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  • Colors fly high at Burns Day Parade

    Karen Lipska|Jun 13, 2024

    Once a year the town of Burns comes alive on the second Saturday of June. The Burns Lions Club has been putting on the celebration for Burns Day for four years. People come from all over the county to have a good time. Laramie County fire District #6 held a free pancake breakfast where the pancakes were light, fluffy, and big. They also served ham and a drink with the pancakes. The fire hall was filled several times throughout the morning before the parade. The Burns Parade is awesome.Looking...

  • Burns Day thank yous and highlights at Council

    Karen Lipska|Jun 13, 2024

    Looking at second street drainage and a utilities board member was discussed at the Burns town council meeting on June 10th. There was big thanks to the maintenance workers for Burns Day. They did the trash throughout the day. Ted Kellner got Main Street street lights up before Burns Day. There was one accident during the parade. Mayor Nicholson and the town council send their best wishes to the Osterman family. Eric Johnston introduced himself to the council. He is running for Senate District 6. Johnston was very impressed with Burns Day. He...

  • Lawn Mower Sparks Fire in Burns

    Penny Merryfield|Jun 13, 2024

    Fire, fire, fire!! That was the call out on the Heath's property in Burns on June 7th. With it being fire season, and everything so dry, it didn't take long for fire crews to reach the Heath property. Mike Heath, owner was so thankful for the crews and various fire districts that responded to his call. "I can't praise our firefighters enough for their response. These volunteers leave their jobs and rush into situations never knowing what they're really getting into or even if they'll come home...

  • Sharon Kay Shmidl November 29, 1940 - June 1, 2024

    Jun 13, 2024

    In loving memory of Sharon Kay Shmidl, Sharon Shmidl, a dedicated individual who graced this world with her outgoing personality and strong work ethic, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 1, 2024 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many. Sharon was born in Detroit Michigan on November 29th, 1940, to Fred and Edith (Stockinger) Kasp. She was a 1958 graduate of Van Nuys High Schoo...

  • The Wyoming National Guard and Tunisia Celebrate 20 Years of Partnership

    SSgt Kristina Kranz 197th Public Affairs Detach.|Jun 13, 2024

    TUNIS, Tunisia – The Wyoming National Guard and Tunisian Armed Forces gathered in Tunis, Tunisia, from May 20 to 26, 2024, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their partnership through the National Guard's State Partnership Program. Since its establishment in 2004, this partnership has come to embody international cooperation, mutual respect, and a shared dedication to global security. The exchange of gifts with our military counterparts and other ministries in Tunisia and the opportunity to immerse in Tunisia's culture not only s...

  • Prairie Doc Perspective Week of June 9th, 2024

    The late Richard P Holm MD|Jun 13, 2024

    By the late Richard P. Holm, MD My first experience with cardiopulmonary resuscitation was during the summer of 1969. I was an orderly in a Minneapolis intensive care unit (ICU) when my patient stopped breathing. I called for help and provided mouth-to-mouth breathing until the team arrived. Later the doctor told me I saved the patient’s life, further convincing me that medicine was my life’s purpose. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the act of rhythmically pushing on the chest and breathing into the mouth of a person whose heartbeat and...

  • People's Initiative to Limit Property Tax in Wyoming

    Jun 13, 2024

    BCR Voter Initiatives is proud to announce the official filing of the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Tax in Wyoming through a Homeowner’s Property Exemption of 50% of Assessed Value. It has been 30 years since sufficient signatures were gathered for a Citizens Initiative to make its way onto a Wyoming General Election ballot. Residential property tax has risen 87% since 2017 and has been the top issue taken up in the last two sessions of the Wyoming Legislature. There were 20 bills considered last year and ten this year to no avail. The...

  • Farm, Ranch, Business

    Jun 13, 2024

    Laramie, Wyo.--Food is the common bond that ties us all to agriculture. Donating accurate agriculture books to Wyoming elementary schools has been the goal of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee "Ag Books for Kids" program since its inception in 2004. In the last 20 years, 11,575 agriculture books have been donated to Wyoming elementary schools. In 2024, county Farm Bureau Federations across the state donated 710 "Seed, Soil, Sun" books by Cris...

  • Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in Wyoming Dairy Herd

    Jun 13, 2024

    CHEYENNE, WY – The Wyoming Livestock Board (WLSB) and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) have received confirmation from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) of the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a dairy cattle herd in Wyoming. The detection was first identified in samples received by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in a dairy farm in Wyoming. “The Wyoming Livestock Board encourages all dairy produ...

  • Medal of Honor Recipient

    Penny Merryfield|Jun 13, 2024

    At the monthly meeting of the Robert Hogan American Legion Post 21, Edward L. Galavotti, USN retired was a guest speaker along with his committee partner to present a special event to take place with regards to a Medal of Honor recipient. This is one of three for Wyoming. Per Galavotti's presentation: Vernon Baker was born December 17, 1919, on the west side of Cheyenne, Wyoming. At the age of four he lost both parents in a car accident. By 1939 he had also lost both grandparents who had taken...

  • USDA announces Grassland CRP Signup

    USDA Release|Jun 13, 2024

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can now sign up for the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (Grassland CRP). The signup runs through June 28, 2024. Grassland CRP, offered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), is a voluntary working lands conservation program that enables participants to conserve grasslands and provide important conservation benefits for wildlife, soil health and carbon sequestration, all while continuing most grazing and haying practices. “Grassland CRP...

  • Pie Social Celebrates 40 Years

    Penny Merryfield|Jun 13, 2024

    There is nothing like "mom's apple pie" and bringing people together. Having pie is a traditional must have at many holidays, and events. On June 30, 2024 such a tradition is happening again. 2024 marks 40 years since the first Pine Bluffs Pie Social was held to kick off the campaign season. Lawrence Anderson started the tradition in 1984 because he believed that the citizens needed an opportunity to meet the candidates and speak with them one on one before they decided who to vote for in the...

  • Two Hornets Head to Rodeo Nationals

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 13, 2024

    Ty and Tuf Scarborough, both attending Pine Bluffs Junior/Senior high school have qualified and will attend the Junior and Senior National Rodeo this month. Ty will head to nationals this weekend, which will end on the 9th of June and Tuf will attend Junior Nationals on the 23-29 of June. Ty and Tuf's older brother, Beau Scarborough competed at the collegiate level at Casper State College in bronc riding. Beau is a pro rider now and currently a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys...

  • Helmets and Wheels Rodeo

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 13, 2024

    The Pine Bluffs Community Center hosted a bike rodeo last Friday. The event was attended by more than 22 young riders and their parents. The Recreation Department has been putting this on for about the last 30 years. They may have missed a few years due to money and COVID, but they try every year to give the kids a refresher on safety and just a fun day. The event has a few sponsors including the Pine Bluffs Police Department and the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC). Victoria Ingerle...

  • Seventh Annual Tractor Pull held in Carpenter

    Karen Lipska|Jun 13, 2024

    The tractors were lined up and the people were seated in their lawn chairs to enjoy a couple of days of tractor pulling. The annual tractor pull in Carpenter was June 1st and 2nd. This is held on the farm of Ivan and Kim Kranz. There is plenty of room for the contestants to unload tractors and be able to pull the distance. This year was very important to the Platte Valley Truck & Tractor Pullers group to inform the contestants about inspecting the tractors for safety. There were three instances...

  • Pine Bluffs Roping Club Braves Stormy Skies

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 13, 2024

    The Pine Bluffs Roping Club braved the stormy skies last Friday for their second rodeo of the season. The storms held off for the night with only a little rain that kept the arena dust down. The event had 63 teams to start with and roping got underway a little after seven. One of the ropers was Brodie Bates out of Burns. Bates has been riding for about five years and enjoys the competition. Bates ropes as a heeler and says, "I enjoy the challenge of trying to get both legs in the lasso." Bates w...

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