THEM ON US

By on February 9, 2016

JACKSON HOLE, WYO –

Jackson noted as ‘trippy’

The 2015 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise is out. Fifty-two destinations around the world were selected based on a year-over-year increase in positive traveler feedback and interest in accommodations, restaurants and attractions. Only the Top 10 receive red carpet treatment from TripAdvisor including a photo tour of the winning destination.

Guess who slotted in at No. 5? “What outdoor activity can’t you do here?” TripAdvisor asked, rhetorically. “In the winter, there’s skiing (regular, cross-country, snowcat and heli-), snowshoeing and dogsledding. In summer, there’s fly-fishing, rafting (white-water or scenic) and hot-air balloon rides.”

We caught the news in a Florida newspaper (Palm Beach Post) that was bragging on its No. 3 designation for Destin, Florida.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Orange Beach, Alabama; and Lake Tahoe, California also finished ahead of Jackson Hole.

Crow’s nest

Golf Magazine ran a story the other day about the evolution of the hybrid club. Cobra Golf spearheaded the redesign in 1989 when founder Tom Crow hooked up with a young Greg Norman quite by chance. The Baffler line was born and Cobra was launched into the international spotlight.

A Google news alert popped up on our computer because the story mentioned Crow’s current home. “Crow today lives in rustic splendor in Jackson, Wyo.,” reported Golf’s Michael Bamberger.

Short sheriffs

Meanwhile, over the hill at the Teton County, Idaho, Sheriff’s Office, the agency is making due with a short staff. Six deputies have left the force in recent months but Sheriff Tony Liford hopes to add two part-timers and one full-time officer soon.

Liford blamed a lack of cooperation between his office and the county’s deputy prosecutor as the reason for low morale, according to Teton Valley News. The situation has improved in recent weeks with the prosecutor’s office allowing officers more access to software records previously denied to them.

“The public should know we’re 24/7, always will be, [there is] absolutely nothing that could happen that will prevent that,” Liford assured the News.

In addition to the poor working relationship with the deputy prosecutor and a less-than-stellar insurance compensation package, Liford also blamed a current national attitude of negativity toward law enforcement as reason his department has had trouble attracting new recruits.

Cheney chooses to run

Liz Cheney official declared her candidacy for Congress last week, claiming she would “stand up to the liberal establishment” and vowed to fight back against Obama’s foreign and domestic policies.

In an interview with the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheney said it was no coincidence she announced her intentions in Gillette, a city hit particularly hard by the recent downturn in the state’s energy sector—illustrating the negative impacts of Obama’s energy policies.“Instead of having government policies that let us provide coal to the rest of the nation in an affordable and reliable manner, we have a president in office who wants to keep coal in the ground and who has put in place absolutely draconian rules related to emissions,” Cheney told the Eagle’s Trevor Brown.

An online poll conducted by Sheridan Media asking if local voters would consider Cheney for the U.S. House of Representatives found 58 percent would not, 36 percent would, and 6 percent were undecided in a total of 685 respondents.

Sail-ing on

The man credited with inventing the “jump shot” in basketball has died. Kenny Sailors led the Wyoming Cowboys to a national title in 1943 with the method he perfected on his backyard court against a taller brother because it was the only way he could get a shot past him.

Sailors would later play in the NBA for five years before retiring to Alaska. He always thought of Wyoming as home, though. He and his wife Marilynne returned to Laramie in 1999, according to a Denver Post tribute story.

Sailors died Saturday. He was 95.

Birthday badge

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office fulfilled the wishes of a five-year old boy who wanted to ride in a squad car for his birthday. After learning of the kid’s ideal birthday present, the Sheriff’s Office allowed the boy, his younger brother and father to ride along in one of their deputy’s cars.

Local News 8 (KIDK-TV, Idaho Falls) aired the short piece on its nightly news program last week.


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