New Home Found at College for Lion-Dogs

Lion-dog statue photo-shopped into new location in the Whitney Building at Sheridan College. (Courtesy photo)

A new home has been found at Sheridan College for the two lion-dog statues that once stood at the entrance to Sheridan's Kendrick Park.

Kim Love, with the Sheridan Public Arts Committee, announced the new location at Monday night's city council meeting.

Love said one of the benefits of that location is a lot more traffic in the area. The statues were placed in the park in the early 1900s and were removed and placed in storage several months ago to stop further deterioration of them due to weather. The statues are brass rather than bronze and were not designed for long-term display.

In other matters Monday night, the council voted to nominate the late Forest Mars for the Governor's Arts Award, in recognition of Mars' contribution to Sheridan County, including his contributions to the Mars Theater in the WYO in downtown Sheridan and the Brinton Museum in Big Horn. Councilman Thayer Shafer said the community owes a tremendous debt to Mars.

Also Monday, Mayor Heath administered the oath of office to the four new junior council members. In other action, the council gave first reading to an ordinance changing the city's zoning ordinance relating to infill development. City Planning Director Robert Briggs explained what that will do.

Following a public hearing, the council approved a resolution initiating annexation of about 5 and a half acres on Big Horn Avenue and the KOA Campground on Decker Road. The council gave third-reading approval to an ordinance annexing just over 4 acres on KROE Lane, and approved a resolution amending approval of the West Park Mobile Home Community to allow for construction of a 30-by-80-foot garage.

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The other lion-dog statue photo-shopped into place at Sheridan College. (Courtesy photo)
Mayor John Heath administers oath to junior council members. At left is Sheridan High School teacher Tyson Emborg. (Photo by Pat Blair)