Last year every single school in every single district, including Johnson County School District No. 1, opened to in-school instruction and remained open for the entire school year. By all accounts, keeping all of our children in schools for in-person instruction was an amazing success for o…

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The town of Buffalo and state of Wyoming are facing new and uncertain changes going into the future. Choices we make today about our town and state may dramatically affect the very character and soul of this place that we call home. We all need to get involved to shape these choices and defi…

On Saturday, our nation will mark the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack ever on American soil. 

You may have noticed in the past few weeks, a truck driving around town with a flag flying in the back. While many folks in our community fly the stars and stripes, this flag has a different message.

Last week, Johnson County voters resoundingly defeated a ballot measure intended to impose a 1% sales tax designed to improve, repair or replace several publicly owned assets. Whether the plan was too complex, there were too many projects or it was just the wrong time to present a new tax do…

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Next week, Johnson County students will return to school. It is always an exciting time for students – filled with new teachers, new friends and a lot of learning.But all that excitement and anticipation can make kids and parents a bit less focused as they travel to school. It is important t…

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Dear Editor,This letter is in response to Frank Pratt’s concerns about the Patriot Conservatives of Johnson County’s float in the Fair and Rodeo Parade.I appreciate Frank’s concerns and wish to address them.First things first – the radio stations and announcers at the parade were there as vo…

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It was a record-breaking Junior Livestock Auction this year as sales jumped to nearly $615,000, once again demonstrating the generosity of our community. Looking across the sales arena, one saw the familiar faces of past sales. The same faces that come out for nearly every community fundrais…

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Despite the fact that it seems like school just got out, the calendar says that the fair begins this weekend — the ultimate local signal that, indeed, summer’s days are numbered. According to the fliers in the mailbox, it’s time to begin stocking up on No. 2 pencils, folders and crayons. Nev…

Residents of Johnson County and the state of Wyoming were reeling by the passing of the former U.S. Senator Mike Enzi on Monday. We lost a loyal ally and true statesman.

The headlines Monday were scary. Stock market crashes 900 points on renewed fears of Covid resurgence. By the end of the day, all major indexes took significant hits with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling by 2% in a single day, its worst performance since October. The NASDAQ and S&…

As the Bighorns got busier and busier last summer, we heard horrifying tales of human waste and toilet paper that was not properly buried, campfires that were left unattended or that were not properly extinguished, drivers that had left roadways, and of course, lots of campers who had set up…

Recently, Summit Church hosted a virtual event called “Imprisoned for Christ” where we watched video testimonies of three men who had been imprisoned because of their Christian faith. Hearing these stories both humbled and encouraged me and they challenged me to be more engaged with the plig…

Your mental health matters and it’s OK to reach out for help.

According to most local real estate agents and anyone who has perused those agents’ sales listings, the local market is hot. Last summer when many cities were effectively closed for business, it seemed, folks headed to Wyoming for its wide-open spaces. The thinking went something like, no us…

A community development and enhancement proposal being shepherded by JOCO First has generated strong reactions.

Last week, members of the Buffalo Pool Board floated the idea of charging admission to support the long-term maintenance, and eventual replacement of, the city pool. 

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and in Johnson County, parents and students have more cause than usual to celebrate and show our appreciation for teachers and educators. This school year was marked by uncertainty and change, but our educators adapted with grace and professio…

It’s one of the ugly truths that is hard to comprehend: Even in beautiful and serene Johnson County, there are abused and neglected children. The most recent data from 2020 shows that the number of reported cases of abuse and neglect declined in Johnson County, but experts say that’s probabl…