PROPS & DISSES: Does Town Council have an East infection?

By on July 23, 2013


Does Town Council have an East infection?

Did you really just say that, Jim Stanford? Would you like an opportunity to retract?

Councilman Stanford has an irrational fear of being run over. There’s no other way to explain it. When the Town Council voted to remove a few cumbersome four-way stops from Snow King Avenue to alleviate the stop-and-go-and-stop nature of what should be a secondary artery across town, Stanford led the opposition with his over-the-top, “Council creates Snow King Speedway” post on his popular blogspot, complete with an accompanying photo of the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard jumping a faux Flat Creek. Stanford accused the council of choosing speed over neighborhood character and safety.

“The first time a kid … is hit by a car, we’ll know whom to call,” he warned back on Feb. 7, 2012, during a 1,400-word online diatribe against the perils of lawless Jackson streets. He then joined the council, and the vote to remove the three stop signs was somehow reversed.

Now the elected official is backing a town movement to ban cell phone use while driving. Once again Stanford illustrated his macabre attitude toward vehicle traffic in order to make a point.

“Driving home … this week turned into a nightmare I long feared,” Stanford wrote in his “diary of death by head-on” known as JHUnderground. “[L]ikely to die,” “I could have been a goner,” and “It’s way too easy to be wiped out,” were also thrown in there.

But it’s not his aversion to car carnage that earns the councilman a “Diss” this week. No one wants to crash. Rather, it’s his unforgivable quote from last Monday’s meeting. “We’re way behind with banning phone use,” he said. “Back East, this is customary.”

Oh no he didn’t. Someone, anyone, who has lived here long enough to cash their first paycheck needs to explain to the town lawmaker that there is nothing Wyomingites loathe more than sentences that begin with, “Back East.” We don’t care how you did it back East. We don’t give a left hind teat how they do it back East. And if merely keeping up with the liberal, nanny state, left-wing nutjobs back East is the driving (no pun intended) force behind passing yet another ordinance in Jackson, well, Mr. Councilman, the offer to retract that statement stands. Blog this column and all is forgiven.

Just please don’t ever say “back East” again unless you’re giving us the Mets score.

Sadly, 86ing 587 was the right call

This paper has come to the defense of wildlife time and again. So much so that local cattlemen, outfitters, and hunters have already removed us from their Christmas card lists. But hold the phone. At the risk of ruining all this: The grizzly known as 587 had to die.

The cub of famed Griz 399, 587 was in trouble early and often. Griz 587 started hanging around the Pacific Creek subdivision area after being weaned in 2008. Officials trapped, tagged and relocated the sub-adult to Grassy Lake, fearing the bear taught by his mother to not fear humans would one day get into conflict over human food.

In 2010, 587 was seen killing a cow calf by a cowboy in Tosi Creek. The griz was relocated again but returned to the Upper Green River to kill more cattle and sheep that year and the next. After yet another killing spree earlier this month, the decision was made to remove 587 for good. It is a difficult call and a tough one to carry out for bear managers.

There are radicals on both ends of the issue. We all need to learn how to co-exist. That means homeowners can’t pick up the phone every time their dog starts barking at shadows in the bushes. And ranchers that opt for dirt-cheap grazing permits on public land should have to contend with a few cases of depredation. It’s the cost of doing business.

But in this case, even though 587 never displayed ill will toward humans, he also ignored available natural food sources in developing a taste for Angus. That’s just unacceptable.

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