Monthly Archives: December 2018

Health Watch 2019

As we enter the holiday season it is crucial that we, as Sheridan County, look forward to changes we would like to see in our community in 2019. One way you can contribute to a positive change is through prevention work.


This past year the legislature gave each county money to work on prevention on an individual county level, along with a mandate to hire a community prevention specialist to coordinate those efforts. Sheridan County was given $385,777.00 (based on population) to spend over a two-year period on prevention in the following areas: suicide prevention, underage drinking, adult binge drinking, tobacco cessation and opioids and other drugs.


So what is prevention? Prevention is defined as “the action of stopping something from happening or arising.” Why is this work important? Research shows that prevention has a greater return on investment then most treatment programs. Research also shows that prevention works best with community involvement. Along with the money came a requirement that we, as a county, look at the data and determine where our weakest points are and where we need to direct our efforts.


This is where you, your friends and neighbors come in. Prevention must be a community effort, for it to be effective. Although I will be coordinating the logistics of the priorities we select, it will take all of us to work on these issues and change Sheridan culture for the better. My role as the CPS is NOT to individually make the decision on where our priorities and money should be directed, but to “lead from the shadows” as committed individuals, work groups and coalitions step forward and volunteer their time and energy to help by setting the goals, objectives and strategies we will use to implement direct services, environmental strategies and media campaigns.


Why should you get involved? Because tackling these big issues benefits all of us. Our well-being, and that of our families, increases when we, as a community, bring these topics into the light and work to make real change in Sheridan County. There will be difficult conversations and tough decisions to make regarding priorities and how the money is spent. These are sensitive topics that many of us do not like to discuss in public. But the truth is that ALL OF US have been affected by suicide, alcohol misuse and substance abuse in some form. Whether it has had a direct contact on our person, or we have simply known someone, these are individual, family, and community issues.


In January and February, I will be asking people to work with me to analyze our county data and work on our community strategic prioritization tool and strategic plan. If you are interested in being a part of this work, please contact me: or 307-763-9016 (work cell). I am excited to do this work with you. Together, we can make Sheridan County that much better than it already is.


Happy holidays to you and your family,

Ann M. Perkins

Notice to Interested Citizens

Public notice to solicit nominations for Board Members of the Sheridan County Weed and Pest Control District for areas 3, 6 and 7. Appointments to be made on the 2nd day of January 2019 at 9a.m. Pursuant to the Wyoming Weed and Pest Control Act of 1973 (W.S. 11-5-101 through 11-5-303, notice is hereby given… Continue Reading

Commission Seeking Bighorn Camping Working Group

The Sheridan County Commissioners are seeking interested individuals to be part of a working group that would discuss issues related to dispersed camping on the Bighorn National Forest, such as lack of available camping spots, road and vegetation impacts, garbage and sanitation issues, and challenges with enforcement of existing regulations. The group would work with… Continue Reading

SAWSJPB Updated 2019 Meeting Schedule

The Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board approved their 2019 meeting schedule, as follows:   January 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. May 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. July 10, 2019 at Noon. October 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.   Meetings will be held in the Commissioner’s Board Room #220, on the second floor of… Continue Reading

Sheridan Municipal Watershed Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Assessment Public Meeting

On behalf of the Wyoming Water Development Commission, you are invited to attend an informational public meeting for the Sheridan Municipal Watershed Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Assessment. The focus of this project is to create a watershed management plan that outlines specific forest management treatments that will prevent or minimize impacts to municipal supply reservoirs and… Continue Reading