PROPS & DISSES: 2.5.14

By on February 4, 2014


JACKSON, WYO – It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a WyoFail DISS
Seriously, Clontz, what the suck is with that new lottery logo?

Lottery Commission Chief Executive Officer Jon Clontz recently unveiled the state’s new lotto logo. He should re-veil it.

It’s not because we’ve been against the state lottery from the beginning. And it certainly has nothing to do with the fact that we are jealous of the 49-year-old’s $165,000 annual salary. We just have to wonder how the former Oregon Lottery exec ever signed off on the laughable travesty of a logo, which looks designed to target middle school scratch-off junkies.

“WyoLotto” works as a name but the cartoon jackalope is, well, cartoonish. Surprisingly, an outfit out of Cheyenne calling itself Warehouse Twenty One was actually brazen enough to take credit for the debacle. The jackalope even has a name, apparently. “YoLo” is the name of the fictitious Douglas hybrid.

The Tribune’s Kyle Roerink wrote: “A touchstone of the new brand is YoLo’s ambitious reach for a faraway star that resembles an optimistic lottery participant thrusting for a winning ticket. Below the cheery scene is the phrase, ‘Just maybe.’ The Warehouse Twenty One team believed the expression ushered the sentiments of good fortune and a childlike belief in the mythical.”

Oh brother. Childlike is right. Anyone who believes someone older than eight created this work of art is a perfect example of the type of perpetual loser it takes to build mega-casinos and fund bloated lottery payouts.

She’s b-a-a-a-ck PROPS
Exactly a year after Cindy Hill announced she would challenge Matt Mead for governor in 2014, the embattled schools superintendent received the news many in the law profession anticipated, even while those who once worked under her dreaded its coming: Hill was wronged.

Like her or loathe her, the lightning rod that is Cindy Hill received vindication last week when the State Supreme Court ruled that stripping the school super of her power and might was unconstitutional. Hill argued all along that the law passed hastily at last year’s legislative session should have required an amendment to the state constitution. The state’s top justices agreed with a 3-2 vote.

Hill is now free to serve out her final year with revenge in mind and a campaign to run. The Republican who once received Tea Party backing is suddenly back on top. She is also known to be opposed to nationalized testing and the increasingly unpopular Common Core State Standards, which she voted against in April 2012.

At the Planet, we don’t take sides … aw, heck, who are we kidding, of course we do. We may not agree with everything Hill has done or been accused of doing in the 185-page investigative report — which included everything from alleged misuse of funds to workplace bullying — but this hot mess sells newspapers. And that, dear readers, is worth a “Prop.”

The trouble with traffic DISS
Town and county officials just forked over two hundred large to give themselves news they don’t want to hear. A countywide transportation analysis — to be compiled by Denver-based consultants Charlier Associates and completed within the year — will likely come back with unpopular recommendations and sourpuss news already known to electeds or anyone who has driven westbound on Highway 22 at 5:20 p.m. on a Friday.

The last transportation plan was completed in 2000. Just about all the warnings from that 13-year-old survey went unheeded and recommendations were largely ignored, according to county commissioner Ben Ellis.

In an interview with the NaG, county engineer Sean O’Malley was full of rotten news. Parking meters downtown topped the list of viable options designed to ease traffic around the valley. O’Malley also said efforts to discourage solitary motorists thus far have been largely unsuccessful.

Many armchair traffic experts claim a north bridge crossing the Snake somewhere between Gros Ventre Junction and Teton Village could solve many of the valley’s problems. O’Malley thought that was about as likely as a tunnel through the Tetons connecting Victor with Wilson.

This news, coupled with WYDOT’s two-year, $250K study of the Highway 22-390 corridor, paints a disturbing future picture. That survey recommends both 22 and 390 be widened to four lanes.

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