Johnson County

Off-track betting facility approved in county   BUFFALO (WNE) — Wyoming Downs off-track betting is coming to Johnson County after all, following approval from the Johnson County commissioners at their June 21 meeting for a new facility in the county. The commissioners’ approval is a reversal from...

Shyan Green and her father, Wally Green, measure the length of a post pulled from the ground at the Buffalo City Park on June 4. Shyan was working with other Boy Scouts to replace old and rotted posts at the park’s parking lot as her public service project to earn her rank of Eagle Scout. Green is about to become Johnson County’s first female Eagle Scout. (Photo by Ethan Weston, Buffalo Bulletin)

BUFFALO — Donning a tan shirt, green pants and a merit-badge covered sash, Shyan Green is known around town as the girl-Boy Scout. And that's pretty cool, she says. Green is on track to become Johnson County's first female Eagle Scout, the highest and most difficult-to-reach rank in scouting. As of...

Bighorn National Forest, Via the Wyoming News Exchange

BUFFALO —  There's no doubt among local stakeholders that Yellowstone's closure will affect tourism in the area. They're just not quite sure how. Flooding shut down Yellowstone National Park last week, with only partial openings on the near-term horizon. As a result, tourists have had to modify...
The Weston County Commission has denied any wrongdoing or violation of state law and has asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the News Letter Journal, Kari Drost, Patricia Baumann and Raymond Norris against the commissioners. At issue is a secret ballot vote used to appoint former Wyoming...

Michael Rea performs an embryo transfer on a heifer named Trixie at the Painter Ranch. The process improves the odds for producing genetically superior cattle, boosting profits for ranchers. (Photo by Ethan Weston, Buffalo Bulletin)

BUFFALO — Michael Rea focused the lens of his microscope, scanning each section of a small dish, sifting through specks and smudges, looking for something. Behind him, Brent and Stephanie Painter monitored his progress on a small, black tablet. The garage was quiet, other than the sound of the wind...
BUFFALO — On Johnson County's most remote stretches of land, across the sagebrush sea, Greater Sage-Grouse finish the most consequential part of their day before most humans have had their coffee. As the day's first light breaks, the male bird, with its distinctive tail feathers and puffed-out...
BUFFALO — Most of Johnson County's elected officials will receive a pay raise, after the county commissioners approved a new slate of salaries at their April 19 meeting. Commissioners will fund the raises by taking a 25% pay cut to their own salaries. Starting Jan. 1, the county clerk, assessor,...
BUFFALO (WNE) — The Johnson County Commissioners did not take action during their April 19 meeting on a proposal from Evanston-based company Wyoming Downs to open a 30-machine off-track betting facility in the county. At the recent meeting, Johnson County Sheriff Rod Odenbach and Buffalo Police...
CASPER — Wyoming’s population is growing faster than the country’s.  The state’s population grew by 1,536 people between July of 2020 and 2021, according to data from the census bureau. That’s an increase of 0.3%, above the nationwide average of 0.1% in the same time period.  Data also shows more...

Bighorn Mountains, Via the Buffalo Bulletin and the Wyoming News Exchange

BUFFALO — Agricultural land values are rising in Johnson County and across the country, handing local landowners both opportunities and challenges. "Some of this stuff, we would not have guessed it would have sold at as high a price as it has," said Byron Geis, a sales associate with Chase Brothers...

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