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  • Christmas is Coming!!

    Amy Votruba|Nov 30, 2017

    Thanksgiving has come and gone, with full bellies we now move on to Christmas! Santa Claus, decorating of home and yard is soon to be seen, gift shopping to be done as well as mailing of the Christmas Cards. The school children are preparing for the singing of Carols at Christmas programs around the area. Burns High School Music Concert, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m., Carpenter Christmas program will be on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m., Carpenter elementary, Pine Bluffs High School Winter Music Concert Dec. 12 at... Full story

  • Modification to consent agenda topic at Pine Bluffs Council meeting

    Amy Votruba|Nov 30, 2017

    Discussion to modify the Consent Agenda cover items Minutes from the November 6 meeting, consideration of Claims and Payroll, extended hours for Knotty Pine, building permits for a fence at 645 Black Blvd., a shed at 830 Sanders Dr., invoices for AVI PC and Lidstone & Associates. Modifications included New Years Eve extended hours for Knotty Pine be last call at 2:00 a.m., to pull the invoice for Lidstone & Associates. Council feels that the invoice needs to be challenged due to the fact, that billing is for updated information on a study... Full story

  • Count down begins for launch!

    Amy Votruba|Nov 30, 2017

    Are you following Albin Elementary high altitude balloon launch, taking place on Dec. 6 at 9:00 a.m.? Mr. Romsa is the go to person for this project at Albin Elementary, attending conference last May regarding teaching about the eclipse, that occurred earlier this year. While at the conference Romsa meet a lady that shared the Statostar program, indication was that only two openings remained to apply for. Although the 3 graders are brainstorming a list of experiments that is wanted to be sent to outer space, the whole school as well as the... Full story

  • Farming and ranching co-op style

    Amy Votruba|Nov 30, 2017

    One of the best known co-op locally is the Frenchman Valley Coop, fits all of the definition of a co-op per wikipedia. Definition of Agricultural supply cooperatives aggregate purchases, storage, and distribution of farm inputs for their members. By taking advantage of volume discounts and utilizing other economies of scale, supply cooperatives bring down members' costs. Supply cooperatives may provide seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, fuel, and farm machinery. Seeds that are available by... Full story

  • Space Exploration at the Library

    Amy Votruba|Nov 30, 2017

    The month of December for all three of the Libraries (Cheyenne, Burns and Pine Bluffs) take you into space! Dinner and a movie will be “The Martian” on December 5 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Space poster will be on display throughout the Pine Bluffs library, come check out the asteroids, planets and galaxies. Friday movies will have a space theme during December with the exception of Dec. 22, it will be Santa Paws 2. Other movies in December: Dec. 1 Space Chimps, Dec. 8 The Last Mimzy, Dec. 15 Escape to Planet Earth or Dec. 29 Fly me to the Moon.... Full story

  • Quarter Store invites Pine Bluffs Children

    Amy Votruba|Nov 23, 2017

    The doors are soon to open to The Quarter Store, at 6th Street and Chestnut, Kimball, NE. It is open for Pine Bluffs residents as well. Organized by Jeanne Laboray and the Calvary United Methodist Women of Bushnell, NE. (this years co-organizers), you can pick up items for gifts at "only" 25 cents a piece. This is the 11th year that this has been going on. Laboray was the original organizer of this store from a vision that she had. Stepping down for a couple years, but due to the moving of last... Full story

  • Shop with Heroes hits 6th year

    Amy Votruba|Nov 23, 2017

    The Pine Bluffs Police and Fire Department will be taking 10 children to "Shop with a Heroes" on December 16. The children will receive $100.00 gift cards to spend at the WalMart in Cheyenne. After shopping the "Heroes" will treat the children to lunch before delivering them back to their homes in Pine Bluffs. Some of the deputies from Laramie County will be helping with the transport of the group. This is the 6th year that the local law enforcement along with emergency personal have spent the d... Full story

  • The many faces of Ag

    Amy Votruba|Nov 23, 2017

    What is the agriculture business and how does it effect every day life? Have you ever wondered what goes into getting that steak on your table, or how long it took to grow those potatoes you are eating? How about how many hands have "touched" the milk you are drinking? The ag business, is a long time business, that has been around since the pilgrims. It was the native Americans that showed the first pilgrims how to grow and harvest the vegetables served at the first Thanksgiving dinner. Per... Full story

  • Christmas at Home is coming

    Amy Votruba|Nov 23, 2017

    "Christmas at Home" December 4 this year. The theme is "The Polar Express." The program will be at the Community Center, located at 708 Lawson Street, the parade will start at 5:00 p.m., starting at 2nd and Main Street, going south on Main finishing at the Community Center by way of 8th Street. There will be a chili dinner, crafter will sell their treasures, and a silent auction will take place in support of the Mayor's Scholarship Fund and the Good Samaritan Fund. A few of the local business wi... Full story

  • Burns Council votes to pay back loan in full

    Amy Votruba|Nov 16, 2017

    Glen Crumpton requested to install a radio system on the water tower to alleviate some of the dead spots for the emergency responders hand held radios. The Utility board approved, with the stipulation to work with the Burns maintenance crew, however approval was given to proceed not the final installation. During the maintenance report, approval for a new tractor not to exceed $25,000.00. The request and approval is due to the current tractor motor needing replaced and it would cost as much to... Full story

  • Bond issue voted down

    Amy Votruba|Nov 16, 2017

    Good news for the voters opposed to the Bond Election on November 7. Out of 42088 voters or 22.28%, there were 3861 votes for the bonds and 5505 votes against. Per Laramie County Community College's website the feeling was not as delightful. While we are disappointed that the college's bond election for the new buildings and structural renovations did not succeed, we respect the decision of the Laramie County voters. We still have great hopes to continue the LCCC Building Forward plan while realizing that the timeframe and funding... Full story

  • FBLA to host Snowball Dance and Dinner

    Amy Votruba|Nov 16, 2017

    November 19 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Pine Bluffs chapter will be hosting a "Snowball Dance and Dinner" for the local Senior Citizens at the High School Commons. The dance and dinner is free, they are hoping you will put on your dancing shoes and cut a rug or two! Young people involved in business have a group of their own, that is all about community service. The seventh through twelfth grade students not only raise money but can be seen partnering with... Full story

  • Keeping the crop in Pine Bluffs

    Amy Votruba|Nov 16, 2017

    Purdy Farms is a small family run ranch located in Pine Bluffs, WY. Gene Purdy's newest adventure is growing barley and wheat for Wyoming Malting and Pine Bluffs Distilling. Purdy speaks of growing the barley and wheat, however he does not grow the yeast that goes into the distilling of vodka. Purdy said, " This is the greenest distiller in the nation." There is no waste stream, as he grows the barley and wheat for distilling vodka, the "spelt" that is left after (which is not suppose to have... Full story

  • Proclamation made naming November 13-17 Apprenticeship Week

    Amy Votruba|Nov 9, 2017

    Today November 7, 2017 Mayor Allen Curtis, for the town of Pine Bluffs, proclaimed the week of November 13 thru 17, 2017, Pine Bluffs' apprenticeship week. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 16 1937, which established the apprenticeship system. This act has shaped skill training, for generations of american workers. Apprenticeship continues to provide state of the art training. It uses a "earn while you lea... Full story

  • Traffic soon to be back to normal on I-80 at Pine Bluffs

    Amy Votruba|Nov 9, 2017

    Eastbound lane of I-80 is scheduled to be open sometime this week. Traffic should be back to normal by Friday or Saturday. "The I806199-Pine Bluffs Marginal project is coming along well," per Kevin Erickson, Resident Engineer for Wyoming Department of Transportation. The prime contractor SEMA Construction, Inc. will have everything that is necessary, to safely open the eastbound lane of I-80 for the traveling public. Some minor task are still being worked on, and will be throughout the... Full story

  • New Snow removal plan adopted by Town Pine Bluffs

    Amy Votruba|Nov 9, 2017

    Discussion and approval of the snow and ice removal plan for the town of Pine Bluffs was the focus of this weeks town council meeting. It is helpful for the residents of Pine Bluffs to keep in mind that the same four or five public works employees are the same public works people that are tending to any electrical issues. This may mean that if a power outage occurs, it will take presidents over snow removal on a priority 2 snow plowing. The purpose of this plan is to establish guidelines and... Full story

  • Postal Changes concerning delivery

    Amy Votruba|Nov 9, 2017

    Change of any kind, be it good, bad or just taking time to get use to it, is what the Hillsdale, Burns and Carpenter resident are encountering, with the newly appointed postmaster, Mathew Hinkle . Hillsdale, Burns and Carpenter towns people are wrestling with the new implementation of the standard postal service delivery methods. A meeting was scheduled for Oct. 24 at 1:00 p.m. Representation by several members of the three small communities, Karmen Rossi (representative for Liz Cheney office),... Full story

  • Salem Cementery from the past yet still serving

    Amy Votruba|Nov 9, 2017

    Northwest of Pine Bluffs, about 12 miles, is the Salem Cemetery. Mark Lanning, is a board member, as well as, now the Secretary of the Salem Cemetery Association. Per Lanning, confusion regarding the name of the small town Lindbergh, is that it once was named Salem. However Salem was a community about a mile west of the cemetery. Salem Post Office was established on December 24, 1888 with Swan J. Falk as postmaster. It was discontinued on April 15, 1914, per Wyoming State Library website.... Full story

  • Bond passage could affect tax dollars

    Amy Votruba|Nov 2, 2017

    Get out and vote! Only one item is on the November 7 ballot this year. Although it does not directly effect the town of Pine Bluffs, it does effect the tax dollars. The item on the ballot is for Laramie County Community College District to renovate and expand in several different areas of the curriculum. The District is requesting authorities to issue a general obligation bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $29,496,000 bearing a maximum rate or rates of interest not to exceed... Full story

  • Pine Bluffs Lions Club celebrates 95 years of good deeds

    Amy Votruba|Nov 2, 2017

    On November 4, the Pine Bluffs Historical High School will be hosting the 95th Anniversary banquet, social time is at 6;00 pm with dinner being served at 6:30 pm. The meal sure to be an enjoyable one with good food as well as the Special guest Ken Moore, PDG 6NE, Colorado. The Pine Bluffs chapter was founded on Nov. 2, 1922. Some of the early community project that was sponsored by the club were Easter Egg Hunts, Santa Claus and 30 years of Halloween Carnival. For 25 years the group sponsored the Student of the Quarter as well as the Henry... Full story

  • Times are changing

    Amy Votruba|Nov 2, 2017

    Time to change, the clocks that is. November 5 is the time to change the clocks back again. You have an extra hour to rest on Sunday. The history of the time change was first used in Canada in 1908. Little known fact that a few hundred Canadians on July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, today’s Thunder Bay, turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world’s first DST (Daylight Saving Time) period. The idea did not catch on globally until Germany introduced DST in 1916. If you think DST is a good idea, thank New Zea... Full story

  • Pride of the Spuds

    Amy Votruba|Nov 2, 2017

    Outside of Pine Bluffs, on the west side of I-80 interstate, is irrigated farm land that is planted in potatoes belonging to Donald Brown. A third generation potato farmer, he is also claim to "the last potato farmers" in the area. Which Brown grows approximately 4 different varieties. First "generation" of potatoes are started in a greenhouse with a slip of potato. Brown recommends that the ground rest every three years, to yield a better crop. Brown finds it interesting that in January 1940,... Full story

  • Helping Hand of Sheperd's Closet

    Amy Votruba|Oct 26, 2017

    Are you looking to get rid of gently used clothing or household items? The Shepherd's Closet is your place to go! Located in the Burns complex, Burns, WY, is a purely volunteer run organization to help people in need. You will find gently used clothes, household items, books, puzzles, games, home health equipment, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, baby items as well as seasonal items. This year the Shepherd's Closet is NOT accepting any food items, due to the complexity of storage and... Full story

  • Local Knights of Columbus collect for military

    Amy Votruba|Oct 26, 2017

    The call for donations is strong for the Knights of Columbus. Farther Killian Muli, the former pastor from Pine Bluffs has reached out to the local Knights of Columbus to solicit items for the 800 soldiers at Camp Casey in South Korea. Items they are looking for are tooth paste, tooth brushes, razors, socks, beef jerky, candy, Slim Jims, phone cards, etc.. If you chose to donate money it will be used to purchase these items. This is the first time that this particular chapter of the Knights of Columbus has requested the community's help for... Full story

  • Burns High School FFA

    Amy Votruba|Oct 26, 2017

    On Sunday October 22 the Burns chapter of FFA (Future Farmers of America) will be headed to Indianapolis to compete in the National FFA Convention. Mr Craig Spatz, Burns area FFA advisor was very excited about taking the freshman and sophomores this year. In 1969 girls were allowed to be members of the FFA, which is one of the best things that was ever done and then in 2001 or 2002 was when junior high students were allowed to join. One of the things that Spatz feels is important, " a student is... Full story

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