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Sheridan's resident elk celebrity, still sporting his spring velvet antlers at his home in the Kendrick Park wildlife reserve, spent the morning blanketed in smoke. Nearby wildfires have polluted the air and obscured the usual view of the Bighorn Mountains behind him. (Photo by Tracee Davis)

Smoke from the Cato Fire northeast of Buffalo adds to the orange glow of the setting sun in this photo overlooking Big Horn at 8:38 pm Tuesday.

Sheridan's 100 degrees on Sunday was the first 100 of the year, Monday's 100 set a new record and Tuesday's 102 was 3 degrees below the record of 105 set in 1988. As for Wednesday's forecast of 88 - enjoy the cool down 'cause it won't last - it's back in the 90's for Thursday and beyond.

Summer officially started in the Sheridan area at 5:09 pm Wednesday - and this is what it looked like just an hour later. While most of the nation was sweltering it out with temperatures above 90 we peaked out at 78 degrees. Temperatures are headed up however, with Thursday expected to hit 84, Friday 90, Saturday 91 and - get ready for this - 102 on Sunday.

Now that the new elementary school building is up and the old is down Groathouse Construction Inc. is busy tearing up the old and putting down a new parking lot for the Big Horn Campus. The addition of more parking spaces will be a welcome addition to the campus as will the landscaping when it is finished in August.

On the final barrel race of the day Whitney Simmons of Decker ran a quick 18.04 to win Senior Barrels on Saturday afternoon. Whitney was participating in the Senior events (ages 14-18) of the Young Riders Rodeo held at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds. There was something for everyone up to the age of 18.

The road to stardom started at the Best Western Sheridan Center for Jordan Smith of Gillette. Jordan competed in the first leg of the Texaco Country Showdown and came out on top in the local competition held Friday evening. He will move on in the competition at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls on July 27th and 28th.

The Big Horn Volunteer Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held right here on the concrete apron and inside, just beyond the four overhead doors, this Saturday. It is free but donations will be accepted and you can even enter the raffle for a 37" Flat Screen TV. Everyone is welcome so bring your appetite and show up between 7 & 10 am.

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