PROPS & DISSES: 11.13.13

By on November 12, 2013
Idaho County Sheriff’s Office
Idaho County Sheriff’s Office

Idaho County Sheriff’s Office

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Jackson’s oldest bash endangered – DISS

The ‘49er Ball has existed in some form or another for at least 115 years. We traced the first event back to the 1890s, when it was held at the famous “Clubhouse” in downtown Jackson. It’s the longest running party to help alleviate cabin fever in the valley and it would be a shame to see it go the way of the KMTN Halloween party.

The party’s current sponsor is the JH Lions Club. It took over the fundraiser in 1992. Word from the organization is it can no longer continue to host the event due to dwindling membership – the club is down to eight active members.

Kiwanis also has had to call off its Follies tradition a few times in the past when faced with the same challenges and the Jackson Hole Jaycees announced last summer it could no longer sponsor the Fourth of July fireworks show.

JH Lions Club treasurer Kurt Gries put out the plea to all county nonprofits for a new sponsor for the ‘49er Ball, which is scheduled for February 22 at the Virginian.

Interested in hosting the ball? Contact Kurt at or 734-0269.

Secret SSS division exposed – DISS

Here are three more S’s for you, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office: Shame on you, Suck it, and Suffer.

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings has had a hard time coming to grips with the wolf-lover crowd since 2010, when his not-so-super-secret Department 308 SSS Wolf Pack division was first exposed and questioned by the Spokesman-Review, Idaho Statesman, KTVB-TV and others.

The supposed department within the Northern Idaho sheriff’s office based in Grangeville holds an annual fundraising raffle, which was promoted on a Facebook page that was recently taken down by the department after public outcry became too intense. We found a cached Web shot floating around from the 2011 wolf bash.

The SSS can only be a reference to the common backcountry term Shoot, Shovel, and Shut up. It is advice given to sportsmen who, for whatever reason, find themselves with a smoking barrel and a very recently deceased carcass they don’t want anyone to know about.
Giddings tried to explain away the SSS to the Lewiston Tribune as standing for safety, security and survival. Nice try, Giddings. Were we born last night?

This “diss” is not necessarily for the SO’s callous practice of seemingly advocating poaching a federally protected species (as it was in 2010 and early 2011). After all, feces runs downhill and Giddings takes his cue from Governor Butch Otter, who has made it quite clear he hates wolves. This “diss” is for lying to the public about what SSS stands for and not understanding the last S.

What part of “Shut Up” is the ICSO not understanding when it creates a division dedicated to the age-old woodsmen’s practice, complete with annual fundraiser and social media utilization?

Mood Map

Mood Map

Mapping Wyoming’s ‘tude – PROPS

Wyoming is kind of in no man’s land when it comes to America’s Mood Map. The interactive guide to the United States of Attitude was compiled by a multinational team of researchers led by psychologist and American expat Jason Rentfrow of the University of Cambridge in the U.K.

We found the results published in the Science & Space section of Time and one thing stands out immediately: Wyoming.
The color-coded map of the United States identifies three basic “psychological regions” with Wyoming straddling the line between two of them. We are either “friendly and conventional” or “relaxed and creative.”

The latter designation is attributed to the predictably “crunchy” states to the west like Oregon, Washington, and California. We probably aren’t in that bunch. But can we be lumped in with Tennessee and Georgia?

Friendly and conventional probably defines Wyomingites best. At least we’re not Temperamental and Uninhibited (New York, Massachusetts) or highly neurotic (West Virginia).

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