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  • Bringing the brains

    Zach Spadt|Oct 11, 2018

    The Pine Bluffs High School Academic Challenge Team opened their year on on high note with one of its squads placing third at their first competition of the year. Pine Bluffs' second team placed eighth at the event held at Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs. The placing team consisted of Reagan Pachel, Greg Fornstrom, Scott Fornstrom and Diana Sanchez. Other students from Pine Bluffs who competed included Tessa Long, Jude Pachel, Marisol Garcia and Makayla Waiters. Wyoming AcademicChallenge...

  • Pheasants Forever youth hunt planned for Nov. 10

    Zach Spadt|Oct 11, 2018

    Hunting is becoming a lost tradition, says High Plains Pheasants Forever Chapter President Dean Bowman. But it doesn’t have to be that way, he said. By getting people involved at a young age, the tradition can be kept alive for generations to come. Enter the annual Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt. For about 15 years, the High Plains Pheasants Forever Chapter, based in Pine Bluffs, has taken area youths on what is likely their first hunting experience. This year’s hunt is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. at the Silver Wings Hunting Preserve near LaGran...

  • Fall Fest planned Saturday

    Oct 11, 2018

    For the better part of a decade, local organizations have businesses have come together to put on Touch a Truck and Tractor each year. Like its name implies, the event gives children a chance to see heavy equipment like tractors, fire trucks and tractor trailer’s up close. This year, something new is being added to the event: The Pine Bluffs Fall Festival. “We wanted to ramp it up this year — offer a few more things for more people,” said Pine Bluffs Recreation Director Sonja Fornstrom. Fornstrom said 25 different vendors will be set up insi...

  • Rodney D. Johnson

    Oct 11, 2018

    Rodney D. Johnson, 66, of Hereford, CO, died at his home in Hereford on Friday, September 28, 2018. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018 in the Salem Cemetery at Lindbergh, Wyoming. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com com to view Rodney's Tribute wall and leave condolences and messages for the family. Memorials may be given to the family. The services for Rodney have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Rodney Dean Johnson, of Hereford, Colorado was...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Oct 11, 2018

    The Lodging Tax – Unsung Hero of the Laramie County Economy An unsung hero for Laramie County is on the ballot this November 6th. It helps bring in millions of dollars each year, provides thousands of jobs, and contributes substantial taxes. The hero is the Laramie County lodging tax. This tax is paid by visitors who stay overnight in our hotels, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds. Very few local residents pay this tax; only those who stay overnight in one of our lodging establishments do so. Is this a new tax? No. The lodging tax has been in e...

  • Winterizing Your Lawn

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Oct 11, 2018

    We all know that we need to water our lawns and keep them mowed in the summer to keep that healthy well-maintained look. But what to do when winter is just around the corner? Just before winter is when we have that last, hard push to get everything done so that we’re prepared for what we know is coming. Our lawns are no exception and they need to be included in the cold weather preparations. Lawns need to be watered right up until the ground freezes. Plenty of water helps ensure the roots won’t dry out in our harsh weather. Extreme cold, whi...

  • Brand renewals notices

    Oct 11, 2018

    CHEYENNE; Wyoming Livestock Board will be sending out brand renewal notices to all persons owning livestock brands who are due for renewal. You can check our website to see if you are due to renew your brand this year by visiting http://wlsb.state.wy.us. A list is posted under the brand recording section of our website. Renewal notices will be sent to the last known address shown on the brand record so if you are on the list and do not get a notice, please contact us at 307-777-7515 for updates to your records. Notices will be sent out October...

  • FCCLA in Our Community

    Midori Fabela Journalism Student Reporter|Oct 11, 2018

    FCCLA, does it stand for? The answer is Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America. That is just FCCLA does, lead the community in striving to be a better place. Pine Bluffs High School has a small group of participants/students every year that enroll in the class and that should change. Enrollment opportunities are there, the word about this class just needs to be put out there for the students to know what the class is about. The FCCLA's mission statement is, "To promote personal growth...

  • United States Navy A Military Story

    Penny Merryfield|Oct 11, 2018

    The year was 1775,. The Second Continental Congress of the United States passed a resolution creating the Continental Navy. At this time the Continental Navy consisted of converted merchantmen because of the lack of funding, manpower, and resources, with exclusively designed warships being built later. The Continental Navy was a success and stemmed from the efforts of the Continental Congress and patron John Adams. It's main goal was to interrupt British maritime commercial operations. As the...

  • Veterans receive flu shots

    Oct 11, 2018

    Pine Bluffs Senior Center hosted a flu shot clinic for area veterans on Friday, October 5. The Veterans Hospital sent Vicki Woods out to provide flu shots to area veterans from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 60 of Pine Bluffs supplies homemade cookies and orange juice as refreshment after veterans received their flu shots....

  • Pine Bluffs Senior Center host Christmas Craft Fair

    Oct 11, 2018

    With just a mere seventy-five days left before Christmas, the Pine Bluffs Senior Center has jumped into action with their first Christmas Craft Fair of the season. On Saturday, ten plus vendors set up their wares and goods for display at the senior center. Many of the items were Christmas related, and others could be used/worn/eaten any day of the year. Local vendors supplied goods such as honey, jellies, pickles, oils, lotions, hair accessories, crocheted items and more. While there were vendors such as Norwex, Tupperware, WyoHempHub,...

  • Broncs win rivalry game

    Zach Spadt|Oct 11, 2018

    Each year, the rivalry between Pine Bluffs and Burns on the gridiron can feel as important as a playoff game to those who compete in it. Last Friday was no different as the Burns Broncs welcome the Pine Bluffs Hornets into town. Despite playing in different divisions, the schools have historically held a bitter rivalry against each other. This year, it went to Burns, who took advantage of five Pine Bluffs turnovers. Stating the obvious, Pine Bluffs Head Coach Will Gray said you can't commit...

  • Pine Bluffs-Burns runners compete in Cheyenne

    Zach Spadt|Oct 11, 2018

    The 2018 cross country season is quickly winding down for the Burns-Pine Bluffs High School teams and they took one step closer to the final meets of the year Friday in Cheyenne. “Cheyenne is a great ‘home’ meet for us, but it was tough,” said head coach Ashley Rousseau of the meet which featured frigid temperatures and rainy weather. “We were hoping for better times this week, but the weather was against us, freezing our runners and cramping muscles.” For the varsity girls squad, Piper Perez came in 12th with a time of 20:52. She was followe...

  • Lady Hornets netters defeat Burns, improve to 20-4-1

    Zach Spadt|Oct 11, 2018

    The Pine Bluffs High School volleyball team improved to 20-4-1 after defeating Burns on the road last week. Pine Bluffs won all three of its games in the match 25-15, 25-15 and 25-15. “We played solid and were smart with the ball,” said head coach Lisa Gilbert. The Lady Hornets will take on By the numbers: Hyleigh Fornstrom: 6 kills, 11/13 serving (2 aces), 4 stuff blocks, 5 digs Kammie Ragsdale: 11 kills, 18 set assists, 13/14 serving, 5 digs, 1 stuff block Paige Thompson: 8/10 serving (4 aces), 17 set assists, 5 kills, 7 digs Sophie How...

  • New Equipment for a local Athlete

    Charlene Smith|Oct 11, 2018

    You are watching the Pine Bluffs Hornets and Burns Broncs football game. Two teams of boys who have grown up together, swam in the same pool of water and life. You know most of their stories, recognize their faces, may even be neighbors of their parents. And even though you cheer for one team or the other, you appreciate the love of the game in every player. And then, something unique, different, catches your eye on the Burns sidelines. Love isn't always easy, painless or even natural. Derik...

  • The Pine Bluffs Jr High Football

    Oct 11, 2018

    The Pine Bluffs Jr High Football team just won the SEWAC title going undefeated. They beat Burns, SouthEast, Wheatland, Lusk, and Saratoga....

  • Locals compete in chili contest to raise funds for Laramie Christmas Basket at Knotty Pine

    Oct 11, 2018

    The love of chili brought about fifty people to the Knotty Pine Saloon last Saturday for the first Annual Chili Cook Off, a fund raiser to benefit Laramie County Christmas Basket program. The idea behind this fund raiser was borrowed from Bryan "Alf" Grzegorczyk from Alf's Pub and Package Liquor in Cheyenne. This has been an annual event in Cheyenne for several years, and local Pine Bluffs'ites Jan Anderson and Kelly Lesser pulled it together for Pine Bluffs. Once they had made the decision to d...

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