Johnson County

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Former Wyoming U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop has died at age 78. The Republican who served in the Senate from 1977 to 1995 fought for "Star Wars" space defense and for a tough anti-communist policy in Central America.

The Discovery Channel will be in Sheridan next week to film Tom Balding while he makes a custom hand-crafted bit, spurs and buckles.

The final Third Thursday Street Festival of the year will take place this week from 5 to 9 pm in downtown Sheridan.

Planning for the new elementary school in Buffalo that will begin construction in 2012 has already begun, and the first of a number of open houses designed to take public input on the design of the new school has been scheduled for next week.

The Buffalo City Council has approved on first reading two Ordinances dealing with zoning and subdivisions.

Enrollment at Johnson County Schools, as we reported earlier this week, is at 1,303 students overall, up 61 students district-wide over the end of the school year in June of 2011.

The Wyoming State Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee held the first of many meetings late last week in Cheyenne where the JAC discussed among other things, potential changes to the state employees' group insurance program; construction residency preference and the state employee compensati

The Community Resource Center approached the Johnson County Commissioners at their meeting last week to request some of the $20,000 the commission has set aside for their programs.

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