THEM ON US

By on May 27, 2015

Paging Dr. Buck

Yes, that’s Jackson’s Buck Parker on NBC’s new reality survival show “The Island.” The 41-year-old doctor (Parker is a trauma surgeon now living in Orlando, Florida) managed to escape the first week of his TV ordeal which included snakes.

“BTW, No, I’m not going to grab the HEAD of an angry 9.5-ft boa constrictor [on] the FIRST DAY!” Parker wrote on Facebook. “Haha … tail was good enough for me.”

Survivalist Bear Gryllis hosts the show. Producers were looking for a doctor when they chose Parker to joing the castaways. Parker said he lost 18 pounds while hunting for food with only three knives, three small machetes and a few headlamps as provided gear.

Parker moved to Jackson with his family when he was 12. The Parker’s own the Anvil Motel and Nani’s Ristorante & Bar.

Follow Dr. Buck on Twitter at @drbuckparker. Watch episodes at www.NBC.com.

The Island features Dr. Buck Parker. PHOTO: NBC

The Island features Dr. Buck Parker. PHOTO: NBC

Lynch eulogized in Milwaukee

“I reveled in having so much sky beneath me as we traversed the knife-edge ridge,” Luke Lynch recalled in the winter 2015 issue of Mountain Outlaw. “We soaked in the morning splendor on the summit, then plunged more than 5,000 vertical feet to the valley floor, quads burning as the snow transitioned from chalk to crust to creamy corn.”

Lynch’s life story appeared in his hometown paper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, written by Sarah Hauer. The 39-year-old was killed in an avalanche on Mount Moran on May 17. He left behind his wife, Kathy, and their three sons – Max, 6; Will, 3; and Sam, 1.  Lynch’s brother, Matthew, was killed in a 2008 cycling accident in Chicago.

Lynch was described by friends as a “true outdoorsman.” As a kid, he went on wilderness adventures at Camp Manito-wish in Boulder Junction, one day raising money for the camp in 2001 by canoeing 1,600 miles over 87 days on a trek from northern Saskatchewan to the Arctic Ocean.

Teton County growing fast

Wyoming Public Radio aired a piece on the latest Census Bureau results showing new numbers for the state. For the first time, Wyoming has two cities with a population of at least 60,000 (Casper and Cheyenne), while Natrona was identified as the fastest-growing county in the state. Teton County grew the second fastest since 2010 at over seven percent.

State economist Wenlin Liu said, “Overall tourism activity is doing really well in the past the few years. For Teton County you mostly attribute that to labor demands for service jobs.”

Unaffordable living

A High Country News opinion piece authored by Jonathan Thompson was printed in last Sunday’s Denver Post. The story, entitled “When living where you work is out of reach,” lamented the high cost of living in the Rocky Mountain West.

Thompson included Pitkin and Summit Counties in Colorado, along with Moab’s Grand County, Utah, as places where it is getting increasingly difficult to afford housing. Teton County made special mention as the toughest.

“A good measure of this phenomenon is the percentage of a community’s income that comes from labor, as opposed to that which comes from other sources, primarily investments,” Thompson wrote. “According to Headwaters Economics research, nearly half of the total personal income in Teton County, Wyoming, home of Jackson, comes from investment-related sources.”

Oil and Gas abandons Jackson

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair is pulling out of Jackson. The annual convention has been held in the Tetons for 18 years running but organizers say they will opt for Casper this September, citing rising costs and “Teton County’s anti-energy attitude,” according to Dave Hutton, the fair’s general manager.

“We don’t have the picturesque environment Jackson does and the picturesque village, but I think Casper can stand on its own,” Hutton added.

The story appeared in the Casper Star Tribune and on K2 Radio.

Gender equality reality

According to a story in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, a national report shows Wyoming is making big strides in the number of businesses owned by women. The State of Women-Owned Businesses Report stated women-owned businesses in Wyoming increased from 11,148 in 1997 to an estimated 19,300 in 2015.

UW favors speedier tempo

A story in USA Today’s Sport’s section mentioned Wyoming as a basketball team that could benefit from a proposed reduction in shot clock time.

In an effort to speed up play, NCAA officials are considering changing the time a team has to possess the ball until they take a shot from 35 seconds to 30 seconds. The Rules Oversight Committee will discuss the change on June 8.

Pokes basketball coach Larry Shyatt believes the change could help methodically defensive teams like his.

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