final town council forum tonight

By Jim Stanford on October 17, 2012

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Four candidates are vying for two seats. Tune in Thursday to watch the YouTube footage.

Tonight the League of Women Voters is hosting a forum for town and mayoral candidates. A panel of journalists from the News&Guide, Planet JH Weekly and KHOL will ask questions, some of which were submitted in advance by citizens. Audience members also will participate.

The forum is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the commons at Jackson Hole Middle School. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

This will be the *final* public event for the town candidates (county forum is tomorrow night), following on the heels of yesterday’s debate organized by the Rotary Club and Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.

These forums play a critical role in allowing citizens to cut through the slogans, sound bites and cacophony of ads and yard signs.

For those who cannot make the event, we are attempting to set up a live stream. At the very least, the forum will be recorded and posted to YouTube tomorrow. Stay tuned for more details.

Really, the best way is to turn out in person, get involved and get informed.

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Fulmer to challenge Barron for mayor

By Jim Stanford on August 15, 2012

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The mayoral primary in the upcoming election just became a race.

Jim Fulmer

Longtime Jackson resident Jim Fulmer, the base manager for Snow King Ski Area and former ski patroller, announced his candidacy today. Fulmer will mount a write-in challenge to incumbent Mark Barron, who had been unopposed.

Fulmer is almost certain to gain the 25 write-in votes needed to place his name on the ballot for the general election in November.

In a press release, he cited opposition to the new Comprehensive Plan as his chief motivation for running against Barron.

“I respect the service that my friend, the honorable Mayor Mark Barron, has given to our town; however, I feel that it is time for the focus of the town government to be on the quality of life for the citizens of our town,” he said.

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why I’m running for town council

By Jim Stanford on June 5, 2012

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Candidate for council.

In skier parlance, I have “pointed it.”

As the stories in last week’s Daily make clear (here and here), I am running for Jackson Town Council. There are nine candidates for two seats; the top four will advance from the Aug. 21 primary to the general election in November.

The task ahead is daunting, but I feel an obligation to serve and at least give this a shot. Friends and other supporters have been urging me to run since the mayoral write-in of 2008.

If elected, I would bring an open mind, a studious approach and resolve to make hard decisions.

Come August, I will have lived here 20 years. During that time I’ve met a broad swath of our community. I feel I have one foot in old Jackson and one foot in new Jackson, as by virtue of my work and lifestyle I continue to meet younger people traditionally underrepresented on the council.

As readers well know, sometimes I’m frustrated by the decisions others make for us. The solution is to become one of the decision makers. Like I told the paper, you can only stand on the sidelines so long.

I have set up a campaign website to provide more thoughts on the issues and keep people informed about the campaign. On this site I’ve always welcomed diverse viewpoints, including those with which I don’t agree, and now more than ever I welcome your input.

Here’s to a soft landing.

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Claire eyes ‘new sense of leadership’

By Jim Stanford on May 29, 2012

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Claire Fuller receives a hug from her father, Robbie, on Election Night 2008, when she narrowly lost in her first bid for Teton County commissioner.

With little more than three days remaining in the filing period to run for local office, there’s no telling what sort of new candidates will emerge to shake things up.

Claire Fuller has set out to change the status quo with a second run for Teton County commissioner. In 2008, at only age 24, Claire came within a few hundred votes of unseating political veterans Andy Schwartz and Leland Christensen.

Now 28 and more seasoned with education and work experience, the Wilson Democrat is back in the ring. The timing feels right, she said, and her desire to serve hasn’t cooled.

“I want to provide a new sense of leadership in the community,” she said.

If she didn’t run now, it might be years before she’d have another chance, she explained. “I’m at the beginning of a career of any sort,” she said. “The farther you get into that, the harder it is to leave.”

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will zip lines save Snow King?

By Jim Stanford on May 10, 2012

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Earlier this year, a prospective buyer signed a nonbinding letter of intent to purchase Snow King Resort. The resort was negotiating with the buyer, said to be JMI, a development company based in San Diego.

For weeks I’ve been hearing — via tips from readers — that Snow King Resort has been or is nearing a deal to be sold. Managing partner Manuel Lopez has been typically coy, either denying rumors or not responding to calls.

This week Lopez did reveal plans for more recreational amenities on the mountain, including two zip lines, yurts, some sort of roller coaster, a ropes course and bike park.

The News&Guide reports: “The plan to keep the ski hill financially viable focuses on five areas: an activity center near the hotel, a camp near the top of the Rafferty lift, a gateway into the property at the corner of Cache Street and Snow King Avenue, a yurt area on the south side of the mountain and another activity area at the summit.”

While it is heartening to hear the resort aims to honor its commitment to providing recreational facilities — after initially seeking to divest itself of the ski area while selling the hotel and development rights — this latest plan is a bit of a head scratcher.

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