Week of February 22, 2024

  • Pine Bluffs Library hosts Homeschooler Valentine Party

    Karen Lipska

    Every year the little ones always look forward to the holidays and it just happens to be time for Valentines day. The Eastern Homeschool group was excited to have a Valentine's party at the Pine Bluffs Library. Homeschooling or regular school is the question. Everyone has their opinion. But these parents are thrilled to teach their kids about school. It is not a question of quality, quantity or the availability of a teacher or a parent. Each kid learns different and homeschooling is one way for...

  • "Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week" is February 19-24

    Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation

    February 19, 2024--Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon issued a proclamation declaring the week of February 19-24, 2024 as "Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week." While we recognize the value of reading and agriculture during this designated week it goes without saying that each of these are vital every day of the year. Educating Wyoming elementary school children about agriculture and the role Wyoming farmers and ranchers play in keeping Wyoming strong is critical. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation...

  • Barrasso Visits Wyoming Troops in East Africa

    DJIBOUTI, AFRICA – This week, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) visited with members of the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing in Africa. They are assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. The Wyoming Air National Guard has more than 100 service members currently serving with the 75th EAS in Djibouti. They help provide tactical airlift support to various units in East Africa using their C-130H Hercules aircraft, all under the...

  • Small Town Wyoming

    The saying goes, “Wyoming is a small town with long streets.” This is inherent in the Cowboy State’s identity. Our state’s small towns make up its collective spirit and are directly tied to our values of independence, resilience, family and stewardship. Each community in Wyoming is unique and binds us together as friends and neighbors – as Wyomingites. Have you ever been at the airport and ran into someone with a Pokes hat? Even if you don’t know the person, we can bet you both know someone in common. This is truly a Wyoming...

  • Albin Indoor Pool ready to use

    Karen Lipska

    Good news on the pool at the community center in Albin. The Albin Town council had their monthly meeting on February 8th at 7:00 p.m. During this time of year with the inclement weather the council does not have a lot on the agenda. One of the council members stated, “ Once the weather warms up there will be more at the meetings.” The one thing every month the council checks is the Lunch program. The council wants to make sure people are liking the menu or do they need to encourage something different for the lunch ladies. The lunches at...

  • Sweet Songs of Love

    Karen Lipska

    The sweet sound was in the air, carried by the wind around the Pine Bluffs community and in the classroom. The Pine Bluffs High School Chorus was out and about at different places in the area and in the classroom. Every year for the last few years the chorus has been singing songs or serenading if you will, lucky recipients for Valentine's Day. Instead of sending flowers, or maybe sending flowers and these wonderful singers. Taylor McCollum, Shakira Serrano-Lozano, Amanda Michaud, Kaela Adams,...

  • Toe Tapping and Sweethearts

    Karen Lipska

    In the middle of winter people do not like to just to sit at home. The four walls caving in can be emotional for most people. Have no fear, the Burns Lions Club comes to the rescue. It is not just that they hosted a dance, but it was the Sweetheart dance. This was one way the guys could treat the other half to a great time. This was the annual spring dance for the Burns Lions Club, who loves to see the people out and about having a grand ole time. The Burns Lions Club is an organization that...

  • Strengthening Community Bonds: Reflecting on Year One Achievements at the Laramie County Sheriff's Office

    Chance Walkama LC Sheriff Office

     In today's world, trust in law enforcement can sometimes be uncertain. But at Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Kozak, we're working hard to be a trusted part of our community. This article highlights the strides we have taken to fulfill our objective of reconnecting with the community and local businesses, forging partnerships that enhance public safety and well-being. At the core of our efforts lies the establishment of formal partnerships with various organizations, a pivotal move towards a more integrated and responsive...

  • Pine Bluffs High School Snowcoming Dance

    Karen Lipska

    Sometimes winter can give you the blues. It can bring people down in attitudes and in school work with kids. The Snowcoming for Pine Bluffs High School is held to help lift spirits. Life is to short to be down. The Snowcoming at Pine Bluffs High is Spirit week, too. This is to build people up at this time of the year. Throughout the week there were different themes and activities for the students and staff. It is inevitable, Monday rolls around after a weekend off and it's back to school and...

  • Rural Bar Bucks Award at Mike's Saloon - Albin

    Karen Lipska

    Every year the bars in Laramie County are competitive against each other to raise money for Bar Bucks. Bar Bucks is the money that is raised and goes into the Laramie County Christmas Basket fund. This is given to families in need at Christmas time, who may be struggling. The bar bucks can be earned at different events or /and just a donation. The owners of the the bars love to raise money for a greet cause. Not every bar participates but most do. It is great to see people willing to help...

  • Farm & Food Workers Relief Grant Program

    If you were a front-line worker in agriculture during the pandemic, you may qualify for a one-time $600 Visa gift card through the USDA Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to defray worker expenses incurred during the pandemic. On Saturday, February 24, 2024, employees from the CAPWN Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program located in Gering, Nebraska, will be at the Pine Bluffs Town Hall, in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The program will be set up in the Municipal Room on the...

  • Burns Snowcoming Dance End of Week Actiivities

    Karen Lipska

    In the middle of winter the kids get restless and are wanting to do something. So the Snowcoming was created. The Burns Student Council created different themes and activities for the week with a big dance. Each day is different and fun for all the students and staff. On Monday was Pajama Day. This was great for the students and the teachers. It makes for a relaxing day to start the week. The next theme for the week was to dress as your favorite singer. This theme was easy for some. For example...

  • Burns FFA Creed Winners

    Karen Lipska

    In a showcase of dedication and passion for agriculture, the Burns FFA Chapter recently held its annual FFA Creed Contest, with freshmen Riley West and Summer Scheiding emerging as standout participants. Their exemplary performances have earned them the honor of representing the Burns FFA Chapter at the upcoming District Contest. The FFA Creed Contest, a cherished tradition within the FFA community, provides members with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, communication skills, and...

  • Prairie Doc Perspective Week of February 18, 2024

    Andrew Ellsworth MD

    “No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” This is the beginning of a poem from 1624. In it, the poet John Donne appreciates how humans are all connected. Indeed, humans are social beings, and social connection is a factor in our health.  We all know the importance of a healthy diet and exercise for our health. We are getting better at understanding the importance of mental health. One thing we do not discuss much, however, are the benefits of social connection.  Our relationships...

  • Francis Wayne Blake

    Francis Wayne Blake, of Fort Collins, Colorado, passed peacefully into the presence of his Savior, Jesus Christ, at Greeley Village, Greeley, Colorado, on January 24, 2024, at the age of 91. Francis was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on August 28, 1932, and was raised in Hereford, Colorado. He and his father, Benjamin Blake, operated the Blake Ranch cattle and wheat operation in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Francis graduated from Grover High School (now Pawnee) in 1950. He then attended...

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