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  • Is hemp the future of Wyoming ag?

    Jimmie Earls, Pine Bluffs Post Editor|Mar 16, 2017

    When you think of the top cash crops grown in Wyoming, some people may immediately think of hay, sugar beets or wheat. But when you mention the idea of hemp becoming a top ag producer in the state, critics might say agriculture in Wyoming has gone to pot. Albin-based farmer Ron Rabou strongly disagrees. "Comparing hemp and marijuana is like comparing a husky and a greyhound", Rabou said. "They're both dogs, but genetically, scientifically, physically, they're completely different. Hemp and...

  • Fire crews respond to truck rollover

    Gary Collins, Pine Bluffs Post|Mar 16, 2017

    One person was transported by ambulance to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center last Saturday night following a two-vehicle accident near westbound Exit 386 on Interstate 80. Trooper Tyler Matheney with the Wyoming Highway Patrol received a call at approximately 7:10 p.m. and responded to a roll-over at the junction of Highways 30 and 213. Authorities said a semi hauling oil mud side-swiped a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck exiting the off ramp. The pickup was at the stop sign of the...

  • Absentee and early voting in Laramie County starts March 23

    Staff Report|Mar 16, 2017

    Laramie County voters go to the polls on May 2 to vote on a proposed one-percent specific purpose sales and use tax to fund projects for Laramie County, Cheyenne, Albin, Burns and Pine Bluffs. According to Laramie County Clerk Debra Lee, the menu-style ballot has nine propositions proposed for funding through the tax and voters can vote “for” or “against” each proposition. The nine propositions include projects endorsed by the governing bodies of Laramie County, City of Cheyenne, and Towns of Albin, Burns and Pine Bluffs. Among the proj...

  • Relationships – how on earth do you stay married for 50 years?

    Bill Sniffin|Mar 16, 2017

    Over the years, I have become convinced there is something about Wyoming that makes being married for 50 years easier here than in other places. My wife Nancy and I just celebrated that milestone. When you have celebrated an event like this, it does cause one to ponder. We have spent 46 of those 50 years out here in frontier Wyoming and we give the people of the state and these 98,000 square miles of space a lot of credit for keeping us together. Now before I get all wrapped up in how wonderful...

  • Barrasso, Wyden introduce American soda ash bill

    Sen. John Barrasso|Mar 16, 2017

    U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced bipartisan legislation to maintain competitive royalty rates on America’s natural soda ash, which is critical in manufacturing industrial products like glass. The Soda Ash Competitiveness Act (S. 546) will set the royalty rate on sodium compounds (and related products) produced from federal land at 2 percent for five years. Under current law, the royalty rate on sodium compounds produced from federal land is 6 percent. A lower rate of 4 percent, which Congress put in place in...

  • Cheney planning 2.0 disapproval resolution passes U.S. Senate

    Rep. Liz Cheney|Mar 16, 2017

    Congressman Liz Cheney (WY-AL) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the disapproval resolution to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Resource Management Rule, which is commonly called “Planning 2.0”. “I am very pleased the Senate voted today to overturn BLM Planning 2.0. Planning 2.0 was a misguided and damaging attempt by the Obama administration to undermine the rights of state and local governments to manage resources and land use inside their own communities.” Congressman Cheney said, "I was ho...

  • Senate acts to protect authority of states to manage their own schools

    Sen. Mike Enzi|Mar 16, 2017

    The Senate voted on March 9 to rescind a Department of Education regulation that directly contradicted a bipartisan education bill Congress passed in 2015, which put control back in the hands of states and parents. The Department of Education rule would allow the federal government to mandate, direct and control state and local school accountability systems. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said the rule clearly violated prohibitions placed on the Department of Education under the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act. “Last Congress, members...

  • Faith and begorrah: The history behind some popular Irish traditions

    Gary Collins, Pine Bluffs Post|Mar 16, 2017

    On the day tradition states St. Patrick of Ireland passed away, celebrants the world over have been dying their beer green. The custom of green beer came about in Ireland when drinkers would add green shamrocks to their beer, their way of “drowning the shamrock.” Legend has it that Saint Patrick, who lived in the fifth century, used the three-sided shamrock as a way to illustrate the Trinity. In the book, Declaration, purportably written by St. Patrick himself, the future Belfast-born cleric was kidnapped by Irish raiders when he was 16....

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 16, 2017

    Items for possible inclusion in the weekly community calendar should be typewritten or legibly printed. All submissions should include the name and daytime telephone number of the person submitting the information in case questions arise. Items which may be included in the calendar are church events, club meetings, and school events. If your club will not be meeting or has a change, please contact us so we can update the calendar with the correct information as soon as possible. Items should be received on Monday at 5 p.m., one week prior to...

  • LCCC speaker series focuses on National Women's History Month

    Gary Collins|Mar 16, 2017

    Wyoming was the first territory and then the first state to allow women to vote, serve on a jury or allow a woman, Esther Hobart Morris, to serve in public office. When Wyoming was being considered for statehood it almost did not get in because of the territory's stance on women. The territorial government had this response: “We will remain out of the Union a hundred years, rather than come in without the women.” In celebration of National Women's History month, the Laramie County Community College (LCCC) Eastern Laramie County Outreach...

  • Looking Back

    Mar 16, 2017

    100 YEARS AGO March 15, 1917 After an enforced vacation of nearly two weeks, caused by the prevalence of measles, the schools of Pine Bluffs resumed their studies Wednesday morning. The attendance was very light, owing to the fact that many of the young folks are still in quarantine. The school buildings, together with the books and other contents, were thoroughly fumigated and it is hoped the worst of the epidemic is over and that normal conditions will soon be restored. The refrigerator room at the creamer is being lined this week, and also...

  • Banner County News

    Barb Cross|Mar 16, 2017

    Good morning Banner County and all of you that are friends and neighbors! Monday was cloudy with no chance of meatballs, and it sure has been spring type weather. Much better than places back east. Students at Banner County School will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. for parent/teacher conferences and there will be no school Friday, March17. Seems like this happens around St. Paddy’s Day, so no worries about getting pinched at school! Last Thursday the first of what was supposed to be at least two...

  • Hereford News

    Carolyn Ragsdale|Mar 16, 2017

    This week, March 12, at the Hereford Community Church Cecelia Smock was celebrating her birthday. For the special Steve Hauer sang Feel The Nails. The sermon topic was The Voice of Peter. Pastor Opdycke gave several scriptures mostly from the book of Matthew which told about Peter Peter was one of the disciples of Jesus who later became a leader in the Christian church. Next week, March 19, the sermon topic will be The Voice of Simon. If you have news to share you can contact me at 970-895-2433...

  • Albin News

    Charlene Smith|Mar 16, 2017

    If you ever need to have a long, unimportant conversation, bring up the weather. That should keep you exchanging ideas and words and changing opinions more often than a raindrop turns into a Wyoming snowflake. The town council met last week and accepted Aaron Anderson’s resignation. They thanked him for his service and wished him well with his new position with Laramie County. The election for new council members and the mayor position will be May 2. Two council members and the mayor will be e...

  • Rescue dogs steal the show

    Gary Collins, Pine Bluffs Post|Mar 16, 2017

    With the wind howling and shaking the building, it was a perfect Sunday for snuggling in bed and that is precisely how Bootzilla the Pitbull wanted to spend her morning. However, while stardom has its privledges, it also has its responsiblities. An interview had been scheduled and Bootzilla gamely got out of bed to meet her obligations to the public. Seven-year-old Bootzilla is one of the stars of the traveling show, "The Canine Stars." The show was founded by Keri Caraher and Ethan Wilhelm in...

  • The "steaks" were high at music bingo

    Gary Collins, Pine Bluffs Post|Mar 16, 2017

    The 14th Annual Music Bingo and Raffle was held by the Pine Bluffs Music Boosters last Friday. In addition to the individual bingo winners, the two winners of the big raffle each received a quarter side of beef. They were Char Madden of Pine Bluffs and Tory Whetham of Kimball. A second raffle was held and the winners, Michael Lerwick and Donna Weller each received a K-lawn treatment from Thompson K-lawn of Pine Bluffs. Pine Bluffs Music Teacher Misty Curtis stated that the night was a big...

  • Anderson steps down from Albin Public Works Dept.

    Gary Collins, Pine Bluffs Post|Mar 16, 2017

    The town of Albin is beginning the process of replacing their Public Works supervisor in light of the resignation of Arron Anderson, tendered at the regular monthly meeting of the council, Thursday, March 9. Anderson is leaving to work for the county after five years with the town of Albin. The new position is a step up for the young man, who took on the work in the town, March, 2012. He has no intention of leaving the town high and dry or of leaving them out of compliance with regulations. “I'd be willing to stay on as your certified...

  • Town takes steps to replace storm-damaged trees

    Gary Collins, Pine Bluffs Post|Mar 16, 2017

  • No time to spare:

    Jimmie Earls, Pine Bluffs Post Editor|Mar 16, 2017

    Tristen Zitek had flirted before with a perfect game, racking up 10 strikes in a row before leaving a seven pin on his 11th throw and finishing with a 288. Plus, he's had two 290 games this year. But on Feb. 3, everything came together to place Zitek in the record book as the youngest in Pine Bluffs to bowl a perfect 300 game. "I've been in that situation before, where I went to ten (frames), so there's really no pressure besides the last ball," Zitek said. "I was in the zone and I felt good....

  • Thompson is Wyoming 2A Southeast Player of the Year

    Jimmie Earls, Pine Bluffs Post Editor|Mar 16, 2017

    Pine Bluffs senior Hunter Thompson was recently named the Wyoming 2A Southeast Conference Player of the Year. Thompson averaged 22.4 ppg in his senior year and took All-State honors all four years of high school....

  • Gray resigns as Hornet basketball coach

    Jimmie Earls, Pine Bluffs Post Editor|Mar 16, 2017

    Will Gray has coached his last boys basketball game at Pine Bluffs High School. Last week, he tendered his resignation to the Laramie County School Board #2 and was made official at last Monday night's board meeting. Gray issued the following statement to the Post: "I had a great time coaching basketball in Pine Bluffs for the last 10 years. The past 5 years as the head coach have been some of the most rewarding times of my life. However, it is time for the program to be led by a someone other...

  • A trio of Broncs named All-Conference

    Staff Report|Mar 16, 2017

    Three players on the Burns Broncs boys basketball team were recently named All-Conference for 2016-17. Seniors Klayton Clark and Sam Sharpe, along with sophomore Jack Ickes took the honors. The honors are awarded by the members of the Wyoming Coaches Association have voted on which 2A/1A boys basketball players they believe are the best in the East and West....

  • O'Neal named All-Conference

    Staff Report|Mar 16, 2017

    Burns sophomore Malli O’Neal was recently named 2A girl's basketball All-Conference by members of the Wyoming Coaches Association....

  • Bowling Scores

    Mar 16, 2017

    Monday Woman 1. Texas Trail Market 239 2. Bluffs Vet Clinic 195 3. Knotty Pine 186 Handicap Game: Val Eastman 266 Handicap Series: Tiffany Michaud 727 Scratch Game: Val Eastman 202 Scratch Series: Carleen Graves 518 Tuesday Mixed 1. Wyoming Malting 32 2. Tristen’s Trio 32 3. NEO Mark 25 Women - Handicap Game: Jo Radcliffe 240 Handicap Series: Jo Radcliffe 654 Scratch Game: Amy Zitek 200 Scratch Series: Amy Zitek 510 Men - Handicap Game: Chris Zitek 285 Handicap Series: Tristen Zitek 747 Scratch Game: Chris Zitek 269 Scratch Series: Tristen...

  • Pine Bluffs All-State and All-Conference selections announced

    Jimmie Earls, Pine Bluffs Post Editor|Mar 16, 2017

    The post-season awards are coming in for members of the Pine Bluffs Hornets and Lady Hornets basketball teams. On the girl’s side, seniors Montanna Chrystal and Jadyn Golding were named All-State by the Wyoming Coaches Association. Chrystal and Golding also made All-Conference, along with their teammates sophomore Kammie Ragsdale and senior Sierra Shelit. On the boy’s side, senior Hunter Thompson took All-State for his fourth year. Haize Fornstrom, a junior who also took All-State in 2016, joined Thompson for this year’s list. Thompson...