Wind Farm Development Halted Due To Sage Grouse

CHEYENNE, (AP) - Horizon Wind Energy has suspended development of the Simpson Ridge wind farm in Carbon County because of Wyoming's position on protecting key sage grouse habitat. Project manager Nate Sandvig said Friday that Houston-based Horizon is not scrapping the project, but is placing it on hold indefinitely.

Commissioners Enact Temporary Moratorium On Subdivisions In Groundwater Vulnerability Area

Sheridan County Commissioners held a special meeting on Thursday to enact a temporary freeze on subdivision applications for portions of the county. Those properties include all the land in the Class 5 Groundwater Vulnerability Area as defined by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

Hospital Looking To Build Its Own Primary Care Practice

The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees held a special session yesterday afternoon. It has come to the attention of the board that Sheridan is lacking in certain medical resources. One of those shortages is the number of primary care physicians or family doctors.

New Security Measures Going Into Effect At Sheridan Memorial Hospital

A recent survey showed that Sheridan Memorial Hospital is doing a good job. That same survey identified several areas which need improvement. One such area is security in the Women’s and Children’s Wards. The Hospital’s Linda Benth says that some security upgrades are nearly complete.

1st Annual Taste Of Sheridan Will Offer A Large Variety Of Food From Local Vendors

The 1st annual Taste of Sheridan will take place a week from this Sunday in Thorne-Rider Park. The event is sponsored by the North Main Neighborhood Association, and it's intended to showcase local restaurants and caterers and raise community awareness about the North Main Master Plan.

Child Development Center In Sheridan Is Offering Free Vision Screenings For Children

The Child Development Center in Sheridan is offering free vision screenings for children up to five years of age. The screenings are done using state of the art vision screening technology from PediaVision.

Child Development Center Director Sandi O'Dell says the new method of screening is much more efficient than in the past.

Court Ruling Could Be The Final Stop For Roadless Rule Journey

The national forest 'roadless rule' may have reached the end of its journey. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the original rule is back in place, tossing out the Bush administration decision to repeal the protections for about 60 million acres nationwide.

People With Special Needs Add to the State's Workforce

The Holiday Inn Express in Gillette will be the site next week for an informational presentation aimed at employers who may be considering hiring people with special needs.

Sheridan Quality Child Care Initiative Board Getting Ready For Students

The Sheridan Quality Child Care Initiative is planning for a September 9th opening date. There are commitments from 40 kids to participate in the program. Hand-in-Hand Early Childhood Education Center Executive Director Susan Brayton says they hope to have 51 children signed up by September.

They expect to have full enrollment by January.

Infrastructure Projects May Not Be Completed If Capital Facilities Tax Measure Fails

In just under two weeks, Sheridan County voters will be asked whether or not they wish to continue the capital facilities tax. The tax is a 1% sales tax that is currently being collected in the county. If voters approve the measure they will notice no change in sales tax.

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