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Them On Us 2.27.13
Discordance continues to define 62nd Legislature
What’s worse than Senate committees killing bills that exhibit overwhelming support in the House? How about Senate Majority Floor Leader Sen. Phil Nicholas deciding he won’t even bring one up to committee because of a personal dispute he has with a lobbyist.
The Laramie Republican, who decides which bills get a hearing, buried a bill that sought to exempt the state from any future federal assault weapons ban because of what he perceived as rude behavior on the part of the Wyoming Gun Owners Association. After Sen. Leland Christensen proposed an amendment to the bill that would remove language making it a misdemeanor offense for any officers to try to enforce federal law, his Facebook page was attacked by pro-gun advocates at the urging of WGOA, who went as far as to give out Christensen’s home phone number.
That was going too far, Nicholas said. He refused to bring the bill to Senate committee.
For he’s a jolly good fellow
Local architect Stephen Dynia was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the 2013 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Out of more than 83,000 total AIA members, fewer than 3,100 are distinguished with the honor.
The jury said Dynia’s work “transcends regional traditions of ‘mountain vernacular,’ proposing instead a hybrid of creative cultural life and rural living. His inventive, modern designs connect interior space with landscape – and his dynamic public spaces connect buildings with community.”
Dynia set up shop in Jackson Hole in 1993 after working out of the New York office of Chicago powerhouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. AIA especially liked Dynia’s contemporary style. “Rather than seeing the Mountain West as a place of ‘pioneer nostalgia,’ he views it as a ‘frontier for new ideas,’” wrote the panel.
Safe UPS driver honored
The United Parcel Service recently inducted 1,283 drivers worldwide into their Circle of Honor. The elite status is reserved for UPS drivers with 25 or more years on the job without an accident. Of the 236 total UPS drivers in Wyoming, two received the distinction; one of them was Jackson’s Mark McCullough.
Jackson doc lands board appointment
Dr. Bob Langer accepted a seat on the nonprofit Cenegenics Education and Research Foundation’s (CERF) Board of Trustees last week. Langer is the founder, principal scientist and medical director of the Jackson Hole Center for Preventive Medicine. He has been a leader in major national and international studies focused on healthy aging for more than two decades. He moved to Jackson in 2007.