Johnson County's 2016 Year In Review: July-September

Over the next few days we will be taking a look back at Johnson County's top stories for 2016.
Today we will focus on the third quarter of the year, from July through September of 2016.

Buffalo's fifth annual “Longmire Days” was July 8th through the 10th, and drew thousands of people into northeast Wyoming to meet the stars and V.I.P's, participate in the events and celebrate the television series based on the books written by Ucross author Craig Johnson.
Events included autograph sessions, a parade, a softball game, street dances, Native American performances and many others.
Buffalo Chamber of Commerce CEO Angela Fox said the weekend was again a huge success, with people visiting from all over the world.
Many visitors saidy the community is great and the people are gracious are friendly.
One of the fun events was the softball game between the Cowboys and Indians, and announcers Craig Johnson, and Marcus Red Thunder kept the crowd entertained.
Longmire Days for the summer of 2017 is currently in the planning stages.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead announced in July that Eugene M. Gagliano as the new Poet Laureate for Wyoming.
Gagliano is a retired elementary school teacher from Buffalo and is the eighth Poet Laureate in state history.
Gagliano has written award-winning children’s books and adult poetry and was the recipient of the 2001 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award and the International Reading Association’s 2004 Wyoming State Literacy Award.

Johnson County Healthcare Center's Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward officially announced his resignation to the hospital board during their meeting in August.
The board then reluctantly moved to accept his resignation.
Ward said he would remain on the job for the next 6 months or as long as needed to find his replacement.

The 7th Annual Buffalo Oktoberfest, presented by the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce happened in September, and featured a Home Brew Contest with nine different varieties of beers; art and food vendors; face painting and inflatables for the kids to enjoy; and fun for those wanting to celebrate beer.
Over 20 home brewers with more than 30 different beers were registered for the Home Brew Contest.

The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Interim Revenue Committee met in Buffalo in mid-September, and discussed two proposed tax increases, one on cigarettes and the other on electricity generated by wind power, eventually voting to not increase the two taxes.
Also during their meetings the committee spent two days discussing tax exemptions and other possible revenue opportunities.

That is a look back to the top stories in Johnson County for the third quarter of 2016.
Tomorrow we will look at the top stories for October, November and December.

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