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  • Burns High School hosts Suicide Awareness with Students

    Karen Lipska|Jan 26, 2023

    The loss, no hope, the question why, did I see the signs, extreme emotions come with suicide on both sides of the coin. Prevention, and surviving suicide may come side by side but the difference is a time of trials. The family of Cole Allen who graduated from Burns High School is trying to spread the news of suicide Awareness and Mental Health. Allen was a normal team roper that went to college at Central Arizona College. This happened during the Covid pandemic and the students had to work in...

  • Both Burns Gyms to see major improvements

    Karen Lipska|Jan 26, 2023

    The two gyms are getting a much needed facelift. Burns Town Council Member Joseph Nicholson took several painting businesses through the gyms to show them what needed to be done. Quotes were received from First Class Painters for $51,800 and Proficient Painting for $18,200. After a bit of research as to the quality of paint and jobs completed in the past the job was award to Proficient Painting. Both gym floors will be resurfaced in the near future also. Town Clerk Tony Shiery strongly suggests the work be completed in the month of July....

  • Norma Jean Smith (Phelps)

    Jan 26, 2023

    Norma Jean Smith, 71, of Salome, Arizona and Hereford, CO, born November 12, 1951, passed away December 28, 2022. She was born in Wheatland, WY to Preble and Norma Phelps. She graduated high school from East High School in Cheyenne, WY in 1970 and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a business education degree in 1975. She then taught business for 3 years in Rawlins, WY. On June 17, 1978 she married Gary W. Smith of Carpenter, WY. She then taught business in Grover, CO for 3 years...

  • Soup Contest and Pick a Movie Night at

    Sonja Fornstrom Pine Bluffs Recreation|Jan 26, 2023

    Start brushing up on your culinary skills! Next Friday evening, February 3, the Pine Bluffs Recreation Department will be hosting the 2nd Annual Soup Contest & “Pick A Movie Night” at the Pine Bluffs Community Center. Spend your Friday evening tasting some delicious soups, visiting with friends and neighbors and top the night off relaxing in your favorite portable chair eating popcorn and watching a great movie! The Soup Contest & Movie Night will begin at 6:00pm with soup tasting, something you’re not going to want to miss, it’s a party f...

  • SNHU Announces Fall 2022 President's List

    Jan 26, 2023

    MANCHESTER, NH (01/13/2023)-- It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students on being named to the Fall 2022 President's List. The fall terms run from September to December. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above for the reporting term are named to the President's List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits over each 16-week term or paired 8-week terms grouped in fall, winter/spring, and summer. Kori Oedekoven...

  • New Maintenance Equipment arrives for the Town of Albin

    Karen Lipska|Jan 26, 2023

    Maintenance is getting new equipment for the town. The Albin Town Council met on January 13th with three guests at the meeting. They were Allison Brenneman, Zane Willert, and Lee Willert. The lunch program reported it as normal standards for the month of December. Mayor Kelly Krakow had some concerns on the legislative bills that will be affecting the town of Albin. He thinks everyone staying on top of the issues would be a good idea for the town of Albin. The third reading of the building permits with revised ordinance. The residents of the to...

  • Winter Driving - Tips on how to survive on Wyoming Winter Icy and Snowy Roads

    Karen Lipska|Jan 26, 2023

    The temperatures are low, there are icy roads and drifts everywhere. Winter is tough on everything and everyone. There are two options, first stay home or be out in the weather. No one likes being in the cold, zero degree, windy, snow. Yes people like snow. The but is the rest that comes with snow is the problem. No sun has a tendency to make people depressed. No outside and moving around causes low energy. Driving in winter requires a little common sense and skill in knowing what to do. For the people that have lived that year after year they...

  • Teller performs at Knotty Pine

    Karen Lipska|Jan 26, 2023

    Campfires cracklin' and coyotes howling are what might come to a persons mind when listening to the music in the Pine Bluffs saloon. At the Knotty Pine Saloon on Saturday, January 21st, Alex Teller and Shawn Hess performed. Teller was born in Florida and raised on Long Island, New York. He now lives in Michigan. When he was around 13 years old Teller's grandpa passed away. He had learned that his grandpa had an old guitar, to find out his grandpa was not musically inclined but he loved music....

  • After the Drought is Over

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Jan 26, 2023

    At last, it looks like the drought may be ending. At least that's indication from the weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean. The La Nina in the North Pacific is diminishing and the storm systems are starting to bring in more moisture than in the past two years. It's unclear if there will be an El Nino pattern but right now I think I'll settle for having La Nina somewhere else for the next 300-400 years. I know, that's unrealistic but I don't like drought. Looking at the drought maps though,...

  • Lance Cpl. Candelario Patrick Bustos A Veteran Story with a Gold Star "Son"

    Penny Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    James Patrick Wilkinson, like many from a military family has become part of a Gold Star Family (Nephew). This is not an achievement, it is a membership due to the loss of a family member through war, or a time of conflict. Wilkinson would receive a Gold Star "Son" due to the loss of his uncle, Candelario Patrick "Pat" Bustos. In the family of 12, there were 8 boys and 4 girls. To Wilkinson's knowledge, all 8 boys served in the military. At the time of Pat's death, there were 3 of his brothers t...

  • The Broncs Beat

    Jan 26, 2023

    BHS Talent Show in the Works By Aubrey Burns, BHS Senior Burns Jr/Sr High School students have many talents that are not always exhibited in the extracurriculars offered at school. Students show their talents for playing instruments, singing, acting, and drawing, but what about the talents where there is no club or outlet? BHS Junior, Coy Wilson, is trying to execute a plan for a Burns High talent show. He introduced this idea to Student Council advisor, Johnny Mercer. The plan is to move the...

  • Summer Internship Program for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Seeks Hosts, Interns

    University of Wyoming Extension|Jan 26, 2023

    Laramie, Wyo.-Jan. 4, 2023-The University of Wyoming's GrowinG Internship Program for beginning farmers and ranchers seeks prospective hosts and interns for summer 2023. "It's about training the next generation," explains Benjamin Rashford, head of the UW Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and co-director of the program. The 10-week internships pair those eager to get started in ag with experienced producers across the state. The goal is to help beginning farmers and ranchers...

  • Barrasso Leads Strategic Production Response Act

    Jan 26, 2023

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), along with Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Hoeven (R-ND), James Lankford (R-OK), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) introduced S.31, the Strategic Production Response (SPR) Act, to prioritize American energy production. “America is stronger and safer when we are energy independent,” said...

  • Hornets cage the Tigers - win 56-34

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets faced off against the Nebraska team last Tuesday. The Mitchell Tigers visited the Hornet at the Hive and tried to shut down their winning streak. The Hornets currently have a five-game winning streak. Their scoring ability is amazing. Over the last five games the Hornets are averaging just over 56 points per game while keeping their opponents to just over 40 points per game. In this game three Hornets had double-digit scores. The Hornets put the pressure on right from...

  • Fornstrom proclaimed Athlete of the Week

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    Wyoming News Now has named Ryan Fornstrom as the Prep Athlete of the Week. Last week against the Mitchell Tigers and Burns Broncs he showed his talents both on defense and offense. Against the Tigers Fornstrom showed his passing and defensive capabilities scoring nine points. He also had nine assists and five steals. Against the Broncs Fornstrom had an impressive 21 points with seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. In an interview with Alex Eisman from Wyoming News Fronstrom said, "It's...

  • Lady Hornets Take down the Lady Tigers 32-25

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    The Lady Hornets basketball team hosted the Mitchell Lady Tigers from Nebraska last Tuesday. The Hornets now 4-10 are coming off a solid win last week against Holyoke out of Colorado. The Hornets were buzzing with excitement coming off the win and started early to put the pressure on the Tigers. Hannah WallowingBull was able to get an inbound pass and under the net and put it up for two. Jessica Hoffman grabbed an offensive rebound and got fouled. The Hornets were dominant under the net for...

  • Hornets defeat Broncs 65-27

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    In their second in-conference match-up the Hornets trounced the Burns Broncs 65-27. The Broncs, in the Hornets second conference game fell to the wayside the same way that most of the teams that face the Hornets have. The Hornets are running on all cylinders and look to be unstoppable for another state championship. With a 14-2 record the Hornets are primed to take on all comers. With an all senior lineup the Hornets are running over the competition. The game followed the playbook of Coach...

  • Burns Broncs overcome by Pine Bluffs Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    The Broncs boy's basketball team ran into a wall last Saturday as they hosted the Pine Bluffs Hornets. The Hornets are currently number two in the conference. The Hornets have scored over 50 points in their last 5 games but the Broncs were looking to break that streak. The Broncs came out strong but the Hornets showed them why they are ranked #2. The Broncs were overcome by the fast paced and hard-hitting Hornets. The Broncs were able to put up some good plays and score points but in the end it...

  • Lady Hornets fall to Lady Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets ran into a road block when they tipped off against the Burns Lady Broncs last Saturday. The 6-9 Broncs were just a bit much for the Hornets defense to handle. The Hornets were able to stay right with the Broncs except for the third quarter where they had a hick-up in offense. The offense played well but could not overcome the Lady Broncs. Jessica Hoffman scored 18 points in the game and Kelsie Bymer had 11. They were the leading scorers for the Hornets. The first...

  • Lady Broncs win over Lady Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    The now 6-9 Burns Lady Broncs hosted the 5-11 Lady Hornets from Pine Bluffs. The Lady Broncs are coming off the heartbreaking loss to the Niobrara County Lady Tigers by only four points getting back on the winning streak with the Lady Hornets. The Lady Broncs were able to put up 52 points against the Lady Hornets. However the Broncs defense was unable to completely shut down the Hornets. The Hornets were able to stay close the entire game. The Broncs were strong enough to hold the Hornets down...

  • Lady Broncs lose in close game to Lady Tigers

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    The Lady Broncs lost a heartbreaker to the Niobrara County Lady Tigers last Friday night. The then 4-10 Lady Broncs were coming off a close win over Shoshoni and looking to extend their streak. The Tigers looked to be a likely target for the Broncs to take aim at. The 3-7 Tigers were ready for the Broncs and put the pressure on right from the beginning of the game. Early on in the game the lead changed several times. The Lady Broncs were keeping the game close and not letting the Lady Tigers get too far ahead. Daljit Kaur was hitting from...

  • Burns/Pine Bluffs Wrestling

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team competed in the Lander Invite wrestling tournament over the last weekend. The team did well with a few of the wrestlers placing in the top three. Cale Haws lost to Jace Grant from Cody to place second in the 220 lbs category. Michael Stoneking lost his match to Curtis Strohschein from Greybull to place sixth in the 285 lbs category. Baylen Smith beat Reese Grubbs from Torrington to place fifth in the 126 lbs category. The following is a list of how the other members did. 120 LBS Beckett Cassel (3-11) place...

  • Burns/Pine Bluffs Lady Wresters

    Jim Merryfield|Jan 26, 2023

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs Girls wrestling team also competed in the Lander Invite tournament. CharlieMarie Jackson took first place in the girls 155lbs category. Alycia Stoneking took 4th place in the 100-105 lbs class. Kinzley Nusbaum placed 6th in the 140-145 class. The following is how the girls did in their matches: 100-105 LBS Alycia Stoneking's place is 4th and has scored 11.0 team points. Quarterfinal - Braxton Burgener (Lyman) won by major decision over Alycia Stoneking (Burns/Pine Bluffs) (Maj 12-3) Cons. Round 1 - Alycia Stoneking (Burns/...

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