Beautiful tribute; counting down to mountain time

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In the midst of the madness that is Sheridan WYO Rodeo week, a beautiful tribute popped up on my Facebook feed.

The Union at the Montgomery is selling shirts honoring the late Katie Malin French, who was a former employee of The Sheridan Press and a dear friend to many. As the tags on the shirts indicate, Katie’s life was cut short by breast cancer. She was just 27 when she died earlier this year. The tags read, “However, her impact lives on. She knew no strangers and remains a light in countless lives. Here’s to the irreplaceable people… Who is your Katie Friendship?”

Katie was one of the most kind people I know. The shirts include sayings like “We were all strangers once” and “but first, kindness.” If you get a chance, stop by The Union and pick one up. 




Rodeo week is so intense that about half the newsroom staff will be on vacation next week. They all need to catch up and breathe for a moment after covering any and all of the rodeo festivities. 

In addition to our daily coverage, we produced some pretty amazing videos and created a float for Friday’s parade. Needless to say, it’s been a busy week.

Alongside our news team, which you’ve likely seen out and about, the production crew helped produce extra copies of Friday’s paper, which we handed out at the parade along with candy. They also helped hang posters of the past years’ rodeo magazine covers from the front of our building. It’s a great little display of community pride.

Plus, the marketing team has been making sure all of our clients are front and center this week.

It’s all hands on deck here at The Press during rodeo week.

While some of the newsroom goes on vacation next week, I’m looking forward to my annual backpacking trip in a couple of weeks. This trip is such a treat. All I have to do is show up with the required food and gear. One of my cohorts typically plans the routes, etc. I trust in her so much I don’t worry about a thing. 

We’ll spend five days in the Bighorns, exploring areas of the mountains both new and familiar. We’ve all been dreaming of our annual trip for months. It gets us through the cold, blustery winter. 

We’ll be slow. We’ll be sore (none of us have trained like we should have). But we’ll be in our little piece of heaven known as the Bighorns.  

But, until the last tailgate shuts, enjoy the last few events of Sheridan WYO Rodeo week.

By |Jul. 13, 2018|

About the Author:

Kristen Czaban has been with The Sheridan Press since June 2008 and has covered the entire gamut of beats including government, crime, business and the outdoors. Before heading west, she graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s in journalism. Email Kristen at:


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