Them On Us: Name Game

By on May 20, 2014

JACKSON HOLE, WYO - Name game 

The top five names for babies in Wyoming for 2013 basically mirrored the new national list with a few regional exceptions. The most surprising deviation perhaps is “Jackson” making the top 10 list nationwide but slipping in Wyoming.

According to the Vital Statistics Services Program (VSSP) of the Wyoming Department of Health, the top five baby names for boys born in Wyoming were Liam, Wyatt, Carter, Hunter, and Mason/Noah (tie). The national list, compiled from Social Security Administration data, was Liam, Noah, Ethan, Mason, and Jacob. For girls, Olivia, Emma, Sophia, Ava, and Isabella topped the list; as compared to Wyoming’s Sophia, Emma, Harper, Olivia, and Paisley.

VSSP’s Jim McBride once again blamed the alternative spelling syndrome for reasons why names like Jackson weren’t higher on the list. Variations including Jaxxon, Jaxen and Jaxson were commonly noted.

The Cowboy State News Network is where we read the scoop.

Courtesy: BasehuntersChasing

Courtesy: BasehuntersChasing

Super storm

A menacing-looking supercell was recorded on video and posted by Basehunters Chasing. NPR ran the piece with two embedded videos with the headline: “Whoa! Watch A Spectacular Supercell Take Form In Wyoming.”

The thunderstorm phenomenon happened between Wright and Newcastle last Sunday. It never did develop into a tornado as some supercells do. The pic was snapped by Colt Forney.

The National Weather Service says, “Supercells are highly organized storms characterized updrafts that can attain speeds over 100 miles per hour, able to produce extremely large hail and strong and/or violent tornadoes, downdrafts that can produce damaging outflow winds in excess of 100 mph – all of which pose a high threat to life and property.”

Horn of plenty

Several news outlets picked up the press release issued by the National Elk Refuge announcing the record-breaking Elkfest haul made by the Boy Scouts.

A snow-filled winter kept numbers up in the refuge through the prime antler-shedding months of January through April. Total take by the Boy Scouts was 13,698 pounds, comparing with a 10-year average of 8,197 in sheds.

Bidding was up as well. Some 127 registered bidders forked over an average of $16.65 per pound – well up from the 10-year average of $10.52. Saturday’s sale yielded a total of $233,613. Seventy-five percent of that amount is invested back into the Refuge. Jackson District scouts get the remaining 25 percent.

Beer bonkers

Business Insider’s “24 Craft Breweries Every Beer Lover Should Know” included Jackson’s Snake River Brewing.

“Snake River bottles up the local flavors of Jackson Hole in beers brewed ‘to match the scenery.’ Even though it brews just 5,000 barrels a year, it has a crazy number of different beers available, and some of them can be bought online and shipped to you,” wrote Melissa Stanger and Melia Robinson.

The story coincided with American Craft Beer week (May 12-18).

Tacky khakis

OK, we’ll bite. The press release recycler website Digital Journal is claiming khakis are a man’s best friend. But are they really the “go to” trouser for guys in the Rocky Mountain West? For the man who sells them they are.

Noah Robertson, founder and design director for Mountain Khakis, says his pants are to fellas what the Little Black Dress is for ladies: the most important item in menswear.

According to respondents of an in-house survey, 80 percent of men polled said khakis are a safe bet when the dress code is unclear. Given free rein over any style of pant, 58 percent of men asked said khakis are what they reach for first.

Hole survivor

John Griber’s gripping tale is making the rounds in numerous media. The 48-year-old Jackson Hole man was at the base of Mount Everest on April 18 when the avalanche that claimed the lives of 16 Sherpa guides struck.

Griber was to film a BASE jump stunt by daredevil Joby Ogwyn for NBC and the Discovery Channel, a gig he was getting some flak for from Everest devotees who thought the stunt was disrespecting the mountain. He never completed the assignment after the deadly slide.

Griber instead turned his camera on the aftermath, recording scenes that will no doubt be used to piece together the tragedy for a future documentary.


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