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Articles from the March 31, 2016 edition


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  • Blizzard paralyzes region

    Jimmie Earls, Pine Bluffs Post Editor|Mar 31, 2016

    If you thought the official start of spring on March 20 meant we were out of the woods concerning winter weather, think again. Last week, the region was dealt a nasty reminder there is still plenty of winter left in mother nature's bag of goodies. Residents found themselves digging out from record snowfalls and restricted from traveling due to several road closures issused by the Wyoming Department of Transportation. It all started in the late night/early morning hours of March 22 and 23, when...

  • Fire destroys family home near Burns

    Zach Spadt, Pine Bluffs Post|Mar 31, 2016

    A Burns family is safe but without a home and most of their belongings after a fire destroyed their residence the morning of March 23. Firefighters from Laramie County Fire District #5 responded to a report of a structure fire located at 1297 County Road 154 at 6:20 a.m. The building, which belonged to Alan Matic, his wife and two daughters, was deemed a total loss. LCFD5 assistant fire chief Derek Walls said a cause has not yet been determined, although he did say the fire originated near a...

  • State GOP delegation may have up-down vote on Donald Trump

    Bill Sniffin|Mar 31, 2016

    Have you ever seen anything like the current political race for president of the United States? After watching from 1956 to 2012, I have never seen anything like this bizarre Trump-Cruz-Hillary-Bernie circus. It “trumps” any other presidential election. Perhaps its craziness can be blamed on GOP front-runner, businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump. Or maybe it is because of the incredible length of the campaigns and the fact everyone, everywhere can keep up with every single sound bit...

  • Natasha Lynn Garcia

    Mar 31, 2016

    Natasha Lynn Garcia, 33, beloved daughter of Adolfo and Rosa Garcia, died peacefully at her home on March 24, 2016 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Natasha was born on April 27th, 1982 in Cheyenne. She was the only daughter and eldest of six children. Natasha spent nearly every moment of every day caring for others. In her life, family came first and she loved nothing more than organizing events for her large family to come together. Natasha leaves behind her parents, Rosa and Adolfo Garcia and her...

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 31, 2016

    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...

  • Town clarifies snow emergency policies

    Town of Pine Bluffs|Mar 31, 2016

    "Early Wednesday morning I woke up to see a dark street – we were all without power as winter storm Selene blew through the area freezing everything in its path – including the power lines. I was frustrated at the thought of no power until I looked out my window and shivered as I watched our Public Works team work on the power lines from more than 25 feet in the air, harnessed to a bucket, in winds gusting at 50 mph and my frustrations of being without power melted away..." Quote from a resident...

  • Track seasons delayed due to blizzard; Burns, Pine Bluffs try again Saturday

    Jimmie Earls, Pine Bluffs Post Editor|Mar 31, 2016

    If the Pine Bluffs and Burns track and field teams were going to do any sort of running last Thursday, they would have had to trade their track cleats for snowshoes. Last Wednesday, Mother Nature decided to throw a snowy curveball into the mix and dumped a thick blanket of snow on the ground, forcing the cancellation of each team’s respective first meets. The Burns girls and boys were slated to compete in Morrill, Nebraska, while the Pine Bluffs girls and boys were scheduled to participate in the Kimball Invitational in Kimball, Nebraska. A...

  • Does your household need a generator? What to consider

    StatePoint Media|Mar 31, 2016

    With increasingly volatile weather patterns and a growing reliance on technology, more people are becoming familiar with the benefits of having a back-up generator at home. But beyond the importance of immediate back-up power in the event of an outage, a generator can have many other benefits in your life -- at home and when you’re on-the-go. Given the lower prices of today’s models, generators are becoming a product more consumers choose to purchase. Here, Jason Sutton, vice president of Sales & Service at FIRMAN Power Equipment, offers tip...

  • Banner County News

    Barb Cross|Mar 31, 2016

    Good morning Banner County, friends near and far. I hope you had a wonderful Easter and are handling this crazy weather we have been dealing with. Last week I made mention of my Christmas cactus.....well I do not have a Christmas cactus. It is a poinsettia. Shows you how I am doing! However, my two year old poinsettia is blooming and I just love it. We now have a break from the holidays until July with a few smaller ones in between. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy most of them, they just come too f...

  • Albin News

    Charlene Smith|Mar 31, 2016

    Just when you think spring is here, it snows. Not just snows, but a Wyoming blizzard. That storm was a great one and the students of Laramie County appreciated the extended spring break. A big shout out of thanks to Mayor Kelly Krakow for pushing around the drifts and allowing driveways to go from traps to trails again. Aaron Anderson made the streets of Albin a lot easier to get through as well. The Easter Egg Hunt and pancake feed was postponed until April 2, starting at 9:30 a.m. The Ladies...

  • Hereford News

    Carolyn Ragsdale|Mar 31, 2016

    We hope all of you had a wonderful Easter. Early Sunday morning at the Hereford Community Church Pee Wee and Cecelia Smock and Ken and Carolyn Ragsdale celebrated their anniversaries. For the special Carol Opdycke read The Butterfly Effect. Pastor Opdycke gave a short sermon called The Reading of the Will. Then the Prairie Songbirds choir performed the cantata Amazing Grace. The choir is under the direction of Erinn Flaharty. Choir members include Steve and Jan Hauer, Shirley Wiggin, Rita...

  • No Till Notes: 10 tips, Part 2

    Mark Watson|Mar 31, 2016

    Last week I started off my 10 tips to successful no-till crop production with a discussion on crop rotations. I feel this is the most important consideration on your farm. Designing a crop rotation for you farm will affect your bottom line, weed and disease cycles, and your farm’s performance well into the future. Take plenty of time each year and assess your rotation and improvements you can make in designing your rotation. As I mentioned last week designing a good rotation for our farm has bee...

  • Looking Back

    Mar 31, 2016

    12 Years Ago April 3, 1941 YOUR NEWSPAPER IS BEGINNING THIRTY-FOURTH YEAR TODAY The Pine Bluffs Post is starting its thirty-fourth year of service to the people of southeastern Wyoming with this issue of the publication. At the site of the present telephone exchange, the Post began its existence on April 3, 1908 under the ownership of Roy D. Wilson of Kimball. Fred Mathias, his manager, took complete charge soon afterwards and as editor and publisher, with the exception of a few months until it was sold in April, 1914 to M.R. Hemphill and son,...

  • Unmet demand for afterschool programs is high in rural communities

    StatePoint Media|Mar 31, 2016

    (StatePoint) As many families in rural communities struggle for economic security, experts say that the afterschool programs that keep students safe and inspire them to learn are in short supply. A recently released report, “The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities,” finds that just 13 percent of rural students in the U.S. participate in an afterschool program. While this number is up from 2009, it’s still considerably below the 18 percent nationwide rate. According to America After 3PM, a household survey commissioned by th...

  • New report shows Medicaid expansion in Wyoming can improve behavioral health care access

    U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services|Mar 31, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report on Monday showing that Wyoming can greatly improve access to behavioral health services for its residents by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Substance use disorders and mental illness are prevalent and serious public health problems in American communities. In Wyoming, 6,000 uninsured people with a mental illness or substance use disorder had incomes that could qualify them for expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in 2014, the most recent year for wh...

  • USDA Seeks Applications for $5.8 Million in Grants to Provide Development Support to Rural Cooperatives

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Mar 31, 2016

    Agriculture Under Secretary Lisa Mensah today announced that $5.8 million in competitive funding is available to help start, improve or expand cooperative businesses in rural areas. “Cooperatives have long been a key resource for small and midsized producers working together to access new markets or to market value added products,” said Mensah. “This funding helps them continue their crucial role supporting farmers and other businesses that create jobs, provide services and improve the quality of life in rural America.” The Rural Coopera...

  • Refreshing spring entertaining ideas

    StatePoint Media|Mar 31, 2016

    (StatePoint) When it comes to successful springtime entertaining, think light and refreshing food and drink. Keeping flavors and colors cool will infuse your get-together with energy and zest. Food When the weather warms, let your guests’ plates cool with fresh salads and cold soups like gazpacho or chilled pea soup. Get fresh produce in season at your farmer’s market or grocer. Serving up big helpings of colorful vegetables will bring seasonal freshness directly to your table. Great appetizers for spring include shrimp cocktail and fresh tom...

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