Archive - Jun 2010 - News

June 24th

Commissioners: Tornado-Damaged Arena Fixable

Another view of damaged Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings, MT. (courtesy photo)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone County commissioners say the tornado-damaged Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings appears to be structurally sound.

Commissioners Jim Reno and John Ostlund said Wednesday that engineers hired by the county's insurance company determined the 12,000 seat arena needs major repairs, but will not have to be demolished as some had feared.

June 23rd

Hospital Board Approves Budget

The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved the budget for fiscal year 2010-2011.
The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved the budget for fiscal year 2010-2011.

The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year at their monthly meeting Wednesday. Hospital CFO Ed Johlman explains the numbers.

Forest Service Monitoring Bark Beetle Damage

An image of what bark beetles can do to lodgepole pine trees,
An image of what bark beetles can do to lodgepole pine trees,

The bark beetle has no doubt been reeking havoc throughout parts of Wyoming over the past few years, but for the most part, the infestation hasn't been too severe in the Big Horn Mountains. That is starting to change, however, as both the west and east slopes of the mountain are starting to show signs of damage.

False Alarm at the Sheridan County Airport

Crews from Sheridan Fire Rescue received a call to assist several other Sheridan County emergency service agencies just before noon Wednesday at the Sheridan County Airport. Sheridan Fire Rescue Captain Mike Miller explains what happened.

Roberts Sentenced for Vehicular Homicide

23-year-old Jerald Roberts was sentenced June 22nd to 2 to 4 years for Aggravated Homicide by Vehicle.

It was an emotional morning in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson has the report.

Relay for Life this Weekend

Every year another candle can be added to your birthday cake is a gift.

Friday night Sheridan's 18th Annual Relay for Life event will take place. Over twenty teams that will be taking part, with the theme “Celebrating Birthdays.”

For the third year, it all happens at the track facilities on the Normative Services campus west of Sheridan. Event Chair Lynnie Phipps comments.

To Standardize or Not To Standardize...

Should standardized crediting be implemented for high school students who have taken college classes?

Community Colleges around Wyoming have been offering either dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment for some time now, but there have been instances where courses taken in high school have not necessarily transferred credit-wise for high school seniors. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson with more.

June 22nd

Heavy Rains Cause Some Minor Flooding

Minor flooding along Coffeen Avenue Tuesday.
Minor flooding along Coffeen Avenue Tuesday.

Heavy rains Tuesday afternoon prompted the National Weather Service in Billings to issue a flash flood warning for Sheridan County. While that warning has since been lifted, Sheridan County Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Coleman says there was some flooding that occurred throughout the County.

Funnel Cloud Over Sheridan?

Cell phone picture sent to Sheridan Media of what could have been a possible funnel cloud in Sheridan Tuesday. (Photo by Jodee Joy Miller)
Cell phone picture sent to Sheridan Media of what could have been a possible funnel cloud in Sheridan Tuesday. (Photo by Jodee Joy Miller)

The severe storm that moved through Sheridan County Tuesday afternoon brought with it heavy rain and hail, but did it produce a funnel cloud? That's Meteorologist Joe Lester with the National Weather Service in Billings. Lester says that there were several confirmed tornadoes Monday in southeastern Montana.

Junior High Hill Continues to Erode

The hill east of Sheridan Junior High School continues to erode.
The hill east of Sheridan Junior High School continues to erode.

The Sheridan Junior High School hill stabilization project is going to have to be re-bid due to the fact that all of the bids that came in were over $1 million. School District Two Superintendent Craig Dougherty says the situation is a unique one, as there is a lot of history to the hill that sits east of the Junior High just above Big Goose Creek.