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  • Local Band - Galactic Lemonz record album

    Karen Lipska|Jul 29, 2021

    Five year old band Galactic Lemonz is a young local three-piece that plays classic rock and metal. The members consist of Jason Weller, guitar/lead vocals, Jessica Weller, bass guitar/vocals, and Carson Rabou, drums. They all have deep family roots in music, including their fathers who played in different bands. Jason is 21 years old, and received his Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Music Education and will continue on to obtain his BA at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. Jessica,...

  • 911 Calling Volunteers

    Warren Wittstruck, Laramie Co. Fire Dist. No. 5|Jul 29, 2021

    June 17th is a day that I won't forget. That day was my first response to a CAD call which was to assist EMS to help rescue a longtime friend. I arrived at the station and nobody was there but two cars parked which means that EMS had already left to respond to this call. So, I reviewed the location of the incident report on my cell phone CAD map and decided to head that way in my own truck. Sure enough, it was the street my friend lived on and I could see the ambulance parked in his driveway....

  • Pine Bluffs Police promote two to sergeants

    Karen Lipska|Jul 29, 2021

    Pine Bluffs Chief of Police Chance Walkama promoted two officers on July 22 at the Pine Bluffs Police Department. Officers Darrin Cregger and Rodney Kemp are now wearing the rank of sergeant. Officer Darrin Cregger's new rank will give him new responsibility: he will be in charge of the firearms, FBI scheduling and NCIC which is the National Crime Information Center. Officer Rodney Kemp will be keeping up the equipment, patrol training and inventory. "This will help streamline leaders. This...

  • Trevor Scott Kimzey

    Jul 29, 2021

    Trevor Scott Kimzey (46) was born January 1, 1975 and passed away July 17, 2021. Trevor graduated from Laramie High School in 1993, where he excelled in wrestling, 4-H and FFA. After graduation Trevor moved to Pine Bluffs to work for family. On August 29, 1996 Trevor's son Chris was born. Trevor and Chris moved back to Laramie to start a family business with his parents. On July 22, 2006 Trevor married Kara Tecklenburg and gained another son Tristan. The family of four bought a small farm in...

  • A spring not to forget!

    Brian Cox PBHS Ag|Jul 29, 2021

    In the spring of 2020 the Pine Bluffs FFA set out to Sheridan March 8th on the last school trip to be taken that year! What a difference one year makes. March 7th we set out on our first overnight trip in a year for vet science, environmental science and resources competitions and feeling of relief and belief that we could go and do things again. For the first time in a year we were on the road again and it was great. The state competitions were spread out this spring and we had our first round of state competitions in Torrington. March 8th...

  • Garlic Scapes

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Jul 29, 2021

    "No, that's not what I said. Not garlic, garlic scapes. Two different things." That's the gist of a brief conversation I had with a friend when I offered her some garlic scapes. It didn't dawn on me that she didn't know what garlic scapes are. She only heard the word "garlic". Although both are from the same plant, they are two different things. Scapes are the flower stalk and flowering part of members of the allium family of plants. Alliums include onions, garlic, chives and several ornamental...

  • Check online for fire restrictions on Game and Fish lands

    Sara DiRienzo Wyoming Game and Fish|Jul 29, 2021

    Cheyenne - Fire danger remains high throughout Wyoming due to hot, dry temperatures. To help protect wildlife habitat and other public lands, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has implemented fire restrictions on many department-managed properties where people camp and recreate. In an effort to keep the public informed, Game and Fish recently launched two new interactive ways to check for fire restrictions on the department website. Anyone planning a trip to a wildlife habitat management area (WHMA) or public access area (PAA) can check a...

  • Former Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi passes

    Jul 29, 2021

    Former Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family. Enzi, 77, sustained serious injuries while riding a bicycle near his home in Gillette on Friday. He was life flighted to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo., but Enzi remained unconscious and was unable to recover from his injuries. His family expressed their deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern that has been shown. They now ask for privacy and continued...

  • Governor Joins Wyomingites in Mourning the Passing of Former U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff

    Jul 29, 2021

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon and all of Wyoming mourn the loss of former United States Senator Mike Enzi, who passed away last night from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident in Gillette. The Governor has ordered both the U.S and Wyoming flags to be lowered immediately to half-staff. They will remain at half-staff until sundown at the day of interment. Once that date has been established, the Governor's office will send out another notification to advise when the flags will be returned to full-staff. Enzi was elected to the U.S. S...

  • Military Monday & More

    Penny Merryfield|Jul 29, 2021

    Each day during Cheyenne Frontier Days, a special event takes place. This included Military Monday. The rodeo grand entry features military transportation through the ages as well as a giant flag in the arena. While many events are parades, rodeos, carnivals, an Indian village and much more; it also includes a large military presence. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are present to do an air show on Cheyenne Day. F. E. Warren hosted Fort DA Russell Days....

  • Photos of the Week

    Jul 29, 2021

  • Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014 is coming to town!

    Jul 29, 2021

    The Big Boy No. 4014, the world's largest steam locomotive, is going on tour starting August 5, 2021. Big Boy will travel through 10 states, beginning in Cheyenne, Wyoming! WHY IT'S IMPORTANT: Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific, the first of which was delivered in 1941 to handle the steep terrain between Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Ogden, Utah. Of the eight still in existence, No. 4014 is the world's only operating Big Boy and the only one still owned by Union Pacific....

  • Pine Bluffs library honors Bill Cushing

    Karen Lipska|Jul 29, 2021

    This weekend was a time to remember Bill Cushing. He was a man that helped the community with his family. On Friday July 23 the Pine Bluffs and Burns libraries gave Mary Cushing a plague honoring Bill Cushing, who was allways helping with the reading programs. When there was a special event, he would volunteer to help set up and be there to enjoy learning about different books. The Cushing Family has donated some of the memorial money to the summer reading programs of the two libraries. This...

  • Scam attempt targets Unemployment Insurance recipients

    Jul 29, 2021

    CHEYENNE -- Recently, there have been attempts by scammers to target the personal information of Unemployment Insurance claimants. The scam involves text messages claiming to be from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS). DWS is asking that anyone who receives any text messages claiming to be from DWS to delete them immediately and do not click on any links within the messages. Clicking the link may allow scammers access to personal data. DWS does not use text messaging. We will communicate with claimants through the...

  • Beneath These Western Skies

    Pine Bluffs Trail Days Committee|Jul 29, 2021

    If you have helped our neighbors in Burns, Grover and Albin celebrate their communities, you have seen the smiles of the 2021 Pine Bluffs Trail Days royalty riding through the parades and visiting with friends new and old. These young ladies have been promoting the 71st Annual Pine Bluffs Trail Days by showing the locals that life is better 'Beneath These Western Skies.' Representing Pine Bluffs as the Trail Days Queen is Maegan Madden. Madden is a 2021 graduate of Pine Bluffs High School who...

  • Merchant of Vengeance

    Karen Lipska|Jul 29, 2021

    The melodrama is back and in full swing with practices. They are gearing up for the Trail Days celebration August 5th through 7th. It will be performed in the Pine Bluffs Historic High School on 607 Elm Street. There will be four performances this year. The melodrama will debut on Thursday Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m, with a second showing Friday at 7:30 p.m., then an early showing Saturday at 5: p.m. with the final curtain call on Saturday at 7:30p.m. The name of the melodrama is "Merchant of Vengeance"...

  • Pine Bluffs Alumni compete in Spartan Race

    Jim Merryfield|Jul 29, 2021

    Alisha Michaud and six other Pine Bluffs High School alumni are active in a worldwide sport. They compete as a team called "Unaware and Unprepared". The sport that they compete in is not your run of the mill sport. It is called the Spartan Race. This is not your average 5K, 10K or 15K race. It is an obstacle course race held in many different places worldwide. They have a 'Trifecta Weekend' in Hawaii. It is designed to test your endurance, agility, stamina and strength. There are 20 obstacles...

  • Sports - learning as well as playing

    Jim Merryfield|Jul 29, 2021

    The best way to teach someone is to do it in a way that they do not know they are learning. With cutbacks and less money for our students it is becoming harder to keep some vital classes in our schools. A classroom can take on many different looks and a teacher can be anyone who teaches our children lessons that they can use in life. A football field, a volleyball court, a baseball diamond. These too could be considered a classroom. Yes there are some that disagree with this. I would argue that sports is a vital class. I would hope that we can...

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