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Articles from the December 22, 2016 edition


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  • Two-vehicle accident on I-80 results in fatality

    Jimmie Earls, Pine Bluffs Post Editor|Dec 22, 2016

    One person is dead following a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 five miles west of Pine Bluffs on Wednesday, December 14. The accident occurred at approximately 1:25 p.m. when a 2016 Freightliner driven by Jaysen Thompson, 45, of Rigby, Idaho, rear-ended a 1993 Chevrolet Blazer driven by 24-year-old Columbus, Ohio resident Bryan Silverthorn. One of Silverthorn's passengers, Kacie Ketchum, 24, of Helena, Montana, was not wearing her seat belt and suffering fatal injuries at the scene of the...

  • Gourds are local artist's medium of choice

    Becky Christofferson, Pine Bluffs Post|Dec 22, 2016

    Most hobbies are a great outlet for people to relax and reduce stress and if one is really lucky, a hobby can turn into something more than just something to do. For Pine Bluffs resident, Pat Clason, her hobby has brought much joy, but also some extra income as well. Clason, who didn't consider herself an artist when she began, makes unique creations from a distinctive medium. Clason's medium of choice – gourds. Yes, the plant that includes the family of cucumbers, melons, squashes and p...

  • Extension Office closed until Jan. 3

    Dec 22, 2016

    The Laramie County Extension Office is closed for business Wednesday, December 14, 2016 through January 2, 2017. We are moving to the Laramie County Community College campus in the new Pathfinder building, 4th floor, room 406D, Cheyenne, WY 82007. Our phone number is still the same (307) 633-4383, you can contact us for business on January 3, 2017 at our new location. Thank you for your patience as we transition to better serve our community....

  • USDA to collect data for land values

    Dec 22, 2016

    In January and February of 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the Land Values Survey. NASS will reach out to Wyoming producers to accurately measure the value of farm land and buildings. The survey asks participants to provide information about the market value of land and buildings owned, rented from others and rented to others. Cropland and pasture acreage and market value per acre will be asked along with the percent change in total market value of all land and b...

  • Arbor Day poster contest is open

    Dec 22, 2016

    Wyoming State Forestry Division and Wyoming Project Learning Tree (WY PLT) are teaming up again this year to hold the annual Wyoming State Arbor Day poster contest. The contest is open to all Wyoming fourth and fifth grade students, including home-schooled, private and public. Students are invited to create a poster no larger than 14 by 18 inches in size that depicts the theme “Trees are Terrific for You and Me!” The winner will receive $100, their framed poster and a plaque. The winner’s teacher will also receive $100. Second place will recei...

  • Some ideal Christmas gifts with a Cowboy State feel

    Bill Sniffin|Dec 22, 2016

    Ken Smith of Laramie has a great idea for an ideal Christmas gift – he thought someone should go around the state and “bundle up” all the different craft beers and market them as a package. Not sure how that could be done, but sounded good to me. Ken is a University of Wyoming professor and has shared a cold one with me now and then. Actually I was the guy who recruited him to Wyoming back in the 1980s to be publisher of the Green River Star. Today, he heads the journalism department at UW. I wa...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dec 22, 2016

    Pine Bluffs Elementary Schools' performance of “The Christmas Carol” was delightful. Congratulations to all K-6 performers and those behind the scenes who put in many hours of memorization and rehearsals to make this production a success. Cast included Gavin Oakes, Kutter Fornstrom, Merina Theobald, Jason Mickelson, Ethan Morrison, Caitlyn Eggli, Madelyn Brown and scores of soloists and narrators and Abby Gray as assistant director. Musical productions provide opportunities for students to explore, develop, and experiment with their music and...

  • An open letter to Wyoming seniors and their loved ones

    Sen. Mike Enzi|Dec 22, 2016

    It has come to my attention that certain groups or entities have been using my name to try and get donations from seniors. Some of these solicitations imply that folks won’t get their Social Security benefits unless they pay $10 and sign a petition addressed to me. These letters are misleading and aim to prey on those who are vulnerable and worried. No one has to pay anyone in order to share their views with me and these professional petition organizers are not as effective as they may claim. I am working to make sure Social Security b...

  • Senate coalition highlights value of America's nuclear missiles

    Sen. Mike Enzi|Dec 22, 2016

    It has come to my attention that certain groups or entities have been using my name to try and get donations from seniors. Some of these solicitations imply that folks won’t get their Social Security benefits unless they pay $10 and sign a petition addressed to me. These letters are misleading and aim to prey on those who are vulnerable and worried. No one has to pay anyone in order to share their views with me and these professional petition organizers are not as effective as they may claim. I am working to make sure Social Security b...

  • USDA Announces Farmer Fair Practices Rules

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Dec 22, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) recently announced updated regulations to protect the rights of farmers. The Farmer Fair Practices Rules target the most harmful practices hurting farmers and clearly outlines common sense protections to restore fairness and reduce the burden for farmers seeking justice under the Packers and Stockyards Act. This is the most recent action in the Obama's Administration's efforts to level the playing field for all Americans. "For years, American fa...

  • Bette Jo Voss

    Dec 22, 2016

    Bette Jo (Perreten) Voss passed away Tuesday December 13, 2016. Bette was born March 14, 1923 to William and Lulu (Spitler) Perreten on the family farm south east of Rushville, NE, joining 4 sisters Hazel, Helen, Ruth and Margaret. Later followed by another sister LaVerna, one brother William Jr. (Bill) and youngest sister, Norma Jean. She attended country school Sheridan Co. Dist. 14, grades 1 through 8. Most days she and her sisters walked the 2 miles to school from their home. Her high school days were in Rushville, NE. On good days, she... Full story

  • Margie I. Loveland

    Dec 22, 2016

    Margie I. Loveland passed away from natural causes on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in Cheyenne WY, surrounded by her sons and their families. She was born December 24, 1927 in Edna, Kansas to Charles and Josie (Buress) Hill. At an early age the family moved to Torrington, Wyoming where she attended school. On October 9, 1943, before he left for service during WWII, she married Donald V. Loveland in Torrington, WY. They were married for 71 years before his death in 2015. For the most part, Margie was a stay at home mom raising her six children.... Full story

  • New Online Tool Helps People Find Lost Life Insurance Policies

    Staff Report|Dec 22, 2016

    Wyoming Insurance Commissioner Tom Glause recently announced that Wyomingites now have access to a new online service they can use to help locate lost life insurance policies or annuity contracts that belonged to a deceased family member. “The National Association of Insurance Commissioners created the free online Life Insurance Policy Locator to help consumers,” Glause said. The online service is located at: locator.naic.org. An estimated $1 billion in benefits are unclaimed, according to consumer reports. “Most people don't know where to be...

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 22, 2016

    Items for possible inclusion in the weekly community calendar should be typewritten or legibly printed. All submissions should include the name and daytime telephone number of the person submitting the information in case questions arise. Items which may be included in the calendar are church events, club meetings, and school events. If your club will not be meeting or has a change, please contact us so we can update the calendar with the correct information as soon as possible. Items should be received on Monday at 5 p.m., one week prior to...

  • Students help make Christmas merry

    Staff Report|Dec 22, 2016

    In the true spirit of Christmas, the Pine Bluffs High School Student Council and the Burns High School Student Council wanted to bring smiles to more students in the Laramie County School District No. 2, but in order to do so, knew that they would need more help than in past years. According to PBHS student council advisor Ashley Rousseau, the student councils decided to capitalize on the competitive drive between the two high schools and decided to challenge each other as well as the students...

  • Looking Back

    Dec 22, 2016

    1 YEARS AGO Dec. 21, 1916 The Rutledge Clothing Stock and business was sold to Claude R. Hall. Dick Rutledge was appointed the position of assistant to Cashier A. B Mitchell at the Farmers State Bank. A construction crew was busy putting up a building to house a steam boiler at the coal chute and pumping plant in Pine Bluffs. The Farmers creamery was formally opened to the public. The price of the Post was raised from $1 to $1.50 per year. A number of ranchers in the neighborhood of South Divide met and decided to build a telephone line to...

  • Banner County News

    Barb Cross|Dec 22, 2016

    Good morning to all of you, Banner County and friends near and far. It is a beautiful crisp, morning with skies almost perfectly blue, a few fluffly clouds are hanging about and so far the wind is not blowing. Yesterday was the shortest day of the year with a total of 9 hours, and 21 minutes of daylight. Not enough my friends, simply not enough. However, looking on the bright side, now that we have the official first day of winter over and done with, we can carry on with it and get it over...

  • Hereford News

    Carolyn Ragsdale|Dec 22, 2016

    Merry Christmas and remember Jesus is the reason for the season, and everyday all year long. On Sunday, December 18, there were two services at the Hereford Community Church. At the morning service Steve Hauer was celebrating his birthday. The 4th Advent candle was lit by Rosalyn, Andrea, and Tommy Reifschneider. For the special Steve Hauer sang Mary Did You Know? The sermon topic was What Child Is This? One of the scriptures was Isaiah 9:6 and 7. The child referred to was Jesus. On Sunday...

  • Albin News

    Charlene Smith|Dec 22, 2016

    Albin is a great little town for many reasons. This time of year, we often are blanketed in white. The fresh snow stays undisturbed on some streets for perhaps the entire day. The light dusting doesn’t require a plow and it seems to keep neighbors in where it is safe and warm. The white blanket this past week didn’t, however, keep any heat in our area. It was cold outside. How cold was it? It was so cold, cows were throwing themselves at electric fences. It was so cold, the dogs had to put jum...

  • Letters to Santa

    Dec 22, 2016

    The following letters were written by students on what they thought their friend would like for Christmas: Burns Kindergaren Class – Mary Odean, Teacher Dear Santa, My friend Reece, wishes for a roping dume from you for Christmas. Thank you. Your friend, Trevor Dear Santa, My friend Violet, wishes for a Elsa book from you for Christmas. Thank you. Your friend, Wyatt Dear Santa, My friend Ella, wishes for a rel liv pony from you for Christmas. Thank you. Your friend, Grady Dear Santa, My friend Hailey, wishes for a Mal and Evie p.j.'s from you f...

  • Burns FBLA donates gifts to military children

    Staff Report|Dec 22, 2016

    Members of the Burns FBLA Chapter were able to donate to nine military children in conjunction with the GUARDian Angel gifts recently. According to Burns FBLA Advisor Brittany Mitchell, the group raised enough funds to be able to purchase seven presents for each child. The chapter rose money by sponsoring a "jeans week", in which teachers at Albin, Burns and Carpenter, all paid $5 to wear jeans for a week. All proceeds, along with money supplemented with selling smart snacks, were used to...

  • A ch-ch-ch-chilly night to go c-c-c-caroling

    Becky Christofferson, Pine Bluffs Post|Dec 22, 2016

    Members of the Pine Bluffs Crossroads Community Church youth group braved the cold temperatures and snow to spread a bit of Christmas cheer to the town as they went caroling Dec. 14 around town under the direction of youth group advisor Dustin Lee. This is the first time the group has gone caroling and were able to sing to a dozen houses before the cold forced them indoors. Songs that were sung were mostly of the Christian genre, but there were some secular ones such as Frosty the Snowman and...

  • Christmas is a crafty time of year for all ages

    Dec 22, 2016

  • Burns upsets Central sophomores, loses to Wright

    Staff Report|Dec 22, 2016

    With frigid temperatures bearing down on most of eastern Wyoming, the Lusk Jamboree had a few schedule changes over the weekend. The Burns Broncs went into action against the sophomore team of Cheyenne Central and the Wright Panthers. Burns faced Cheyenne Central Indians in their first game of the Jamboree and came away with a win by a 21-point margin. The first quarter was tight with both teams putting up 11 points on the scoreboard. Burns was able to pull away in the second quarter to lead...

  • Lady Broncs lose a pair at Tiger Jamboree

    Staff Report|Dec 22, 2016

    The Burns Lady Broncs traveled to Lusk Friday to compete in the Lusk Tiger Jamboree over the weekend. The Lady Broncs competed against the Wright Lady Panthers and the Gillette Lady Camel sophomore team, coming home with two losses. Burns took to the court against the Lady Panthers in their first game in the Tiger Jamboree Friday. The first quarter was close as Wright only led by a two-point margin over the Lady Broncs. The second quarter both teams matched up nicely as the Lady Broncs added 12...

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