By on November 8, 2016

Not so Rich

161109tou-1kmtnJACKSON HOLE, WY – Several trade magazines are reporting radio magnate Richard Mecham filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on behalf of RP Broadcasting Idaho, LLC. Rich Broadcasting purchased eight radio stations from Chaparral Broadcasting in 2012 for a reported $3.7 million. They included local Jackson stations KMTN (96.9 FM), KZJH (95.3 FM), KJAX (93.5 FM), and KSGT (AM 1340), as well as stations in Idaho.

The company, headquartered in Salt Lake City, listed dozens of creditors including ABC Radio Networks Assets, American Town, Ando Media, ASCAP and Atlas Talent Agency-Naughton. Mechem said the filing was nothing to worry about and regular listeners could expect no detectable changes to programming. Mecham said the same when he purchased the local station cartel but fired most of the on-air personalities by the end of 2013 including Holly Danner, Tom Ninnemann, Brian Karre, Bob Thompson, and this reporter.

Trump takes Wyoming?

161109tou-2trumpsABC News was one of many outlets calling Wyoming for Trump the morning of the election. Maybe that’s a little early to say the Cowboy State is behind the Donald but their point was this: “Wyoming is unlikely to be seriously contested because voting records show it’s very conservative.”

True, Wyoming has voted Republican in the last 10 presidential elections, though Teton County has swung to the “D” side—in both Obama elections, for instance.

Wyoming has three electoral votes at stake. Trump did not actively campaign in the state, though his son did make a stop last month at a fundraising event hosted by Foster Friess. Trump declared back in April he would not waste money in Wyoming on the primary because the state’s system was “rigged.”

How ‘bout them Pokes?

161109tou-3pokesThe Wyoming Cowboys have racked up a few impressive victories of late. It’s looking like a bowl bid may be in the Pokes’ future.

The Cowboys upset win over a ranked Boise State team on October 29 raised a few eyebrows and caught notice from ESPN. The sports broadcaster aired the Wyoming-Utah State game on ESPN2 last Saturday night. Wyoming handled the Aggies, 52-28.

Idaho’s Herald Journal called Wyoming the Mountain West’s biggest surprise.

The Cowboys have not lost at home this season. They are also undefeated in conference play (5-0). Next up for the Pokes is UNLV in Las Vegas on November 12.

Wyoming troopers return from Standing Rock

161109tou-4standing-rock-protestsThe Wyoming Tribune Eagle is reporting the six Wyoming Highway Patrol officers who were “on loan” to North Dakota to help with the Standing Rock protests returned to Wyoming yesterday. The troopers are part of a special services squad cross-trained for a variety of extended duties.

The officers were sent to Standing Rock on October 22. Governor Matt Mead said in a statement, “Wyoming has not taken a position on the pipeline itself, but we have responded to North Dakota’s Emergency Management Agreement Compact request for help to ensure the safety of the protesters, highway users, residents and the workers.”

WHP will be reimbursed by the state of North Dakota for the troopers’ daily expenses while in the neighboring state.

GTNP: Grand and deadly

161109tou-5dangerous-gtnpThe Cheat Sheet’s “5 Most Dangerous Parks in America” included Grand Teton in the No. 2 slot behind the Grand Canyon.

Lauren Weiler wrote: “This mountainous park in Wyoming is home to beautiful sights, rocky terrain, and tons of wildlife. Its beauty attracts many families who are looking for the perfect campsite and hiking trails, but being in the wilderness isn’t without its dangers. When you’re in Grand Teton, you’re in bear country.”

Besides wildlife encounters, Weiler also noted simply hiking in GTNP could prove fatal for some due to “change of climate and difficult terrain, falling, drowning, and hypothermia.”

Grand Teton managed to snag the No. 6 spot in PJ Media’s similar list of the Top 10 Most Dangerous National Parks in 2014.  PJH

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