Growth Qualifies County For 1 More Liquor License

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Just over 300 more people qualified Sheridan County for one more retail liquor license this year.

Population determines how many liquor licenses a county or municipality is entitled to in Wyoming, and a census update this year showed the unincorporated areas of Sheridan County grew to over 10,000 people, 300 more than the previous census. Sheridan County Clerk Eda (EE-duh) Schunk Thompson said that was enough to qualify Sheridan County for the additional license.

The new retail license, for which the county is now taking applications, brings the county's total retail liquor licenses to 20. That number doesn't include the licenses that can be issued by the municipalities. The state liquor division allocates separate licenses to the city of Sheridan and the towns of Clearmont, Dayton and Ranchester. None of the municipalities received new licenses this year.

The county clerk said while the use of liquor licenses may be granted to individuals, organizations or businesses, they remain the property of the county under Wyoming law.

The new retail license must go to an applicant that is five miles or more outside an incorporated town. The county clerk said that's because the county only has three licenses that can be awarded within five miles of city or town limits, and all three of those are currently in use. One of the three is My Buddy's Place, which is an island of the county surrounded by the city of Sheridan. The other two are at the Big Horn Y and the Powder Horn, both south of Sheridan.

The county also lost a liquor license when the city of Sheridan annexed the Commercial Park on the south side of town, which includes the Big Horn Eagles building.

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