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CASPER — A report by a government watchdog agency concluded the Bureau of Land Management fell short in establishing standard protocols when it rolled out a temporary royalty relief program for struggling oil and gas operators at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wyoming Fish and Game has begun setting up their hunting check stations in Johnson County. The stations serve a variety of purposes including gathering information on the local herds, collecting lymph node samples to test for CWD and checking hunting licenses and permissions. 

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Bankrupt coalbed methane company US Realm Powder River nabbed a 96% discount on its royalties for 23 federal leases under a Bureau of Land Management COVID-19 relief policy this spring, despite owing the federal government almost $4 million in unpaid natural gas royalties detailed in court claims.

In celebration of Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, the Fireants played live music next to the patio at Papa Binos. The local musical group roots their music in zydeco, cajun and latin sound. Four musicians joined in the performance and encouraged listening and dancing for some. 

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“Best Birthday Ever!!” Lane screamed as he ran back into the yard and shade to escape the 95-degree heat of Saturday afternoon. Moments before, Lane had gotten back from two VIP drives around Buffalo: the first in the back seat of a classic car and the second on the back of a motorcycle. The…

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Labor Day weekend drew visitors from around the region to the Bighorns for camping, hiking and riding getaways. Campgrounds and dispersed sights were spread thick with guests before the cold weather set in briefly on Monday. 

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The official groundbreaking ceremony for Wyoming's first skilled nursing facility for veterans was held on Aug. 26 outside of the Veterans Home of Wyoming. The home is located at the former Ft. McKinney just outside Buffalo and after construction is complete will also include a three cottage…

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It’s been a dry, hot summer and Tie Hack Reservoir west of Buffalo looks like it is suffering the effects of the summer’s drought. The water level is down and cracked dirt extends for yards beyond the boat ramp to the water. 

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The BBQ for Blues fundraiser event on Thursday, Aug. 20, included a silent auction, live music food from 4th on Main and a bounce house and dunk tank. All the money raised during the event was donated to the Operation Blue Santa program. The program supports local families and individuals wi…

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The annual zombie run was held yet again this year despite concerns surrounding COVID-19. The zombie run course was designed by student Massimo Haas and included a number of stops spread around the high school campus. Participants had 45 minutes to participate in the run, after which prizes …

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Early groups clung to the edges of Crazy Woman Square, hanging on to any bit of shade available while some later arrivals took to dancing in front by the stage. Buffalo’s Meet Me in the Square events returned Saturday, Aug. 22, with multiple bands, lots of food and a space to come and hang o…

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According to Wyoming Department of Agriculture statistics, 34,000 sheep and lambs call Johnson County home. They outnumber the county’s human population four to one.

Saturday in Buffalo was home to several garage sales stretching from one edge of town to the other. With everything from clothes to kitchen supplies to furniture for sale, several shoppers spent the day hopping between all the different sales. Most of them started on Friday and continued int…

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Wyoming's primary elections were held on Tuesday, Aug. 18 across the state including three different polling locations in Johnson County. Kaycee had it's own polling location and Buffalo had it's two: one at the Catholic Church Annex and the second in the gym at the Bomber Mountain Civic Cen…

For many of us, the spread of a global pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For Johnson County, it is a twice-in-a-lifetime experience.

Saturday's 10th annual Show and Shine Car show drew cars and people from the last century to show off and compete in a number of categories in the parking lot of Big Horn Tire. Ranging from a couple years old to almost a century old, the vehicles circled around the lot for the morning before…

As construction continues on Fetterman St., the senior center has temporarily relocated its workout classes to the west side of the train park. The classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the mornings at 9:30am and welcome community members to join together for a social workout hour. 

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Going into this year’s Junior Livestock Auction, no one knew what to expect: Would buyers stay away in order to maintain social distancing? Might economic uncertainty deflate prices?

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On July 16 and 17 volunteers from several organizations and the community joined together with gloves, saws and sweat to help remove Russian Olives from around the wildlife pond east of Buffalo. Volunteers represented Game and Fish, the Conservation District and the Forest Service among othe…

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Midday Thursday a grass fire started just off of I-25 north of Kaycee and burned nearly 2,000 acres before being contained by forces. The fire blew to the north and stretched along the interstate, burning west of I-25, east of Old Highway 87, and north of Reno Road. The fire was fought from …

The Buffalo Senior Center hosted its second ice cream social and jam session on Wednesday, July 15. There is a third social scheduled for July 29 for returning or new attendees. Attendees were offered a choice between sandwich or cup and chocolate or vanilla. After ice cream was finished a s…

Grouse Mountain Archery hosted their annual summer 3-D shoot on Saturday, July 18, 2020 west of Buffalo. The shoot was completed along a two mile walking trail that held more than a dozen 3-D targets of local and non-local animals including deer, antelope, bears, and even a crocodile. Partic…

The Bighorn Bluegrass Camp was hosted last week for local kids wanting to improve their skills with an instrument or singing or to learn a new skill altogether. Because of COVID-19, all the teachers who helped during the workshop were local to Johnson County this year and taught the 44 parti…

An unusually warm and dry spring continues to haunt local hay and cattle producers, with hay fields yielding lower tonnage per acre and rangeland showing signs of stress. 

The Kick Em Up Cans barrel race held on July 3-4 hosted barrel racers from around the state for the two day event. Friday evening's races ran late into Saturday morning and on July 4th racers were able to dodge most of the rain and race through the afternoon. There were more 100 entries in t…

Despite concerns over COVID-19, Johnson County 4-H was able to host their annual Mountain Camp on Saturday, June 27 at the Johnson County Youth Camp. While the getaway is normally a full weekend campout, restrictions cut the event back to a single day. Joining Johnson county kids were 4-Hers…

The Big Horn Audubon Society hosted it's monthly Birding at the Brinton event for local birders on Saturday, June 20. Roughly 20 attendees joined the guides in touring the Brinton grounds to observe, both visually and audibly, the birds that are spread throughout the area. Birds spotted duri…

Buffalo's local produce and craft vendors have returned with tents and tables for the summer farmer's market season. While most vendors and food trucks have remained at Crazy Woman Square, two booths, Grass King Cattle Company and Lower Piney, have moved away from the normal farmers market t…

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Despite COVID-19, Buffalo's city pool has officially opened for the year - conveniently on the first official day of Summer. Local families and community members flocked to the pool to cool off in the brisk water doing everything from cannonballs and laps to getting beach balls stuck in foun…

After this weekend, summer has officially begun and with heat setting in a sweet snack to cool off with has returned. The Tropical Snow shop on Main St. offers customers dozens of variations of flavors to add to their shaved ice including singles and combinations. They are open every day exc…

Birthday celebrations were the perfect excuse for a couple of different groups to enjoy the sunshine and cold water of Lake DeSmet. The swimming beach hosted a number of families fishing, swimming and just enjoying the sunshine from the sand. 

Kaycee held its first summer series festival on Saturday in Downtown Kaycee for the community and visitors. The first of three events scheduled for this summer, Saturday's festival included dog trials in the morning, followed by a redneck truck and car show, wheelbarrow races and a street da…

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On Monday, June 15, three recent high school graduates held a Black Lives Matter protest for Buffalo and any community members who were interested in joining. With nearly 100 people in attendance at its peak, the protest wound its way from behind the jail to Crazy Woman Square in downtown. B…

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The Johnson County Cowgirls kicked off their summer rodeo season on Sunday, June 7, with the first rodeo of the year. Competitors traveled to Buffalo to compete in everything from barrel racing to goat tying. Barrel racing was by and large the largest event of the day with 130 total entries …

The Cloud Peak Back Country Horsemen visit the Elgin Park Trailhead in Bighorn National Forest every year to help with maintenance and cleaning. The annual trip coincides with National Trails Day - the first Saturday in June. This year's group camped out for the weekend beginning on Friday, …

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The National Weather Service on Sunday warned that a major winter storm will affect most of Wyoming Sunday night into Monday night. Winter storm warnings have been issued for much of central Wyoming, including Johnson County. 

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Before most of the world was awake, a team of biologists and volunteers gathered on Dec. 13 at the Sinclair gas station in Kaycee. The team’s mission was to collect ultrasound data to estimate the body fat percentage of each radio-collared deer and gather blood and fecal samples. 

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Gov. Mark Gordon this month tasked 32 of Wyoming’s scientists, legislators and conservation policy experts with providing recommendations for action on invasive terrestrial species – plants capable of killing livestock, diminishing wildlife habitat and increasing fire risk.