This is a selection of stories printed in the News&Guide’s sister publication, the Jackson Hole Daily. You can find the rest of the story online at JHNewsAndGuide.com.
Colter playground upgrade
Colter Elementary School on Monday unveiled its new playground, paid for by a RunTober fundraiser.
The students ran for that support — hundreds of laps, backed by donations from families and friends. In total, they raised $90,000 over two years, with half the funds going to construction of the new playground and the other half allocated to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics projects, as well as additional playground equipment.
Commissioners limit letters
Teton County commissioners have adopted “fluid” guidelines for themselves for writing letters to avoid personal correspondence being mistaken for county policy.
The policy asks members of the Teton County Board of County Commissioners not to affix their “commissioner” title to letters that don’t represent the board. And, if commissioners can’t do that, the rules ask the elected officials to notify the rest of the commission in advance to get feedback.
Fire/EMS adds 3
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS increased its total number of full-time paramedics to 18 with the recent graduation of three of its firefighters from a rigorous paramedic training program.
Firefighters Chance Abel, Ian Cranston and Ben Thurston earned their paramedic credentials in August through the Weber State University Paramedic Program, based in Ogden, Utah.
Hoot heads downtown
The Hootenanny is headed downtown to the Silver Dollar Showroom at The Wort Hotel.
The weekly acoustic mini folk fest has been held every Monday at Dornan’s in Moose for nearly 30 years, besides a short stint at Snow King in the early 2000s.
It is a beloved Jackson Hole tradition, but staffing issues have become ubiquitous across the valley, and, Hootenanny musician and board member Rob Sidle said, Dornan’s was stretched too thin to accommodate the jam anymore.
Rodeo pays town
The Jackson Town Council this past week agreed to renew its contract with WW Productions LLC for another five years and also received a hefty check from WW Productions for the past year.
The contract calls for WW Productions to pay the town 10% of gross proceeds from concessions sales or $50,000 per year, whichever amount is greater.
For 2021, the concession company paid the town about $248,000.
It was a marked increase over 2020 when the town received $75,415.45 — when the rodeo was hamstrung by COVID-19 and accompanying restrictions on attendance.
Checks for the three years prior to 2020, when the pandemic was not a factor, still paled in comparison to the this year’s check. The amounts WW Productions paid to the town in 2019, 2018, and 2017 were $145,348.27, $129,036.68, and $123,960.68, respectively.
Bear encounter nets jail
A woman who got too close to a Yellowstone grizzly family so she could take photos was sentenced to four days in jail and received other penalties as well, including a one-year ban from the national park.
In a press release, Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Murray said Samantha R. Dehring, 25, of Carol Stream, Illinois, pleaded guilty to willfully remaining, approaching and photographing wildlife within 100 yards. Another count — feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentionally disturbing wildlife — was dismissed.
The incident occurred May 10 at Roaring Mountain in Yellowstone National Park. Visitors noticed a sow grizzly and her three cubs. While other people slowly backed off and got into their vehicles, Dehring remained and continued to take photos as the sow bluff charged her.
Dehring appeared in front of Magistrate Judge Mark Carman in Mammoth Hot Springs last Wednesday for her change of plea and sentencing. On top of jail time and the park ban, she was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, a $1,000 community service payment to the Yellowstone Forever Wildlife Protection Fund, a $30 court processing fee and a $10 assessment.