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  • Katelyn Bach travels to Portugal for World Youth Day with Pope Francis

    Penny Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    During a recent Council of Catholic Women of Saint Paul's meeting Katelyn Bach gave a report with photos on her trip of a lifetime to Lisbon Portugal for world youth day . Bach, representing Burns, Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, her college, Chadron, Nebraska, and the United States, set out on a journey to participate in World Youth Day with Pope Francis. However, this trip started out rough. When Bach was asked for her current passport, in error she had sent her passport from when she was a little girl...

  • Burns Town Council works on drainage for in town

    Karen Lipska|Oct 26, 2023

    The Burns Town Council is working on town drainage and new signs. The Burns Town council met on October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. There are still people upset in Burns. Barbara Steege said, “I have been a member of this community for 45 years. My late husband was born and raised here. I think you would be hard-pressed to find people like Okie, (Mayor Jim Clark ) who are not related run for office or etc. in a small town. It just happens. But at the last council meeting it got a lot of publicity. I did read the paper online. I was a little upset that a...

  • Students of the Quarter receive awards from local Lions Club

    Karen Lipska|Oct 26, 2023

    Every quarter a student foam both high schools, Burns and Pine Bluffs get rewarded for their hard work. The Lions Clubs of Burns and Pine Bluffs like to encourage students to be successful. On October 17th the Pine Bluffs Lions Club was the host of the Student of the Quarter awards. They invited the parents and the students to attend their meeting, in addition to receiving a great meal. This is one way for parents to understand the Lions Club. The organization is incredible in helping others....

  • Janet Marie Rundell

    Oct 26, 2023

    Janet Marie Rundell, 74, of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, passed away October 18, 2023 at her home. She is survived by her husband, Eligah; sons, Chris (Carmen) Rundell and Family, and Jeff (Sherry) Rundell and Family; brothers, John (Sue) Craig and Family, Brian (Tammy) Craig; sister, Melissa Craig; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Janet was a great lover of spring and the birth and rebirth of all small things, especially animals and flowers. Memorial services will be at the Albin Community...

  • Wyoming Humanities announces statewide sites for tour of latest Smithsonian exhibit, Spark!

    Oct 26, 2023

    Wyoming Humanities is pleased to share the six sites it has selected for the statewide tour of the Smithsonian Institute’s exhibit, Spark! Places of Innovation. The exhibition is part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMs) program, which helps to bring high quality tours to towns across America. The Wyoming tour kicks off in May 2024. Spark! Places of Innovation takes visitors on a journey through time and place across America to discover the stories of people who lived, worked, played, collaborated, adapted, took risks, solved pro...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Oct 26, 2023

    Phoenix Cerenil was a young girl, raised in Pine Bluffs. She played at the town park. She rode her bike up & down the town streets. She played sports with other Pine Bluffs kids her age. She went to school at Pine Bluffs Elementary, Junior High, & High School just like her father, mother, aunts, uncles, siblings, & cousins before (and after) her. She was viciously attacked & strangled to death June 15th. After it was discovered her killer took the time to video her murder and post it to social media, he was charged with 1st degree murder. He...

  • Food Bank of Wyoming Receives over 12,000 Pounds of Potatoes from Annual Potato Harvest

    Oct 26, 2023

    Through joint efforts of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) and the University of Wyoming Extension’s Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP), Food Bank of Wyoming was once again the recipient of over 12,500 pounds of potatoes harvested through the annual Potato Harvest. Quickly becoming a fall tradition, the Potato Harvest began in 2021 through SAREC, a UW Agriculture Experiment Station located in Lingle, Wyoming. The potatoes are part of SAREC’s outreach efforts to connect the area’s youth to agriculture. After the f...

  • Trunk-or-Treat and Halloween concert returning to LCCC

    Oct 26, 2023

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming – Fun-filled activities fit for the whole family are coming to Laramie County Community College Oct. 29 with a Trunk-or-Treat event and The Return of the Music That Goes Bump in the Night concert. Both events are free and open to the public. Trunk-or-treat begins at 1:30 p.m. in parking lot A near the Surbrugg/Prentice Auditorium. Everyone is invited to wear costumes. A large turnout is expected, so trunk-or-treaters are encouraged to arrive early so they can make sure to catch the concert afterward. “Trunk-or-treat is one...

  • State FFA Officers visit with Pine Bluffs Chapter

    Karen Lipska|Oct 26, 2023

    There were special visitors that come to Pine Bluffs High School. Pine Bluffs Future Farmers of America members are always learning about their organization and received some awards. This time they got a little help with two visitors from the state FFA office. FFA State officers, President Larkin Williams and second Vice President Kinley Anderson made a visit to Pine Bluffs. The officers are grouped in two's to touch each chapter. They work with the younger ones about the organization. They...

  • St. Paul's Fall Dinner

    Karen Lipska|Oct 26, 2023

    Fall! That time of year where you can feel that amazing change in the weather. The mornings are crisp, the day warm and the evenings cool. The leaves are changing on the trees, growing has slowed down and folks look forward to baking, casseroles and the oh so delicious fall dinner. Everyone in the communities look forward to the annual St. Paul's Fall Turkey Dinner held on October 22nd. St. Paul's Catholic women started this event to raise money for different causes in the past. Now this dinner...

  • Burns Oktoberfest 2023

    Karen Lipska|Oct 26, 2023

    The town of Burns was full of excitement with school activities and people getting ready to have a great time for the evening. The second annual Oktoberfest was held on October 21st and hosted by the Burns Lions Club. People were rip roaring ready to have some German food and drink. Though most people in this area just want great food and something cold to drink on a warm evening. The food served was kielbasa with sauerkraut and cabbage burgers. There was a choice of the just the item or a full...

  • Hornets blown away 20-30 by Southeast Cyclones

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    After starting the season off with a 6-0 record the Hornets varsity football team has lost their last two regular season games. Most recently the Hornets lost to the Southeast Cyclones 20-30. It was a disappointing loss for the Hornets but did not knock them out of the post season. The loss takes the team to 5-2 in conference play and knocks them down to third in the conference. The Hornets will travel to Big Horn for their first playoff game. The Hornets had 325 total yards in the game. They...

  • Burns Lady Broncs take down the Lady Doggers 3-2

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    The Burns Lady Broncs varsity volleyball team faced the hard hitting Lingle/Ft Laramie Lady Doggers in a conference match that pitted the #3 seated Lady Doggers against the #2 seated Lady Broncs. The Lady Broncs were able to take the game but it took them all five games to accomplish it. The Lady Broncs started off slowly with Brooke Hansen getting the first point for the Lady Broncs. Hansen and Barrett were able to block a kill shot from the Lady Doggers and Sadie Barrett got a kill shot to...

  • Burns Lady Broncs take No. 1 seat

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    The number two seated Burns Lady Broncs varsity volleyball team hosted the number one seated Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets in conference game last Saturday. The Lady Broncs are last years state champions and are looking to repeat this year. One of the teams that will be standing in their way will be the Lady Hornets and a win here would give the Lady Broncs a huge morale boost heading into the post season. The Lady Broncs would win the game, but it was not easy. With the win the Lady Broncs take...

  • Lady Hornets have tough loss to the Lady Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    The number one seated Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets varsity volleyball team traveled the freeway to the number two seated and last year's state champions Burns Lady Broncs home. The Lady Hornets are coming off a great win against the number one seat in the 1A Conference Southeast Cyclones and were looking to extend their record. The Lady Hornets with a 13-10-2 seasonal record and a 4-1 conference record are looking ahead to the post-season tournaments with great enthusiasm. The game would be of champ...

  • Lady Hornets unwind the Cyclones 3-1

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    The Lady Hornets traveled to the home of the Southeast Lady Cyclones last Friday to face the Lady Cyclones on the court. The Lady Hornets are seated #1 in the Southeast conference just ahead of the Burns Lady Broncs whom they will face on Saturday. The Lady Hornets were looking for some momentum heading into tomorrow’s game and wanted the win. The Lady Hornets were on point in the game and won the match 3-1. Jessica Hoffman was hot hitting 19 kill shots in the game and three blocked shots. Kelsie Bymer and Kaylea Bymer were on target with t...

  • B/PB Cross Country compete at State

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    Last Saturday the Pine Bluffs/Burns cross country track team competed in the state cross country meet. The meet was held at the Cheyenne Country Club. All Wyoming Schools run at the same meet for State—but in their respective classifications. Coach Rousseau said, “Coach Manlove would always remind us— today was a great day for an XC Race.” The weather is perfect. The course is flat. The kids were filled with the good kind of nerves too. Coach Rousseau admitted, “I was okay–all day EXCEPT when our kids took the line. The minutes before the...

  • Broncs fall to Big Horn Rams 16-62

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    In what has to be a very disappointing season for the Burns Broncs varsity football team the team traveled to Big Horn to face the Rams in a conference game and their last seasonal game. The Rams are seated #1 in the 2A east conference and have a conference record of 7-0. The Broncs could not hold the powerful Rams offense and could not get around their defense until the last quarter. The Rams were able to score 21 points in the first and second quarters to take a 42-0 lead into the half time break. The Rams then came back in the third quarter...

  • Burns/Pine Bluffs JH Wrestlers compete in Thunderdome Throw

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    The Burns/Pine Blufffs Junior High wrestling team traveled to Carey Junior High School to compete in the Thunderdome Throwdown meet. A total of 10 teams came to compete in the meet. Below is a list of the wrestlers that placed. First Place Finishers: Jesse Gortney, Gavyn Muirhead, LJ Hansen, Jax Thurin, Hunter Miller, Xander Wilson, Koah S Orenson, Joey Mohren Second Place Finishers: Michael Reed, Fletcher Hansen, Dominic Hoffman, Sheldon Nokes, Levi Gasner, Rowdy Boykin, Coby Haws, Jaxon...

  • Lady Broncs Senior Night Volleyball

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    The Burns Lady Broncs varsity volleyball team had senior night on Friday just before their game against the Lingle/Ft Laramie Lady Doggers. Nine seniors were playing their last couple of games at home and the players, and their parents were honored on this night. First out of the chute was Serenity Burkett. Burkett played for three years and then decided she wanted to be the manager. Burkett is also on the track and field team and wanted to concentrate on that area of athletics. She also wanted...

  • Lady Hornets Senior Night - Volleyball

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets will be graduating seven seniors from the varsity volleyball team this year. Some of the starters will be heading off to continue their athletic careers at colleges and universities across the Midwest. Janie Davis who is the teams Libero will be heading to either LCCC or Casper to become a nurse. Davis said that her senior year in volleyball is one of the best memories that she will be taking with her. She would like to be remembered as a nice person and open to ever...

  • Lady Broncs JV

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    The Burns Lady Broncs junior varsity volleyball team took on the Lingle/Ft Laramie Lady Doggers last Friday evening. The Lady Broncs had their hands full with the Lady Doggers who kept up with the Lady Broncs in both games. The Lady Broncs won the game 2-0 with great defense and strong offense. In game one the teams traded serves and points to start the game. The Lady Doggers get a point ahead and Kenadie Lakin got a nice set from Josie Barrett and nailed a cross court shot that tied the game...

  • Lady Hornets JV

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    The Burns Lady Broncs junior varsity volleyball team hosted the Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets junior varsity volleyball team last Saturday. Both teams looked to be ready to play and hungry for a win. The Lady Broncs were poised and ready to play. The Lady Broncs won the game 2-0. Game one started off with both teams exchanging points. Back and forth the serve would go. Brooklyn Kopetzky blocked a shot from the Lady Hornets and scored a point. Both teams' defense was on target and playing hard....

  • Game of the Week!

    Jim Merryfield|Oct 26, 2023

    In what could be called the Game of the Week the #1 seated Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets varsity volleyball team took on the State Champions Burns Lady Broncs in a head-to-head game in Burns. The game was everything you would expect from two powerhouse teams wanting to better their seat in the regionals and state tournaments. Watching the game, you would have thought that the championship title was on the line. The Burns Lady Broncs would come out on top in this match up but not without working hard...

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