THEM ON US: 2.5.14

By on February 4, 2014

JACKSON, WY0 – Thar she blows
If you believe Internet traffic, we are in for a world of hurt soon. If you believe Borehole B944 and its latest readings, the super volcano in Yellowstone National Park could be cooking up a storm.

A seismic borehole inside the caldera in Yellowstone started reporting “staggering” underground activity around noon on February 1. According to one website (Turner Radio Network) the activity increased for the entire day and continues to worsen.

The seismic shaking is recorded by needles scratching out blue/black/red lines on a graph sheet. It is so severe, Turner Radio claimed the printer was running out of ink.

“The entire northwest quadrant of the country could be affected by damage and disruption beyond human comprehension,” the story read.

How cold are we?
Clayton Bullock braved the freezing cold temps in Cheyenne the other day to snap a photo of the iconic bison in front of the Capitol Building for Wyoming Lifestyles Magazine. We found it on the glossy’s Facebook page. It’s received more than 2,000 shares and better than 3,000 likes to date.

What makes the shot so popular? Hint: It’s a boy buffalo. Look closely.

How ‘red’ are we?
The Hill printed the results of the latest Gallup poll which ranked the country’s most conservative and liberal states. Nothing here was all-too eye-opening. The most conservative states were those in the southeast and West with grand old Wyoming topping the list. The most liberal states were mainly in the northeast – the District of Columbia earned top honors there.

President Obama’s audacity of hope seems to be waning. Overall, more respondents identified themselves as conservatives rather than liberals. Following Wyoming down the “right” path were Mississippi, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Alabama. Left-leaning states included Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware, New York, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine, California and New Jersey.

Idaho, We-da-ho
Idaho wishes us well, but under their breath has been some muttering and grumbling about Wyoming’s new state lottery.

Lawmakers in the Gem State are concerned that a good portion of their lottery revenue may be siphoned of by Wyomingites staying home to play and Utahans finding the Equality State a more convenient option than Idaho. Idaho’s lottery director Jeff Anderson worried as much as $3 million a year could disappear from that state’s budget.

“We wish them the best of luck. We are a collegial group,:” Anderson said, putting his best foot forward.

Tarantino torpedos Tetons
Was noted filmmaker Quentin Tarantino really planning on shooting in Jackson Hole again? Colin Strickland, of the Wyoming Film Office, thinks so.

“Wyoming clearly had an effect on Quentin Tarantino,” Strickland told Brielle Schaeffer for a News&Guide story republished in several papers across the country including the Kansas City Star. “It’s a good bet he would have gone there.”

Tarantino’s latest script was leaked to the Internet by Gawker. The screenplay for “The Hateful Eight” opens with a scene that appears tailored made to play out in front of the Tetons. Tarantino did not appreciate the breach.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the iconic movie mogul is suing Gawker and has decided to kill the project.

Wyoming: Outlaw cyber specs
Ahead of the Legislative budget session, Wyoming is receiving national notice for a few of the bills headed to Cheyenne. Among the most notable are high-profile fad laws like a ban on Google glasses and the late-Sue Wallis’ medical marijuana bill.

The Chicago Tribune was one of numerous newspapers to pick up on the pile of early bills awaiting Wyoming lawmakers this month. One such bill was crafted by Sen. Floyd Esquibel looking to get ahead of the latest cyber trend: Google Glass, which projects a small screen above a corner of a wearer’s eye.

“Common sense would tell you that you really don’t need to look at a little computer while driving, that it endangers you, your passengers and other drivers,” Esquibel said.

G&F goes sheep shearing
The Anchorage Daily News republished an informative Trib piece on a Wyoming Game and Fish study of bighorn sheep.

The opening was riveting: “The female bighorn sheep looked like two sacks of potatoes as the helicopter lowered them to the ground. Blindfolded and hobbled, they stayed motionless while a crew of wildlife biologists, game wardens and a veterinarian ran to them to begin testing.

“Five sets of hands worked on the first ewe. Someone took her temperature: 101.7. A game warden held her down. Hank Edwards, a wildlife disease specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, swabbed her tonsils, nasal passage and ears. Another person fit her with two radio collars.

“Within minutes, the group carried her to the bottom of a rocky hill and let her go.”

The state’s bighorn sheep population has been in decline for decades. Experts blame a combination of habitat fragmentation and disease transmission from domestic sheep.

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