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  • Albin Days to host two grand Marshals

    Karen Lipska|Jul 1, 2021

    5 Gerald and Alyce Krakow is the 2021 Grand Marshal for Albin Days. Albin Days is Saturday July 10th. Gerald's great-grandparents first homesteaded on the land that is just a little west of where the Krakow's live now. They came here in 1908 from the Indiana and Minnesota area. Gerald lived all his seventy-six years on the ranch. Alyce lived about ten miles from the area. She started at Whitecrest school then went to Albin when the two schools were combined. Both Gerald and Alyce graduated...

  • County test of the Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System

    Jul 1, 2021

    The Cheyenne/Laramie County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Outdoor Warning Siren system promptly at 12:00 p.m. Friday July 2, 2021 for ALL sirens within Laramie County. During an emergency activation the sirens will sound for up to 3 minutes. During the monthly test or maintenance tests, the sirens only sound for 60 seconds. During an actual emergency, when residents hear the sirens they should take cover immediately and tune into a local radio or television station to receive additional emergency information. Residents should...

  • Temporary Closure for the Pine Bluffs Library week of July 5

    Jul 1, 2021

    Due to weather, the closure for last week could not take place. The Pine Bluffs Branch Library will be temporarily closed while a construction crew repairs the concrete in front of the building’s entrance. The closure will now occur the week of July 5. Exact closure dates will be posted on the organization’s website (LaramieCountyLibrary.org) and social media channels, along with updates about reopening. The closure is expected to last for three days. Please call the library in Cheyenne at 307-634-3561 with questions or conc...

  • Leola Lynn Beard

    Jul 1, 2021

    Leola Lynn Beard passed away on June 18th 2021. Family and friends are invited to a meal at the Roy Community Center on Friday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 25th 2021 at the Mills Cemetery in Mills, New Mexico with Randy Beavers officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. Leola was born on May 7th 1956 in Kimball, Nebraska to Donald and Elnora Beavers. Leola was preceded in death by...

  • Fees for Official Certificates and Record Services Increasing

    Wyoming Dept of Health|Jul 1, 2021

    Fees charged by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) for official birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates ordered through Vital Statistics Services (VSS) are increasing July 1. The costs of birth, marriage and divorce certificates will increase by $5 each, with death certificate costs increasing by $10. Fees for searches and other official activities are also increasing by $5. Guy Beaudoin, deputy state registrar with WDH, said all VSS fees were increased as part of department budget adjustments announced last year. “In addition, a n...

  • Fireworks Rules for Pine Bluffs

    Jul 1, 2021

    Special announcement... On July 4th, 2021, Mayor Justin Fornstrom and the Town Council have approved the use of fireworks until 11 PM, for those who wish to join in the celebration of Independence Day! Just like graduation and prior July 4th celebrations, the Police Department would like to remind everyone that while fireworks are fun, they are also dangerous and could potentially damage property, injure someone or start a fire. In addition, please follow the below guidelines: 1. Talk to your neighbors before the show and be aware of people...

  • Wildflowers

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Jul 1, 2021

    For the last couple of weeks my wife has been trying to get me to mow the yard. I'm not saying she was wrong because, frankly, I've been a bit on the lazy/busy side and haven't wanted to take the time to mow it. I will readily admit that it did need it. And still does. My honest excuse is that I don't want to mow the grass until it has a chance to go to seed. To better understand my reasoning you need to know that our yard is all native prairie grass and pretty much resembles the prairie as it...

  • Major McGee retires from the Wyoming Army National Guard

    Sgt Kristina Kranz State Pub Aff Office|Jul 1, 2021

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Many family and friends came out to attend the retirement ceremony for Maj. Michael McGee at the Joint Force Readiness Center on June 12. With 24 years of service, McGee has earned numerous awards throughout his distinguished career, with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart being among them. Among his many accomplishments, McGee earned the top honor of the Chief's 54, now known as the Director's 54, for being the top recruiter in Wyoming. He put over 100 soldiers in the Wyoming A...

  • Independence Day - July 4

    Penny Merryfield|Jul 1, 2021

    For 244 years we, as a nation, have celebrated our independence from the British. Across the country there is fireworks, parades and celebrations. As history tells us of the resolution by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia..."Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is and ought to be, totally dissolved."...

  • Photos of the Week

    Jul 1, 2021

  • Laramie County Community College announce spring 2021 graduates and honor roll

    Jul 1, 2021

    CHEYENNE, WY — Laramie County Community College is proud to announce the list of graduates for the 2021 spring semester and those students earning a place on the president’s and vice president’s honor rolls. Under the list of graduates, students earning high distinction (HD) graduated with a cumulative grade point average between 3.75 and 4.0, and students graduating with distinction (DS) earned a cumulative GPA between 3.5 and 3.74. Students earning president’s honor roll recognition have earned a cumulative 3.75-4.0 GPA, and students on the...

  • Hello from the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council

    Jul 1, 2021

    The rich varieties of habitats found throughout Wyoming are treasured by residents and visitors alike. Recreation, tourism, fishing, hunting, mining and agriculture are all integral to our livelihood. Unfortunately, invasive species are a major threat to Wyoming’s native wildlife and ecosystems, with nearly 50 percent of endangered or threatened species at risk as the result of the spread. Thankfully, Wyoming Weed and Pest Council (WWPC) is the state’s best defense against the spread of invasive weeds and pests. Who We Are: Since 1973, the WWPC...

  • Countywide 4-H shooters compete

    Penny Merryfield|Jul 1, 2021

    Laramie County is the home to over 180 avid 4-H shooting competitors. Shooting sports are just one of the many opportunities available for youth through the 4-H program. This includes youth from the age of eight to eighteen. The objective of shooting sports is to teach youth how to shoot safely and have fun doing it. "It is not necessarily about the competition, but it is a part in which the shooter may find their strengths and weakness in their shooting capabilities." stated Dave Crouse, key...

  • Laramie County Shooting Sports 2021

    Jul 1, 2021

  • Riefschneider attends Summer High School program at UW

    Karen Lipska|Jul 1, 2021

    Andrea Riefschneider was accepted into the University of Wyoming's Summer High School Institute. The program was from June 6 to 26. This is normally for sophomores becoming juniors to apply and attend, but due to COVID-19 this last year they cancelled it. This year the University of Wyoming decided to do last years and this years students through the summer. This program is for three weeks at the University of Wyoming. The students would be studying with university faculty. They will be meeting...

  • Hoffman attends FBLA High School Officers Conference

    Karen Lipska|Jul 1, 2021

    Hayden Hoffman went to her first officer conference for FBLA June 6-8. Hoffman is the new State Parliamentarian for Future Business Leaders of America. She wants to be a big part of the next level of Future Business Leaders of America. Last year we did not get to be this active in the state level because of COVID-19. Hoffman watched other state officers learn new skills to teach other members and decided she wanted to help also. She had always enjoyed parliament in meetings. Fact is, Hoffman...

  • Local students learn all about the showing of sheep

    Karen Lipska|Jul 1, 2021

    Rachael and Jake Macy went to Massey lamb and goat camp in Laramie Wyoming on June 21 and 22th. Mr Brian Cox, Pine Bluffs High School FFA advisor, helps the students get to the camp. As an advisor he has been helping all his students and Future Farmers of America with knowledge for their projects. This camp is to help the students with washing, shearing, feeding, trimming, showing, and showmanship. It is a two day camp with many skills to learn. The Macy's started with shearing their own lambs...

  • Highway Safety and why we need it....

    Warren Wittstruck|Jul 1, 2021

    The Laramie County Fire District No. 5 is sharing a subject that is one of the least discussed in today’s fast pace driving world. It is called by some as Initial Blocking at Highway Incident Scenes. “While on a recent fire call response, I witnessed the importance of knowing basic highway safety rules.” said Firefighter Wittstruck. By state law people are to reduce their traveling speed and move into the left lane. Drivers are to vacate the right lane on an Interstate when approaching a vehicle or emergency equipment parked on the right side...

  • Patriotism

    Mike Heath|Jul 1, 2021

    I was weeding this week while dark, threatening storm clouds were building overhead. As I looked up to check the clouds I saw one of the most beautiful sights an American patriot could imagine. A single ray of sunlight burst through and spotlighted our American flag. The flag, illuminated by sunlight, stood out in stark contrast against the dark clouds. I was suddenly overwhelmed with emotions and thoughts of our nation’s history. My first thought was of Old Glory flying over Fort McHenry where Francis Scott Key penned the poem “The Def...

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