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  • Joyful singing and story telling at 'A Hometown Christmas

    Penny Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    Twas an afternoon of beautiful music, wonderful singing and laughter from the children and audience at 'A Hometown Christmas' concert held in the Historic High School on Sunday. The concert was organized by the United Methodist Church of Pine Bluffs. "This use to be an event the church did for years under the talent of Shirley Lemaster." stated United Methodist Church pianist, Joleen Marquardt. "Shirley had organized this Christmas concert for so many years, and after her passing, it went by... Full story

  • Resolution 2022-03 Approved by Town Council

    Penny Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    Going into new business immediately after agenda approval and the consent agenda, Mayor Justin Fornstrom read the Resolution 2022-03 on the agenda for review and approval. The resolution - “A Resolution amending the Town of Pine Bluffs fiscal year 2022-2023 budget to capture revenue and expenditures related to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff retention funds provided by the Wyoming Hospital Association; providing for severability and providing an effective date,” was given further discussion by Kim Patterson, Treasurer, in which she exp... Full story

  • LCSD No. 2 Recognize Hornets Football Champs

    Karen Lipska|Dec 15, 2022

    The board gave recognition to a well deserved team from the school district. Laramie County School District #2 had the committee of whole meeting on December 7th at 7:00 p.m. First was the welcoming of the three new board members which were Cody Nusbaum, Kendra Roeder, and Michael Lerwick. Lady chairman Julianne Randall informed everyone that the reorganization of the board leadership and the appointment of the Rec Board members will be at the regular meeting on Monday December 12th. Laramie... Full story

  • Rodney William Kirkbride

    Dec 15, 2022

    Rodney William Kirkbride passed away November 29, 2022, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was 93, and was born December 14, 1928, in Cheyenne. Rod lived his entire life on Cattail Ranch, established in 1889 by his grandfather Alex D. Kirkbride. He attended Cheyenne Central High School, and boarded in town with a minister due to the distance of the ranch from town. Rod also attended the University of Wyoming for two years. He was enrolled at UW in 1949 when the "Blizzard of '49" hit southern Wyoming... Full story

  • Mary Elizabeth Bastian

    Dec 15, 2022

    Mary Elizabeth (Marks) Bastian, Age 59, died in her home In Thornton, Co. on Dec. 4th 2022 with her family by her side. She was a graduate of Central High School in Cheyenne Wy. She attended the University of Wyoming 2 years. She married Roy Bastian of Egbert, Wyoming in 1963. They lived in Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois before moving to Colorado in 1979. Much of her working life was spent in various phases of the Floral industry. She is survived by her husband of 59 years,Roy, her two daughters... Full story

  • Toolcat to be delivered this month for the Town of Albin

    Karen Lipska|Dec 15, 2022

    The Wyoming Association Municipalities Wintershop is coming up and an Emergency Medical Technicians class is being held in January for anyone interested in attending. The Albin Town Council met on December 8th at 7:00 p.m. For old business, a review of the lunch program shows it is doing fine. Mayor Krakow gave an update stating that the trash truck is in production as of December 5th, the council ordered it last year from the sixth penny money and the new toolcat will be delivered this month, possibly by the end of the week. It was also... Full story

  • Interactive Learning Available for Older Adults this Winter

    Dec 15, 2022

    A slate of free interactive online programming, supported by the Wyoming Department of Health and designed to increase activity and wellness among older Wyoming adults, is currently featuring a number of winter holiday options. Jeff Clark, Community Health Section manager with the WDH Aging Division, said the “GetSetUp” digital education platform is designed to help older adults bridge the digital divide, combat social isolation and live more connected lives. “Wyoming residents can access thousands of interactive classes taught by older adult... Full story

  • Exceptional History for an Exceptional Nation

    Mike Heath|Dec 15, 2022

    America was founded mostly by Christians seeking religious freedom. This was taught to every school child in the 60’s and 70’s. The message blurred in the 80’s. Now our youth are taught that America was founded by conquerors wanting to subdue the native people and take their land. Barak Hussein Obama is noted for saying there is nothing exceptional about the United States, then bowing down to other world leaders. Joe Biden often derides our country and does his best to drive our name into the mud. Nothing could be less true. In the early years... Full story

  • Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Dec 15, 2022

    Deck the halls with boughs of holly...Fa La La La La. My granddaughter has been singing that Christmas classic for the last three weeks or so. This is a wonderful time of year in our household and music of all sorts fills the air from sunup until long after sundown. If it isn't on the stereo then somebody is singing. Linda is decking the halls now only our holly is artificial. I grew up with real holly because it was so plentiful. Holly is one of the more recognizable plants of the winter and... Full story

  • 2022 4H Awards Banquet

    Mike Heath|Dec 15, 2022

    The 2022 annual 4H Awards Banquet was a night of friends, fun, games and, above all, a time to honor the achievements of 4H members and leaders from all over Laramie County. The highlight of the night, at least for me, was to hear all the awards from the Hillsdale Tiptoppers 4H club. The Tiptoppers are primarily made up of youth from the Hillsdale and Burns area. I've judged several of these members and have enjoyed watching them grow over the years. Kelle Hawes and Jessica Allred are the adult... Full story

  • Pawnee High School holds first annual Craft Fair to raise funds for school

    Karen Lipska|Dec 15, 2022

    The Grover cafeteria was full of activities. Pawnee High School had their first Craft Fair on December 3rd from 4:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. It was at the cafeteria at the Pawnee High School in Grover, Colorado. It was a small craft fair, there were eight vendors at the event. The vendors had personal drawn greeting cards, soaps of different kinds, crocheted dish towels and rags, school calendars, homemade baked goodies, pictures of photos, school t-shirts, and a table of Christmas items. In the... Full story

  • Holiday Concert performed by Pine Bluffs Jr. High and High School Bands

    Karen Lipska|Dec 15, 2022

    Instruments were being tuned and voices were warming up. Festively dressed students and teachers were preparing to dazzle the audience filled with parents, grandparents and many other spectators at the Pine Bluffs Jr./Sr. High School Holiday concert on December 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Pine Bluffs Historic High School The Jr./ Sr. High School Jazz ensemble who have only been together for a month started the musical evening with Frosty the Snowman by Walter Rollins & Steve Nelson, arrangement by L... Full story

  • Lady Hornets Jr. High Basketball wins SEWAC

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    The Town of Pine Bluffs has another championship title to boast about. The Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets Junior High basketball team are the Southeastern Wyoming Athletic Conference (SEWAC) champions. The Tournament held on 10 December in the Pine Bluffs High School gymnasium had the top six seated teams all playing for the championship. The Lady Hornets were seated number two and drew a by in the first round. The Hornets would play the Lingle/Ft Laramie Doggers for their first game. Coach Pat... Full story

  • Hornets Basketball go 3-4 in Winter Classic

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    The Wyoming State basketball champions, Pine Bluffs Hornets boys varsity basketball team started the season off with the Burns Insurance Winter Classic. The Winter Classic had them playing the Wheatland Bulldogs, Douglas Bearcats, Newcastle Dogies and Torrington Trailblazers. Each team will play four games over a three-day span. The Hornets did well winning 3-4 in the round-robin tournament. The state champions wanted to get back to their championship level of playing and this was their chance.... Full story

  • Lady Hornets have rough outing at the Winter Classic

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    The Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets varsity basketball team competed in the Burns Insurance Winter Classic held December 8-10. There were several teams competing in the classic including the Wheatland Bulldogs, Douglas Bearcats, Newcastle Dogies, Torrington Trailblazers and the Pine Bluffs Hornets. Each team played four games over a three-day span. There are no tournament winners or trophies just some good competition to get the athletes ready for the season. The Lady Hornets had a rough outing as... Full story

  • Hornets Coach Gray and Lady Broncs Coach McKinney Coaches of the Year!

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    Our little corner of the state has produced some amazing athletes and teams this past year. The Pine Bluffs Boys Varsity Basketball team is the state champs in their division for the 2021-22 season. The Burns Broncs Girls Volleyball team is the state champs in the 2A division, and the Pine Bluffs Varsity football team is the undefeated state champs. Many of the athletes have won Conference and State recognition for being the best in their arena. All of these accolades are earned and well deserved. But none of them would be possible without the... Full story

  • Burns Broncs go Two and Two in Winter Classic

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    he Burns Broncs basketball program started the season off with the Burns Insurance Winter Classic Round Robin Tournament. The Round robin tournament is a series of games played without a tournament winner. It is just an event that teams can get together and play ball. The Burns Broncs played against the Torrington Trailblazers, Wheatland Bulldogs, Hot Springs Bobcats and Southeast Cyclones. It was a good tournament for the Broncs Boys Varsity basketball team as they went 2-2 on the day. The... Full story

  • 1-3 record for Lady Broncs at Winter Classic Tourney

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    The Lady Broncs varsity basketball team started the 2022-23 season hosting the Burns Insurance Winter Classic round robin tournament. The Lady Broncs would face teams from Torrington, Wheatland, Hot Springs (Thermopolis) and Southeast. The Lady Broncs would come away with a 1-3 record and a large amount of training and practice. It was a good time and learning experience for all. First up for the Lady Broncs would be the Torrington Lady Trailblazers. This would be a close game as neither side wa... Full story

  • JV Hornets Stomp the court going 4 -0 at Winter Classic

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    Like the rest of the Pine Bluffs basketball program the JV team competed in the Burns Insurance Winter Classic Round Robin. The Winter Classic had the Wheatland Bulldogs, Douglas Bearcats, Newcastle Dogies, Torrington Trailblazers and the Pine Bluffs Hornets. Each team played four games over a three-day span. This is just an event to get basketball back into the athletes' thoughts. Some of the athletes were starters or players in the fall sports like football or volleyball. This just gets them... Full story

  • JV Lady Hornets looking strong

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    The Pine Bluffs basketball program saw its first set of games this weekend in the Burns Insurance Winter Classis Round Robin. This is not a tournament and no trophy will be awarded but it is a good time to get the game back into the athletes. The Winter Classic had the Wheatland Bulldogs, Douglas Bearcats, Newcastle Dogies, Torrington Trailblazers and the Pine Bluffs Hornets. Each team played four games over a three-day span. The Lady JV Hornets ended the Winter Classic with a 2-2 record. The... Full story

  • Jr. High Lady Broncs finish in fifth place at SEWAC

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 15, 2022

    The Burns Broncs Junior High basketball program competed in the Southeastern Wyoming Athletic Conference (SEWAC) championship tournament this week. The Lady Broncs are seated sixth in the Conference. The junior high program has been in progress for a while now and is starting to wind down. This week was the girl's championship held in the Pine Bluffs High School gym. The Lady Broncs did well winning one game but losing another. It was a good time and a fantastic opportunity to watch some of thes... Full story

  • Burns Baylen Smith signs with Waldorf

    Karen Lipska|Dec 15, 2022

    Baylen Smith, senior at Burns High School has signed with Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. His soon to be new wrestling coach Ryan Dickinson drove all the way to Burns, Wyoming to have him sign with the university. Dickinson said, "Smith got my attention with his free styling record ability. At Waldorf University we are big in the freestyle and greco style in the state of Iowa. So guys that have that experience and little bit of success draw my attention. Smith will probably be in the... Full story

  • Tri State Grapplers Results

    Dec 15, 2022

    4 & Under 37-41 Waylon Horner's place is 4th. 8 & Under 40-46 Jaxon Lynch's place is 1st. 8 & Under 53-54 Jackson James's place is 2nd. 8 & Under 58-60 Parker Perlinski's place is 4th. 8 & Under 59-63 Luke Pine's place is 3rd. 8 & Under 62-65 Tegan Anderson's place is 3rd. 8 & Under 65-67 Dylen Bibbey's place is 1st. 8 & Under 65-67 Benjamin Anderson's place is 3rd. 8 & Under 68-70 Haize Graves's place is 2nd. 8 & Under 68-70 Jax Lopez's place is 2nd. 8 & Under 80-92 Gavin Bibbey's place is... Full story

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