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PROPS & DISSES: 10.30.13
JACKSON HOLE, WYO –
Remember the great bank robbery in Jackson that began the new year? What about Liz Cheney’s splash into Wyoming politics? Not much escapes the satirical eye of the Kiwanis Follies.
Expect the aforementioned and more to get the “royal” treatment as local notables are roasted over the coals for the cause of kids and more. The annual fundraiser has been taking place for more than 30 years in the junkiest building in Teton County with nary a complaint.
Skits, musical numbers, and the often-imitated-but-never-duplicated KRAP News make for two enjoyable evenings this weekend. Lampooning is always done in the best of taste – sort of – and the price of admission includes door prizes, popcorn, and all the knobby-kneed Dave Auge in a dress you can handle.
This is one of those Jackson Hole rites of passage like the Lion’s Club 49er Ball, any spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Elks Lodge, or a late night Pinto Bennett appearance at the Virg. If you haven’t been to at least one Follies, you also probably don’t know where to find Bill Briggs on a Sunday night.
Finally! Maybe it took removing every piece of dead weight that sat at a desk for the National Forest Service. Or maybe it’s the two newbies who rolled up their sleeves, dug in their heels and took a stand.
When the Forest Service first announced they were considering a move of the BTNF supervisor’s office to Lincoln County, Kniffy Hamilton was at the helm in Jackson and Harv Forsgren held all the cards in Ogden, Utah. Eight years later, they’re both long gone but the issue remained. Until now.
We “prop’d” incoming BTNF supervisor Clinton Kyhl not even three months ago for chucking Plan B along with any other backup contingencies outgoing super Jacque Buchanan might have drawn up, and telling the higher ups it was his preference that all who worked for him in Jackson to remain in the 83001 even if he had to go on food stamps to make the mortgage.
With a sale of 10 acres at North Cache all but cemented and the feds fresh off their furlough, Kyhl and new Regional Forester Nora Rasure decided, jointly, that the supervisor’s office and Jackson Ranger District offices would remain in Jackson rather than heading to Alpine. The announcement was made earlier this week.
It’s the only decision that makes any sense – which is exactly why we had all but given up hope it would occur to anyone who draws a paycheck from the U.S. government.
Red Crossed out DISS
It’s a regrettable sign of the times but sucks nonetheless. The local Bridger-Teton branch of the Red Cross, run by Jim Flower, has been shut down. The local chapter will be merged into the branch office in Worland, which will oversee Teton, Sublette, Lincoln, and Uinta counties.
The American Red Cross has been trying to stay in the black by eliminating redundancy and merging offices across the country. Since the mid-2000s, the overhaul has reduced the number of nationwide chapters by 200, to 600 total. The local B-T branch was the latest casualty. It was established in the Jackson Drug store late in 1917.
The Red Cross is instrumental in disaster relief, blood-donor drives and assisting military families. In isolated western Wyoming the branch could be handy in the event of a regional natural disaster. That onus now falls almost solely on Rich Ochs and the county emergency management team.
We found a short news item in the Dec. 20, 1917, issue of Jackson’s Hole Courier announcing the opening of the chapter and the need for volunteers to help knit warm clothing for U.S. troops fighting in WWI. The fledgling office had 200 volunteer members secured within weeks of opening. When the local chapter closed today it had about 15.