PROPS & DISSES for May 28. 2014

By on May 27, 2014


Old Jackson: There’s an app for that PROP

The new self-touring app for the Town of Jackson was unveiled during Old West Days weekend at the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. The mobile application is a product of homegrown TravelStorysGPS, founded by Wilson resident Story Clark.

In conjunction with the town’s centennial celebration this summer and with the full blessing of the Historical Society and Museum, which continues its guided walking tours of downtown Jackson, the TravelStorysGPS app truly brings the town to life with rich historical background and interesting stories about the men and women behind the places we see every day.

“School boys John and Jesse Wort lived alone in the original Stage Stop cabin. Weekends, they walked miles home,” the talking app blurts out as your phone springs to life with audio and visual imagery triggered by built-in global position technology.

Story is an area consultant and former director at both Jackson Hole Land Trust and Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. She also served as a county land use planner.

The app is free for download for iPhones and Androids.

Doggone travesty DISS

Town officials have the answer right in front of their noses. They need to wake up and smell the dog crap.

The closing of Sophie’s Dog Park has left countless locals and visitors without a place to let Fido stretch his legs. That’s a serious problem. As earnest as a butte insistent on oozing its way into Broadway? Kinda.

It is absurd that a mountain community such as this, where dog ownership has been classified in numerous ways as extremely significant per capita, does not have a convenient place in town where these dog owners can let their canines blow off a little steam. Parks and Rec maintains no less than 18 public parks according to its website. To the best of my knowledge, none of them allow dogs. Are you kidding?

In an outdoorsy town like Jackson, I would argue 18 parks is a ridiculous amount of parks, period. Most people who want to get away from the stresses of the city – congestion, noise, pollution, etc. – are going to pack the Thule rack and point their Outback into the woods. They aren’t picnicking in Miller Park. For every slack-lining hippy using Phil Baux, there are 15 lab owners lead footing it to Cache Creek on their 45-minute lunch break so their dog can dump all over the national forest.

A small park within city limits is handy for dogs. They would be actually used if they allowed dogs. Town electeds have been wrestling with the problem for months now, properly saying the right things to media but blaming a tight budget and the unforeseen costs of natural catastrophes as reasons why their hands are tied.

The solution doesn’t have to be costly. What about the newly developing May Park? There must be a place for dogs there. Better yet, dog owners have been not so secretly using the fairgrounds as a place to toss a tennis ball for their mutts. Fine. Fence in the area a little better and make it official. The fair board is and will always be struggling to keep that property viable in the face of a big city influx of newcomers who wouldn’t know a fifth wheel from a diamond hitch. Introducing a new user base to the grounds might just keep it from the clutches of developers in the future.

Get on it, Town Council. Make it happen. This doesn’t have to be as difficult as government likes to make every little thing seem.

Busy body lawmakers DISS

The Town Council is too busy worrying about petty problems that should never come up on a meeting agenda. Unwanted phone books? It’s a nuisance, admittedly, but hardly something we need Big Government to handle. When businesses in town wake up and realize the tonnage of phone books that are discarded and never used they will stop taking out ads in the Yellow Pages and the problem will correct itself.

Also on the town’s plate is a discussion about bums sleeping in parks (dogs are currently banned but not winos) and whether mobile food vendors should be allowed to monger hotdogs on the street like they do in New York City.

Really? Are these the hot button issues of the day requiring government intervention? Hey, I get the mayor’s argument that mobile vendors who don’t pay rent (they do pay a permit fee) have an unfair advantage over Town Square merchants. But personally, a hotdog truck or cart makes better sense than a hotdog emporium with seats, tables, walls and the necessary overhead built into the price of their mustard. I mean, who in their right mind believes they can make rent on a downtown brick and mortar peddling wieners anyway?

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  1. anonyholic II

    May 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Don’t tell me. It’s Stanford going after the phone books again.

  2. JH Native

    May 28, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Food Trucks…a BIG PROP.

    I love this idea! There are some in this Valley that have the entrepreneurial spirit to make this work. What better way for these guys and gals to actually help the economy in Jackson without having to be a trust-funder’s money to rent a brick and mortar space. Now, Town Council, get out of the fricken way and allow this to happen! Unfair advantage? Give me a fricken break! This is capitalism, get over it, it makes the economy strong.

    Bring on the Food Trucks!!

    Now, about the dog park. Why are we crying to the Town Council to provide us with a dog park? That’s crazy thinking. Let the dog owners, including me, get together, pool our resources and buy our own community land in which to build that park. Leave the Gov’t out of it!

    ~JH Native

  3. 50cent

    May 28, 2014 at 11:50 am

    If you own a dog you should also own enuff area for that dog to poo.

  4. Chris

    May 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I have to say that anyone who donated money to was led to expect that Sophie’s dog park was going to be a permanent solution is regretfully a fool. I think it’s borderline criminal that PAWS developed the park spending $100,000+ of donated funds when they new all along that the piece of land they were LEASING from town was slated to become affordable housing within 5 years. This was a 100% certainly that the PAWS leadership knew about upon signing the lease at Sophie’s place.

    I’m an owner of two dogs and have never used the park. We have little place called Snow King that is superior to any fenced in area, not to mention, cache creek, elk refuge, Snake Rive Dike, Teton Pass, Munger Mountain, Curtis Canyon, and wherever else you can imagine with trails and open area. It’s too bad that town council is coming under fire, as it was really PAWS that deliberately opened a temporary park they knew would later be closed.

  5. Peter

    June 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    There are plenty of places to walk your dog – like down any alley in Jackson. Why does everyone’s hobby (dog ownership, here) need taxpayer support? If you want a dog park, pay for it and build it yourself. Pick up the tab and pick up your dog’s poo, too. I don’t ask the council for a new garage just because I own a classic car and need a place to park it.

    Car camping has been going on for decades in Jackson. It’s mostly harmless and cheap affordable housing for those who aren’t trustfunders. It takes many kids an entire summer to save enough for 1st-last-deposit & find suitable housing or any housing. Perhaps the Town should do more to make more housing available and affordable – or increase the local minimum wage to something in line with the cost of living.

    None other than Jimmy Chin was a dirtbag car camper before making it to the covers of Outside magazine and a home in Victor (& now New York with his wife and kid).

    Making criminals out of locals is a popular activity with many of our ‘leaders’. Cell Phones, car camping, etc. I think Gingery spent his entire career trying to criminalize everyone.

    Passing regulations that only serve to penalize the poor should be a crime.

  6. Enough to pay your camping fines

    June 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Seattle raises min wage to $15.00

    “Seattle, and other cities, are taking direct action to close our nation’s huge income gap because the federal and state governments have failed to do so,” City Councilman Nick Licata said. “By significantly raising the minimum wage, Seattle’s prosperity will be shared by more people and create a sustainable model for continued growth.”

  7. Andrea

    June 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Dear Chris,
    Those of us who do use Sophie’s Place Park and who do donate to PAWS had full knowledge that the park was temporary. In fact, there’s been a sign on the kiosk at Sophie’s Place for the past two years telling park users that the lease would end on June 1,2014. We were happy to donate to the park and to have the wonderful facility, even if it was only for a short time. Before you criticize, please get informed on the issue.

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