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Agreement reached to keep Spring Creek open

SHERIDAN — The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Navajo Transitional Energy company announced they reached a short-term agreement late Friday that will allow coal production at the Spring Creek Mine to resume. The interim a... Full story


Committee advances bill on gambling regulation

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Committee on Travel, Recreation and Cultural Resources voted to move forward with a bill that would dedicate more state resources toward gambling regulation. The bill would expand Wyoming’s Pari-... Full story


Committee approves bill to boost funding for weed, pest control

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Agriculture Committee voted to sponsor a bill that aims to generate more funding for weed and pest management programs last week which could aid Sheridan County in its efforts to control the spread of inv... Full story


Blockchain Task Force members optimistic about technology's future

SHERIDAN — Wyoming lawmakers have fully embraced the state’s developing blockchain industry as a potential building block for the future of its economy. A total of thirteen bills related to blockchain technology have sailed through the Leg... Full story

 By Micheal Illiano    News    July 25, 2019

Coal woes cast doubt over state's revenue growth

SHERIDAN — Recent reports indicate state tax revenues continued to grow through the end of fiscal year 2019, but recent disruptions in the state’s energy sector have cast doubt as to whether that growth can continue. Jim Robinson, principal eco... Full story

 By Micheal Illiano    News    July 25, 2019

Legibility key to transparency, state officials say

SHERIDAN — As state officials continue discussions about how they can improve the transparency of Wyoming’s government, they have placed a greater emphasis on improving the legibility of government data. Though early transparency efforts have foc... Full story

 By Micheal Illiano    News    June 20, 2019

WYDOT picks SkyWest to serve four communities

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Department of Transportation Aeronautics Commission unanimously approved a contract between the state and SkyWest Airlines Monday, officially selecting SkyWest as the state’s preferred carrier for four critical air service com... Full story

 By Micheal Illiano    News    March 21, 2019

MARCH 22 Sheridan College researcher studies alternative beef forage crops

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan College instructor presented research focused on addressing the challenges dwindling resources pose to livestock producers at the Mars Agriculture Center Wednesday. Rebecca Atkinson, an animal science instructor at Sheridan C... Full story


Study questions fairness of Wyoming taxes

SHERIDAN — A recent study questions the equality of Wyoming’s tax structure and claims wealthy residents pay a small percentage of the state’s taxes. The study was produced by the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy in partnership with Bette...


Committee examines alternatives to direct aid to cities

By Michael Illiano The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange SHERIDAN — The state Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee discussed replacing direct distribution funding, crucial state aid provided to Wyoming municipalities, at its September int...


Sheridan companies adapt to changing coal markets

SHERIDAN — Wyoming’s reliance on the mercurial coal market has led to ongoing discussions about diversifying the state’s economy. The challenges facing Wyoming, though, exist on a smaller scale as well, with individual businesses that have relie...


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