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  • Laramie County School District No. 2 adds new Teachers/Staff

    Karen Lipska|Aug 17, 2023

    The leaves are changing and the weather has a bit of coolness in the air. Once we get to August it always means that it's school time again. A person can look at it as a fresh start of the year for all schools. New year, new students, new moving to a different grade and new teachers. Laramie County School District #2 has 19 new personnel in the district. It is always great to have a change. The school district has a new School Psychologist that's district wide. Her name is Stacy Meester. She is...

  • New RMS System for PB Police Department

    Penny Merryfield|Aug 17, 2023

    The reading of Resolution 2024-02 was done by Mayor Justin Fornstrom after the normal start of the Town of Pine Bluffs Town council for August 14th. The Mayor did lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to start the meeting, which was followed by motions to accept the agenda, and the Consent Agenda. Standing in for the town’s attorney Alex Davison was attorney Michael Roley. After the reading of Resolution 2024-02, Councilmember Allie Leitza made a motion to accept Resolution 2024-02, which was seconded by Councilmember Janna Kestner. This...

  • Numerous Fees Discussed in depth at Council Meeting

    Karen Lipska|Aug 17, 2023

    The discussion of different fees was at the Burns Town Council meeting on August 14th at 6:30 p.m. The council needed to adjust a few things for the night. Councilmember Rick Lakin had an emergency at his work so he was not able to attend the meeting. The other adjustment was Town Clerk Toni Shiery was having some issues with her shoulder. Councilmember Judy Johnstone was helping to keep the meeting minutes for the night. Shiery said, “ I can use the computer but cannot write yet.” In public comments Troy Whiteley voiced his concern about...

  • LC Sheriff's put on new equipment demonstration

    Karen Lipska|Aug 17, 2023

    There were tents set up and a truck was ready for law enforcement in the area to look at new equipment of the Axon Company and the Verizon Company. This was a demonstration put on by the West Coast Roadshow for personnel of law enforcement. Laramie County Sheriff Brian Kozak had invited the media to see some of the new equipment that the Laramie County Sheriff's Department will be getting. Laramie County Undersheriff Chance Walkama explained about some of the equipment, which will be new...

  • The Mayor's Message

    Justin Fornstrom Mayor|Aug 17, 2023

    I start this month’s message proud to be a citizen of Pine Bluffs that annually celebrates our many traditions associated with Trail Days. This year seemed especially vibrant with numerous activities that ranged over all ages and interests. The significant efforts of the volunteers are appreciated and applauded. One event I’d like to highlight is the annual brick ceremony held on Sunday at the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza. The American Legion Post 60 deserves credit for hosting a great event honoring those who have served and sacrificed for...

  • Wyoming Business Council Launches Platform to Promote Locally Sourced Food & Beverages

    Aug 17, 2023

    Cheyenne, Wyo - The Wyoming Business Council (WBC) is proud to announce the launch of Wyoming Table - a new online directory connecting in-state ranchers, farmers, distillers, brewers, and other producers with interested buyers so they can purchase high-quality, locally-made food and beverages. In conjunction with the Wyoming State Fair, the WBC is launching the first phase of the directory on August 15, 2023. From beer to beef, corn to spirits, and honey to eggs, Wyoming producers are encouraged to list their products in the directory in...

  • Girl Scout STEM Van Coming to Pine Bluffs, WY

    Aug 17, 2023

    Billings, MT-August, 9 2023-Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (GSMW) will be bringing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programming to Pine Bluffs, WY on Friday, August 25 from 9:00am – 11:00am with their Mobile STEM Learning Center. Programming will take place at Pine Bluffs City Park. All programming is free and open to girls in grades K-12. The Mobile STEM Learning Center is a new resource to GSMW that will provide valuable programming to girls across 78 communities across...

  • Roses are Everybody's Flower

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Aug 17, 2023

    Roses seem to be a favorite flower for everybody, even those who don't grow them. They come in every color under the rainbow plus a few others. They're large. They're small. Some have double blooms and some are single. Most smell sweet but some have almost no scent at all. Most have thorns but not all. But whatever the characteristic, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The history of roses is about as long as the history of the world. One...

  • True Troupe performs at Pine Bluffs City Park

    Penny Merryfield|Aug 17, 2023

    As the actors and actresses prepared for their performance, a small but appreciative audience settled in their chairs waiting for the night's performance to start. Everything was set up, including the evening weather and very little wind. This was an omen of a wonderful performance. 'Lady Windermere's Fan' written by Oscar Wilde was performed in Pine Bluffs City Park by True Troupe. It was directed by Katie Overstreet and Adri True. Brielle Bristol was the stage manager, and her assistant was...

  • A Real Who Done It for Trail Days Melodrama

    Karen Lipska|Aug 17, 2023

    The Trail Days Melodrama wasn't exactly a melodrama now was it? It seems it had a different take for this year. It was a "who done it" mystery instead of a western like in the past. The cast decided on a change and the people enjoyed it. There were a few changes for this year. Instead of being in the little theatre, they moved it to the main gym at the Pine Bluffs Historic High School. Also, two dinners were added with a show. This was one way the people could meet the cast before the show and...

  • 86 Teams compete in Friday Night Roping Series

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 17, 2023

    It was an almost perfect day for roping last Friday and the Pine Bluffs Roping Club took full advantage of the weather. The arena was a little dry and dust would hang in the air, but a slight breeze would come up and clear it out. As the sun set the temperature dropped and became perfect for roping. The club held their weekly team roping competition and it was well attended. A total of 44 cowboys and cowgirls signed up to compete. The computer selected 86 teams for the evening, the season's...

  • 13th Annual Covered Wagon Car Show brings out the best in the area

    Karen Lipska|Aug 17, 2023

    For the last 13 years the annual Covered Wagon and Bike show has been happening at Trail Days. Jeff Weller, coordinator of the event thought it was 14 years but he stood corrected. Time goes by fast like cars. Weller said, "I apologize for not getting the number right on the years." Every year the south street of the Knotty Pine Saloon and the parking lot is filled with cars, trucks, and motorcycles. There were some return competitors and a few new ones, too. This year there were six motorcycles...

  • Practice Starts for Pine Bluffs Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 17, 2023

    The road to the state championship is long and hard. The Pine Bluffs Hornets football team started down that road this week. The team actually had a football camp the week after school let out but this is the first practice of the 2023/24 year. Coach Gray has high hopes for the team this year. "Lots of good kids are coming back this year. It is just a matter of finding out their strengths and putting them in the right spot." He also added, "Graduation hit a lot of the schools hard. The...

  • Broncs Cross Country Start season with heavy practice

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 17, 2023

    The Burns half of the cross-county team were out hitting the streets this week in preparation of the 2023/24 cross-country track season. Assistant Coach Robin Ramirez was out with the runners enjoying the morning. This is Ramirez's first year at Burns as a coach. She has coached in Cheyenne at a couple of schools for six years. She is looking forward to the season. Brook Hoffman is the head coach and this is his first year as head coach. Hoffman took over from Coach Clayson this year. Of this ye...

  • Cross Country Teams begin Practice for the Season

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 17, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs/Burns cross country track team started their 2023/24 this week. The Pine Bluffs team practiced on the school track for warm-ups then hit the road for some mileage. Head Coach Ashley Rousseau said, "it will be individual accomplishments that will stand out this year. The conference that they are in is very competitive and schools are much larger." She has high hopes for some of the members that are returning. There are 12 seniors returning this year. Ten of them have been with...

  • Burns Broncs hit the field for Practice

    Jim Merryfield|Aug 17, 2023

    The Burns Broncs football team was working on conditioning their intellectual level of the game Tuesday morning. Brain power is just as important as physical conditioning. If you can get a visual idea of what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong you learn and can fix it and or make it better. On this day the team was studying films in the morning after their physical conditioning practice. Exercising both the body and brain can only benefit for the individual and the team. Good luck Broncs and hope to see you in the...

  • Bands and Music of Trail Days

    Karen Lipska|Aug 17, 2023

    Trail days are full of activities along with music throughout the time. There were four bands that performed for the weekend. The first band was at Pine Bluffs Distilling after the Toast to Trail Days with the Town Council. It was City Creek Band from Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. They played country and rock & roll music. It ranged from Chris LeDoux, to Beyonce, and even Nirvana. If they don't t a song the members are willing to learn the music on the spot. They have opened for National mu...

  • Curt Gowdy State Park to host multi-sport accessibility event

    Aug 17, 2023

    Curt Gowdy State Park joined by Adaptive Adventures and the Cheyenne Veterans Administration presents a multi-sport day showcasing adaptive equipment for individuals with accessibility needs in the outdoors. This exciting event, scheduled for August 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will help guests with accessibility needs discover a community that can help them recreate outside. "Adaptive Adventures is excited to partner with Curt Gowdy State Park and the Cheyenne VA Medical Center to bring this incl...

  • Bushnell Day - Saturday, August 19

    Penny Merryfield with Roberta Marshall|Aug 17, 2023

    This fun trip is just a short distance away. Bushnell, Nebraska seems like a trip back in time with it's dirt roads, neighborly atmosphere and great small town values, but don't let that fool you. Bushnell is a wonderful active town and it has penned as the Bushnell Day theme - "Penning the Past, Framing the Future" with all of the above with in that frame of thought. At last year's Bushnell Day, a visitor to the town was talking while in line for food, and was overheard saying, "This has been...