lodging tax funds: winners and losers

By Jim Stanford on January 26, 2012

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Aaron Pruzan carves a fresh turn Tuesday, when the morning snow glittered like diamonds. Pruzan has done yeoman's work on the Travel and Tourism Board, but often is outvoted by those who favor conventional marketing.

The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board has decided which community groups will receive lodging tax funds for promoting their events this year. The distribution is somewhat puzzling.

The chamber of commerce — well represented on the board — is the biggest recipient, netting $46,500 for Old West Days, Jackson Hole Marathon, Destination Wellness and WinterFest, the News&Guide reported.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will receive the maximum $20,000 for its Mountain Fest, the centerpiece of which is a free concert March 31. The resort has not yet booked a band, but the additional funding gives promoters a stronger hand, said Andy Calder, who produces the event for the resort with Dom Gagliardi of Poppa Presents.

“Let’s shoot for the stars* here,” Calder said.

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Coney ushers in return of Poop Loop

By Jim Stanford on February 8, 2009

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Coney reclines on his furry throne alongside owner and Fun-Jor organizer Maria Hayashida.

Coney reclines on his furry throne alongside owner Maria Hayashida.

As one pack of pooches finishes its big race in Utah, another prepares to run at Teton Village.

Today is the ninth annual Coney Classic Fun-Jor, an occasion for skinny skiers to frolic in the snow with the pups. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Jackson Hole Nordic Center, and the race starts at 1:30.

This could be the last Fun-Jor for the event’s cuddly namesake, Coney, who is 15 years and 7 months old and has been battling a tumor in his bladder. Maria Hayashida, the organizer and Coney’s owner, has warned participants not to be alarmed by a few drops of blood in the snow.

Coinciding with the Fun-Jor, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has decided to open its bronco-shaped Nordic loop to dogs for the rest of the season. Dog owners can buy puppy passes, with laminated photos and all, for $10 for the first pup and $5 thereafter. Resort pass holders have free access to the Nordic track, and others can buy passes for $35.

The move comes after Wilson resident Jon Cohen started a petition earlier this winter asking the resort to revive the popular Poop Loop. Cohen took his dogs Coal and Buck out to test the track this morning.

“Got three dog season passes for twenty bucks! What a deal,” he wrote. “I’ve never been on the track before and it was better than I ever imagined. Sweet views, great grooming, and hardly any people. Thanks again … to JHMR for doing this for the community.”

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Sarah Palin as TV sportscaster

By Jim Stanford on October 17, 2008

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Can't you see her tellin' the nation that 'Russia is just killin' Georgia?'

Cant you just see her telling the nation that Russia is killin Georgia?

Because it’s Friday, and because we just found out that vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will appear on “Saturday Night Live” tomorrow, we’ll indulge in a little Sarah Palin humor.

Those of us who comb the Internets on a daily basis discovered this nugget two months ago. I’ve been surprised at how many people locally haven’t seen it, so by popular demand, here she is in all her big-hair, dog-mushing glory.

I’ll say this for Sarah Palin: She sure has gotten better at reading a teleprompter.

Video follows after the jump, as well as a few other doggone entertainin’ links.

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time to let the dogs out

By Jim Stanford on January 29, 2007

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Dan Carter's dog team, 2006 Stage Stop, by Leine Stikkel Dan Carter, sled dog musher from Jackson

With the International Stage Stop Sled Dog Race off and running, Dan Carter is taking an important step in his preparation for the Iditarod this spring.

Carter was one of 18 mushers to glide through the streets of Jackson on Friday in the Stage Stop’s largely ceremonial opening leg. The real racing began Sunday with a 76-mile run from Lander to Pinedale, won by Wendy Davis of Lander.

The Stage Stop winds through seven communities in western Wyoming before finishing Feb. 3 in Park City, Utah. For daily race results, click here.

Carter, 36, is the latest man of Granite (Creek) to aim his sled toward the Iditarod, following in the tracks of his mentor and boss, Frank Teasley.

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