Johnson County's 2017 Year In Review: September-December

Johnson County's 2017 Year In Review: September-December

Today we will take a look back at Johnson County's top stories from September through December of 2017.

2017 was the 125th anniversary of the Johnson County Cattle War, and the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum and the the TA Ranch presented events that will give the public an opportunity to learn more about this significant time in the history of Buffalo, Johnson County and the State of Wyoming.
Events included a symposium featuring authors who have written about the event, a dinner and a discussion with descendants of those involved in the cattle war, and a reenactment highlighting the siege and eventual surrender at the TA Ranch south of Buffalo, where the events actually happened 125 years ago were offered in mid-September.

The new Director/Chief Executive Officer of Buffalo's Chamber of Commerce was introduced to the community at a “meet and greet” event in September.
Mark Smith was was formerly the Marketing Director at CAM-PLEX in Gillette, and was hired to fill the position left vacant when former Chamber CEO Angela Fox resigned the position earlier in the year.

In October, a Kentucky woman missing in the Bighorn Mountains west of Buffalo was found deceased, according to Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek.
Kozisek said Carol Hunchette, 62, of Louisville, Kentucky, had been camping with a companion, when the two became separated during a hike and a search was initiated for the woman, who was later found deceased.

Project Engineer Brent Bennett with Nelson Engineering, in an update to the city council in December, said the Lobban Avenue Reconstruction Project will eventually come in at roughly a half a million dollars under budget when completed.
The engineer's estimate on the project back in 2016 was $2.6 million, and was bid at $1.9 million.

Buffalo has been named as the #2 Top Western Town for 2018, just behind Abilene, Kansas who picked up the top honor.
That is according to True West magazine, who made the announcement in a late December news release.
The towns, along with the others on the list, will be featured in the February 2018 issue, which went on sale December 26th.

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