A special supplement to the Jackson Hole News&Guide
October 31, 2012
ONE VALLEY. ONE VISION. YOUR VOICE.
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Introduction from the Editor
This special section of the Jackson Hole News&Guide contains one last, quick wrap-up of all the candidates and issues you will be asked to vote on in Tuesday’s general election. Read these pages and learn about the people running for mayor of the town of Jackson, Town Council, Teton County Board of Commissioners, Teton County school board, St. John’s Medical Center board, Teton County Conservation District board, state House of Representatives and Senate, and U.S. House and Senate. There also are summaries about the three projects looking for specific purpose excise tax funds, three proposed amendments to the Wyoming Constitution and a question on the retention of four area judges. The section comes at the end of a long campaign season. The News&Guide has run dozens of articles over the past months highlighting the differences and similarities between candidates and laying out the positions on SPET projects. Most candidates have participated in at least one community forum where they got to present their positions on the topics of the day in person. There have been countless ads, mailers and meetings. And since many of these races are for local posts, most candidates are our friends and neighbors, easily approachable and always ready to have a talk about the issues and where they stand on them.
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This Election is All About You
For too long, politicians in Washington have refused to make difficult decisions. Here in Wyoming, people know what works:
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Although it’s my name on the ballot, this election is really all about you … your family and your future.
In other words, there have been plenty of opportunities for voters to prepare themselves with the information needed to make reasoned decisions in the voters booths. Elections can be exhausting, it’s true. It’s easy to get cynical and think that they don’t matter or that one lone voter’s voice won’t make a difference. So many of us are so busy, and squeezing another errand in between picking kids up, going grocery shopping, doing our best at work and meeting all the rest of our obligations can seem like one task too many. But many of the questions on Tuesday’s ballot have direct bearings on our lives in Teton County, and the individuals who win seats on town, county, school, hospital and conservation district boards — not to mention those we send to Cheyenne and Washington, D.C. — will be in positions to influence how we live and make our livings for the next few years. They might even be in a position to make running all those errands easier or more difficult, more or less expensive, gentler or harder on our environment. Which is to say, it’s important to get up to speed on the issues and to make your informed mark on the ballot Tuesday. The News&Guide hopes it has provided enough information to help you do that.
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Specific Purpose Excise Tax SPET proposition No. 1 U.S. Forest Service property on North Cache Street $13,475,000 Town officials have talked for years about purchasing the 10-acre U.S. Forest Service property on North Cache Street in an effort to keep the agency’s headquarters in Jackson. Despite some concerns about the price tag, town and county officials decided to put the purchase on this year’s specific purpose excise tax ballot.
If voters approve the land buy in the general election, the town will enter into an $11.55 million direct sale with the Forest Service for the property. Additional funds are included on the ballot to be used to extend Mercill Avenue and King Street and to pay for interest on bonds the town would need to issue to acquire the property, pushing the total cost of the deal up to $13,475,000. The town would have to issue the bonds because the Forest Service requires the money up front. SPET funds trickle in over several years. By voting to approve the purchase, residents will also be approving the
issuance of general obligation bonds, which is included within the land purchase’s language on the ballot. Officials do not have a specific plan for the property, but they have said they hope to involve the public in deciding on a use for it if voters OK the deal. U.S. Forest Service staffers have not guaranteed that the land purchase will keep the headquarters in Jackson, but Jacque Buchanan, forest supervisor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, said revenue from a direct sale alone would not be enough for the agency to move its headquarters to Alpine. “It definitely puts us more in line with staying in Jackson” if the town buys the land, Buchanan said in September.
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Proposition No. 2 on the specific purpose excise tax ballot would allocate $4.3 million to the pathway project linking the five-way intersection on Broadway and Flat Creek in Jackson to the Stilson Ranch parking lot on the west bank.
to Stilson Ranch lot $4.3 million The town of Jackson says it needs another $4.3 million to fill in the budget gap for a pathway project that will link downtown Jackson to the Stilson Ranch parking lot. Voters approved $6 million for the project in 2008, but the cost of the project grew significantly when planners realized they would not be able to attach a pedestrian bridge to the highway bridge over the Snake River. If approved, the town-to-west-bank pathway segment will have roughly $12.4 million behind it. Elected officials have roughly $9.1 million set aside for the project, which consists of $6 million of tax revenue, $2.7 million in federal grants and $400,000 See SPET on 22
Segment 1 of the pathway project will be a 10-foot-wide separated pathway between the Stilson Ranch parking lot and the access drive for Iron Rock, with a new bridge over the Snake River.
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Vote Yes on Proposition 2 HIGHWAY 22/WEST BROADWAY PATHWAY PROJECT THE HIGHWAY 22/WEST BROADWAY PATHWAY PROJECT WILL: Provide a safe and scenic pathway between Wilson and Jackson for non-motorized transportation and recreation. Complete a key missing link in the Jackson Hole community pathways network. Further Teton County’s reputation as a world class outdoor destination Now is the time to build the Highway 22/West Broadway pathway project. Vote Yes on 2 and connect the community.
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Jackson Mayor Two candidates, nonpartisan race: Mark Barron (incumbent) Jim Fulmer This year’s mayoral race was born out of challenger Jim Fulmer’s frustration with the town and county’s comprehensive land-use plan. Mayor Mark Barron, who is seeking his sixth two-year term, was running unopposed until a week before the primary election. Jim Fulmer mounted a successful writein campaign, receiving enough votes to face off against Barron in the general election. He entered the race because he believes town officials avoided putting the new plan to a vote by the public by passing it as a resolution rather than as an ordinance. Fulmer has repeatedly stated that he decided to run because of a specific challenge issued by Barron: In May, the mayor told the New&Guide that anyone who disagrees with the new plan or the way it was passed could run for office or vote for someone who reflects his or her views. Fulmer said he fundamentally disagrees with the plan’s content. He doesn’t want to see more density added to town, which the plan would allow. Fulmer has also said more of the town’s fleet should run on compressed natural gas, including more START buses. Barron has defended the plan and the actions taken by officials when they approved it via resolution. He
Voter Information Teton County residents have until 5 p.m. Monday to vote early. After that, they must vote at their assigned polling places. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Officials this week reported there were 11,700 registered voters in Teton County. During the Aug. 21 primaries, election officials reported 3,234 ballots cast — a 30 percent turnout. To break it down a little more, 927 out of 3,262 registered Democrats, or 28 percent, voted in August; 2,156 out of 5,167 registered Republicans, or 42 percent, went to the polls; and 151 out of 2,237 registered independents, just 7 percent, participated in the primary. This time around, County Clerk Sherry Daigle is reporting that 30 percent of all registered voters have already visited the clerk’s office to vote or have requested mail-in ballots. Daigle said 1,648 voters have voted at absentee polling stations in the county administration building. Another 948 residents have dropped absentee ballots off, and 858 other
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has said it is better to have development in town rather than sprawl across the valley. He also maintains that town won’t suddenly become a “behemoth metropolis.” Barron believes he has been a balanced mayor who has promoted the growth of Jackson but also worked toward preserving open spaces. Throughout his tenure, which began in 2002, he has advocated for land conservation in town. Barron said he has worked with officials and staff to acquire more than 100 acres in prime locations, such as Karns Meadow. Barron defeated challengers Franz Camenzind and Jim Evanhoe in 2010. He moved to the area in the spring of 1976 and owns Blue Spruce Cleaners. Fulmer, who has worked at the Snow King Ski Area for nearly three decades, moved to Jackson in 1977. The next mayor of Jackson will work with town staff and the Town Council to implement the comprehensive plan and write new landdevelopment regulations. Fulmer has said if he is elected he will attempt to bring the plan to a popular vote. Other issues that the mayor could face over the next two years include balancing the town’s tight budget, creating a new transportation plan and coming up with a use for 10 acres of U.S. Forest Service property if voters approve the purchase. For more on the mayor candidates’ views on these issues, see grid on page 5.
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ballots have been mailed out but have not yet been returned. Early voting takes place at the Teton County Administration Office at 200 S. Willow St. For one last burst of voter information, go to JHNewsAndGuide. com and find the “Election Coverage Here” button on the left side of the page to access all the newspaper’s archived coverage of the candidates and the issues. You can also visit Jackson Hole Community Radio on Facebook and listen to recordings of forums with candidates for county commissioner, town council and mayor, school board, and Wyoming House District 22. For additional information about voter registration, polling locations, absentee voting or candidates, go to TetonWyo.org/cc.
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Jackson Mayor One seat, two-year term U.S. Forest Service property
Supports complete streets and a transportation system that accommodates pedestrians, bikers, mass transit, singleoccupancy vehicles and car pooling; supports compressed natural gas vehicles; calls commuter transit service to Teton Valley, Idaho, Star Valley and Alpine a “huge success” and “the responsible thing to do”; believes START service has significantly reduced the number of single-occupancy vehicles on the streets and is serving the workforce, visitors and residents.
Doesn’t have an agenda for the 10 acres of land on North Cache Street outside of creating a connector street to east Jackson; doesn’t believe the public has to have any “development concepts on the front burner” to approve the purchase; doesn’t have a strong opinion as to whether it stays in public hands or is sold on the private market, as long as the Forest Service supervisor office stays in Jackson.
Believes the town can address all the needs for residents and visitors without raising property taxes; says officials reacted quickly with an effective plan to keep the town afloat during the recession; says the town has moved forward with appropriate capital projects, such as the Home Ranch building on North Cache Street, which provides quality amenities to visitors.
Supports additional density in alreadydeveloped areas throughout the county, including the town; says town has positioned itself over past decade to absorb density, as called for in comprehensive plan; thinks the plan is an efficient way to create housing opportunities, protect single-family neighborhoods and preserve wildlife habitat and open spaces; says Jackson’s Western heritage is “much more than an architectural standard ... it’s a lifestyle.”
Supports the development of a compressed natural gas market and believes START should convert its buses; supports streets that allow for multiple types of transportation; thinks recent reconstruction project made Redmond Street too narrow and doesn’t like that it prohibits on-steet parking for some residents, says bump-outs make road dangerous for bikers and buses.
Would like to see residents vote on how the land is used if they approve the purchase; doesn’t think spending money on the purchase is a good idea without having a clear plan; notes that Forest Service headquarters aren’t guaranteed to stay in Jackson.
Would work to stop the proposed START bus barn, which he says is too expensive; favors converting town vehicles and buses to compressed natural gas, which he says would save money.
Is running as a “referendum” on the new comprehensive land-use plan, which he says forces to much density and development in town; believes adding density to Jackson will decrease the quality of life for residents; doesn’t think residents deserve to have more people “piled on top of them”; doesn’t support taller buildings in Jackson.
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Jackson Town Council Four candidates, nonpartisan race: Phillip Cameron Jim Genzer Hailey Morton Jim Stanford
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The Jackson Town Council will have a significantly different makeup when the dust settles after this year’s general election. Four newcomers to town politics are vying for two open seats on the council. Phil Cameron, Jim Genzer, Hailey Morton and Jim Stanford survived the crowded pool of candidates of the primary election in August and now await the decision of voters Nov. 6. Those elected will be tasked with implementing the town and county’s comprehensive land-use plan and writing new land-development regulations for Jackson. The plan has proved to be a contentious issue in the race thus far, as some candidates are wary of the density it would allow in town. Others welcome the increase in development but have said transportation infrastructure could, in turn, become a concern. Other issues new councilors will face include balancing the town’s tight budget and deciding what to do with the U.S. Forest Service property on North Cache Street if voters approve the purchase. (For more on the stances of each candidate, see grid.) Morton received the most votes — 481 — in August’s primaries. She is the only homegrown candidate. Growing up, she helped her parents operate the Sundance Inn. After attending Jackson Hole High School, Morton went to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated with a degree in political science. She has said that she is a proponent of small business and that she would work to bring more viable, long-term jobs to young people in Jackson. Morton works as the wine department manager at Jackson Whole Grocer while also helping her family run the Inn on the Creek. Genzer came in second in the primaries by a narrow margin, pulling in 476 votes. He was followed by Phillip Cameron, who totaled 403, and Stanford, who finished with 346. Genzer’s decision to run grew out of his opposition to the comprehensive
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plan. He believes it forces too much density into Jackson, and he would rather see development balanced between the town and county. One of his biggest concerns is the concept of complete streets, which he says has been a “disaster” for Redmond Street. Genzer is involved in a lawsuit against the town that claims officials intentionally passed the plan by resolution, rather than ordinance, to avoid having it put to a popular vote. Genzer, who has worked in the insurance industry in Jackson Hole for 40 years, is the only candidate with previous political experience, having served on the Teton County school board. Cameron is the executive director of the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition and has served on a variety of boards around town, including Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited. He has touted his decision-making and consensus-building skills and said they would help him as a councilor. He has said he enjoys being able to live an “urban lifestyle” in Jackson while also having national forest within walking distance from his house. A 10-year resident, Cameron initially moved to Jackson for a summer to be a fly-fishing guide. Since then, he has worked as an educator and natural resource monitor. Stanford, a longtime journalist and river guide in Jackson Hole, said he is running because he is tired of sitting on the sidelines. He has described himself as fiscally responsible and has spoken out against several town projects and services he believes cost too much, including the purchase of the Wort Hotel parking lot, construction of public restrooms on North Cache Street and law enforcement. He supports moving some development from incorporated parts of the county into already developed areas, including Jackson. A 20-year Jackson resident, Stanford worked as an editor and reporter at the News&Guide for eight years and now edits the blog Jackson Hole Underground. If current councilor Melissa Turley is successful in her bid for the Teton County Board of Commissioners, the council would be tasked with appointing someone to her vacant seat. One of the losing candidates in the general election could be selected.
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Jackson Town Council Two seats, four-year term Transportation
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Favors streets in town that support a variety of users; believes concepts of complete streets can be used in other areas of town; supports density in town but is concerned about effects on transportation system; wants to see town preserve on- and off-street parking; supports careful growth of the START bus system, especially as a way to decrease single-occupancy vehicles.
Supports an alternate route to east Jackson if it could be proven to improve response time and safety; says Town Council and the community should cooperate to come up with a use for the land.
Would continue to push for energyefficiency in town fleet and buildings, which he says will save money and protect clean air, water and other resources; calls consolidation of town and county departments, such as vehicle maintenance and law enforcement dispatch, “critical.”
Enjoys being able to live an “urban” lifestyle in Jackson while also being able to walk to national forest; likes the idea of residents being able to walk to work and key services; believes future development can build on town’s heritage by incorporating Western aesthetics; says focusing development in alreadydeveloped areas of the county, including town, will help increase transportation and building efficiencies and help meet the goal of housing 65 percent of the workforce locally; supports taller, denser development in many parts of town, including the commercial core and along West Broadway.
Says there is no good solution to Jackson’s transportation issues if town’s population is doubled; would like to keep all major streets 40 feet wide curb to curb to allow for parking, sidewalks and room for cars and buses; doesn’t believe making everyone ride a bike or the bus or walk is a realistic solution; doesn’t like the concept of complete streets and calls Redmond Street a “disaster”; would not like to see START expand; would like START and the school district to combine bus facilities
Supports a “bypass street,” which he says would benefit emergency vehicles and locals trying to bypass the center of town; would like to rent the mobile homes on the property to bring in revenue for the town; says one-third of the property can’t be developed because it’s wetlands.
If necessary, would eliminate financial help provided to nonprofits and some government programs, such as public art projects; noted START bus system doesn’t cost the town that much because of federal and state funding, though that money could dry up; wary of cutting town’s core services, which he says are the main responsibility of local government.
Believes growth in town should consist of filling in vacant lots and rebuilding and replacing existing commercial and residential structures; would rather see growth occur based on economic conditions than have it be forced; doesn’t want to see three- and four-story buildings in Jackson, which he says would take away from town’s Western feel; would like to see Jackson grow by 500 to 1,000 additional residents over five to 10 years.
Supports altering infrastructure to accommodate multiple modes of transportation in town, including the notion of complete streets; says single-occupancy vehicles will always be critical to residents; says increasing density in town will reduce the number of commuters, improving air quality and wildlife safety; would like moreefficient START service and would look into decreasing routes during shoulder seasons; likes the location of the proposed START bus headquarters near Karns Meadow, but doesn’t want to build the facilities without having the funds up front.
Would like to have citizens weigh in on the use of the land through community workshops; supports part of it remaining open land; would look into expanding recreation center; would like to see Mercill Avenue extended, allowing an alternate route to east Jackson.
Believes encouraging business in town will increase sales tax revenue, which will help fund core services and prevent cuts; is a proponent of the town spending within its means.
Supports larger buildings in town’s commercial core and along the north side of West Broadway; in general supports adding density to already developed areas to preserve wildlife and open spaces; says increased density in town will allow more housing options for workers; doesn’t think more development in town will take away from Jackson’s Western heritage; would judge new development on a case-by-case basis.
Supports more efficient START bus service in town, such as a quicker east-west shuttle; would like to see more road-connectivity in the county and town; wants the town to work with the county, WYDOT, the national parks and neighboring gateway communities to create a comprehensive transportation plan; would like to increase the kinds of transportation available to 4 million tourists and residents in and out of town; likes the concept of complete streets but thinks the bump-outs on Redmond Street may have been too much.
Supports eastward extension of Mercill Avenue to reduce traffic on North Cache and provide a faster route to the hospital; notes that road easements could be obtained without the land buy; suspects voters may not approve the purchase; supports a pathway for cyclists and pedestrians to reach the new Highway 89 pathway, circumventing Town Square; supports a mix of housing if the land is developed, with some set aside for the Forest Service employees the sale would displace.
Would be careful about undertaking more expensive capital projects, such as North Cache Street restrooms and Snow King Center overhaul; called the town’s budget “tight” and said staff and officials have done “admirable job during tough economic times”; said council should look into further consolidation of law enforcement when considering future budget cuts.
Supports minor density increases downtown and in west Jackson, because of the community’s desire to preserve rural areas; notes that “just because we plan for growth does not mean it will happen”; wants to see county take parallel steps to reduce development potential and preserve open space as the town moves toward allowing more; would like more neighborhood convenience stores or markets near Cache Street; supports some taller buildings along West Broadway and in town’s commercial core, but is leery of “canyoning”; supports a mix of free-market and affordable housing that blends into existing neighborhoods.
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Teton County Board of Commissioners Four candidates: Barbara Allen, Republican Claire Fuller, Democrat Paul Perry, Republican (incumbent) Melissa Turley, Democrat The race for the Teton County Board of Commissioners could put a new face on the board and leave a vacancy on the Town Council. There are four candidates — split evenly between Democrats and Republicans — vying for two open seats on the five-person board. Democrats Melissa Turley and Claire Fuller are running against Republicans Paul Perry and Barbara Allen. Allen and Perry pulled in the most votes during the primary election, but those numbers sometimes can be misleading, as some Teton County residents switch parties in the primary. Perry, the only incumbent running in this election, received 1,425 votes in the primary, the most of any candidate. He was appointed to the board in 2010 to replace former Commissioner Leland Christensen, who left to serve in the state Senate. Perry is the co-owner of Canvas Unlimited. He grew up on a ranch outside Casper and has lived in Jackson since the 1970s. He has served as a president of the Rotary Supper Club, helped launch WinterFest and has coached youth football.
Allen received the second largest number of votes: 1,410. Turley garnered 698 votes and Fuller 641. Longtime Commissioner Andy Schwartz, a Democrat, isn’t seeking another term on the board. His departure opens the door for a shake-up in the political makeup of the board. Allen has made a name for herself as a sixyear member of the town of Jackson Planning Commission. She was the only person to cast a vote against the newest version of the Jackson/ Teton County Comprehensive Plan. She is a real estate broker and serves as the vice president of Trout Unlimited. Turley is in the middle of her second term on the Town Council. If she is elected to the county board, town officials will have to pick someone to serve out the rest of her term, which expires in two years. Turley is a consultant for nonprofits. She had strong showings in both of her elections to the council. She has often emphasized her roles as a mother and affordable-home owner and her nonprofit experience. Fuller, who almost won a spot on the commission in 2008, most recently worked at the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance as the community engagement associate. She resigned from the position when she announced her candidacy to avoid any conflict of interest. Fuller helps manage her family’s ranch at the
base of Teton Pass. A third-generation county resident, she completed a masters program in public administration from the University of Wyoming last spring. The candidates voters choose to serve on the commission will face several big issues during their terms. In the near future, county commissioners are facing a deadline, imposed by state environmental regulators, to close the old landfill in Horsethief Canyon. The dump hasn’t been used since the late 1980s, but it never was formally closed, as one piece of it still is used to dispose of dead animals. This year, consultants found that the dump is allowing chemicals to leech into the groundwater at the site. County officials are seeking specific purpose excise tax dollars to close the landfill. If they aren’t successful in that effort, they’ll have to find some way to come up with roughly $14.5 million, the amount they think is necessary to complete the cleanup and start planning the next phase of the project. The other major issue facing county commissioners is land use. They adopted a new comprehensive plan for the county and now have to update regulations to reflect the policies in that land-use document. The plan calls for a host of new studies and research as well as changes to the land-use rules that will steer development toward existing neighborhoods.
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Teton County Board of Commissioners Two seats, four-year terms
Rewriting the county’s landuse regulations to make sure there is a direct link between more development in existing neighborhoods and less development in rural parts of the county. There has to be permanent protection of open space and wildlife corridors that the new comprehensive plan seeks to preserve.
Affordable housing is a tool in our toolbox, but the goal is that members of our workforce live here, not that they live in a deed-restricted home. We should look to rental properties to meet that need.
Finding a tool that will permanently protect open space and wildlife habitat. There has to be lasting, meaningful protection beyond zoning changes.
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It’s very important to keep the Forest Service here, but I don’t support the proposal without a direct link to the supervisor’s office staying in Jackson. Without that link, I don’t see the value in spending $13 million for an off-street parcel on which the town controls the zoning.
Officials need to focus on smoothing out the shoulder seasons to create a yearround economy and yearround jobs. The lodging tax is helping to accomplish this. Officials also should continue building necessary infrastructure and encouraging free-market rental housing to attract new companies.
I’m a big fan of consistent zoning expectations, but seeing the difference between these large parcels, the conditional-use permit is the best way to deal with this. It allows the community to review the permit and set parameters on the event that are appropriate to the location. These events contribute a lot to our economy.
The county should continue its existing efforts. A slower housing market gives us the chance to get ahead of housing needs. We have to make sure we don’t end up back in a crunch point.
I believe public lands should stay in public hands. I don’t want it to go to a private developer, but it’s important that everyone has the chance to make that decision.
Business will come from the people. It’s important to attract the correct people to create and work “brain jobs.” If you don’t have the right people in your business, it’s going to make it that much harder to succeed.
The proposed parameters are inadequate. The buffer between party sites and neighboring properties is too small. County officials need to make sure that the parameters actually protect the land itself as well as neighbors and wildlife. Just because something has been going on for a while doesn’t mean it has to happen in the exact same way in the future.
Simplifying and reducing county regulations to help businesses thrive, which could provide more year-round jobs. Many of the existing regulations are too complex and burdensome.
We need to review how that money is being spent, including subsidies for new housing developments. The free market is taking care of our affordable housing right now. I don’t think we should be in the development business.
We need to encourage the Forest Service to stay here, but this should be developed in the private sector. Does the public feel they want to spend money for that? I’ve got some great ideas for that parcel, such as a convention center or a facility that operates like the Old Wilson Schoolhouse, but that would be on the free-market side.
We need to streamline our regulations. We’re antibusiness, in a way. We need to make it simple for businesses to thrive. And officials should try to promote existing infrastructure to attract new businesses, potentially ones from foreign counties.
The conditional-use permit is the proper way to go. These are events that are going on now. They drive sales tax. We can monitor and regulate these through the permitting process. Many of these parcels have different characteristics that should be considered.
Improving the quality of life for residents and tourists, protecting open space and wildlife habitat, making sure county government runs as efficiently as possible.
It’s incumbent upon us to support the programs we have. This is one of the reasons I first ran for office. I was fortunate enough to purchase a home from the [Jackson Hole Community] Housing Trust.
The question is do we want this property to remain in public ownership or do we want it to be sold on the private market. It’s a rare opportunity to buy land right in one of our main gateways. We’ve been told this will improve the chances that the Forest Service will stay in Jackson.
We should support partnerships with organizations such as the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. [Turley said that she supports knowledgebased businesses and that the community should take advantage of its infrastructure, such as the new fiber-optic data system.]
Conditional-use permits are the right way to go. It’s not appropriate to say no outright, but it’s also not right to say do anything. This would allow the county to regulate these events, which provide a high level of revenue.
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House District 22 Two candidates Marti Halverson, Republican Bill Winney, independent
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VOTE Jim Genzer The common sense voice
Etna Republican Marti Halverson faces off against independent candidate and Bondurant resident Bill Winney to represent residents in House District 22. The district stretches from southern Teton County into Lincoln and Sublette counties. Halverson announced her candidacy in the spring, when Democratic Rep. Jim Roscoe was still mulling whether he would seek another term in the state House. Halverson was running unopposed until Winney collected enough signatures to get on the general election ballot as an independent challenger. Winney is a retired naval officer who has been a Bondurant resident for several decades. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, he finished building a home in the area in 2007 and has lived there full time ever since. Winney wasn’t going to run, but he said he decided to launch a campaign after hearing Halverson give a brief speech at an election event in Pinedale. Though Halverson was simply supposed to introduce herself to the audience, Winney said she was too vague and spoke only in “platitudes.” Winney turned in more than 290 signatures, though he said he had more that weren’t counted because of a registration snafu. He needed only 90 signatures to get on the ballot. Winney has launched several unsuccessful bids for elected office. He challenged incumbent Barbara Cubin for a seat in the U.S. House in 2006 and lost to Cynthia Lummis in 2008. In 2010, he won the Republican primary in House District 22 but was defeated by Democratic representative Jim Roscoe, of Wilson. He officially entered the race in early September. At that point,
Halverson had been campaigning since the spring and had spent more than $20,000. She had $10,000 on hand in September, the last time finance reports were filed. Halverson is retired from a job with a medical equipment manufacturer. She also worked in the durable medical device industry. She was elected to serve as national committeewoman for the state Republican Party during its most recent meeting. She beat former U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin for the post. Halverson also serves on the Star Valley Medical Center board. The seat currently is held by Roscoe. He filed for a third term shortly before deadline, but his application listed an incorrect address. He was on a trip in the Grand Canyon when election officials tried to contact him. He eventually decided he would not run as an independent candidate. Roscoe has said he plans to stay involved with state politics, specifically with efforts to promote the use of alternative sources of energy, such as natural gas. During his tenure in the Legislature, Roscoe served on a wide array of committees. He’s a member of five legislative committees that cover issues ranging from contractor preference laws to regulations for mineral development. As one of the few Democrats in the Legislature, Roscoe had the ability to sit on an array of committees. House District 22 was one of the main areas of focus for legislators and election officials who worked to redistrict the state this year. The district stretches from the southern portion of Teton County into Lincoln County. It also takes in a small piece of Sublette County. The district used to reach far into Sublette County. Some politicians said the district was gerrymandered, effectively splitting Wilson and grouping its residents with a voting bloc that has typically backed much more conservative candidates.
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House District 22 One seat, two-year term
Top Teton County issue
Sales tax collections
Noble Basin buyout
Restrictions on abortion
The fact that a state agency cannot respond quickly to the public it’s supposed to serve is something I’d like to change, specifically the fact that an engineer came into Teton County and said we need six months to study reducing the speed limit on Highway 390. Teton County commissioners know what’s best for their residents.
I would vote for any change in the formula that brings more money from Cheyenne to Teton County, Sublette County and Lincoln County. There’s a little bit of bloat in Cheyenne.
I think the resolution to the PXP leases is perfect. There was no government involved. There’s a private deal between people who care about the Noble Basin. We’ve got to explore other places to drill.
If it came before the Legislature to protect the rights of parents of minors seeking abortions, I think that’s about the only restriction I would support. Parents have rights.
State officials should speed up efforts to build new runaway truck ramps and increase patrol efforts on the pass. [Halverson said she would consider a ban on large trucks, but it would have to have support from Teton County residents and elected officials.]
The Hoback Bridge: It affects all three counties. They changed the specifications on the retaining wall. Those are things the engineers should have gotten right the first time.
I would support increasing the share to counties. The local community needs money, and that’s a good way to get it.
We don’t need that gas today. As we look out in the future, what do you want Wyoming to look like? At an appropriate time, we can go in and get it right. We should consider requiring baseline assessments for these projects to make sure we know what the conditions are when they start.
The Legislature doesn’t belong in the doctor’s examining room; however, the rights of parents of minor children should be honored. [Winney has said he’s pro-life but doesn’t think the government has a role in the doctor’s office.]
State officials should review the safety of the road and determine whether any improvements could be made to the highway itself. [Winney has said he would consider higher fines or more stringent restrictions but would weigh those against potential impacts against businesses.]
TETON COUNTY Voting
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TETON COUNTY POLLING SITES - 2012
DIST. & PREC. AREA
1-1 SD #17 HD #23
South of Jackson All persons outside of the Town of Jackson, So. of Boyle’s Hill Co. Rd., West of Ely Springs Rd., So. of Cache Creek, East and North of the Snake River, North of Game Creek.
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) 3240 S Adams Canyon
1-2 SD #17 HD #16
Mid-East Jackson All persons living South of Broadway and East of Glenwood St., North of Snow King Ave., West of Redmond St. and North of Cache Creek Dr. in the city limits.
Recreation Center 155 E. Gill Avenue
1-3 SD #17 HD #23
Skyline/Hi Country/Gros Ventre Butte/Elk Refuge All persons living outside of the Town of Jackson, North of Boyle’s Hill Co. Rd., North of Cache Creek, East of the Snake River and South of that portion of the Gros Ventre River lying West of US Hwy 26, 89 & 191 and South of Township 42 North lying East of Hwy 89.
National Museum of Wildlife Art 2820 Rungius Road
1-4 SD #17 HD #23
North Jackson All persons living North of Broadway, East of Glenwood St., South of Perry St., East of N Cache St., in the city limits.
Recreation Center 155 E Gill Avenue
1-5 SD #17 HD#16
Mid-West Jackson All persons living within the Town of Jackson, West of that portion of S Cache St., South of Snow King Ave. and West of that portion of Glenwood St. between Snow King Ave. and Perry St. living West of that portion of N. Cache St., North of Perry St., South of Broadway west of the Deer Ridge Townhomes, East of Virginia Lane, in the city limits.
Fair Building (Exhibit Hall) 305 W Snow King Avenue
1-6 SD #17 HD#16
Cottonwood Park All persons living West of Highway 89, South of North South Park Loop Road, East of the South Park Loop Road to the High School Road, North of High School Road, including Cottonwood Park and Gregory Lane areas, in the city limits.
Presbyterian Church 1251 South Park Loop Road
1-11 SD #17 HD #23
Indian Trails All persons living in the Indian Trails subdivision in the city limits.
Presbyterian Church 1251 South Park Loop Road
1-7 SD # 17 HD #23
Rafter J All persons living inside the Rafter J Subdivision.
Chapel at River Crossing 3205 W. Big Trail Drive in Rafter J
1-8 SD #17 HD #16
East Jackson All persons living East of Redmond St. and South of Broadway, including Snow King Estates, in the city limits.
Senior Center 830 E. Hansen Avenue
1-9 SD #17 HD #16
West Jackson All persons living West of Virginian Lane and South and East of Broadway, North of Broadway between Highway 22 and the Deer Creek Townhomes, in the city limits
Fair Building (Exhibit Hall) 305 W. Snow King Avenue
1-10 SD #16 HD #22
South Hoback All persons living South of Game Creek and south of the South Park Bridge to the county lines.
TC Weed & Pest 7575 S Highway 89
2-1 SD #17 HD #23
Kelly/Teton Valley Highlands/Moose/Airport All persons living East of the Snake River, North of the Gros Ventre River, South of Ditch Creek, and all persons living West of the Snake River, and South of Leigh Canyon and North of Open Canyon. All persons living outside the city limits East of Highway 26, 89, & 191, South of the Gros Ventre River and North of Flat Creek.
National Museum of Wildlife Art 2820 Rungius Road
3-1 SD #17 HD #23
Moran All persons living North of Ditch Creek and North #1 Main Street of Leigh Canyon / Leigh Lake. Moran
4-1 SD #16 HD #22
Wilson South All persons living East of the Wyoming State Line, South of 5675 W. Main St. WY State Hwy 22, West of the Snake River. Person living Wilson on both sides of the Fall Creek Road, south to the Prichard Creek cattle guard, including all properties East and West of Fall Creek Road accessed by Fall Creek Road from W. North Fall Creek Road to Rock Creek.
Old Wilson School Community Center
4-2 SD #17 HD #23
Moose/Wilson Road West All persons living North of Hwy 22, East of Wyoming State 2505 N. Moose/Wilson Road Hwy 390, West of the Snake River, North to the Township 41 Wilson North line, West to Fish Creek, East of Fish Creek south to 3230 N Fish Creek Road, then directly south and east to the West end of Nethercott Lane, North side of Nethercott Lane, East to Wyoming State Hwy 390. Including the Lucky L Subdivision, accessed from the Fish Creek Road.
Wilson Fire House, Station 6
4-3 SD #16 HD #22
Wilson North All persons living North of Wyoming Hwy 22, 5675 W. Main Street West of Wyoming State Hwy 390, North to Nethercott Wilson Lane, South side of Nethercott Lane to the west end, then directly North and West to 3230 N Fish Creek Road, West of Fish Creek, North to Rock Springs Canyon, South and West of Rock Springs Canyon to the North Fork Granite Creek, East of the Teton Range, South to Wyoming State Hwy 22. Including all properties accessed from Fish Creek Road, except the Lucky L Subdivision.
Old Wilson School Community Center
4-4 SD #17 HD# 23
Teton Village/Moose-Wilson Rd. Teton Village Fire House All persons living North of the Township 41 North line, East 7648 Granite Ridge Loop Road of Fish Creek, West of the Snake River, north to Open Canyon, Teton Village South of Open Canyon, West to Wyoming State Highway 390, South and East of Wyoming State Hwy 390 to the southern Boundary of Grand Teton National Park, West to Granite Creek, South of Granite Creek to the Teton Range, East of the Teton Range, South to Rock Springs Canyon, North of Rock Springs Canyon, East to Fish Creek.
5-1 SD #17 HD #23
Alta All persons living West of the Teton Range, 15 Alta School Road in Teton County, Wyoming, bounded on the Alta West by the Wyoming State Line.
Absentee Polling Site All persons living in Teton County. 200 S Willow St., Jackson
Teton County Administration Building 245454
14 - ELECTION 2012 JACKSON HOLE NEWS&GUIDE, Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Education Seven candidates, nonpartisan race Syd Elliott Robbi Farrow (incumbent) Joe Larrow Kate Mead (incumbent) Patricia A. Russell Jay Varley Zia Yasrobi Seven candidates are vying for four seats on the Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Education. Two incumbents, Robbi Farrow and Kate Mead, are hoping to keep their seats. Two candidates have sat on the school board before: Syd Elliott and Zia Yasrobi. And the remaining three hope to bring their new ideas to the policy-setting body: Joe Larrow, Patricia A. Russell and Jay Varley. The terms are for four years. Throughout the past year, the school board has considered many ideas to improve academic achievement, from a year-round school calendar to a foreign language program. Earlier this year, the board implemented a new schedule delaying start times for older students, and it recently rejected a proposal to use alcohol sensing devices at school functions. Trustees created and adopted a strategic plan for the next two years that expects all students to graduate from high school college- or career-ready. Looking to the future, school board members will see to the success of the strategic plan, most likely decide on what to do with land in Wilson slated for district staff housing and deal with the implementation of a statewide education accountability system that would hold teachers and administrators accountable for their students learning.
Former school trustee Syd Elliott, 65, has lived in the valley for more than 40 years. A longtime educator, she is a certified kindergarten-through-grade-12 teacher and works as director of the University of Wyoming Outreach’s Jackson branch. Four of Elliott sons have graduated from high school in Jackson. Her husband, Gary, is the former principal of Jackson Hole High School. Elliott is running for the school board again to continue to provide an educational voice on the board, she said. “I believe I have the ability to use the past to help build the future,” she said. Elliot cited her previous term on the board, her specific involvement in creating the governance model for the board and forming the Education Foundation and Teton County School District No. 1 Recreation District,
and her work on the district employee housing issue. “I believe I have the ability to address the issues and needs of the district in a thoughtful and meaningful way as a listener and consensus builder,” she said.
For the past two years, Robbi Farrow has served as chairwoman of the Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Education. Her experience during the first term will help her in a second, the 56-year-old said. “I have a better understanding of the workings of the board and the district,” she said, “its educational goals, financial responsibilities and meeting the challenges of ensuring the continued progress of our students.” Farrow is a pediatric occupational therapist and works at the Children’s Learning Center. She has lived in Jackson for 19 years. Her daughter, Emy, is in her first year at a college on the East Coast. If re-elected, Farrow said, she will continue to work for scholastic achievement and better communication between the district and the community. “Continued academic success and experiential learning for all of our students is number one,” she said. “We need to improve our communications beyond the district [to] the community at large. We can do better as a board and a district.”
A champion of foreign language instruction, Joe Larrow, 55, said he wants to be on the board to promote language classes for all students, among other things. He also feels strongly about district communication, transparency and family priorities. “There’s been an inability to disseminate enough warning for critical matters that affect families deeply,” he said. “I think family priorities have not been taken into account enough, particularly when it affects all students.” The district needs to improve its communications, he said, and empower change through community input. Larrow was strongly against the school administration screening students with alcohol wands. “It’s a really dangerous tool,” he said. “We ought to be dealing with parents and families rather than subjecting all students to a test without probable cause. It’s not giving them the message that civil liberties are incredibly important.” Larrow works for SkyWest Airlines. His 9-year-old son, Driscoll, is in fourthgrade at Colter Elementary School.
Incumbent Kate Mead said she believes she will be effective during a second term on the school board. The learning curve for a school board member is very steep, she said. “I feel like I would be better able to be on the school board now that I know as much as I know [about how] the state systems work and the district,” she said. Plus, she said, she loves the job. Mead, 55, is an attorney and rancher who has lived in Jackson for 20 years. She has practiced law for 26 years. Her two sons attended Teton County schools from kindergarten through graduation. If she gets a second term, Mead said, she will continue to work to ameliorate summer learning loss and improve academics. “I am eager to see an enhanced summer school program, not just for students at risk but for all students,” she said. “Through grants, I hope we can offer rigorous course work to kids who want to get ahead during the summer rather than just keep up. Hopefully, an enhanced summer school would reduce some of the learning loss that now occurs.”
Patricia A. Russell
Patricia A. Russell is running to make Teton County School District No. 1 top-notch, she said. “This district can and should be one of the best in the country, not just Wyoming,” she said. Other than that goal, she has no specific agenda for the board. The 47-year-old has two daughters in the school district. Her 7-year-old is in second grade at Wilson Elementary School, and her 12-year-old is in seventh at Jackson Hole Middle School. Russell, who has lived in the valley for four years, has a background in finance. Before moving to the area, she owned a family business and worked at Atlantic Richfield in corporate finance and at Price Waterhouse in corporate treasury consulting, she said. Education is changing, Russell said, and it is worthwhile to look at systems that are working, not stay confined to the American education model. “Fortunately, in Teton County, we have the resources to look into some new and successful changes in the way we educate,” she said. “I think finding ways to educate our children to be global citizens and globally competitive is the ultimate goal. We are no longer in a sheltered world, and we owe it to our children to try to give them the most cutting-edge, effective education possible, whatever that is.”
If elected to the school board, Jay
Varley said, he will focus on new programs that prepare students for life after school. “The chief program would be a fitness-based rather than a sports-based exercise effort through all levels of the school system,” he said. “Where this kind of program has been introduced, academic achievement and health have been dramatically improved. Also, a lifelong habit of exercise may occur.” Varley, 66, is also a proponent of “mindfulness meditation,” which trains students to clear their minds, understand and control their emotions, be aware in the present moment and be ready to learn, he said. He would also like to see a life-skills course taught at the middle school level, including instruction in things such as changing a tire and cooking an egg. “Things people run into in daily life,” Varley said, “very ordinary things. ... I think they’d enjoy it and it would be useful to know.” Such a class would better prepare students, he said. “I am interested in educating kids for life, not just a job, as important as that is,” he said. A longtime Jackson resident, Varley is a real estate operator, investor and developer. His two adult children are products of the Teton County School District. “I think that we can do better, and I think the country has to,” he said. “One of the most important things for the country and community is to have a more effective education system.”
A big supporter of public education, Zia Yasrobi, 58, sat on the school board from 2000 to 2008. “I stepped away from the board for a few years, and now I see that the Teton County School District is facing several challenges at the local, state and national levels,” said Yasrobi, a professional engineer and co-ower of Y2 Consultants with his wife, Brenda Younkin. “I have a comprehensive knowledge of the issues, policies, legislation and nuances that will help me hit the ground running and begin work on these critical issues from the first day I take office.” Yasrobi is not a one-issue candidate, he said. “There are many issues that are outstanding and that must be addressed in the coming months and years, including the implementation of the strategic plan, standardized testing, affordable housing and closed-campus lunch,” he said. Yasrobi’s two daughters graduated from Teton County School District. He has two nieces who attend Jackson Hole Middle and Jackson Hole High schools.
Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Education Four seats open, four-year term Closed campus
Before the district can close the high school campus to all students during lunch, there are many logistical issues that would need to be answered. Those issues include what the current capacity of the lunch room is, whether the kitchen can accommodate the preparation of meals for all students, and, finally, how this would impact the school schedule if lunch had to accommodate multiple lunch settings.
Foreign language instruction Foreign language is an important component for an educational K-12 curriculum. The district implemented a dual-immersion program to expose a small group of elementary students to a duallanguage approach to learning. This has proved to be successful, and the district has furthered the opportunity of foreign language for more students by having foreign language instruction opposite art, music and PE. However, any changes to the existing K-12 programs requires a balance as to the time commitment given within the school year and day.
Accountability and testing
I support the Teton County School Board going forward with the initial intent of trying to provide affordable housing in the future. That said, this might also be an opportunity for the district to explore another option of rentals, as found in Aspen, Colo., within their school district, rather than ownership. ... I also believe the district needs to be proactive in its timing and not wait until it is faced with a market similar to the one that existed years ago.
It is far too easy to just rank teachers based upon the scores of their students. The ability of good teachers to engage and inspire students should also be given value. ... As we put more and more emphasis on the number game of testing results, it is essential to remember that education is also about helping students to be prepared to continue an academic path or join the work force. ... To assess other parts of the learning process, we need to move beyond just test results.
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Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Education Four seats open, four-year term Closed campus
Foreign language instruction
I am not opposed to it. It is a privilege and not a right. However, there are a number of factors that must be considered, such as cafeteria space and capacity, student opportunities for clubs, teacher support, staff utilization and logistics, student tardiness and safety. Incentives for students to make it more valuable to be on campus than away was a suggestion from a past student.
Most people in other parts of the world speak more than one language. Our world has fewer boundaries due to technological advances. The ability to communicate through technology or face to face is critical. Our dualimmersion program has been successful and continues to grow. It would be appropriate to review and determine if it might be expanded beyond the current option — more students, which language, what grade levels.
The Schwabacher project was in the works when I was elected to the board four years ago. ... Teacher turnover is costly to the district — training, lack of continuity, etc. The possibility of providing teacher housing or “teacherage” could be beneficial to the district if the county sees the challenges from several years ago impacting the ability to attract or retain quality staff.
Teaching to a test is a disservice to the student and the teacher. Some students are effective test takers, and some are not. It is not always a skill that can be taught or learned. The student who does not test well on a standardized testing format may be able to convey knowledge in another manner. Both should receive credit and be praised for success. Any accountability measure should take those variances into account.
I am not a fan of more traffic if we can prevent it. I think we should worry about the quarter-mile-long stream of cars with engines running for 40 minutes every afternoon from October to May. Environmentally, it is deplorable, and there is not instruction that I have seen to curb it. Perhaps we as a town could be more involved.
I’ve always felt all the classrooms should have Spanish ... and all the kids should have access. Kids who don’t have language today are going to have a huge deficit when they graduate. The first couple of years where they learn the accent will be a tremendous assistance when they get older.
Jackson Hole is one community, and I believe that the town and the county should be more involved in the planning aspect of these issues. We make better decisions for the entire community when everyone’s expertise is utilized.
Teacher accountability should be based on growth of a child’s learning. Johnny might come in at 30 percent and double his learning to 60 percent. Mrs. Smith may have just pulled off one of the greatest feats in child learning and development, yet she would still appear statistically subpar because the national testing requires all children to reach, say, 80 percent proficiency. ... Testing is like manure: A little manure will make the grass grow green, too much will kill it.
This is a great idea. It will limit or eliminates tardies ... after lunch and enable the district lunch program to have some certainty as to the number of kids it will serve from day to day. Many disciplinary problems will be avoided if the students come to school in the morning and stay at school until released. ... It will be examined in 2012-13 as a privilege to determine whether seniors (not juniors) should have the privilege extended.
[The district] encourages foreignlanguage training with the dualimmersion program, which is really cutting-edge. I would love to see a greater variety of languages available to our high school students; however, funding is limited. Thankfully, there are online opportunities that offer highschool credit for language studies in many languages. ... It is really a marvelous skill.
I do not believe that teachers are now priced out of the housing market. I do not believe that the school district should be involved [in] the development business. ... One of the problems with going ahead with this project was funding. Also, if a teacher were to qualify and purchase a home, if he or she left the school district, the former teacher would have to sell within 90 days. And in all likelihood, it would be the school district that would have to buy him or her out. ... This is pretty onerous.
There are a lot of components to good teaching that aren’t reflected in the test scores. ... Test scores cannot be the sum total of the accountability ideal. Certainly, if kids are able to respond effectively in class and really learn to be lifelong learners, that to me is as important as test scores.
It is a great idea. There is no reason for such a long lunch period necessitated by allowing them to leave. Many students return late, which not only affects their education but is disruptive to the rest of the class. Taking 10 minutes away from lunch leaves more time for teaching and learning. ... That being said, I think there are other creative ways we could offer other lunch options.
I am concerned that we do not offer enough variety of foreign language to our students. I think about the countries that are or will be the most populated and the largest trading partners for our children’s generation. ... I think we should consider offering classes that will help them succeed in the ever-growing global economy. It would be nice to see the district offer languages such as Mandarin, Russian, Hindi and even French or German.
There are several other organizations in the county that deal specifically with workforce housing, and I question whether it would be more efficient and appropriate for them to deal with the district’s workforce housing issues. ... I also am concerned about offering housing to only 11 teachers (and their families). I can imagine how this disproportionate benefit would affect the other staff.
The responsibility for educating our students primarily rests on teachers and, consequently, administrators. However, without support and encouragement of the students’ families, this effort can be impaired. ... I am in favor of utilizing tools other than simply testing, if we are able to under the government guidelines. However, testing is an important tool if it is used the right way to highlight areas where students need additional assistance or where they need further challenge.
From what I know at the present time, I think closing the campus seems a good idea. The present policy ... of trying to use limited open policy as a reward for high GPA is not fair anyway. For some students, it’s easy (or at least achievable) to get a high GPA. For others, there may not much chance of that for all sorts of reasons beyond not working hard.
I think dual immersion is a good idea, particularly for developing fluency in a language, but at some point, more formal grammar and reading (vocabulary-building) must be taught as well. A familiarity with some differences in the language in different countries is helpful as well. ... Other languages could be offered as well, depending on demand and ability to find a qualified teacher.
If private developers are being required to provide affordable and employee housing in their developments to take care of impacts, which they are, then government entities should also. Another key issue is ... the type of housing product. I am not inclined to provide single-family houses but, rather, a townhouse or other multifamily housing. That way, more housing can probably be provided at the same cost of subsidy.
The idea of holding teachers accountable for the learning levels of their students, particularly any standardized test, is fraught with perils. ... The potential for making really big errors is there if we are not measuring the important things. Using the standardized tests, even with all sorts of adjustments and factors to take care of statistical issues, just does not do the right job for evaluating teachers. In addition, the temptation is there on the part of teachers to try to teach to the test. All this said, we do have to comply with mandates from the state and federal government.
Open-campus lunch allows students from all four grades to eat at the same time. ... If closing campus to upperclassmen would require staggering the lunch period, it would have an adverse impact on the ability of students across the grades to participate in the same clubs as one another and to specialize their academic schedules and interact with students from other grades in those classes. ... A move to a fully closed campus would place a significant burden on our food service workers, effectively doubling the number of students requiring lunch every day.
Students who learn a second language in early grades are more successful in other subject areas and develop tools that help them throughout their education. In an increasingly globalized world, we need to ensure that our students will be competitive as they move on to higher education and to jobs and even the military. Foreign language instruction is a solid first step toward providing them with the tools they need to communicate effectively on whatever path they take.
When I was on the school board, I supported using the Schwabacher plot for staff housing. That said, with the shift in the economy, staff salaries and other factors, I don’t know what recent board decisions have been regarding this parcel. If elected, I will work with my fellow board members to evaluate current needs to help determine the best use of the property.
The district should make sure that students have the foundation for success to take to their lives beyond high school, but the measure of that readiness is not standardized testing in the frequency and format currently in place. We all know that students have different learning and retention abilities, and it takes skilled educators to evaluate their students and assist them in getting the most of the subjects being taught. Evaluating the success of any educator with a one-size-fits-all test is, in my mind, lacking some validity.
Accountability and testing
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Sen. John Barrasso was active in Wyoming Republican party politics for years, serving three terms in the state Senate and trying steadily to land himself in the U.S. Senate. But it wasn’t until Sen. Craig Thomas died in 2006 that Barrasso made it. Appointed to the seat in 2007, Barrasso easily won a special election to retain it in 2008 and now is running for his first full term. In the 2008 vote, Barrasso took 73 percent of the vote. Since then, Barrasso has made his overwhelming strength even stronger, moving up in the Senate hierarchy and becoming a frequent guest on Fox Barrasso News. Barrasso, 60, has pursued a conservative agenda that follows the party line 90 percent of the time. He seems comfortable with the GOP’s new, more conservative approach, though during the 1990s he more often came across as a moderate. Barrasso is a member of Senate committees on energy and natural resources, environment and public works, and foreign relations. His focus in the past four years has been on cutting federal spending and reducing the debt. “People want government at a smaller level, taxes lower, not higher, and people want real accountability,” he said when he entered the campaign. “They are tired of empty promises, budget gimmicks and accounting tricks.” Barrasso has opposed legislation limiting gun ownership or allowing gay marriage. He supports local control of education. An orthopedic surgeon, he has fought Obamacare as an intrusion into private rights and for its cost. Barrasso supports big defense spending and the Patriot Act, has
voted for anti-abortion legislation and against federal funds for abortion. He dislikes the Obama stimulus packages and favors boosting domestic energy production. Giving it the old college try for the Democrats is Tim Chesnut, an Albany County commissioner. A former newspaper photographer, Chesnut works with the developmentally disabled in Laramie. Chesnut focuses on extreme partisanship in Washington and says he thinks he can bridge the divide with common sense and civility. He often campaigns on the national debt, urging a long-term solution: “We’re not going to have a balanced budget in 10 years,” he said, “but we need to be looking outside that box to get our ship in order.” Chesnut He agrees there is wasteful spending and thinks a balanced budget amendment might be needed. He would consider tax increases but also says the military and entitlement programs might have to be cut. Chesnut favors Otto federal support for alternative energy development, criticizing Barrasso for his support of coal, natural gas and oil development. Chesnut said he won’t take money for his campaign from corporations or lobbyists and will maintain his freedom to work for Wyoming. The third name on the ballot is Joel Otto, a mechanical engineer from Lander who is a member of the Country party. Otto’s positions are libertarianinspired. He favors reducing government at nearly every level and letting citizens run their own affairs, for good or ill. His cutback philosophy extends to overseas entanglements, and he would work to bring troops home and end foreign wars.
Wyoming voters face three proposed amendments to the Wyoming Constitution on the Nov. 6 ballot, one of them administrative but of actual importance, two addressing important topics but in ways mostly symbolic. The real amendment, Amendment C, deals with original 1890 language in the constitution that allows “district court commissioners” to be appointed to handle what’s called “chamber business,” more broadly called “subordinate judicial duties.” The idea is that with relatively few district court judges and a lot of court business, it’s sometimes necessary to have qualified backup help. Amendment C tightens the language of the system already in effect and allows commissioners to fill in for district judges in a variety of circumstances. It might be that the judge is on vacation or sick, it might be that he is tied up in some other judicial work, such as overseeing a jury trial. In such cases, commissioners are able to handle some of the less-vital duties, such as overseeing hearings in juvenile cases or mental health cases. The amendment has been endorsed throughout the judicial system and by the Wyoming Bar Association. Amendment A is called the “Right
of Health Care Access” amendment. Its language guarantees the right of all people to make their own health care decisions. It would prohibit the government from imposing health care decisions or taxes on citizens, and it guards citizens from any attempt to force them to join any health care system. The amendment is one of the variety pushed by conservative lobbying groups, which write formula amendments and legislation to supply to friendly legislators around the country. The effort is mostly in response to what conservatives see as intrusion by the federal government, especially to the dictates of Obamacare. The effect is mostly symbolic: The amendment allows the state to pass legislation that grants and restricts rights, so the rights set in the amendment depend on what the Legislature says they are at some later date. The amendment might also face a federal constitutional challenge. In the same category is Amendment B, which would write into the constitution protections for “citizens’ opportunities to hunt, fish and trap.” The chief proponent, state Sen. Larry Hicks, a Republican from Baggs, says Wyoming’s hunting heritage is so See CONSTITUTION on 17
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U.S. House of Representatives One seat, two-year term Five candidates: Cynthia Lummis, Republican (incumbent) Chris Henrichsen, Democrat Richard Brubaker, Libertarian Party Daniel Cummings, Constitution Party Don Wills, Country Party If you look out your window one morning and see some guy sleeping in his car, don’t call the police. He might be your next man in the U.S. House of Representatives. Well, maybe not. But Democrat Chris Henrichsen says his low-budget campaign for the job has sometimes left him sleeping in his ride when he wanted to save hotel money and couldn’t find a couch to crash on. Henrichsen, 35, is a political science instructor at Casper College, and the only obstacle between the House job and incumbent Rep. Cynthia Lummis, the most recent Republican to inhabit the seat. Henrichsen seems Lummis to be a Democratic sacrifice. Oddly for a Democrat, he’s a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so his best chance is if every Mormon in Wyoming votes for him. Still, he’s game. Henrichsen thinks he Brubaker can lure Republicans of the type that sent Alan Simpson to the Senate — people he sees as pragmatic rather than dogmatic. Henrichsen likes the moderate budget-cutting ideas proposed by Simpson and dislikes the plan of vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. He says he wants to get “costs under control by looking at both how we take in revenue and how we’re spending the money.” He doesn’t want to “gut” programs for the poor. He supports keeping Bush tax cuts in place for at least a year but says they eventually must go. Henrichsen acknowledges the importance of coal, gas and oil to the Wyoming economy and denies that Obamacare is a “radical takeover” by the government. He thinks the government can help employment with public works programs and with grants to states to hire teachers, police and firefighters. Henrichsen moved to Wyoming in 2010. He has children ages 12, 10 and 6. But it’s all uphill against juggernaut Lummis, at 58 years old a vet of the Wyoming Republican scene. Cheyenne-born, Lummis is a University of Wyoming grad, a cattle rancher and a lawyer. She served in the Wyoming House and Senate and as state treasurer. Her broad conservative approach earned her a 10-point win against a strong Democratic challenger in 2008; in 2010 she took 71
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important that it needs constitutional protection. He notes that the first people to come to Wyoming were trappers and hunters and says those activities remain a vital part of the state’s heritage. Though there has been no effort to interfere with hunting, fishing and trapping in Wyoming, Hicks has cited efforts by animals rights groups in other states, including Colorado,
percent of the vote. Among her votes in the House: for the Paul Ryan budget plan and other tax cuts; for repeal of inheritance taxes; against Planned Parenthood funding; against repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; against efforts to move prisoners from Gitmo; for an amendment to prevent any federal spending to overturn tough state immigration laws in Arizona, Utah, Alabama, Georgia and other states; in favor of speeding new oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Virginia coast; with the minority in opposing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; against allowing indefinite detention of citizens by the military; for allowing holders of concealed gun permits to have their permits recognized nationally; against the Obama education plan; and for repealing Obamacare. She’s married to a former Democratic Wyoming representative and senator and has a daughter. Also running is Libertarian Richard Brubaker, 59, a Riverton truck drivHenrichsen er and former dairy farmer. Brubaker wants to bring the troops home and slash military spending, reduce federal jobs and pare the Environmental Protection Agency. He wants the budget cut, the deficit paid Cummings down and taxes as low as possible. Dr. Daniel Clyde Cummings, running on the Constitution Party ticket, is a family-medicine doctor living in Casper. The Salt Lake City native is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Wills Saints and has made a lifelong study of the Constitution of the United States. Cummings has promised to not vote to authorize a debt-limit increase. He supports defunding such departments as energy, education, health and human services, housing and urban development and homeland security, arguing they are illegitimate because Congress did not have constitutional authority to create them. He also wants to restore national sovereignty, pull all troops from all wars and foreign bases, withdraw from the United Nations and NATO and stop all foreign-aid payments. Don Wills, of Laramie County, is the chairman of the Wyoming Country Party and is its U.S. House candidate. He wants to break up big banks, make across-the-board budget cuts, pull troops from Afghanistan and other oversea bases, cut all foreign aid and eliminate or consolidate several federal agencies. He is against raising taxes in most cases. to ban or limit hunting and, more often, trapping. The National Rifle Association has pushed similar legislation around the country. Some legislators opposed the amendment on grounds that its unnecessary, that no one is likely to ban hunting, fishing or trapping in Wyoming. State game officials have also said that enshrining hunting and fishing as a right might be interpreted by some as allowing the activities without any state authority to require licenses or to set seasons or harvests.
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Teton Conservation District Board of Supervisors
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Three candidates, nonpartisan race: Tom Breen Thomas Campbell Tom Segerstrom Three Toms are running for two seats on the Teton Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors. Incumbents Tom Segerstrom and Tom Breen — both longtime board members — have filed for office. Segerstrom is running as an urban candidate, which means he lives within town limits. Breen is running as an atlarge candidate, meaning he is unaffiliated with any region of the district. Thomas Campbell also has filed for a spot on the board, running as an atBreen large candidate. That means Campbell or Breen will be eliminated in the general election. Members of the conservation district board decide how to spend one mill of residents’ property taxes. That money is used to support a wide array of conservation-related projects throughout the district, which reaches from the northwest corner of the state to the northern boundary of Lincoln County. On its eastern edge, its borders are formed by Park and Fremont counties, and on the southeastern corner it borders Sublette County. The district’s board and staff members oversee projects that cover everything from vegetation and wildlife to air and water protection. They work on education programs, research, conservation initiatives and on-the-ground projects. Though the district has a hand in many projects throughout the area, it isn’t always front and center in the public. The board meets on a monthly basis, and its members serve fouryear terms. Breen has been on the board for
roughly a decade. He has a broad background in agriculture and now works at the Walton Ranch, he said. “I’ve got a broad knowledge of Jackson Hole,” he said during a candidates forum. “I think that’s something I can give back to the community.” During his years on the board, he has helped update cattle allotment studies that he said hadn’t been refreshed in decades. He also worked on cost-share projects, such as replacing old irrigation lines. Campbell is president and chief environmental consultant at Biota Research and Consulting. The company’s main office is in Jackson, but it Campbell does work in Idaho and Montana, too. Though his background is in fish and wildlife biology, Campbell said, he has a wide range of experience in everything from soils to hydrology to wetland work. Segerstrom The longtime Jackson resident said he thinks he could bring a fresh perspective to the board. Segerstrom is a staff biologist and resource specialist for the Jackson Hole Land Trust. He said he has always had a penchant for serving on public boards, and the conservation district suits his knowledge base perfectly. “I’m excited to keep serving,” he said during a candidate forum. He has worked as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others. He founded the Great Plains Wildlife Institute, an ecotourism business that is now part of Teton Science Schools.
Judge retention Timothy Day, 9th District Judge James Radda, 9th Circuit Judge Curt Haws, 9th Circuit Judge Robert B. Denhardt, 9th Circuit Judge Four western Wyoming judges will keep their seats next year, but only if voters give the OK. Locally, 9th District Judge Timothy Day and 9th Circuit Judges James Radda, Curt Haws and Robert Denhardt are up for retention on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Once appointed, judges must pass election muster to keep their positions. Voters can give their judge Day a thumb’s up or a thumb’s down on the ballot. Enough down votes ousts the judge, and the governor will appoint a new person to fill that spot in the courts. Day and Radda both work out of
Teton County. Haws presides over Sublette County’s circuit court, and Denhardt does the same in Fremont County. A recent poll by the Wyoming Bar Association indicates that a significant majority of the state’s lawyers feel all four men deserve to retain their judgeship. The Wyoming State Bar Judicial Advisory Poll, administered every two years, allows Wyoming lawyers to rate the judges they work with according to 11 criteria and then give their vote on whether each judge should be retained. The categories include Radda knowledge of the law, open-mindedness and impartiality, industriousness and promptness, and integrity and ethics. The four judges up for retention See JUDGE RETENTION on 19
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Uncontested races St. John’s Medical Center Board of Trustees Three seats, four-year terms Three candidates: Bruce Hayse (incumbent) Zach Hall (incumbent) Scott Gibson (incumbent) Three incumbents whose seats are set to expire were the only candidates to enter the race for St. John’s Medical Center Board of Trustees. Trustees Bruce Hayse, Zach Hall and Scott Gibson are hoping to win four-year terms. The three candidates believe St. John’s is headed in the right direction and have said that continuity among trustees would be beneficial for the hospital and the community. Hayse, the only Hayse candidate elected to his seat, is a longtime family practitioner in Jackson. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon medical school and moved to Jackson in 1983. He said that since winning his Hall spot on the board in 2008 he has seen a significant turnaround at the hospital. He said St. John’s has a good chance to continue to promote the health of the community with the current board and its new chief execu- Gibson tive officer. He has said it is important for the board to have physician representatives. Hall was appointed to his seat in March 2011 after Dr. Emmy Knobloch stepped down from her post. Since then, he has served on the strategic planning committee and the board organization committee. He also helped in the search for St. John’s new chief executive. He has said he wants to increase community dialogue with the hospital and that he hopes to help St. John’s
navigate the evolving national health care landscape. Hall earned his doctorate from Harvard, is a retired neuroscientist and has an extensive background in biomedical science. Gibson has served on the board since December 2011, when he was appointed to replace Peter Moyer. Before being selected as a trustee, Gibson sat on the finance committee as a public representative. Throughout his 11 months on the board, he has continued to be a part of that committee, among others. Gibson has said he would like to focus on reducing costs at St. John’s while also improving care. He brings to the post a career in the high technology industry and experience serving on more than 20 boards, including the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. Those elected to the board will be tasked with helping St. John’s adapt to the changes called for under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The hospital is also in the middle of implementing new electronic medical records software that will allow more communication and accessibility for both patients and doctors. The board is working with newly hired Chief Executive Office Lou Hochheiser to help the hospital become a center of health and wellness for the community. The incumbents could face competition from a write-in candidate.
House District 16 Two-year term One candidate: Ruth Ann Petroff, Republican Rep. Ruth Ann Petroff, R-Jackson, thwarted a fierce challenge from Bob Biolchini during the GOP primary in August to win a second run for the Wyoming House. Petroff, whose district centers mostly on the town of Jackson, won roughly 57 percent Petroff of the vote to edge out Biolchini. She didn’t draw an opponent in the general election. The Jackson lawmaker spent her first term in the House working on a
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all received high marks from the lawyers in their courts. Day and Haws topped the approval list, with 94 percent and 95 percent of responding lawyers in favor of keeping them in in their robes. Denhardt got the retention nod from 91 percent of responding lawyers. Radda, the newest judge of the four, got 76 percent approval. Along with the final yes or no, responding lawyers were asked to rate the judges on various areas of their job performance using a scale ranging from “strongly disapproving” to “strongly approving.” Haws, who was appointed to his judge’s seat in 2006, consistently received the highest approval marks of any of the Haws four local judges in the poll. Among his marks, his highest were for his courteousness and politeness, his integrity and ethics and his preparedness for court proceedings. The majority of the roughly 40 lawyers who answered questions about Haws strongly approved of his conduct on every front. None strongly disapproved in any category.
bill that cleared the way for the state to sell several pieces of land within Grand Teton National Park to the federal government so they could be conserved as part of the park. She also saw a bill through the Legislature that gave towns and counties the authority to loan residents money for energy-efficient improvements. In this year’s legislative session, Petroff sponsored a resolution urging Congress to approve a balanced budget and adopt the fiscal plan developed by former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson, Erskine Bowles and other members of a national commission. The report outlined comprehensive spending cuts and major reforms to taxes, Social Security and health care programs. She has said that during the next legislative session she wants to promote the use of natural gas. Additionally, she wants to push legislation that will bolster the state’s economy and attract new businesses. Petroff arrived in the valley in the late 1980s as the owner of a Domino’s franchise. She later opened Hard Drive Cafe and now owns Snake River Roasting Company.
House District 23 Two-year term One candidate: Keith Gingery, Republican Rep. Keith Gingery, R-Jackson, has attracted only one challenger during his eight years in office. This year, he once again runs unopposed. Gingery is poised to win his fifth term in the House representing District 23, which covers most of the unincorporated parts of Teton County except for its far southern swath. He has attained high-ranking status in the House and serves as speaker pro-tempore, filling the role of presiding officer of the House in the absence of the speaker of the Gingery house. Gingery served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee in 2009 and 2010 and has headed up several committees that focused on mental health
Before his appointment in Sublette County, Haws was an active part of the courts in Teton County, serving as a district court commissioner for seven years and a circuit court magistrate for three. He also worked as the town attorney for Jackson and the legal counsel for the Teton County School District as part of his practice in Teton County. He received his law degree from Brigham Young University. Day has served in his district court post since 2010. Before that, he spent seven years as Teton County’s circuit court judge. He also received top marks from the nearly 100 Wyoming lawyers who rated his job performance. His highest scores were for his courteousness and politeness, his integrity and Denhardt ethics and his attentiveness to lawyers’ arguments. Day also saw the majority of lawyers strongly approve of his performance. A smattering of poll respondents strongly disapproved of his work in each category, but those respondents made up no more than 6.5 percent of the total of any category. Along with his time as a circuit court judge,
and drug abuse. He currently serves on the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, the House Rules and Procedures Committee, the Management Council and a state council that is working on an interstate compact for juveniles. Gingery has worked in the Teton County Attorney’s Office for the past decade. He serves as the chief deputy county attorney. Gingery took over House District 16 from Clarene Law, who held it for 14 years. She endorsed and campaigned for Gingery after announcing her retirement. During that election in 2004, Gingery beat out Democrat Mike Gierau by 181 votes.
Senate District 16 Four-year term One candidate: Dan Dockstader, Republican Sen. Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, has served in the state Legislature since 2006 and is in no danger of losing his spot. He is running unopposed for another term in the state Senate. Dockstader, who is a radio host and publisher of the Star Valley Independent, was first elected to the state House in 2006. In 2008, he won a seat in the Senate. In past interviews, he has said he wants to Dockstader find ways to better manage the state’s Medicaid program. Meeting Gov. Matt Mead’s request to cut 8 percent from the state Health Department is another priority for Dockstader, who serves on the Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee. The Afton resident also wants to maintain funding for a state program for developmentally disabled residents and to find a sustainable source of funding for the state’s highway system. Dockstader also serves on the Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources committee and the Health Insurance Exchange Steering Committee.
Day worked as the Teton County prosecutor and had a private practice in Teton County. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota. Denhardt, the longest-tenured judge of the four on this year’s ballot, was not as popular with Wyoming lawyers as Day and Haws but nonetheless received majority approval from the 35 or so lawyers who rated him. He received his appointment as Fremont County’s circuit court judge in 1983. Denhardt’s highest scores were for his courteousness and politeness, participation in lawrelated activities and his ethics and integrity. He also received a few votes from strongly disapproving lawyers, but they made up no more than 11.8 percent of respondents in any given category. He received his law degree from the University of Denver. Radda, who became a judge in 2010 following Day’s district court appointment, also received majority strong approval. Of the roughly 45 lawyers who responded, most gave him top marks in courteousness and politeness, integrity and ethics and participation in law-related activities. Before he donned judicial robes, Radda spent 10 years working in the Teton County Attorney’s Office. He received his law degree from Quinnipiac Law School.
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Teton County Republican platform
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Grizzly bear 399 forages along Moose-Wilson Road. The Teton County Republican platform supports removing grizzlies from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.
on federal lands and facilities. Opposes the grant of mill tax revenues collected by the Teton County School District’s Recreation District to applicants outside the scope of K-12 educational programs off school property. Supports an immediate review of unneeded elements of local governments [to ensure] that no public funds are utilized for unnecessary spending, such as photos on START buses, and encourages private advertisements instead. Commends and supports our local Republican legislators in their efforts to get a constitutional amendment to provide property tax relief. Supports changing the sales-tax split to compensate for loss of tax revenue on food sales and to enable counties to determine spending locally. Supports county and city action to address the small-business economy of Jackson Hole. Encourages the excellent educational system of Teton school districts to find ways of teaching every student throughout their K-12 education about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Encourages the local Republican Party to create a budget review
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committee to study the local budgets and make suggestions to save our citizens money. Supports Wyoming and local governments banning texting and cellphone use while driving. Supports a reduction in the speed limit on Highway 22/390 to 45 mph from the “Y” to Teton Village. Encourages the state Legislature to repeal the $1 per kilowatt-hour tax on wind energy in order to foster and encourage alternatives. Supports Gov. Mead’s plan to manage wolves in Wyoming and urges the Legislature to approve the plan. Supports Gov. Mead’s wolf management plan and the delisting of wolves and grizzly bears. Supports continuing to use the Wyoming regional cost-of-living index to determine teacher compensation in Wyoming. Supports reduction in size and cost of local governments. Supports marriage between a man and woman only. Supports the new comprehensive plan being drafted with priority for private property rights. Supports the comprehensive plan being a maximum of 25 pages long. Believes a healthy, natural
environment is a critical element of our local and state economy and qualify of life. Supports the licensing of adults’ bicycles to help generate revenue for the facilities they use. Supports bicycles being required to use the bike paths if available. Supports county development regulations at the time a property is purchased governing until its sale. Supports the Wyoming Game and Fish Department being directed to manage for an abundance of moose, deer, elk, antelope, mountain sheep and goats. Supports the promotion of development of our natural resources. Supports hunting as an important economic factor in Teton County and Wyoming and supports reasonable continued hunting on public and private lands. Supports the use of policies and procedures that encourage our young people and families to remain in or return to Wyoming, since an educated and skilled labor force is essential to attract and retain business. Supports the enhancement of telecommunications, broadband and the wireless Internet in Teton County and the state of Wyoming.
I believe our Community is a great place to call home. Do You REALLY want more density in our Town? Do You REALLY want taller buildings blocking the views? Seems like the Current Mayor does. I DON’T. And I believe a majority of the citizens share my belief.
ISN’T 10 YEARS AS MAYOR ENOUGH? IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE.
Here are just a few projects I would not have approved: The Parking Garage, $40 million for a bus barn, the McCabe “Hole”, and the re-design of Redmond Street. I will be more cautious when it comes to spending the public’s money. If elected I will work for the citizens of Jackson, and I will represent your rights with every vote I make. I have offered my name as a candidate to give you a choice. I would be honored to serve as your Mayor and I ask for your vote on November 6th.
Jim Fulmer Snow King Ski Area Business Administrator since 1999 • Resident of Jackson since 1978 Paid for by Jim Fulmer
The Teton County Republican Party: Supports local government that daily practices fiscal conservatism and responsible taxation. Supports the conservation and protection of our natural resources, wildlife and open spaces while protecting private property. Supports snowmobiling as an important economic factor in Teton County and Wyoming, supports reasonable, continued snowmobiling in our national parks and supports the efforts of the Governor’s Task Force on snowmobiling. Believes a healthy, natural environment is a critical element of our local and state economies and quality of life for its citizens. Supports reducing government spending rather than raising taxes as the best method for meeting our budgetary responsibilities. Commends and supports our local Republican legislators in their efforts to pass a state constitutional amendment to provide property tax relief. However, a better argument would be for the county assessor to be able to adjust property values through a better and simpler tax matrix. Supports a conservation-based economy as a component of the overall plan, preserving wildlife and open lands for the positive continuation of our economy. Supports job creation beyond resortstyle services and construction that utilizes our existing infrastructure with the support of local government policies that promote new smallbusiness development. Commends the Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project for its outstanding efforts to use and define sustainable energy in our community. Supports the continued protection of our open spaces by encouraging landowners to use conservation easements and other creative tools. Supports the enforcement of our immigration laws and encourages legal immigration. Encourages fee transparency and cooperation from Teton County government so that, rather than discouraging future development, it encourages development that is an active part of our economy. Supports reducing regulations, establishing a fair and simple fee structure and having cooperation from Teton County governments so that appropriate development is an active part of the economy. Supports the immediate dissolution of the Teton County Housing Authority as an independent body and its transference to a joint town/ county department. Supports local hiring for projects
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Teton County Democratic platform This platform has been developed around three major principles that Teton County Democrats believe should guide public policy and legislation in 2012: opportunity, sustainability and integrity. Teton County Democrats: Support equal opportunity to education, employment, housing and health care for all citizens. Support available and affordable health care as a right for every American. Believe that meaningful and fairly compensated jobs are essential to a stable and sustainable future for our county, state and country. Support equal pay for men and women for equal work. Commend President Obama for acting to pull the country out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and for fighting to improve the economic opportunities of the middle class. Support a system of free public education based upon excellence and accountability in teaching and development of every student’s abilities in all fields of endeavor. Support and defend an adequately funded, comprehensive public education system that is responsive to the needs of students in the 21st century. Support a return to a philosophy of education that emphasizes learning rather than testing and that abandons unfunded mandates and punitive consequences for underperforming schools. Support competent, well-compensated teachers. Support schools that are structured so all students have equal access to instruction. Support affordable post-secondary education that meets the demands of a competitive global economy. Support adequate funding for early childhood, special education and expanded learning opportunities. Support comprehensive immigration reform. Support public and private efforts that promote a sustainable economy that preserves our environment, our natural resources and our communities. Support a sustainable and balanced economy for our county, the state of Wyoming and our country. Our economic future must be based on sustainable programs and industries that create jobs and help reduce our national debt. Support the Simpson-Bowles Commission report and recommendations as a starting point for negotiations to address the federal deficit. Support town, county, state and federal programs that protect our natural resources. Support the town’s and county’s
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Jan Segerstrom teaches students how to do proper research on the Internet at Jackson Hole High School. The Teton County Democratic Party has made education a major part of its platform.
energy-use and emission-reduction initiatives, including the Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project and the Idle-Free Jackson Initiative. Support the town’s and county’s campaign and programs to reduce our community waste streams and to recycle waste products. Oppose the sale of public lands unless there is a clear and demonstrable public benefit. Support the environmentally responsible development of renewable energy resources. Support the protection of Wyoming’s priceless air, water and land resources through policies that prevent development in places that threaten or cause unacceptable damage to such resources. Support efforts at all levels of government to reduce greenhouse gases. Recognize the overwhelming scientific consensus of the human impact on climate change and call for bold and immediate steps to slow and mitigate it. Oppose the PXP gas development in the Hoback Basin. Recognize and support transparent, accountable and constitutional government as the foundation upon which our country is built. Support fiscally prudent governance at all levels that seeks common ground and consensus, and
reject gridlock, propaganda and personal attack. Support transparency in government, including public deliberations and decisions at all levels of government. Support full reporting of campaign contributions prior to elections and full disclosure of financial interests in government decisions or actions and legislative matters. Support constitutional limits on corporate financing of political campaigns. Support public financing of federal political campaigns and prohibition of corporate funding. Support efforts to overturn the Citizens United case to remove the corrupting influence of unlimited corporate money on American democracy. Support the objectives of the Voting Rights Act and oppose efforts to unfairly restrict voting. Support equal protection under law for all, regardless of ethnic origin, race, gender, age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or disability. Support the National Popular Vote movement and urge the Wyoming Legislature to adopt the bill. Oppose legislation that infringes upon our civil rights. Support the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and affirm the right of equal access to the legal institution
of marriage. Support a woman’s right to choose and object to the politicization of women’s health care. While we respect the religious faith of all people, anti-family-planning beliefs should not be forced on society as a whole, nor should they restrict access to comprehensive sex education, pregnancy prevention services or the full range of reproductive health care choices. Support the Obama administration’s tough-minded and effective handling of international terrorism and its collaborative approach to foreign policy. Support comprehensive medical and psychiatric care for our armed forces and veterans. Recognize our military personnel, their families and all those whose sacrifices help secure the integrity, opportunity and sustainability of these United States. We are grateful for their dedication and pledge ourselves to vigilance to insure that their lives will not be jeopardized needlessly. Recognize the dedication, hard work and skill of our numerous public service volunteers and elected officials and thank them for all that they do. This year, in particular, we wish to recognize Teton County Search and Rescue volunteers.
Promoting foreign language skills in our schools Easing communication between parents and the school board
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t not find out for another year he Forest Service property. has a protocol in place for ications,” said Heather OverWaste and Recycling Division ng with Forest Service staff to nd project and now we’re at a a closure alternative and can ith that protocol.”
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which was endorsed by comrews would excavate roughly e old landfill and haul it away. otective cap over the rest of the
are able to use the Forest predict that they would be trash — 5 acres instead of 2 he other plan — and do it for
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On the specific purpose excise tax ballot, proposition No. 3 calls for $14.5 million of tax proceeds to be used to clean up the old trash dump in Horsethief Canyon, where contaminants are starting to leak into groundwater. Plans include excavating some trash and capping the remaining waste.
tax ballot. shown roughly that trash buried there Horsethief Canyon Teton County at officials last week endorsed a plan to excavate 2 acres of trash fromisthelater old landfill County starting to leak contaminants into the in Horsethief $14.5 Canyon. They’ll haul away the trash unless they can get permission from the U.S. Forestofficials have looked at million groundwater at theroughly site. $3 million. using other sites for the transfer staService to use the adjacent property, which could save county officials Map courtesy teton county
to submit ballot language by from That the means Wyoming Department of er election. they’re Teton County are askTransportation. on the portion officials of the landfill that he more expensive option in would be installed ingForest voters to setproperty. aside $14.5 million is supposed to fillonto in the Service doesn’t The grantproject them access to extends one of the missing links of the clean up the oldtotrash in “It coundoesn’t to make much sense deal dump with the of theHorsethief landfill onCanyon the county property and ty’s the pathway system. the ballot approves special-use per- If portion and to start planthe Forestning Service Overholser said. d they’ll use theisextra $3 mil-newnot measure approved, pathways how property,” they will expand the exist“It’s one landfill.” gn, and possibly construction, will be built from the five-way intering facilities there. County the allow cleanup plansoffito the landfill which insectionproject, at Broadway and Flat Creekstaffers Thepresented money will county county commissioners during with a meeting week. xpanding the“Y” services offeredwith to the intersection Highway cials to comply a statelast mandate They’re expected to vote on Monday to into close the landfill. Evenwhether though trash 22 and then out to the Stilson Ranch ow, the better,” Overholser clude the project on the November ballot as part of aa hasn’t been buried there since 1989, parking lot. set this up so we can easily request for sales tax dollars. small portion is still used for getting ave the ability to use the ForCounty staffers saydead the cleanup proposal afford rid of animals, which will means it SPET proposition No. them 3 enough room to continue operating at the has never officially been closed. site rest Service would allow crews and add new services. They said recent the plans also should Closure of county’s old dump Additionally, testing has avate from near the existing address environmental concerns at the site. Forest Service property. Any This month, county staffers are supposed to start a materials would be removed study that will help determine the extent of contamiremaining materials would be nation at the site. rty. They’ve already conducted a significant number a protective membrane also of tests at the property to determine that there is a
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County officials are still negotiat- tion but haven’t found another viable option. ing with U.S.contamination Forest Serviceproblem. officials They groundwater found elRecycling to see levels if theyof can use anchloride, adjacent evated methylene a chemical often programs already help residents property to store in trash they excavate. used in solvents, the groundwater at the landfill. keep roughly 38 percent of If they’re dowhether so, the cost of their trashisout of the landfill, which A studyallowed to find to out the contamination higher by than the national average. the project is might decrease millions spreading the next step by in the processisoutlined However, a bigger facility would allow of thedollars. Department of Environmental Quality. workers to put in place more The first part of the project Depending on whether votersshould approve county the proposal recycling and composting programs address chemicals leaking the efforts to use tax dollars, design andinto planning could divertto more trash, county officials groundwater well as methane gasareand begin in earlyas winter. County staffers required have said. They said the facilities are that couldsubmit be produced thetoburregularly updated by plans Department of Enreaching their capacity and need to be ied trash. Crews will excavate some vironmental Quality staffers. to meet residents’ needs in trash, install capearly over winter the remainBy late falla or of 2014,expanded county ofcoming with years. ing waste and they installwill monitoring ficial predict be readyand to proceed The Canyon landfill treatment systems. the closure and excavation of the old landfill, Horsethief acthe late 1950s. As the valAny money left over from bythe cording to a timeline provided solidopened waste in and cleanup be put toward planning ley’s population grew and state envirecyclingwill staffers. ronmental andThe design work to expand services project is slated to wrap up by August 2017,regulations were updated, the of unlined currently offered at the the deadline imposed bysite, the includDepartment Envi- facility fell out of compliWithout an alternate location, ing more recycling and the ance. ronmental Quality services for county officials to formally composting food and organic mate- county officials started hauling trash close the oldofdump. rials. The second phase of the proj- to a landfill outside the county. Most ect — building expanded facilities — of the trash is hauled to a landfill in likely could come before voters on a Bonneville County, Idaho.
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In Segment 2 of the pathways project, links between existing and new sections of the pathway will allow cyclists to ride from Iron Rock to the existing tunnel, cross the highway and continue to the Spring Gulch Road intersection.
jackson community pathways / courtesy map
If the pathway project on the SPET ballot is completed, cyclists will have a pathway from the intersection of Spring Gulch and Highway 22 through the “Y” and up Broadway to the five-way at Broadway and Flat Creek. 240970
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