Props and Disses

By on July 16, 2014


Gubernatorial candidate implodes   

Maybe it’s the heat or the pressure of an arduous campaign, but Republican gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes has become separated from his rocker.

The strict constitutionalist is calling for limited federal government involvement in Wyoming. On the surface, it sounds like a platform right up our valley.

“People want to be left alone more or less, to have their personal liberties, to enjoy their lives with a minimum of government interference or government overreach,” Haynes told the state paper back in April.

Keep talking, Taylor.

In a political climate where states are increasingly becoming keen on taking back more power from Washington, Haynes’ diatribe found purchase with 13,796 Wyoming voters in 2010. As a write-in. That’s better than Libertarian candidate Mike Wheeler did (5,362).

Haynes thinks Wyomingites are tired of higher taxes and would like more flexibility when it comes to school choice.

Preach on, Taylor.

On Sunday, Haynes likely lost every potential vote in Teton County when he announced he would consider opening the entire state to drilling, grazing and mining, including Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Haynes believes the feds should surrender all state held land and vacate it by the time he would take office if elected (January 1, 2015) or he will arrest federal government employees for “impersonating a law enforcement officer.”

Stop talking, Taylor.


Bang on review of JH  

OK, we’re blushing. Enough already, HuffPost. Travel writer extraordinaire Richard Bangs penned the most exhaustive and glowing piece on Jackson Hole we’ve ever seen.

If you have friends or family in town, start them off by searching for “Fabled Montropolis.” If you are already sick and tired of the out-of-town traffic, look it up yourself and let it be a reminder of all that is great with this valley. The 3,400-word story is also chocked full of videos and pictures that will soften even the hardest heart and should sell more than a few plane fares.

Bangs didn’t miss a thing. From flight schedules to visits to the Elk Refuge and National Museum of Wildlife Art to sit-downs with Kathryn Turner (artist), Gavin Fine (restaurateur), Stephen Price (Spring Creek Ranch), Ponteir Sackrey (CFA, Center Fund), Jess McMillen (freeskiing hotshot), Mike Halpin ( Lost Creek Ranch Lodge and Spa), and Roger Smith (Teton Raptor Center) – he managed to wrangle a who’s who list of county kingpins.

Bangs picks up on what makes Jackson Hole tick. “Rustic elegance,” “family friendliness,” and “a strong conservation ethos” are just some of the things the author observed while here.

Oh yeah, and he also coined us a phrase: “montropolis.”


Consolidation: Mother of invention

With the hiring of Bob McLaurin as interim county administrator, county officials made a smart move. McLaurin, who currently serves the town in the same capacity, probably has the best working knowledge of where the county is at and he has led the town smoothly through numerous tough issues. 

McLaurin might be sorry he accepted the post. We’re still wondering how Tyler Sinclair is filling both his job as planning director for the town while also subbing for the county in the same role after Jeff Daugherty split. It’s a monster payday, no doubt, for both men, but the additional workload must be daunting.

Teton County is hurting now for qualified men or women who can step into top brass positions and hit the ground running. A nationwide search for the most brilliant minds still won’t get the county a reliable return for some time until the new recruits have time to learn our zip code, much less pore over the LDR revisions.

This is no time to switch horses. McLaurin and Sinclair will be invaluable in guiding the town and county toward a seamless transition. That, or we’ll find out what doesn’t kill them makes consolidation look a lot more doable.

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