Buffalo

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Michael K. Davis to the state Supreme Court.

It is Mead's first appointment to the high court.

Davis is a state district judge for Laramie County.

The Johnson County Healthcare Center's 2012 construction project should be completed by the end of September, according to Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward, who updated the hospital's Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting Wednesday night.

Buffalo City Planner Zach Montgomery updated the Johnson County Commissioners on joint city/county projects and also gave a report on the city/county engineer position.

Montgomery said Crazy Woman Square is on schedule to be completed by December of this year and so far is under budget.

The Buffalo City Council voted to approve on third and final reading Ordinance No. 1358, to vacate a portion of an alleyway to adjacent landowners. City Attorney ben Kirven will have a Quitclaim Deed for the mayor to sign at the next council meeting.

The Bighorn National Forest issued a media release regarding the latest information on the Gilead Fire northwest of Buffalo. It states that Chuck Russell’s type 3 incident management team took over management of the fire early Thursday morning. Safety concerns preclude firefighters on the ground.

According to information released through InciWeb Incident Information System, Big Horn National Forest Supervisor Bill Bass has signed an emergency area closure related to the Gilead Fire.

Yesterday, law enforcement announced 21 people from Sheridan and the surrounding area were arrested on felony drug conspiracy and distribution charges. These arrests stem from a two-year investigation of four methamphetamine distribution rings.

The Gilead Wildfire, which is burning 10 miles northwest of Buffalo, currently has a Type 3 National Incident Response Team Assigned to it, but there are no firefighters on the scene of the fire at this time due to the inaccessibility of the terrain.

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