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THEM ON US: 3.19.14
JACKSON, WYO – Early political posturing
Political news has been traveling via several outlets as would-be candidates jockey early for positions in 2014 races.
Keith Gingery barely had time to enjoy his exit speech before at least two candidates threw their hats in the ring for his House District 23 seat. Gingery announced last week he would not seek reelection after a decade of service.
“I drive home every weekend to be with my wife and daughter,” Gingery told the Star Tribune. “I’m tired of driving back and forth. To be honest, no one is indispensable.”
At the Teton County Democratic convention held last week, former county commissioner Andy Schwartz announced he would run for HD23. Wallace Ulrich, a former state geologist, has also declared his candidacy as a Republican.
Meanwhile, Town Planning Commissioner John Stennis announced his intent to run for Town Council. Public relations guru Sara Flitner has already began a campaign to run for mayor after Mark Barron announced he would not seek a seventh term.
Natalia Duncan said she would challenge incumbent Republican Marti Halverson for the House District 22 seat. Duncan is the artistic director for Off Square Theatre. Sheriff Deputy Dave Hodges said he would take a shot at coroner.
Dad of the Year award
Patrick Smith’s hilarious Hall of Shame bad parenting photo postings for BuzzFeed included a gung ho snowboarding dad at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort who might be just a bit too stoked to hit the slopes.
Smith titled him the “All-action snowboarding dad.” The shot features a snowboarding dad in line at Teewinot with a youngster in tow and an infant strapped to his back. Ever hear of a baby-sitter?
The piece ran under the headline: “25 People Who Haven’t Quite Figured Out Parenting Yet – OK, they don’t come with instructions, but that’s no excuse for any of these people.”
Tram drags tail through snow
UnofficialNetworks.com was just one of the many places to find the viral tram video everyone was talking about last week.
With epic snowfall in February and March, the Big Red Box did something no one can recall ever seeing: It dragged ass through snow near the top.
“Jackson Hole Has So Much Snow This Happened This Morning!” read the headline on Unofficial’s webpage.
As the tram churned up snow one rider in the video exclaimed, “I don’t think this is good for the tram.”
But it’s good for more bookings to ski Jackson Hole.
The Bismarck Tribune reported a fugitive from justice wanted by Wyoming authorities was apprehended in Noonan, North Dakota.
Kenneth James Ward is accused of owning an abandoned gas station in Sweetwater County that was actually an illegal radioactive dumping ground.
Police discovered illegally dumped waste in the 4,000-square-foot building at the beginning of March. Some reports said the building was stuffed with radioactive filters used in the energy industry.
Ward was captured in Mexico in August of 2013 and extradited back to Wyoming. He escaped at Independence Rock in September 2013 while being transported back to Sweetwater County by a private prisoner transport company.
Teens compete at JHMR
The Western Regions Junior Championships is headed to JHMR on March 19 to 23. The Far West Skiing website reported 25 boys and 21 girls will compete in the U16.
“I am very excited to attend this regional event and, as always, have high expectations from athletes from the Far West Division, specifically from the Tahoe Basin,” said Lee Schmidt, head U16 coach from the Squaw Valley Race Team, in a prepared statement.