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Articles from the January 17, 2019 edition

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  • Teacher of the Year

    Zach Spadt|Jan 17, 2019

    Each year, the Wyoming Department of Education releases a list of teachers of the year for each school district. For Laramie County School District 2, that honor went to a popular man around Pine Bluffs Junior-Senior High School: Dustin Lee is the 2019 LCSD 2 Teacher of the Year. Lee currently teaches Spanish at PBJHS, where he's worked since 2005. Prior to that, Lee spent a couple years in Weeping Water, Nebraska, a rural community roughly the size of Pine Bluffs in extreme eastern Nebraska....

  • Gun bill sent to committee

    Zach Spadt|Jan 17, 2019

    Monday voted to keep a bill repealing most gun-free zones in to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Carpenter, Senate File 75 would give the Legislature the sole authority to regulate guns in public places. If SF 75 passes, Wyoming residents would be allowed to carry concealed firearms in government buildings and meetings such as local city council meetings and Legislative sessions. People would also be allowed to carry concealed weapons on public school...

  • Kyle H. Wilkins

    Jan 17, 2019

    Kyle H. Wilkins, 35, of Pine Bluffs died Jan. 7, 2019, at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. He had been battling cancer. He was born Jan. 11, 1983, in Cheyenne to Tim and Colleen Wilkins. He recently worked for Allwayz Manufacturing in Pine Bluffs. He was a member of Harvest Church in Billings, and Crossroads Community Church in Pine Bluffs, where he was a deacon. Kyle graduated from Pine Bluffs High School in 2001 and Mitchell Technical Institute in 2006. He was always...

  • Wyoming County Commissioners Association names New Executive Director

    Jan 17, 2019

    Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming County Commissioners Association has named Jerimiah Rieman as the group's new Executive Director. Rieman brings over a decade of experience in legislative affairs and public policy to the post, with expertise in a wide variety of federal and state issues. "I place great value in the work I have undertaken with Wyoming's county commissioners over the past decade. As servants dedicated to the health and safety of their constituents and the care and respect for Wyoming'...

  • Wyoming County Commissioners Association elects new leadership

    Jan 17, 2019

    Casper, Wyo. - Wyoming’s County Commissioners elected new executive leaders from among their peers at a recent meeting of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) in Casper. Troy Thompson, Laramie County Commissioner, was elected as the 2019-2020 President, taking the reins from the 2017-2018 President Rob Hendry (Natrona County). Other officers elected were Jim Willox, Converse County Commissioner, for Vice President and Bill Novotny, Johnson County Commissioner, for Treasurer. Commissioner Thompson just began his third term as a L...

  • Grow Your Own Seeds

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Jan 17, 2019

    This year has been quite unusual as far as the weather goes. One day it seems like we're really going to have a good winter, snow and all, then the next several days are nearly tee shirt weather. It's hard to believe it actually is winter. Seems more like spring to me. And that turns my mind to starting plants. It's not quite time yet, but it is time to start getting the supplies together and planning the timeline. This year it looks like we're probably going to be able to plant the week after...

  • Pine Bluffs 23rd Annual Bowling Team Challenge

    Kylee Bruns Pine Bluffs Journalism|Jan 17, 2019

    In the small town of Pine Bluffs Wyoming, sits the Pine Bowl ran by Jim and Kate Zitek. This weekend Pine Bowl is having its 23rd Annual Team Challenge. As a team consists of four bowlers that is bowled in Baker Format. This way the team depends on its teammates and it becomes a real team challenge. When I spoke to Tristen Zitek about how he felt about this team challenge, he came back with positive thoughts. "I feel very comfortable and it is just a fun tournament so I make sure I have fun and...

  • After Military.... A Veteran Story

    Penny Merryfield|Jan 17, 2019

    Whether you are a G.I. Joe or a G.I. Jane, finishing your military time isn't always a 20 year career, or even a 12 year tour. Sometimes, Jane or Joe serves 2-4 years in the military. This depends largely upon the branch of service they enter. Whether they are a career military member or not, there is a process for those separating from the military. It's not like leaving a job in the civilian don't just grab your personal effects from your desk and wave goodbye as you leave. Six...

  • A family affairs:Linde brothers share military experience

    SRA Autumn Velez 153rd Airlift Public Affairs|Jan 17, 2019

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - When your father has spent the last 35 years dedicated to military service, following in his footsteps by joining the Air Nation Guard is hard to shake. Despite claiming he would never join the military, Airman 1st Class Christian Linde found himself on the journey to become an American airman and was lucky enough to have his younger brother, Airman 1st Class Harrison Linde by his side for the entire experience. For many people, the idea of working alongside a sibling may not be...

  • Hornets win in Fort Collins

    Zach Spadt|Jan 17, 2019

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Four Pine Bluffs Hornets scored in the double-digits on Friday when they defeated Front Range Baptist 86-67 in Fort Collins. Justus Golding led Pine Bluffs in scoring with 18 total points. He was followed by Brian Steger (16), Andrew Fornstrom (14) and Michael Shain (14). Last Friday's win makes the Hornets 8-1 on the year. That doesn't include a game that was still being played at deadline Tuesday night. The game started out slow for Pine Bluffs with multiple lead changes...

  • Lady Hornets win in Colo.

    Zach Spadt|Jan 17, 2019

    Kammie Ragsdale scored 29 of Pine Bluffs' 70 points against Front Range Baptist in Fort Collins Friday afternoon. Of those, 24 came from 2-point shots, 3 came from and 2 came from free throws. She was followed by Torri Long who scored 11 pints. Eight of those came from 2-point shots and 1 came from a 3-point shot. It was a game that can only be described as a rout on the part of the Lady Hornets. On their way to scoring 70 points, the Lady Hornets' defense held Front Range to a meager 17...

  • Battle in the Bluffs Tournament (Tri-State Grapplers Results)

    Jan 17, 2019

    Tri State Grapplers were at Scottsbluff for the Battle in the Bluffs Tournament which is a Tour of Nebraska series tournament. "The kids all wrestled awesome. They had some huge brackets and fought hard and never gave up. Couldn't be more proud of them all. We had 4 champions and they were: Ethan Bibbey, Jax Thurin, Cable Botha, and MaKenna Thurin." stated Coach Jay Thurin. " Jesse Gortney and John Waldroupe finished third while Tanner Long came in fourth. Eli Currie and Zakary Mossberg didn't...

  • 23rd Annual Team Challenger

    Jan 17, 2019

  • 23rd Annual Team Challenge 2019

    Jan 17, 2019

    Pine Bowl hosted the Annual Team Challenge for the 23rd consecutive year. Participants came from all over the tri-state area. Bowlers from Greeley, Colorado, Alliance, Kimball Scottsbluff, Nebraska, as well as from Cheyenne and Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. This is a double elimination tournament that spanned two days worth of bowling. There were 25 registered 4 man teams in the competition and Saturday, teams who had been eliminated twice, were out of the running for matches on Sunday. Sunday would...