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  • COVID-19 Challenging times at the high school levels

    Dawnna Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    Covid-19 has affected so many lives in so many different ways. Most people are growing tired of covid and luckily our numbers aren't growing very much anymore. But that doesn't stop the new covid-19 precautions and mask mandates from putting a hold on our lives. Pine Bluffs High School and Burns High School have implemented the precautionary measurements required to continue to have classes. During this year, it has been different for each school, as some of the courses are not available at...

  • Auxiliary Unit 60 assists in feeding homeless in Laramie County

    Dawnna Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    Pine Bluffs Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Auxiliary Unit 60 recently provided a hot meal with all the trimmings at the Cheyenne Discipleship Center, which services and gives support to many of Laramie County's homeless people. Some of these homeless people have come to the CDC by means of hitchhiking, and or walking. Pine Bluffs has been fortunate to not have this homeless situation in our town. According to Police Chief, Chance Walkama, "When the occasion of a homeless individual comes to...

  • Robert "Bob" E. Elwood

    Feb 11, 2021

    Our beloved Robert "Bob" E. Elwood, 97, passed away peacefully in Cheyenne, Wyoming on January 26, 2021. Bob is survived by his wife of 34 years, Glenda; children, Emily (Russ) Zasadil and Don (Janet) Elwood; step-children, Dixie (Dave) Bomberger, Cary (Joanna) Parsons, Kim (Tom) Knight, Todd (Lisa) Parsons, Shelly (Norman) Christensen, Jay (Geri) Parsons, Patrick (Robin) Parsons, Jill (Doug) Czufin, Michael (Carolyn) Parsons, Kim Parsons, Scott Parsons and Paul (Mary) Parsons; 35 grandchildren...

  • Katherine "Kate" Lynn Russell

    Feb 11, 2021

    Katherine "Kate" Lynn Russell, 67, of Albin, Wyoming passed away on February 4, 2021. Kate was born December 28, 1953 in Portland, Oregon to James and Patricia (Mahoney) Morrison. She married Matthew "Matt" Russell in May, 2000 in Stillwater, Montana. Kate was very active in her community as an Albin Town Council member. She volunteered with her church and was the local Lions Club Treasurer. Kate also enjoyed helping Habitat for Humanity build homes. Kate never met a stranger and made friends...

  • Barbara Jean Edwards

    Feb 11, 2021

    Mrs. Barbara Jean Edwards, age 87, of Ben Wheeler, TX passed away peacefully Saturday morning, February 6, 2021, at her residence after a long and well lived life. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Henry Clay "Jack" Edwards; one sister, Darlene McElrath, and one grandson Jamie McCallum. Barbara Jean (Stuart) Edwards was born August 16th, 1933, in Kimball, NE, a daughter of the late Jess Linn Stuart and Carrie Viola (Hiatt) Stuart. Barbara's life was filled with faith,...

  • Prairie care in drought

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Feb 11, 2021

    Sometimes I think Wyoming is either feast or famine. This winter has actually been pretty good as far as the temperatures go. At least we haven't had a long stretch of sub-zero temperatures. Nor has it been in the 60s or 70s for long. Today, as I write this, the outside temperature is 60 degrees and the greenhouse temperature is 85 degrees. It's a beautiful day but I'm having trouble keeping the greenhouse cool. Overall, though, the weather hasn't been bad. Thank you, National Weather Service fo...

  • Patriot Guard Riders - Cheyenne Supporting all who served

    Mike Moore Ride Captain|Feb 11, 2021

    "I am so thankful for our veterans and first responders for the sacrifices they make to protect our country, our state, and our community from others that would do us harm. When I retired from the military in 2013, I decided to continue serving by demonstrating my admiration and respect for the fantastic men and women that serve in the armed forces and as first responders. This became an obsession for me, to find a way to demonstrate my deep appreciation for the brave men and women that...

  • Valentine's Day... more than just a day of love

    Dawnna Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    When most people think about Valentine's day the thought of fancy dinners and romantic getaways or flowers are just a few of the things that come to mind. However not many people know the theories behind the romantic holiday. One theory is not quite as romantic as today's holiday, in this version it's believed that the early Romans initiated the idea of Valentine's day. During their celebration of springtime (Lupercalia) there would be many different things that go on, one being when priests would run through the streets gently smacking women...

  • Photos of the Week

    Feb 11, 2021

  • LCCC offers students COVID-19 grant funding

    Feb 11, 2021

    Laramie County Community College has received additional funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) that has been designated to support students enrolled for the spring semester at the college. The 2021 LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant is designed to provide economic relief to students that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency financial aid grant has been established to assist students that are experiencing financial hardships and can be used to support...

  • From the Hill

    U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis|Feb 11, 2021

    Senator Joins Environment & Public Works, Banking and Commerce Committees Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming has been named to the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee – three powerful Committees that position her to advocate for Wyoming’s natural resources, financial innovation and rural telecommunications and transportation issues. Of the assignments, Sen. Lummis said: “My focus has always been, and always will be, on Wyoming....

  • Wrestling

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team traveled to Cheyenne for a wrestling match against the Central team. The Burns/PB team was on top of their game and beat the Central team 51 to 27. Pushed forward by performances by Colby Stockton (152lbs) who pinned his opponent in 1:49 seconds. And Baylen Smith (120lbs) won by pinfall over Dillon Hays (Central) in a quick 0:28 seconds. Cody Winslow (182lbs) won his match by decision with a score of 7-6. Colter Haws (182) also won by pinfall in 3:37...

  • Broncs Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    Last Friday the Burns Broncs hosted the Saratoga Panthers at Broncs Gym. The 6-8 Broncs were looking to extend their winnings against the 9-2 Panthers but the Panthers proved to be a bit too much. The Broncs had good performances by Tate Bishop and Austin Barth but it wasn't to be this night and the Broncs fell prey to the Panthers 66-51. The Panthers hit the Broncs hard in the first quarter scoring twenty three points holding the Broncs to ten points. Both Caden David (Jr) and Jackson...

  • Lady Broncs Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    The Lady Broncs hosted the Lady Panthers on Friday, January 5th at home. The (5-9) Lady Broncs were ready to get back on the winning track and erase the loss last week to Southeast. They came out hard and did let up on the Panthers. Holding the Panther to single digit scoring for the first three quarters the Lady Broncs beat the Panthers 53-33. The Lady Broncs Rylee Jo Ward (Jr) led the way sinking a three pointer and a field goal. The Lady Broncs defense held the Panthers to 5 points in the...

  • Hornets Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    The Hornets traveled to Kimball, Nebraska on Tuesday night to face the Kimball Longhorns. The 7-7 Hornets looked to get back on the winning streak after the loss last weekend. The 0-14 Longhorns who have not won a game this year was hoping to start with the Hornets. The Hornets would have nothing of as they dominated the court and beat the Longhorns 88-38. The Hornets came out strong and asserted themselves over the Longhorns. The Hornets scored 30 points in the first quarter while holding the Longhorns to 9 points. Reed Thompson (Jr) started...

  • Hornets Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    The Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets traveled to Kimball, Nebraska to take on the Kimball Lady Longhorns. The 3-12 Longhorns were looking to get back on the winning track against the 7-7 Hornets. The Hornets gave everything that the Longhorns could handle and more. The Longhorns hung in there till the end but fell to the sting of the Hornets 58-41. The Hornets came out hard and established themselves early. Scoring 17 points in the first quarter while the defense was able to contain the Longhorns to 10 points. Shelby Thurin (Sr) hit two 3-pointers and...

  • Hornets vs Bobcats

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets basketball team traveled to the Upton Bobcats home for a non-conference game. The (6-7) Hornets were looking to improve their standings with a win over the (12-1) Bobcats. The Bobcats showed why they are 12-1 and beat the Hornets 69-51. It was a disappointing loss but the Hornets hung in there. There were 3 Hornets that had double digit scoring totals. Leading the Hornets scoring was Ty Sweeter (Jr) who went 1 for 1 in the three-point range, 5 for 11 in field goals and 2 for 4 free throws for 15 points. Reed Thompson...

  • Lady Hornets vs Lady Bobcats

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    On Saturday, January 7th the Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets visited the Upton Lady Bobcats in a non-conference game. The (6-7) Lady Hornets were looking to add to their win column and take down the (11-3) Lady Bobcats. However the day would belong to the Bobcats as they proved to be too much for the Lady Hornets. The Hornets lost to the Bobcats 56-32. The first quarter was all Bobcats as they outscored the Hornets 13-6. Jaden Shelit (Jr) let the Lady Hornets by hitting two field goals. The second quarter did not fare any better as the Bobcats hit for...

  • The Huddle

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    This week we give a "shout out" to Reed Thompson of the Pine Bluffs Hornets varsity basketball team. Two weeks ago in the game against the Niobrara County Tigers Thompson hit a milestone in basketball stats by hitting his first triple double of the season. A triple double is when you score double digits in three of five categories, points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots in a single game. Thompson scored recorded 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Doesn't sound too hard? Well...

  • Broncs fall to Douglas Bearcats

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    Last Saturday the Burns Broncs hosted the Douglas Bearcats in a non-conferences game. The (10-4) Bearcats showed the (6-8) Broncs why they are 10-4. The Bearcats defense was just too strong for the Broncs offense as they just didn’t seem to get rolling. The Broncs defense could not contain the Bearcats offense. The Bearcats beat the Broncs 53-25. The first quarter looked like it could be anyone’s game. The Broncs offense put seven points on the board while the Broncs defense held the Bearcats to nine points. Spurred on by Isaac Bloom (Jr)...

  • Douglas Bearcats defeat Lady Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 11, 2021

    The Lady Broncs hosted the Lady Bearcats from Douglas last Saturday. The 14-0 Bearcats were at the top of their game as they took the floor against the confident 5-9 Broncs. The Lady Bearcats are 14-0 for a reason and they let the Lady Broncs know why. The Bearcats beat the Broncs 72-23. The Lady Broncs never seemed to get things going as the Bearcats were on them from the begining. The Bearcats scored 20 points in the first quarter to the Broncs 2. The second quarter did not look any better as the Broncs could only put up 6 points to the...

  • Tri-State Grapplers Results

    Feb 11, 2021

    MAYHEM @ MIDNIGHT North Platte, NE 8U 58 - Landon Boppre's place is 2nd. 10U 55- Jesse Gortney's place is 2nd. 10U 76- Jax Thurin's place is 4th. 12U 79 - Cable Botha's place is 4th. 12U 84 - Dominique Boppre's place is 2nd. SUPER BRAWL SUNDAY Ault, CO 4U 37 Mesa Scarborough's place is 3rd. 4U 40 Jasper Gibson's place is 2nd. 4U 46 Axyl Ross's place is 1st. 6U 39 Jaxon Lynch's place is 3rd. 6U 44 Jackson James's place is 3rd. 6U 46 Decker Medina's place is 1st. 6U 47 Dylen Bibbey's place is...