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  • 2022 Pine Bluffs Trail Days

    Karen Lipska|Aug 11, 2022

    There were plenty of activities for the weekend. Trail Days was from August 4th through August 7th. It started out with the Coronation of the queen, Abby Gray, and her attendant, Madelyn Brown of Trail Days 2022 prior to the melodrama. Between the two events it was a packed house at the Historic High School on Thursday night. Friday was swimming in the afternoon at the Pine Bluffs swimming pool, with different games for the kids to play and win prizes. The games had a blow up bull and planes wit...

  • Burns Town Council loses a Councilmember in resignation

    Karen Lipska|Aug 11, 2022

    It was a shocking night with a council member resigning. The Burns council met on August 8th at 6:30 p.m. The night started out with the normal consent agenda approval. There was one concerned resident about the drainage of the development on the west side of town. The council had not heard back from the company that is working on the development but they reassured her that they would look into it. For the agenda request there was a renewal of a lease. The council is renewing the lease for The Rustic Plate for a full year. They rent 770 square...

  • Resolutions, Ordinance readings and Trail Days discussed at council

    Penny Merryfield|Aug 11, 2022

    Mayor Justin Fornstrom called the monthly meeting to order at 7 p.m.for the Town of Pine Bluffs. He welcomed everyone and lead the council and visitors in the Pledge of Allegiance. Getting down to business, Councilmember Allie Leitza made a motion to accept the agenda. It was seconded and passed then moved on to the consent agenda. The Consent agenda which included the following: 1. Review and Approve: a. Special Meeting Minutes, July 27, 2022 b. Committee of the Whole Minutes, July 27, 2022 2. Consideration of Claims and Payroll 3. Building...

  • Esther Joanne Weaver Blake

    Aug 11, 2022

    Esther Joanne Weaver Blake, of Fort Collins, Colorado, passed peacefully into the presence of her Savior, Jesus Christ, in her home in Fort Collins, Colorado, surrounded by her family and her loyal dog Milly, on July 1, 2022, at the age of 88. Joanne was born in Paola, Kansas on July 4, 1934. The family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming where Joanne graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1952. She was employed by Cheyenne Light and Power Company, and soon after met her husband of sixty-nine years,...

  • Plants are Nature's Air Freshners

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Aug 11, 2022

    Have you ever wondered why you can walk into some homes and they just smell fresh? Not heavy with scents, but just fresh? If you look around you will most likely find several plants around the house. Not necessarily flowering plants, although they are the most fragrant, but a wide variety of plants. Fragrances can overpower odors but respiration will remove odors. Some people will be skeptical. Can plants really purify the air in our homes? That's a good question. Some researchers, such as...

  • August 2022 Agent Orange Awareness Month

    Aug 11, 2022

    GOVERNOR GORDON DECLARES AUGUST AS AGENT ORANGE AWARENESS MONTH Governor Gordon has signed a proclamation pro- claiming August 2022 to be Agent Orange Awareness month. He encourages all of the Wyoming citizens to recognize these veterans and the adverse effects of exposure to Agent Orange. Agent Orange exposure and VA disability compensation Agent Orange was a tactical herbicide the U.S. military used to clear leaves and vegetation for military operations mainly during the Vietnam War. Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange may have certain...

  • Exposing the Bully

    Mike Heath|Aug 11, 2022

    This has been one of the most intense campaign seasons I’ve ever experienced and I’ve been involved in politics in Laramie County since 1991. There have been allegations and facts coming out about several candidates, many that are true and some that probably aren’t. And some that I have no idea. Some of the truths I’ve known about for a long time but have never mentioned. However, when another candidate outside of my sphere posts comments that I’ve known to be true for years, I feel compelled to let you know. Such is the case with a...

  • PINE BLUFF'S PIONEER PARK GAZEBO

    L. Silvey|Aug 11, 2022

    After considerable delay and false starts the Pine Bluff's Pioneer Park Gazebo has become a reality of downtown Main Street at the north end of town. Over three years ago the idea of a gazebo in the small park in downtown Pine Bluffs was discussed as an option to replace the huge pine tree that had been destroyed by a devastating hail storm. Various suggestions were offered for the type, shape and size of the gazebo were considered over the next several months. A final decision was made by the Pine Bluffs B & M Committee and the structure was o...

  • Purple Heart, Unknown Soldier - new bricks placed at Veterans Memorial Plaza

    Penny Merryfield|Aug 11, 2022

    Honoring eight veterans with memorial bricks in the Veteran Memorial Plaza took place on Sunday, August 7. This event was held by the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60 and Auxiliary Unit 60 of Pine Bluffs. Guest speaker for the event was Timothy Sheppard, Director of the Veterans Commission for the State of Wyoming. In attendance were veterans placing their bricks as well as family and friends. Also in attendance was Pine Bluffs Mayor - Justin Fornstrom and his wife Kara. Assisting with...

  • From Royalty to Stardom - a Night to Remember

    Karen Lipska|Aug 11, 2022

    The room was packed with excitement for the evening. The Pony Espresso or ... The Villain came to a Grinding Halt was the title of this years melodrama. But first was the coronation for the Queen of Trail Days. Council member and Chair woman for Trail Days Allie Leitza was the announcer for this event. Madelyn Brown was announced as the attendant for 2021-2022. She loves to run and is in Future Business Leaders of America. Next was Queen Abby Gray for 2021-2022. Queen Gray is going to be a...

  • Horseshoe Tournament in full swing

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 11, 2022

    The Trail Days Horseshoe Tournament was held on Saturday Aug 6th. Citizens are still concerned about large gatherings but still there was a good turnout for the event. There were eight teams that competed in the tournament mostly Pine Bluffs residents. Each team consisted of two participants and played in a round robin contest. All contestants were from Pine Bluffs except as noted. The team of Brian Andreas (from Cheyenne) and Anthony Garcia took top honors. Zach Fornstrom and Dolly Sanders...

  • Hornets' Stu Lerwick named Prep Athlete of the Year

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 11, 2022

    Stuart Lerwick, the Pine Bluffs Hornets football and basketball stand-out athlete has another title to his credits. Lerwick has been named as the Wyoming News Now Prep Athlete of the Year. Lerwick who will be a senior in the 2022-23 season is considered as one of the best athletes in Laramie County and the state of Wyoming. Lerwick is a two-time All-State honoree in football and basketball. He led the 1A-9 Man football league in passing yards with 2,215, passing completion with 63.5% and...

  • Trail Days Annual Longhorn Stampede 5K run

    Karen Lipska|Aug 11, 2022

    The shoes are tied and the Fitbits were checked for start time. The annual Longhorn Stampede 5K fun run/walk was on Saturday August 6th at 7:00 a.m. There were 48 runners and seven dogs. Some participants pre-registered and others registered on the day of the 5K. The ages ranged from 14 to 70 years and possibly older. The participants are divided into different age categories. Friends, families, and individuals enjoyed the time competing on a calm, cool morning just right for a race. Each partic...

  • 2022 Trail Days Events Swimming the day away!

    Aug 11, 2022

  • Fun in the Mud.. Mud Volleyball!!

    Karen Lipska|Aug 11, 2022

    A beautiful morning dawning cool with scattered clouds in the sky. The perfect day for folks to get together and have a little or a lot of fun. Water, mud, and lots of bumping the volleyball was on the roster for the day. Sunday August 7th out at Pine Bluffs Distilling was Mud Volleyball. There were 24 teams with three courts. The fans were cheering the teams on in a double elimination bracket. It started at 10:00 a.m. and ended around 5:00 p.m. Some of the teams played forever according to the...

  • More Trail Days 2022

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