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THEM ON US: Wolf signs get Burma-shaved
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It was hard to miss while it was up. The graphic billboard read: “This is what’s happening to your Yellowstone Wolves. Do you care?” It featured an in-your-face photo of four bloody wolves lying dead in the snow.
The campaign has been linked to projectwolf.org, a pro-wolf organization that is responsible for erecting at least three signs along entrance routes to Yellowstone. One billboard in Idaho has been badly vandalized. The one in Montana is still there, but the one erected outside of Cody was taken down after being up for just two days.
The Big Horn Radio Network is reporting that the company that leases the billboard site removed the ad after they felt deceived by the advertiser, who they identified as Darlene Kobobel, the founder of a wolf sanctuary in Colorado.
“I was provided with false information and got back to the initial person who signed the contract with us and let her know that due to her deception, along with complaints, we decided to cancel the contract and remove the ad,” Lamar Outdoor Advertising’s general manager Korbe Palmer told Wyoming Public Radio’s David Koch.
UW student accused of threatening herself
The University of Wyoming is once again attempting to deflect nationwide scorn that threatens to paint the state with negative bias. Media heat has been intense surrounding a vile Facebook post directed at undergrad Meg Lanker-Simons, reminding some of the Matthew Shepard incident of 1998.
Lanker-Simons is a known personality on campus, mainly because of her liberal blogging and community radio show. She was verbally assaulted last week on a Facebook page called UW Crushes.
The post read, in part, ”I want to hate-f*** Meg Lanker Simons … that chick runs her liberal mouth all the time, [and] doesn’t care who knows it … One night with me, and she’s going to be a good Republican b****.”
In response to the post, Lanker-Simons said she felt threatened but wanted the “disgusting” words to remain online. That won’t be the case as the administrator of the Facebook page has removed the site, which was not affiliated in any way with the university.
And in another odd twist to the saga UW authorities wish would just go away, police traced the post to Lanker-Simons own IP address. It seems she perpetrated the hoax post herself and was cited by the UW Police Department. She continues to deny the claim, however. A court date has been set for May 13.
All aboard the Fremont Experience
Linx Transportation will unveil their latest bus route next month – connecting Jackson and Riverton via regular mass transit service for the first time ever.
The Purple Line will run from Riverton to Jackson three times each week beginning on June 4. Bus stops will include the Wind River Casino, the NOLS Noble in Lander, Rocky Mountain Hall at Fort Washakie, Lamb Park in Dubois, Moran Junction, the Moose Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park, the Jackson Hole Airport and downtown Jackson.
A roundtrip ticket from Jackson-to-Riverton will cost $100.
Pedal power: Wyoming middle of the bike pack
The League of American Bicyclists released their 2013 Bicycle Friendly States annual Ranking and Report Card in conjunction with National Bike Month. Tim Young passed the news on to us or we probably would have found it sooner or later.
Wyoming ranked No. 33 as a state, continuing a downward slide from last year’s 25th place and 2011’s 17th spot. We scored well in advocacy but not so good in infrastructure and funding. Of course, the Jackson Hole area benefits from the tireless work of people like Young, Brian Schilling and the folks at Pathways but we have the rest of the state pulling down hard on the curve.
At least we’re no North Dakota. They may have all the oil jobs in America but they ranked dead last in the cycle culture. Washington State pulled down the top spot for the sixth consecutive year.
The black market dinosaur skeleton that was illegally smuggled into the United States by Eric Prokopi, 38, of Florida is on its way back to Mongolia courtesy of Korean Air.
The Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton, which is 24-feet-long and 8-feet-tall, was confiscated at auction in New York City by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Some news reports including ABC News claim the dinosaur was sold to a Jackson Hole resident for $1.05 million and seized from his home. Other reports say the auction was cancelled and the bones were nabbed in Manhattan.
At any rate, a Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton skull was removed from a Jackson Hole residence last December. Its connection to the case is still unknown.