It's become our custom to take a look back at the year that was. In this segment, Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson re-caps the highlights of January through April, 2010.
The year began as it has for many years, with the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Lake DeSmet. Also in January, the County finished reclamation on and opened the Kleenburn Recreation Area, and the City of Sheridan and Forward Sheridan began the process of trading 38 acres north of Sheridan with Neltje. Forward Sheridan's Jay Stender told us:
Also in January, the City of Sheridan resumed the search for a new Police Chief; a committee was formed to look into the reasons for MDU's proposed rate increase; a 60-day continuance was granted in the court proceedings for Wyatt Bear Cloud and Dharminder Sen; Shawn Osborne was arrested for allegedly murdering Gerald Bloom in the trailer the two men shared with two other people, and hiding his body under the trailer. The City of Sheridan began a pilot curbside recycling program, and Sheridan College began the search for a new president.
In February, School District 1 employee Barbara Yalowizer made her initial appearance in Circuit Court on an embezzlement charge; Volunteers of America launched their “Catering for a Cause” program; a bill banning texting while driving moved through the State Legislature toward becoming a law; and Richard Adriens was nominated to become the new Police Chief. On coming to Sheridan from Gillette, he had said:
The two biggest stories of March were the announcement of the City of Sheridan's need to cut jobs when it was determined the budget had a shortfall of $1.5 million. Some took a voluntary buyout, said Human Resource Director Heather Doke:
Along with those who took voluntary buyouts, about ten employees Citywide were laid off. In mid-March, Sheridan County Clerk Audrey Koltiska took her own life; she had been part of an investigation into the possibility of misappropriation of funds. Also in March: School District 2 waited anxiously for word about funding for the Meadowlark Elementary School; District 1 Superintendent Sue Belish announced she would be retiring at the end of the 2010-2011 school year; Governor Dave Freudenthal announced he would not seek a third term; and First Interstate Bank went public.
In April, the Sheridan County Commission selected Eda Schunk-Thompson as the interim County Clerk to replace Audrey Koltiska. She had commented:
Other April highlights: rabies rates were on the rise in Sheridan County; an unidentified body was found in the Big Horn Mountains; 60's radical Bill Ayers was initially banned and then allowed to speak at the University of Wyoming; groundbreaking took place on the North Main Reconstruction Project; and Ron Richter became News Director at Sheridan Media.
All the stories for the past year can be found in the Archive section of the News drop-down menu at sheridanmedia.com.
With a look back at the first four months of 2010, for sheridanmedia.com news, this is Mary Jo Johnson reporting.