Teton Barber Shop is a classic old-time, small-town barber shop. You can count on a good haircut at a fair price. The place has a welcoming atmosphere where everybody knows your name. The conversations are lively, and you can catch up on local happenings. Mike Randall, co-owner of the shop, has been cutting hair since 1982. Things are changing. Mike will turn 65 in July and plans to sell his share of the business and retire.

Mike’s wife, Patti, will retire from the Teton County Treasurer’s Office at the same time. Tanya Crocker will purchase Mike’s part of the business, and Debbie Bancroft will remain a co-owner. Tanya is a Jackson Hole native and graduated from Jackson Hole High School in 2007. She has been employed at Teton Barber for several years.

We wish Mike and Patti the best as they begin a new chapter in their life. Oh, yes. ... Mike will continue to work at the shop but only on Wednesdays. I love that the shop will remain local.

From Home Depot to UPS

Carol Buchenroth Tome will take over as CEO of United Parcel Service Inc. on June 1. She has been a member of the board since 2003. She retired last year after 18 years as Home Depot’s chief financial officer. She helped that company return to solid footing. Carol, a Jackson Hole native, graduated in 1975 from Jackson Hole High School and attended the University of Wyoming. She owns a home here in Jackson.

Local shutterbugs win

In its February issue Wyoming Wildlife announced the winners of the magazine’s annual photo contest, which is in its 50th year. There were 3,335 photographs submitted by 719 photographers from 42 states. Several of the winners are from Teton County.

In the scenic category, Ken Takata took first place, with Carl Oksanen and Vadim Lanulionoc receiving honorable mention. In the recreation category, Peter Mangolds took first place, with honorable mention going to Della Frederickson and Ken Takata. In the flora category, first place went to Steve Mattheis and second place to Frances Clark. Kathy Greger received an honorable mention.

Rodeo royalty ready to go

In the world of rodeo few characters are more recognizable than rodeo royalty. They are the spokeswomen helping to keep the sport of rodeo alive. Before the first cowboy enters the arena you are almost certain to see these talented horsewomen flying past the grandstands carrying flags, greeting rodeo fans and engaging with the crowd or volunteering their help at a variety of community events. The rodeo queens are a staple, and they help keep the Western heritage alive.

This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Teton County rodeo queen. The first young lady crowned was Ulla Meyerin, in 1969. In those days the Teton Valley Rodeo Club crowned the queen and selected her court. Ulla’s attendants were Shirley Seaton and Linda Jacobson. They participated in several rodeos around the state.

Over the years many of the Teton County rodeo queens have gone on to compete in the Miss Rodeo Wyoming Pageant. Miss Rodeo Wyoming symbolizes the youth of our state who wish to promote the sport of professional rodeo and the great Western way of life.

In 1981 Wendy Hamilton Platts became the first Miss Rodeo Wyoming crowned from Teton County. Jane Scott Chambers won the coveted title in 1989 and Laura Linn Meadows in 2001. Desiree Bridges made Teton County proud in 2014.

Currently it is the Teton County Fair and Rodeo that sponsors the competition and selects the Teton County rodeo royalty. The 2019 rodeo queen is Lexi Daugherty. Her court includes Senior Princess Jordan Lutz, Junior Princess Bailey Chamberland, Pee Wee Princess Mylie Edwards, Pee Wee Attendant Princesses Ashlyn Chamberland and Chloe Edwards, and Future Princess Lucila Scharp.

The Teton County Fair and Rodeo Royalty program is gearing up by hosting clinics on April 4 and 5, and the annual pageant will be held May 17 and 18. The competition seeks to attract young female leaders in the community. Those elected to the court promote the Western way of life, display high moral and ethical character, treat animals humanely and understand all aspects of the rodeo. Contestants are judged on modeling, speech, impromptu questions, rodeo knowledge, horsemanship and riding skills. All of those topics will be presented by 2019 Miss Rodeo Wyoming Hannah Ostheimer, of Sheridan, at the Mountain Majesty Rodeo Royalty Clinic in April.

You can spot the royalty at the Old West Days and Fourth of July parades, at the Teton County Fair and Rodeo and helping with community events like the Hill Climb, the Jackson Hole Cow Belles Christmas party, Special Olympics, the Festival of Lights and the ’49er Ball.

If you believe in our Western heritage, love the Teton County Fair and Rodeo and would like to represent your community and sport of rodeo, save the dates and get involved. For information, please call Teresa Nelson at 307-699-7308.

Light the candles

Happy belated birthday to Putzi Harrington,who turned 88 on March 8. Sixty family members and friends gathered at her Wilson home to help her celebrate.

Connie Owen wholeheartedly believes your stories are the heart of this column, and would love to hear yours. Call or email her at 734-9512 or connie_owen@msn.com.

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