure when our mother had died, 30 years ago. For whatever reasons, I’m usually pretty good with dates and places and baseball statistics and other mindless rot, but couldn’t precisely it pin down. Although I recall the hospital, the doctor, the middle of the night… Continue Reading

Vietnam memorial dedicated at Sheridan College

Allen Hoe was today’s speaker at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial statue dedication at Sheridan College. He was joined at the ceremony by the founder of the national Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., Diane Carlson Evans of Helena, Montana. She’s a former Army nurse and lieutenant who has been to Sheridan before as a guest… Continue Reading

-30- for Blackie, the best ever

A few words about Blackie Sherrod, the greatest sports writer ever, who died last Thursday at 96 in his home in Dallas. Sherrod wrote for the Fort Worth Press, the Dallas Times Herald and later, during a pitched newspaper war for readership in 1985, he switched teams and joined the arch-rival Dallas Morning News. Newspaper auditors… Continue Reading

SC performance art; Eberhart’s Arizona ace

Susan and I, over almost 38 years of marriage, have been in the newspaper business in four communities and each had a community college. Each served a specific need. Cochise College, for example, in Sierra Vista, Arizona, focused its curriculum on computer science given its location adjacent to Fort Huachuca, headquarters for U.S. Army Intelligence… Continue Reading

Jasper arrives; SHS WTP team

I had the good fortune to sit in at a newspaper conference last week in Denver. It was the first-ever meeting of publishers and executives from newspapers that are owned and published by Gary Stevenson of Sheridan and Robb Hicks of Buffalo. They’ve been lifelong friends. Their community newspapers are located in nine states. Patrick Cossel… Continue Reading

11 questions with Tim Stubson

Tim Stubson is running for Wyoming’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that is now held by Rep. Cynthia Lummis; she is retiring. He’s a Casper attorney and has been in the Wyoming Legislature since 2008, currently the third ranking member as House pro tempore. Stubson, 44, along with fellow state legislator Mark Kinner… Continue Reading

FAB Friday; Prince coverage recalled

The fourth annual FAB Women’s Conference (For. About. By.) will be at Sheridan College Friday. After registration (11:30 a.m.), conferees can attend a variety of sessions on professional and personal development. The keynote speaker is Brenda Abdilla, author, business consultant and lifestyle coach whose clients have included the Department of Justice, Cisco and the U.S.… Continue Reading

Jazz concert tonight at SC

It’s pretty darn cool… enjoy lunch at Sheridan College and listen to live jazz. The student ensemble led off Tuesday with Herbie Hancock’s classic, “Watermelon Man.” Tonight, three SC jazz groups, including a faculty group, will perform at 8 p.m. inside the Thorne-Rider Student Center. •••••• One of many laudable aspects of Wyoming politics is… Continue Reading

Jazz Q&A with SC’s Dr. Richards

Dr. Eric Richards is the director of music and band studies at Sheridan College, relocating here with his family last August. He was a tenured associate professor of music at the University of Nebraska and had retired from the U.S. Army (E-8) after a career of performing and arranging music throughout the U.S. and world.… Continue Reading

Cartoons, ‘free’ samples

One “takeaway” from 35-plus years of community newspaper publishing is that readers get riled at opinion page cartoons. They can be provocative. I’ve learned that while you can have entire editorial pages or sections that for years have leaned conservative with bedrock Republican columnists, a cartoon is often more impactful and more determinate at perceptions.… Continue Reading

FAB Conference; phones vs phones

There was a recent story in the Wall Street Journal about “land lines.” Also known as: telephone. We had one. It was black. It was located in the hall. My older brother and I would run to it, exclaiming: “I’ve got it!” Nowadays, when a call comes in on a smartphone, it’s an option to… Continue Reading

3 kind words; books, coaches

Few things amuse more than when a billionaire claims how the system is “stacked against me.” •••••• Three kindest words in the English language? “I love you.” Next three kindest? “You’ve lost weight.” Capt. Don Warriner of the Sheridan Salvation Army stopped in earlier this week to talk up the SA’s 100th anniversary in Sheridan.… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes, anecdotes

It’s National Library Week, in case you’re wondering. We’ve got a good one here, for sure. Fulmer Library is home to an expanding print and online collection, galleries, reading areas; a destination for authors with readings and book signings; a center for social and family archival possibilities; a friendly, competent and welcoming staff. And it… Continue Reading

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