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  • Community Food Drive for Thanksgiving Baskets

    Karen Lipska|Nov 23, 2023

    The holidays are upon us, and with each passing year it seems to get more difficult to feed a family. There are more and more families that are lacking in food or struggling with meals. Pine Bluffs Distilling and Ashley Jessen photography teamed up to have their first food drive to help with Thanksgiving baskets at the Pine Bluffs Food Pantry. The Pine Bluffs Food Pantry has been in the works for over a year. Their building is still being worked on to be able to open up for the community to...

  • Ordinances on budget and election major topic at council meeting

    Penny Merryfield|Nov 23, 2023

    It was business as usual for the start of the Pine Bluffs town council meeting on November 13th. After agenda approval and consent agenda approval, the town council moved into new business. Items on the agenda for new business were: Building permit for 512 Walnut; Resolution 2024-04 Budget Adjustment; Charter Ordinance. Discussion was heavy and thoughts on the first item, building permit went back and forth amongst the town council members. It was moved and passed to postpone this permit indefinitely. With regards to the Resolution 2024-04...

  • Burns swears in New Utility Board member

    Karen Lipska|Nov 23, 2023

    The discussion of upcoming events and the Deep Well project was what the town of Burns council was going over on November 13th at 6:00 p.m. Jeff Barnes came to talk about land taxes. There was a petition for people to sign. Judy Newton from the Shepherd's Closet reported that the Holiday Dinner is set up for December 2nd. She did ask for the council to help with the food cost. Councilmember Judy Johnstone made a motion to have the cost up to $3,500 for the dinner. The council approved. Newton...

  • Senior Center volunteers deliver Thanksgiving Food Basktes

    Karen Lipska|Nov 23, 2023

    Every year food baskets for Thanksgiving are given out to community members in need. Thanksgiving is a time for people to get together and celebrate what a person is thankful during the year. Sometimes families are just happy to have food on the table. Time is not getting any easier with prices being raised all the time. A lot of folks can remember when a stay at home mom was normal and dad brought home the bacon. It was a 50/50 endeavor. Nowadays both parents work in most cases just to keep...

  • Gregory Duane "Greg" Phillips

    Nov 23, 2023

    Gregory Duane “Greg” Phillips, 64, of Pine Bluffs, died on Saturday, November 18. 2023 in Pine Bluffs. He was born on October 4, 1959 in San Antonio, Texas. Services will be Saturday, 2:00 p.m, at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. To view the full obituary, please visit

  • Thanksgiving meal served at the Senior Center

    Karen Lipska|Nov 23, 2023

    The turkeys were plucked and thawing to be ready for Thanksgiving. The Pine Bluffs Senior Center had their annual Thanksgiving dinner. It is a time of year where everyone is looking forward to getting their fill of turkey. This year the dinner was sponsored by Farmer's State Bank. When a person, person's or business sponsors a dinner they pay for the it. Some seniors do not have the money to have meals all the time. This program helps the center to get healthy food to the seniors that cannot...

  • Veterans honored at Pine Bluffs Library

    Karen Lipska|Nov 23, 2023

    Veterans are important in the town of Pine Bluffs. The Pine Bluffs Branch Library loves to honor the local residents that are veterans. The library always tries to support each event. They had books for all ages on the front tables for people to read that were in the military. For the afternoon the library honored the veterans in the area. They gave out gift bags to the veterans along with refreshments. There were donuts with tea and coffee. In the gift bags were gift cards to Sadie's and...

  • BLM Christmas tree permits available

    Bureau of Land Mgmt|Nov 23, 2023

    CHEYENNE. Wyo. — Christmas tree permits are available at BLM Wyoming field offices and online. Permits may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday from all BLM Wyoming offices except the Wyoming State Office and Newcastle Field Office. The cost for a permit is $7.50 to $10 per tree, depending on location. Up to a maximum of five Christmas trees can be purchased by an individual for personal use. The permits are also available online at A BLM permit is valid for trees located on B...

  • Pine Bluffs WAC students finish in the middle

    Eric Kestner LCSD2|Nov 23, 2023

    We have a very young team this year with freshmen accounting for over half of it. We had a rocky start at the Western Wyoming Community College event in Rock Springs, but we made great strides and finished in the middle of the pack at the recent LCCC meet in Cheyenne. As far as small schools go, we are definitely hanging in there with the best of them. I'm also very optimistic about the future of the team. They are young, but I can tell they will be real contenders here in a couple of years....

  • LCSD #2 Recognized Pine Bluffs FFA member

    Nov 23, 2023

    At the Board Meeting on Monday November 13, 2023, the Board of Trustees recognized the Pine Bluffs FFA Members Brynlee Loyd, Ethan Bomberger and Natalee Smalley, who placed at the Wyoming State Fair. They also recognized Shawn Shmidl for receiving a WHSAA Good Sportsmanship Award....

  • UW's Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management Program Among the Few Accredited Programs of Its Kind

    University of Wyoming Extension|Nov 23, 2023

    Laramie, Wyo.—Nov. 14, 2023—The University of Wyoming’s Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management (REWM) program is one of 14 accredited rangeland ecology and management undergraduate degree programs in western North America. The REWM program, housed in the UW Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, offers unique opportunities for hands-on learning and applied research in rangeland systems. The program is accredited by the Society for Range Management, a professional society and conse...

  • Bee Brood Disease Found in Wyoming Apiary

    Wyoming Department of Agriculture|Nov 23, 2023

    CHEYENNE (November 17, 2023) - American foulbrood (AFB) is a devastating honey bee brood disease and was recently confirmed in a hive in Lincoln County, Wyoming. American foulbrood (AFB) is an infectious, notifiable, bacterial brood disease that weakens and kills honey bee colonies. Early detection of the disease is important because routine apiary management and interchange of hive components can easily spread the disease to healthy bee colonies. “AFB has only been confirmed in one hive in the State of Wyoming but we’d like all of our bee...

  • November is National Diabetes Month

    Karen Lipska|Nov 23, 2023

    Diabetes is a slow growing disease in people's lives. A person may say that is harsh. But this disease affects everyone in one form or another. More than 1.3 million people in the next 30 years will have diabetes according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. November is National Diabetes month. The most common symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes are increased thirst, going to the bathroom excessively, and feeling tired along with losing weight. People may not realize how simple the symptoms are for diabetes. But getting ahead of...

  • Black Hills Energy says customers can anticipate lower natural gas costs this heating season compared to last winter

    Nov 23, 2023

    CHEYENNE, WY – Nov. 15, 2023 – Temperatures outside are rapidly dropping, time to be mindful of the energy we use and how it impacts our lives. On a quarterly basis, Black Hills Energy’s natural gas utility (Black Hills Wyoming Gas) updates its Gas Cost Rate to reflect the cost of gas purchased from natural gas suppliers on behalf of customers. Going into the 2023/2024 heating season, the winter Gas Cost Rate for Wyoming customers taking service under the GCA option will be $0.3776, which is approximately 48% lower compared to last winte...

  • A Thanksgiving Veteran's Story

    Penny Merryfield|Nov 23, 2023

    Serving in the military means often times one is away from home during Thanksgiving time. For many military members their Thanksgiving meal is one provided by the military at the chow hall. This meal, depending upon where the military member is, will depend on whether it is a full fledge traditional turkey dinner with all the normal trimmings and desserts or if their mess tent was able to do a make shift Thanksgiving meal. David J. Parshall, Navy Veteran - Cook saw many holidays aboard ship and away from famiIy. “When we cooked ‘holiday meals...

  • "Church Clap" big hit at Fall Informal Dance

    Karen Lipska|Nov 23, 2023

    It is always great to see the students turn into young ladies and young gentlemen a few times a year. Instead of a homecoming dance the student council decided to have an informal dance at a later date. At this dance the girls were supposed to ask the boys to the dance. But sometimes being shy makes it hard to open up to a person. There was about 40 kids at the dance. Some kids had dates and others just showed up stag. There was not a right or wrong to it as long as everyone enjoyed themselves....

  • Tractors hog the parking lot

    Karen Lipska|Nov 23, 2023

    There were some different looking vehicles in the Pine Bluffs High School parking lot on November 16th. The Pine Bluffs Future Farmers of America decided to show off their equipment. There was a combine, swather, tractor with a blade, and several tractors of various kinds and sizes. President of the Pine Bluffs FFA, Spencer Rabou is always encouraging members to show how important agriculture is to our world. Having the equipment at the school showed the community that the Pine Bluffs FFA is...

  • More Food Drive Fun and Photos

    Nov 23, 2023

  • Sports Award Banquet honor Hornet's Football, Volleyball and XC

    Jim Merryfield|Nov 23, 2023

    Last week the Pine Bluff High School held their annual Fall Sports awards banquet. The banquet was to recognize those individuals that participated in football, cross-country track and volleyball. The banquet was attended by both the athletes and their parents and many school students. Everyone had a good time and there were many awards presented. In cross-country, head-coach Ashley Rousseau presented awards. The cross-country team consists of athletes from Pine Bluffs, Burns and several of the...

  • Burns Lady Bronc Jordan Griess signs with University of Wyoming

    Jim Merryfield|Nov 23, 2023

    Jordan Griess who just recently signed with the University of Wyoming to play soccer has a couple more awards to boast about. Griess has been honored as both the All-Conference and the All-State Award recipient for the forward position in soccer. She is one of three Cheyenne East soccer players to be named as All-Conference and only one of two Cheyenne East athletes to be awarded state honors. Her teammate Haley Pierson also has been honored as an All-State Award winner. This was Griess's first...

  • Burns Lady Broncs receive awards

    Jim Merryfield|Nov 23, 2023

    Burns High School honored the Lady Broncs volleyball team last Wednesday. The team received the awards that they had been awarded over the season. Coach Anndee McKinney handed out the awards at the banquet and thanked all those involved. Brooke Hansen was awarded the conference Player of the Year award. Additionally, she won All-State honors for the second year in a row, All-Conference Honors for the second year and was Prep Athlete of the week. Hansen had 724 kills over the season and 1,320 rec...

  • All-Conference Awards to Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Nov 23, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets varsity football season ended but some of the athletes were honored with All-Conference honors. It is a testament to the coaches and staff of the Hornets to have six players achieve All-Conference honors even though they did not end the season as they had hoped. One of the players received a Player of the Year award in addition to the All-State award. Ethan Bomberger was named as an All-Conference winner. Bomberger who played on both sides wore number 50. He was a...

  • Burns Broncs All-Conference Awards

    Jim Merryfield|Nov 23, 2023

    The Burns Broncs varsity football team had a rough season. But even so some of the players were recognized for their talents and abilities. Three of the Broncs have been awarded All-Conference Honors for the 2023 season. Tagr Holmes who wore number 52 was so honored. Holmes, who played defensive end and offensive guard was strong against the run and pass. Also honored was Mason Medley who wore number 9. Medley moved up from running back and defensive back to play quarterback this year did a...

  • Brody Cress atop the Leader Board

    Jim Merryfield|Nov 23, 2023

    Last year Pine Bluffs Distilling had a keg of whiskey named for local bronc rider Brody Cress. He was a leader in the PRCA saddle bronc riding event and a star of the local community. Cress is from Hillsdale, Wyoming and has been a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) since 2014. Brody Cress graduated from Tarleton State University and was a wrestler in high school. Working hard and going the extra mile is just part of his nature. Cress is a three-time Wrangler National Fi...

  • Getting to know Stan Lee

    Joshua Wood. Stevenson Newspapers|Nov 23, 2023

    Three undergraduate students at the University of Wyoming have been tasked with an exhibit on the famous comic book creator whose documents are stored at the American Heritage Center in Laramie In the southeast corner of Wyoming sits the state's only university, home of the University of Wyoming Cowboys and alma mater of current NFL players such as Josh Allen and Logan Wilson. Just a stone's throw away from War Memorial Stadium-which arguably becomes the most densely populated location during...