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  • Burns teacher and LC Sheriff Deputy honored

    Karen Lipska|Feb 3, 2022

    Honoring different ones that support the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Veterans of Foreign Wars had their annual Banquet to honor ones that have helped and won in a contest on January 29, 2022 at 1800 hours. The Veterans of Foreign Wars was established in 1899 out of Kansas City, Missouri. The program is for veterans and active duty personnel that have fought in any foreign war. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4343 has been in Cheyenne since 1959. They help with several programs and...

  • Pine Bluffs Distilling take top overall Winner in Bar Bucks

    Penny Merryfield|Feb 3, 2022

    For many years there has been a fund raising program in Laramie County that has become an annual event. The Laramie County Community Christmas program, which raises funds for grocery cards given out to many rural individuals and those in the larger cities. Originally, it was set up as a food basket program in 1946. From there it grew into the Community Christmas program sometime in the 1960s. Pine Bluffs Distilling has competed for the last four years. In fact, they did a repeat performance of coming out on top as overall winner with raising...

  • Students receive awards

    Karen Lipska|Feb 3, 2022

    The Pine Bluffs Elementary students receive rewards for their hard work. On January 12, 2022 Pine Bluffs Elementary rewarded students this quarter on the hard work they have accomplished. This is to encourage the youth to keep pushing forward to do better in school. Also, it helps the students to know they are hard at work. Parents, grandparents, teachers and students attended two different assemblies. The first assembly was for the lower grades which are Kinderboost through third grades and...

  • Phyllis Cooney

    Feb 3, 2022

    Our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away January 4, 2022, at Davis Hospice Center surrounded by family. Phyllis was born August 21, 1933, in Lindbergh, WY, to August and Anna (Knuth) Wiese. She married her high school sweetheart, Merlin Cooney, on March 21, 1953, and eight children were born to this union. She was proud of her life as a farmer's wife and mother and her family will be forever grateful for the example she set.   Phyllis enjoyed her card clubs and the...

  • Soup Contest and Pick a Movie night at the Pine Bluffs Community Center

    Feb 3, 2022

    With winter upon everyone, having recreation events falls to serving warm soups and chili and watching movies. Pine Bluffs Recreation Department has set up such an event. On Friday, February 4, at 6:00 p.m. one can join the crowd down at the community center, eat warm soup and watch movies. The only admission is a crockpot of soup. Judging will be held to give the first place winner total bragging rights and a new crockpot....

  • Dalmatian Toadflax

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Feb 3, 2022

    This has been a crazy winter. Not that it wasn't predicted but crazy, nonetheless. Most of the winter has been pretty warm and the wind hasn't even been horrible. We've had a couple of really cold days they've been the exception. That set me to thinking about spring but not in a good way. My first thoughts of spring were of the cool weather weeds that we could actually see a bit earlier than normal this year. I already have new grass starting to show up in areas that I dug out last fall so the...

  • Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom recipient for 2022 WGF Commissioner License

    Wyoming Game and Fish|Feb 3, 2022

    Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioner License to Be Auctioned by Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioner, Gay Lynn Byrd, has chosen Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) as a non-profit recipient of a 2022 WGF Commissioner License. The phone bid auction will be held on Friday, February 4th from 11:00AM (MST) to 1:00PM (MST). Phone bids and information will be taken by Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom, Development Director, Rindy West at 307-751-3430. A minimum bid of $20,000.00 (USD) is required and any additi...

  • Separate But Not Equal

    Mike Heath|Feb 3, 2022

    “…the legislative, executive, and judiciary departments ought to be separate and distinct.” James Madison, Federalist 47. “The powers of the government of this state are divided into three distinct departments: The legislative, executive and judicial, and no person or collection of persons charged with the exercise of powers properly belonging to one of these departments shall exercise any powers properly belonging to either of the others, except as in this constitution expressly directed or permitted.” Wyoming Constitution, Article...

  • Honoring the Four Chaplains

    Penny Merryfield|Feb 3, 2022

    On Feb. 3, 1943, four Army chaplains – Father John P. Washington, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, and the Revs. George L. Fox and Clark V. Poling – gave up their life jackets on a sinking Army transport in the North Atlantic so that others might live. Of the 902 soldiers, Navy armed guard, ship's crew and civilian passengers on board the Dorchester, only 230 survived. They have told us of the chaplains' efforts to restore calm in a hopeless and chaotic situation, and how they were last seen at the...

  • Photo of the Week

    Feb 3, 2022

  • Bicycle Winner

    Feb 3, 2022

  • 4-Hers learn about horse judging for upcoming competition

    Karen Lipska|Feb 3, 2022

    The question is what is a good position horse? The 4-H group has been meeting on Mondays for the month of January after school to prepare for a contest in horse judging. Horse judging like any other judging contest is for the youth to have better knowledge of the animal. There are five points to look at when judging a horse. Point one is balance which is how put together the horse is. Point two is the structure from the front to the hind quarters. The legs and breast maybe smaller than the hind end or hips. Muscling quantity and quality will...

  • Hornets dominate the Doggers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 3, 2022

    The Hornets are swarming. With seven wins in a row the Hornets are eager to see how far they can go on this streak. The 5-10 Lingle-Ft Laramie Doggers would be the next challenge on January 29. The Doggers were coming off a pair of wins and wanted to keep their streak alive. But the hot 8-2 Hornets were not going to let that happen. The Hornets played one of their best offensive games of the season scoring 80 points. With two of the Hornets scoring over 20 points and three of them in double...

  • Serrano breaks personal record

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 3, 2022

    Monse Serrano had just won the shot put event in Laramie for the Burns/Pine Bluffs indoor track team and broke her own personal record for the event. I sat down with her and discussed her accomplishments and her thoughts for the future. Serrano was very happy in beating her record and was happy to help her team too. Her throw of 38ft 3in broke her own personal record and also beat all the other competitors in the event to take first place. Serrano took up track and field in the seventh grade....

  • Lady Hornets tame the Lady Doggers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 3, 2022

    The Lady Hornets with a win under their belts were swarming and wanted another win. They hosted the Lingle-Ft Laramie Lady Doggers last weekend. The 8-6 Lady Doggers had a three-game winning streak going until losing to Glenrock two weeks ago. They wanted to put that loss behind them and get back to winning. The Lady Hornets were not going to let that happen as their morale was high and the memory of last games win was still fresh in their minds. The Lady Hornets put the heat on right from the...

  • Broncs take Bulldogs 64-62

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 3, 2022

    In a game that was never decided until the last buzzer the Burns Broncs were in the fight of their life with the Wheatland Bulldogs. In an up and down battle the Bulldogs kept pace with the Broncs and never let them get out of sight. The Broncs took the first quarter but the Bulldogs beat the Broncs in the next three quarters of the game. The Broncs won the game due to three players in the double digit points range. The first quarter was pretty well dominated by the Broncs as they scored 22 points. Luke Lerwick and Jackson Kirkbride each...

  • Burns/Pine Bluffs Wrestling

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 3, 2022

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team competed last week in the Ron Thon Memorial Varsity tournament. The tournament brings in 39 teams from across the state and even a few from out of state to compete. The Burns/Pine Bluffs team did not fare as well as they would have liked but still did not do bad. The team finished 27th out of 39 teams. A couple of the individual wrestlers did very well. Colter Haws placed fourth in the 195lb. weight class. Charlemarie Jackson placed second in two different...

  • Lady Broncs defeat Lady Bulldogs

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 3, 2022

    The Lady Broncs traveled to Wheatland to take on the Lady Bulldogs in a conference game last Friday. The Lady Broncs were looking for a win. After their loss to Torrington last week they wanted some revenge and a win to put a saddle on. The Lady Bulldogs were the team to beat this week and the Lady Broncs saw no reason not to stomp all over them. But the Lady Bulldogs were not going to make it easy for them. The Lady Broncs did beat the Lady Bulldogs but it was a close game. In fact the game headed into overtime to determine a winner. Daljit Ka...

  • Lady Hornets cage the Lady Tigers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 3, 2022

    The Lady Hornets were tired of seeing their score less than their opponents. They were determined that this was not going to happen again. The Niobrara County Lady Tigers were going to be the first win in what they wanted to be a long winning streak. The 1-10 Lady Tigers were hoping for a win of their own. The Lady Hornets were just too much of a swarm for the Lady Tigers to swat away. Three of the Lady Hornets had double digit scores while two had six points and two had five points. The Lady Hornets came away with the win 57-40. The first...

  • Indoor track competes at 307 Invitational in Laramie

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 3, 2022

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs Indoor track team traveled to Laramie to compete in the 307 Invitational 2022 Meet hosted by Laramie High School last Saturday. The team did very well. There were 12 Teams that competed in the meet including Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne East and Cheyenne South high schools. Also Glenrock HS, Natrona County HS and Torrington HS took part. Coach Thurin said, “Indoor track had another successful day at Laramie.” Some of the team did very well. Monse Serrano beat her own personal record and took first place in the girls...

  • Standing up for the Jim Bridger Power Plant

    Senator Cynthia Lummis|Feb 3, 2022

    Wyoming powers America. As the nation’s biggest net energy supplier, we fuel America’s cars and we power the West’s homes. When America achieved energy independence, the Cowboy State was a key driver. Unfortunately, the Biden administration is trying to undermine our success, and Wyoming’s workers and families will suffer for it. This is what is going on: During the Trump administration, non-partisan Environmental Protection Agency employees approved the State of Wyoming’s regional haze State Implementation Plan for energy company...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Feb 3, 2022

    In August of 2021part of our family of surviving siblings from Louisiana and Mississippi visited your lovely little town of Pine Bluffs. We had been working on plans a year or so earlier but the pandemic came along and struck them all down. We did not give up, however. Our brother had been communicating with Sonja from the community center. Our oldest sister, Barbara Luttrell, lived there and taught in the high school in the late 1960's. She was in love with this place and had many friends. She had to discontinue her work there when her cancer...

  • Black Hills Energy Warns Customers of Scam Attempts

    Feb 3, 2022

    CHEYENNE. Wy – January 31, 2022--Black Hills Energy has received reports from customers regarding attempted scam calls, during which the customer is told their bill is delinquent and service will be disconnected unless they pay the caller. The scammers are directing customers to make payments by downloading online payment assistance apps. Black Hills Energy warns that this is a scam, and the company is not making any such calls for payment. We urge customers with concerns about the identity of someone claiming to represent the company to...

  • Tagging with the 4-H and FFA

    Karen Lipska|Feb 3, 2022

    At the start of the year they are getting ready for the fair and other shows. At the Bluffs Veterinary Clinic on January 22nd in Pine Bluffs it was a day of tagging for the 4-H and Future Farmers of America, (FFA). The other one was in Cheyenne. This is a day for the beef to be tagged. Tagging for 4-H and FFA helps the youth, parents, advisors, and leaders. This process is a step for the animal to be registered in the system. The leaders and advisors tag the animal, then the students can put...

  • Wyoming native murder mystery writer

    Karen Lipska|Feb 3, 2022

    Murder, mystery and post-traumatic stress disorder are all part of this book. The author Dean Petersen was at the Pine Bluffs library on January 29th introducing his book, The Burqa Cave. Petersen is a family man who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies. Petersen joined the United States Army in 2011 where he was stationed in Germany. He lived in Mountain View, Wyoming with his parents when he was young and now he lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He has been writing for years but nothing...

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