We conclude our 2021 year in review with some of the top Sheridan County news stories from September through December.
In late November, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced that Chronic Wasting Disease was found in Elk Hunt area 113, which is located southeast of Wright.
In early December, Sheridan High School grad and current Miss Wyoming America Mikkayla DeBolt competed in the Miss America 2022 pageant, which marked the 100th anniversary of Miss America.
She did not place in the top 10, and Miss Alaska ended up winning the crown.
In middle-October, 15-year old 2nd degree murder suspect Christian Torres was extradited back to Wyoming.
He is accused of killing his father in late July in Dayton, and is currently awaiting trial.
In October, part of the right shoulder of Interstate 90 westbound between mileposts 29 and 30 about 5 miles south of Sheridan, collapsed as a result of a landslide, that happened underneath that part of the freeway.
Repair work is on-going.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department alerted the public about a number of dead kokanee salmon on the shores of Lake DeSmet.
The Department said it was a sign of successful breeding.
A near total lunar eclipse took place in middle-November as the earth cast its shadow on 97% of the moon’s surface.
Cloud cover in the Sheridan County area blocked some of the viewing, but the skies cleared about 10 minutes before the eclipse reached 97%.
Corona-virus made it difficult for patients to be placed in the ICU unit of the Sheridan Memorial Hospital, and some had to be placed in the Emergency Department instead.
Not only were patients impacted, but the situation was causing hospital staff to become exhausted and demoralized.