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THEM ON US: Men are from Mars, women are from Driggs
Teton Valley News reported last week that, for reasons not immediately understood, women tend to gravitate toward Driggs rather than Victor. Census Bureau numbers from 2010 peg a five-year average (2006-2010) with the following breakdown: Victor has 391 single men compared to 187 single women, whereas Driggs boasted 217 single men and 429 single women.
Is there a shoe store in Driggs we don’t know about?
TVN found someone to theorize that working males with blue collar jobs tied to construction or landscaping prefer to be a little closer to Jackson in order to shorten their commute while more women in Driggs tend to work in-community.
Who picks up the tab?
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was spotted in and around town last week. At the Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse, Zucks was seen dining with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom.
After failing to lure Systrom away from his studies at Stanford and onboard with the whole FB plan in 2004, Zuckerberg eventually settled for a reported billion dollar buyout of Systrom’s popular photo-sharing app last April.
Helium shortage bursts balloon biz in Wyoming
Wyoming is in the midst of a helium shortage. Party balloon sales are down and no one is running around talking like Donald Duck at office parties. It’s dreadful.
Blame sagging natural gas prices and last summer’s Fontenelle Fire which knocked helium plants offline and delayed construction of new ones. Helium is in short supply nationwide. Wyomingites haven’t had to worry about that much, though. Market-ready helium is captured and processed as sort of a side-benefit to natural gas extraction. But with a gas glut on the market now, Wyoming producers are backing off production until prices rise. The result is a statewide shortage of helium in addition to dwindling supplies across the country.
The Casper Star-Tribune interviewed Mel Kjormoe, the owner of Mel’s Country Card in Torrington. The party supplier hasn’t been able to get any helium for his party balloons since June and doesn’t know when he’ll see his next tank.
“This is the first time that we’ve ever, ever been without helium,” Kjormoe told the Trib. “I’m concerned because little boys and girls are going without their birthday balloons.”
Laker legend learned life lessons in Wyoming
As obituaries for Jerry Buss flooded forth earlier this week, some contained his humble and poor beginning in Wyoming.
Maybe some folks don’t know the back story for the Lakers legend and owner with 10 NBA championship rings. Buss was born in Salt Lake during the Great Depression. He moved shortly thereafter to Evanston with his mom after a divorce. Buss waited in bread lines while his mother, Jessie, waited tables.
Steve Springer, a longtime Lakers reporter, wrote in his obit: “It was 1937, the lingering effects of the Great Depression still gripping parts of the nation. By the time he had turned 6, Buss’ duties had expanded to include trekking around town in search of old telephone books or other paper products that could be stuffed into the fireplace to provide warmth in a house devoid of heat.”
Buss later moved to Kemmerer and attended high school there. In 1953, he graduated from UW with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
“Growing up in Wyoming, tens of miles away from any kind of assistance, you learn self-reliance; and self-reliance in any environment is a virtue,” Buss once told the Casper Journal.