Archive - Aug 10, 2009 - News

Sheridan Housing Action Committee Continues To Help Residents Get Into Affordable Housing

The Sheridan Housing Action Committee was formed in 2003, and officially opened their office in the summer of 2006 with a single staff member. SHAC Executive Director Marie Lowe explains some of their accomplishments.

Monthly Chamber Luncheon Is This Week

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Business and Bites Monthly Luncheon will take place this Wednesday at the Sheridan Holiday Inn. Chamber Director Janelle Maretinsen explains what this month's program will entail.

The monthly luncheon begins 11:30am and is $15 for lunch. If you would like to attend just the program, it's free and begins at noon.

Electronic Cigarettes: FDA Wants More Regulations

Have you ever heard of "electronic cigarettes?" Also known as "e-cigarettes", they are battery-operated tubes that look like cigarettes and contain nicotine and flavors that can be inhaled without producing smoke. The F-D-A wants to regulate them as drug devices, but some makers call them a safe alternative to smoking.

Judge: Freudenthal Should Have Disclosed Budget Documents

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A district court judge says Governor Dave Freudenthal should have released budget cuts proposed by state agencies. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle sued the governor and two state agencies in May for withholding their budget recommendations.

Beer Lovers and Museum Supporters Attend 2nd Annual "Brewing Up History" Beer Tasting

Sunday we brought you some highlights from the Friday night "Brewing Up History" Beer Tasting to benefit the Sheridan County Museum. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson has more from that event.

Crow Tribe Lays Off 200 Workers

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Unanticipated expenses and a drop in revenue have forced the Crow Tribe lay off 200 people.

Kayle Howe, the tribe's personnel director, says the full-time employees were told of the cuts Friday. Howe says the layoffs do not affect employees who are paid with federal money, and essential services will continue.

Some County Residents Seem Unaware That Fire Restrictions Are In Force

Sheridan County Commissioners voted several weeks ago to enact fire restrictions throughout the county. The action was taken on advice of County Fire Warden Bill Biastoch who indicated that small fuels are drying out despite the fact that the county has seen a very moist summer.

Should The Government Be Able To Ban Text Messaging And Cell Phone Use While Driving

There are mixed reactions about the idea that government should be able to ban text messaging and cell phone use while on the road. Is the government gaining too much control, or just trying to keep us safe? This week's Sheridan Media - Bank of Sheridan poll question is: "Should the Government ban text messaging and/or cell phone usage whiledriving?"

Newcastle Man Enters Plea In Sexual Assault Case

A Newcastle man was arraigned on sexual assault charges in 4th Judicial District Court in Sheridan. 52-year-old Richard Hill is accused of sexual abuse of a minor in the 2nd degree. Hill allegedly had sexual contact with a child between the ages of 13 and 15, according to the court records.

Grand Teton Park Reconsidering Speed Limits

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Grand Teton National Park has been reviewing speed limits on roads within the park to prevent cars from killing animals.

This year, 57 deer, elk, bison, antelope and other large animals have been killed by vehicles.