Resorts body piercing ban reversed
June 5, 2007
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Teton County has lifted its ban on tongue and genital piercings. Teton County Public Board of Health members were persuaded that the ban might have an unintended consequence of sending customers to back-door practitioners who are less likely to do the job right, leading to infections.Piercing is here to stay, said Susan Woodward, owner of a shop called Sub-Urban Tattoo. We want regulations that will protect our community. The state, however, has no licensing or training program for piercers, and neither does the county.Meanwhile, advocates of completely smoke-free communities have vowed to continue to press local officials to mandate a ban on public smoking. Jackson town officials recently refused to enact a ban, and a similar effort failed in broader Teton County. Julia Heemstra, program manager for the Teton County Anti-Tobacco Coalition, said she believes getting a total ban will be much more a marathon than a sprint.Why the ban matters isnt clear. Only two businesses in both the town and county will still allow smoking after mid-June.
IDAHO SPRINGS The highest paved highway in the United States goes to within about 150 feet of 14,264-foot summit of Mt. Evans, outside of Idaho Springs west of Denver.And under the recreational fee program, dubbed pay to play, the U.S. Forest Service since 1998 has been charging $10 per car for those driving the road.Trouble is, the road was built and maintained by the state of Colorado. State transportation officials complained that the fee could only be charged when people park and then use Forest Service facilities in some ways. The Denver Post reports that the Forest Service has agreed to place notices that the $10 charge only applies if vehicles are parked.
WASHINGTON D.C. An old saw of mountain towns is that suits and ties are worn only at weddings or funerals. Anybody otherwise caught in such uncomfortable clothing is a traveling salesman or lawyer, or at the very least an eccentric character.But Thomas Dewell, co-editor of the Jackson Hole News&Guide, got his suit out for business recently when he visited the office of Jackson Holes most famous resident non-resident, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.Dewell had 15 minutes to chat with Cheney about war in the Middle East, energy extraction in Wyoming and global warming. While born and reared in Wyoming, Cheney has spent most of the last 40 years in Washington. He maintains his primary residence in Jackson Hole.Author and musician John Byrne Cook said he said he felt like disinfecting his hands after reading the interview with Cheney. Its about time the News&Guide showed some editorial guts and stated its position on this carpetbagging disgrace to Wyoming and the United States, he said in a letter published the following week.