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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.

The RealBird Re-enactment is gearing up for this weekend, with performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1 PM. Don't miss it!!!

On Saturday morning at precisely 9:30 flag bearers Katie Bailey, with the National Flag, and Reata Cook, with the State Flag, led many of the participants of the 2012 Young Riders Rodeo into the arena to start the days events with the playing of the National Anthem. The line of participants was so long it had to be split into two parts in order to be shown here.

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.

Fire Chief Caleb, age 4 and his brother Fire Chief Isaac, age 6 of Big Horn appear to be headed back to work after their breakfast of orange juice, pancakes and sausage at Saturday's Big Horn Volunteer Fire Department's Annual Pancake Breakfast. There was a large turnout and lots of conversation at the popular annual event.

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.

MaKenna Balkenbush kicked off the 1st Sheridan Cowgirls Association Rodeo of the season with a speedy run in Senior Poles on Thursday evening. MaKenna's time of 20.77 was the best of the evening in Senior Poles. The top official times are here: http://www.sheridanmedia.com/spo...

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