Johnson County Year In Review 2012: April-June

Johnson County Year In Review 2012: April-June

Over the next few days we will review the top stories that happened in Johnson County in 2012.

Today we will look at the top stories from April through June.

In what would prove to be the first of numerous crashes in Mosier Gulch west of Buffalo in 2012, a crash involving a semi-tractor/trailer occurred on Sunday, April 1.
The semi crashed through the guard rail just east of the turnoff to the Picnic Area and plunged into the ravine coming to rest near the edge of Clear Creek.
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the crash resulted in the death of 44 year-old Oscar L. Viscarra of Lewisville, Texas.

Also in April, Johnson County Attorney Ken DeCock began searching for a new deputy county attorney to replace then-Deputy Attorney Ralph Boynton.
According to DeCock, Boynton was originally hired as the Deputy Attorney on a part-time, contract basis, but decided his retirement plans did not allow full-time deputy work, which prompted the search for a new deputy attorney. Johnson County was introduced to their new Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Wright during the early part of June.

Buffalo's newest school, Cloud Peak Elementary, had its official groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, April 17th at the school site at 100 Conrad Street.
City council members, county commissioners, school district and school facilities commission representatives as well as kids from both Meadowlark Elementary and Clear Creek Middle Schools attended the groundbreaking.

Buffalo City Councilman Justin Gerard was arrested on drug charges on April 17th after a traffic stop in Gillette.
Gerard was arraigned in Campbell County Circuit Court April 19th on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and was released on a $2,500 personal bond after being held in the Campbell County Detention Center since his arrest.
He eventually resigned his seat on the Buffalo City Council June 5th.

This year's Rocky Mountain International Roundup was hosted by Buffalo the weekend of April 29 through May 1.
The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in bringing the roundup here, working for over a year to make sure the roundup was a success.
The RMI brings tour operators from all across Europe to see what sights and experiences are available to their traveling clients back home.
This was Buffalo's chance to host the event to show off what Buffalo and Northeast Wyoming had to offer European travelers.

The Buffalo City Council, at their June 19th meeting, appointed candidate Scott Madsen to fill the empty council seat left vacant when councilman Bruce Hepp passed away and most recently when Justin Gerard stepped down amid controversy over an arrest for an alleged drug possession.
Madsen's appointment turned out to be temporary, as he failed to win the seat in the 2012 election.

In the first of many area wildfires that burned thousands of acres, the Cato Fire east of Buffalo near Ucross started June 25th and burned close to 30,000 acres before it was finally extinguished.
Fire restrictions were in effect in the state through most of the summer of 2012, but many more fires would flare around the region before the season was done.

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