THEM ON US: 2.26.14
JACKSON, WYO – Queen teen
Natalie Palmquist, 18, a Jackson Hole High School senior from Moran, was named Distinguished Young Woman of Wyoming on February 1. She was awarded $1,600 in cash scholarships during a statewide program for high school girls held at Laramie High School.
Palmquist was one of 10 participants who competed. Judges scored young women on the basis of Talent (25 percent), Interview (25 percent), Scholastics (20 percent), Fitness (15 percent), and Self-Expression (15 percent).
Palmquist will next travel to Mobile, Ala., for the 57th National Finals in late June. Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. It was founded in 1958.
New donations at history museum
The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum landed some cool new stuff for display.
One of the sweetest new items added to the collection is a full-length buffalo-hide robe in the possession of the late Betty Chambers. Betty’s son, Happy Weston, made the donation. Apparently the coat was made for the father-in-law of Delmajane Jackson, Betty’s oldest sister. He wore it a-horseback while on mounted patrol in New York City in the 1880s.
Denver art dealer Neal Smith gifted a silver-tone print of Jackson brand inspector Walter Feuz. The image shows Feuz with his dog and Appaloosa horse. The photo is also part of a traveling exhibit and photography book entitled Law of the Range: Portraits of Old-Time Brand Inspectors, which features portraits from across Wyoming, Montana and Colorado published by Clark City Press in 1991.
Hugh Soest of Twin Creek Ranch handed over a couple of beaver traps designed to keep the beaver alive rather than drowning it. He admitted to museum staff he’s forgotten how to set them. The traps are now part of the barn exhibition in “Homesteading in the Hole.”
The Knobe family donated an old, twisted wire rug-beater that was used by Alice Knobe, Chet’s grandmother.
Resi rocks Russia
Jackson Hole’s Resi Stiegler rocked the state flag in Russia after she crashed out in the slalom. She posted a 1:21.38 on her first run before crashing later when temperatures approached 70 degrees on the course. She finished 29th.
Stiegler wrote on her Twitter and Instagram account: “And just like that the show is over! Thank you to all my friends, family and fans who have supported me on this crazy adventure. No matter the outcome I had a blast competing and supporting my teammates and representing my country. I love all the craziness and fun times with everyone and it only builds that fire stronger! The magic never dies.”
Slide victim remembered
“He was awesome. He was top-notch obviously. He was a very good kid. He was very family oriented. He would do anything for anybody. He was that type of kid.” Those were the words of Tyler Tourtellott’s former FFA adviser, Frank Kisley.
Tourtellott was the 26-year-old man from Osage, Iowa, killed in an avalanche on Togwotee last week. Tourtellott was buried when his sled became stuck and a friend circled higher to come to his aid, triggering the slide. His hometown paper featured a story with friends and relatives expressing their condolences.
Tourtellott’s cousin, Lindsey James, said he had a heart of gold. “He was the best friend anyone could have. He was the kind of guy who would be there no matter what, a very kind and thoughtful young man, but also goofy, fun and adventurous. His smile was contagious,” James said.
Hungry like the elk
Elk are pouring into the Refuge now. The latest count is about 8,300 wapiti making this the most crowded winter in the National Elk Refuge since 1998. Officials could not speculate on whether the bigger numbers are weather-related or a sign elk herds are healthier than believed.