PROPS & DISSES for June 4, 2014

By on June 3, 2014

: Junior Fuller Ross is No. 12. Photo credit: RIDGE KLING

Lax catches fire in the Hole PROP

Jackson Hole, Wyoming –  In case no one has noticed, lacrosse is America’s fastest team growing sport. And the oldest. The ancient Native American game is catching on fast in the Mountain West, too

On the strength of local Jackson Hole hockey standouts – mainly Dane Asbell, Fuller Ross, and Tenzing Coburn – the Jackson Hole High School lacrosse team played a couple of exciting slugfests with Bozeman in the JH Lacrosse Mountain Roundup last weekend. The U15 boys team finished its season with a 14-5 record, capped off with two victories over Boise in the second annual tourney.

Girls are getting into the act as well. Read our recent cover story. The season-ending blowout party at Q was outrageous.

Mass evacuation DISS

What’s with everyone cutting out these days? Undersherriff Bob Gilliam turned in is his badge. Dr. George Poore is bolting the hospital board. Steve Foster will vacate his post as county administrator at the end of the month. Angus Thuermer, Jr. is history at the News&Guide. Pathways executive director Mike Welch quit last month. So did four Art Association board members and municipal judge Tom Jordan a month before that. Pam Shea will surrender her spot as the TCSD superintendent after next school year. Even Pepper the police dog is hitting the kennel after 12 years of sniffing out narcotics.

Talk about spring cleaning. Change is inevitable, beneficial even, like in the case of molting when snakes shed their skin. Change brings about a metamorphosis, which could mean something positive and beautiful like the life cycle of the caterpillar-butterfly.

But too much change creates turmoil. Chaos. The county may be experiencing more crisis than chrysalis. Jackson Hole is a world-class vacation destination. And multitudes, it seems, are doing their part, vacating their positions.

Too late to the party DISS

Late filers for office are annoying. Note to the dozens of deadbeats that threw their name in the hat at the last minute: Your zeal is uninspiring.

Look, if the gig is really that important to you, you wouldn’t have – shouldn’t have – waited until the eleventh hour to sign on for it. It doesn’t give voters the impression you’re really that jazzed for the job. Frankly, we need more “gung-ho” and a little less “ho-hum.” Sure, take some time to talk it over with the wife. Ask your husband if he can watch the kids every other Monday. But then show some passion, and declare before zero hour.

A certain amount of positioning and power play are to blame for many late filers. They want to see who else is running, not wanting to step on toes or speculating on who they think they can beat without pounding 15,000 signs into the ground at Cutties and ordering a zillion pencils off of that they will never use. But jockeying for position doesn’t have to mean 4:45 p.m. on deadline Friday.

Not to say candidates should hop on the ballot at first light but Sara Flitner played her cards right. She came out guns a-blazing months ago with a press conference, party, and promotional materials. As a public relations specialist, she understands the value of being the market leader and branding her name in the voters’ minds right out of the gate.

Mayoral candidates Geneva Chong, Stephen McDonald and Mark Nowlin all couldn’t find the motivation to get down to 200 South Willow until minutes before Sherry Daigle was about to lock up for the night last Friday. They weren’t alone. The line forming at the county clerk’s office five minutes before closing was a shameful display of procrastination. Writers live on that line. Politicians shouldn’t.

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