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  • Ten Questions with John Clanton Sports Director / KDUH-TV, Scottsbluff

    Dave Faries|Jun 12, 2014

    For those privileged to have access to KDUH-TV out of Scottsbluff, John Clanton is the face of panhandle high school sports--and has been since 2001. Each evening during the season he travels the region, shooting footage of everything from football to track before hustling back to the studio to present results on the nightly newscast. His journey began, however, at a television station in Augusta, Georgia--the town in which the Philadelphia-born Clanton grew up. 1. How many games do you see in...

  • Ten Questions with Wendall Gaston Mayor of Sidney / Safeway Pharmacist

    Dave Faries|Jun 5, 2014

    Wendall Gaston has served the people of Sidney for decades--not only as a pharmacist at Safeway, but also in city government. The current mayor of Sidney took the Safeway pharmacy position in 1999. Before that, he owned a place downtown, which he opened just after graduating from the University of Wyoming's pharmacy school in 1976. He also served on the city council for close to 13 years. During this time, Gaston also earned an MBA from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate from Kansas. He...

  • Ten Questions with Dave Collins KSID Radio

    Dave Faries|May 29, 2014

    Dave Collins arrived at KSID in October of 2004 and covered his first American Legion baseball season for the station the following summer. In addition to baseball, he calls football, basketball and volleyball games for schools across the region--some 900 games in his career. But Collins' voice is familiar to more than just panhandle sports fans. Each weekday on the radio station he serves as news reporter and disc jockey, as well. 1. This was an amazing school sports year, wasn't it? This was... Full story

  • Ten Questions with Donna Wiedeburg Power School Administrator / Webmaster

    Dave Faries|May 1, 2014

    You see Donna Wiedeburg at every Sidney school event, taking pictures and encouraging the students. Besides recording sports and other activities, she serves as an assistant coach for the Red Raiders' cross country squad. Wiedeburg started running in the army, urged on by her husband--now a member of Sidney's sheriff's department. She is a veteran of Desert Storm. She has also been a Sidney Public Schools fixture for the past 11 years. 1. How many miles do you cover following Sidney teams...

  • Ten Questions with Chanda DeMasters, UNL Extension Assistant

    Dave Faries|Apr 24, 2014

    Chanda DeMasters can be found organizing many of the youth related activities around Cheyenne and Kimball Counties. If not directly responsible for them, the UNL Extension representative works alongside members of 4-H to help bring about successful projects, such as the fair or farm safety day. Although a Sidney resident for the past 16 years, you can still find traces of her Colorado upbringing--and her years in 4-H. 1. What drew you to this? The youth. I grew up in 4-H. I enjoy all the 4-H...

  • Ten Questions with Doris Jensen Director, Sidney Public Library

    Dave Faries|Apr 10, 2014

    For the past eight years, Doris Jensen has served the city as director of the public library. But she has been devoted to the facility since she began working at the location some 24 years ago. Her dedication is hardly surprising. She earned a minor in library science from Chadron State College to go along with a degree in elementary education. That degree led to a teaching position in Binkelman before she moved to Sidney, where Jensen taught for 17 years at Sing and Say, a private pre-school....

  • Ten Questions with Connie Hancock, UNL Extension Educator

    Dave Faries|Apr 3, 2014

    Connie Hancock took her first job out of college with the University of Nebraska's Extension office. That was 35 years ago, when the Kearney native had completed degrees from Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska-Kearney. It's no wonder the extension educator refers to the program as "a system I believe in." Hancock came to the Sidney office in 1995. She divides her time between Sidney and Kimball, allowing her to direct the extension service in three panhandle counties. 1. You know you're a long way...

  • Ten Questions with Susan Stone, Director Of CASA

    Dave Faries|Mar 27, 2014

    It was just a year ago that Susan Stone took over as director of CASA. The acronym stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, and the organization trains volunteers to help children through the court system. The position is not an easy one. The cases can be tough, for one. And her office is in a city garage. But then again, Stone spent 29 years in finance, working with Wells Fargo through sound economic times as well as recessions. Stone is originally from Manchester, in England. She left...

  • Ten Questions with Pastor Thomas Hyde, First United Methodist Church

    Dave Faries|Mar 20, 2014

    Pastor Thomas Hyde placed a lot of faith in Nebraska. Just in his fourth year at Sidney's First United Methodist Church, he has served congregations across the state. He was born in Gothenburg. Before being called to the large church on 11th Ave., Pastor Hyde was in St. Paul. He didn't even travel far for seminary, graduating in 1979 from a school in Denver. Yet he has toured Israel and Egypt, led missions to South America and China and met with people from all over the world--a broad education...

  • Ten Questions with Don Ogle, Information & Education Coordinator, South Platte Natural Resources District

    Dave Faries|Mar 13, 2014

    Don Ogle started out in the newspaper field, working with the Pine Bluffs Post and the Sidney Sun-Telegraph before moving into public relations. He even served as publicist for an amusement park ride manufacturer in Colorado. Yet he grew up on a farm near Burns, Wyo. and spent summer weekends at Lake McConaughy. Even during his newspaper career he would help out on the land. All of this made his transition to natural resources easy. He has been with South Platte NRD for almost seven years. 1....

  • Ten Questions with Glenna Phelps-Aurich, Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO

    Dawn Graves|Mar 6, 2014

    The Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce has been in operation since 1967, providing network opportunities, training, community-based events, and it advocates on behalf of business interests. In short, the Chamber of Commerce seeks to create an environment which encourages local businesses to thrive. Glenna Phelps-Aurich has been the President/CEO of the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce since 2011. Originally from Peetz, CO., she has also lived in Missouri and worked with the Chamber in Scottsbluff,...

  • Ten Questions with Ramona Joyce Director of Cheyenne County Visitor's Center

    Dave Faries|Feb 19, 2014

    Ramona Joyce has been telling people where to go for nine years. At least that's how long she has served as director of the Cheyenne County Visitor's Center, perched atop the hill across from Cabela's retail store. Although born in Montana and a longtime resident of the Denver area, Joyce considers Sidney home. She moved to town in 1991, after all, and spent many years with Nienhueser Construction before taking over at the visitors center. 1. What question do you hear most often? 'How do I get...

  • Ten Questions with Megan Mcgown Community Development Director

    Dave Faries|Feb 5, 2014

    Megan McGown seems to be everywhere, from city meetings to events downtown. Sidney's Community Development Director joined city hall after seven years serving as director of the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce. Yet her plans entering college were far removed from the world of business recruitment, retention, historic downtown preservation and all the other aspects of her position. No, the sandhills native hoped for a career in law and studied criminal justice. After graduation, however, she...

  • Ten Questions with Jay Ehler, Superintendent, Sidney Public Schools

    Dave Faries|Jan 29, 2014

    Jay Ehler has served as a history teacher, a basketball coach and--for six years--principal at Sidney High School. In April of 2012 he accepted the position of Superintendent, stepping down as head coach of the Raiders boys team at the same time. He is thoroughly familiar with life in the Nebraska panhandle. As a student-athlete at Scottsbluff High School, he set a school record scoring 50 points in a basketball game--a mark that still stands. Before coming to Sidney, Ehler taught for the...