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More than 75 people gathered beneath a flagpole on Main Street in Buffalo on Jan. 6 to express their support for President Donald Trump.

2020 was a year of change. A year of COVID-19. A year like no other and, in a few lucky ways, a year like every other. A year that began much like most in Johnson County, quickly made a turn in March as COVID-19 took hold internationally and domestically. What was hoped to last for a few mon…

The annual Polar Plunge into Lake DeSmet made for a quick and frigid celebratory start to the new year as a group of nearly 100 people raced off of the beaches and into the water. The crowd moved in and out quickly making way for smaller groups to slowly move in and out at their own pace aft…

Members of the Buffalo Action Shooters met up for the regular monthly shooting competition at the shooting range on the Southeast side of Buffalo. The range has recently been updated, with new dirt allowing for the creation of several new lanes. The group was doing a handgun shooting competi…

The first doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered Monday afternoon at the Johnson County Healthcare Center to noticeable excitement among staff. 

The annual Christmas Pageant put on each year by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was one of the events still able to continue this year despite COVID-19, although not without changes. Normally the event is held live for an audience. This year to follow safe COVID-19 protocols, the play …

June Taylor, 89 and a half, has over 100 nutcrackers out and on display in her home in Buffalo this holiday season. Taylor has 141 total nutcrackers but didn’t put out the smaller ones this year. While the nutcrackers didn’t start out as a collection, they quickly grew into the mass number s…

With a lucky patch of perfect weather, the Forest Service set out to spark a project long in the works - a prescribed burn of 10 units throughout the Bighorn National Forest. The burn project is aimed at thinning out timber and foliage in the designated areas all inside Buffalo’s watershed. …

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What a year 2020 has been! If you are like us, some holiday cheer is in order and what better cheer than touring a spectacular display of Christmas lights around town! We want to highlight decorated homes so members of the community can drive by to enjoy the exterior decorations.

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Wyoming’s parched summer has continued into a dry, unseasonably warm fall and early winter in 2020. That could change soon, said Wyoming Natural Resources Conservation Service hydrologist Jim Fahey. 

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The senior center distributed their annual Thanksgiving meal Thursday afternoon to residents around Buffalo. Center staff prepared over 120 meals that included turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberries plus desert and milk. The meals were prepared Thursday morning by the staff at the senior ce…

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Over 100 intrepid walkers and runners kicked off their Thanksgiving at the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice Turkey Trot. The annual event is a fundraiser for the organization held each Thanksgiving morning to help raise money for local senior care. Participants had the option to join in with a…

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Operation Christmas Child, a mission project that delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to children around the world, is in full gear in Buffalo.

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Johnson County stakeholders helped quash potential hemp restrictions

A small grass fire claimed a corner of open land Saturday just north of Buffalo on the corner of Rock Creek Rd. and Canal Rd.  The cause of the fire was not yet confirmed when firefighters arrived but was quickly contained when Buffalo and County fire departments arrived. 

Michael Thomas helped to install his most recent bronze statue to its new home outside of First Northern Bank of Wyoming. “After the Dust Settles” is a larger than life rendition of two horses standing together. The new statue makes the fourth large creation that Thomas has displayed in Buff…

Around Buffalo, several churches are hoping to keep their doors open even if services are looking a little different than they once did. With COVID-19 numbers rising around the community, there is a growing need for preventative measures to keep church goers safe. At the St. Luke’s Episcopal…

Despite rising case numbers and concerns over COVID-19, Buffalo's annual Monster March marched on. An extra hour was added, gloves were required by all candy providers and masks were expected of everyone in hopes of promoting safety at the event. Kids circled around the downtown businesses, …

Buffalo High School's FBLA hosted their annual haunted house for Halloween, but this year it looked a little different. Because of concerns surrounding COVID-19, the event was moved outside and was turned into a haunted trail rather than house. Members drove guests through the trail which in…

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For Jason Watts, the agriculture community in Johnson County embodies the phrase “neighbors helping neighbors.” 

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Johnson County voters came out stronger than every before to have their voices heard in the 2020 general election. With a total of 4,952 ballots cast, Johnson County set a new record for highest number of voters in a single election. Nearly a quarter of those votes were submitted via absente…

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Buffalo residents can look forward to a holiday season filled with popular events and time-honored traditions.  

Buffalo’s Habitat for Humanity hosted their annual winter weather and Christmas sale on Saturday morning, Oct. 24, 2020 at Summit Church. Half the sale featured a combination of warm winter clothes and boots and the other half a variety of Christmas decorations and supplies. 

The season for front yard decorations, bright lights and lots of color has returned to Buffalo. Halloween is the first holiday in line as we enter the winter season and bring front yards and porches to life. Spread throughout Buffalo, these spooky decorators delivered festive displays for th…

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On Sunday, an interchurch group gathered at the flagpole near Buffalo City Hall to pray for the local community and its government officials. 

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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.