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  • Celebrating the Cub Scouts

    Feb 21, 2019

    The Pine Bluffs chapter of Boy Scouts of America held its annual Blue and Gold Banquet at the Pine Bluffs Community Center on Sunday. The event honored Cub Scouts, their families, volunteers and members of the community who support the local troop. That includes Crossroads Community Church, High West Energy and Laramie County Fire District No. 5. In addition to there being a lunch, event attendees were treated to games including a scavenger hunt....

  • Council hires new public works head

    Zach Spadt|Feb 21, 2019

    Pine Bluffs has its new public works director. During their bi-monthly meeting Tuesday night, Pine Bluffs Town Council members voted 4-0 to hire Loren Lovitt for the position which was vacated in January upon former public works director Jerry Lamb’s departure. Lamb took a job with the city of Cheyenne. Lovitt joined the Pine Bluffs Public Works Department in April, 2014 and is already familiar with the town’s systems. When Lamb left his job with the town last month, Lovitt took over Lamb’s duties. Since then, he has received good...

  • Rock Ranch Vodka honored with award

    Zach Spadt|Feb 21, 2019

    After a memorable first year in business, the crew at Pine Bluffs Distilling can add another feather to their cap: A bronze medal from the American Craft Spirits Association. Of more than 500 vodkas entered into the organization’s annual contest, Rock Ranch Vodka was one of only 21 selected for the bronze medal according to a Pine Bluffs Distilling press release. “At Pine Bluffs Distilling, we strive to create the best quality, locally produced Wyoming spirits,” co-owner Chad Brown said in a press release. “Winning a bronze at ACSA...

  • Lenora Mabelle Allen Zipay

    Feb 21, 2019

    Lenora Mabelle Allen Zipay, 90, of Pine Bluffs, passed away February 11, 2019 at Lifecare. She was born November 11, 1928 in Sparta, New Jersey. She worked as a teacher at Drake Secretarial College in New Jersey and a saleswoman at Ohrbachs. She volunteered as a Cub Scout Den Mother, a Girl Scout Leader and PTA member. She was preceded in death by parents, James and Wilhelmina (Marquardt) Allen; sister, Blanche Dunn; brothers, Nelson and William; and her husband, Albert J. Zipay, Sr. She is...

  • Governor Gordon signs into law HB0007

    Feb 21, 2019

    CHEYENNE ------ Wyoming Insurance Commissioner Tom Glause announced today that the Wyoming Legislature's HB0007 regarding amendments to the Wyoming Health Insurance Pool (WHIP) was signed into law by Governor Mark Gordon on February 14. Glause commented, "While most people know February 14 as Valentine's Day, it is also National Organ Donor's Day. There is a sweet irony that this bill was signed today since one of the key elements of this legislation is that it allows the WHIP program to...

  • Turning Up the heat is not always an option for some

    Feb 21, 2019

    For low- and fixed-income families, turning up the heat during the cold Wyoming winter months is not always an option. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) may be able to help and is still accepting applications. As cold weather and snow remain in the forecast, most Wyoming families will be turning up their thermostats to keep warm. If low-income Wyoming families are wondering how they will heat their homes and get through the remaining winter months, LIEAP is still accepting applications through February 28, 2019. LIEAP is a federa...

  • Cold and plants - not always a good mix

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Feb 21, 2019

    How did your plants fare this year with the COLD weather? Yes, I know it's February and a bit late to bring this topic up, but maybe not so much. What got me thinking about it is the recent "polar vortex" that hit the eastern two-thirds of the country a few weeks ago. They certainly weren't ready. In 2014, we had our own polar vortex. We went from normal winter weather to "Antarctic" overnight. If you wanted to get rid of your houseplants, that was the night to set them outside. Outdoor plants...

  • Pine Bluffs Junior High Graphic Novel

    Kylee Bruns Pine Bluffs Journalism|Feb 21, 2019

    Pine Bluffs Jr. High students have partaken in creating a graphic novel. For these seventh grade students this might be a new idea that they had never thought of doing before. The teachers working with the students are: Eric Kestner, the English teacher, and Anthony Cox, the Art teacher. With those two working together, they helped the students put together an amazing piece of art and literature. Jasmin Garcia is one of many students that participated in creating a graphic novel. "My favorite pa...

  • Donn C. Randall A Veteran's Story

    Penny Merryfield|Feb 21, 2019

    Wyoming native, Donn Randall was born January 15, 1954 in Sheridan, Wyoming. At the young age of five, he moved north to Hardin, Montana. Randall would stay in Montana, graduating from Broadus High School in 1973. This would be a year of changes for Randall. After graduation in May, Randall would follow in his cousin Allen Henry's footsteps and enlist in the United States Air Force. He headed off to the south to Lackland Air Force Base for basic training. After basic, Randall would learn his...

  • Open House Set for New Regional West Cardiac Catheterization Lab

    Feb 21, 2019

    SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., ― The public is invited to an open house Monday, Feb. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the opening of Regional West's new Cardiac Catheterization Lab, located at the Heart and Lung Center. Welcoming remarks will be at 4: 15 p.m. The Catheterization Lab has been totally renovated and new, state-of-the-art equipment was recently installed with funding provided by Regional West Foundation. The lab offers advanced technology to evaluate or confirm the presence of heart, valve,...

  • State Superintendent partners with industry and CTE teachers to improve Hathaway Scholarship

    Feb 21, 2019

    CHEYENNE - Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow applauds a new law that provides greater flexibility for Wyoming students to qualify for a Hathaway Scholarship. “After years of work with industry and career and technical teachers, I am proud that Wyoming took one more step toward recognizing the viability of the trades and career readiness training,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “With this bill, we can help deliver the skilled workforce that Wyoming industries need, no matter if...

  • Hornets conclude season 19-1

    Zach Spadt|Feb 21, 2019

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets capped off what can only be described as a successful regular season in Lingle Saturday. PBHS was 19-1 on the regular season and 6-0 in conference play. That’s how you get a top seed at the Wyoming 2A East Regional Basketball Tournament set to begin on Thursday. Games are being played in Wright and Gillette. Senior night dominance On Friday, seniors Tucker Norman, Andrew and Doug Fornstrom, Hunter Jeffres, Brad Shmidl and Colby Lamb played their final games at Pine Bluffs Junior-Senior High School before a packed...

  • Lady Hornets drop home finale, rebound in Lingle

    Zach Spadt|Feb 21, 2019

    Friday night's home Pine Bluffs girls basketball game didn't go the way the Lady Hornets wanted. The team's 54-41 loss to Niobrara County (Lusk) came at the worst possible time, too: Senior Night. In Friday night's finale, seniors Kammie Ragsdale, Torri Long and Paige Thompson were honored before play got under way. Ragsdale went out on a good night, scoring 25 of the Lady Hornets' 41 points. Thompson added 6. Long's sole attempt at a shot was good for three points. On Saturday, Pine Bluffs...

  • Burns/Pine Bluffs Wrestlers head to state

    Feb 21, 2019

  • Good Luck at State Burns/Pine Bluffs Wrestlers

    Feb 21, 2019

    126 - Conor Manlove 132 - Logan Branigan 145 - Zach Cudney 160 - Mark Merryfield 170 - Boe Clayson 182 - Kyle Thurin 182 - Lash Branigan 195 - Ben Banville 285 - Lincoln Siebert 285 - Seth Waldroupe...

  • WHSAA 3A East Regional Results for Burns-Pine Bluffs

    Feb 21, 2019

    126 Conor Manlove (4-21) placed 6th and scored 0.0 team points. • Champ. Round 1 - Conor Manlove (Burns-Pine Bluffs) 4-21 received a bye () (Bye) • Quarterfinal - Dallas Lopez (Buffalo) 29-14 won by fall over Conor Manlove (Burns-Pine Bluffs) 4-21 (Fall 1:43) • Cons. Round 2 - Conor Manlove (Burns-Pine Bluffs) 4-21 received a bye () (Bye) • Cons. Round 3 - Michael Sandusky (Torrington) 13-29 won by fall over Conor Manlove (Burns-Pine Bluffs) 4-21 (Fall 2:14) 132 Logan Branigan (29-21) placed 8th and scored 6.0 team points. • Champ....

  • SEWAC CHAMPIONS

    Feb 21, 2019

    52-16 beat Southeast for the championship. Ended season undefeated! Boys are double sewac champs also hold 2018-19 sewac football championship.Both seasons were undefeated in both sports!...

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