By on November 3, 2015

Wyoming-Pixar co-promote dino flick

151104TOUThe Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) partnered with Disney-Pixar on a marketing deal that will promote the state as part of the advertising campaign for the upcoming film release “The Good Dinosaur” – in theatres for Thanksgiving. WOT agreed to spend $1.2 million of its annual advertising budget on cross-promoting the film, including a $100,000 payout to help fund the world premiere of the animated picture.

Diane Shober, WOT’s executive director, told Laramie Live, “The film is visually stunning and the setting is very characteristic of the Wyoming scenery we know and love.”

Pixar’s director of photography for lighting Sharon Calahan was instrumental in getting Wyoming as the primary setting of the film. After spending numerous vacations in Jackson Hole, she convinced her team to travel here in the autumn of 2013 and again in spring 2014 for location scouting.

“For me, I was like already in love with it,” she told the Casper Star-Tribune. “But it was fun to watch Pete [Sohn, the film’s director] fall in love with it and really embrace it as a setting for the film.”

To recreate the Wyoming scenery, Pixar illustrators worked closely with the U.S. Geological Survey, downloading terrain data, and paired that with Google Earth map imagery of locations like the Snake River Basin, according to Tech Crunch.

9-1-1 texting coming to county

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that Teton County will be the first county in Wyoming to offer 9-1-1 texting service to its residents. Customers of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will be able to send an emergency text message to 911 dispatchers instead of, or in addition to, a voice call.

The Sheriff’s office stressed that a voice call is still the preferred method of reporting an emergency but in cases where a call is not possible, the text option will be available beginning Nov.16. Officials want to remind users that a text to 911 will not automatically reveal the location of the caller. They also stressed the importance of spelling out information rather than the use everyday abbreviations like “IDK, THX, 2day and BTW.” …LOL.

Wyoming cracks up

151104TOU-2_origThe gash that swallowed Wyoming is all the rage across the nation. The geological phenomenon features a chasm measuring approximately 750 yards long and 50 yards wide in spots, which appeared overnight in the Big Horn Mountains outside of Casper.

A pair of hunting guides from SNS Outfitter & Guides discovered the massive crack and posted a photo on their Facebook page. It generated more than 10,000 shares in no time and had national news outlets phoning the ranch nonstop.

Engineers from Riverton visited the site and said it was likely formed by “a wet spring lubricated across a cap rock.” They estimated 15 to 20 million yards of earth moved in the resulting land collapse.

The public has been advised to stay clear of the gash until it stabilizes.

Lummis likes new Speaker

Count Rep. Cynthia Lummis is a member of “Team Ryan.” The Wyoming Congresswoman expressed her support of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for Speaker of the House of Representatives. Ryan was voted in last week.

151104TOU-3_orig“I have seen the problems in recent years that a ‘command and control’ and ‘reward and punishment’ style of leadership breeds,” Lummis wrote in her weekly “Cattle Call.” “I believe returning to regular order, including more open debate and the opportunity to amend legislation, will give rank and file House members a chance to more effectively represent their constituents.”

Heads hang out

Organizers at the National Museum of Wildlife Art were able to wrangle another three months out of a coveted traveling exhibit by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” will remain on display at the museum in Jackson through Jan. 3, 2016, giving art lovers a chance to see the outdoor work against the backdrop of snow and elk.


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