Gillette, Wyo. • Jim Slattery is a cowboy to the bone.
Born and raised in Gillette, he was a Wyoming Livestock brand inspector, worked at the coal mines for 20 years and continues to shoe horses on his ranch.
But for the past four years during December, he swaps out his large belt buckle for a belly resembling a bowl full of jelly.
Around Christmastime, Slattery, 68, can be identified wearing the iconic red stocking cap at a handful of local schools, the bus barn, or family homes. Like any good Saint Nicholas, Slattery takes pride in bringing enjoyment to people for Christmas.