Archive - Aug 2009 - News

August 9th

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.

2nd Annual "Brewing Up History" Another Success

As part of the exhibit honoring the history of the Sheridan Brewery, the Sheridan County Museum last year held a beer tasting event. This year, it was even bigger and better, despite ominous thunder clouds and wind. Museum director, Dana Prater spoke with Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson.

August 7th

Sheridan Mayor Discusses The Issue of SAWS Water Rates

SAWS water rates....are they too high, not high enough? That's a question that remains unanswered as there are customers of the SAWS system that argue the cause for both cases.

Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey recently aired his opinion on the matter on KROE'S Public Pulse program.

Ranchester Moves Forward With Closure of Railroad Crossing

The town of Ranchester will soon know whether they can close the railroad crossing on Coffeen street, as Mayor Cliff Clevenger is scheduled to meet in Cheyenne with WYDOT on August 20th.

Clevenger says that they've recently received some good news about the project.

UW Receives Software Donation From Oilfield Service Company

The Schlumberger oilfield service company has donated 73 million dollars in production modeling software to the University of Wyoming. UW College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Robert Ettema says the software will expose UW undergraduate students to advanced industry practices involving oil and gas reservoirs.

Wind Farm Development Halted Due To Sage Grouse

CHEYENNE, (AP) - Horizon Wind Energy has suspended development of the Simpson Ridge wind farm in Carbon County because of Wyoming's position on protecting key sage grouse habitat. Project manager Nate Sandvig said Friday that Houston-based Horizon is not scrapping the project, but is placing it on hold indefinitely.

August 6th

Commissioners Enact Temporary Moratorium On Subdivisions In Groundwater Vulnerability Area

Sheridan County Commissioners held a special meeting on Thursday to enact a temporary freeze on subdivision applications for portions of the county. Those properties include all the land in the Class 5 Groundwater Vulnerability Area as defined by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.