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  • COVID vaccine makes it's way to LCSD#2 staff

    Dawnna Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    Kay Dersham, the school nurse for the Pine Bluffs and Burns schools, started her series of vaccines on Monday, January 11. The Pine Bluffs school staff will start receiving the first series of shots on February 16th 2021, Burns staff will start the next day on February 17, 2021. The 2nd round of shots will be on March 9 and 10, 2021. The official name for the vaccine is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Each vaccine comes in a series of 2 shots, about 3 weeks apart. "Covid-19 MRNA vaccines...

  • Pine Bluffs Town Council holds first meeting of 2021

    Dawnna Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    On Monday night Pine Bluffs had their first town hall meeting of the year, it was also the first meeting after the approval of changing the meeting date. All Town Council meetings will now be held on the the second Monday of every month. The first item they discussed was billing for engineering fees. These fees are applied for the valve replacement at the lagoon and pneumonia study project. The bidding will be held February 8th. Next was an MOU agreement with Kimball health clinic. The agreement states that in the case of something happening...

  • 2020 in review: Jul. - Dec

    Dawnna Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    Published July 9 After 5,000 gallons of sanitizer, Pine Bluffs Distilling going strong with spirits After making nearly 5,000 gallons of sanitizer, Pine Bluffs Distilling is back to its normal operations, making unique vodka, whiskey, bourbon and rye. Chad Brown, co-owner and founder of Pine Bluffs Distilling, said the company has one more batch of sanitizer to finish, which will bring the total manufactured during the coronavirus pandemic to 5,000 gallons. Pine Bluffs Distilling wasone of several distilleries and breweries in the state to win...

  • Temporary Federal Accountability changes open for public comment

    Jan 14, 2021

    CHEYENNE – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wyoming Department of Education seeks public comment on temporary changes to its federal accountability plan. Public comment is being accepted from January 8-25, 2021. A summary of the changes, copy of the draft document and waiver can be found here. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of statewide assessments in the spring of 2020. Wyoming’s accountability system requires multiple years of assessment data, which means that even if students are able to be assessed in the spring of...

  • Calling all Wyoming 4th and 5th Graders to participate in the 2021 Arbor Day poster contest!

    Jan 14, 2021

    Wyoming State Forestry Division and Wyoming Project Learning Tree (WY PLT) are teaming up again this year to hold the annual Wyoming State Arbor Day poster contest. This year Wyoming will celebrate its 133rd Arbor Day. The contest is open to all Wyoming fourth and fifth grade students, including home-schooled, private and public. Students are invited to create a poster no larger than 14 by 18 inches in size that depicts the theme “Trees: That’s WY.” The winner will receive $100, their framed poster and a plaque. The winner’s teacher...

  • Zonta Club of Cheyenne seeking applicants for $1,000

    Dawnna Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    Jane M. Klausman - Women in Business Scholarship The Zonta Club of Cheyenne is currently accepting applications for their Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. The Club offers this $1,000 scholarship to a woman of any age, pursuing an accredited business or business-related program, who demonstrates outstanding potential in the field. Zonta International offers up to 32 scholarships of- $2,500 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of $8,000 each. There is a potential of $11,500 in awards...

  • Fertilizer Basics

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Jan 14, 2021

    It does seem like an odd time to talk about fertilizers. There’s still snow on the ground, the wind is howling, Christmas is only five days away as I write this, and you’re probably like me, not at all interested in garden or lawn care right now. On the other hand, it’s never too early to learn the basics of fertilizers so that you get the right ones for the coming season. Did you catch the word “ones”? That’s right. You’ll be using multiple fertilizers. Lawns, flowers, vegetables all have different needs. In fact, vegetables have...

  • "taps.." A Veteran Story

    Penny Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    Many have heard it, and for many, it is a emotionally choking moment, with tears that will silently fall, as the tune is played. Understanding it's origin, and why it is played goes to the heart of any military family. In the 1960's, "taps" was not only played at a funeral signifying the end of the tour for a veteran, but it was played when the American flag was retired for the day. The Origin of taps The origins of "taps," the distinctive bugle melody played at U.S. military funerals and...

  • PPP Re-opens, SBA Rural Director encourages small businesses to apply

    Daniel Nordberg SBA Regional Administrator|Jan 14, 2021

    DENVER – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, today re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital in underserved communities, only community financial institutions (Community Development Financial Institutions, Minority Depository Institutions, Certified Development Companies, and Microloan Intermediaries) will initially be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP...

  • Wyoming Bean Commission accepting nominations for Board Positions

    Jan 14, 2021

    CHEYENNE (1/6/21) - The Wyoming Bean Commission is accepting nominations for the following positions: two (2) grower members and one (1) handler member. The grower positions may be filled by any Wyoming resident that has grown, or caused to be grown (including an owner and tenant jointly or a partnership, association, corporation, cooperative, trust, sharecropper or any other business unit, device or arrangement), dry edible beans on one (1) acre or more in Wyoming for the past two (2) years and paying the dry bean assessment on the same. The...

  • Photos of the Week

    Jan 14, 2021

  • Wyoming Wilderness Association welcomes JJ McGinnis as Communications and Development Director

    Jan 14, 2021

    Wyoming Wilderness Association (WWA) is thrilled to announce the hiring of JJ McGinnis as Director of Communications and Development. A proud graduate of Sheridan College and the University of Wyoming, McGinnis has worked in Sheridan, WY for Advanced Communications Technology, Inc., served on the Leadership Sheridan County Steering Committee, Sheridan College Booster Club, and was a nominee for The Sheridan Press 20 under 40 list. "We're thrilled to add JJ to the WWA Team", says WWA Executive...

  • Broncs vs Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets (3-5) and the Burns Broncs ((3-4) squared off in this weeks final game for both teams. The Broncs coming off a loss to Alliance on Tuesday was looking to get back on the winning track against the Hornets. The Pine Bluffs Hornets were finishing up a four game road trip in 3 days and traveling over 800 miles. It was a long trip but the Broncs were up to the challenge. It was a solid game, a competitive game and the Broncs came out on top 51-45. The first quarter belonged...

  • Lady Broncs vs Lady Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    The Lady Broncs hosted the Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets on Saturday in the Battle of the Freeway for bragging rights. The Lady Broncs coming off the win against Alliance and the Lady Hornets ending a long road trip looked to defeat the other. It was the Lady Broncs though who won the day and the bragging rights with a 53-36 victory. The Lady Broncs out scored the Lady Hornets every quarter. For the first half the Lady Hornets kept it close. In the first quarter they were within 2 allowing the Lady...

  • Hornets Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    Pine Bluffs Hornets Boys Varsity basketball team (3-5) hosted the Encampment Tigers (6-0) last Thursday night. The Hornets were looking to start the weekend with a sound victory but ended up losing to the stronger Tigers by a score of 69 to 41. The 6-0 Tigers were just a bit stronger than the Hornets. The Hornets scored 8 points in the first quarter led by Ty Sweeter with 1 field goal and 3 free throws. The Tigers did score 15 points in the first quarter. In the second quarter the Hornets...

  • Hornets Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    The Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets (3-5) hosted the Encampment Tigers (6-0) last Thursday night. This was the first of four games to be played this weekend. The Lady Hornets had a little trouble in the first quarter, but pulled it all together for the rest of the game. The Lady Tigers out scored the Lady Hornets in the first quarter but the Lady Hornets kept them at bay for the rest of the game. The Lady Tigers out scored the Hornets 14 to 11 in the first quarter. Ally Borgman led the way with four po...

  • Broncs Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    The Broncs started the week off with a game against the 10-3 Alliance Bulldogs. The Broncs 3-4 came away with the loss to the stronger team 63 – 34. The leading scorer for the Broncs, junior Jackson Kirkbride was able to sink 3 three pointers during the loss. The Alliance Bulldogs is one of the best teams the Broncs will play this year. The Bulldogs held the Broncs to just 16 points in the first half. Broncs entered the half trailing the Bulldogs 27 to 16. The third quarter did not go much...

  • Broncs Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    Last Tuesday the Lady Broncs hosted the Alliance Lady Bulldogs. The 3-4 Broncs beat the Bulldogs by a score of 51 to 44. Added another win in the column but not one of their better games. Rylee Jo Ward (Junior) was a standout player hitting 11 of 28 field goals. The first half of the game was fairly close. The Bulldogs out scored the Broncs 9-8 in the first quarter and 12 to 7 in the second. The Lady Broncs went into the half trailing 21 to 15. Not sure what coach Ward said to them in the...

  • Wrestling

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team competed in the Torrington High School Quad Meet last week. They won 2 out of 3 matches. Laramie, Torrington, Saratoga and Burns/Pine Bluffs were the 4 teams that competed in the tournament. In the first match with Laramie, Burns/Pine Bluffs lost with a score of 45 to 33. Logan Branigan (145lbs) won his match with a pinfall :45 seconds into his match. Colby Stockton (152lbs) got the decision 5-1. And Elliot Anderson won by pinfall :56 seconds into his match. Lincoln Siebert (285lbs) won his match by pinfall...

  • Pine Bluffs Hornets and Lady Hornets Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    On January 8, the Pine Bluffs Hornets Boys basketball team played a double header against the Kaycee Buckaroos and the Sundance Bulldogs. Both games were close but the hard running Hornets fell short in both games. The Bulldogs overcame the Hornets by a score of 65 to 46. The Buckaroos beat them 54 to 50. The 6-1 Bulldogs were just too much for the Hornets to handle. Although some good performances by the team did stand out. Stuart Lerwick (Sophomore) led the team with 21 points. He hit 5 three pointers and 1 field goal. He also went 4 for 4...

  • Pine Bluffs Hornets and Lady Hornets Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    Last Friday the Lady Hornets played a double header against the Sundance Bulldogs and the Kaycee Buckaroos. The Lady Hornets came away with victories in both games. They beat the Sundance Bulldogs with a score of 39-34. Then they beat the Kaycee Buckaroos by a score of 62-57. Both games were close and solid performances by all three teams. In the game against the Bulldogs the Lady Hornets had a slow start only scoring 9 points in the first quarter but only allowed 7 to the Bulldogs. Shelby Thurin led the way with hitting a 3 pointer and 2...

  • The Huddle

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 14, 2021

    Wrestling is one of the only sports that athletes compete at that we can’t point a finger at someone or group and say “You started this”. Drawings as old as 7000 BC depict figures in wrestling holds. In the beginning this type of competition was used to determine dominance between the males. Selecting the strongest of the group through competition is recorded in drawings and old writings all over the world. A bronze statue that depicts 2 figures in a wrestling hold is on display in the country of Iraq and is thought to be the earliest...

  • Republican or Democrat - What is the real question? Part 4

    Mike Heath|Jan 14, 2021

    Plank 5 EDUCATION: The Democrat’s view of education has not changed much over the years. The plank itself is very wordy and obfuscates the five major points they actually make. Although I’ll discuss the points separately, they must be considered together in order to gain a clear picture of the overall Democrat goals. First, they want education to be considered a “right” all the way through college. This is in-line with their view that the government grants rights, nit that the government’s purpose is to protect rights that are ours...

  • Tri-State Grapplers Results

    Jan 14, 2021

    P2P - Back Again Tournament - Ault, CO Results for Tri-State Grapplers  4U 38-41 Jasper Gibson 4th place 4U 42-45 Axyl Ross 3rd place  6U 44-45 Axyl Ross 4th place  6U 46-48 Decker Medina 2nd place 6U 46-49 Dylen Bibbey 2nd place 6U 49-51 A Nathaniel Stovall 4th place 6U 51-52 A Laivyn Morgan 2nd place 6U 70-74 Ashtyn Ross 2nd place Girl K-2nd 51-52 Laivyn Morgan 4th place Girl K-2nd 64-70 Ashtyn Ross 2nd place 8U 43-47 Brice Inman 1st place 8U 48-52 Cooper Inman 1st place 8U 49-52 B Elliot...