This week we are looking back at the top stories that made the news in Buffalo and Johnson County in 2011.
Buffalo hosted the 7th Annual Big Horn Mountain Festival which featured acoustic Americana, Folk, Old-Timey, Bluegrass & traditional music acts from all over the country during the three-day music fest July 8 - 10. More than 1,500 people attended the festival.
Buffalo also hosted the annual North American Basque Organization (NABO) Convention in 2011. Buffalo's local chapter, the Big Horn Basque Club, celebrated it's 30th year by hosting the four-day festival July 21-25. This was Buffalo's fourth time hosting the National Convention celebrating the Basque culture and traditions.
The Johnson County Commission held a public meeting to discuss proposed adoption of animal regulations in the County, and many citizens attended to voice their opinions both for and against the adoption of regulations. Although eventually adopted, the regulations are a continuing work in progress.
The new Buffalo/Johnson County Criminal Justice Center was completed in August, and the City and County co-hosted an open house to show off the new facility to the public. A number of local and state dignitaries attended the open house, applauding the City and County for working together to complete the project.
A one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 90 just north of Buffalo September 17th took the lives of two students from China and Taiwan. Sgt. Townsend with the Wyoming Highway Patrol explained what happened.
Fernando Lumabao, 50, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and violating the open container law.
Buffalo was named “One of the 12 Best Places You've Never Heard Of” by Budget Travel Magazine, which said Buffalo “has that nice mix of cowboys and kayakers,” and is one of the closest points to climb Cloud Peak.