A couple weeks ago, I shared the importance of references during the hiring process. After what seemed to be ages and quite a bit of research, we have some new faces at The Sheridan Press.

Replacing my former position as crime beat reporter is Joel Moline. Joel is a born-and-raised Wyomingite, hailing from Laramie. He bleeds brown and gold and just recently graduated from the University of Wyoming. You can’t miss this guy — he worked the O-line for the Laramie Plainsmen and played a year of college ball elsewhere before transferring back to his hometown university.

I anticipate Joel fitting in just fine here. On his first day of work he met a few of the key players within his beat, paid his rightful homages to football god Josh Allen with our sports reporter Bud Denega and helped out with our Press spring cleaning in full business attire. He is truly a team player, which will also be displayed when he suits up for The Sheridan Press Muckrakers leisure league co-ed softball team for our first game tonight.

You will likely run into Joel in the courtroom or chasing down the latest breaking news.

The other friendly face you’ll be seeing this summer is our University of Wyoming intern, Kiley Carroll. The name may sound familiar to Sheridanites, as Kiley was born and raised here. She’s headed back for just the summer, as she will return to UW to finish out her last two years.

Kiley is working for us through an internship by EPSCoR — Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The program is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation to promote scientific progress nationwide, according to the Wyoming Press Association. The Wyoming EPSCoR received a five-year grant in September 2017 from NFS. Kristen Landreville, an associate professor at UW, secured the grant that funds five to eight science reporting interns each year for the next four summers, beginning this year.

We fortunately earned a spot at the table and acquired Kiley. She’s already jumping into a few stories about market beef prices after flooding in Sheridan, and she has even more great ideas in her back pocket.

We at The Press are so fortunate to have a full and bustling newsroom just in time for the summer swell. Be ready for some great content headed your way.