By on January 5, 2016

160106TOU-1Brigid goes hunting

Huge “atta cowgirl” to Brigid Mander. The former Planet writer knocked out a wonderful piece on hunting for the Wall Street Journal to end last year. It was mainly a travelogue for interested hunters. WSJ surely loved playing up the popular huntress angle.

The subhead read: “Captivated by the wilds of Wyoming, a novice hunter ponders whether she’ll be able to pull the trigger.” Mander mentioned living in Jackson for a decade but milked her Long Island upbringing for the proper “city girl meets wild and wide open” effect.

Mander never made the kill but did probably manage to sell a few Darwin and Triangle X ranch hunting trips for next fall.

160106TOU-2Ducks help mulies

University of Oregon says it is on a campaign to better market itself as a scientifically-minded school. University president Michael Shill said faculty and staff will make a proactive effort in 2016 to pitch positive stories about what their Office of Research and Innovation is up to rather than the latest Duck football highlights.

““What we don’t want is — when you put in a Google search that says the ‘University of Oregon’ — we shouldn’t be coming up primarily about basketball players doing things, sexual violence-type stories, (instead) you’re hearing about all the great things that are taking place here in terms of research,” Schill told the school paper, the Register-Guard.

An example cited by Shill is Oregon’s InfoGraphics Lab partnership with the Wyoming Migration Initiative in order to map the 150-mile mule deer migration from Jackson Hole to the Red Desert.

160106TOU-3NBA star scoped by JH doc

The Phoenix Suns lost key point guard Eric Bledsoe to a season-ending injury. Bledsoe was off to a career season averaging 20.4 points per game.

The loss is bad news for Suns fans but they can rest assured he will be getting the best of care. Team physician Dr. Tom Carter will perform the surgery on Bledsoe’s torn meniscus. Carter is the head of orthopedic surgery at Arizona State University. He has been the Suns’ team physician since 2000. Carter’s first year out of residency was spent in Jackson where he was a member of Teton Orthopedics in 1989.

160106TOU-4All hail his eminence

By day he runs the City of Victor, Idaho. By night, he’s a successful concert promoter on the other side of the hill.

Jeff Potter was sworn in as Victor’s new mayor this week. Potter ran unopposed, securing the four-year term with 206 votes. Potter is also a founding member of JacksonHoleLive. Should we expect Music on Main to get even better? Or will Potter devote his time to finally abolishing the ‘back-in’ angled parking in Victor?

160106TOU-5Capital punishment needs capital

The Washington Times picked up an AP story from the Casper Star Tribune’s Ben Neary, who scooped news regarding Wyoming’s only death row inmate. The headline in both the Times and the Trib read: “Prosecutor: Wyoming needs to reconsider death penalty.”

Casper District Attorney Mike Blonigen, who prosecuted Eaton in 2004 for the 1988 killing of Lisa Kimmell of Billings, Montana, said the Wyoming Legislature should ask itself whether the state has the resources to carry out capital punishment. Death sentences are costly to pursue and some states, including Wyoming, have had difficulty in obtaining the drugs necessary to perform lethal injection executions.

Eaton’s sentence was overturned last year on the grounds Eaton had not received adequate legal defense. An attempt by the Casper District Prosecution Office to retry Eaton is underway.

160106TOU-6Another Palisades plane crash

Multiple agencies responded to a reported plane crash near Palisades Reservoir January 4. Members from Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Swan Valley Fire, Idaho Falls Ambulance, Lincoln County Wyoming Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, and Alpine Fire arrived on scene to find a downed Yak 52 Russian trainer aircraft.

Authorities identified two victims – Reade Genzlinger, 61, of Bryn Athens, Pennsylvania,  and a 17-year-old female from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Both were part-time residents of Alpine, Wyoming, where the plane took off from. It was the second plane crash to occur in the area. Travis Hamilton, 43, and his 14-year-old daughter crashed a single-engine Aviat Husky near Palisades on October 15 last fall. Hamilton was killed while the daughter survived. PJH

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