Billy’s Burgers to return

After bowing out of the Town Square scene in the spring of 2012, Billy’s Burgers will be returning late this summer in a new spot, The Virginian.

“The Virginian Lodge and Billy’s Burgers have both been much loved institutions in Jackson,” Robert Huggins, president and CEO of Virginian owner Orion Companies, said in a statement emailed by a public relations representative. “When it came time to reimagine the next era for The Virginian, it was a natural decision to bring back Billy’s Burgers — a place that has not only been known for amazing burgers but also for fostering a sense of community and friendship around its lively counter. We look forward to creating that same atmosphere in the new home for Billy’s Burgers.”

The P.R. rep said, “Billy’s will have a storefront right next to the Liquor Store, and guests will also be able to enjoy burgers in The Saloon. ... Brian Marino (son of the founder) is concepting all the menus, recipes and overall restaurant concept.”

— Jennifer Dorsey

Suicide prevention training

The Wyoming Department of Health is offering free suicide prevention training to employers and their employees across the state.

“Wyoming unfortunately has historically high suicide rates and, on average, one Wyoming resident dies by suicide every two days,” Lindsay Martin, the Health Department’s Injury and Violence Prevention Program manager, said in a press release.

The free online training offered to employers for their employees is called “Question, Persuade and Refer.” Among other things it covers how to “question, persuade and refer” someone who might be suicidal, what the causes of suicidal behavior are, how to recognize the warning signs and how to get help.

The Health Department’s Injury and Violence Prevention Program received $250,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to support the training, which typically costs $30 per person.

In addition to regular QPR training, tailored professional training for specific fields is available. Those include clergy, corrections, doctors and physician assistants, elder-care workers, firefighters and EMS, law enforcement, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, pharmacists, sports coaches, school health professionals and veteran care providers.

Employers interested in arranging for the training for their employees should contact Martin at

— Staff report

Hill Climb puts heads in beds

The occupancy rate at hotels in the town of Jackson during the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb weekend hit 90.5%, according to the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s straw poll.

The latest poll results reflect actual occupancies for Hill Climb weekend and what was on the books as of March 31 for future weekends at 16 hotels and property management companies in Jackson and Teton Village.

With all 16 properties included, Hill Climb weekend’s occupancy rate was 83.8%, versus 79.6% on the books a few days before.

Going into this past weekend, the straw poll showed 47.7% occupancy for town of Jackson and Teton Village properties as of March 31, which is up from 41.1% on the books a week earlier. If this winter’s pattern continues, the actual occupancy for the weekend could end up being higher.

— Staff report

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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