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  • 2015 ends on a festive note

    Polly Taylor|Dec 31, 2015

    The year has come to an end, and Christmas came and went last week. Santa Claus took time to visit Pine Bluffs Elementary before students were released for vacation, shown here with his elf Bob Lyons of the Lions Club. Lions Club members were also out in the cold weather on Dec. 23 to help distribute food boxes. Tim Wilkins of the Lions Club finishes loading a truck with boxes. The Lions worked with members of American Legion Post 60 and the local FFA chapter (story on Page 18). The annual...

  • Boom-bust: Is our state economy counter-cyclical to rest of USA?

    Bill Sniffin|Dec 31, 2015

    Oh no, not again. Or as the old bumper sticker read: “Please God, give me one more boom. This time I promise not to piddle it away” or words to that effect. Our governor and members of the Legislature are preparing for one of the more difficult budget sessions in memory as severance tax revenues are plummeting because of low oil and natural gas prices worldwide. Wyoming is a commodity state, which means that its economy booms or busts, based on the prices that are charged for energy in the for...

  • Planning is vital to battle old man winter

    Jimmie Earls|Dec 31, 2015

    Although the winter solstice didn’t officially arrive until December 21, mother nature has already dealt us several punches of wintry weather that would send those not used to driving in snow and ice huddling under the blankets and hibernating until they see the first blade of grass, which in our case would be about four months from now. So as we prepare to hunker down for the long cold months ahead, let’s see where we stand this year and go over what to do if you find yourself out in the elements. According to Buzz Hutcheon with the National W...

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 31, 2015

    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... Full story

  • Colorado company seeks sale barn in Pine Bluffs

    Jimmie Earls|Dec 31, 2015

    Gary Naill, owner of Nebco Services LLC based in Sterling, Colo., is looking to establish a sale barn in Pine Bluffs. Naill addressed Pine Bluffs Town Council Monday night to ask for a cost quote on real estate acreage and how much land the town has available. “I understand the town owns some land on the north side of town by the tracks,” Naill said to the council. “I was wondering if you would entertain – I am thinking about putting in a sale barn. I was just wondering what you had in mind for that real estate over there.” Naill informed...

  • Gray picked for Shrine Bowl coaching staff

    Jimmie Earls|Dec 31, 2015

    Pine Bluffs head football coach Will Gray has been picked to be part of the South coaching staff for the 43rd annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl football game to be played June 11, 2016 at Natrona County High School in Casper. South head coach Mark Lenhardt from Torrington High School picked Coach Gray for his coaching staff. "It's a great feeling," said Gray. "Coach Lenhardt and I go way back and I am proud to call him a friend and colleague. But none of this would be possible without our athletes...

  • Thurin steps off the gridiron

    Jimmie Earls|Dec 31, 2015

    The next time the Pine Bluffs Junior High football team takes the field, it will be without a familiar face on the sideline. Coach Matt Thurin has decided to take a break from coaching football, but he will still be active with other sports. "I've been coaching for 28 years, so it was time to take a little break," said Thurin. Thurin has been around football for a long time, having first played in the Pop Warner league in 1967. His coaching career began at Pine Bluffs Junior High, where he coach...

  • Bowling Results

    Dec 31, 2015

    Monday Women 1. Pine Bowl, 328 2. Exxon, 307 3. Texas Trail Market, 278 Highs Handicap game: Jamie Loyd, 265 Handicap series: Johnna Graves, 706 Scratch game: Jo Radcliffe, 208 Scratch series: Jo Radcliffe, 564 Tuesday Mixed 1. Harding Ranch, 40 2. Killer B’s, 35 3. P&Z, 34 Women’s Highs Handicap game: Jo Radcliffe, 253 Handicap series: Jo Radcliffe, 679 Scratch game: Jo Radcliffe, 201 Scratch series: Jo Radcliffe, 523 Men’s Highs Handicap game: Dennis Bruns, 296 Handicap series: Chad Lemaster, 759 Scratch game: Dennis Bruns, 253 Scratch serie...

  • Feeling the Christmas spirit

    Jimmie Earls|Dec 31, 2015

    Local kids got a chance to decorate their own pine cones in the holiday spirit as part of the Pine Bluffs Branch Library Christmas party held Dec. 22. Pictured from the left are Domonic Christensen, Tomas Becerra, Phoenix Cerenil, Morgan Yeager, Jasmin Becerra, Alexis DePaulitte, Marisol Garcia, Caden Romero and McKayla Larkin....

  • DOI reminds WINhealth customers to end electronic premium payments

    Department of Insurance|Dec 31, 2015

    Wyoming Insurance Commissioner Tom Glause reminds WINhealth customers who had automatic or electronic payment programs that they need to contact their banking institution to end their electronic premium payments after the customer’s December premium has been paid. According to Glause, “Individuals must contact their banking institutions to stop the automatic fund withdrawal. Unfortunately, the burden is on individuals to make this change with their banks. The Insurance Department cannot contact the financial institutions and ask them to sto...

  • Banner County News

    Barb Cross|Dec 31, 2015

    Good morning Banner County, neighbors both near and far! Here is hoping that you all had a very, very Merry Christmas. Christmas Eve services at the Harrisburg Community Church were uplifting, with many braving the cold temperatures. The ice candles were glowing, and so were many faces as we remembered the reason for the season. As more snow and wind blew in Saturday night causing closed roads and cancellations of church services Sunday morning, I think we were extra glad for the Thursday servic...

  • Hereford News

    Carolyn Ragsdale|Dec 31, 2015

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Christmas storm left us with a lot of drifted snow. Several people, including us, were snowed in. It was reported that there was a large drift in front of the church, so there was no church service this past Sunday. To start off the new year, the Hereford Community Church will have Communion on Jan. 3, and the sermon topic will be The Real Motive. Then on Jan. 10 the sermon topic will be God Has Spoken. The 55 And Up Club will hold their monthly potluck luncheon on Friday,...

  • Albin News

    Charlene Smith|Dec 31, 2015

    If we are fortunate, we see many years end and many years begin. We experience new beginnings and endure sad endings, hanging on to the memories that stay behind. The end of the year is a natural time to look back on what was, but also spend a little time to look forward to what will be. A few events broke records or were just pretty darn interesting in 2015 for Albin. The Albin Community Center got a makeover with a new floor in the lobby and lunchroom. Richard Persons celebrated his birthday...

  • No Till Notes: Giving

    Mark Watson, Panhandle No-Till Educator|Dec 31, 2015

    I’ve met a lot of really interesting and enjoyable people through my travels and involvement with conservation agriculture and continuous no till crop production. Two of my favorites are Brian and Keith Burns. Brian and Keith took it upon themselves to establish Green Cover Seed. Green Cover Seed is a cover crop/forage crop seed distribution business. Brian and Keith decided early on with the establishment of cover crops that someone had to become a distributor of the vast variety of seed n...

  • Veterans outreach services scheduled in January

    Wyoming Veterans Commission|Dec 31, 2015

    A Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services in Wyoming cities throughout January. Joseph (Joe) Ferguson is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veteran’s benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs Claims or VA Healthcare. Joe can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare. His office is located at the Joint Forces Readiness Center, 5800 Central Avenue in Cheyenne, and he will also be a...

  • Key dates for Wyoming hunting near

    Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.|Dec 31, 2015

    As the year comes to an end hunters should be aware of several important dates. 2016 application information For those hunters planning to hunt in 2016, applications for residents, non-residents, and landowners open 8 a.m. MST on Jan. 4, 2016. This is for limited quota elk, deer, antelope, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and spring turkey. Applications for wild bison open on Feb. 1, 2016. There are varying deadlines to apply depending on residency and species. For specific draw deadlines and detailed application information, please visit...

  • Looking Back

    Dec 31, 2015

    1 Years Ago December 30, 1915 Pine Bluffs market report According to Pine Bluffs market reports, butter was 30 cents, butter fat 32 cents, eggs 27 cents, hens were eight cents, turkeys 10 cents, old toms, ducks and geese were eight cents, hogs were $5.50, cattle $6.00, corn was 50 cents per bushel, rye $1.25, milling wheat $1.50, macaroni wheat $1.40, #3 oats $1.00 and flax was $1.75 per bushel. ********** Mitchell’s host Christmas party Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Mitchell hosted a Christmas party for relatives, featuring a bountiful dinner, d...

  • From the Kitchen of Crabbie Abner

    Dec 31, 2015

    By now, if you eat all of the traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas foods, you are probably getting a little tired of turkey. Of course, some people traditionally eat prime rib, and a few may enjoy ham; generally speaking though, fowl of some kind is usually what is gracing holiday tables. However, New Year’s is a day when it seems that the regional favorites are what show up on dinner tables, as opposed to holiday favorites. Being from the east coast, and of the southern persuasion, though, what will most likely be on my dinner table is b...

  • Albin students get visitors from the north

    Jimmie Earls|Dec 31, 2015

    Albin Elementary students, from left, Jaspur Nusbaum, Edwin Morales, Jesus Lozano and Denali Bronder got up close and personal with two reindeer that visited the school Dec. 22. The reindeer are owned by Brett Krager, left, who runs Reggie Reindeer Christmas Promotions. Krager gave a brief presentation to the students and let them pet two reindeer named Reggie and Riley....

  • Local students named to Dean's, President's lists

    Chadron State College|Dec 31, 2015

    Chadron State College has announced that 387 students met requirements for the Fall 2015 Dean’s list by earning at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify. Local students who made the Dean’s list include: Preston Goehring of Carpenter, and Colton Wright of Albin. The Chadron State College Fall 2015 President’s list, which requires a 4.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, consists of 258 students. Students must be en...

  • County test of Emergency Outdoor Warning System scheduled

    Dec 31, 2015

    The Cheyenne/Laramie County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Outdoor Warning Siren system promptly at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 1 for Pine Bluffs. The warning system will sound a steady signal for a period of one to three minutes. During an actual emergency, when residents hear the sirens they should take cover immediately and tune into a local radio or television station to receive additional emergency information. Residents should not call 911 or local emergency officials for information as this ties up telephone lines needed... Full story

  • Just a Few Thoughts...About Resolutions

    Polly Taylor|Dec 31, 2015

    It’s that time of year again. Time to make a lot of long-term (12 month) promises to yourself that you’ll most likely not keep. I think I’ve managed to keep a few New Year’s resolutions in my entire life, including one this past year – well almost. The other day, though, I was reading an article about New Year’s, resolutions, losing weight, yada, yada, yada....and one suggestion in particular that stood out from all of the others was completely logical. Now, I’m no Mr. Spock. I try to use logic...

  • 113 Christmas food boxes delivered in Pine Bluffs

    Polly Taylor|Dec 31, 2015

    Every year the Pine Bluffs Lions Club, along with members of American Legion Post 60, and students who are members of the local FFA Chapter, come together to distribute food boxes to those in need, to help them over the holidays. This year was no different, as the group gathered together in the cold winter temperatures to get the job done Dec. 23. Alisha Michaud, director of the Pine Bluffs Senior Center, is responsible for determining how many boxes will be delivered to Pine Bluffs, and spent...

  • Don't get hashtagged by the WHP

    Wyoming Highway Patrol|Dec 31, 2015

    The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be conducting an impaired driving and traffic safety campaign over the New Year's weekend utilizing social media. The campaign is titled #DoNotGetHashtaggedByWHP. The concept is to deter motorists from driving impaired and to practice safe driving habits over the holiday weekend by posting up-to-date WHP DUI arrests and other safety related traffic stops from around the state using the hashtag #DoNotGetHashtaggedByWHP. The goal is to reduce impaired driving, impaired driving crashes, and to increase safe driving...