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  • Santa

    Dec 24, 2020

  • Pine Bluffs town council wraps up the end of the year

    Dawnna Merryfield|Dec 24, 2020

    Although Monday’s city council meeting was much shorter than usual they did have a few things to talk about. Resolution 20/20-11 was brought to the table, this is for the process of combining lots. Any lot less than 35 acres do not qualify for agricultural property therefore combining lot one and two qualifies for agriculture. By combining both lots this would save about $4500 a month. Lot one was only 20 acres while lot two was 40 acres this combination will not affect any future construction. Other than that there was no other business....

  • Rare Christmas Star is seen in Wyoming skies

    Dawnna Merryfield|Dec 24, 2020

    Thanks to earth's tilt on its axis people recently experienced the Winter Solstice! The solstice happened on Monday, December 21st and this marks the official astrological first day of winter. When the solstice rolls around, its the shortest day of the year. This event happens once in December for the northern hemisphere and once in June for the southern hemisphere. Meaning, while it is our winter solstice, the southern hemisphere is in their summer solstice and vice versa. There is some belief...

  • Coloring Contest

    Dec 24, 2020

  • Robert Wilbur Marquiss

    Dec 24, 2020

    Robert Wilbur Marquiss [90] passed away at the Veterans Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado on December 4th, 2020. Robert "Bob" was born on September 4th, 1930 in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming to Ford and Faye (Rinehart) Marquiss. He attended schools (Burns, Albin, Golden Prairie) while growing up there. His college and military careers began first with the University of Wyoming in 1948, followed by his service in the Navy in 1950 before finally completing his Masters in Agriculture at the U of...

  • Donald Jay "Bud" Brown

    Dec 24, 2020

    Donald Jay "Bud" Brown, 85, of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, passed away November, 20, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. Don was born on February 21, 1935 in Kimball, Nebraska to Jay B. Brown and Iwana "Dot" Brown. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. After his military service, Don returned to Wyoming and began farming with his father. During that time, he attained his Agriculture Business degree at the University of...

  • William G. "Bill" Small

    Dec 24, 2020

    PBHS-Class of 1959 has lost another classmate. William G. (Bill) Small passed away the 13th of Dec. from the covid virus. He was residing in Everett Wa., where his son and family live. Their daughter Billie Gene (BJ) lives in Casper Wyo. Bill and his family lived in Casper Wyo. for over 50 years. He will be missed....

  • Soils

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Dec 24, 2020

    When I was in Saudi Arabia and other countries on the Arabian Peninsula I saw a lot of sand. Everywhere I looked was sand. Well...sand or concrete. Very little concrete. It was the most desolate region I've ever seen. I couldn't believe anything could grow there. Yet there were plants growing. In fact the Saudis had an ingenious cooling system for the walkways. Vining plants were growing directly in the sand with a slow drip system at each plant. The vines covered a trellis system, hanging down...

  • PB Buzz hold Christmas Store for Pine Bluffs Elementary

    Elizabeth Zerck|Dec 24, 2020

    For several years the PB Buzz has hosted a Christmas store for the students of Pine Bluffs Elementary. In the past we have collected donations of gently used items for the students to choose from, but this year with the concerns of COVID-19 we focused on monetary donations and the support we receive from our community has always been absolutely fantastic! Students shop for their parents and siblings. After they have shopped for their items, members of the PB Buzz help to wrap the gifts while...

  • Christmas in the Trenches A Veteran Story

    Penny Merryfield|Dec 24, 2020

    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 were no "Christmas Truce" as in World War I. In the history of World War II,...

  • O' Christmas Tree

    Dawnna Merryfield|Dec 24, 2020

    Tis the season! Tis the season for family food presents and Christmas trees!! Many families today have their own unique tree displays. Some are real some fake some aren't even trees at all. This season the big question is where did the Christmas tree, we all have come to love, really originate? The "Christmas tree" goes far back in history. Every culture has their own to represent either their religion or beliefs. For example the ancient Egyptians Hebrews and Chinese believed evergreen wreaths and garlands symbolized eternal life. They would...

  • Photos of the Week

    Dec 24, 2020

  • Regional West Planning for upcoming COVID -19 vaccine

    Dec 24, 2020

    SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., ― As healthcare workers across the U.S. began receiving the nation’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines this week, Regional West officials are making plans for the vaccine’s upcoming delivery and administration to frontline healthcare staff with a high risk of exposure. Regional West will be receiving several batches of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. In accordance with state and federal recommendations, a priority matrix has been established to identify those groups who qualify for the first round of vaccinations....

  • Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 confirmed in Wyoming

    Dec 24, 2020

    Wyoming Livestock Board: An infectious viral disease of rabbits, Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2), has recently been confirmed in a wild eastern cottontail rabbit in Albany County, Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and USDA APHIS have been conducting RHDV2 enhanced passive surveillance in wild and feral rabbits across the state. This disease has also been reported in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, in both domestic and wild rabbits. RHDV2 is highly contagious, fatal, and affects...

  • Broncs Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 24, 2020

    Saturday, December 19, Burns Broncs played another home game. This time against one of the best teams in the state the Worland Warriors. Coming off the win against the Lyman team the day before they had high hopes for their game against the Warriors. The Warriors proved to be a bit too much for the Broncs as they were handed their second loss of the season. The Broncs lost the contest 79 to 33. It was disappointing but a great game to build and learn from. Coach Suloff had this to say, "Worland...

  • Cake Wars Hornet Style

    Dec 24, 2020

    The popular cake wars has come to Pine Bluffs High School. Teacher, Nicole Horrocks in her food class not only teaches cooking, and baking, but she encourages a couple of competitions. Early this year, there was cupcake wars, and now the students have competed on a larger scale than cupcakes. Taking first place was a M&M cake. Jace Slade, Kashten Martinez, and Tyler Christofferson were bakers and decorators. Coming in second place was a Polar Bear Cave Cake. This was a team effort of Cathy...

  • Lady Broncs Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 24, 2020

    The Burns Lady Broncs lost their Dec 18th home game against the Lyman Eagles by a score of 45 to 32. The 3-1 Lyman team proved to be just a bit too much for the 1-3 Broncs. No individual game stats were available for this game at the time of this publishing. Coach Barry Ward stated, "You just can't start a game that flat. We came out and got down early and we tried to fight back the entire game. You just can't do that against good teams. We were down 15 in the first quarter and I think the game...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dec 24, 2020

    Fellow PATRIOTS, I can’t put into words here the distress, anger and heartache I feel for what is happening in our country. We are in very troubling times for our Nation. I voted, but next time will my vote count? Everyone I know have little to no faith in the integrity of our vote actually counting. If we do not condemn this widespread voter/election fraud, then we accept it. To accept such fraud as a Nation, condemns our future as a free constitutional nation. We wonder and worry, is there any agency in our government who is going fighting...

  • High West unveils EV-23 Initiative to promote Electric Vehicles

    Dec 24, 2020

    PINE BLUFFS, WYOMING – High West Energy Cooperative is officially announcing a new, long-term initiative revolving around the rapidly increasing consumer interest in electric vehicles. High West's EV-23 Initiative is a four-year plan that will add electric vehicles to the High West fleet and create attractive and affordable options for the co-op's members as well as the general public in Southeast Wyoming, the Nebraska Panhandle, and Northeast Colorado. "Electric vehicles represent an...

  • Republican or Democrat - What is the real question? Part 1

    Mike Heath|Dec 24, 2020

    I want to thank Jennifer Burns for all the hard work she put into copying the platforms of the two major political parties and the two wannabes so we could read them all together. However, all she really succeeded in doing was to show herself for what she really is. To begin with, she has given herself the title of “Candidate for Wyoming House District 10”. She is not a candidate for anything now. She is a defeated candidate for House District 10 and she cannot become a candidate again until the filing period opens in May of 2022. She is...