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  • Current Town Council holds heavy last meeting

    Dawnna Merryfield|May 13, 2021

    Many important money subjects were talked about first thing Monday evening for the May Town council meeting in Pine Bluffs. The town first discussed the amendments to the third reading for ordinance 2021-01 prohibiting the use of unmuffled compression brakes within city limits. The amendments were mostly just formalizing words and discussing which parts of town this would be applicable to and signage concerns. Some had questions about interstate travel but police Chief Chance Walkama clarified...

  • Burns Day main topic

    Karen Lipska|May 13, 2021

    Burns Mayor James Clark called the meeting to order and instructed all to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. In the agenda order there was an approval of the minutes and the treasurer’s report. The discussion then went to Burns Day Committee report: June 12 will start with a free pancake feed, leading to rest of the activities for the day. To include a 5k run, vendor fair, parade, train rides, car show, music, 3x3 basketball, kids games, food trucks, lunch with donation, cornhole tournament, horseshoe tournament dummy roping, softball...

  • Burns James Clark remains Mayor

    Karen Lipska|May 13, 2021

    Voting was completed on May 11 for the Town of Burns council. Incumbent - Mayor James Clark retained his mayorship by a major landslide. Numbers were James Clark 66 and Ralph Bartels 1. Council members elected are: Rick Lakin, receiving 39 votes, coming in second with 36 votes is Dennis Bastian. Following up is Judith Johnstone with a total of 30 votes and Vernon Testerman who received 16 votes. The swearing in for the Burns Town council will be next month....

  • Mary Della Gerner

    May 13, 2021

    Mary Della Gerner passed away peacefully in the company of her family on May 7, 2021 at Hospice of Laramie, Wyoming. She is survived by her daughter, Debra Bastian (Christopher), her son Tim McColley (Denise), her step-daughter, Cindy Hoobler (Sid), her step-son, Bob Gerner, her grandchildren, Dax Robinson, Jennifer King, Mary Robinson, Mary Britton Clark, Lacey Phillips, Payton Highsmith, Jillian Nightingale, Jancy Nightingale-Burch, and ten great grandchildren, Landon Robinson, Broden...

  • American Red Cross of Colorado, & Wyoming Volunteers

    May 13, 2021

    DENVER, COLO - WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2021 — Emergencies are more common than you may think. In fact, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes. Day and night, local Red Cross volunteers are there to provide emotional support, help families find a place to stay and assist with their recovery. During April, local Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming volunteers responded to 80 home fires to help 200 people with urgent needs like food, lodging and recovery assistance. Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area for April...

  • Governor Gordon withdraws Wyoming from COVID-era Unemployment Programs

    Governor Gordon|May 13, 2021

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that Wyoming will end its participation in federal supplemental unemployment benefits in order to address workforce shortages being felt throughout the state. The programs were made available through federal laws initiated in response to the pandemic and include Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Continued Assistance to Unemployed Workers Act of 2020. The additional payments will no longer be available to claimants as of June 19, 2021. “Wyoming needs workers,...

  • Spring Time is Green Time

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|May 13, 2021

    I love Spring. I love the smell in the air. I love the chill of the wind off the mountains. And, most of all, I love to watch new life coming up from the ground and the new buds on the trees and shrubs. I'm writing this the day before the big warm-up so the breeze is still pretty chilly. That's okay because I know what's right around the corner. Earlier I took my granddaughter out for a walk for the first time. We went from the house to the shop, to a walk in the windbreak, to the greenhouse...

  • Ghosts in the machine

    Jo Radcliffe Pine Bluffs Post|May 13, 2021

    "There have always been ghosts in the machine. Random segments of code that have grouped together to form unexpected protocols." (Dr. Alfred Lanning, I Robot 2004) As time marches on humans are becoming more and more dependent on technology. Asking a piece of electronic equipment to turn on the lights, lock the doors or fill this bowl with 12 ounces of water. However, the machine that is the topic of conversation here is the G5 AED Defibrillator. The Pine Bluffs Senior Center has recently...

  • Wyoming, Colorado to receive $1 million in settlement in magazine subscription scam targeting older consumers

    May 13, 2021

    Cheyenne, Wyo. —Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced today a joint settlement of lawsuits filed against two companies that targeted consumers nationwide with deceptive mailers that sold overpriced magazine subscriptions designed to look like renewal notices for consumers’ legitimate existing subscriptions. The Wyoming and Colorado Attorney General’s Offices, as well as the Better Business Bureau, received hundreds of complaints—largely from consumers over the age of 60—about these...

  • Armed Forces Day

    May 13, 2021

    ry holidays celebrated each year is Armed Forces Day. Celebrated the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day falls during Military Appreciation Month and joins Memorial Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) as another May military-themed holiday. The History of Armed Forces Day: On Aug. 31, 1949, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed...

  • Preparing your garden classes

    May 13, 2021

    On May 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Laramie County Extension Office is hosting the first session of the Extension Garden Seminar Series. The topic is Preparing Your Garden. The session will be held at LCCC, 1400 East College Drive, Pathfinder Building Room 409. Taught by Laramie County Horticulturist Catherine Wissner, this program will teach you how to prepare your garden for a successful growing season.  Future sessions will cover protecting your crop, weed management, harvest and storage considerations, and cooking your bounty. These programs...

  • Burns has great week at field and track

    Jim Merryfield|May 13, 2021

    The Burns Broncs track and field team competed in two track and field meets this week. First the Pine Bluffs Field Extravaganza in Pine Bluffs and then on May 7th they went to Goshen County in Wiseman Field to compete in the Wiseman Invite meet. The Pine Bluffs meet was a field event meet only. There were no races held at this meet. Only shotput, discus, high jump, pole vault, long jump and triple jump. There were some outstanding performances from the athletes during the day. Wade Pollock broke...

  • Hornets hold the Pine Bluffs Field Extravaganza

    Jim Merryfield|May 13, 2021

    Last week the Pine Bluffs Hornets Track and Field team participated in two meets. Thursday the team hosted the Pine Bluffs Field Extravaganza on Hornets field and then on Saturday they participated in the SEWAC Meet. The field events encompass, shot put, discus, high jump, pole vault, long jump and triple jump. Some of the outstanding performances by the Hornets athletes were Stuart Lerwick who placed 3rd in the discus, Reed Thompson who placed 2nd in the long jump and triple jump. Monse...

  • Wade Pollock breaks record

    Jim Merryfield|May 13, 2021

    "Records are made to be broken" as the saying goes. Well sometimes that is harder than it seems. In large cities records are broke frequently. There is such a larger pool of athletes that will be trying to break records in all disciplines of sports. But in the smaller cities and townships it may take longer, sometime even years or decades before a record is broke. The small town of Burns had one such event last week at the Pine Bluffs Field Extravaganza.. Wade Pollack broke a record that was...

  • State Bowling

    May 13, 2021

  • FFA work auction brings in the funds

    Karen Lipska|May 13, 2021

    Skills, food, and experience were up for discussion at the Community Center in Pine Bluffs. For approximately thirty-five years the Future Farmers of America in Pine Bluffs has had their annual Working Auction that was held on Thursday April 29 this year.  As you pull into the community center parking lot, the aroma of Rocky Mountain Oysters wafts out to greet you and invite you in. First stop is at the table to sign up for your number to bid on the members of the Future Farmers of America of t...

  • Pine Bluffs Music Banquet and Tri-M Music Honor Society Induction

    Karen Lipska|May 13, 2021

    On May 3, 2021 parents and students gathered to celebrate what they have achieved through the year. Being it was difficult for the students to perform in school.  Tri-M Music is an honor society for the school music program. It encourages academically capable and musically gifted students. This program motivates students to perform and help with community service. Inspire leadership skills for students to use in school and in the future.  Carson Rabou led the ceremony and swore in the new...

  • Like Sheep to the Slaughter – From Liberty to Dictatorship Part 3

    Mike Heath|May 13, 2021

    ”Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification.” Senator Malcom Wallop, Wyoming. Now that I’m retired I don’t drive to Cheyenne much anymore but last week I was in town nearly every day and I’m seeing a sight that is sickening me. Today I took the ladies out to lunch for Mother’s Day and it was reinforced. What I’m talking about is all the people still wearing masks as though they’re going to die if they take them off. Fear. But that isn’t the most...

  • Ready Set Grow

    May 13, 2021

    "April was a busy month at Wyoming Hunger Initiative! We launched a new program called Grow a Little Extra, and I couldn't be more excited about its potential as another tool in our growing toolkit to fight food insecurity across Wyoming. Grow a Little Extra is a partnership with University of Wyoming Extension's Cent$ible Nutrition Program and Master Gardener program, and with the generous support of the Hughes Charitable Foundation, gardeners across the state have a new way to fight food...

  • Student of the Quarter

    May 13, 2021