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  • Pine Bluffs wakes to a fresh blanket of snow

    Dawnna Merryfield|Dec 31, 2020

    The residents of Pine Bluffs woke up Tuesday, December 29 to a frigid snowfall with temperatures dipping into the teens in the early morning hours. This was not the most snow the area has seen, however, it was still enough to cause road closures. In the early hours of the day Interstate 80 was closed eastbound all the way from Pine Bluffs to Omaha due to an accident in Nebraska. The Cheyenne weather service reported a whopping 1.4 inches at 5:00 a.m. at the weather station. The snow...

  • Pine Bluffs Lions Club recipient of community donation

    Dawnna Merryfield|Dec 31, 2020

    The Points West Community Branch President Scott Vasko recently awarded the Pine Bluff Lions Club with a generous donation for their community help fund. This donation will be used to help with their eyeglasses and exam program and their student of the quarter grants. Every year eight grants are handed out to two students per quarter. One student from Pine Bluffs and one student from Burns is selected quarter and is awarded a grant. There are many different programs the Lions club helps...

  • New Years Safety

    Dawnna Merryfield|Dec 31, 2020

    With New year's almost literally right around the corner some people may be planning what to do on New year's Eve. Some may stay indoors with their close family others maybe planning a night out at the bar. Regardless of your plans there are always some precautions you need to take at this time of year. Some of the younger generation will be out at the bars or at parties to celebrate the new year but being out in public during this time can be dangerous. If traveling out of town for celebrations be sure to plan ahead and have a place to stay...

  • U.S. Senator-Elect Lummis Announces Additional DC & WY Staff

    U.S. Senator-elect Cynthia Lummis|Dec 31, 2020

    Cheyenne, Wyoming – U.S. Senator-elect Cynthia Lummis announced a slate of experienced communications, policy and field staff to serve in key roles in both her Washington, DC and Wyoming offices. "Bringing capable staff onto the team to serve at every level has been one of my top priorities as I prepare to join the Senate," said Lummis. "Everyone I'm bringing onto the team, from my field representatives to my policy experts, brings passion and experience to the table to serve the people of...

  • Energy Share of Wyoming Opens Application Process for Energy Assistance Program provides energy related expense aid for qualifying applicants

    Dec 31, 2020

    CHEYENNE, Wy. – December 24, 2020 –Multiple Wyoming energy companies and cities have joined together to kick off the thirty-first annual Energy Share of Wyoming season. The program, which is now accepting applications, was started to assist individuals with energy-related emergencies when unusual circumstances create financial needs not met through existing energy assistance programs. Voluntary contributions from sponsors and individuals support the program that runs through the spring of 2021. “During the 2019-2020 heating season,...

  • Houseplants

    Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners|Dec 31, 2020

    As I was contemplating the topic for this week it occurred to me that I've never written an article on houseplants. That seems odd. At least until you consider that I don't grow houseplants. Linda does, but I've always focused on what can be grown outside. I do enjoy houseplants and I admire anyone who keeps plants inside their home. Plants in the house create a calm, relaxing environment. The more plants, the more relaxing they are. There are times that I go out to the hydroponic room where I...

  • Regional West receives COVID-19 vaccine

    Dec 31, 2020

    SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., ― Regional West has received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and is activating their plan to start vaccinating front line physicians and caregivers. "Regional West is following the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services definition of direct patient care and exposure to infectious material to build our tiered roll-out of the vaccine to physicians and staff," said Regional West Chief Quality Officer Margo Ferguson. Nationwide, the vaccine is being distributed in waves....

  • Layne Ring A Veteran Story

    Penny Merryfield|Dec 31, 2020

    A1C (E-3) Layne Ring on a recent trip home to visit his mother, and his family, before heading to his new base in Japan. Ring was born in Kimball Nebraska on January 17, 1994 to Tricia Ring, but resided in Pine Bluffs. Ring and his family would move in 1996 to Algoma, Wisconsin, where he would start school and reside for several years. Due to jobs, his family would move a couple more times, until they settled in Illinois. Ring would finish school there and graduate from Mattoon, Illinois High Sc...

  • Photos of the Week

    Dec 31, 2020

  • Resilience will spur Wyoming's transformation

    Josh Dorrell Wyoming Business Council CEO|Dec 31, 2020

    Resilience is a trait of success. The pandemic may have temporarily knocked down Wyoming, but we have an opportunity to take the lessons learned and come back stronger, more resilient. We can thrive, not just survive. Challenges and adversity always push creativity. We've gone through boom and bust cycles in the state many, many times, but the hardships wrought by the recent pandemic have the potential to be transformative. Many of our industries were hit pretty hard, and they're going to continue to suffer. We know that we're not out of the wo...

  • Deadline near for Wyoming Letters about Literature Contest

    Dec 31, 2020

    Wyoming students in grades 4-12 have less than two weeks left to enter the Wyoming Letters About Literature contest! The postmark deadline is Saturday, January 9, 2021. With school out for the holidays, this is a good time for teens and tweens to write a heartfelt letter to their favorite author for the chance to win an Amazon gift card. Wyoming Letters About Literature asks students to reflect on a book or other work that has affected them and to write to the author — living or dead — about how that book changed their life or outlook....

  • CAREs Act Charitable Funds

    Dec 31, 2020

    Laramie County, WY, December 28, 2020: With the signing of the latest CAREs Act by President Trump, the Laramie County Commissioners can extend and expand the use of funds from Governor Mark Gordon to assist Laramie County Charitable Organizations. Organizations can now apply for funding to make up for lost revenue relating to reduced donations, lack of normal fundraising activities, and inability to access grants that generally are available due to Covid-19. Please use APPLICATION A, which can be found on the homepage of LaramieCounty.com The...

  • Coloring Contest Winners

    Dec 31, 2020

  • Hornets Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 31, 2020

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets ended the first 3 weeks of the season with a 3-1 record when they beat the Glenrock Herders by a score of 49 – 37. In their first away game of the season the Hornets were able to keep the Herders at bay and add another win to their record. The Herders 0-4 were hoping to add 1 win to their schedule before the break with this game but the Hornets had different ideas. The Hornets, ranked 31st in the state are averaging just over 54 points per game while holding the opponents scoring to 47.2 points per game. They...

  • Hornets Basketball

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 31, 2020

    The Lady Hornets, 1-3 got their first win of the season during their first away game against the 2-3 Glenrock Herders. It was a close game with both teams pushing hard but the Hornets came out on top with a score of 40-37. The Lady Hornets came out fighting scoring 14 points in the first quarter holding the Herders to only 3 points. But the Herders were not to be held down and scored 13 points in the second quarter holding the Hornets to only 5 points. The Lady Hornets entered the half with only a leading margin of 3 points. The third quarter...

  • Resolutions - a sporting fun

    Dawnna Merryfield|Dec 31, 2020

    It is that time again, New year new me or so we hope. With a year as chaotic as 2020, many will be remembering their year and figuring how to make the next one well, less 2020ish. The idea of New year's resolutions is believed to stem from ancient Babylon 4,000 years ago. During this time the new year started in mid-march. This is when Babylonians would throw a 12-day festival to either worship their king or welcome their new one. The resolutions were not quite what they are today though. Babylonians would offer promises to their gods to pay...

  • Wrestling

    Dec 31, 2020

  • Tri-State Grapplers Results

    Dec 31, 2020

    "God's Country" Tournament Ault, CO 12-26-2020 4&Under-  45# Axyl Ross 2nd 6&Under- 47# Dylen Bibbey 2nd 70# Ashtyn Ross 2nd 8&Under- 57# Ethan Bibbey 1st 58# Gavin Bibbey 2nd  10&Under- 55# Jesse Gortney 3rd 80# Jax Thurin 1st 12&Under- 110# Caysen Ross 2nd Girls K-2nd-  70# Ashtyn Ross 2nd...

  • Republican or Democrat - What is the real question? Part 2

    Mike Heath|Dec 31, 2020

    AMEN, Warren Wittstruck! Your letter to the editor on December 24th was right on and illuminates the low level of integrity of the Democrat Party. More people need to start speaking up like you did. It is also a perfect Segway into this week’s article. So I thank you. Although Mr. Wittstruck’s letter was on the voter fraud that occurred in the elections of 2020, he demonstrates the polar differences between the Democrat and Republican Parties. The Republican Party has it’s own issues, but blatant fraud and disregard for our Constitution...