As the Best of Richland County contest progresses, the Sidney Herald has been delighted with the number of nominations that have rolled in. Nearly 1,000 readers have logged onto their computers and submitted their suggestions for the best businesses in the county. However, conversations have…

In September Abel Cedeno will be sentenced for the killing of one Matthew McCree, 15, and wounding of Arane Leboy, then 16, in 2017, at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx.

Harvest is just now starting to really ramp up, the fair is all wrapped up, and a good portion of the second hay crop is being baled, which all signals one thing, we are not really that far from snowflakes falling from the sky. Which means that much of the hay that has been baled or is inten…

Meatless Mondays for your school lunch program? Meat grown in a petri dish from a foreign lab? These are questions we need to ask Gov. Bullock. By his executive order, Montana is now obligated to advance the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. In order to meet the Paris objectives everythi…

I grew up in the Sidney area and graduated from Sidney High School. I have lived in Flint Michigan since 1966 and have returned home each summer to visit the family ranch in the Squaw Gap area. I have multiple myeloma and this year needed chemo. I was hoping I could get treatment at the Sidn…

“When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.” – Robert A Heinlein

The Sidney Herald received some criticism concerning the story of the deceased male who was found in East Fairview in late July. A person who holds a community leadership role was upset the paper didn’t provide a name in the article and said they were receiving phone calls about the topic. W…

Editor’s note: Tony Bender is on vacation. This is a favorite from 2011.

This week marks the end of July and beginning of August which means a couple of different things. First off, it means that summer is drawing to a close but more importantly it means that it is time for my annual article about the Richland County Fair and Rodeo (and please don’t read too clos…

As someone who very vocally despises summer, there’s one thing every year I look forward to: the county fair. Some of my best memories in Sidney come from the busy days and hot nights at the Richland County Fair and Rodeo (RCFR). Eating too many pieces of pie, indulging in those delicious pu…

The news on Monday morning is that Hong Kong is quiet. Streets and shops are said to be closed and deserted after Sunday’s attack on demonstrators by white-clad counter protestors wielding sticks and iron rods.

They told us if we got educated then we would see success in our lifetime. Yet, more than 44 million Americans have student debts that combine to total $1.5 trillion. Having to borrow money for school is stressful enough; abusive debt collection practices don’t help. And now the Consumer Fin…

It is almost fair time (which, just in case you were wondering, doesn’t really conjure up the same feelings and emotions in the extension office as it does for most people) which means summer is almost over. That also means combines will soon be dotting the landscape.

Well, the secret will soon be out at last. A million people have signed up to “storm” Area 51 in the Nevada desert.

What is the U.S. Climate Alliance? It is a domestic group formed specifically to undermine President Trump’s excellent decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Now, by executive order, part-time Gov. Steve Bullock has undermined all of Montana by aligning Montana with the U.S. Cl…

This past week, I sat in awe of a group of community leaders who came together in opposition of MDU’s decision to close the Lewis and Clark Station. I wrote the story of the meeting, trying to capture the desperation and tension felt in the extension office Monday afternoon. It was a difficu…