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  • Town passes budget for 2024-2025 Fiscal Year

    Penny Merryfield|Jun 20, 2024

    Mayor Justin Fornstrom welcomed everyone and invited them to join in the Pledge of Allegiance to start off the June 12 meeting of the town council for Pine Bluffs. Once the formalities were done, the town council got down to business, approving, and passing the agenda and the consent agenda . Moving into new business Ordinance number 2024–03 was read for the third reading; Treasurer Kim Patterson at this time gave a report on the budget. She stated: "I am pleased to present the Town of Pine B...

  • Fire Season hits this weekend with several fires

    Penny Merryfield|Jun 20, 2024

    Summer has arrived as well as the fire season. With the dryness of the grasslands in our surrounding areas, it is not unimaginable to see our County Fire Districts assisting each other. Two such fires this past weekend called for assistance from other districts. One fire was south of Pine Bluffs, and District No. 5, Pine Bluffs was notified of smoke south of Pine Bluffs. The called stated that smoke could be seen from an individuals house. Fire Chief Derek Walls checked it out and called for...

  • Laramie County Ambassadors

    Karen Lipska|Jun 20, 2024

    Young ones are always helping out in Future Farmers of America and 4-H. Helping show animals and preparing animals for show. These young men and women have extended themselves to help others. Laramie County Ambassadors is a great program for the youth to step it up for leadership. They set programs, help with camps, showcases, and the Laramie County fair along with much more. These kids have to apply to be part of the program. This year, one Laramie County Ambassador is Emma Valois, a Junior at...

  • Donely D. Brunner

    Jun 20, 2024

    Donely D. Brunner, 76, of 15 Lakeview Heights, Brule, Nebraska, 69127 passed away on June 9, 2024, at his home. Don was born January 23, 1948, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, the son of Edward Victor and Laura Irene (Carlson) Brunner. Don proudly served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Following his service, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines in 1974. He was also a member of the Theta Tau fraternity. Don married Mary K....

  • Prairie Doc Perspective Week of June 16th, 2024

    Jill Kruse DO|Jun 20, 2024

    Doctors write prescriptions for medications all the time. However, have you ever heard of a doctor prescribing a walk in the park? While this prescription will not fit in a bottle, it can pack some powerful health benefits. It may sound strange, but doctors actually can prescribe time outdoors to their patients with the help of a national program, This free online program can help a patient track their outdoor activity and discuss more outdoor exercise options with their doctor. In S...

  • Farm, Ranch, Business

    Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation|Jun 20, 2024

    Laramie-The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) awarded $5,500 in college scholarships to nine young Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation members for the 2024-25 school year. "Investing in the youth of our great state as they work to accomplish their academic goals is important to the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation," said Todd Fornstrom, WyFB President. "We are proud to honor these outstanding individuals with college scholarships to play a small part in helping them achieve their goals." The...

  • Economic Considerations for Dairy Herds With Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

    Rob Zieglerx Writer UW Extension|Jun 20, 2024

    Laramie, Wyo.-June 17, 2024-The Wyoming Department of Agriculture announced on June 7 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in one of Wyoming's dairy herds. Wyoming marks the twelfth state with a reported case of the virus since the first confirmed case in March 2024. HPAI has now been detected in more than 80 herds nationwide. According to the FDA, CDC and USDA, the threat of the disease in humans remains low, and consuming pasteurized milk and properly cooked meat is safe....

  • USDA Now Accepting Applications for Available Funds to Help Cover Organic Certification Costs

    USDA Release|Jun 20, 2024

    USDA Now Accepting Applications for Available Funds to Help Cover Organic Certification Costs Through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will cover up to 75% of organic certification costs at a maximum of $750 per certification category. FSA is now accepting applications, and organic producers and handlers should apply for OCCSP by the Oct. 31, 2024, deadline for eligible expenses incurred from Oct. 1, 2023, to Sept. 30, 2024. FSA will issue payments as applications are received and a...

  • Report dead wild rabbits to Game and Fish

    Wyoming Game and Fish|Jun 20, 2024

    Wyomingites are being asked to keep a lookout for dead rabbits in their yards, rural property and other outdoor areas. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is continuing surveillance for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2). The disease was first detected in Wyoming in December 2020 and has been identified in 20 rabbits across eight counties in 2024. Testing rabbits is key to monitoring the disease spread. RHDV2 is a fatal disease of rabbits and hares. An estimated 35-50% of infected wild...

  • 101st Annual Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo Parade

    Karen Lipska|Jun 20, 2024

    Every year people travel to celebrate in Grover, Colorado. It is a small community with an outreach to people all over the World. It was the Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo that was held on June 14th through June 16th. This has been going one for 101 years in the town of Grover. It started with some horses in a pasture that needed to be broken to ride, and now it's called the Home of the Biggest Little Rodeo in the West. It is part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. This Association...

  • 101st Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo

    Karen Lipska|Jun 20, 2024

    It was a great performance at the Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo. The animals were on their game, challenging everyone to their skills. The announcer was Shane Burris from Mosca , Colorado, who has been announcing since 2003. All the young riders that were just testing the waters of rodeo signed up for calf riding. The first day was only five riders. The longest ride of the day was Zayne Lawley with a ride of 6.0 seconds. The next day there were 10 riders. Two riders got a score for the day,...

  • Rodeo Roots

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 20, 2024

    If you are from the Midwest you know about riding horses, roping, ranching and such. You may have even participated in the 4H club in your school. As you grew older you may have competed in the Junior Rodeo and then graduated to high school and maybe even went to the professional arena. But did you ever stop to think about who really started it. The origins may surprise you. The modern gold-and-rhinestone, big-money televised sport of rodeo owes just about everything—its traditions, its attitudes, its fashions—to rough-and-tumble Mexican cow...

  • New Life Guards and Summer Pool Action

    Karen Lipska|Jun 20, 2024

    Summer is coming and the weather is heating up. It is always great to go to the pool to have a little cool down time and have fun with friends. The Pine Bluffs Pool has been open since May 28th, but the weather has been very difficult with lightning and cool temperatures. There are 12 life guards this year for the pool in Pine Bluffs. They are Avery Sweeter, Carl Fornstrom, Emily McGaugh, Riggin Cathcart, Makenzie Storm, Damian Petry, Dylan Sweeter, Avery Gray, Abby Gray, Reece Graves, Dylann...

  • Corn Hole Winners

    Jun 20, 2024

  • Youth Basketball Winners

    Jun 20, 2024

  • Basketball Winners

    Jun 20, 2024

  • More Burns Day Events and Results

    Karen Lipska|Jun 20, 2024

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