Archive - May 12, 2010 - News

Budget Work Session 3: Water & Sewer

City of Sheridan Utilities Director Dan Miller
City of Sheridan Utilities Director Dan Miller

Wednesday's Sheridan City Council budget work session dealt with the water and sewer division of the Utilities Department. The proposed budget for water and sewer is $4.9 million, which is a 2% reduction from last year's budget.

City Utilities Director Dan Miller says that the City has seen a significant drop in revenue from plant investment fees over the last few years.

Train Derailment in Wind River Canyon

Burlington Northern train derailment in the Wind River Canyon Wednesday. (Courtesy Photo)
Burlington Northern train derailment in the Wind River Canyon Wednesday. (Courtesy Photo)

A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper patrolling US 20/WYO
789 in the Wind River Canyon was witness to a Burlington Northern freight train derailment into the Big Horn River shortly after noon Wednesday. Wyoming Highway Patrol Sergeant Stephen Townsend explains what unfolded before the Trooper's eyes.

Kendrick Park Tree Planting

The City of Sheridan will be planting a tree in Kendrick Park this Saturday.
The City of Sheridan will be planting a tree in Kendrick Park this Saturday.

In connection with Trees for Trash this Saturday, the City of Sheridan will be planting a tree in Kendrick Park. City Project Manager Tom O'Leary explains that the tree planting is part of the City's designation as a Tree City USA.

Barbara Yalowizer Sentenced Tuesday

Sheridan County Courthouse New Section

In 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday, Judge John Fenn sentenced 58-year-old Barbara Yalowizer to Deferred Prosecution and 1 to 5 years Supervised Probation on the Misappropriation of Funds charge to which she plead guilty a few weeks ago.

School District 1 May Report

Big Horn Elementary 4th Graders Kathryn, Jillian, Lauren, and Tori get ready to go to the Global Destination Imagination Competition.

Along with a reception for Big Horn retiring teachers DeDee Roberts and Margaret Kennedy, School District 1 trustees attended to regular business last night in the Big Horn High School music room.

Leah Benjamin Sentenced For 2nd Degree Murder Charge

46-year-old Leah Benjamin was sentenced for 2nd Degree Murder this week.

46-year-old Leah Benjamin of Buffalo was sentenced to 20 to 30 years this week by 4th Judicial District Court Judge John Fenn. Benjamin was found guilty in late January for the 2nd Degree Murder of her estranged husband Donald Benjamin. The murder occurred during the early morning hours of May 3, 2009, when Leah lured Donald to her home under false pretenses and fatally shot him three times.

Economic Facts and Fiction

What is the local economic outlook for 2010? Sheridan held its first Wyoming Business Alliance Economic Outlook forum last night at the Sheridan Holiday Inn. And though this forum has been held annually in Casper since 1996, Sheridan Chamber of Commerce Director, and one of last night's moderators, Janelle Anderson, says it seemed important to have this discussion

Two Big Horn Teachers Retire

DeDee Roberts (in red) flanked by a grateful family -- former student Piper Stevie, along with Tom and Leslie Stevie.

After a teaching career that began in 1967 – with a few years' pause to raise her own children – DeDee Roberts is retiring from Sheridan County School District 1.

Unexpected Announcement from Sheridan College

Some unexpected news was announced by the Sheridan College Board of Trustees late Tuesday. Sheridan Media's Betsy Love has the story:

Groundbreaking for Milestones Group Home

Golden shovels break ground for the new VOA Milestones Group Home.  (Photo courtesy of Ethan Boone)
Golden shovels break ground for the new VOA Milestones Group Home. (Photo courtesy of Ethan Boone)

With a break in the rain and wind, and the sound of bird songs rejoicing in the background, Volunteers of America celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday morning of the new Milestones Group Home. The facility will be built behind Landons Greenhouse, across from the VOA's Gathering Place.