Them on Us: 12.5.12

By on December 5, 2012

JH dinosaur may be hot

Wyoming is home to a variety of dinosaur bones. Most are underground awaiting discovery. One was in a Jackson living room awaiting a Homeland Security raid.

U.S. customs officials seized a Tyrannosaurus bataar skull from an unnamed Jackson residence last week. It appears to be the second in a black market fossil crackdown that included a similar skeleton sold at auction in New York City last June. Officials from Mongolia claimed the dinosaur was illegally exported from their country. An arrest of a Florida man named Eric Prokopi soon followed.

Authorities are being tight-lipped about whether or not the Jackson, Wyo. domicile dino case is related. Its estimated value is somewhere between $200,000 and $400,000. ABC News carried the item.

Aggie grad gets grand surprise
Toni Chandler remembers lying down in the snow to make a snow angel when she lost her class ring last December in Grand Teton NP. The 2012 marine biology graduate from Texas A&M searched and searched but there was so much snow. She considered it lost forever.

“Oh, my gosh,” Chandler told Austin’s KXAN-TV, “I’ve never felt so low in my whole entire life than on my hands and knees in seven feet of snow searching for the most important thing that I’ve gotten in a long time. I’ve never felt a feeling like that.”

Chandler later rented a metal detector and got permission to use the contraption at the campsite. It proved fruitless.

Fast forward to this past spring. Barb Walsh was performing her wifely camping duty – guiding her husband’s backing of the camper into the perfect position – when she noticed something shiny on the ground. It was Chandler’s ring, which was immediately obvious to Walsh after she read the engraved name on the inside band.

Walsh enlisted the help of a retired FBI agent who tracked Chandler down in no time. When TV reporter Jim Swift asked if she was still holding out hope, Chandler said, “No.”

“But I was okay with it because I knew what the Tetons meant to me and it was alright to have a piece of me there, always lingering,” she said.

Chandler said the incident restored her faith in humanity. Her faith in Jackson Hole was never in doubt. “I’m in love with the Grand Tetons,” she said.

Bearly believable
Field & Stream picked up on the grizzly bear shooting in GTNP. On Thanksgiving Day, 48-year-old David Trembly of Dubois and Trembly’s 20- and 17-year-old sons opened fire on a grizzly they said was charging them.

A nearby hunter named Charles Peet said he ran into the trio of hunters soon after the incident. He said the father told him he had deployed bear spray at 20 feet and then again at 10 feet before the sons decided to open fire at eight feet. Some post-story bloggers doubted the veracity of the tale.

A charging bear will cover 44 feet-per-second. Could there possibly be time to try the pepper spray not once but twice within 20 feet, then decide that wasn’t working, then place three to four accurate shots that will drop an adult male griz from eight feet away?

Hotel Terra’s got it ‘Made’
The trending thing now, according to USA Today, is hip pop-up shops inside hotels. The story highlighted hotels in Miami, Dallas, and Jackson Hotel.

Hotel Terra’s new gift shop, Made, was listed under the subhead: “No more Pepto-Bismol.”
“They don’t sell Pepto-Bismol or Bayer Aspirin,” David Kingston, the hotel’s general manager, told America’s newspaper. “We do that through the hotel. The gift shop specializes in selling items that are completely hand-made, re-purposed or found items for sale; it uses local artists and vendors whenever possible.”

USA Today mentioned John Frechette’s signature glass belt buckles, of course.

“It’s different than a traditional hotel gift shop, where you tend to find overpriced sweatshirts with hotel logos on them,” Kingston added. “It speaks directly to who we are and what we’re all about.”

Toni Chandler describes losing ring.

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