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Articles from the December 21, 2023 edition


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  • USPS

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 21, 2023

    The United States Postal Service (USPS) in trying to revamp their antiquated service to help with customer service, saving money and bringing the service into the 21st century. The program that they are using is called the Mail Processing Facility Review (MPFR). This study determines the feasibility of changing mail processing operations to improve operational efficiency and/or service. An MPFR involves the consolidation of all originating and/or destinating distribution operations from one or...

  • Christmas Baskets delivered by Pine Bluffs Senior Center

    Karen Lipska|Dec 21, 2023

    It's that time again when boxes of much needed food is distributed to those in need of a little assistance. This time of the year the will of giving comes strong for lots of people. Some know how hard the holidays can be for families. At the Pine Bluffs Food Pantry they help people through rough times. They know life is not easy. This week there were about 25 food boxes that we like to refer to as baskets given to families for Christmas. Alisha Michaud, Director at the Senior Center and...

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Party held at Pine Bluffs Distilling

    Karen Lipska|Dec 21, 2023

    This time of year with it being cold outside, sweaters come into style. Warm and cozy, just the ticket for a cold winter's eve. Now let's add Christmas to the mix and you have festive holiday sweaters galore. However, the fun part of these festive sweaters is the parties that are hosted as ugly sweater parties. The Ugly Christmas sweater became a tradition in Vancouver, Canada in 2002. It was to celebrate the feel-good and cheerfulness of the Christmas season. At Pine Bluffs Distilling they held...

  • The Mayor's Message

    Justin Fornstrom Mayor|Dec 21, 2023

    Once again, the Christmas season is upon us. It is a time when we gather with family and friends to celebrate the many traditions that makes this holiday so special. We reflect on those we lost this year and find joy in celebrating with the first timers. We take the time to rejoice, relax and prepare ourselves for the new year. This is also the time when we reflect on all that we have accomplished this past year and think about our plans for the year ahead. For the town, this has been a year of completed projects, ordinance updates, planning...

  • Harold E. Weisbrook

    Dec 21, 2023

    Harold E. Weisbrook, 95, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Friday, December 15, 2023. Harold Emil Weisbrook was born in Fort Morgan, Colorado on September 30, 1928. He began his journey amidst the vast landscape of northeast Colorado. In his early years he was dedicated to his family's farm, cultivating a connection with the land, a dedication that would follow him throughout his life. In 1951, duty called, leading Harold to enlist in the Army. However, fate intervened when his...

  • Jeffrey Joel Bastian

    Dec 21, 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....

  • Building Permits, Christmas Bonuses and Ambulance Inspection report discussed at Albin Town Council

    Karen Lipska|Dec 21, 2023

    There was not much for the end of the year meeting other than tying up loose ends for the Albin Town council. They had their monthly meeting on December 14th at 7:00 p.m. Mayor Kelly Krakow only had the WAM winter shop dates. They are February 21 through February 23. He checked how the training for the officials was coming along. The council members that have not completed it stated that in January it should be close of being done. The council looked at the Morales Building permit. They would like to close in the porch. It was approved. The...

  • Katie Fornstrom candidate for graduation at CSC's Winter Commencement

    Dec 21, 2023

    CHADRON, NE (12/15/2023)-- Chadron State College's Winter Commencement will take place Dec. 15 in the Chicoine Center at 2 p.m. Jovan Mays, a 2010 CSC graduate, will be Chadron State College's Winter Commencement speaker. The ceremony is free and open to the public as well as live-streamed. One-hundred and six candidates for bachelor's degrees will be honored. Fornstrom of Pine Bluffs, WY(82082) is a candidate for Bachelor of Arts....

  • Burns Town Council votes on pay increase for all town employees

    Karen Lipska|Dec 21, 2023

    The vote for the cleaning bid and a report about the streets were topics at the Burns town council on December 11th at 6:45 p.m. Kayla Madler and Trevor Madler had several items for the council. First, Kayla Madler asked about a key code for her office if she did not have her key. Town clerk Toni Shiery reported that the council had just had a discussion about that. The tenants would not have a code. But if Kayla wanted a code then Shiery will get her one. Trevor Madler requested that maintenance would remove the snow in between the buildings a...

  • NRCS Announces ACEP, AMA, CSP, EQIP, RCPP for 2024 Funding, Apply by January 19th, 2024

    Dec 21, 2023

    Providing Conservation Practices to Protect Natural Resources CASPER, Wyo. – Farmers, Ranchers, Land Trusts, and landowners will want to plan ahead and sign up early for USDA conservation funding. Jackie Byam, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Wyoming, announced farmers, ranchers, Land Trusts, and landowners interested in the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE), Agriculture Management Assistance (AMA), Conservation S...

  • Davissa Horse Refuge Invites Community Support to Secure a Peaceful Future for Retired Working Horses

    Dec 21, 2023

    Cheyenne, WY – Davissa Horse Refuge, a 501(c)3 organization founded by David Wilson and his wife, Melissa Wilson, is making a heartfelt appeal to the Cheyenne community to join hands in supporting their mission. The refuge, dedicated to providing a permanent sanctuary for retired working horses, endeavors to offer these majestic animals a life of peace and love in their twilight years. Passionate about their cause, the Wilsons currently manage the refuge's operations and funding by actively p...

  • Jingle Bell Jukebox theme for Burns 4th-6th grader Concert

    Karen Lipska|Dec 21, 2023

    The students were excited to show their skills for the evening. The second concert for Burns Elementary for fourth graders through sixth graders was the end of the Christmas concerts of the Burns Elementary. The theme continued on with the Jingle Bell Jukebox. The students were decked out for Christmas in 60's style. The beginning of the night was the fifth and sixth grade band. These beginning students have had very little time to learn instruments and music for the concerts. They played five...

  • Christmas in the Trenches A Veteran Story

    Penny Merryfield|Dec 21, 2023

    During every war since the civil war, our troops have been deployed or served on Christmas Day. In the history of the Civil War, Christmas was not forgotten. Soldiers would sing Christmas songs and decorate their tents with hard-tack and salt pork. Fighting was temporarily ceased during World War I with the Christmas Truce along the Western Front. This “Truce” ended in 1916. During Christmas’ of World War II there was no “Christmas Truce” as in World War I. In the history of World War II, during the Battle of the Bulge our soldiers were fightin...

  • Christmas Concert performed by Pine Bluffs High School

    Karen Lipska|Dec 21, 2023

    The instruments were turning up preparing for a night of music. Pine Bluffs Junior High and Pine Bluffs High School held an evening of Christmas music. Pine Bluffs music teacher, Logan Vanderlaan, started the Jazz band last year. This is the second year for the group and it's sounding better each time.These students take extra time on Fridays to step up the music. The students are Rebecca McCollum on flute and vocals, Colton Daugherty on trumpet, Gage Woolington on trombone, Raelee Fankhauser...

  • Annual Shop with a Hero

    Dec 21, 2023

    This past weekend was the annual Shop with a Hero event for the Pine Bluffs Police Department and the Laramie County Fire District No. 5. Every year they partner with Pine Bluffs Police and Walmart on Livingston in Cheyenne. They focus on taking local youth with connections to Pine Bluffs on a shopping adventure. The youth are able to shop for family members with the assistance from fire department volunteers and or the Pine Bluffs police department. "The staff at the Wal-Mart on Livingston went...

  • Burns High School Christmas Concert

    Karen Lipska|Dec 21, 2023

    The students were walking the halls in black being so uniform for the concert in Burns. Burns High School had their Winter Concert for the band and choir. They have a new music teacher, Tyler Barker. Being new to Burns High School he had lots to work with to regroup for the school year. This year the Burns Junior High Choir sang on their own. They sang two songs which were All I Want For Christmas Is You, and A Bit of Holiday Cheer. The group was small but gave it their all to sing the music....

  • Hillsdale Annual Christmas Parade

    Karen Lipska|Dec 21, 2023

    The little town of Hillsdale Wyoming was hopping with excitement for the night. Once a year the town residents and surrounding residents celebrate Christmas together. They have a parade and a soup supper for the night. The evening started out with a parade. It was short but mighty with people. Like always, Santa Claus was at the beginning of the parade. He was riding with Laramie County Fire District #6 out of Burns and Hillsdale. Next was the Burns Lions Club on a train but if you were there...

  • Lady Hornets lose two but win over Lady Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 21, 2023

    The Lady Hornets traveled to Sidney, Nebraska to compete in the Sidney/Bridgeport Invite. The Lady Hornets were coming off a disappointing defeat against Bridgeport and were ready for the next level of play. First up for the Lady Hornets would be the Lander Valley Lady Tigers. The Tigers are seated first in the 3A conference and have an overall record of 3-2. This would be a good challenge for the Lady Hornets and a good confidence builder if they could pull off the win. The Lady Hornets started...

  • Competition strong at the Bridgeport/Sidney Invite for Burns/Pine Bluffs Wrestlers

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 21, 2023

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team traveled to the Bridgeport/Sidney Invite tournament for their second meet of the season. The team did not do as well as they wanted but some individuals did well enough to get recognition. As a team the boys finished 14th overall and the girl's finished 10th. On the boy's side Riggin Cathcart took sixth in his weight class and Michael Stoneking also took sixth in his weight class. Congratulations to both boys. On the girl's side CharlieMarie Jackson placed...

  • Broncs Basketball vs Bulldogs, Hornets and Bearcats

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 21, 2023

    The Burns Broncs varsity basketball team is having a rough start to the season. After winning their first game the Broncs have lost their last six games. Most of them have not even been close games. The last tournament held in Sidney, Nebraska the Broncs faced teams from Douglas, Pine Bluffs and Wheatland. Altogether their opponents have scored 217 points to the Broncs 94. Some individuals are doing well but as a team they need to find their groove. In their first game last weekend the Broncs faced the Wheatland Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were not...

  • Lady Hornets play hard but fall to Lady Bulldogs

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 21, 2023

    Tuesday, December 12th the Lady Hornets varsity basketball team traveled with their male counterparts to Bridgeport, Nebraska to face the Lady Bulldogs in a non-conference game. The Lady Bulldogs are second in their conference with a record of 7-0. The Lady Hornets were going to have their hands full with this team. The Lady Hornets kept it close in the first quarter putting up 15 points with the help of Kelsie Bymer who put up seven points. The Lady Hornets defense was good at stopping the Lady Bulldogs and held them to 20 points in the quarte...

  • Hornets fall to Tigers, Bulldogs but take down Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 21, 2023

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets boy’s basketball team traveled to Bridgeport last Tuesday to face off against the Bulldogs in a non-conference game. The Bulldogs were ready for the Hornets and were all over the team and court. The Hornets were never really out of the game but just could not overcome the Bulldogs. The Hornets lost the game 40-59. With a little break the Hornets traveled to Sidney, Nebraska to compete in the Sidney/Bridgeport Invite basketball tournament. The Hornets would face teams from across the state and a couple from Wyoming to t...

  • Rough Tournament for Lady Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 21, 2023

    The Burns Lady Broncs basketball team headed off to the Sidney/Bridgeport Invite tournament with high hopes and high morale. They are coming from a very successful season opening tournament with a 4-0 record. They were looking to capture the same results and start the season off with an unbeaten record. Unfortunately, that did not happen, and the Lady Broncs lost all three games they played. The Lady Broncs would face the Wheatland Lady Bulldogs in round one of the tournament. The Lady Bulldogs...

  • 18th Annual Christmas Light Decoration Contest Winners

    Dec 21, 2023

    Congratulations to all the winners of the 2023 Pine Bluffs Christmas Light Decorating Contest. The 10 winners in alphabetical order are: 512 Miller – Bruce & Maryanne Eggers 645 Simkins – Will & Jessica Gray 910 Stephens – Dave & LaRea Hendricks 406 E. 3rd Street – Albert & Michelle Kranz 506 Walnut – Ron & Carmen Ladd 307 E. 4th Street – Gene & Carol Lanning 605 Miller – Ben Larkin 410 Chestnut – Mike & Pat Reher 600 E. 2nd Street – Derek & Mellissa Walls 621 Black – Roy & Lori Werner The winners are asked to stop by Pine Bluffs Town Hall to...

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