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  • High West Energy Grateful for Community Support Amidst Recovery Efforts

    Brooke Darden High West Energy|Apr 18, 2024

    During the weekend of April 6, 2024, High West Energy suffered widespread outages across its service territory due to high winds and winter conditions. This outage resulted in the loss of approximately 600 poles, downed or twisted line, and about 3,000 members without power during the peak of the storm. This represents the largest recovery effort High West Energy has undertaken since the winter storm of 2019, during which over 300 poles were lost. The outages stretched from north and south of...

  • Resolution for Emergency Management Disaster Plan Approved by Town of Albin

    Karen Lipska|Apr 18, 2024

    Spring clean up and an ambulance fundraiser was on the agenda at the Albin Town Council monthly meeting on April 11th. This was a first in a year that Mayor Kelly Krakow had nothing to report. He also tried to keep the town informed about items that pertain to the council and town. There were two major votes at the meeting. There was the resolution of the Emergency Management Agency that was presented by Jeanine West, the Director at Cheyenne/ Laramie County Emergency Management. This resolution will help guide the town officials on how to...

  • Local Keynote Speakers at FFA State Convention

    Karen Lipska|Apr 18, 2024

    At each state convention there are incredible keynote speakers that make the convention great to be at. The Wyoming Future of Farmers of America Sate Convention is not any different than others. To open the first night was Governor Mark Gordon and First Lady of Wyoming Jennie Gordon. Governor Gordon told the members about where he came from and about his ranch up by Sheridan. Wyoming. He told the audience about his wife, who was not a ranch person when they first got married but now she is more...

  • Glen Franklin Warner

    Apr 18, 2024

    Glen Franklin Warner, 80, passed away peacefully at home in Guernsey on Sunday, March 24, 2024. He was born on Wednesday, February 2, 1944 to Claris and Pearl (Keane) Warner in Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Glen spent all of his childhood in the Guernsey area and graduated from Guernsey High School in 1962. At the age of 15 he started spending his summers and weekends working at the Bromley Sawmill on Laramie Peak. The Bromley family quickly became family to Glen, losing his mother at a young age...

  • 34th Annual Taco Bingo huge success

    Karen Lipska|Apr 18, 2024

    All ages love to play bingo to win great prizes. Burns and Carpenter Elementary schools held their 34th Annual Taco Bingo event at Burns Elementary School on April 13th. The Taco Bingo fundraiser was started to earn money for different trips for the elementary students and educational purposes. When the event first started, the schools traded back and forth using the school gyms. As the years went by the event had grown to be big. The groups decided to keep the event at the Burns Elementary...

  • Veterans Exemption available in Wyoming

    Apr 18, 2024

    LARAMIE COUNTY, WY- Laramie County Assessor Todd Ernst wants to remind eligible veterans that between January 1, 2024, and the 4th Monday in May is the time to notify his office of their wish to use the exemption on their 2024 property taxes. The property tax benefit may only be claimed in one county annually and shall only apply to the principal residence of the veteran or qualifying surviving spouse. Ernst stated, “Veterans must have received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or its equivalent or been active duty between 12/7/1941 and 1...

  • Child Passenger Safety Safe Kids Laramie County

    Apr 18, 2024

    Safe Kids Laramie County will start having monthly car seat inspections April 27, 2024, in Pine Bluffs from 10 AM to 1 PM. We are reminding families that kids under 9 must be secured in an appropriate child restraint in the back seat of the vehicle. Children in rear-facing infant seats must not be in front of an active airbag. It is a PRIMARY offense to not have your child safely and properly secured. Child safety seats are required by law in every state because they provide the best protection for infants and young children. However,...

  • Prairie Doc Perspective Week of April 14, 2024

    Debra Johnston MD|Apr 18, 2024

    It’s human nature to tell stories about the past, and doctors aren’t immune to that impulse. The second year medical students rotating through my clinic have me reflecting on my own years as a fledgling physician, and the changes I’ve seen in my decades of practice. I remember one late evening spent in the PICU watching over a toddler who had meningitis. At one point I turned and bumped into a bedrail, which came crashing down. Both my preceptor and I jumped, and I probably even shrieked. The child, however, didn’t even blink. That’s when we k...

  • UW College of Ag to Host Leadership Symposium in Laramie April 22

    Maya Gilmore WriterEditor UWy Extension|Apr 18, 2024

    Laramie, Wyo.-April 9, 2024-The University of Wyoming Ranch Management and Agricultural Leadership (RMAL) program will host a leadership symposium in Laramie Monday, April 22. The event will be held at the UW Gateway Center from 9-3 p.m. Interested parties can also attend the symposium via Zoom. The symposium, titled "Navigating Western Waters: Addressing Water Challenges in the Western Region," will address water use, law and policy, and scientific perspectives about water challenges in the...

  • Connecting Heroes: Veterans Talking to Veterans Event at the National Museum of Military Vehicles - May 25, 2024

    Apr 18, 2024

    Wyoming, USA – April 15, 2024 - Prepare to witness an extraordinary gathering of valor and camaraderie as the annual Veterans Talking To Veterans (VTTV) event unfolds at the National Museum of Military Vehicles in Dubois, Wyoming on May 25, 2024. Organized collaboratively by the Wyoming Veterans Commission, the National Museum of Military Vehicles, Mentor Agility and VA Sheridan health care, this event aims to transcend the ordinary, bringing forth a day filled with fun, discovery, and empowerment for veterans and their families. The event b...

  • April the month of the Military Child

    Penny Merryfield|Apr 18, 2024

    Throughout all branches of the military, April is set as the Month of the Military Child. This is done to honor the youngest members of the military families. This special month long honor to the military child was established in mid 1980s by Former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. This was set up to recognize the over 1.2 million military children for the sacrifices and challenges they face on an everyday occurrence. From their parents (yes sometimes both gone) going overseas, via a one...

  • New State Officers from LCSD No. 2

    Karen Lipska|Apr 18, 2024

    It is always great to see members working towards goals on leadership in Future Farmers of America. This last week, April 10th through April 13th was the Wyoming State FFA Convention. At this time the election of new officers is being worked on throughout the time of the convention. Different members in Wyoming FFA applied to be officers before the convention. They take all the applications at the beginning to the Convention and start with interviews. The members go into the different...

  • National Lineman Appreciation Day

    Penny Merryfield|Apr 18, 2024

    Linemen take a risk everyday on their jobs. While there are many who would not do this job due to fear of heights, being in the weather, or just not their desired career, it takes a special breed to do this job. Recently, here in the tri-state area, the horrifying winds that reached in excess of 92 miles an hour brought down more than 900 poles. Many communities and out lying areas were without power when the poles were downed, snapped near the bottom, taking down the wires with them. On this...

  • Broncs take Advantage of Home Field

    Jim Merryfield|Apr 18, 2024

    The Burns Track and field boys' team had the home field advantage as the track and field program hosted the Burns Invite Track and Field Meet last Friday. The Broncs took full advantage of being at home and won the meet by almost ten points over Wheatland and the other teams. Although only Ethan Norris and the SMR relay team were able to find the top spot on the podium numerous others were able to make it to the second and third place steps. As mentioned above Ethan Norris found the top spot in...

  • Hornets Buzz into Broncs Stadium

    Jim Merryfield|Apr 18, 2024

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets track and field team flew down the highway to Broncs Stadium to compete in the Burns Invite track and field meet last Friday. The team worked and ran hard but could only manage a seventh-place finish in the meet. The team did well with several of the athletes placing in the top three. The SMR 1600m relay team finished second in the meet and would be the Hornets' top finishers. Carsten Freeburg found bronze in the triple jump and high jump. Justin Lerwick finished third in...

  • Broncs Stadium not Home for the Lady Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Apr 18, 2024

    The Lady Hornets traveled down highway 80 to Burns to compete in the Burns Invite track and field meet. The Lady Hornets had some problems in Broncs Stadium and could only manage an eighth place finish in the meet. There were a couple of outstanding performances by the SMR 1600m relay team who took first place in their race and Jessica Hoffman who continues to dominate in the discus toss. The SMR 1600m relay team found themselves atop of the podium with their first-place finish in the race. The...

  • Lady Broncs Dig in at Home

    Jim Merryfield|Apr 18, 2024

    The Lady Broncs track and field team loves to run at home. They showed off their talents and running abilities at the Burns Invite Track and Field meet last Friday. The Lady Broncs claimed the silver medal in the meet. Brynn Bach would be the only Lady Bronc to find the top spot on the podium with several other Lady Broncs hitting the second and third place spots. Bach took gold in the pole vault with a vault of 9ft 6in. Payton Pollard found silver in the 1600m run and again in the 3200m run....

  • Local Wrestler takes Sixth in National Meet

    Jim Merryfield|Apr 18, 2024

    Caysen Ross, a first-year student on the Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team also wrestles for a couple of clubs in the local area. Ross wrestles with the Tri-State Grapplers and the Bear Cave program out of Greeley, Colorado. Recently Ross competed in the Midwest National Classic wrestling tournament held on March 30th. Ross who wrestles in the 132lbs weight class took sixth in the national meet. According to Ross's mom Cortney Dawn, "Caysen started wrestling when he was around three years old....

  • Lady Hornet signs for New Digs

    Jim Merryfield|Apr 18, 2024

    Rachael Macy, the Lady Hornets volleyball player has decided on where she would like to continue her sports and educational career. Macy, who played the Libero position for the Lady Hornets signed her letter of intent to play volleyball with the Western Wyoming College Mustangs volleyball team. Macy visited the campus and had the chance to talk with the coaches and players on the visit. Macy was very impressed with the facilities, coaches, and players. She feels like this place and people will...

  • Tri-State Grapplers Results

    Apr 18, 2024

    8 Midwest Classic Nationals Kearney, NE Boys 6 and Under 46 - Waylon Horning's place is 8th and has scored 2.0 team points. • Champ. Round 1 - Waylon Horning (Tri-State Grapplers) received a bye () (Bye) • Quarterfinal - Syrus Bazer (Nebraska Wrestling Academy) won by fall over Waylon Horning (Tri-State Grapplers) (Fall 1:53) • Cons. Round 2 - Waylon Horning (Tri-State Grapplers) won by decision over Cooper Croghan (Aquinas Catholic) (Dec 9-8) • Cons. Round 3 - Tripp Sheldon (Plains Elite)...

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