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  • The rocket's red glare

    Jimmie Earls, Pine Bluffs Post Editor|Jul 7, 2016

    A year's worth of donations and planning went up in smoke last Monday as Laramie County Fire District #5 set off its annual firework display in Pine Bluffs. The cost of the patriotic extravaganza was covered by donations collected by firefighters throughout the year. Nearly 100 spectators gathered in town to watch the display, which lasted approximately 30 minutes....

  • Save this column! Readers chime in about their favorite back roads

    Bill Sniffin|Jul 7, 2016

    Although Wyoming has outstanding interstate freeways and high quality two-lane highways, if you want to get a good discussion started, just mention your favorite back roads. I did that in last week’s column about my favorites and the response was terrific. For example: Pat Schmidt of Cheyenne: “The Transpark Highway from Lovell through Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. It was meant to go clear to Hardin, Mont., tracing the west edge of the canyon, but was halted a short distance into Mont...

  • Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Cox

    Jul 7, 2016

    Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Cox, 94, passed away on June 21, 2016 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. She was born to Thomas and Elizabeth Walker in Chicago, Illinois on November 19, 1921. As a young girl, Betty studied dance and was an accomplished rider. She participated in several one- hundred mile endurance rides, and always brought her horse back, in good condition. At age 19, she married Wyoming rancher Mark T. Cox III who shared her love of horses. Together they raised... Full story

  • ATF, DCI investigating Albin man

    Zach Spadt, Pine Bluffs Post|Jul 7, 2016

    The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are investigating an Albin man for drugs and firearms charges. Hector Jasset Reza Colmenerno, 22, appeared in Laramie County Circuit Court Friday. He is charged felony possession of methamphetamine and is facing up to seven years imprisonment, a fine of $15,000 or both. The ATF is also pursuing firearms charges. According to an affidavit of probable cause, it all started with a routine traffic stop. At about 5:30 p.m. on June 28, Colmenero was trav...

  • Season almost over for roping series

    Jimmie Earls, Pine Bluffs Post Editor|Jul 7, 2016

    Well, the heavy rains last Friday forced the cancellation of the Pine Bluffs Summer Roping Series last week, so extra emphasis will be placed on the final night of action this Friday. With several categories decided by just a few points, the scores tomorrow will determine the overall winners. A complete listing of available point totals is on Page 7. Heading into the final week, Kaycee Lake leads Open Header with 15 points, with Kim Cox in second place with 10 points. Clay Rizzuto leads Open...

  • Richard and Louise Person are Albin Day grand marshals

    Submitted|Jul 7, 2016

    The Grand Marshals for the 88th Annual Albin Day are Richard and Louise Person. The Persons celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May. They began dating during their senior year at Albin High School, both graduating in 1954. Richard grew up on a farm just east of Albin in Banner County, Nebraska. Louise grew up on a ranch near Meriden, Wyoming, owned by her great-grandfather. After marrying Louise, Richard brought his wife back to the farm, where he has spent all of his 81 years. In...

  • Banner County News

    Barb Cross|Jul 7, 2016

    Well, the Fourth of July has come and gone. As we shoot off or watch those fireworks, we are reminded of the men and women who have used real gun fire in war after war for us, our country and all that we stand for. We definitely enjoy our family time with picnics, the lake, rodeos and more; however, we must always remember to thank those who have given us those times through their service and sacrifice. The next big event going on in our area is the ever popular Oregon Trail Days. Gering will...

  • Albin News

    Charlene Smith|Jul 7, 2016

    onday night, did you notice all the “candles” being lit for our countries birthday? There may be no fireworks big enough to show our love and respect for the great America, but we sure do try. Another thing we try hard at is keeping our town great. If you have any ideas to improve Albin, take them to the town council meeting July 14 at 7 p.m. The council has an opportunity to apply for 6th Penny Tax funds and would like to encourage you to send them any ideas you might have. If you have any que...

  • Hereford News

    Carolyn Ragsdale|Jul 7, 2016

    For the special this week at the Hereford Community Church Kathy Zitek read some Capsule Sermons then an article from the Freedom Street Press about July 4. The congregation burned their burdens and partook of Holy Communion. The sermon topic was Which Way, America? The scripture was Daniel 9:1-19 which is Daniel’s prayer for the people. Pastor Opdycke suggested that to fix this nation we need to unite the wisdom of the elderly with the energy of the young. Next week the sermon topic will be A...

  • Get ready for Albin Day 88

    Zach Spadt, Pine Bluffs Post|Jul 7, 2016

    It's Albin Day 88, so let's celebrate. That's the motto of this year's Albin Day. The annual event, which occurs the weekend after July 4, is set to begin at 8 a.m. with an FFA breakfast. Other event highlights include children's and adult parades at 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively. Lunch is set for 11:30 a.m. and with fire hose bowling set to begin at 1 p.m. There will also be a 1-pitch softball tournament or adults at 3 p.m. with kids' slip 'n slide kickball and water gun fights occurring concurrently. Arkansas-based country music singer...

  • Wyoming municipalities experiencing significant budget shortfalls

    Wyoming Association of Municipalities|Jul 7, 2016

    Staff members of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities (WAM) attended the recent Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC) meetings in Cheyenne to hear directly about the state’s budget concerns, while understanding first-hand the budget challenges of the cities and towns across the cowboy state. “Governor Mead began the two day JAC meetings by outlining his cut-backs to state agencies beyond what the state legislature approved in their budget session last winter,” stated Deputy Director, Laurie Heath. “The Governor made it very clear that hi...

  • A guide to saving water and your lawn

    StatePoint Media|Jul 7, 2016

    No longer must you choose between your lawn and saving water. Experts say there are ways to save both water and money that won’t hurt your turf. “We often see sprinklers watering sidewalks and drives, running during rain, or sending water down the drain from leaky heads,” says Josh Friell, Ph. D, senior agronomist of The Toro Company’s Center for Advanced Turf Technology. “The good news is there are simple, cost-effective actions homeowners can take to save up to 30 percent in outdoor water usage alone.” Friell recommends these lawn-care...

  • Looking Back

    Jul 7, 2016

    1 Years Ago July 6, 1916 Fats defeat leans in very close contest Contending for the beautiful silver trophy cup, the fat men of Pine Bluffs played the lean men in a closely contested and interesting baseball game last Sunday. The fats carried of the cup and will hold it until this time next year when another similar struggle will take place. This is to be one of the big yearly events in our town. The game was too much of a non-professional one to justify a complete and detailed writeup. Nevertheless, it was beyond doubt the most interesting...

  • USDA announces $8.4 million to support a diverse next generation of farmers and ranchers

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Jul 7, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $8.4 million in competitive grants to support the work of partner organizations that provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, Tribal and Veteran farmers and ranchers. USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, is administered by the Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO). "Diverse experiences, background and education are vital to a healthy...

  • USDA helps rural Wyoming recover from flooding

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Jul 7, 2016

    In June 2015, the town of Lusk was devastated when a thunderstorm dumped six inches of rain that washed out a bridge and flooded surrounding homes and businesses. Ervin Cox, a United States Marine Corps veteran and retired plumber, and his daughter Dixie Blaney, a former dispatcher with the sheriff’s office, were at home at the time when the floodwaters began rising into his mobile home at a rapid pace. "I’ve never seen water come up that high and that fast in my 45 years of living here,” Cox said. “It was over the top of Dixie’s electric wheel...

  • High West Energy offers free Windows 10 upgrades through July 29

    Submitted|Jul 7, 2016

    Last summer, Microsoft made a bargain with current users. Any PC with Windows 7 or Windows 8 installed could download the new operating system update, Windows 10, plus get free operating system updates for years to come. To help make the transition easier, Microsoft pushed out an upgrade advisor through Windows Update to notify eligible users. The upgrade advisor app and the upgrades stop on July 29, 2016, the first anniversary of the Windows 10 launch. After this date, the updates will not be free. For assistance upgrading an operating system...