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The Bench Sitters always win a purple ribbon at the county fair in the “Worrying Pessimist” competition. This year they were bunched up in the shade of the grandstands like a bunch of sheep fighting flies when the conversation took its usual turn.

Headlines across the state continue to illustrate our need to diversify Wyoming’s revenue streams in an attempt to smooth out some of the boom and bust related to our over dependence of the energy sector.

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Editor's Note: This column is based on a now retracted Bulletin story. For information on the full story, visit http://www.buffalobulletin.com/news/article_bff6d6c6-c5c3-11e9-b1a5-7fa173607095.html.

Next Wednesday, hundreds of Johnson County young people will roll out of bed and ready themselves for a new school year.

By the time this column is published, local kids and teachers will have fewer than two weeks remaining in their summer vacation. As has become my custom at this point in the summer, I need to send out advance apologies to my kids’ teachers at Meadowlark, Cloud Peak and Clear Creek: The Hicks…

We can mark the 2019 Johnson County Fair and Rodeo down as another success. Great parade on Saturday, organizers kept the rodeo running smoothly and everyone had to be pleased with prices at the annual Junior Livestock Sale Saturday evening.

In the last year, 49 Johnson County kids have needed a safe place to call home. When the state determines that a parent is unfit or a home is no longer safe, children are taken into protective custody. That means the child might be placed with other family members or with a foster family.

Several times throughout the day, my watch beeps at me and tells me it is “time to stand up.” Unless I am on the phone or doing an interview, I typically oblige. I get up, walk around the office a bit and refill my water bottle before returning to my desk, feeling smug that I have appeased m…

Federal lands in Johnson County, Wyoming and the West are a checkerboard of landlocked, isolated parcels: public lands bounded by private holdings and accessible only by crossing private land.

Last weekend was busy in the village and a lot of the locals claim they “hid-out” during Longmire Days so the visitors would have lots of room to have a good time.

Mmmmmm. Tomato season has just started in my garden, and there is really nothing better than a garden-fresh tomato: juicy, sweet and tender. I grew up believing I didn’t like tomatoes, but it turns out what I don’t like are mealy, mushy, pale grocery-store versions of tomatoes. Since discove…

No single event draws our community together as much as the Johnson County Fair and Rodeo. After a summer of entertaining out-of-towners, the fair week is designed for the enjoyment of locals.

Every summer is different in Wyoming. We were looking back at a few Sven columns in years past at this time of the summer and learned things were “bone dry” and the fire danger was extreme by mid-July in 2012.

This weekend, Buffalo’s population is expected to more than double as thousands of diehard “Longmire” fans flock to town for Longmire Days. It is the busiest weekend of the summer for many businesses, and that’s saying something in a town with a busy summer travel season.

In the last month, my kids fly-fished, played baseball, hiked, identified wildflowers, learned about shopping for back-to-school clothes on a budget, identified native plants, went to story hour and camped out.

Wyoming has a problem. We hate taxes. But we love the public services that our nearly complete reliance on the energy industry has afforded us.

Wyoming is such an interesting place. Even when you omit Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and Devils Tower National Monument, the state is jammed with interesting sites to visit and sights to see.

Many of the county fairs in Wyoming have pig wrestling as part of their venue. They rope the unsuspecting human into participation by saying “pig,” which is not in fact what you will “wrestle” if you are in the group above grade school. They always start with the small children and the littl…

Sadly, the Buffalo Downtown Association announced earlier this week that it would be ceasing operations. The stated reason: A lack of sufficient funding to continue to pay the bills – including salaries, rent and utilities.

Last weekend, St. Francis Animal Shelter hosted a vaccination clinic offering shots, microchips and tags to our four legged friends. This event was a great service to our community. Getting our pets up to date on their shots can prevent diseases such as parvo, respiratory disease and rabies.…

Sadly, the Buffalo Bulletin is tasked again with reporting on additional sex abuse crimes. One is recent and the others happened decades ago, but because charges were never filed, they were not reported on at the time.

You can hear the most amazing stories at the coffee clubs every once in a while. Some come from overactive imaginations, but there are others that seem so real they must be based on some degree of truth.

After months of deliberation and discussions with community stakeholders, the school days at Meadowlark Elementary and Cloud Peak Elementary schools will be shortened by approximately 45 minutes.

With the recent rainy weather, I have been longing for days spent outside in the sunshine. Last weekend we were fortunate enough to have warmer temperatures and some rays peeking through the clouds. My husband and I took full advantage of it by going on our first morel mushroom hunt. Neither…

Tourism is big business in Johnson County. Travelers contributed just over $55 million to our local economy last year and accounted for just over $200 million in local wages.