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  • Laramie County Fire District No. 3 vs Ambulance

    Karen Lipska|Dec 14, 2023

    The meeting at the Laramie County Fire District #3 fire hall was full of people for the meeting on December 11th. It is the monthly meeting with the Laramie County Fire board. The board checked on the different fire stations to see how everything is going. Mayor Kelly Krakow, council member Bob Anderson, Dr. Douglas Schmitz, the ambulance board, and Jeremiah Johnson as a council member and member on the ambulance board were guests for the meeting. Dr. Schmitz started explaining his background....

  • Building Permits, and new officer for Pine Bluffs

    Penny Merryfield|Dec 14, 2023

    Mayor Justin Fornstrom opened the town council meeting with a welcome to everyone followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Immediately following the council went right into to the approval of  the agenda. Councilmember Allie Leitza made a motion to correct the Consent agenda by moving two items to the new business items. It was agreed on after some discussion moved and seconded to accept the corrected Consent agenda. Going into the new business items, first on the list was a building permit for a...

  • Jeffrey Joel Bastin

    Dec 14, 2023

    Jeffrey Joel Bastian, 61, of Garland Texas, passed away November 28, 2023. Jeff was born July 21, 1962, in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Theodore Ben and Bonnie Bastian. Jeff grew up on the family farm near Burns, Wyoming. Jeff attended school in Burns, received his bachelor's degree in public administration from Hastings College in Nebraska and received his master's degree in political science from the University of Wyoming. While in college, Jeff worked summers for Frito-Lay in Cheyenne, Wyoming....

  • Holiday Feast held in Burns by the Town of Burns and Shepherds Closet

    Karen Lipska|Dec 14, 2023

    The tables were set and the food was smelling awesome at the Burns south gym. Shepherd's closet (The Room) and the town of Burns hosted their second annual Holiday Dinner. The dinner is held as a celebration for the residents of the town of Burns. This is a Thanksgiving style of dinner. They served turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, rolls, and pies. "Oh My." The Burns Lions Club had the pleasure of serving the dinner. They helped and laughed bringing every...

  • UW Extension Educators Recognized by Professional Associations

    University of Wyoming Extension|Dec 14, 2023

    Laramie, Wyo.—Dec. 6, 2023—Several University of Wyoming Extension educators recently received state and national honors from professional associations in their disciplines. These outstanding staff members were recognized at a UW Extension professional development conference held in Laramie last month. Hill Named WACAA Outstanding Educator The Wyoming Association of County Agricultural Agents (WACAA) recognized Hudson Hill as this year’s outstanding educator. This award goes to someone who has taken leadership in the program, tackled...

  • USDA Seeks Applications to Advance Economic Development and Create Jobs for People in Rural America

    USDA Release|Dec 14, 2023

    CASPER, Dec. 5, 2023 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced today that it is accepting applications to advance economic development and create jobs for people in rural America. USDA is making this funding available under the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program to support business opportunities or business enterprise projects in rural communities. Organizations eligible to receive funding include rural towns, communities, state agencies, authorities, nonprofits, federally recognized Tribes, public...

  • Sheriff's Office Employees Recognized at Award Ceremony

    Laramie County Sheriff|Dec 14, 2023

    The Laramie County Sheriff's Office held our first annual Holiday Dinner and Awards Ceremony on December 5th. We started our awards ceremony by recognizing those individuals who took actions in the line of duty that resulted in saving someone's life. These individuals received the Life Saving Award. Deputy Herlihey received two Life Saving Awards. One for her response to an overdose call on June 17th and her second award for an overdose on June 18th. Herlihey administered Narcan in both...

  • Honoring the distinguished career of Chief Warrant Officer 5 Doug Drost in the Wyoming Army National Guard

    Sgt Kristina Kranz WNG State Pub Aff Office|Dec 14, 2023

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – After 38 years of exceptional service, the Wyoming Army National Guard bid farewell to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Doug Drost in a ceremony held at the Joint Forces Readiness Center on Nov. 29, 2023. The event, emceed by Chief Warrant Officer 5 Shane Mickelson, highlighted Drost's remarkable achievements and contributions to the state, nation, and fellow Soldiers. Drost's career has been almost entirely in aviation units in the Wyoming Guard. He joined the military in April 1985,...

  • 18th Annual Christmas Light Decoration Contest

    Sonja Fornstrom Pine Bluffs Rec|Dec 14, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Recreation Department will sponsor the 18th Annual Christmas Light Decoration Contest with the judging to take place on Monday, December 18th from 6p-8p. The contest is for residents living within the town limits, businesses are excluded. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the contest but please keep in mind that homes can only win every other year so homes that were selected as winners last year will not be eligible to win again until Christmas 2024. Ten winners will be...

  • Bell Ringer at Texas Trail Market

    Dec 14, 2023

  • Students learn about food from the Senior Center

    Karen Lipska|Dec 14, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Senior Center had extra helpers in the kitchen for a day. The Pine Bluffs High School Family and Consumer class helped prep lunch for the senior citizens. Mrs Nicole Sisson took her students to learn from the cooks at the senior center. Being in a classroom is a different story compared being out in the public. The Senior Center has to make sure all the meals are balanced and has the nutritional values for each and every person. They have guidelines to follow to be able to...

  • New Starting Lineup for Hornets but fair well at Burns Tourney

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 14, 2023

    The 2023 state champions Pine Bluffs Hornets basketball team started their 2023/24 season over the weekend in the Burns Insurance Winter Classic tournament. The Hornets graduated the entire starting lineup and have different players in the lineup. The players are not new as they had court time last year. Now they are starting and have to set up their game to compete. This is a great way for them to get into the groove and see where they need to look at to improve. The first two teams that the...

  • Lady Hornets have 3-1 record at Burns Insurance Winter Classic

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 14, 2023

    The Lady Hornets varsity basketball team started their 2023/24-season in the Burns Insurance Winter Classic Tournament. The team would face four teams from around the local area to include some teams from the higher conferences. The team has been practicing for a couple of weeks and are ready for some real games. First up for the Lady Hornets would be the Wheatland Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Bulldogs are a 3A conference team and a solid team. The Lady Hornets would need to be on top of their game t...

  • Broncs struggle in Tourney at home

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 14, 2023

    The Burns Broncs started their varsity basketball season with the Burns Insurance Winter Classic in Burns, Wyoming. The team was anxious to play and improve on last year's run. The team would face four teams in the tournament. This is just a warm-up tournament and there would really be no winner announced. First up for the Broncs would be the Moorcroft Wolves. The game would be close the entire way. The Broncs would defeat the Wolves 70-69 to get their first win of the season. Mason Medley would...

  • Lady Broncs 4-0 in home Tournament

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 14, 2023

    The Burns Lady Broncs basketball team started off the 2023/24 Season in great fashion competing in the Burns Insurance Winter Classic Tournament. The Lady Broncs went 4-0 in the tournament and are well on their way to another state championship. The first team on their journey was the Moorcroft Lady Wolves. The Lady Broncs dispatched the Lady Wolves with a score of 50-30. The Lady Broncs started off with a full court press keeping pressure on the Lady Wolves from the start. In the first quarter...

  • Brooke Hansen signs with Gillette College

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 14, 2023

    Brooke Hansen is an all-around athlete who has been making her mark in the 2A conference. And now has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Gillette College. There she will continue her athletic career and start an academic career. Hansen was a member of the 2A state champions volleyball team in 2022 and going to the state championship game again in 2023. She ended her high school volleyball career with 700 kills. In 2022 she led the 2A conference in kills. But as hard hitting as she...

  • Savannah Kirkbride signs with EWC

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 14, 2023

    Last Wednesday Savannah Kirkbride made it official by signing her letter of intent for the Eastern Wyoming College volleyball squad. Kirkbride was one of the standout performers for the Lady Broncs in their championship seasons. In 2022 the Lady Broncs went all the way and won the 2A state championship. In 2023 they again went to the state championship game and ended up runners up. Kirkbride ended her high school career with 141 blocks to take the school record and become the all-time leader in...

  • Hornets JV Basketball competes in first tournament

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 14, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets JV basketball team played their first tournament of the 2023/24 season over the weekend. The boys looked strong and fast though a bit undisciplined. Their passing was just a bit off and their shooting sometimes could not find the net. There were moments of brilliance by the team and then they struggled to find their roles. First off for the JV Hornets would be the higher-class Wheatland JV Bulldogs. Both teams were finding their way and feeling the others out for their weaknesses and strengths. At the end of the quarter...

  • Lady Hornets JV Basketball has good showing in Tourney

    Dec 14, 2023

    The first tournament for the Lady JV Hornets basketball team was over last weekend at the Burns Insurance Winter Classic Tournament. The team would face other teams from different and larger schools. It would be a great learning experience and practice for the girls. The Lady JV Hornets record for the tournament was 1-3. It was a good showing for the team and a great experience. The first team that they would face would be the team from Wheatland. The Wheatland Lady JV Bulldogs are a 3A team and were also playing their first game. The first qua...

  • Pine Bluffs Junior High State Wrestling has two qualifiers for WAWA

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 14, 2023

    Two Pine Bluffs middle school wrestlers qualified for the WAWA (Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association) Middle School State meet last weekend. Jesse Gortney and Jax Thurin both placed fourth in the state in their weight class. Gortney, who wrestles in the 70 lbs. weight class had to wrestle six matches in order to make the cut. Thurin who wrestles in the 117 lbs. weight class wrestled in five matches to be awarded his fourth place finish. In his first match Gortney was able to pin his opponent...

  • Burns High School student shows great skills for Citizenship award

    Karen Lipska|Dec 14, 2023

    Every high school in Laramie County has a student that receives a Citizenship award. This award is given by Laramie County Retired Education Personnel. The award shows how outstanding a senior is in the school. This organization is made up of teachers and personnel that have retired. They have seen students work their hardest to make a difference in the community and the school. The recipient of Burns High School was Savannah Kirkbride, daughter of Jeff and Jamie Kirkbride. Kirkbride...

  • Tri-State Grapplers Results

    Dec 14, 2023

    TRI-STATE GRAPPLERS RESULTS P2P-Cheyenne Shootout 12/9/23 Cheyenne, WY 4U 29-31 - JayDee Langlois's place is 3rd. 4U 29-31 - Alexander Mason's place is 2nd. 6U 50-51 - Holden Killian's place is 2nd. 6U 53-53 - Braxton Stovall's place is 4th. 12U 68-71 - Jesse Gortney's place is 1st. 12U 82-84- Kaysen Klinginsmith's place is 4th. 12U 84-87 - Jesse Helms's place is 4th. 12U 113-117 - Jax Felicia Thurin's place is 1st. 8U 50-51 - Jaxon Lynch's place is 2nd. 8U 82-87 - Haize Graves's place is 3rd....

  • Burns Elementary Christmas Concert

    Karen Lipska|Dec 14, 2023

    The students were running through the halls getting ready for the big night. It was the annual Christmas concert at Burns Elementary School. This is the first concert of the season. Being first it was Kinderboost through the Third grade. This year's theme was Jingle Bell Jukebox. Mrs.Rhonda Morrison was dressed in the sixties style for the theme. In the sixties the girls had poodle skirts, scarves in the their hair and around their necks with saddle shoes. Although the saddle shoe was not at the...

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