By on February 3, 2015

I wanna be a cowboy


Gene Bryson (Photo: SCSO Facebook)



Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Sublette County Sheriff Stephen Haskell’s new dress code has its first casualty. Deputy Gene Bryson quit the force after being told he could no longer wear cowboy boots and hats to work. Bryson is a 40-year veteran of the SO. Bryson said he could not abide the new policy.

The uniform change is “kind of the reason why I retired,” Bryson told the Star Tribune. The story is playing nationally now and was posted on the Drudge Report Monday and Tuesday. “I am not going to change. I’ve been here for 40-odd years in the sheriff’s office, and I’m not going to go out and buy combat boots and throw my vest and hat away and say, ‘This is the new me.’”

Bryson was born and raised on a ranch in Montana. He has been wearing Western attire since he was 19 years old. He went into law enforcement in 1974.

Haskell pitched uniformity in addition to a concern cowboy boots were slippery on ice and hats could blow off in a Pinedale bluster.

Fire station burns down


It begins like an old joke: Fire station burns down …

No one was laughing in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, when the tiny hamlet’s only fire station erupted in flames after a propane line cracked and gas was ignited by the station’s heating system.

Ten Sleep firefighters could do little more than watch and wait for help from neighboring stations as their building, along with five engines, was engulfed in flames. A Worland engine made it to Ten Sleep 30 minutes after the first call, too late to do more than mop up. No one was injured. The building was unoccupied at the time of the blaze.

Stations from Dubois, Lovell, Meeteetse and Thermopolis have pledged to donate needed equipment to the Ten Sleep firefighters.

Fire stations do burn down on occasion. Japan, Maryland, Pennsylvania – even a station in Texas on New Year’s Eve burned down in recent memory.

Tony talks Turkey

PHOTO CUTLINE: Turkish turkeys on the way to the market. (Photo: Tony Saladino)

PHOTO CUTLINE: Turkish turkeys on the way to the market. (Photo: Tony Saladino)

Our Turkish is a little rusty so excuse us if we don’t have all of our facts straight. But we’re pretty sure Jackson Hole maestro Anthony Saladino was given a glowing write-up by a school paper in Yeşilköşk, Turkey.

The esteemed musician wrote in his blog (My Marco Polo Expedition) that he was having a great time in “Do-barzit” in Eastern Turkey.

“The Kurds have wrapped-up Christmas and New Year’s with Santa and Christmas plus gift-giving – all in one for next few days,” Saladino wrote on December 31. “The wildest experience was following a man pushing a wheelbarrow with 3 live turkeys going down the mall!”

Utah actor owes it to JH

Jeremy Egan (Photo: Jud Burkett / The Spectrum)

Jeremy Egan (Photo: Jud Burkett / The Spectrum)


The St. George Daily Spectrum carried a nice write up on a most unlikely actor, Jeremy Egan. The self-admitted “introvert” told the southern Utah paper being around people he doesn’t know makes him nervous.
So how does the Brigham Playhouse star get up on stage night after night to perform in the role of Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre? He says he gets to “hide” behind the role.
Egan made our radar after we thought we recognized the name. Sure enough, the Utah native’s first big break was a role in Music Man, which played at the Jackson Hole Playhouse years ago. Egan was 16 at the time.


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