Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

Simpson class at SC raised enlightenment

It’s likely there is some “Pete Simpson Withdrawal” nowadays at Sheridan College. The class — Wyoming’s political culture and identity — was a delight and a sensation for 35-plus students and several guests who attended for seven weeks. Dr. Pete Simpson, rightfully labeled by his “kid” brother, former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, as a “master… Continue Reading

Column: Scott honored for children’s charity

Homer “Scotty” Scott was recently awarded the “Give the Kids the World” honor at the Perkins annual franchise conference in Minneapolis. The Powder Horn hosts a “Give the Kids the World” golf tournament and more than $60,000 has been raised in the last two years. Overall, the charity has benefited some 143,000 families who have… Continue Reading

Alamo battle 180 years ago

Tomorrow, is the 180th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo in 1836. If you grew up in Texas and were educated in its schools and universities, you know this. It’s rote. Six weeks later, Gen. Sam Houston’s army exacted revenge on the Mexican army at San Jacinto to battle cries of “Remember the Alamo!”… Continue Reading

Wright exhibit; syrup season

Kim Fuka, resident artist at the Gallery In-De-Skies, dropped by the Press earlier this week to announce how the art of William E. (Bill) Wright of Sheridan, a Wyoming Master Artist, is now on display in Ranchester. Gallery hours are 9 to 5 Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment by calling Fuka, 655-9157. It’s the… Continue Reading

Food Group tacos; ‘Spotlight’ on the big screen

March. Already? •••••• The timing’s just about ideal. Sunday night, “Spotlight” won the Oscar for Best Picture. Wednesday, it’ll be featured during week four of the Sheridan Film Festival. It’s the story about the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team of The Boston Globe and how it exposed child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. It has… Continue Reading

FAB coming; culture clash

One of those save the date items. The annual FAB (For. About. By) Women’s Conference is April 29. It’ll be at Sheridan College and will feature a variety of seminars. Brenda Abdilla, a business consultant and author, will keynote the annual Woman of the Year banquet that evening. Previous honorees: Erin Kilbride, Carmen Rideout, Ada… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes, anecdotes

My copy of this year’s swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated arrived a week ago. I’ve been a subscriber for more than 30 years and usually read it cover to cover. (Sometimes, even the stories about soccer.) After a cursory look-through — really — I put it on Susan’s stack of reading. “Why did you give… Continue Reading

Column: New ICU will lift SMH, city

The Notebook’s always impressed at what’s happening at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. Expansion of facilities. Renovations. New treatments. New physicians, expanded quality care. SMH has its own cardiac care center, a dialysis center, a cancer center and a wound clinic. Come fall, a new Intensive Care Unit will feature 11 patient rooms. This is extraordinary for… Continue Reading

Dogs and cats, living together

The Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter will have a winter carnival from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds’ Exhibit Hall. The fundraiser ($10 and lower) will include family-centric entertainment, auctions, chili and cornbread.  Info: 674-7694. •••••• One more good thing about living here — good air. Not so in China. In fact,… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes anecdotes

I see by the paper…… Three leading newspapers in Texas have endorsed Republicans other than Sen. Ted Cruz, who represents the state. • The Dallas Morning News has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich. “As much as we’d like to see a Texan in the White House, we fear Cruz’s brand of politics is more about… Continue Reading

Column: M&M signage; Geringer talk

My vote (today) for the best sign in town: the distinctive signage at the Whitney Rink at M&M’s Center. Hard to decide what to like best: those colorful, enamel-esque buttons (blue and blown with the M&M logo on the west and east sides of the skating facility), or the M&M center shadow sign facing the… Continue Reading

Thai in BH; film fest #2

The “dark ages” of television sports: the period after the Super Bowl, and before March Madness and before the Masters. So says one fan of all three. •••••• Thai? In “downtown” Big Horn. Well, yes. Jack and Heidi Cherachat prepared a lovely Thailand-influenced dinner at the Barn in Big Horn Friday night. Jack’s a chef… Continue Reading

SC-Simpson class recalls Heart Mountain

Brian Liesinger, executive director of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center and its foundation, held center stage Wednesday afternoon in Dr. Pete Simpson’s class at Sheridan College. The museum/memorial/interpretative center is located near Powell; it opened August 2011. I’ve toured it twice and it is a Wyoming educational treasure. Simpson is teaching a class on Wyoming… Continue Reading

Column: Museum raises $25K, Brinton youth art, film fest begins

Last month’s “An Evening with the Simpson Brothers” was a big hit. The benefit dinner and collaborative auctions featuring Dr. Pete Simpson and former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson raised more than $25,000 for the Sheridan County Historical Society and its museum. The Simpson brothers told stories, jokes and anecdotes; they even sang. More than 240… Continue Reading

WTP team wins (again), engineers, Java Moon

Welcome, engineers and surveyors. The Wyoming Engineering Society is having its annual convention in Sheridan at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. Entech principal Dave Engels says more than 400 conferees are in town for the weekend. His partner, Joe Feeley, who celebrated a birthday party in his honor Thursday night at the Wyoming Cattle and… Continue Reading

Column: Caucuses, indie films coming

Whew! Glad that “caucus” thing in Iowa is over. The caucus process there is always complicated. It reminds of a story about former Rep. Mo Udall, a Democrat from Arizona. In 1969, Rep. Udall became the first congressman in the 20th century to challenge a sitting Speaker of the House, John McCormack. (Udall was elected… Continue Reading

Column: Beards, bras Super Bowl trivia

During some social chit-chat with Roy Garber recently, I made note of his beard and how it made him appear worldly, erudite and virile. I’ve had a beard since 1983 (except when I was doing chemotherapy) and hear that all the time, too. The first time I grew a beard in 1974, I took it… Continue Reading

Column: Expansion wins; Indie films coming

Just so there’s something in writing….. The dog walkers along South Park Wednesday were almost equal numbers in shorts, right here in the middle of winter, Jan. 27, 2016. •••••• Independent film lovers rejoice! Next week, the spring season of the Sheridan Film Festival gets underway. Bill Campbell tells me how films like “Spotlight,” “Carol,”… Continue Reading

“Stub” Farlow recalled in traffic

One of the talking points Monday during Dr. Pete Simpson’s class at Sheridan College was how Wyoming’s distinctive license plate is part of the state’s “sponsored identity.” Dr. Simpson is teaching a seven-week class about Wyoming’s culture and politics. My newspaper career took off in Lander, a fond place in memory in which to some… Continue Reading

Wyarno for sale; spelling bee, swim blocks

Wyarno is for sale. “The whole town!” so says the ad copy in The Sheridan Press last week. John Smith of ABC Realty has the listing for the Sheridan County locale; it’s $560,000. It includes two residences, a community hall, a garage, a workshop, the post office and the bar and grill. “It’s in great… Continue Reading

Column: Notes, quotes anecdotes

A friend from Greeley, Colorado writes: “If I had won the lottery ($1.6 billion), I was going to buy an election.” •••••• Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a big supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz, told reporters how “we’ll match your Palin (endorsement of Trump) with Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty star) and raise you a Glenn… Continue Reading

Column: City to host state engineers

Randy Bomar of Vista West Engineering drops a note about the forthcoming Wyoming Engineering Society’s annual convention in Sheridan Feb. 4-6 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. One highlight will be the society’s top award, the Presidential Project of the Year, and a review of the projects completed in 2015. Sheridan engineers are volunteering to… Continue Reading

Another column about books

Palin endorses Trump? Stop the presses! The next thing we’ll hear is that professional ‘rasslin’ ain’t on the level. •••••• I was talking books with a young lady before Sen. Al and Dr. Pete Simpson’s program the other night at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. It was a fundraiser for the county museum. It’s always… Continue Reading

Column: Simpson brothers delight, entertain

There were nods of recognition instead of nodding off. In show business parlance, the Simpson brothers, Pete and Al, just “killed.” Their after-dinner fundraising program Thursday night at the Holiday Inn Conference Center included story-telling, jokes, and singing. They raised a ton of money for as good a cause as there is – the Sheridan… Continue Reading

Brinton to be featured on PBS

This spring, our Brinton Museum will be featured on Wyoming PBS’ “Wyoming Chronicles” program. Brinton curator Ken Schuster told me Thursday afternoon it’s the first time the PBS network has rolled through The Brinton atmosphere. In June, the new Forrest E. Mars Jr. Building at The Brinton Museum opened featuring the Western art of Hans… Continue Reading

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