THEM ON US: 4.2.14

By on April 1, 2014

JACKSON, WYO – Another Friday night in Rock Springs
This is so, well, Rock Springs.

Trailer trash talk erupted at a fifth-grade girls’ basketball game at Pilot Butte Elementary in Rock Springs last Friday night, and blew up into a full-fledged rumble in the stands.

Jennifer Brooks, 40, became verbally abusive to the opposing team’s players to the point she was asked to leave by security guard Russ Petek. The officer was punched in the face by Brooks for his trouble. When he tried to arrest her, Brooks’ daughter, Tess, and her boyfriend, Dusty Wagnone, intervened.

Wagnone put the guard in a “sleeper” hold while the Brooks family continued to wail on Petek. When Wagnone attempted to pull the gun from Petek’s holster, fellow Rock Springers finally jumped in and helped subdue the trio. They were all arrested on felony charges.

The Casper Star Tribune ran the story with all appropriate “allegedlys” in place.

JHMR is sick, bro
Snowboard Magazine spread the love last week – barely in time for the Mountain Resort’s closing date of April 6. Senior editor Nate Deschenes corralled pro-rider and Wyo. native Mark Carter for some insight on single-planking the Vill.

Carter advised February is the best month to shred. His secret stash is Finger Bang Woods (funny, we can’t find that on the resort map), and he fuels up at Nora’s for breakfast.

Deschenes dropped phrases like “Rad resort,” “snowboarding mecca” and “legendary Teton powder.” Sounds about right.

QB by committee in Laramie
The Wyoming Cowboys went from having the best quarterback in the Mountain West Conference to opening the job for anyone who wants it – or proves they deserve it.

No less than five Poke signal-callers will compete for the job of squatting behind center, according to Wyoming’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Brent Vigen. Tom Thornton, Colby Kirkegaard, Aaron Young, Sam Stratton and T.J. Patterson are all in the mix to run the huddle during the upcoming spring drills. Who will be quarterbacking the team for the opener on August 30 against the Montana Grizzlies is anyone’s guess.

The Miami Herald ran the piece largely borrowed from the Star Tribune.

Elk hunt a success
Data out of Wyoming Game and Fish looks fairly encouraging for elk supporters. Hunters harvested 1,437 animals from the Jackson elk herd last fall, a 30 percent increase. The Fall Creek herd continues to struggle, however. Numbers were down there – a 15 percent drop over last year’s success rate.

Statewide, hunters harvested a record number of elk for the second year in a row.

Several state papers ran the news including the Gillette News Record.

Wyo. Air Force officer canned
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle is reporting the firing of Col. Donald Holloway from the F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne.

“The move came as the Air Force fired nine mid-level nuclear commanders and said it would discipline dozens of junior officers in response to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported,” the piece stated. The missile base came under fire last year for protocol issues. Col. Tracey Hayes, commander of the 90th Missile Wing, cited a “loss of confidence” in Holloway’s ability to lead, according to the story. Holloway was a senior officer at the base.

Smoke smuggling in Wyoming
Wyoming continues to top many year-end lists. This one was news to us. According to a March study reported by the Tax Foundation, the Cowboy State ranks second behind only New Hampshire for cigarettes smuggled to other states.

Mackinac Center for Public Policy conducted the research which concluded most, if not all, of the cancer sticks smuggled out of Wyoming were done so by individuals looking to beat higher taxes elsewhere, rather than the work of organized crime rings.

The term “smuggling” is used liberally, it seems. Some 34.9 million packs of cigs were sold in Wyoming in 2012.

“Of that, 28.5 million were estimated to have been consumed in the state and 6.3 million left the state. The center describes the 6.3 million as smuggled because the people who sold them didn’t pay taxes to the states they live in,” wrote the story’s author, Laura Hancock, for the Star Tribune.

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