Vote Longmire for Sheriff

Honesty and Integrity for Absaroka County, Wyoming

Anita Marie Wertz, Publisher

The Show

Lies, car crashes, murder, beautiful scenery and believable characters, “Longmire” tells the story of a Wyoming sheriff who lost his wife, and almost his lost way too. As he goes about resuming his life after the death of his wife Martha, Walt Longmire solves murders, rescues children and animals, and cares for the people of Absoraka County who elected him to protect and serve. The TV series is based on the Western mystery/crime novels written by Craig Johnson. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.

Author of the Longmire mysteries, Craig Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming.
Anita Marie Wertz
Author of the Longmire mysteries, Craig Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming.

“Longmire” premiered on the A&E network on June 3, 2012. After three seasons and 33 episodes, A&E dropped the show, citing the elevated age of the audience. Netflix picked up the series for its fourth season, which began September 10, 2015, and on October 29, 2015, announced that the series was renewed for a fifth season. Season five will premier in September.

Major Characters

Robert Taylor plays Walt Longmire, a man’s man with a soft side. Walt is the epitome of integrity and honesty. He is tormented by the secret involved with his wife’s death that he keeps from his daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman). Helping solve cases, in and around the fictional town of Durante (aka real town Buffalo, Wyoming) are three Absaroka deputies: Vic Moretti (Katee Sakoff) recently from the Philadelphia Police Department, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase) and The Ferg (Adam Bartley). Using the individual strengths of his deputies, Walt assigns them the various tasks needed to acquire the truth. Walt’s best friend is Henry Standing Bear, owner of the Red Pony Bar and Grill and Continual Soirée. Lou Diamond Phillips plays Walt’s friend of over 37 years. Quiet and intelligent, he always has the best interests of his friend and the people on the reservation at heart.

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Supporting Characters

The sheriff’s office would not run smoothly without Ruby (Louanne Stephens). She keeps Walt messages organized, and is the force that keeps the office operational. Reoccurring characters are thorns to Sheriff Longmire both professionally and personally. Among those are Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez), Barlow Connally (Gerald McRaney) and Reservation Police Chief Mathias (Zahn McClarnon). Working both on and off the reservation, Walt works within the law, but does stretch the confines of the laws to right wrongs.

Season 1 – Episode 1 – The Pilot

In the pilot of the series, Vic calls Walt to a body. The body is that of a sheep. In the process, the pair discover a man that was shot and killed with a very large caliber weapon. While gathering evidence to solve the crime, Walt finds a connection to a missing 16-year-old Indian girl and a mobile (RV) prostitution ring operating in his county. While working the case, Walt sees a huge election sign for Branch, who is running for sheriff against him. This comes as a surprise to the sheriff. A distracted Walt over-corrects, flies off the road, rolls his sheriff’s truck onto its side and slides into a barbed wire fence. A cut hand and smashed truck side do not deter the tough Wyoming sheriff. Through thorough detective work, Walt discovers that the dead man was the father of the missing girl. While trying to save his daughter from the RV, the man was killed by the operator of the prostitution ring. Using and O.I.T (old Indian trick) devised by Henry, Walt is able to catch a local business owner as the murderous prostitution ring operator. With the crime solved, the intrigue continues as Walt confronts Branch about his running for office. In the final scene, Walt places a much smaller, less flashy Longmire for Sheriff sign on the opposite side of the highway as Branch’s sign.

Date: July 8, 2016 – July 10, 2016

Location: Buffalo, Wyoming

What: 5th Annual Longmire Days, featuring cast, crew, author, and more!

For information in lodging, dining and events schedule see the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce