By on September 24, 2014

PROPSFistbumpBlack is the new orange

Yeah, yeah, this’ll probably jinx ‘em now, but the Orange and Black at the Willy T. “Mack” are like a scary Halloween nightmare for visiting football teams.

The Jackson Broncs have rolled up a 4-0 record on their way to just dismantling their opponents. The Broncs put a beat down on the Teton Redskins 52-27. After that game, Native American peoples redoubled their efforts to get the school in Teton Valley to drop the name Redskins; embarrassment now a bigger issue than offensiveness.

Next it was North Fremont’s turn. The Broncs tamed the Huskies 50-30 in another non-conference tune-up. The home opener was a chance for the Orange and Black to strut their stuff in front of locals at William T. McIntosh Field. They didn’t disappoint. Jackson sent the Lander Tigers packing with a 56-0 pasting – the first shutout for the Broncs in 61 tries.

How Rawlins summoned the courage to so much as park their team bus on Teton District school property is mystifying, but give the Outlaws credit. They showed up and prevented the red-hot Broncs offense from breaking into the 50s again. Final: 38-12.

Running backs Theo Dawson and Mark Ford have led the way for the high-flying offense that has simply outmuscled opponents. Next up for the Broncs is an away contest with Worland this Friday. The Warriors are 3-1 on the season. Looking at “similar opponents” matchup, Worland beat Lander at home, 36-14.

DISSTongueAnd… they’re off (their rocker, that is) 

Can we please just leave organized gambling to reservation nations and Jersey mobsters? After establishing a state lottery, and becoming just like the rest of the country – states full of unsophisticated patsies scratching their way to a comfortable retirement with the edge of their last nickel – authorities in Teton County are considering virtual horse racing in the form of slot machine-type terminals.

State statute allows for playing the ponies, even off-track betting parlors since 1968, but the latest proposal by some outfit called Sushi Boat Laramie would pave the way for “no-track” betting in Teton County.

County commissioners are scheduled to decide on October 21 whether Jackson Hole residents should have the right to bet on historical horse races via Xbox-meets-slot machine terminals that would be placed in appropriate places where they would “blend in correctly,” according to Wyoming Downs (Evanston horse track) owner Eric Nelson in an interview with the News&Guide. “Not close to churches or schools,” he added. In other words, these one-armed bandits are something to be ashamed of, relegated to behind-the-curtain XXX stuff like K-Y Jelly at Stone Drug.

These video machines would offer bettors a chance to piss away their money on races that have already been run. By withholding jockey and horse information, bettors would have no idea their horse lost years ago and will lose again as soon as their sawbuck is inserted into the appropriate slot.

If county commissioners are that desperate for the estimated 150 grand a year these gaming gadgets might bring to the budget, why not just send Barb Allen to the Wind River Casino for a weekend with the money the county is saving on not paying an administrator for the past four months? Better to develop one gambling addiction than hundreds.

PROPSFistbumpEPA = IRS? No, says Wyoming

U.S. senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso joined senators from Nebraska and South Dakota in introducing a bill that would limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to garnish Americans’ wages.

Enzi and Barrasso drafted a letter back in July to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging the agency to withdraw its direct final rule on administrative wage garnishment.

“The EPA can already fine individuals thousands of dollars for simply building a pond on their own land—as we learned in the case of Uinta County resident Andy Johnson,” said Barrasso. “Now, in order to cover these excessive fines, the EPA is planning to go around the courts to force your employers to garnish your wages. This outrageous overreach must be stopped in its tracks. Our legislation will prevent the EPA from having this unprecedented authority that only hurts Americans who are trying to provide for their families.”

The proposed legislation, dubbed the Johanns-Thune Bill for the co-sponsors from Wyoming’s neighboring states, will ensure the EPA cannot pursue wage garnishment without a court order.

“This Administration has aggressively looked for every opportunity to expand its reach into our lives and pocketbooks,” said Enzi. “Executive power should have limits and requiring a federal agency to get a court order before garnishing Americans’ wages should be a no-brainer.”

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  1. pp

    September 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    “garnish Americans’ wages”

    Just because you didn’t pay your college bill doesn’t mean the idea behind this isn’t a good one. Americans who screw up can have wages garnished by almost any court order in America so it’s not like the government can’t get fines you refuse to pay or bills you refuse to pay.

    As for the pond, it’s another issue.

  2. Go back to Canada

    October 2, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Blaming the EPA for bringing the hammer down on an individual who choose not to cooperate with the Federal government just sets a bad example for the next guy who wants to thumb his nose at our laws and regulations. In the end, Mr. Johnson’s sought to make an issue over the excesses of the EPA. The real story involves all of his actions that forced their hand. Mr. Andy Johnson has only himself to blame for his predicament.

    Andy Johnson began construction on his pond in 2011 according to the Casper Star Trib. As of 2014, the EPA was still working with Mr. Johnson to bring a conclusion to the conflict over Johnson’s construction of a stock pond on the Six Mile Creek near Millburne.

    The Wyoming State Engineer’s Office approved Andy Johnson’s initial construction plans and issued a state permit for construction. Johnson said he didn’t know he needed to file a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers but the EPA stated that the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office informed Mr. Johnson of the Federal permitting process during its review of his project in 2011.

    On Sept 5th 2012, the Army Corps of Engineers contacted him by phone and advised him about the need for permits and asked that information about the construction activities be sent to the Corps. Andy Johnson never sent the requested information to the Corps. Almost two months later, on Oct 26th, 2012, Andy Johnson was asked to cease all operations.

    In February of 2013, the Corps referred the matter to the EPA for enforcement. Mr Johnson had many opportunities to discuss and resolve the matter with the Corps and the EPA and he choose to ignore those opportunities. Mr. Johnson didn’t seek changes to the excesses of the EPA’s compliance order by discussing them with the EPA at that time. He could have. He never indicated that he wanted to comply with Federal regulations or respond to Federal inquiries. He choose to ignore his responsibilities and he choose to blame others for his mistakes. His arrogance is not all that different from the government’s.

    The EPA compliance order’s timeline and fines were unreasonable given the nature of the incident; however, the opportunity to first address the issue in a timely and affordable manner was ignored by Mr. Johnson. The EPA also made Mr. Johnson aware of the opportunity to seek judicial review of their compliance order.

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