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 By Grace Moore    News    March 16, 2023 

Council pecks away at chicken issue

Pine Haven Mayor Karla Brandenburg shared the council's objective in hosting a public meeting last Tuesday evening: "What we're here to accomplish is for the council to see what kind of support or...

 By Grace Moore    News    March 16, 2023 

Town works to save Spring Clean Day

With the end of the municipal landfill, the Moorcroft Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC)-sponsored Spring Cleanup Day, which usually transpires in May, has been cancelled. Elaine Buckmiller attended last week’s council meeting to inform the governing...

 By Grace Moore    Outdoors    March 16, 2023 

State Forestry hosts fire mitigation class

Assistant District Forester for the State of Wyoming Jeremy Dedic introduced a class to residents and property owners of Pine Haven and Pine Ridge last week in an effort to protect the lives of...

 By Grace Moore    News    March 16, 2023 

New deputy clerk joins team

Sondii Boggess has faced her first month as Pine Haven’s deputy clerk, finishing the new look of the clerk’s office at town hall. Boggess has lived in the Pine Haven area since 2016 and recently began seeking a job closer to her home, east of...

 By Grace Moore    News    March 16, 2023 

Fuel costs questioned

A number of bills were temporarily pulled for explanation at last Wednesday’s regular meeting of Moorcroft’s council, requiring clarification from department heads. Among others discussed, Councilman Bob Stewart had concerns about the February...

 By Grace Moore    School    March 16, 2023 

Post prom venue denied

Moorcroft Volunteer Fire Chief Dan Swaney and associates have refused to allow the post prom party to be held in the Moorcroft Fire Station this year. His spokesperson, Kelly Donahue explained to...

 By Grace Moore    Sports    March 16, 2023 

Boys' basketball ends season with gritty performances

Moorcroft’s boys’ basketball team, the smallest 3A school in the state, fought in the Regionals last week with determination and grit. Coach Nick Redden had two goals for this year’s Regionals: “To have people gain respect for Moorcroft...

 By Grace Moore    News    March 9, 2023

ARPA grant gets nod

The ARPA grant Pine Haven had sought for the installation of 12 fire hydrants throughout town has been approved in the amount of $1,083,000 with a match of $326,000 from the town. The three hydrants immediately needed for Boe Drive will be bought by...

 By Grace Moore    News    March 9, 2023

Business park plan still on hold

Vince Waters of the Keyhole Ranch had hoped to meet with Pine Haven’s council at this week’s workshop to move forward with the plans for the future business park and fire station on the south end of town with the closure of probate on his...

 By Grace Moore    News    March 9, 2023

A future for the past

The West Texas Trails Museum (WTTM) has purchased the two lots north of the museum building. According to WTTM director Cindy Mosteller, this grassy area is to eventually become the summer home of an...

 By Grace Moore    News    March 9, 2023

Public Works clears 2400 tons of snow from downtown

Moorcroft's public works director Cory Allison, operating the town's backhoe, and crewmen Dave Elliott and Cody Amende, running the skid steer and loader respectively, worked with Fuller Construction...

 By Grace Moore    News    March 2, 2023

Town hall move to MTC made official

At this month’s meeting of Moorcroft’s council, the decision was finally reached to move Town Hall into the Moorcroft Town Center (MTC) if the town receives the grant needed to facilitate the preparation of the space. From the audience, Nancy...

 By Grace Moore    Sports    March 2, 2023

Wolves claim first women's champ

Moorcroft Wolf Rebecca Anderson has taken the Wyoming women's wrestling championship in the 106 lb class in the first year that the sport has been sanctioned. Anderson is no novice to wrestling; she...

 By Grace Moore    Sports    March 2, 2023

Boys basketball goes to Regionals

The Moorcroft Wolves boys' basketball team have made it to Regionals this year and will play against Torrington or Rawlins in the three-seed bracket. As of the time of this report, these two remaining teams had not played due to inclement weather...

 By Grace Moore    News    February 23, 2023

Pine Haven set to decide ARPA funding

At a busy meeting on Tuesday, the Pine Haven Town Council heard that it will soon be able to ascertain whether the added matching funds put forth for the ARPA grant will put the town "in the cut",...

 By Grace Moore    News    February 23, 2023

Moorcroft considers EMT future

A "KARE" contract is an agreement between an ambulance service, including EMTs and other emergency medical personnel, and an entity such as, in this instance, the Town of Moorcroft for financial...

 By Grace Moore    News    February 23, 2023

Town bids farewell to long-time clerk

Barb Hardy shared a heartfelt goodbye as the Clerk/Treasurer for Pine Haven. She has been the first face of Pine Haven for 14 years and is retiring at the end of February. As the clerk reminisces...

 By Grace Moore    News    February 16, 2023

Coming home to roost?

The subject of urban chickens entered into conversation at Pine Haven’s monthly workshop at the request of a municipal resident. While no decisions were made at last Tuesday’s discussion, “We need to decide, as a council,” Mayor Karla...

 By Grace Moore    News    February 16, 2023

Pine Haven moves ahead with business park plan

With the anticipated release of the Keyhole Ranch assets from probate after the death of owner Skip Waters, son Vince will soon be able to move forward with a plan that his father had already begun to implement alongside the Town of Pine Haven. The...

 By Grace Moore    News    February 16, 2023

Criss Cross Chaos opens its doors in Moorcroft

Eight years ago, Jordan Ann Thurston Miller and husband Chancy decided to start a mobile clothing boutique called Criss Cross Chaos. "I was student teaching at the time. I had gone to a local...

 By Grace Moore    News    February 9, 2023

Moorcroft hits snag with C&D pit

HDR Engineering has been contracted by the Town of Moorcroft to specifically pursue proper permitting closure of the now-defunct landfill. Engineer Heath Turbiville reported the most recent findings last week, as HDR begins that process. The construc...

 By Grace Moore    News    February 9, 2023

Rumors addressed at heated council workshop

After Pine Haven's council finished their main work shop Tuesday morning the room began to fill with North East Wyoming Walleye Association (NEWWA) members who wanted to directly address Mayor Karla...


Just Slayin' ice fishing tournament enjoys another popular year

After Ice fishing Wyoming Lakes ceased their winter ice fishing event a few years ago, 35-year-old Gillette resident Doug DeBoer Jr picked up the reins, saying, "We have to do something for the fishin...

 By Grace Moore    News    February 9, 2023

Different name, same down-home service

After three generations of Mankes serving the Moorcroft area at Quality Hardware, the big quonset building on the west end of town, Ted and Rhonda Manke have sold the property and plan to retire...

 By Grace Moore    News    February 2, 2023

Moorcroft seeks grant for MTC

As the council discussed the upcoming decisions regarding the MTC at Monday’s workshop, members were disappointed to hear there had been no more input from the public since the last meeting of the governing body. With that said, the federally...


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