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  • Robotic Fertilizer Spreader comes to Burns High School

    Karen Lipska|May 5, 2022

    Is it a tractor or a robot? On April 22, 2022 at the Burns High School there was a DOT autonomous spreader on the football field. The DOT autonomous robotic spreader is run by a designated tablet. There is only two in the United States. Frenchman Valley Coop are the ones that are working with the machine. This machine is used to spread fertilizer with the possibility of two products at the same time. DOT can do 16 sections which is 100 to 125 acres per hour. This will help with production and...

  • Officer Mike Moore retires from Pine Bluffs PD

    Chief Walkama Pine Bluffs Police Dept|May 5, 2022

    Officer Michael Moore was hired by the Pine Bluffs Police Department on February 5, 2013 by then Chief of Police Robin Clark and continued to serve Pine Bluffs under four different Chiefs of Police. During his service to the town, Officer Moore worked in both full time and later part-time capacities. Prior to his civilian law enforcement service, Moore was a retired Senior Master Sergeant and Superintendent of Security Forces in the Wyoming Air National Guard. Moore started his law enforcement...

  • Drug take back produces over 20 pounds

    Karen Lipska|May 5, 2022

    Drug take back - The doors at the Pine Bluffs Police department were open and ready to receive drugs! On April 28th the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Pine Bluffs Police department collected unneeded, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. It was National Drug Take Back Day. They have been collecting prescription and non-prescription drugs in Pine Bluffs to help keep the drugs off the streets and out of the environment. Drugs in the environment is not good for the water and the land. It...

  • Literacy Camp for the summer

    Karen Lipska|May 5, 2022

    Books and more books are the goal. Thursday night at the Burns Elementary Spring concert a slide show was played talking about literacy. At the beginning of the concert two of the teachers informed the parents what they are doing. The teachers showed a backpack. In the backpack was books, activity papers, and information about a camp this summer. At the end of the night all the students will be receiving their backpacks. Summer Literacy C amp will be held, well this summer. The students ages five through 12 will work on building their reading...

  • Jennie "Becky" Elizabeth Martinez

    May 5, 2022

    Jennie "Becky" Elizabeth Martinez was a loving wife, mother,grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world suddenly on April,23, 2022 at age 71. She was born to John "Jack" Redden and Celia Olsen on May 30, 1950. Becky chased her dreams of being a nurse after graduating from Pine Bluffs High School in 1969. She met her husband Steve Martinez soon after and they tied the knot September 30, 1975. In February of 1976 they welcomed their first son Stevey Martinez and in January of 1979 their...

  • Jeff Barnes speaks with law enforcement experience

    Karen Lipska|May 5, 2022

    A law enforcement back ground, and a veteran is just a little bit about Jeff Barnes. Jeff Barnes, of Cheyenne is running for Laramie County Sheriff. He has been in Wyoming for five years, but he had visited throughout the years which impacted Barnes to be in Wyoming. Jeff Barnes served in the United State Air Force for 32 years. That includes four years active duty and 28 years in the Air National Guard. He has been general manager at Hudson Security, security manager of the St. Louis Science,...

  • Pine Bluffs First Graders help plant new trees

    Karen Lipska|May 5, 2022

    Shovels were lined up on the spot to plant trees. On Thursday April 28th the Pine Bluffs first grade gathered at the Pine Bluffs Park. Recreation director Sonja Fornstrom asked the students questions about trees and how important they are. What is the purpose of a tree? What grow in trees? What is the largest tree? The students were excited to share their knowledge. Mayor Justin Fornstrom then read the certificate that was given to the class for Arbor Day. Then the students went over to the two...

  • Spring Time Honey-Do List

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|May 5, 2022

    Last year we had consistent warm weather by now and this year I'm hot one day and freezing the next, always looking for more rocks to stuff into my pockets. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to do to get ready for those spring gardening projects. Time moves on regardless of the weather and it'll be time to plant before you know it. I've been working in the greenhouse all winter and by about 9 am it's easy to work in a tee shirt. That environment set me to thinking about what I needed...

  • Would You Fight for America?

    Mike Heath|May 5, 2022

    Their ghosts still wander the forgotten battlefields, the streams and valleys, distant fields on foreign soil, at the bottom of the sea and cemeteries worldwide where their bodies lie. Some never found. Some returned to a final resting place for family and loved ones to visit and remember. Some were forgotten. For others their memory is committed to the hearts of those they loved. Some had families and some had nobody. But they all had one thing in common. They loved freedom and liberty. And they loved the United States. They were all willing...

  • Cheyenne native serves as a member of U.S. Navy's Submarine force

    Specialist 1st Class Tracey Bannister Navy Office|May 5, 2022

    BANGOR, Wash. – A Cheyenne, Wyoming, native is stationed at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), homeport to west coast ballistic-missile and guided-missile submarines. Chief Petty Officer Jory Knapp joined the Navy for the chance at a better life. Today, Knapp serves as a missile technician. "I joined the Navy for the great career and educational opportunities, and I wanted the stability the Navy offered," said Knapp. Knapp received a GED certificate in 2006. Today, Knapp uses skills and values similar t...

  • Labor Auction huge success for Pine Bluffs FFA

    Brian Cox PBHS Ag|May 5, 2022

    As the smells of oil frying and calf frys tainted the parking lot the hustle and bustle inside of the largest crowd to date to attend the labor auction to date set the stage for a record sale! As the members of the 5th period class set up for the 2022 labor auction there was a lot of excitement lingering in the air from last years record setting sale and the kids only answer to the potential set up was "Mr. Cox we need to set up for more." and boy were they right! Labor auctions seem to be one...

  • Kimball Health Services ranked among nation's top critical access hospitals

    May 5, 2022

    Kimball Health Services has been ranked among the top 100 critical access hospitals in the nation. The ranking is compiled by the Chartis Center for Rural Health and based upon the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance Index, the industry standard for assessing and benchmarking rural and critical access hospital performance. Hospitals recognized as a top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among 1,300 critical access hospitals nationally. Kimball Health Services was ranked in the 93rd percentile nationwide,...

  • Burns Powerlifters commpete in USA Powerlifting 2022 Wyoming

    Jim Merryfield|May 5, 2022

    Additional sports that you may not be aware of happening in Burns. There is a small team of power lifters competing across the region. Diomena Mercer, Kinzley Nusbaum. Colter Haws and Cale Haws all competed in the USA Powerlifting 2022 Wyoming Open competition last weekend. They all did extremely well. Each lifter took first place in their weight class. Colter Haws received an additional award for placing third in the overall male lifter category. If you are looking for some more challenges and...

  • Burns Broncs place Sixth at T-Town Qualifer

    Jim Merryfield|May 5, 2022

    The Burns track and field team saddled their broncs and headed west to Torrington to the T-Town Qualifier track and field meet being held at the Goshen County Track. Six other teams competed in the meet and the boys did pretty well. Although they placed sixth in the meet several of the athletes did very well in their events. Jackson Kirkbride took first in the triple jump with a jump of 40ft 5in. Cody Piasecki leaped 38ft 10in to finish second in the triple jump. Ethan Norris placed second in the 110m hurdles sprinting across the finish line...

  • Hornets place Third at Torrington meet

    Jim Merryfield|May 5, 2022

    The Hornets track and field team traveled to Torrington to compete in the T-Town Qualifier HS track meet. The team competed against six other teams for ranking in the state meet. The Hornets Boys team finished third in the meet. Numerous athletes finished in the top three with a couple of them taking two out of three of the top three. Tyler Chirstofferson took first in the 200m run with a time of 25.31sec. Jacob Slade and Carl Fornstrom finished second and third in the 400m run. Carson Rabou continued his dominance in the 110m hurdles placing...

  • Lady Broncs place Fifth at T-Town Qualifer

    Jim Merryfield|May 5, 2022

    The Lady Broncs track and field team galloped all the way to Torrington to compete in the T-Town Qualifier track and field meet. The Lady Broncs did well placing fifth in the meet. Some of the girls did well in their events and placed in the top three. Emma Norris placed first in the high jump with a leap of 4ft 10in. Kamber Clayson finished first in the pole vault with a vault of 8ft 6in with teammate Brooke M. Hansen finishing third with a vault of 7ft 6in. Hansen also finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 31ft 5.5in. Saria Eklund fi...

  • Disc Golf Clinic

    Karen Lipska|May 5, 2022

    The disc's were flying at the Pine Bluffs Community Center as Pine Bluffs Recreation put on a disc golf clinic. On Saturday April 30th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. was the clinic. At first it was slow but at the end they had four boys learning about disc golf. Vice President of Laramie County Disc Club, Kyle Hurlburt instructed the youth on how to throw the disc. First was how to punt disc. Hurlburt shows how to hold on to the disc. This way to be more sturdy throwing the disc. He showed two differen...

  • Burns Honor Society Induction

    Karen Lipska|May 5, 2022

    The stage was set with candles for the Induction Ceremony of the National Honor Society on April 25th at Burns High School, Mrs. Tidyman opened with a welcome and the Pledge of Allegiance. Katherine Love read the meaning of scholarship. It is connected towards a student to go to spend hours in reading and studies. Research in learning even more about education. She lit a candle. Logan Branigan read about leadership. Being a leader that is self-confident, no matter what power and resource. He lit...

  • Burns Colts 5th Graders take 2nd at Power 2 Play

    May 5, 2022

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  • Burns Elementary Spring Concert

    Karen Lipska|May 5, 2022

    Lions, and mice at a concert, oh my! On April 28th at 6:30 the Burns Elementary had their spring concert. The theme for the evening was Welcome to the Jungle. Kinderboost through third grade were the entertainment for the evening with the help of the fifth and sixth grades. Kinderboost through third grade performed the song Jungle Beat featuring the third grade drummers. The drum was just received form the recreation department. These students were setting the stage for the rest of the concert....

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