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  • Burns-Pine Bluffs grapplers sixth at Bison Bonanza

    Zach Spadt|Jan 3, 2019

    Burns-Pine Bluffs wrestlers continued their 2018 - 2019 season on the mat when they traveled to South High School in Cheyenne for the Bison Bonanza. The team finished sixth out of eight teams at the event. Kyle Thurin and Lash Branigan posted 5-0 records. Colter Haws went 2-3 in the 220 weight class. In the 285 class, Conner Polk went 2-1. His only loss came at the hands of Cheyen East's Zach Higgins by a fall. DJ Rupp was 1-1 in the 285 class with a loss to Torrington's Brandon Bennick by...

  • OSHA: 'Serious' violations in June dairy farm death

    Zach Spadt|Dec 20, 2018

    A dairy farm near Carpenter is facing approximately $25,000 in penalties following the death of a worker last June. The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration currently lists four serious violations totaling $25,275 for Burnett Enterprises. The penalties listed as serious violations are pending abatement, meaning if the company can make amends the penalties could reduced or eliminated. While working at Burnett Enterprises on June 5, an employee identified as Erasmo Baeza Gonzalez, 52, entered a well house with two electrical cont...

  • Town lights up for Christmas

    Zach Spadt|Dec 20, 2018

    Pine Bluffs Recreation recently announced the winners of the 2018 Christmas Lighting Contest. Winners are asked to stop by the Pine Bluffs Town Hall to collect a $10 gift card to Texas Trail Market. In a written press release, Pine Bluffs Recreation Director Pine Bluffs tahnked those who participated in the contest and helped fill Pine Bluffs with Christmas spirit. "The judges enjoyed looking at all the lights and decorations," Fornstrom said. "There were so many beautifully decorated homes to...

  • Hornets slay Dragons

    Zach Spadt|Dec 20, 2018

    Playing in their first home game of the season, Pine Bluffs put up 19 points before the visiting Holyoke, Colo. Dragons managed to put up their first 2 Saturday afternoon. By the start of the second quarter, the Hornets led 29-2. With the 85-33 home win, the Hornets currently hold a 5-0 record. They'll be off for the winter break and will return to action January 4 when they play in the Taco Johns Invite at Cheyenne East. In Saturday's game, junior Michael Shain led the Hornets in scoring with...

  • Lady Hornets improve to 5-1

    Zach Spadt|Dec 20, 2018

    It was nothing short of a nail-biter when the Lady Hornets hosted their first basketball game of the year Saturday, Dec. 15. Playing the Holyoke, Colo. Lady Dragons, Pine Bluffs didn't taste its first lead of the afternoon until late in the third quarter. Saturday afternoon's match up was a back and forth affair for the Lady Hornets and Lady Dragons. Pine Bluffs led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter. At the end of the second quarter, the lead had changed to 25-21 Holyoke, thanks to a 15-8 ru...

  • Texas Trail Market celebrates another year with dinner, annual board meeting

    Zach Spadt|Dec 13, 2018

    Monday night, members and leadership of Pine Bluff’s grocery store, Texas Trail Market gathered for a dinner and state of the store address of sorts. According to an audit carried out by Grand Island, Nebraska-based Lutz and Company PC, the store’s losses for the last fiscal year were down nearly $30,000 to $57,093 compared to last year’s $81,773. Revenue was also on an upward trend. During the 2017 fiscal year, the store brought in $468,109 in revenue compared to the 2018 fiscal year’s $521,521. Texas Trail Market General Manager Bill...

  • Pine Bluffs Police officer receives Distinguished Service Award

    Zach Spadt|Dec 13, 2018

    A Pine Bluffs Police officer was recognized last week for her efforts in thwarting a kidnapping that took place in Pine Bluffs. On Oct. 4, police received a report that 2-year-old girl was being held from her biological mother, Pine Bluffs Police Chief Justin Trout said. "The other party had no intention of giving up the child," Trout said. That's where PBPD Officer Amy Quick stepped in. Trout said Quick was able to "ping" the phone of the suspect and locate him in Fort Collins. With the...

  • Hornets begin season 4-0

    Zach Spadt|Dec 13, 2018

    BURNS - If the Pine Bluffs Hornets are looking for a repeat of last year's magical state championship run, they got off on the right foot last week. Tucker Norman and Michael Shane led the team to four wins over Wyoming Indian, Moorcroft, Wheatland and Saratoga in the Burns Winter Classic basketball tournament held last Thursday through Saturday. Pine Bluffs won those games 65-49, 84-25, 53-50 and 76-67 respectively. In the first game against Wyoming Indian, the Hornets took a 3-0 lead with...

  • Lady Hornets off to 3-1 start

    Zach Spadt|Dec 13, 2018

    BURNS - Despite getting off to a slow start at the Burns Winter Classic basketball tournament, the Lady Hornets ended their first weekend of play on the right foot dominating Moorcroft 82-46, Wheatland 54-30 and Saratoga 56-24. Their only hiccup was the tournament opener Thursday night, when they absorbed a 45-36 loss to Wyoming Indian. Af the end of the first quarter Thursday night, Pine Bluffs trailed Wyoming Indian 18-9. However, the Lady Hornets outscored the Lady Chiefs 13-11 in the second...

  • Burns-Pine Bluffs wrestlers compete at Charlie Lake Invite tourney

    Zach Spadt|Dec 13, 2018

    ayson finished second in the 170 lb varsity weight class at the Charlie Lake Invite wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday of last week. He was defeated in the final match by Eaton, S.D.'s Ty Garnhart. It was Clayson's only loss of the tournament. Kyle Thurin earned a 6-2 record and wrestled for third place against Kelly Walsh's Luke Nathan in the varsity 182 weight class. In the 195 class, Lash Branigan had the opportunity to compete for third place honors - and he won, to finish the...

  • Pine Bluffs Town Council seeking grants for pool, golf course

    Zach Spadt|Dec 6, 2018

    Pine Bluffs Town Council members on Tuesday approved applying for roughly $1 million in grants for recreation improvement projects. Specifically and in order of priority, the town will ask for $250,000 to pay to resurface the community swimming pool and install a splash pad, an additional $250,000 to resurface the parking lot, $250,000 to install a playground at the adjacent park and soccer field and lastly, another $250,000 to improve the Leaning Rock Golf Course. “We will be thrilled if they approve half of these,” Pine Bluffs Treasurer...

  • Burns students solve world's problems

    Zach Spadt|Dec 6, 2018

    nts were recognized last weekend for their work planning space exploration. And they did it in the most unlikely of ways - LEGO Robots. FIRST LEGO League challenges students in the fourth through eighth grades to research real-world problems and develop a solution. As a part of that process, they must design, build and program a robot using Lego software and then compete on a table-top playing field, according to the organization's website. This year's topic was "Into Orbit." The Burns students...

  • Winter sports begin Thursday

    Zach Spadt|Dec 6, 2018

    Prep sports are finally coming back to the area. Starting Thursday, schools from around the state will descend on Burns for the Winter Classic basketball tournament. Local play starts at 6 p.m. when the Burns boys take on Moorcroft. Next up will be the Pine Bluffs girls, who will play Wyoming Indian at 7 p.m. The Burns girls will take on Moorcroft at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night's action will wrap up when the Pine Bluffs boys compete against Wyoming Indian at 8:30 p.m. The tournament will go...

  • Former Pine Bluffs residents recall escaping deadly California wildfire

    Zach Spadt|Nov 29, 2018

    November 8 started out just like any other for former Pine Bluffs residents Rick and Shelle Scott. By the time it ended, they had both made harrowing escapes from the most destructive wildfire in California history. When Shelle dropped their two daughters off at school that morning, she noticed a not-so-distant smoke plume. When she arrived at her job, Shelle's coworkers were closely monitoring the rapidly growing fire. "I turned right around and went home." Meanwhile, Rick was at a work...

  • Macys honored for family farm, community service

    Zach Spadt|Nov 29, 2018

    Ken and Angie Macy, Pine Bluffs area farmers, were recently chosen as the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s 2018 Farm Family of the Year. The award goes to a Farmers Union Family that is exceptionally dedicated to agriculture, involved in the community, according to a press release. And that’s the Macys. Ken served as president of the Pine Bluffs Chamber of Commerce and Businessmen’s Club, which operated a local investment fund. Both Ken and Angie are active in Grace Lutheran Church in Pine Bluffs. Ken received the Outstanding Parent Award f...

  • PBHS students compete in Taco John's culinary competition

    Zach Spadt|Nov 22, 2018

    Pine Bluffs High School students Kaetlin Paice and Lucy Syvanen prepare their meal for judges at the Taco John's corporate headquarters in Cheyenne. The two students were chosen as finalists for the fast food company's high school culinary competition. Paice and Syvanen were unable to place in the top three teams. Their recipe, "Chillin You Out" featured Potato Oles, beef, chili cheese and refried beans wrapped in a tortilla. "I think being chosen among the top six in the state is quite an...

  • Coaching Boys Into Men

    Zach Spadt|Nov 22, 2018

    Athletic coaches are among the most influential people high school students will encounter during their most formative years. That's a pillar of Coaching Boys Into Men, a program designed to teach young men healthy relationship behaviors. One important aspect of that is helping young people learn about consent, said CBIM Facilitator Bob Vines. "Coaches' actions and behaviors affect teens and schools. It all starts and grows from there. We're talking about a culture change," Vines said. "Look at...

  • Burns grad recognized for play at Chadron State

    Zach Spadt|Nov 22, 2018

    A 2014 Burns High School graduate has made a name for himself continuing his football career at Chadron State College in Nebraska. Now a senior at CSC, former Burns High School football standout Travis Romsa recently named a first-team selection to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference team. This is the second consecutive year he has earned the honor. In a CSC media release, head football coach Jay Long said Romsa has not allowed a single sack all season. He has made 31 career starts on...

  • Missoula Children's Theatre is here

    Zach Spadt|Nov 15, 2018

    Laramie County School District 2's youngest thespians will take center stage this week when they perform in "The Snow Queen." Missoula Children's Theatre sends trained actors around the world to work with children in the performing arts. They arrive in town at the beginning of the week, hold auditions and then children who make the cast are given a week to memorize the script, rehearse and give a public performance. A district wide event, several students will take part in the performance this...

  • PBHS to compete in Taco John's culinary competition

    Zach Spadt|Nov 15, 2018

    Students from Pine Bluffs will have the opportunity to compete to have their recipe put on the Taco John’s menu. Six Wyoming High School teams were chosen to compete in the 11th Annual Taco John’s Culinary Competition in Cheyenne on Thursday, Nov. 15 Among those schools were a two-person team from Pine Bluffs. Students from Guernsey-Sunrise, Saratoga, Glenrock Riverton and Green River also earned spots in the competition. Sixty-eight teams from throughout Wyoming participated in the first round of competition. Taco John’s Vice President...

  • Learning the outdoors

    Zach Spadt|Nov 15, 2018

    On Saturday morning, young hunters and volunteers hopped in the car and headed up to an area near LaGrange to try their hand at pheasant hunting. When they arrived, they were treated to breakfast burritos and a chance to hone their skills shooting clay pigeons. They were a part of what has become a tradition for the High Plains Pheasants Forever Chapter, based in Pine Bluffs Wyoming. "We had a lot of new hunters, so we wanted to make sure they knew how to handle guns safely before they went...

  • Getting ready for opening night

    Zach Spadt|Nov 15, 2018

    Students from Laramie County School District 2 schools will perform the play for the public at Pine Bluffs High School Friday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 3 p.m....

  • Gordon wins governor's race

    Zach Spadt|Nov 8, 2018

    Mark Gordon was easily elected Wyoming's next governor Tuesday night. As of 10 p.m. Thursday, Gordon had received 48,307 votes to Democratic opponent Mary Throne's 15,674. Several Wyoming counties had not reported their results as of press time and the number is subject to change. The 2018 election marks the first in eight years in which the Wyoming Governor's Mansion was completely open. After being elected in 2010, current Governor Matt Mead won reelection in 2014. He will step down after his...

  • Malm to join commission

    Zach Spadt|Nov 8, 2018

    Gunnar Malm will join incumbents Linda Heath and Troy Thompson on the Laramie County Commission next year. Although the race was too close to call between Heath and Malm (Less than one-hundreth of a percentage point separated them Tuesday night.), because they are top-three vote-getters, they will all earn seats. Heath, Malm and Thompson each had 26.85, 26.97 and 28.92 percent of the vote, respectively. Former Democratic State Representative Lee Filer trailed with a mere 16 percent of the vote. Republican State Representative John Eklund easily...

  • Lady Hornets take second at state tourney

    Zach Spadt|Nov 8, 2018

    The Lady Hornets came one match away from hoisting the 2A Wyoming State Volleyball Championship trophy over the weekend - but they were bested by a familiar foe. Pine Bluffs traveled to the Wyoming state volleyball tournament last week. They started things off b y facing third-seeded Wind River and won that matchup in three games. Pine Bluffs won the first game 25-16 and the remaining two 25-19. "You never know how that first game will go with jitters and not being real experienced at the state...

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