Learn to lead

In just nine months members of Leadership Jackson Hole leave the program with personal leadership skills and a better understanding of community issues. Sound like something that’s up your alley? Now’s the time to apply.

Applications are open for the 2019-20 session, which includes a February session in Cheyenne focusing on the Wyoming State Legislature and state politics.

The program, intended for emerging and established leaders, puts participants in front of groups monthly to learn more from community leaders in education, government, healthcare and nonprofit work. Attendance is required at the first session on Sept. 18.

Applications can be picked up from the University of Wyoming Extension Office, 255 W. Deloney, or online at TinyURL.com/leadershipjh2019.

Tuition is $400, and the class is limited to 25 people. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 16.

County gets props on budget

Teton County was recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association for one great budget presentation.

The county is the only one in the state to have received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, and this year marks the second time it has brought home the honor.

The budget must past muster with staff of the association and outside reviewers who were looking to see how Teton County’s document aligns with national guidelines “for how well the budget served policy documents, financial plans, operational guides and communication devices,” a statement said.

“A lot of time and effort goes into creating this document,” Teton County Treasurer Katie Smits said in a statement. “When people have questions about revenues, expense or want more in-depth knowledge about the budget, I always lead them to this document.”

Smits also praised Teton County Clerk Sherry Daigle and Teton County Administrator Alyssa Watkins for their work in creating the award-winning budget document.

The association, which provides support and training to those working in government finance policy and management, says winners provide an example to other governments throughout the country.

“They have many ‘best practices’ that are used by Teton County as a guideline for policies and procedures,” Smits said.

— Melissa Cassutt

Lend your PAWS

PAWS of Jackson Hole is recruiting summer ambassadors to promote harmonious trail etiquette between humans and dogs.

Ambassadors will be provided with PAWS apparel, mutt mitts and rewards for both humans and dogs to hand out while on ambassador walks. The time requirement is about one to two walks a week on trails and pathways for the summer season, as well as one training meeting or walk.

Contact Jess Farr via email at jess@pawsofjh.org or call the PAWS office at 734-2441 for information on how to apply.

— Leonor Grave


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