Here's a look at the past week's top news stories from Sheridan Media News:
One of Sheridan County's most popular target practice sites has been shut down by the state amid concerns of safety and care of the land. An oil rig has set up shot at the Buffalo Run walk-in area, and both target shooting sites have become overrun with litter. However, many sportsmen are discouraged by the blanket ban on target practice. Commissioner, Terry Cram, says he's hoping to get the state to reverse the decision.
Cram says forbidding target practice near parking lots and roads can cut down on the problem of shooter litter and vandalism.
According to a media release issued Monday, a group of community members have formed a Political Action Committee to elevate public awareness and gain voter support for a $15.85 million bond for renovation and expansion of the Sheridan College Technical Education Center. The bond question will go to Sheridan County voters at a special election on August 20, 2013.
The Powder River Regional Coal Team has voted unanimously to approve an extension to Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Coal Mine north of Sheridan.
The Billings Gazette reports the coal lease was unanimously approved by the board, which is comprised of local and federal officials.
Experts estimate the mine still holds 198 million tons of coal, which could keep the mine running for another 16 years. Cloud Peak hopes to begin mining from the new lease area by 2024.
The next step in securing the lease is a public review process.