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  • Wyoming CLASS presented to Town Council

    Karen Lipska|Feb 1, 2024

    Looking into Wyoming CLASS and tap fees was on the agenda for the Pine Bluffs Town Council on Wednesday January 24th. The council members approved of the consent agenda for the night which consisted of payroll, engineering invoices and a permit on 913 E. 10th street. Council member Dennis Michaud had the opportunity to listen to a Wyoming CLASS presentation at the Laramie County landfill and suggested that the council listen to their presentation to determine the best way to invest the Town's...

  • Scammers are on the rise!

    Karen Lipska|Feb 1, 2024

    Everyday a person gets a phone call, email, or letter in the mail from people they may not know. Where does it stop? How does one go about making it go away, and what is real and not real are some of the questions that is going through people's minds. The Pine Bluffs Police Department hosted a presentation at the Pine Bluffs Branch Library about this very thing, scammers. There was a great turnout at the library. Around 18 people were there to get information and ask questions. Sgt. Rodney Kemp...

  • Karen D. Robinson

    Feb 1, 2024

    Karen D. Larsen, 88, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at the Cornerstone Community Church (Kimball Presbyterian Church) with Pastor Alan Foutz officiating. Burial will follow in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may stop at the funeral home on Monday from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to share condolences and stories of Karen with the family. Memorials...

  • Omar J. Helmuth

    Feb 1, 2024

    Omar J. Helmuth, age 96, was born August 6, 1927 in Kalona, Iowa, and entered the glory of heaven on January 22, 2024. His Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, January 27, at Crossroads Community Church in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. Omar grew up in Iowa, worked on the family farm and learned the carpenter trade. When he injured his hand in a planer while doing carpentry work, he decided to attend a Bible School for six weeks while his hand healed. While he was at Bible School the direction...

  • Brian Steger named to Fall 2023 Dean's List at Dickinson State University

    Feb 1, 2024

    DICKINSON, ND (01/29/2024)-- Brian Steger of Pine Bluffs, WY, has been named to Dickinson State University's Dean's List for the 2023 fall semester. At the end of each regular semester, Dickinson State recognizes those students named to the Dean's List. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time and must earn a 3.5 GPA or higher. The University's mission is to provide high-quality accessible programs, promote excellence in teaching and learning, support scholarly and creative activities, and...

  • Linda Coffman retires from Texas Trail Market after 46 years

    Karen Lipska|Feb 1, 2024

    When a person walks into the Texas Trail Market, they just know the people that work there. In a small town it's hard not to know everybody. You get used to seeing the same faces and spending a little time talking with them. The Texas Trail Market has been in the community and in business for 76 years. There has been several employees that have retired from this business. The Texas Trail Market is a grocery store that has fresh produce, a butcher that cuts up meat everyday, and trucks delivering...

  • Burns High School Semester One Honor Roll

    Feb 1, 2024

    All A’s Honor Roll 12th Grade Shelby Clark, Tehya Gallegos, Savannah Kirkbride, Grace Yearout, Madison Foley, Jordan Griess, Isabella Laguna, Sienna Gallegos, Brooke K. Hansen, Ethan Norris. 11th Grade Cooper Allen, Blair Sanchez, Xavier Wilson, Elsie Gilliland, Cooper Sanchez, Hayden Hubbard, Emma Wiles 10th Grade Brynn Bach, Blake Miller, Anna Yearout, Josie Barrett, Brady Sutton, Aiden Harding Mariella Wiles 9th Grade Sutter Allen Gabriel Camarillo Dallen Floy, Alexandra Bailey, Brynna Corbiere, Christian Genho, Sebastian Buchhammer...

  • When One Door Closes..........

    Penny Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    Sayings and quotes are something I grew up with. My grandmother Lydia always had a saying for any event or situation. To this day, I can hear her echoing in my head with one of her famous sayings. So many times, grandma’s sayings find their way into today’s life and situations. It is almost as if she is still speaking to me. The one that comes to mind right now is the famous saying from Alexander Bell who said, “When one door closes, another opens.” This is the part of his quote that is so famous. However, the whole quote is, “When...

  • Prairie Doc Perspective Week of January 28, 2024

    John Bisson DDS|Feb 1, 2024

    Routine visits to the dentist are key to maintaining overall health.  Preventive dental care starts at home. We advise patients to brush twice a day, usually in the morning and before bed, for two minutes followed by flossing. Eating healthy is also crucial to maintaining oral health. Sugary foods and beverages are key factors in tooth decay. Acid is produced when the bacteria in your mouth break down sugar. That acid dissolves the tooth surface leading to tooth decay.  Preventive dental care...

  • Farm, Ranch, Business

    Karen Lipska|Feb 1, 2024

    The pickups and cars were lined up at Pine Bluffs Auto Parts (NAPA) on Wednesday, January 24th. It is the time of the year that farmers and ranchers have a small break for a few minutes or an hour to attend Pine Bluffs Auto Parts customer appreciation lunch. The owners know how the locals work hard to keep their operations running smooth. For the lunch they served up some brats with beans and chips along with a dessert, plus give aways with their logo on the items. It is a time for all the...

  • Grover Student-Athlete Makes LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll at Angelo State University

    Feb 1, 2024

    SAN ANGELO, TX (01/30/2024)-- Nearly 180 Angelo State University student-athletes, including Hannah Kinnison of Grover, CO, have been named to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for their academic performance during the fall 2023 semester. To be eligible, a student-athlete must post a minimum 3.30 grade point average (GPA) for the specified semester and be on a team roster. ASU's 178 honorees are the fifth-most in the LSC for the fall 2023 semester and the university's second-highest total ever. Kinnison is majoring in Food Anim...

  • Wyoming's Future Of Learning Collaborative Launches Second Round Of Pilot Programs

    Feb 1, 2024

    CHEYENNE – Wyoming’s Future of Learning collaborative is accepting applications from school districts for the second round of a pilot project to reimagine K-12 education through competency based learning. This opportunity will expand the reach of the initial RIDE pilot program currently underway in nine Wyoming school districts by adding seven additional districts for the 2024-25 school year. Wyoming’s Future of Learning collaborative includes Governor Mark Gordon, Superintendent Megan Degenfelder and the Wyoming Department of Education,...

  • VA to award $52.5 million in grants to local organizations working to prevent Veteran suicide

    Feb 1, 2024

    WASHINGTON — Today, VA announced the availability of $52.5 million in grants to community-based organizations that provide or coordinate suicide prevention services for Veterans and their families — including conducting Veteran mental health screenings, providing case management and peer support services, delivering emergency clinical services, reaching out to Veterans at risk of suicide, and more. These grants will be awarded through VA’s Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program. The Notice of Funding...

  • Cowboy Poetry ... more than words on the prairie

    Karen Lipska|Feb 1, 2024

    Cowboys have been reciting poems for centuries along with song ballads. This week is the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering held at Elko, Nevada from January 29th through February 3rd. Cowboy poetry started as far back as the 1860's -1870's, which were poems and songs recited in Spanish. It mostly dates back to the period of the long distance cattle drives from Texas to Kansas that followed the Civil War. A cowboys audience was the cattle on the drive. Cowboy Poetry is when there is some...

  • Indoor Track Team competes in Cheyenne

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs indoor track team competed in Cheyenne at the 2024 Kevin Salverson Invitational track meet. Teams from the local area like Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne East, Laramie, Rawlins and Torrington converged in Cheyenne at Central High School for the meet. Many of the athletes are still warming up and getting into shape from the long break. Some of the athletes were able to break into the top three in their events. For the girls Emily Haas took second in the shot put. Brooke Hansen...

  • Lady Doggers clip the wings of the Lady Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Lady Hornets had their wings clipped last Saturday when they faced the Lingle-Ft Laramie Lady Doggers in a conference game. The Lady Hornets played a good game in the middle but let the Lady Doggers start and finish in good fashion. The Lady Hornets were only able to put up four points in the first quarter thanks to the efforts of Reese Graves and Avery Sweeter. After that the Lady Hornets took control of the game and outscored the Lady Doggers for the next two quarters. The Lady Hornets...

  • Hornets Wrangle the Doggers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Hornets boys' varsity basketball team faced the Lingle-Ft Laramie Doggers in a conference game last Saturday. The Hornets did well with a herculean effort by Carsten Freeburg who scored 31 points in the game. It was a close game as both teams gave 100%. In the end though, the Hornets came out on top 57-54 to take the win. The Doggers have a 13-3 seasonal record and a 2-1 conference record and are seated number two in the conference. The Doggers were on an 11-game winning streak until they...

  • Lady Broncs corral Lady Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Lady Broncs basketball team showed the Lady Hornets the gate as they faced off in a conference match-up last Saturday. The Lady Broncs beat the Lady Hornets 51-34. The Lady Broncs had outstanding performances by Jordan Griess and Brooklyn Kopetzky who both scored in double digits. The Lady Broncs defense was hard on the buzzing Lady Hornets and held them to only two points in the first quarter. Griess had three of her 20 points with a free throw and a two pointer. Shanessa Eklund also scored...

  • Doggers Bulldog Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Broncs are having a rough time this season. The team is young and has a lot of practice and experience yet to come. Currently at 0-3 in conference play and 1-16 in seasonal play the team is still hustling and playing hard at every game. The team went to Lusk to take on the Doggers in a conference game last Friday. The Broncs lost 41-76. It was a rough game for the Broncs but a couple of them still had a good game. Duggan Kriz, a sophomore is getting more experienced each game. This game he...

  • Wrestlers compete at Ron Thon Memorial

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team competed in Riverton, Wyoming last weekend. The boys and girls teams fought some hard battles against more than 35 different teams. The girls fared well and placed 20th in a field of 39 schools. The boys team is still young and in need of experience as they placed 38th out of 44 teams. Nichole Sumare placed fifth in her weight class. Rihana Tillman took sixth in hers. Below is how the individuals did in the championship and consolation rounds. Girls: 100 lbs class Alycia Stoneking (8-11) place is unknown...

  • Lady Bulldogs take a bite out of Lady Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Lady Broncs tipped off against the Sundance Lady Bulldogs in a non-conference game last Saturday. The Lady Broncs offense was off just a bit and unable to really hit their shots or put points up on the board. The Lady Broncs put up 31 points in the game, but it was not enough to overcome the offense of the Lady Bulldogs who were able to score 44 points. In the first quarter some good efforts by Jordan Griess and Savannah Kirkbride blocking shots and Sadie Barrett stealing the ball kept the game within reach. In the second quarter Brooklyn K...

  • Hornets Clawed by Tigers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Hornets varsity basketball team tipped off against the Lusk Tigers last Friday. In a very close conference game the Hornets gave the Tigers everything they could and held the game close till the end. The Tigers clawed their way to a win with last minute efforts and ended the game with a 39-42 score. Carsten Freeburg gave a valiant effort in the game. Freeburg was the teams leading scorer with 19 points. Freeburg hit 100% of his five free throws. Not as accurate from the floor, he hit two of five outside the arch and four of eight from...

  • Lady Hornets Tame Lady Tigers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Lady Hornets varsity basketball team traveled to Lusk, Wyoming last Friday to tip-off against the Lusk Lady Tigers. The game against the Lady Tigers would be a conference game and a win would be a great way to start the weekend. The Lady Hornet’s took advantage of the opportunity beating the Lady Tigers 62-45. The Lady Hornets outscored their opponents in every quarter except the third. In the first quarter Jessica Hoffman led the way with four points. Kadee Bruns hit a nice three-pointer to keep the team ahead. The Lady Hornets...

  • Bulldogs Fend Off Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Broncs boys’ varsity basketball team faced off against the Sundance Bulldogs in a non-conference match up last Saturday. The Broncs, still having growing pains, did well but could not over come the aggressive Bulldogs. The Broncs fell 30-49. Mason Medley led the charge for the Broncs. Scoring 17 points he was able to make 40% of his shots. He hit from inside the arch and then one of three free throws. Medley made eight of 12 shots from the floor. He was also strong on the boards, bringing down a team leading 13 rebounds. He nabbed two off...

  • Lady Broncs Dogged by Lady Doggers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 1, 2024

    The Lady Broncs tipped off against the Lady Doggers last Friday evening in an in-conference game. The Lady Broncs wanted to start off the weekend with a win against the Lady Doggers but fell short. The Lady Doggers were able to hold the potent Lady Broncs offense to 36 points. The Lady Broncs defense was unable to contain the Lady Doggers offense and allowed them to put up 59 points. For the Lady Broncs Jordan Griess was on top of the scoring with 12 points. She went five of 10 from two-point range and hit both of her free throws. Griess added...

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