Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

Column: Theater cool stuff; so is journalism

Thank you, DannyLee Hodnett. Two weeks of original theater with professional actors that lifted Sheridan. One great idea realized with a genesis and incubation via Sheridan College. Looking forward to the second annual Wyoming Theater Festival in 2016. ••••• From the Why-Journalism-Is-Still-Cool, Dept…… Friday morning’s Orange County Register in southern California devoted most of its… Continue Reading

Column: Mason invites; 4-H sale coming

Coincide, defined: It’s what you do when it’s raining. ••••• A polite young man, Mason Mayfield, dropped by The Sheridan Press offices Wednesday afternoon and did something unusual. Instead of asking for money — I, in fact, started the conversation with a friendly, “How much?” — he replied, instead, with a gracious invitation to the… Continue Reading

Column: Roller derby coming; Schultz performance

It’s a “Smackdown in Sheridan.” ‘Tis so. Sheridan’s Wild West Wreckers women’s roller derby team hosts the Rapid City Revolution at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sheridan Junior High. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bring a can of food — get a ticket discount. It’s the only home bout of the season. A portion of… Continue Reading

Column: Theater festival in second week

It was a “mid-festival” lunch and catch up with DannyLee Hodnett, the mover-and-shaker behind the ongoing, inaugural Wyoming Theater Festival, in residence these days at the WYO Theater. Mark Saltzman, playwright for the popular “Romeo and Bernadette” sat in, as did festival patron and cheerleader Paul DelRossi. (Saltzman is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards… Continue Reading

Column: ‘Longmire’ cast; ‘New Vaudevillians’

Tip of the cowboy hat! The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce once again did a first-rate job in bringing in thousands of people to Johnson County and Sheridan County for Longmire Days. Susan and I marveled at the goodwill and grit by actors Robert Taylor (Sheriff Walt Longmire), Adam Bartley (The Ferg) and several others to… Continue Reading

Column: Events, bankers; Brinton, notes

Tonight: Third Thursday Street Festival, 5 p.m. Farmers Market, 5 p.m. Wyoming Theater Festival, at the WYO, ••••• Nobody asked me, but… I’ve published daily newspapers in four distinctly different markets in 35 years. Sheridan’s bankers, for the most part, have a sense of humor and are comfortable with self-effacing gestures, like dressing in… Continue Reading

Column: Airport shuttle; Trump fodder

The Press first reported Tuesday afternoon how Sheridan’s Critical Air Service Team has begun talks with a possible new air carrier, Denver Air Connection. The Sheridan to Denver route would provide two flights daily into Denver International Airport out of our county airport with return flights as well. There are some particulars to be determined… Continue Reading

Column: WYO Rodeo parade, coverage on the mark

Pete Rose is part of tonight’s All-Star game in Cincinnati. Wonder if he’s got a bet down. ••••• Fearless prediction: American League wins, 8-3. ••••• Last Friday’s rodeo parade was festive as always. Visitors always note how the chairs come out the day before, some families reserving the same spot along Main and Gould streets… Continue Reading

Rodeo Week coverage; Big Horn music festival

Welcome, visitors! We’re glad you’re in Sheridan. •••••• The Sheridan Press is “all in” at this year’s Sheridan WYO Rodeo, now in its 85th season. The Press is a performance sponsor and we’ve had extensive photo, video and news coverage all this week. The Destination Sheridan RODEO magazine is disappearing from newsstands all over town.… Continue Reading

Column: Mile High City notes; welcome, Rodeo Fans!

Susan, Ryann and I visited Denver earlier this week. A few newspaper-digital media-printing related meetings and a Rockies game. Some notes from The Mile High City: A taxi had a notice in its price schedule that “illness (vomit) will be charged an additional $100.” I told the driver it was unlikely that I would hurl,… Continue Reading

Rodeo magazine out; Rodeo Week July 6

Welcome, visitors! We’re glad you’re here in Sheridan. •••••• Our Destination Sheridan WYO Rodeo magazine is out everywhere. It’s 140 full-color pages of what you need to know about next week’s rodeo, feature stories, history of the event, terrific photography and useful marketing information from Sheridan area merchants. It’s our biggest edition to date. Pick… Continue Reading

News bug bites, and being HAD

Honor America Day in 1970 was Ross Perot’s idea. The founder of Electronic Data Systems, one of the earliest “tech” companies, Perot was en route to becoming a billionaire and a presidential candidate 22 years later. Perot and others were weary of watching the networks’ (imagine, just three in those days) nightly coverage of Vietnam… Continue Reading

Stuart, Superlatives coming to Festival

Have got my tickets. The 11th annual Big Horn Mountain Festival will feature one of my favorite groups: Marty Stuart and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives. John Anderson, too. And a good lineup of other artists. Rick Clark, the financial manager of the festival, stopped by Monday to talk music and history. It’s July 10-12… Continue Reading

Brinton evening, Theater festival

Bush and Clinton running for president. The big summer movie is “Jurassic Park.” Some things never change. •••••• Tip of the Hat!, to Ken and Barbara Schuster for welcoming 300-plus people for an evening of celebrating fine art and the new Forrest E. Mars Building at The Brinton Museum in Big Horn. Schuster’s brief introductory… Continue Reading

Column: Rodeo coming soon, Wyoming well-being

The “buzz” is familiar — the 85th annual Sheridan WYO Rodeo is coming soon. July 6 through July 12, officially, is “Rodeo Week.” This year’s theme: “Paintin’ the town Red!” Apt, indeed. The Sheridan Press is a performance sponsor. We’ll be publishing our annual Destination Sheridan RODEO magazine on July 2. We’ll also publish daily… Continue Reading

Column: Local history has timeless appeal

The appreciation of local history bit me early. It was in San Angelo, Texas, where my older brother Paul and I were born. San Angelo was a frontier post, the home of Fort Concho that was commanded by Gen. Ranald S. Mackenzie. Mackenzie was a decorated Civil War general and a contemporary of Custer’s. We… Continue Reading

Column: Press coverage, Samaritan boost

Welcome, visitors! We’re glad you’re in Sheridan. ••••• Lt. Kim Warriner of The Sheridan Salvation Army sends a shout about the annual Good Samaritans Awards Dinner that was held in May at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. The “numbers” are in from the celebration of good citizenship: Some 210 people attended the dinner, an increase… Continue Reading

Column: Pancakes, Relay, Brinton lunch views

All that purple around town? It’s the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life coming Friday at 6 p.m. at Kendrick Park. Cancer survivors, care givers, current patients are encouraged to participate and commemorate. ••••• Dr. Rod Bisbee dropped by The Sheridan Press offices Monday and said that pancake breakfast tickets and duck race tickets are… Continue Reading

Column: ‘Warriors’ honored with PH golf day

Tip of the golf visor! The whole crew at the Powder Horn should get a pat on the back for their hosting of the Rounds Fore Warriors program Wednesday. The Powder Horn gave complimentary greens fees and cart fees and provided hospitality for veterans from all over the U.S. It’s a unique program. Veterans tee… Continue Reading

Column: Cowboy Bank breaks ground; festival tonight

There’s nothing like the optimistic vibe of a groundbreaking. It reflects success, expansion and business growth. Sam Summers of Sheridan had his foot on a groundbreaking shovel Wednesday morning for the new Cowboy State Bank. The construction will be completed by year’s end (hopefully) and the new bank will be located next to Sheridan Seed… Continue Reading

Column: Mars Building/Brinton; Wyo. Watercolor exhibit

Welcome, visitors! We’re glad you’re here. ••••• Visitors are likely to take in the fine art offerings inside the new Forrest E. Mars Jr. Building at The Brinton Museum in Big Horn. It opened Monday. Sunday, there were dedicatory remarks from Gov. Matt Mead and former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson. Today’s Sheridan Press features a… Continue Reading

Column: More theater fest hospitality needed

Five more rooms (with baths). Last week, the Notebook wondered aloud about the availability of 12 places locally to serve as housing for the actors, directors, playwrights and stage personnel for the upcoming Wyoming Theater Festival. It’ll begin July 13 at the WYO Theater and will feature four distinctly different state plays using professional actors… Continue Reading

Column: Headlines ‘collected’ over the years

Vincent Musetto spent a career copy editing and writing headlines, mostly for the New York Post. He was also a film critic. In 1983, Musetto wrote a headline for the Post that gave him lasting fame and earned him a hallowed spot on The New York Times’ esteemed obituary page. He died Tuesday. The headline:… Continue Reading

12 rooms needed for theater festival

Twelve rooms (with baths). That’s what DannyLee Hodnett of the Wyoming Theater Festival needs. Twelve rooms to house actors, directors and playwrights from the leading theater companies in the U.S. They’re coming to Sheridan. This event — the Wyoming Theater Festival — has had a gestation period of a few years. Hodnett said he was… Continue Reading

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