Johnson County Year-in-Review 2020: May-August

Today we will continue our look back at Johnson County’s top stories during the last year as we focus on May through August of 2020.

The Johnson County Rural Health Board, during their May meeting, voted to accept the contract with Buffalo EMS concerning ambulance services in the county. An Ambulance Needs Assessment, performed earlier that spring, looked at different scenarios to provide the best and most cost-effective ambulance services to the county, and the consultants suggested keeping the current situation with a few modifications.

Organizers for the Longmire Days celebration decided to cancel their in-person events for this summer and start planning for the 10th anniversary of the event in 2021. The Longmire Foundation decided to go with virtual events, watch parties, and other events from August 13th through the 16th.

The City of Buffalo was the recipient of funds from a settlement from the Wilbur Holt Trust, and voted to send the entirety of the funds to the Buffalo Charitable Foundation, earmarking 25% each for the Municipal Golf Course and the Buffalo Outdoor Pool, with the remaining 50% as unrestricted funds for permanent endowments for all three.

The Wyoming Supreme Court, in July, upheld the conviction of former Buffalo Chamber of Commerce Director Angela Fox. In an opinion filed July 10th, the court said, “sufficient evidence showed Ms. Fox exercised unauthorized control over the Chamber’s property,” and affirmed the conviction.

The Buffalo Outdoor Pool was closed by city officials early in August after they were informed that an employee of the pool was presumptively positive for COVID-19. The City of Buffalo closed the outdoor pool on Wednesday, August 5th, and it was later closed for the season.

In the August primary election, Johnson County voters approved the ballot proposition to create a Senior Citizen Service District that would benefit the Buffalo Senior Center.

An earthquake struck the Bighorn Mountains the morning of August 24th. The 3.2 magnitude quake was centered about 13 miles southeast of Meadowlark Lake, or 3 miles west of Dull Knife Reservoir, and happened just after 10am. No damage was reported with the earthquake.

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