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Them on Us: Mira Sorvino gives Wyoming an earful
Mira Sorvino gives Wyoming an earful
Keith Gingery had already read Mira Sorvino’s mind. The Academy Award winner has been railing lately on the issue of human trafficking. “It is a terrible, terrible world out there,” Sorvino told a gathering of state lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
Sorvino went on to praise 28 states that have made at least some progress toward enacting legislation targeted at slavery and sex workers. She singled out one for condemnation.
“Wyoming, can you please tell me why you are the only state with no laws on slavery and sex trafficking?” Sorvino wondered.
Wyoming state Senate Minority Leader John Hastert (D-Green River) told Sorvino later that he believes his fellow lawmakers don’t think it’s a big deal in Wyoming, but pending legislation was on the books for 2013. That bill will be introduced by Reps. Cathy Connolly (D-Laramie) and Keith Gingery (R-Jackson). Hastert also invited Sorvino to swing by Cheyenne next month and testify if she felt so strongly about it.
She said she might, schedule permitting and added, “To be the last state in the nation – you have to wake up and smell the coffee.”
In the shadow of 007
A new documentary released in conjunction with “Skyfall” is about real men with the name James Bond. How many times a day must they answer the most inane questions? Jackson Hole James Bond (the guy who directed “39 Steps” for Off Square Theatre) said people always come up to him humming the “James Bond” theme – only more often than not, they are singing “Mission Impossible.”
Check out the trailer, featuring JH JB extensively on Facebook at “The Other Fellow.”
The queer case of the two-dollar bill
Sheridan police are looking for a burglar who may be trying to pass off his booty to unsuspecting merchants. The currency should be easy to spot. It’s not marked or traceable in any way other than most of the loot he got from robbing a church is in $2 bills.
The two-dollar bill was pulled from general circulation in 1966, reintroduced 10 years later and is rarely printed now. Thomas Jefferson’s portrait adorns on the front.
“We’re looking for that person who comes in to get $10 or $20 of gas and uses $2 bills,” Detective Jim Arzy told The Sheridan Press. “That’s somebody I’d be interested in.” Arzy would not say how or why police suspect the robber came into an inordinate amount of the rare bill. It is believed a certain parishioner at the church that was robbed tended to fill the offering basket with $2, which church leaders hung on to.
Sheridan police ask that anyone with more information about the case call (307) 672-2413. And, we’re one step ahead of you, it’s not Capt. Bob Morris.
Rock star wolf killed outside Yellowstone
A consequence of the newly instated wolf hunt in Wyoming is the loss of radio collared wolves from the population. Wolf managers use the $4,000 collars to study the movements and behavior of the animal, hoping that hunters at least turn in the collar to them if they harvest a study wolf.
Yellowstone’s most famous wolf, beloved by tourists and valued by scientists who tracked its movements, was shot and killed last week just outside park boundaries. The wolf, known as 832F was the alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack – one of the park’s most highly visible packs. The tourist favorite was known to many who had been photographing her for the better part of six years.
“She is the most famous wolf in the world,” Jimmy Jones told the The New York Times. Jones is a wildlife photographer who lives in Los Angeles. His portrait of 832F appears in the current issue of the magazine American Scientist.
Game & Fish operating at a loss
Wyoming Game & Fish plans to hike license fees for 2013 in order to whittle away at a $10 million budget deficit. Dwindling numbers of sportsmen applying for game tags and fishing licenses are strapping the agency. Longtime writer on state issues, Geoffrey O’Gara penned an exhaustive piece for WyoFile.
We especially enjoyed fellow journalist Brodie Farquhar’s reply to the story:
“G&F is in trouble, relying on hunting and fishing license sales as the population of hunters and fishermen continues to dwindle. The non-hunting/fishing public is the free rider here, enjoying wildlife’s presence. G&F needs a broader revenue stream to do the jobs the public likes and expects. Raising license fees is running into diminishing returns, discouraging hunting/fishing and thus less support.
“The legislature needs to take a fresh look and approach here, unfettered by past assumptions.”
photo by Doug McLaughlin
Wolf 832F, left, was shot Dec. 6. The wolf with her, 754, was killed last month.
game and fish created wildlife everyone, bow down and kiss their feet you wimpy freeloading nonhunting thieves. Give us lots of money or we will stop putting bullets in animals.
Why are you giving creedence to a ‘D’-lister like Sorvino? I mean this woman can’t even count. “…28 states have made at least some progress…”, intimating that they have no slave trafficking laws yet. Then asks whey Wyoming is the only one without these laws? Did you or Gingery tell her that we’re too busy working against the sex/slave trafficking of wolves? FAR more important…