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  • Union Pacific's Big Boy 4014 stop in Pine Bluffs

    Karen Lipska|Jul 6, 2023

    The steam is rolling out of the spout and the engine is still chugging after all these years. Big Boy 4014 was in Pine Bluffs Monday, July 3rd.This is the last stop of Union Pacific's Home Plate tour to Omaha, Nebraska and special stop because two ticket holders are riding to Cheyenne in the engine. There were only 25 Big Boy engines built and only seven survived throughout the years. Most of the engines are on display in museums throughout the United States. But Big Boy 4014 is still running...

  • North Housing Development discussed at length

    Jim Merryfield|Jul 6, 2023

    The town council of Pine Bluffs met in a non-scheduled meeting last Wednesday. The meeting was called to order by the mayor at 4:30 p. m. The meeting followed the agenda with consent agenda items and claims being discussed and approved. Also approved was the adoption of resolution 2023-07 which, authorized the submission of an application for federal funding through the transportation alternatives program administered by the Wyoming Department of Transportation for the town of Pine bluffs for the Purpose of the Pedestrian/ADA improvement...

  • 'Snakes Alive'... in the grass, in the trees Watch out for the slithering snakes

    Karen Lipska|Jul 6, 2023

    The sun is shining, the grass is growing, and the summer season is here. In Wyoming, this is the time to be extra cautious for snakes. As people are out getting exercise, and love to hike it comes with danger. There are several kinds of snakes in the state of Wyoming. But the main ones are garter snakes, bull snakes, gopher snakes and rattle snakes. The most dangerous snake is the rattle snake. They love to slither along the ground but they also climb trees, hide in the bushes, and hide in rock...

  • Spring 2023 Dean's Academic Honor List

    Jul 6, 2023

    WACO, Texas (June 16, 2023) – More than 5,000 Baylor University students have been named to the Spring 2023 Dean's Academic Honor List, which recognizes Baylor undergraduates for their outstanding academic work during each semester. Students honored on the Dean's List earned a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.70 with no grade lower than a "C" while enrolled in at least 12 graded semester hours. Grace F Steenbergen, Pine Bluffs, WY 82082 College of Arts & Sciences NOTE: Dean's...

  • Estate planning and Alzheimer's go hand in hand

    Jul 6, 2023

    For the families of the 10,000+ Wyomingites living with Alzheimer’s, the cost of caring for loved ones with the disease, not to mention the emotional strain it often puts on families, can create challenges that risk draining financial resources and putting loved ones in conflict with one another. Since more than 1 in 9 people across the United States (11.3%) age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association of Wyoming, it is important for families to anticipate the worst-case scenario and plan for two im...

  • Indicators of a Healthy Pasture

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Jul 6, 2023

    A healthy pasture is a good thing whether you have five acres or five thousand acres. Farmers and ranchers have a great understanding of the soil and what it takes to keep their pastures healthy but for the rest of us, most haven't had the training or experience necessary to know what it takes to keep our pastures healthy. I've had a running conversation on social media for the last few days concerning dalmatian toadflax. It seems as though it has grown with a vengeance this year. I thought I ha...

  • Laramie County's First Annual National Night Out

    Jul 6, 2023

    On Tuesday, August 1st, residents throughout Laramie County are being invited to a National Night Out event designed to bring neighbors, businesses, and law enforcement together in partnership against crime in Laramie County. This will be the first time the Sheriff’s Office will host National Night Out events in Laramie County. Sheriff Kozak brought this tradition to Cheyenne when he became the Chief of Police in 2010 and now wants to expand the program into the County neighborhoods. We decided to hold the event at the same time as the Nation...

  • Specialist 4 Robert Kraus A Veteran's Story

    Mike Heath|Jul 6, 2023

    Last week I was honored to meet with Specialist 4 Robert Kraus, US Army, in his home in Sidney, Nebraska. Spec 4 Kraus enlisted in the Army at age 17 and served from 1957 – 1960 in the Army's Special Weapons Project at the Sandia Army Base in New Mexico. The Top Secret base carried on the atomic weapons research, development, design, testing, and training commenced by the Manhattan Project during World War II as well as fabrication, assembly, and storage of nuclear weapons. After completing...

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    Jul 6, 2023

  • Great hiking in the Bluffs

    Karen Lipska|Jul 6, 2023

    A lot of people love to hike or go for a walk, and a good place to explore is the bluffs in Pine Bluffs. Located at the rest area is a map showing the different trails for hikers to explore in the bluffs. This is called the Pine Bluffs Trail System. There are several trails to follow on the bluffs. Whether you're an avid hiker or just wanting a good stretch of the legs there are over 10 different trails in the Bluffs to see. Some of the trails can be driven on some but most are walking trails....

  • Unicorn Magic in the Bluffs

    Karen Lipska|Jul 6, 2023

    The magical mythical creature, the unicorn was present in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming up on top of the bluffs. For the second year in a row the Unicorn Shoot (photo shoot) was hosted by the Pine Bluffs Recreation Department. To a child growing up in a world of make believe, unicorns are one of the creatures a kid believes in. Especially little girls. The question is, are unicorns real or make believe? In history the thought of real unicorns was present in South Asia in 3300 BC to 1300 BC. Someone saw...

  • Pine Bluffs Roping Club starts 2023 Season

    Jim Merryfield|Jul 6, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Roping Club started their 2023 season last Friday at the arena here in Pine Bluffs. The event planned was for team roping. Nineteen ropers from the local area competed in a Jackpot Roping Rodeo. There were 43 teams created all looking for the shortest time to rope the cow. Colter Wilson was one of the youngest ropers at the rodeo. He is a ninth grader from Carpenter and competes in team roping. In an interview with his mother, Christy Wilson, she said, "Colter loves to play hocke...

  • Broncs and Hornets - Coaches and Players picked for Wyoming Coaches Foundation North-South All-Star Games

    Jim Merryfield|Jul 6, 2023

    On June 22nd the annual "Wyoming Coaches Foundation North-South All-Star Games" announced the coaches and athletes that have been selected to participate in the games held in Casper. The games will be held on July 22nd at Casper College. The volleyball match starts at 1 p.m., followed by girls' basketball at approximately 3 p.m. and the boys' basketball at approximately 5 p.m. These games will come at the end of the Wyoming Coaches Association's annual Coaching Clinic, Hall of Fame Banquet, and...

  • Hornets keep their cool in 2022-23 Season

    Jim Merryfield|Jul 6, 2023

    One of the intangibles in athletics is emotion and sometimes those emotions can cross the boundary of good sportsmanship. Players and coaches can get thrown out of games, however, there are far more instances of players and coaches keeping their cool. The Wyoming High School Activities Association has published its annual list of schools that did not have an ejection in the 2022-23 season. The Pine Bluffs Hornets have made the list of schools that did not have an ejection during the 2022-23 sports season. Congratulations to the coaches and...

  • Hell on Wheels Rodeo Rides Again

    Karen Lipska|Jul 6, 2023

    The Archer event center was full of vehicles and horse trailers. The place was packed for the evening for the Hell on Wheels Rodeo and Chuck Wagon dinner. The event is a place for the avid rodeo fan or people that have not seen a rodeo or tasted western food. People come from all over the county to have the experience of the western world. The food was great and the people loved the food. Some would love to have a second helping if they weren't so full from the first one. After the dinner a...

  • Places to go for summer fun - short trip or day trip

    Karen Lipska|Jul 6, 2023

    Do you need to get your family out of the house? Perhaps the kids are bored with the same old thing and need something else to do! Well then, here's something to consider. There are many activities for all ages to be found at The Cheyenne Ice and Events center located at 1530 West Lincolnway in Cheyenne. During the summer months there is a mini golf course, aptly entitled Wyoming Adventure, which features Devil's Tower and Old Faithful with water features. It's a great place to relax and learn t...

  • Places to go for summer fun - short trip or day trip

    Karen Lipska|Jul 6, 2023

    If a person needs a place to relax and that has a touch of the western style, Pine Ranch is the place to explore. Pine Ranch is located 15 miles from Pine Bluffs and 2.8 miles south from the Egbert turn on I-80. This ranch was started by Anne Larson for her love of horses and the western life. Larson said, " It is my way of surviving life." But she loves to show people that being western may not be easy but it is a passion of love for the way of life and love of the land.They have several...