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  • New Wall dedication brings deep Patriotism

    Dawnna Merryfield|May 20, 2021

    "Oh say can you see by the dawns early light. Over hill, over dale we have hit the dusty trail and the army goes rolling along, From the halls of montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, Anchors aweigh my boys anchors aweigh, Off we go into the wild blue yonder, God bless America, land that I love," the beautiful sound of Marty Mace on the bagpipes all could be heard at the Veterans Memorial plaza on Friday, May 14 for the dedication of the new mural entitled 'A Tribute to America's Fallen Heroes'...

  • Current Town Council holds heavy last meeting

    Dawnna Merryfield|May 13, 2021

    Many important money subjects were talked about first thing Monday evening for the May Town council meeting in Pine Bluffs. The town first discussed the amendments to the third reading for ordinance 2021-01 prohibiting the use of unmuffled compression brakes within city limits. The amendments were mostly just formalizing words and discussing which parts of town this would be applicable to and signage concerns. Some had questions about interstate travel but police Chief Chance Walkama clarified...

  • Pool work begins

    Dawnna Merryfield|May 6, 2021

    Pine Bluffs recreation team has announced that construction is officially underway on the town's public swimming pool. Construction workers have officially started the resurfacing process. "So far everything is going according to plan. There have been some issues with one of the contractors pieces of equipment and they're behind on their own schedule but everything is still right on schedule to open." Stated Sonia Fornstrom the recreation department manager. The pool plans to open the day after...

  • Drug Take Back Day a Success

    Dawnna Merryfield|May 6, 2021

    Disposing of medication can be a questionable thing, Flushing down the toilet use to be the thing to do. However, today, law enforcement and hospitals are teaming up to relieve people of unwanted drugs or un-used medication. On May 1, Pine Bluffs Police Department participated in a Drug Take Back program. "It was very successful and we want to thank everyone who participated. Especially, the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's Community Prevention  Program for organizing it and of course the...

  • Pine Bluffs holds Annual Spring Clean Up Day

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 29, 2021

    The Town of Pine Bluffs are holding their annual spring cleanup week - town wide. All items were asked to be placed on the curb or in alleys by request before or on Monday April 26, 2021. Items eligible for pickup included household items, furniture, appliances and much more. There was obvious restrictions on hazardous materials, construction scraps, dirt, and gravel. Everything is picked up and discarded free of charge. Pick up is handled by the Town of Pine Bluffs maintenance department....

  • An Interview with candidates

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 29, 2021

    Allie Leitza, another life long Pine Bluffs resident, has entered herself into the council member election. Leitza is a third generation resident and graduated from Pine Bluffs high school. She was very active in a lot of extracurricular school activities such as FFA and student council. One of her passions that is carried on to her adult age is the parliamentary procedure contests. She often volunteers and judges for local FFA chapters in Kimball and Pine Bluffs. After high school Allie...

  • An Interview with candidates

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 29, 2021

    An original Wyomingite born and raised in Wheatland, Joshua McGurn has lived in Laramie County and Platte County for many generations. He served in the U. S. Army for almost seven years as a diesel mechanic, and was deployed to Iraq in 2005. McGurn currently works for Spradley Barr Motors Quick Lane as the service manager. Since his time in the Army, he has earned a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. After living in Cheyenne for many years, McGurn craved the...

  • Pine Bluffs Kindergarten celebrate with "crazy hair"

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 29, 2021

    Pine Bluffs Elementary Kindergarten recently participated and celebrated National Kindergarten Day! The theme for the day was to dress up with crazy hair. They also participated in an activity called "Yes Day". "This is the day where everyone has to say yes to everything, of course within reason." stated Jessica Gray, Kindergarten Teacher Pine Bluffs Elementary School. They were allowed to bring in ice cream for the students, it was a special treat for a special day, celebrating all of the...

  • Interview with mayoral candidates

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 22, 2021

    Councilmember Donn Randall has entered his name in the mayoral campaign. In several instances he's proven great dedication to Pine Bluffs. He also attends the monthly Pine Bluffs Senior center meetings and the monthly Laramie County landfill board meetings, representing the residents of Pine Bluffs for the last 4 years. Randall was raised on a small cattle ranch just west of Broadus Montana. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1973. In July of 1976, he married his high school...

  • Interview with mayoral candidates

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 22, 2021

    As a lifelong resident Justin Fornstrom is hoping to take on the responsibility of preserving the town he proudly calls home. Fornstrom grew up in Pine Bluffs and graduated from Pine Bluffs High School in 1990. After graduating, he went to Laramie to attend University of Wyoming, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1995. He soon moved back to start a farming business with his brother, Mark. They have expanded their business relations and since 2004 have also own Pine Bluffs Auto...

  • Interviews with a mayoral candidate Don Herman

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 22, 2021

    Living in Pine Bluffs for most of his life Donald Herman has made the decision to try his hand at the mayoral position. There are a couple of things that Herman really has his focus on for the town. He would really like to help Pine Bluffs move forward and create a more diverse community. "I feel strongly about continuing to move forward, developing the north property to provide more housing, continuing to promote small businesses, updating the infrastructure for the remainder of the town, not j...

  • Refugio Cerenil competes back to back competitions

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 22, 2021

    Local Pine Bluffs resident and powerlifter Refugio Cerenil recently competed in back to back meets these last two weekends. His first powerlifting meet was the 2021 Wyoming open powerlifting competition in Casper on April 10, 2021. The Second was the USDA powerlifting meet in Laramie on April 17 , 2021. At the 2021 Wyoming open he did really well, he broke his personal record for squats with a 467.5 lb squat. For this meet Cerenil walked away with two new medals. Both were for first place, he wo...

  • Interviews with a candidate

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 15, 2021

    Ken Haas Ken Haas and wife Pam are long-time residents of the Pine Bluffs area. Haas has recently announced his plans and goals to run for one of two council member positions.  Haas, his wife and family have been in Pine Bluffs for just over 40 years. The Haas' have raised three boys all of which attended Pine Bluffs high school and were active in sports, FFA and 4-H. "We appreciate the small town values Pine Bluffs has helped to instill in each one of our son's." mentioned Haas. In addition to...

  • Fornstrom brothers go different directions for their future

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 15, 2021

    Greg Fornstrom, 18, oldest son of Jackie and Russell Fornstrom, recently signed his commitment to attend the University of Wyoming.  G. Fornstrom's plan is to major in political science and minor in creative writing. G. Fornstrom is very active in Pine Bluffs and Burns' track and field as well as cross country activities. He's been a part of these teams since the 7th grade. He has also enjoyed participating in the Wyoming Academic Challenge. "I've always been attracted to writing and drawing...

  • Town Council plans for Spring Clean UP and trees

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 15, 2021

    At the April meeting for Pine Bluffs Town Hall there was quite a bit of hustle and bustle. To kick off the meeting guests with the Kimball health services attended and had a very detailed presentation for the council to review in regards to the new hospital that will be located in Kimball Nebraska. The current hospital in Kimball has been in operation for 70 years. The most recent addition to the hospital was in 2007. Kimball health services presented the information to the board in hopes to receive a letter of support. The letter would help...

  • Horses on the run!

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 8, 2021

    The morning of Wednesday, March 31 2021, around 0800 the Pine Bluffs Police Department responded to a report of horses running loose near the rodeo fairgrounds. Upon further investigation the police realized the horses did not escape through their own volition. In fact, it was believed that they were released in an attempt to remove the horses under suspicious circumstances. "The Pine Bluffs Police Department is investigating the trespassing and attempted felony theft of the horses from the...

  • LCCC enriches with Art

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 8, 2021

    Laramie County Community College holds Life enrichment classes at the Old Pine Bluffs High School. Some of the instructors are local residents. Many different types of classes are offered there. One such instructor is Paulette "Paulie" Dunnam, who has been teaching with LCCC for about 4 years. She offers two different types of classes through the Life enrichment program. Dunnam teaches a youth and an adult painting class. The mediums she teaches are: ink work, watercolor and acrylic painting....

  • Carpenter family holds Petting Zoo for Easter

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 8, 2021

    Preston Anderson and his mom, Tammy Anderson decided to add a little fun to everyone's Easter weekend. They decided to open their humble family ranch to the public and hosted their very own Easter egg hunt and petting zoo. The family had the little petting zoo area set up towards the middle of their event. As you approached the little round pen you could find just a few of Preston's many goats. Most dressed up in bright pink tutus! At this station families would wash their hands and make their...

  • Candidates announced for Town of Pine Bluffs

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 8, 2021

    The Town of Pine Bluffs recently announced all of their candidates for the mayoral and council person election. The deadline to register as a candidate was March 30, 2021. Seats open are mayor, and two council persons, both are four year terms. The candidates for the mayor position are Donn Randall, Justin Fornstrom, and Donald Herman. Candidates running for the two council person positions are Joshua McGurn, Ali Leitza, Janna Kestner, Ken Haas and Don Merideth. Kestner is running for re-election. The sample ballot will be released in the...

  • Cobblestone holds Grand Opening

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 1, 2021

    Although Cobblestone Hotel opened their doors on March 12, 2021 the hotel was forced to put all of their activities on hold due to the snow storm and events that followed. The Cobblestone Hotel was finally able to host their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. There was quite the list of activities to do on Wednesday. There were several speakers including, but not limited too, the President and CEO of Cobblestone Hotels Brian Wogernese and Pine Bluffs Mayor Allen Curtis. The hotel staff...

  • Rainbows and flowers at Sadie's

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 1, 2021

    Ashley Hottell guided another class of students through an elaborate painting activity. For Sadie's Cafe's monthly paint and sip activity Hottell decided a rainbow and flower painting would be the nights highlight. The activity was open to all ages, drinks and food were brought individually. To help with the mood music was playing softly in the background. Hottell encouraged frequent breaks with this painting to help layer them appropriately. Taking breaks would allow the specific layers to dry...

  • Burns FCCLA students attend State Convention

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 1, 2021

    For this year's annual Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state competition things were a little different but they still managed to have an in-person fun filled event. Usually state is a two-day event, students would attend two days of competition. At night they would generally have a dance or movie options or even team tourism activities. However this year half the schools attended one day the rest of the schools attended the second day. The State convention still had all...

  • Cactus blooms at Pine Bluffs Distilling

    Dawnna Merryfield|Apr 1, 2021

    Pine Bluffs Distilling had quite the colorful and eventful night. The paint party had three birthday parties hosted! The theme for the painting activity was cacti in bloom. Autumn Marshall instructed the class on how to start with the background. They used a faint pink color to begin with. Next they worked on the clouds and then moved to painting the desert sand. Next were the bulbs of the cactus adding blooms on top of each of those and finishing with the thorns on the cactus. Savannah Eggli,...

  • State of Emergency declared for Wyoming

    Dawnna Merryfield|Mar 25, 2021

    Early Wednesday morning Governor Mark Gordon authorized the emergency declaration for the state of Wyoming after winter storm Xylia dropped 30 plus inches of snow across  Southeast Wyoming.  Later that day County commissioners met to discuss and find a resolution for the state of emergency. "It's ironic that a year ago today we did a special emergency meeting to put in place covered protocols for Laramie County,'' said commissioner Gunner Malm "I really hope this one does not last as long I don't anticipate it too because snow melts." After...

  • Winter Storm wreaks havoc

    Dawnna Merryfield|Mar 18, 2021

    As of Monday, March 15th over 2,600 High West Energy customers were left without power due to recent winter weather complications. Over 14 lineman and 10 trucks were sent out to assist with getting the power back on. However the crews were eventually all called home to rest and recuperate due to the storm. All the trucks sent out ended up having a lot of issues making it through the treacherous weather. Trucks were getting stuck, so everything was put on hold until weather conditions improved....

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