Week of February 29, 2024

  • Firefighter Academy Brotherhood

    Warren Wittstruck

    Fire Academy students can expect to complete about 600 hours of training total, over the course of 18 to 24 weeks. Some students want to become fulltime firefighters because they love the duties of being a first responder. The Fire Academy consists of academic classes, physical conditioning, EMT knowledge, and hundreds of firefighting skills. Student Sage Long, age 18 from Burns, Wyoming is among the volunteers who are currently attending the 2024 Laramie County Fire Academy in Cheyenne. Fellow...

  • Burns resident on the list for new Kidney

    Karen Lipska

    One's health is always on a person's mind. But for Walter Hagemeier, it's on his mind a lot more, as he is needing a new kidney. Hagemeier was born is Cheyenne and was raised with three brothers north of Hillsdale. The family farmed and raised cattle. Hagemeier went to Bible School to prepare for the ministry after high school. He married his high school sweetheart Carolyn in 1969. They raised four children and now have eight grandchildren and one great grandson. Hagemeier went into the...

  • Pine Bluffs Student Wins an International Award

    Gary Roadifer Pine Bluffs Lions Club

    Pine Bluffs, Wyoming: On February 1, 2024, the 36th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest named Felicity Petry, a 'sixth-grade student at the Pine Bluffs Elementary School, as a merit winner in the contest. Approximately 600,000 children from 60 countries participated in this year's Peace Poster Contest. Before reaching the international level, the posters were judged at the club, district. and multiple district levels. At this point, they had been narrowed down to 115 posters. Based...

  • Farm, Ranch, Business

    University of Wyoming Extension

    Laramie, Wyo.-Feb. 26, 2024-The University of Wyoming Extension has released a free online course on how to use electric pressure cookers to prepare healthy, inexpensive meals. "Today, food costs are more expensive and everyone's budgets are tighter," says Kali McCrackin Goodenough, manager of UW Extension's Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP). "Using an electric pressure cooker can decrease the amount of active time to cook dinner, which may mean cooking from scratch more often. It can also be...

  • Cactus Veterinary celebrates Ten Years

    Karen Lipska

    Almost everyone loves animals. How cute and cuddly puppies, kittens, and other animals are. But with cute and cuddly comes responsibility. Learning to take care of animals physically and emotionally and when to visit the veterinarian. Veterinarian's are very special people that help keep our animals in the best of health. Paul Fornstrom is one of those very special people. He has been a veterinarian for 20 years. Fornstrom graduated from Burns High School and then attended the University of...

  • District 5 Rob Cleveland Recipients

    Warren Wittstruck

    This is a true story about the Rob Cleveland Award. Rob Cleveland led by example with honesty, courage, honor and dignity to support those around him. His service to public safety in Laramie County and surrounding communities set an example of true leadership for all first responders. The recipient of this award has gone above and beyond to show their support and coordination to the Laramie County Fire Chiefs Association. The commitment to service over the last year has shown exemplary...

  • Joseph Nicholson voted to be Mayor Pro Tem for Burns

    Karen Lipska

    Working on Main Street and a new business was on the agenda at the Burns Town Council meeting on February 26th. One of the first items was to find out the council never voted on Joseph Nicholson to be mayor pro tem when Mayor Jim Clark was on the council. Clark just appointed him. Because of this not being voted on by the council, the council made it official by voting Nicholson to be mayor at the meeting. All approved. There were three building permits to approved by the council. The first one was 224 E Fourth Street with a pole barn 30 feet...

  • Home Schoolers hold Science Fair at Library

    Karen Lipska

    Science is used everyday by everyone. At the Pine Bluffs Library, the Eastern Laramie County Home school group was holding their science fair at the Pine Bluffs Library in the month of February. The Science fair is an event that shows the judges and the teachers that the students are taking a subject and extending themselves to learn about it. Science fairs were started in the 1930's in New York City. This was for the students to challenge each other and learn more. The subject can be anything...

  • Pine Bluffs Collin Jessen graduates Lineman College

    Collin Jessen graduated in May of 2023 from Pine Bluffs High School and in October 2023, he started his 15 week lineman program at Northwest Lineman College in Meridian, Idaho. He graduated on February 23 after completing his lineworker certification and obtained his CDL. He's currently seeking employment where he can apprentice for 4 years and work toward becoming a journeyman lineman. Congratulations to Collin...

  • Prairie Doc Perspective Week of February 25, 2024

    Kelly Evans Hullinger MD

    "I've got this cough that just won't go away," my patient says, and I know this story all too well. Chronic cough, a cough that lasts more than two months, is a common ailment which in most cases is benign. But for the patient it is both bothersome and worrisome. If your cough has lasted for less than two months it may just be the residual effect of an upper respiratory infection. Dry cough after having one of many viruses can last for weeks and weeks, and the only cure is time. In patients who...

  • Farm, Ranch, Business

    Gillette College

    Gillette, Wyo.-Feb. 26, 2023-On Monday, March 18, the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources will facilitate a seminar on energy innovations hosted by Gillette College. "The intent of this seminar is to illustrate how energy exploration can coincide with agriculture production," says Randall Violett, associate director of UW's Ranch Management and Agricultural Leadership (RMAL) program. "Understanding of collaboration on land use can typically benefit...

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