Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

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

True West celebrates King Museum

The ghosts of “Christmas Past” are beginning to appear. American Express. VISA. Discover. •••••• True West, a magazine I’m long fond of, arrived Tuesday. Inside, there’s a story — a correction actually — about the Don King Museum of Sheridan and how it had been voted the Reader’s Choice award for Best Collectibles Gallery. In… Continue Reading

Snow blowers, trivia, blessings

The little blessings we enjoy. Embrace them. Treva Lannan noted so in her letter Tuesday in the Press. • Stuck in traffic on Coffeen? Think about those people who have never driven a car and depend on public transportation here in the U.S. and abroad in order to get from Point A to Point B.… Continue Reading

Drunk Russian rises from dead

Today’s Notebook – not approved prior to publishing by El Chapo. •••••• I see by the paper…. We were in Colorado last month visiting family and celebrating Susan’s birthday when the big story in nearby Grand Junction was about a busboy who found $3,000 in cash a few of days before Christmas. Johnny Duckworth has… Continue Reading

Wright art exhibit coming; Simpson brothers sell-out

Artist, craftsman, historian — they all seem to fit a label for Kim Fuka of Ranchester. Add cheerleader and dealer for the work of Sheridan artist William E. Wright. Wright died in 1989. In the past several weeks, Fuka has been hanging Wright’s art — oils, pastels, watercolors, charcoal, acrylics, pen and inks — in… Continue Reading

Letters to editor always well read

Last October, I had a letter to the editor published in the Montrose (Colorado) Daily Press. It was in regard to a hospitalization there and noted gratitude. It was my first letter to the editor that was published since 1984 when a submission made print in Texas Monthly magazine. (It was about a former military… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes anecdotes

Nostalgia, defined: It’s like a grammar lesson — you find the present tense and the past perfect. •••••• I see by the paper…. • Likely because of the holiday season, people are sick of turkey on their plates. The number one state in turkey production? Minnesota. Some 46 million birds are produced there. The other… Continue Reading

Goodfellow Fund passes goal

First things first. It’s good to read how the 2015 Goodfellow Fund surpassed its goal of $8,000. In all, $10,560. Funds are directed to the Sheridan Salvation Army. The Sheridan Press and Bank of the West were the coordinating agencies. The Press started this community drive almost 60 years ago and over time, more than… Continue Reading

Column: Concert, play Simpson class

“The Project(s), a stage play developed earlier this year in Sheridan, was named to “The Best of Chicago Stages” list recently by the Chicago Tribune. It’s the creation of PJ Paparelli who was a resident artist at Jentel in January. Tragically, Paparelli wasn’t around to see his success. He was killed in an automobile accident… Continue Reading

Genders split evenly; new interchange in ‘16

From the No-Man-Camps-Here, file…… One remarkable statistic from the newly released Sheridan County profile via the Census is how the county’s population is now 30,032. First time ever in the 30,000-plus territory. More remarkable: 15,004 males and 15,028 females. That’s pretty much even. •••••• The data is from the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce website.… Continue Reading

‘To Touch an Angel’

A favorite Christmas column of mine is by the late Paul Crume. His front-page “Big D” column was a morning staple for readers of the Dallas Morning News for many years. This particular essay, which first appeared in 1967, is timeless in its appeal. •••••• To Touch An Angel A man wrote me not long… Continue Reading

Book notes, quotes, anecdotes

Shop Sheridan this week! •••••• Recommended reading…… Say two good friends are having a conversation. Their talk has a suppleness to it because of shared storytelling from a long friendship. That’s the feeling a reader gets while reading (and dog-earring) pages in Roger Angell’s latest, “This Old Man: All in Pieces.” Angell, 94, has such… Continue Reading

Hillary ahead of P-Funk; Morris books recalled

What did the Zen master say to the hot dog vendor? Make me one with everything. •••••• I see by the paper… • The era of the big indoor shopping mall may be coming to an end, so says a story from The Wall Street Journal. From 1995 to 2005, 54 mall properties were built.… Continue Reading

Cookies, park construction

Thank you notes are always appreciated. Kimberly Hein dropped by The Sheridan Press offices Monday afternoon with a big tray of cookies and sweets. Unexpected. The gesture was about the United Methodist Church’s cookie and candy sale Saturday. More than 6,000 cookies were sold in three hours, she said. The sale was featured in The… Continue Reading

‘Best of’ TV; goats take down plane

Another “best of” (television) item about 2015. At the top of my list was a documentary, “The Best of Enemies,” directed and written by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville. It’s accessible via Netflix or DVD. The film website Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 94 percent rating. It’s about the William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal… Continue Reading

Press celebrates staff, honorees

Congratulations! The Sheridan Press’ 2015 Staff Members of the Year awards were given last night at our annual Christmas party. This year, it was held at the Powder Horn. Music, bingo, a baby photo contest, door prizes, good food and hospitality. The honorees: • Lisa Marosok. She is one of our dedicated and successful display… Continue Reading

Column: The Food Group, Season’s Readings

This is the last week for donating books to this year’s Season’s Readings. It’s The Sheridan Press’ annual book collection for young readers. If you have children’s books that your kids or grandkids have “outgrown,” consider dropping the gently-used books into the drop-off bins. They are being collected, collated to the proper age groups and… Continue Reading

Favorite books of 2015

En route to the “nut” of a story, I’ve an annoying habit of taking the exit ramp to Anecdote. Or, so I’m told. Since it’s the season of “best of,” here’s a list of favorite reads of 2015. More on them later, but first, the blinker’s on toward Anecdote. (There was a piece awhile back… Continue Reading

Sheridan merchants enrich community

There was a story earlier this week in The Wall Street Journal about how the shine has come off the online apple of retailing. There’s a lot of hullaballoo about “Cyber Monday” and so forth, and sales are up, but shoppers are returning to other options. One of them: shoppers are physically going into stores.… Continue Reading

Press ‘Turkey Bowl,’ books, cash flow

Sign on Christmas parade float, in Texas: “Howdy Santa! Please, I Can Explain.” •••••• Sheridan Press tidings…….. We have an annual “Turkey Bowl” competition, in house, on the Friday after Thanksgiving along with a potluck lunch. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, it’s “all hands” getting out our Total Market Coverage/Black Friday edition to Press subscribers… Continue Reading

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