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COVER STORY SHARP SHIFT Adventure, conservation luminaries storm the valley for annual festival. Cover photo illustration by Cait Lee

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October 7, 2015 By Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey


he first week of October had its ups and downs, along with a good soaking rain to open the month, which is nothing new, as we have had a wetter-than-normal theme going on in Jackson since July. At some point in October we should expect that liquid to turn to solid, and the possibility of some white flakes touching the valley floor. We also still stand a chance of experiencing some Indian Summer-type weather in October. Is it still OK to call it that?


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That same date, October 12th, but a few years later in 1969, the high temperature for the day was only 31-degrees. We have also seen highs hit 80-degrees during this second week of October, well, once anyway. That was back on October 11th, 1996. It’s pretty radical to see either a high of 80 or a high of 31 this time of year. Relatively big swings in temperature are typical for October, which always makes it a tough month to dress for.


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This Land Is...? A takeover of federal lands would have disastrous consequences. BY CRAIG BENJAMIN


e knew better. The hiking guidebook bluntly states, “The exit on this trail is a sandy, shadeless, brutal uphill slog and the low elevations here translate into very hot temperatures.” Though temperatures had risen into the 90s the day before, we didn’t care. We were seduced by promises of “dramatic vistas across slickrock landscape surrounding the lower Escalante canyons,” and the excitement of squeezing through the one- to twofoot Crack in the Wall that provides access into the lower reaches of the incomparably beautiful Coyote Gulch. Slogging our way out in 90-plus degree heat, we began to understand the warnings. The soft sand made every step feel like breaking trail in a foot of heavy, wet snow. Thankfully, a thin layer of wispy clouds tempered the intensity of the searing desert heat, allowing us to return to our truck in one (very sweaty) piece. This stunningly beautiful hike, and the entire weekend we spent camping and exploring with our families in Southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, was one heck of a way to celebrate National Public Lands Day and our uniquely American way of life. Our American public lands have shaped my life. I’ll never forget my first backpacking trip at 7 years old with two of my best friends and our dads to the rugged Washington coast in Olympic National Park. Or traipsing through the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest as a kid with my parents searching for morels and chanterelles. And my Dad teaching me how to catch, fillet and cook trout while our family camped on the Little Naches River in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. I’ll bet my kids will never forget the weekend we spent in the Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument. And I’ll bet you have similar childhood memories from our public lands that you cherish to this day. Our American public lands are what drew me to Jackson Hole. In 2001, when trying to decide where I wanted to relocate among dozens of ski towns, visions of slaying deep pow in the acres of endless backcountry in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park made my decision easy. I’d bet access to our public lands played a role in your decision to call Jackson Hole home, too. Whether it is a passion for skiing, kayaking, hiking, climbing, packrafting, trail running, mountain biking,


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What if the land you cherished spending time in as a child falls into the hands of the wrong people? wildlife-watching, hunting, fishing or [insert outdoor activity here], our public lands and the access they provide define our quality of life here in Jackson Hole and across Wyoming. Our public lands more than just define our quality of life. Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the National Elk Refuge, the Gros Ventre Wilderness and our National Forest lands and the wildlife these lands nourish lure millions of people to our home every year and (for better or for worse), drive our local economy. But right now our public lands, and our entire way of life, are under threat. Across America and right here in Wyoming, powerful special interests are pushing their extreme agenda to privatize our public lands. Big corporations (led by Koch Industries) are funding a well-orchestrated campaign using front groups with deceptive names like the “American Lands Council” and the “Environmental Policy Alliance” aimed at snookering us into transferring our public lands from federal to state (and ultimately, private) control. Despite all of their slick rhetoric and elaborate arguments about “taking back” our land (which Western states never owned), the goal of this campaign is to privatize our public lands so they are open to fossil fuel and mineral extraction. Here’s the deal — while federal management of our public lands is far from perfect, state management would be a disaster for many reasons. One in particular is that in order to have the money necessary to manage our public lands, the state would have to start leasing out and selling off land immediately, which is exactly what the energy and extraction companies want. This is precisely why the overwhelming majority of people in Wyoming (and across the West) oppose transferring our public lands to state control – we fear losing access to the lands that

define our way of life and energy companies running roughshod across our states. But this is about more than losing access to our favorite ski line or hunting ground. It’s about fulfilling our moral responsibility to create a better world for our children. That means preparing for and tackling climate change now. About half of the unexploited fossil fuel resources in America are on public lands or under federally-controlled waters, and more than 90 percent of those have not (yet) been leased. The science is clear: in order to avoid catastrophic climate change we need to leave the vast majority of our remaining fossil fuel resources in the ground. Fossil fuels on federal lands – our public lands that we as Americans control – are the easiest place to start, as we can simply keep them in the ground. All of this is why it’s so important that our Teton County Board of Commissioners (unanimous bipartisan vote) and Jackson Town Council (a 4-1 vote, Mayor Sara Flitner voted against the resolution) recently adopted resolutions recognizing the value of our public lands and opposing their transfer to state control. In passing these resolutions, Teton County and the Town of Jackson added their voices to the increasing number of counties, conservation advocates, hunters and anglers and outdoor enthusiasts from across our state working to protect Wyoming’s wildlife, public access to wild places and community character. But we need to do more than pass resolutions. We need to actively fight back against the big money special interests pushing their extreme agenda to privatize our public lands. As state revenues decline with the downturn in energy prices, expect calls for privatizing our public lands to grow even louder. It’s up to each and every one of us to let our elected representatives know they can take our public lands from our cold dead hands. PJH


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THE BUZZ Penny for Their Thoughts Tax hike for housing, transportation hinges on the ‘hows?’ BY JAKE NICHOLS


ne of two agenda items at Monday’s joint information meeting between the town and county was a discussion on the public’s possible appetite for an extra penny of sales tax to go solely to housing and transportation. After learning of certain, potentially tricky ins-and-outs of adding a penny to sales tax, electeds quickly became mired in the weeds, as Mayor Sara Flitner put it after 45 minutes into the allotted hour-long discussion. Part of the challenge in assessing an extra cent to generate revenue for a much-needed housing and transportation problem facing the valley is in how to best present it to voters. If the devil’s in the details, politicians were stuck in a purgatory of unanswered questions Monday.

General-ly speaking The proposal on the table was a so-called Communities Priority Fund (CPF). The fund, in theory, would generate more than a hundred million pennies annually from taxable dollars spent in Teton County for a dedicated fund set aside for housing and transportation. There are two ways to go about this, county attorney Keith Gingery explained. One way wouldn’t guarantee that money would ever truthfully go toward the valley’s most pressing needs as identified in the Comp Plan and Integrated Transportation Plan, or ITP. The other way could blow up in our faces. By state statute, the county is allowed to add a maximum 3 cents to the 4 cents of sales tax the state gobbles up on every buck at the cash register. Currently, with one cent going to a local option tax to fund capital projects for the town and county, that leaves two potential pennies on the table for a tax hike. However, one of those additional pennies is already in play funding the last of 2013’s specific purpose excise tax (SPET) items. That SPET penny tax, which generates around $11 to $12 million annually, is set to expire next year. That leaves the option of raising sales tax another penny to 7 percent in Teton County. Town and county leaders could also decide on a half-cent increase (which would be rounded up by retailers at points-of-purchase) or some other incremental increase. Gingery didn’t fancy that option if it came to using SPET because, while lawmakers were careful to spell out fractional increases were kosher for a general fund tax increase, they weren’t addressed specifically for a SPET tax. “Legislation doesn’t specify whether a half-penny with SPET is allowable, whereas they do go out of their way to state it’s OK for a general tax,” Gingery said. “While some may argue this represents lazy lawmaking, it usually indicates there was a purpose behind not spelling it out. My opinion would be then that SPET is probably full percentages. If that becomes something you are really interested in we could do more research. If it would be a deal-breaker I would ask for an AG [Attorney General] opinion.” Aside from the halfpenny quandary, the decision on whether to generate revenue for the Communities Priority Fund via an added general sales tax penny or make it a SPET ballot item presents other dilemmas. Gingery explained that a general tax dedicated for housing/transportation is a misnomer. The revenue generated would go into city and county coffers as general funds. Targeting that cash as “housing” or “transportation” funds would be largely a meaningless ledger sheet entry. That money could be spent filling potholes if municipal managers changed their minds.

“Using a general tax dedicated to housing or transportation does not mean that money has to be used for housing or transportation even if you say it will be,” Gingery warned electeds. “You could pass resolutions or make statements that you are going to use it for ‘X,’ but you could change that to ‘Y’ the next day if you wanted. Certainly, future boards could also decide to use that money differently.” Town administrator Bob McLaurin agreed that it might be sticky. But he also said rigorous accounting protocol could be implemented to provide tracking and assurance for the public or future civic leaders that pennies headed for housing or buses actually got there. Gingery suggested a better guarantee that taxpayer money would land safely in the Communities Priority Fund and stay there would be to use SPET. The problem with that is it puts all the eggs in one basket. After county treasurer Donna Bauer strongly urged electeds to put a renewal of SPET on the August 2016 ballot before it runs out, an additional penny sales tax for housing/transportation generated via SPET would mean a total of a two percent SPET moving forward.

Your two cents Would voters go for that? Or would they lose sight of a strongly voiced community priority if it landed on a SPET ballot between, say, a $10 million request for an additional wing at St. John’s Medical Center and $12 million for a Central Wyoming College satellite campus in Jackson? “The way Teton County does it – and no other county in the state is this way – is voters are not asked to approve a 1- or 2-cent SPET tax per se,” Gingery said. “They pass it or not by checking ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on each SPET ballot request. If even one item gets a majority vote, you approve the special purpose tax.” And with SPET expiring next fall, if voters were to shoot down SPET with a Communities Priority Fund attached to it, they will shoot themselves in the foot and lose out on both an additional penny tax for housing/transportation and the usual SPET gravy train. A few commissioners and counselors, including Flitner and Paul Vogelheim, expressed concern over how a priority fund might fare if stacked up with a grocery list of other wants, along with an anticipated school district bond proposal that would likely be hitting the ballot box in May. “I don’t know,” Gingery admitted. “I’ve been trying to figure out how voters would perceive that because it would start to look like a lot of taxation going on. But with SPET expiring, you would want to make sure there is at least something on there that everyone would vote for. Otherwise, you lose both pennies. You could separate them out, doing one SPET in May and the other one in August.” Shaken by the possibility of losing SPET altogether, electeds turned the discussion instead back to a general penny tax. Besides, voiced Jim Stanford, SPET doesn’t cover ongoing operational costs and maintenance as we found out with the library, for instance. SPET guidelines also require money be somewhat targeted at specific projects, though Gingery said they have been allowed to be a bit vague in the past. Well, which one will last longer, politicians wondered. A SPET item community fund could come with a $12 million price tag, which would require voters to again have to approve such a tax hike again in 2019. Wouldn’t a general tax increase have to be approved every two or four years also, the panel asked? “Not if we do an F resolution,” Gingery answered, explaining that the tax would simply roll over quietly until an insurrection equivalent to the Boston Tea Party unburied it. Someone would first have to notice they were being taxed an extra penny into perpetuity, then they would have to find five percent of registered voters to agree that sucked and sign a petition to have it put back on the ballot.

General consensus Flitner, tired of the ways and means of the ad hoc committee, interrupted the discourse to make sure everyone was still on the same page when it came to housing and transportation.

“The Community Priorities Fund means something to me: priorities,” the mayor stated. “I’m open to opinions on how we get there but trying to get everything all at once sends a confusing message to voters that we are in the weeds, and we risk losing it all on an election. I don’t want to fight this at the ballot box.”

Other opinions:

JIM STANFORD – “To me, 1 cent of general sales tax is more valuable than SPET. I think it’s prudent to look in that direction. It allows the greatest amount of flexibility. I know people are saying we are going to raise taxes. We aren’t going to do anything. The voters will decide whether or not to tax themselves. A penny of sales tax (general fund) will provide a decent start to addressing this community’s challenges. And I would also take a real hard look at what we put on the SPET ballot and maybe shave it to a half-cent.” PAUL VOGELHEIM – “Whatever is decided, and I would be supportive of keeping the current 6 cents, we have to come up with a much more specific use of the money generated. We hear rumors about another $20 to $25 million needed for START and the capital improvement side of Phase II. Do we have a plan for that? A TIGR grant? Also, let’s remember the Lodging Tax is there in the mix.” BOB LENZ – “I believe in the priorities fund. Let’s start though with making sure we keep SPET. Housing and transportation aren’t our only needs. The one thing everyone I talk to in the community asks when they hear about an extra penny sales tax is, ‘What are you going to do with it?’ People want to know specifics. Are you going to add another bus run or two to Alpine? Are you going to buy land for housing? Where?” MARK NOWLIN – “I would like to get a little more detail from staff. In terms of the Comp Plan and ITP, the community has been clear and it certainly backs exploring housing and transportation money. START has done a very good job of mapping out their way to the ITP. We might need a little more clarity from other departments to determine what a sixth penny would be spent on.” HAILEY MORTON LEVINSON – “I think the priority is deciding what we want to do with the current sixth penny on the books. That’s a more timely issue for me. We could also say to staff that top priority is the Community Priorities Fund. It signifies that we want to do something now and then talk about SPET. I don’t necessarily want to put it all together at once.” SMOKEY RHEA – “When we talk about what our priorities are right now, people who know me know I’m going to say housing. And people like Darren [Brugmann, START Bus director] will say START. When [news about an additional penny to fund both] hit the paper, that penny got really busted up. People began pulling that penny apart. We need to look at as many different funding streams as possible. SPET has traditionally been used to fund our community’s priorities. But we need to look at more than just tax. “ NATALIA DUNCAN MACKER – “As far as the sixth penny on SPET, we might want to start our process sooner than January, at least to determine what the list of SPET ballot items might be next year. That will help us determine whether to put [CFP] as an additional penny general or SPET tax.” DON FRANK – “I would request to see more details on where SPET money has been historically spent. We are involved in a ‘raising revenue’ discussion right now. What have we said ‘yes’ to, and what have we said ‘no’ to, as a community? To know where we are going it might be useful to know where we’ve been. We really can’t expect the public to vote for additional taxes in any manner or form unless they know exactly what they are getting. As much of a fan of START as I am, we have been cautioned that the kind of goals described for START are not going to be possible unless people choose to get out of their cars. What’s achievable, for how much money, and for how long? This is where we test the courage of our convictions. The Comp Plan represents what the community wants — the proof is when they spend their own money.” PJH


Fired up over the stars and stripes Good grief! Jackson Hole, Wyoming has been exposed – largely by rightwing media – as a liberal-minded haven for the PC correct-gone-mad after the school district’s attempt to quash “America Day” for fear of offending… Americans. The high school’s homecoming week was marked by the cancellation of the informal event celebrating patriotism and the nation took notice. Glenn Beck, Fox News, and the NY Post were just a few of the national news outlets that lined up to give J-Hole a black eye over the decision. Story blogging commentary was predictably vicious. “This joker [activities director Mike Hansen/principal Scott Crisp] can resign yesterday, which isn’t fast enough! He is a traitor and treachery to our country!” wrote BumsNightmare on one story. “PaulWBrown added, “I expect schools in states like California to take such actions but it is frightening when it happens in states like Wyoming and Texas.”

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Bomb-sniffing R2D2 Congrats to Square One. The Jackson-based tech firm landed a $1.9 million federal contract to further develop their bomb-sniffing robot, “Tri-Sphere.” Square One has been fine-tuning the design for six years. The company will partner with GH20 and Northeastern University to build more demo models for the Department of Defense.

Antler ban prongs out With more and more elk migrating from Yellowstone over Togwotee Pass to the Dubois area, state lawmakers are looking to expand the ban on shed gathering with them. The Casper Star-Tribune reported members of the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee are considering a bill that would extend the October through May ban to parts of the state east of the Continental Divide. A bill is being drafted for consideration in 2016.

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‘Vailed’ threats Some Vail residents feel ignored by presidential candidates panhandling through the Rocky Mountain West. Allen Best’s column “Mountain Town News” noted Ben Carson’s $75,000 swing through Jackson. In addition, Republican Ted Cruz stopped by the library for a free public talk and then pressed the flesh at a fundraiser where the going rate for a 30-minute session hosted by a Texas oilman was $2,700, Best wrote. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton also travelled to Park City and Aspen this summer. “But where are Vail and Beaver Creek, the supposed favorites of Wall Street, in all this? Nowhere to be seen,” Best whined.

Yellowstained National Park?


It’s not news that Pinedale pushes the envelope when it comes to EPA compliance for air quality standards, but Yellowstone? Grand Teton? Wyoming Business Report relayed news that the EPA cut Wyoming a last Thursday when they settled on a higher than anticipated ground-level ozone standard of 70 parts per billion, down from the 2008 max of 75 ppb. WBR’s Mark Wilcox noted that had the agency issued standards at 65 ppb, “much of Wyoming would have immediately sunk into noncompliance, including its prestigious national parks.” Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks both experienced the fourth-highest eight-hour maximum in the state averaged out between 2008 and 2012. The gas extraction industry blames Wyoming’s cold weather inversions that trap cruddy air. Wyoming politicians reacted predictably. “Once again, the Obama administration is unleashing a new rule that costs too much while providing very little benefit,” said Sen. John Barrasso in a press release.

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Jackson photographer Tim Mayo pulled a fast one on Game and Fish. A WyoFile story earlier this week reported Mayo, who has sued to stop the annual elk hunt in GTNP, managed to buy a special park hunting license himself despite the fact they are reserved for “qualified and experienced” hunters only. Mayo bought a tag over the counter at the G&F office in Jackson. Officials have no idea whether I could hit the broad side of a barn, Mayo said. “When I did take the [hunter safety] course they had basically play guns. Instructors asked rudimentary questions like ‘Do you know the difference between a turkey and an elk?’” Mayo told Angus M. Thuermer Jr. of WyoFile. “It’s about as simplistic as can be. There is no measurement of marksmanship. You’re never asked to shoot a gun.” PJH


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THE BUZZ 2 Stony Session How receptive are Teton County residents to legalizing weed? BY ROBYN VINCENT @TheNomadicHeart

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riving by the rodeo grounds Monday, motorists beheld a curious vision: a smiling white haired woman sweetly waving to passersby. Posted beside a white 1998 Ford Explorer draped in “Wyoming NORML” banners, Chris Christian sits in front of a table strewn with grape and lemon Dum Dums, bracelets, pens and a petition affixed to a clipboard displaying an anemic list of signatures. For the past two weeks, barring a few rainy days, when the clock strikes the appropriate time of 4:20 p.m., Christian can be found at the rodeo grounds coaxing motorists to pull into the dirt lot. On Monday, she set up shop at noon. In The Planet’s Aug. 12 feature story, “High Hopes,” reporter Natosha Hoduski explained how the 66-year-old Jackson native is leading the charge for Wyoming NORML. The organization is tackling its most ambitious effort yet — to garner almost 26,000 statewide signatures by February 8 that will usher the Wyoming Marijuana Legalization Initiative onto the November 2016 ballot. This initiative would present Wyoming voters with the opportunity to legalize medical marijuana in the Cowboy State. “We’re pioneers,” Christian said. “This has never been done by a grassroots group in Wyoming.” Surprisingly, however, in Jackson, where attitudes toward pot are seemingly more permissive than the rest of the state, Christian says she has not experienced an overwhelming reception, at least not yet. The Jackson resident began collecting signatures in mid August. “We have compiled almost 700 signatures here in Jackson,” said Christian, who is responsible for amassing almost half that number. “But a couple nights ago we went to two bars and collected six signatures at one place and zero at the other.” In Teton County, Wyoming NORML must capture a total of 2,200 names, or 15 percent of citizens who voted in the last election. Christian frequents various places to entice registered voters, including the library, for “Weed Wednesdays,” (so far she has gotten just one signature here), Eleanor’s and various public events. She said she is not surprised that gleaning signatures in Jackson hasn’t been as easy as garnering support in places such as Cheyenne, where Wyoming NORML deputy director Lee Roth reports his team has already collected more than 2,000 signatures. Though Roth has thousands more to go.



Chris Christian waves to motorists at the rodeo grounds, where she has been setting up shop to collect signatures for a medical marijuana ballot initiative. “It’s been harder to get people to come out in Jackson than other places in Wyoming because we are very image conscious and we are very aware of what other people say about us in this town,” Christian said. “Businesses here are built on a reputation and cannabis was negatively looked at until recently. It is a change of perception we need to have here … just as other states that have legalized it have had.” Christian also chalks up some difficulties to the number of out-of-state visitors passing through the valley at any given time. These folks are futile to the cause — it is only registered Wyoming voters who can etch their names in the rectangle box. It might also have a thing or two to do with Christian’s appearance. “People probably think I’m a narc,” laughed the grandmother of five. Indeed, it was amusing to witness more than a few puzzled faces drive by Monday as Christian, donned in a tropical flowered hat adorned with weed buttons, kindly saluted motorists. As the sun baked the dirt on the rodeo grounds, a 20-something man sporting a backwards baseball cap stealthily crept out of the lot in a blue SUV. Christian didn’t miss a beat, raising her hand to waive as she spotted him drive toward the gate. “You would think he would have stopped by,” she lamented. But there were more than a few folks who did stop and each brought with them a different sensibility to the conversation. Eighteen-year-old Sasha Johnstone arrived on a cruiser bike. “Did you go register to vote yet?” Christian asked Johnstone as he approached the table. Apparently Johnstone had already attempted to the sign the petition, but his eighteenth birthday happened just two weeks ago and registering to vote wasn’t first on his I’m-now18-to-do list. Until now, that is. “You just came back for the suckers, huh? Go ahead, you can take some more,” smiled Christian as she unwittingly slipped into grandma mode. Johnstone politely declined. “I don’t really care about politics,” he admitted in earnest, “but the idea of getting weed legalized in Wyoming would get me to register to vote.” While this remark is far from surprising when considering its source, Johnstone finds himself in sharply different drug territory than the youth of just a decade ago. “It’s much easier to get oxycodone or hydrocodone or acid

around here, but I can’t find weed,” he said. “My friends and I would rather smoke weed, but it’s too difficult to get.” As this reporter considered the notion that it may be easier for high school students in a ski town to obtain narcotic pharmaceuticals than marijuana, a car pulled up next to Christian’s table. “I’ve driven by three times already and I’ve meant to stop every time,” exclaimed a salt-and-pepper haired man as he approached the table. “What have you got around your neck?’ Christian asked. The man touched his airport security badge. It just so happened to be Mike Gierau, a former Jackson town councilman and Teton County commissioner, as well as the owner of Jedediah’s and co-chair of Jackson Hole Air. “One of the best things about living in Wyoming is that people are big on their rights and personal rights of choice and to live the life they want to live … so this seems like the natural choice,” Gierau said. “I have been driving by and I thought, ‘No, I need to stop and sign it.’ Another reason I stopped by is, if you are willing to sit here I knew I needed to stop and sign my name.” When a middle-aged woman arrived in a navy Subaru Outback only a few moments after Gierau, she brought with her not only a willingness to sign her name but also the reason that compels Christian’s work. Draping her SUV in banners and posters, setting up her modest signature gathering station, and patiently waving at every car that passes by – most who do not acknowledge her in any way – Christian says she is immersed in the battle to legalize medical marijuana because of people like Wendy Smith, who say they found relief from weed when nothing else helped. “I had cancer in 2001 and went through chemo and radiation at the same time,” Smith explained as she scribbled her name on the petition. “When I finally decided to smoke pot that was the only thing that got me through. It needs to be available for people in pain and that’s something I firmly believe. I took a couple meds they prescribed for nausea and it didn’t help me, but smoking pot in the garage was like flipping a light switch.” PJH To get involved with Wyoming NORML, call Chris Christian at 307-413-4425, visit to sign up to circulate a petition or send an email to PetitionList@


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PlayStations and Xboxes, However, State-of-the-Art: A New York University Center for Justice study released in September warned that, unless major upgrades are made quickly, 43 states will conduct 2016 elections on electronic voting machines at least 10 years old and woefully suspect. Those states use machines no longer made or poorly supported, and those in 14 states are more than 15 years old. There are apprehensions over antiquated security (risking miscounts, potential for hacking), but also fear of election-day breakdowns causing long lines at the polls, depressing turnout and dampening confidence in the overall fairness of the process. The NYU center estimated the costs of upgrading at greater than $1 billion.

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In a “manifesto” to celebrate “personal choice and expression” in the standard of beauty “in a society that already places too many harmful standards on women,” according to a July New York Times report, some now are dyeing their armpit hair. At the Free Your Pits website, and events like “pit-ins” in Seattle and Pensacola, Florida, envelope-pushing women offer justifications ranging from political resistance to, according to one, “want(ing) to freak out (her) in-laws.” Preferred colors are turquoise, hot pink, purple and neon yellow. n Actress Melissa Gilbert (a star of TV’s “Little House on the Prairie”), 51, announced in August that she would run for Congress from Michigan’s 8th Congressional District—even though she is currently on the hook to the IRS and California for back taxes totaling $470,000. Gilbert, a former president of the Screen Actors Guild and member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, promised that she (and her actor-husband) would pay off her tax bill—by the year 2024.

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Scientists at North Carolina State and Wake Forest universities have developed a machine that vomits, realistically, enabling the study of “aerosolization” of dangerous norovirus. “Vomiting Larry” can replicate the process of retching, including the pressure at which particles are expelled

Police Report

Relentless Wannabes: (1) Authorities in Winter Haven, Florida, arrested James Garfield, 28, with the typical faux-police set-up—Ford Crown Victoria with police lights, uniform with gold-star badge, video camera, Taser, and business cards printed with “law enforcement.” (Explained Garfield lamely, the “law enforcement” was just a “printing mistake.”) (2) In nearby Frostproof, Florida, Thomas Hook, 48, was also arrested in September, his 14th law-enforcement-impersonator arrest since 1992. His paraphernalia included the Crown Vic with a prisoner cage, scanner, spotlight, “private investigator” and “fugitive recovery” badges, and an equally bogus card identifying him as a retired Marine Corps major. Hook’s one other connection to law enforcement: He is a registered sex offender.


Buddhists Acting Out

(1) Police in Scotland’s Highlands were called in September when a Buddhist retreat participant, Raymond Storrie, became riled up that another, Robert Jenner, had boiling water for his tea, but not Storrie’s. After Storrie vengefully snatched Jenner’s own hot water, Jenner punched him twice in the head, leading Storrie to threaten to kill Jenner (but also asking, plaintively, “Is this how you practice dharma?”). (2) A Buddhist monk from Louisiana, Khang Nguyen Le, was arrested in New York City in September and accused of embezzling nearly $400,000 from his temple to fuel his gambling habit (blackjack, mostly at a Lake Charles, Louisiana, casino).


An official of the Missouri Republican Party apologized in September for the “thoughtless” act of using an original Thomas Hart Benton mural in the state Capitol as a writing surface. Valinda Freed and a man were exchanging business cards, and Freed, needing to jot down information on the card, placed it directly on the mural to backstop her writing. n During a break in a murder trial in Lima, Ohio, in September, a jailer apparently absentmindedly locked inmate-witness Steven Upham in the same cell with the accused murderer he was about to testify against (Markelus Carter, 46). Upham was set to squeal that Carter had confessed the murder to him. Deputies soon rushed to the cell to break up Carter’s attempt, with his fists, to change Upham’s mind. (At press time, the jury was still deliberating.)

Least Competent Criminals

Police in South Union Township, Pennsylvania, say David Lee, 46, is the one who swiped a Straight Talk cellphone from a Wal-mart shelf on Sept. 15 (but wound up in the hospital). After snatching the phone, Lee went to a different section of the store and tried to open the packaging with a knife, but mishandled it and slashed his arm so severely that he had to be medevaced to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh (and a hazmat crew had to be summoned to clean up all of the blood Lee had splattered).

Thanks This Week to Richard Player, Richard Judkins, Duane Knight, and Scott Lichtenberg, and to the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors.

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The Job of the Researcher

(which, along with volume and “other vomit metrics,” can teach the extent of the virus’ threat in large populations). The researchers must use a harmless stand-in “bacteriophage” for the studies—because norovirus is highly infectious even in the laboratory.


Update: Five years after News of the Weird mentioned it, Japan’s Love Plus virtual-girlfriend app is more popular than ever, serving a growing segment of the country’s lonely males—those beyond peak marital years and resigned to artificial “relationships.” Love Plus models (Rinko, Manaka and Nene) are chosen mostly (and surprisingly) not for physical attributes, but for flirting and companionship. One user described his “girlfriend” (in a September Time magazine dispatch) as “someone to say good morning to in the morning and … goodnight to at night.” Said a Swedish observer, “You wouldn’t see (this phenomenon) in Europe or America.” One problem: Men can get stuck in a “love loop” waiting for the next app update—with, they hope, more “features.” n “Odette Delacroix,” 25, of North Hollywood, California, is a petite (86 pounds) model who runs an adult fetish website in which people (i.e., men) pay to watch her tumble around, bikini-clad, with “plus-size” models, up to five at a time, squashing and nearly suffocating her in “pigpiles.” “Odette” told London’s edition of Cosmopolitan that her PetiteVsPlump website has so far earned her about $100,000.



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ran into a friend at the park last week. She was brimming with excitement about a wedding she attended the night before. “They grew everything we ate in the past year, from the goat to the salad,” she said, adding that each bite was filled with gratitude. “I’m still stuffed.” It is that kind of gratitude and appreciation for where we live and what we eat that SHIFT, a festival celebrating the intersection of outdoor recreation and conservation, seeks to cultivate. But cooking up a conservation summit is no small task in a kitchen community with an abundance of ideas on ingredients for change. Adventure junkies, foodies and public lands advocates have added various flavors to the pot since SHIFT’s inaugural festival two years ago, with the help of travel and tourism funding. This year, as the festival gears up to wean off of tourism dollars and seek more private funding, it is positioning itself as a summit with fewer days of programming and a sharper focus, in hopes that the aftertaste is sweeter. SHIFT is asking a tough question: How do we reach a more diverse segment of the population that is not in that mindset and show them the beauty of communities such as Jackson, gateways to some of the last nearly intact ecosystems in America? This year’s festival, from Oct. 7 to 10, will feature films, panel discussions, keynote presentations, bloggers, a contest for innovative new projects and the ultimate foodie event, the anticipated People’s Banquet, a cornucopia of local foods from valley eateries and food purveyors. The People’s Banquet is made possible thanks to a partnership with Fine Dining Resturant Group. The organizers have reached out to a cross section of urban Americans who have never before visited the Rocky Mountain West with the help of Latino Outdoors and the Children and Nature Network. By showcasing the elaborate network of recreation and conservation stakeholders in the community to a broader cross section of America, SHIFT hopes to follow up like never before to impact change. “What we are looking at is ways to use outdoor recreation to engage cross sections of Americans that are typically not included in outdoor recreation and land management decisions to further our collective goals,” said Christian Beckwith, the founder of SHIFT. “We have to protect these places or our ability to sustain our existence on this planet and the existence of innumerable people is jeopardized. We are in the middle of this mass extinction. It’s all hands on deck.” Beckwith, a mountaineer and former editor of the American Alpine Journal dreamt up the acronym SHIFT, Shifting How We Change for Tomorrow, after losing his friend Jarad Spackman in an avalanche. “While I was with him before the rangers came, I decided I didn’t want anything else to do with anything that wouldn’t contribute to the world,” he said. SHIFT is “an emotional response to a global problem.” SHIFT’s new direction comes after hiring a consulting firm to study the bigger picture and, admittedly, not creating a database that the firm suggested last year. In response,



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ngel Collinson is an ambitious big mountain skier who has been on a film tour with her partner Lucas Debari to try to motivate young skiers to become conservationists. The 2011 freeskiing world tour champion, who was the first woman in an opening scene of a co-ed ski film, won the Powder Magazine award for Best Female performance last year in Teton Gravity Research’s film “The Dream Factory.” As a big mountain skier, your career relies on powder yet you have to use a lot of fossil fuel to reach the office. What are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint and protect the powder? It’s definitely something I struggle with. It’s a double-edged sword. I’m given a unique voice in the community and I see climate change firsthand. It’s amplified my voice. I am involved in Protect Our Winters and doing the SHIFT thing to use that voice in responsible way to motivate people. But it’s a tricky lifestyle … It is the world we live in. How can you inspire the next generation of skiers to become conservationists? That’s the big question that our panel is going to be talking about for SHIFT Drinks Happy Hour at Asymbol with the Jones brothers [Wednesday, 5:15 p.m.]. The old way is forced action. The new way is a want to change, to make people think about what they care about. Events like SHIFT are awesome because they allow people to speak up and give their input. What will you do with the $10,000 if you win the Shift Forward Award for the most innovative, impactful, replicable project that leverages outdoor recreation for conservation? Ten thousand dollars is just a little more than one week in Alaska, which is crazy. We don’t really get paid that much. So much of it goes to the travel. I think I would give it to my parents who put the down payment on our house so that John [Collinson’s brother] could do the Seven Summits. “Cool Skiing, Hot Planet,” featuring Collinson, Debari and a screening of “The Little Things,” a film about snowboarding and climate change, is 7 to 10 p.m., Wednesday at Center for the Arts after a 5:15 p.m. happy hour and discussion at Asymbol.

Angel Collinson

Beckwith frontloaded the festival with a meeting in June where SHIFT sought input from 65 organizations to create a set of principles to unify outdoor recreationalists, conservationists and land managers. The goal is to leverage the $646 billion outdoor recreation industry for conservation gains. “Last year, we threw everything into the pot with food and evening programming, the summit went for five days and it was great,” he said. “Thought leaders from communities like ours that were up against similar problems were able to compare apples to apples. It was a great beta test.” But when the festival ended, everybody “group hugged” and left, Beckwith said. They didn’t have the energy and resources to share the best practices on how to minimize areas of conflict between natural partners and inspire more land stewards. One of the main concerns that emerged from the study is that traditional conservation organizations are aging. The average Wilderness Society member is a 71-yearold caucasian female, Beckwith said. So he designed the program to capture more hearts and minds in a shorter period of

time. “The meat and potatoes is the intersection between conservation and recreation and the gravy is the evening programming, which is broader and more dynamic, designed to impact a broader audience,” Beckwith said. Summit topics will address controversial issues like land transfers and permitting regulations. It will also seek answers to how they can protect public lands and prevent discrimination against nonprofits that want to inspire kids with outdoor experiences, among other topics. Wednesday there will be a snowboarding film screening and presentation with pro-freeskier Angel Collinson and pro-snowboarder Lucas Debari at the Center for the Arts to inspire the next generation of adventure athletes to protect the powder. Thursday evening features a discussion with National Geographic journalist David Quammen and photographer Charlie Hamilton James relating lessons from Yellowstone National Park to the global perspective on climate change.

Quammen is standing in for National Geographic’s Chief Content Officer Chris Johns, who cancelled his trip to SHIFT when Fox Cable Networks made a $725-million deal to take over most of its content including the 127-year-old magazine. He is the sole author of National Geographic’s much anticipated Yellowstone issue. In his 15,000-word essay, Quammen said he explores the global issue of climate change through the lens of the grizzly bear. “It’s not an A, B, C, D list that says you should buy a Prius, be a vegetarian, not have children and live close to where you work. I can say those things, but it sounds preachy ... it’s about letting people form their own opinions.” James, a cameraman on the project, was also the subject of a BBC documentary called “I Bought a Rainforest.” “One thing I’ve learned from remote communities is their ability to use and reuse everything, to repair and adapt,” he said in an email interview. “We are terrible in the West at just chucking things out and

buying new ones. When you have no money and your village is a three-day boat journey from the nearest shop you simply don’t throw anything out.” Summit events are designed to incite mentorship and to identify burgeoning leaders who will find a way to draw in a huge segment of the American population that is not involved in conservation yet. Food, which continues to be one of the most popular topics, is “the bridge,” Beckwith said. It may even be the reason why his hero Yvon Chouinard is finally sitting down to the SHIFT table. In the past two years, the festival has hosted foodie films and locavore feasts sponsored by the slow food movement. Last year, it expanded its food programs and held a weeklong series of coffee klatches with roasters and ranchers to discuss why fair trade and local food is so central to the conservation movement. St. John’s Medical Center brought in Marion Nestle, an outspoken author on

ournalist David Quammen is the sole author of National Geographic’s Yellowstone issue, which will be released in May. It is the first time the 127-yearold magazine has dedicated an entire issue to one topic with one author. Quammen is also writing a series of articles, which will appear in the magazine over the next year on other national parks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.

ildlife photographer and filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James, the star of the film “I Bought A Rainforest,” just returned from living with a tribe in the Amazon and is considering moving to Jackson Hole after a stint living here while working on National Geographic’s Yellowstone issue.

What makes the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem unique for a conservation summit?

I think we have quite simply learned that climate change is happening, anyone who continues to deny clearly has [his or her] eyes closed — this year is the hottest on record globally. America is interesting to me, especially Wyoming where climate change is a political issue that divides people. However, even the doubters are starting to realize the overwhelming evidence that climate change is happening. I often say to people who doubt it, “I can think of a million reasons to deny climate change, I cannot think of a single reason to make it up.” Anyway, don’t let me go off on one! Yellowstone is interesting because it is so heavily studied at all levels of the eco-system. This means that data stretches back and data continues to be gathered. It is managed and funded in a way that allows this scientific investigation to continue and long may it do so.

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is absolutely unique. It is the largest, nearly intact, temperate ecosystem as well as being the site of the first national park and it has big carnivorous animals. … We can learn a lot about what an ecosystem is and how it works as a complex system from it. If you remove one element you are going to have unpredictable consequences. For instance, eliminating wolves and reintroducing them in 1995 — just because we put the wolf back doesn’t mean it automatically solves problems, like introducing lake trout in Yellowstone Lake. That had terrible consequences and nearly eliminated cutthroat trout. As a Bozeman resident and author of National Geographic’s issue on Yellowstone, what was the most interesting fact you learned about the first national park that you didn’t already know?

How is Yellowstone a laboratory for the world to learn from and teach people about climate change?

What interests you most about SHIFT?

There were a lot of things that I had been vaguely aware of that I got to see close up. I had already heard grizzly bears eat great quantities of army cutworm moths. But on a pack trip into the Absarokas with a grizzly biologist, we spent five days watching grizzlies on high scree slopes feeding on moths that migrate in from Kansas then migrate home to feed on wheat. That was just one of a number of things made concrete for me. I’m touching on a lot of things in the special issue, but the grizzly bear and grizzly ecology is at the center of what I’ve written. I use grizzlies as axles to a wheel with spokes going out in different directions to talk about bigger issues like climate change.

Part of my job is to inspire people about the natural world. Not just so that they can enjoy it but so they can make an effort to protect it. Anything that champions that premise is good in my opinion and that’s what SHIFT is doing. Quammen and James will speak at the Center for the Arts from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday. ood Author Mark Bittman writes about nudging people back into the kitchen and getting more real food into the American diet. His weekly column was one of the most read online articles in The New York Times. He recently relinquished his column and is working on an undisclosed start-up.

Local, organic, grass-fed, cage free — food choices can be overwhelming and costly. What is the most important thing we can do to change our diet on a daily basis without breaking the bank and how will that save the planet? It’s not complicated and not expensive. It has nothing to do with organic. People think we are saying you should eat organic. I don’t say that, Michael Pollan doesn’t say that, Marion Nestle doesn’t say that. First, eat as little junk food as you can — anything with more than five ingredients and everything that is not recognizable as food. [That means] passing on 60 percent of the items in the grocery market. The second great decision is to eat more fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds than you ate last week, last year. It’s not quite as simple as shopping around the perimeter of the market. It’s also about freezer [foods]. What does sustainable really mean when it comes to food? It means the ability to endure. If you look at the way we use resources, they are not infinite. Nature can only absorb so much of our refuse. It is a goal, not something we can get to tomorrow. We have to be more sustainable than we are now. Bittman will speak during the People’s Banquet, happening 5 to 10 p.m., Friday at Center for the Arts.

followed up by asking if this was his new direction he declined to answer. After participating in the People’s Banquet with Bittman this Friday, Chouinard will talk 7 p.m., Saturday about his latest adventure, Patagonia Provisions, a passion project that encourages the use of sustainably-sourced food like cedar planked salmon and tsampa to fix the broken food chain and narrow the expanding gap between where we live and where our food comes from. “Instead of waiting for some miraculous, high-tech solution to bail us out of our climate change disaster, the real miracle turns out to be simply working with nature instead of against it,” Chouinard says on the Patagonia Provisions website. “Our grasslands, and the soil beneath them, might just save the world.” SHIFT began with a three-year

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commitment of $100,000 per year from the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board. Each year, Beckwith has doubled the pot with private contributions and sponsorships. After this year, that seed money is gone. So he set up a new nonprofit called the Center for Jackson Hole and he is poised to take it to the next level. For Beckwith, it is focusing on and strengthening the intersection between adventure and conservation that matters most. “What I care about is the world my daughter is going to inherit,” Beckwith said. “I want her to know the Jackson I know. I’m seeing a change before my eyes and it breaks my heart.” PJH For a full schedule and more info, visit

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All agriculture has an impact on the environment, like all human life. We have so ignored how we produce our food and given so little attention to the impact agriculture has on not just climate change but nature in general. When you talk the environment, everyone is constantly saying, “Fossil fuel, fossil fuel.” Agriculture is also a major factor. I think this is a great opportunity for me to talk at a non-food oriented conference and talk to a non-food oriented audience.


food politics and professor of nutrition. “I don’t know if Jackson was ready for Boston and asked him — in Fenn’s words a weeklong food festival,” said food writer — what can be done to make home cookDr. Annie Fenn. She was ing more mainstream? responsible for setting up “We have to find the talks, cooking demonother strategies to strations and a smorgasget people to eat real bord of local delicacies hat I care about is food because clearly for Foodshift in the past not everyone’s going to and laid the groundwork the world my daughter cook,” he said. “They to bring renowned author is going to inherit. I’m don’t have the time or Mark Bittman here this they don’t believe they year. Fenn is no lon- seeing a change before have the time. They ger involved in SHIFT. my eyes and it breaks just don’t want to cook But she did have some … meal kit delivery my heart.” provocative questions services, better fast for Bittman, who recent– Christian Beckwith, food, better instituly wrote his last column tional foods in hospiSHIFT organizer tals, prisons, schools. for the New York Times, moved to California and People are going to eat is working on an undisin convenient ways. closed start-up business. We have to make the I caught up with Bittman by phone in healthy choice the easy choice.” When I

What’s the easiest way that you explain the impact of food on our environment?


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CREATIVE PEAKS Creative Conservation Daly Projects exhibit explores local environs through foreign eyes. BY KELSEY DAYTON


avid Buckley Borden didn’t use his month-long residency through Teton Artlab just to create art. He used the time to investigate the ecological issues unique to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. That work is part of a new exhibition at Daly Projects, which will feature screen prints, mixed media drawings and installations. While all the visiting artists in the Artlab’s residency program create work tied to nature or inspired by the outdoors, Borden’s work specifically and literally tackled conservation in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, explained Meg Daly, owner and curator at Daly Projects. “His work is really uniquely centered around this region,” Daly said. “It was obvious to me it deserved a show here. It would be unfortunate if he didn’t have a show here.” Much of the work showing at Daly Projects was informed by conversations Borden had with conservation organizations, government agencies and recreational sports enthusiasts during his residency in January. His prints are unsolicited visual proposals to agencies like the U.S. Forest Service. “They are pretty sincere suggestions, but they are also lighthearted and funny,” Daly said. “He captures an aesthetic that is the beautiful, graphic style of old maps, but they feel fresh and modern.” The Cambridge, Mass. based artist has a background in landscape architecture. His work is design based, Daly said. He’ll be showing printed work and also sculptures using repurposed tools and installations with trees. He’ll also have some drawing and sketches on display. “He’s really an interdisciplinary artist,” Daly said. “He’s hard to pin down to one genre.” His work, which offers the chance to purchase pieces at price points in the $100 to $600 range, will cover the entire gallery. Art lovers can take a “field tour,” with Borden, a walk through the gallery, where he’ll discuss the inspiration behind his art. Borden also is creating an installation outside the Center for the Arts to tie into the SHIFT Festival. All his work is meant to inspire conversation and thought about conservation in the area. “It’s interesting to get an outsider’s perspective on town,” Daly said. “He offers ideas and perspectives we might not generate here because we are so close to the issues.” “Greater Yellowstone: Prints, Maps, and Objects,” by David Buckley Borden, reception is 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, show hangs through Oct. 31, at Daly Projects, 125. E. Pearl Ave.

When the love of art, collaboration endures In 1982, Babs Case, now the artistic director for Dancers’ Workshop, collaborated with artist Dickie Landry to create a multi-disciplinary art performance exploring the dialogue between music, dance and visual arts. Case and Landry will share that collaboration again,

Works by David Buckley Borden, hanging at Daly Projects through Oct. 31, offer commentary on methods of wildlife management and conservation. decades after they first created it, as part of Landry’s residency at the Center for the Arts. The piece, which Case reset for dancer Francesca Romo of Contemporary Dance Wyoming, is still just as relevant. Landry’s time in Jackson will include an art show in the Theater Gallery at the Center for the Arts called “Dickie Landry: Exploration in Axonometric Projection.” It will feature his paintings, talks and a performance of “Trialogue,” the piece he and Case created years earlier. Landry, 77, is a musician, photographer and painter. “He’s just an artist in every way and approaches life in that way,” Case said. His time living in New York introduced him to other artists who became collaborators and inspired his own work. Landry counts Paul Simon as a friend and was an original member of the Philip Glass Ensemble. “He just experienced an extraordinary time in art,” Case said. “Trialogue,” which is somewhat improvisational and somewhat structured, shows what the creative process is

really like. It can be seductive, alluring and terrifying at the same time, Case said. You can get lost in it. It’s about letting go and allowing another art form to move you. It’s also reminiscent of primitive forms of video mapping, Case said. For the new performance of the piece, Case is creating the visual art using ink on an old-fashioned projector that will run while Romo dances and Landry plays the saxophone on stage. Case will follow Romo’s movements with the projector, while listening to Landry’s musical direction. “It is truly a dialogue between the art forms,” she said. Dickie Landry, presented by the University of Wyoming Museum, Center for the Arts, Dancers’ Workshop and the Art Association. Gallery tour and artist talk, Art Association, noon, Monday, Oct. 12 and Oct. 14. Opening reception, Art Association Gallery, 5:30 p.m., Oct. 14; “Trialogue,” 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14, Center Theater at the Center for the Arts, free. PJH

‘Diamonds in Hand,’ and other works by Dickie Landry coalesce with music and dance during the artist’s opening reception Oct. 14.

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Vinyl Vivacity The Rose hosts weekly vinyl night; Andy Hackbarth at the Colonial. BY AARON DAVIS @ScreenDoorPorch


long with reel-to-reel audio tape recording, FM radio and better amplifier designs, the advent of the 33 1/3 rpm long play microgroove vinyl record was a major improvement to home audio quality. Lower surface noise and attention to frequency response made high fidelity the next biggest gem to marketing gurus and audiophiles. Here we are more than 65 years later and enthusiasts are returning to hi-fi as a source for the most organic listening experience. The Rose’s Vinyl Night taps into this niche. Every Wednesday, you can show up with your own vinyl and the first drink is complementary. Drop the needle and share part of your collection with bargoers. The subculture of vinyl record collecting never burned out, but it did fade away in the 1980s and was held at bay during the digital revolution of the 1990s before entering a semi-mainstream resurgence period in the last several years. Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks record sales, reported that

Head to The Rose for a record revival Wednesday, then take a field trip to IF for the sounds of Andy Hackbarth Band Saturday. vinyl sales have been rising sharply each year since 2007, also the same year of the first Record Store Day. In 2014, vinyl sales had a peak increase of 54 percent. Even most non-audiophiles will agree there’s little comparison between the quality of listening when matching up MP3s versus vinyl. MP3s sure are convenient, but the lack of depth is lifeless in comparison. Vinyl versus high-quality digital comes down to subjectiveness. To this collector, vinyl has an unparalleled texture and richness that develops from the physicality of a needle in a groove, and begs for a more intimate experience. It’s a ritualistic medium. Here’s a chance to get together with your like-minded vinyl family. Bust out the masterpieces! Vinyl Night, 9 p.m., Wednesdays at The Rose. Free., 733-1500.

Pop-folk meets Flamenco Hailed as a classical and flamenco virtuoso guitarist in his early 20s, pop-folk singer songwriter Andy Hackbarth embraces a Jason Mraz meets Rodrigo y Gabriella vibe. He puts mainstream country elements of Nashville on the back burner. He left his parents’ llama ranch in Colorado for Nashville in 2006, honing his songwriting skills. And it paid off. Not only did he co-found the nonprofit, Songs for the Cure, he was a finalist in three major international competitions

including the Billboard Songwriting Competition, and received a “Denver Songwriter of the Year” nomination via Denver Westword Magazine. His song, “We Ain’t Done Yet,” was featured by Major League Baseball during the World Series and aired on more than 40 major radio stations in the West. “You don’t realize how much you have to learn until you move to Nashville,” Hackbarth said. “Truly great songs are so rare. It’s the best feeling in the world to know that you’ve written a song in which every word counts, one that forces everyone who hears it to stop, really listen and look at the world in a completely different way.” And Hackbarth has a seemingly tailor-made, shiny sound for mainstream radio and his forthcoming seven-song album “Panorama Motel” (due Oct. 7) is further evidence of that. Hackbarth (vocals, guitar, keys) stages a six-piece band also featuring lead guitar, bass, two violins, drums and harmony vocals. Andy Hackbarth Band, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Colonial Theatre in Idaho Falls. All-ages. $30-$35. PJH

Aaron Davis is an award-winning singer-songwriter, trout whisperer, multi-instrumentalist, frontman for bands Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, and founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley.

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n Boot Camp 7:00am, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n American Indian Guest Artist 8:00am, Colter Bay Visitor Center, Free. 307-739-3594 n Toddler Gym 8:30am, Teton Recreation Center. 307-739-9025 n The SHIFT Festival 9:00am, Center for the Arts, $15.00 - $125.00. 307-690-1561 n bootybarre® at Dancers’ Workshop 9:00am, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Wilderness First Responder 9:00am, Center for the Arts, $725.00. 307-733-7425 n Water Fitness 9:00am, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Yoga 9:00am, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Ballet Workout at Dancers’ Workshop 9:30am, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n China Painting: New Directions 9:30am, Ceramics Studio, $230.00 - $270.00. 307-7336379 n Fall Tours at Astoria Hot Springs 10:00am, Astoria Hot Springs, Free. 307-739-3942 n Zumba at Dancers’ Workshop 10:00am, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Toddler Gym 10:00am, Teton Recreation Center. 307-739-9025 n Exhibition Sneak Peek 11:30am, National Museum of Wildlife Art, $0.00 - $14.00. 307732-5417 n Dickie Landry In Residence

12:00pm, Center for the Arts, Free. 307-734-8956 n Cowboy Coaster at Snow King Mountain 12:00pm, Snow King Mountain Sports, $8.00 - $21.00. 307 201 5096 n Water Fitness 12:00pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Yoga 12:00pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-7399025 n Total Fitness 12:10pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-7399025 n Matinee Movie: Cornelia Funke’s “Inkheart” 1:00pm, Teton County Library Youth Auditorium, Free. 307733-2164 n Free Friday Wine Tasting 4:00pm, The Liquor Store, Free. 307-733-4466 n The People’s Banquet, Featuring Mark Bittman 5:00pm, Center for the Arts, $45.00. 307-690-1561 n Wilderness First Aid w/ AHA Heartsaver CPR 5:30pm, Center for the Arts, $235.00. 307-733-7425 n Opening Reception: Dickie Landry, Explorations in Axonomeric Projections 5:30pm, Art Association Gallery at The Center, Free. 307-7348956 n Open Gym - Adult Soccer 6:30pm, Teton Recreation Center. 307-739-9025 n Pam Drews Phillips Plays Jazz 7:00pm, The Granary at Spring Creek Ranch, Free. 307-733-8833 n II Hoot at Driggs Plaza 7:00pm, Driggs City Plaza, Free. 208-206-1516 n Art Opening: Pictoglyphs by Jill Auerbach 7:00pm, The Rose, Free. 307733-1500 n Maddy & The Groove Spots 7:30pm, Silver Dollar Showroom, Free. 307-732-3939 n Stargazing at Rendezvous Park 8:00pm, Rendezvous Park (R-Park), Free. 307-413-4779 n Sandee Brooks and Beyond Control 8:00pm, Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, $5.00. 307-733-2207 n Friday Night DJ 10:00pm, The Rose, Free. 307733-1500 n Ian McIver 10:00pm, Town Square Tavern, Free. 307-733-3886


Workshop 1:30pm, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Superheroes! Grades 4th-5th 3:30pm, Off Square, $200.00. 307-733-3021 n Yoga 4:15pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n SHIFT HAPPY HOUR: Wild and Hot 5:00pm, The Rose, Free. 307733-1500 n Chamber CHILI Mixer 5:00pm, Jackson Hole History Museum, Free. 307-733-2414 n Harvest Party 5:00pm, Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center, Free. 307-413-9507 n Jazzercise 5:30pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Total Fitness 5:30pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-7399025 n Photography Fundamentals 6:00pm, Center for the Arts, $120.00 - $145.00. 307-733-6379 n Mix’d Media 6:00pm, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Free. 307-733-5771 n Adobe Photoshop 6:00pm, CWC-Jackson, $200.00. 307-733-7425 n Music Medicine Drumming 6:00pm, Spirit, $20.00. 307-7333382 n Scholarship and Application Essay Help Night 6:00pm, Teton County Library Computer Lab, Free. 307-7332164 n L.E.A.D (Latino Employees Achieving Dreams) 6:00pm, Latino Resource Center, 307-734-0333 n Knit Nite 6:00pm, Knit on Pearl, Free. 307-733-5648 n Teton Toss GLOW Disc Golf Tournament 6:00pm, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. n Modern Dance Class at Dancers’ Workshop 6:15pm, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Open Gym - Adult Soccer 6:30pm, Teton Recreation Center. 307-739-9025 n Nutrition for Optimal Sports Performance: Essentials of Elctrolytes 6:45pm, Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation, 307-7399025 n Yellowstone with David Quammen and Charlie Hamilton James 7:00pm, Center for the Arts, $10.00.


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n The SHIFT Festival 7:00am, Center for the Arts, $15.00 - $125.00. 307-690-1561 n American Indian Guest Artist 8:00am, Colter Bay Visitor Center, Free. 307-7393594 n Saturday U 8:30am, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Free. 307-733-7425 n AromaTouch Jackson Hole 8:30am, ALL Body Therapy. n Wilderness First Aid w/ AHA Heartsaver CPR 9:00am, Center for the Arts, $235.00. 307-733-7425 n Zumba at Dancers’ Workshop 9:00am, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Pilates Arc Workshop 9:00am, Dancer’s Workshop, $225.00. 307-7336398 n Fall Perennial Plant Exchange 9:00am, Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center Sundeck, Free. 307-739-9025 n Monarchs of the Plains 9:00am, National Museum of Wildlife Art, $0.00 $14.00. 307-733-5771 n Car Seat Safety Inspection 9:00am, Teton Motors, Free. n Barre Fusion at Dancers’ Workshop 9:30am, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n China Painting: New Directions 9:30am, Ceramics Studio, $230.00 - $270.00. 307-733-6379 n Adult Oil Painting 10:00am, The Local Galleria, $25.00 - $80.00. 208-270-0883 n Cowboy Coaster at Snow King Mountain 10:00am, Snow King Mountain Sports, $8.00 $21.00. 307 201 5096 n Hike on History Trail 10:00am, Teton Pass, Free. 307-739-5428 n Daily Habits to Improve Your Yoga Practice Workshop 11:00am, Teton Yoga Shala, $30.00 - $35.00. 307690-8364 n Latino Storytelling & Crafts 11:00am, Teton County Library Ordway Auditorium, Free. 307-733-2164 n Experience Live Raptors 2:00pm, Teton Raptor Center, $10.00 - $12.00. 307-203-2551 n SHIFT HAPPY HOUR: Viral or Vital? 5:00pm, The Rose, Free. 307-733-1500 n Senior of the Year 6:00pm, Senior Center of jackson Hole, $8.00. 307-733-7300 n Open Gym - Adult Soccer 6:30pm, Teton Recreation Center. 307-739-9025 n Adventure, Inspired Featuring Yvon Chouinard 7:00pm, Center for the Arts, $15.00. 307-690-1561 n Live Music 7:00pm, The Virginian Saloon, Free. 307-739-9891 n Maddy & The Groove Spots 7:30pm, Silver Dollar Showroom, Free. 307-7323939 n 7th Annual Rocktoberfest 8:00pm, The Stagecoach Bar, $10.00. n Sandee Brooks and Beyond Control 8:00pm, Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, $5.00. 307733-2207 n Wyatt Lowe



Sweet Civility Drama-filled programming... isn’t always the best? BY ANDREW MUNZ @AndrewMunz


here was a time, though many years ago, when my hangovers didn’t hit me so hard. I thought “South Park” was the pinnacle of good television and eating Chef Boyardee was a classy step up from ramen. However, as I get older and venture further and further away from the mistakes and mishaps of my youth, I find myself watching a lot more PBS. I love PBS. “Masterpiece Theater,” “Antiques Roadshow,” you name it. Recently, I just watched a Ringo Starr interview that was quite enthralling. The opening title music of “Downton Abbey,” just some classical piano with strings, still excites me every time I hear it. And yet being 28, watching these white foggy-filtered British TV shows, I worry that my life is passing by too quickly. But, the worry quickly dissolves as I make a cup of tea, snuggle under a blanket and watch another hour-long episode of “The Great British Bake Off.” Two weeks ago, I wrote about being unable to keep up with hot new shows, and for me that’s because I keep watching reruns of the “Bake Off.” The premise is no different than the 100 other cooking competition shows out there — a handful of amateur bakers gather together for a series of challenges that will pick them off, leaving one ultimate winner. The “Bake Off” of course only deals with baked goods. Breads, cakes, tarts, desserts, you name it. Hosted by comedians Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc and judged by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry (yes, those are their names),

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are the affable and polite judges of ‘The Great British Bake Off,’

it’s the most polite, lovely competition show I’ve ever watched. The stark difference between British and American reality shows is on full display in the “Bake Off.” Contestants are never at each other’s throats or throwing one another under the bus. Instead, like proper British folk, they sigh and perhaps pull a frustrated face, and then get back to work. In one particular episode, the bakers were making trifle — a layered desert comprised of soaked ladyfingers, custard and usually a fruit element. However, Deborah accidentally took Howard’s custard from the fridge and used it in her trifle. Howard, distraught by his missing custard, but unaware of Deborah’s bumble, looked downtrodden and moaned, “Oh no.” Deborah then apologized and the judges managed to judge them fairly by testing the custards individually. And that’s about as dramatic as it gets. It’s amazing! I will admit that I am not much of a baker so watching these Brits take a stab at making things I’ve never heard of, like religieuses and île flottantes, and seeing them excel puts me in a certain state of euphoria, not often conjured during binges of “Top Chef” or “Chopped.” I think what sets apart the “Bake Off” is that it’s just so goddamn adorable. The bakers are all exceptionally polite and humble, and Mary Berry’s harshest critiques range from, “Oh dear, that doesn’t work at all, does it?” to, “I am quite partial to the almond, but not to the ginger.” And somehow, SOMEHOW I am absolutely riveted. I guess it just goes to show how good television doesn’t necessarily need to be pumped full of copious amounts of drama just to make it watchable. And while I haven’t yet started voting Republican or contemplating dentures and/or religion, I am quite fond of clicking on a little PBS every once in a while for some good, wholesome programming. God, I’m going to be single forever aren’t I? PJH

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Sunday, 11am at the Teton County Fair Building: CRUSHFEST Dance, taste, and stomp grapes at the 1st Annual CRUSHFEST. Come for the main event, the Grape Foot-Stomping Competition, or explore the fairgrounds and sample beer, wine and spirits, bring the kids to Lucky’s Market’s pumpkin patch for Cocoa & Cider, and purchase produce from our local farmers’ last harvest. 10:00pm, Pink Garter Theatre, Free. 307-733-1500

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n Ski Fitness with Whitney Wright 7:00am, Dancers’ Workshop, $225.00. 307-733-6398 n Boot Camp 7:00am, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n American Indian Guest Artist 8:00am, Colter Bay Visitor Center, Free. 307-739-3594 n Pilates Mat Classes at Dancers’ Workshop 8:30am, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Toddler Gym 8:30am, Teton Recreation Center. 307-739-9025 n Jazzercise 9:00am, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Water Fitness 9:00am, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Zumba at Dancers’ Workshop 9:30am, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Toddler Gym 10:00am, Teton Recreation Center. 307-739-0925 n Cowboy Coaster at Snow King Mountain 12:00pm, Snow King Mountain Sports, $8.00 - $21.00. 307 201 5096 n Dickie Landry In Residence 12:00pm, Center for the Arts, Free. 307-734-8956 n Total Fitness 12:10pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Creative Adventure, Grades K-2nd 3:30pm, Off Square, $200.00. 307-733-3021 n After School Kidzart Club 3:30pm, Borshell Children’s Studio, $135.00 - $165.00. 307733-6379

n Hand + Wheel 4:00pm, Ceramics Studio, $125.00 - $150.00. 307-733-6379 n Voice for Public Speakers and Actors 4:30pm, Off Square Theatre, $225.00. 307-733-3021 n Open Range 4:30pm, Archery Range at the Recreation Center, $8.00 $82.50. 307-739-9025 n Explore Archery 4:45pm, Teton County Parks and Rec Gym, $7.00. 307-739-9025 n Barre Fusion at Dancers’ Workshop 5:30pm, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Injury Prevention and Performance for the Shoulder 5:30pm, Medicine Wheel Wellness, $15.00. 307-699-7480 n Hootenanny at Dornans 6:00pm, Dornans, Free. 307733-2415 n Beginning Painting: Acrylic 6:00pm, Drawing, Painting + Printmaking Studio, $100.00 $120.00. 307-733-6379 n Book Discussion: “Missoula” by Jon Krakauer 6:00pm, Teton County Library Ordway Auditorium B, Free. 307-733-2164 n Evening Yoga 6:00pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Open Level Ballet at Dancers’ Workshop 6:30pm, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Monday Night Football 6:30pm, The Virginian Saloon, Free. 307-739-9891 n Open Gym - Adult Basketball 6:30pm, Teton Recreation Center. 307-739-9025 n The JH Chorale Rehearsals 7:00pm, Music Center in the Center for the Arts, Free. 585872-4934


n American Indian Guest Artist 8:00am, Colter Bay Visitor Center, Free. 307-739-3594 n Wilderness First Aid w/ AHA Heartsaver CPR 9:00am, Center for the Arts, $235.00. 307-733-7425 n China Painting: New Directions 9:30am, Ceramics Studio, $230.00 - $270.00. 307-7336379 n Cowboy Coaster at Snow King Mountain 10:00am, Snow King Mountain Sports, $8.00 - $21.00. 307 201 5096 n NFL Package 11:00am, The Virginian Saloon, Free. 307-739-9891 n Football at The Wort 11:00am, Silver Dollar Showroom, 307-732-3939 n NFL Sunday Football at the Trap 11:00am, The Trap Bar & Grill, Free. 307-353-2300 n CrushFest 2015 11:00am, Teton County Fairgrounds Building, Free. 760500-0873 n Open Gym - Adult Volleyball 4:00pm, Teton Recreation Center. 307-739-9025 n Guest Bartender from Bartender at Large: Erick Castro 5:00pm, The Rose, Free. 307733-1500 n Girls Try Hockey 5:00pm, Snow King Sports and Event Center, Free. n Stagecoach Band 6:00pm, Stagecoach, Free. 307733-4407 n Taize 7:00pm, St. John’s Episcopal

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n Kettlebells 7:00am, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Zumba at Dancers’ Workshop 8:30am, Dancers’ Workshop, Free. 307-733-6398 n Yoga 8:30am, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025n Water Fitness 9:00am, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Ballet Workout at Dancers’ Workshop 9:30am, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Senior Outing to Signal Mountain Lodge 10:00am, Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center, 307-739-9025 n Toddler Time 10:05am, Teton County Library Youth Auditorium, Free. 307-733-2164 x 118 n Toddler Time 10:35am, Teton County Library Youth Auditorium, Free. 307-733-2164 x 118 n Toddler Time 11:05am, Teton County Library Youth Auditorium, Free. 307-733-2164 x 118 n Cowboy Coaster at Snow King Mountain 12:00pm, Snow King Mountain Sports, $8.00 $21.00. 307 201 5096 n Crystal Sound Bowl Experience with Daniela Botur 12:00pm, Intencions, Free. 307-733-9290 n Open Gym - Adult Basketball 12:00pm, Teton Recreation Center. 307-7399025 n MELT at Dancers’ Workshop 12:10pm, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Fall Tours at Astoria Hot Springs 1:00pm, Astoria Hot Springs, Free. 307-739-3942 n bootybarre® at Dancers’ Workshop 1:30pm, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Excel Introduction 3:00pm, Teton County Library Computer Lab, Free. 307-737-2164 n Superheroes! Grades 2nd-3rd 3:30pm, Off Square, $200.00. 307-733-3021 n Color through Culture 3:30pm, Borshell Children’s Studio, $45.00 $55.00. 307-733-6379 n Yoga 4:15pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Disc Golf Doubles 5:30pm, Disc Golf Course, $3.00. 614-506-7275 n Excel Introduction 5:30pm, Teton County Library Computer Lab, Free. 307-733-2164 n Jazzercise 5:30pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Total Fitness 5:30pm, Teton Recreation Center, $8.00 -$82.50. 307-739-9025 n Photography Fundamentals 6:00pm, Center for the Arts, $120.00 - $145.00. 307-733-6379 n Drawing 6:00pm, Drawing, Painting + Printmaking Studio, $100.00 - $120.00. 307-733-6379 n Glass: Borosilicate Flameworking 6:00pm, Multi-Purpose Studio, $100.00 -



Animal Encounters

Wildlife abound on these crisp autumn days, from a delightful little fox to moose and a mother bear with her cub.

ith every excursion this fall, I’ve encountered some sort of wildlife between my front door and the woods. Though woods walking may be mellow, it seems important to consider the various creature meetings that could happen unexpectedly. Take a walk into Grand Teton National Park and you may stumble upon a random sign on the trail that reads, “Bear attack — Are you prepared?” I can understand why visitors may be scared. If I saw a sign planted in the middle of the ocean that read: “Shark attack — Are you prepared?” I would definitely contemplate swimming to the shore. Viewing the park sign got me thinking about what exactly you are supposed to do when running into animals. The circuitous answer is — it depends on what hairy animal that may come your way and even then, it depends on the species.

other humans avoid you at all costs. More effective techniques include talking or singing to make bears aware of human presence. I suppose it would depend on who the singer is, but this tidbit of knowledge may be useful to fellow outdoor enthusiasts. If a bear attacks, you must first decide what kind of bear it is. Grizzlies, known for their hump, dished face and tiny round ears, are likely to simply charge you for territorial purposes to protect their cubs or carcasses they are feeding on. That being said, I do know a stringy old cowboy who got attacked twice in a year by a grizzly. The first time, the attack occurred amongst windy willows and the alleged predator was an old, hungry bear. The fellow played dead after being bit and survived to tell the tale. A few months later, camped under a tarp, the man dreamt a pitchfork was in his butt. In reality a bear was biting his rear end, but lucky for him, his dog scared the creature away. Black bears, known for their long noses and prominent ears, may be smaller but are nothing to mess with. Most of their attacks are predatory, so if a black bear charges you, prepare to fight back vigorously, as they are likely more interested in dinner than a fight. Bear spray has proven to be the most effective way to defend oneself from bears.



What to do when you meet a new furry friend. BY ELIZABETH KOUTRELAKOS


Bears are the most common animals that people fear as they tromp in the woods. Common preventative items include bear bells and bear spray. But beware, no statistical evidence has shown that bear bells are effective at keeping bears away. These cheap ringers may be more effective at making

Moose injure more people per year than bears and should be taken seriously. Bull moose seem to be especially aggressive this time of year as are cows with calves. Oftentimes, they can be found munching on thick willows in areas that the hiker cannot see. By the time you can spot them,

they’re already angry and huffing. If their hair spikes up on the top of their heads and lips are smacking, prepare an exit strategy. Give them space and back away. If they start chasing after you, weave in and out of trees, as they have poor vision and a terrible turning radius. There is nothing that suggests bear spray is effective with moose but I have heard of it being used and wouldn’t hesitate to use it myself.

Mountain lions

Mountain lions kill about one person a year. There is some argument as to whether running from them or freezing up is more effective when considering your chance of survival. The most effective technique for mountain lion attacks has been hitting the lion with a stick. These elusive creatures do not care to be seen, so if one were seen up close and personal, it wouldn’t hurt to prepare to be on the defensive. I’ve covered many of the popular fourlegged beasts in this area, but keep in mind, people have died from beaver, bison and deer attacks. Yes, a beaver bit a fisherman’s femoral artery a couple years ago causing him to bleed out. Although this happened in Lithuania, life can be filled with unexpected events. Common sense and space when encountering animals may just keep the observer a bit safer. It can never hurt to be prepared, but just remember that pet attacks account for about 30 deaths per year in the United States while cows account for about 20. I have never seen a sign warning me of these creatures in the middle of cow pastures or dog parks, but continue to keep statistics in mind in your wild excursions. PJH








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$120.00. 307-733-6379 n Facebook Workshop 6:00pm, Center for the Arts, $40.00. 307-7337425 n L.E.A.D (Latino Employees Achieving Dreams) 6:00pm, Latino Resource Center, 307-734-0333 n Jackson Hole Bird & Nature Club: Bird Uganda! 6:00pm, Teton County Libary Ordway Auditorium B, Free. n Open Gym - Adult Volleyball 6:30pm, Teton Recreation Center. 307-739-9025 n Spanish for Beginners 2 7:00pm, CWC-Jackson, $100.00. n Hip Hop at Dancers’ Workshop 7:00pm, Dancers’ Workshop, $12.00 - $16.00. 307-733-6398 n Adult Oil Painting 7:00pm, The Local Galleria, $25.00 - $80.00. 208-270-0883 n Playwritting 7:00pm, Off Square, $225.00. 307-733-3021 n Bootleg Flyer 7:30pm, Silver Dollar Showroom, Free. 307-7323939 n Open Mic Night 9:00pm, Virginian Saloon, Free. 307-739-9891

CINEMA Origin-al Sins ‘Pan’ provides a backstory to something, but it’s not Peter Pan. BY SCOTT RENSHAW @scottrenshaw


ometimes, to understand the end, you have to know the beginning” goes the early narration in “Pan”— and it’s hard to imagine a 2015 movie that fails so spectacularly at fulfilling its own thesis statement. We’ve become accustomed to movies that attempt some new spin on a familiar pop-culture character, whether it’s the seemingly infinite brand-extensions in Disney’s live-action versions of their animated classics, or relatively sedate tales like “Mr. Holmes.” It’s easy to understand, in the risk-averse world of modern movie-making, that studios would take advantage of opportunities where half the marketing work is already done for them, and there can often be a uniquely fertile creative ground in re-imagining well-known narratives for a different era, or to explore new themes. But there’s a promise implicit in the above quote, as well as in the related tagline (“Every legend has a beginning”) employed in “Pan’s” ad campaign: This movie is going to provide a back-story that evolves logically into the Peter Pan that is known and loved from J.M. Barrie’s book, or from the beloved Walt Disney version. And that does not happen. The screenplay by Jason Fuchs opens with a child being left on an orphanage doorstep in London by his mother (Amanda Seyfried), accompanied by a letter and a necklace with a pan-flute charm. Twelve years later, in the middle of the World War II blitz of London, young Peter (Levi Miller) lives with the other orphans, getting into adventurous shenanigans that vex the greedy, cruel nun who runs the place. Throw in a few musical production numbers about their hard-knock life, and you’d have “Pannie.” Soon, most of the orphans have been kidnapped by the bungee-jumping crew of a flying pirate ship, and spirited away

Hugh Jackman and Levi Miller in ‘Pan.’ to the airborne island of Neverland. Here they are turned into slave laborers for the pirate Blackbeard (a pleasantly campy Hugh Jackman), mining the rare mineral that provides the fairies with their fairy dust, which includes among its powers the ability to bestow eternal youth. It’s here that Peter meets James Hook (Garrett Hedlund, chewing over his dialogue with a ferocity that might convince you he’s faking his actual American accent); the surly, fedora-wearing adult has apparently been working in these mines since childhood, and presumably will eventually lose his hand and turn into Peter’s primary adversary. It’s also here that director Joe Wright (“Anna Karenina”) gets cutesy with trying to turn Neverland into a place out of time, so that the kids can chant the lyrics to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” upon the arrival of the new recruits, and we can learn the new level of chutzpah required to ignore the ironic significance of “Here we are now/ Entertain us.” The rest of the plot is a dense collection of elements—a hidden population of fairies with a near-infinite supply of “pixium”; a group of Neverland natives, including the warrior princess Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara); the mysterious tale of Peter’s mother— intended to build an archetypal hero-quest character arc for Peter as he tries to determine if he is “The One” foretold by prophecy to defeat Blackbeard and the pirates. But the fundamental nature of the hero quest is that it’s a coming-of-age story, which makes literally zero sense when the character we’re

talking about is Peter Pan. The character’s single most defining trait—the one everybody knows—is that he never wants to grow up. Yet somehow, someone thought it was a brilliant idea to suggest that the legend of that mischievous eternal adolescent began with him learning the important life lessons that allowed him to accept his heroic destiny. It’s fair to ask if such a reading ignores what “Pan” delivers as simple fantasy spectacle, and indeed it is occasionally satisfying on that superficial level. Some of the characters die in explosions of pastel powder that make the action sequences resemble a Hindu Festival of Colors; the soaring pirate ship flies past spherical floating oceans inhabited by strange creatures. But the decision to take an energetic kiddie-oriented blockbuster and connect it to the story of Peter Pan was one made by the filmmakers, and you can’t have it both ways: If you’re going to pull viewers in by telling them you’ll explain how a young boy became Peter Pan, you’d better actually give them Peter Pan. We already understood the ending, and whatever beginning it might have, this ain’t it.

PAN BB Levi Miller Hugh Jackman Garrett Hedlund Rated PG

TRY THESE Peter Pan (1953) Bobby Driscoll Hans Conried Not Rated

Hook (1991) Robin Williams Dustin Hoffman Rated PG

Peter Pan (2003) Jeremy Sumpter Jason Isaacs Rated PG

Maleficent (2014) Angelina Jolie Elle Fanning Rated PG

THE FOODIE FILES Farm to Table, Grape to Glass Local farmers, chefs, winemakers bring the farm to our plates. BY ANNIE FENN, MD @jacksonfoodie



Chef Joel Hammond (left), sprinkles beet powder on hay-smoked beets,homemade ricotta, chokecherries and thyme atop a bed of chocolate breadcrumbs; Hammond’s Perfect Yolk and Carrots is a work of art on a plate (top right) and this radish amuse-bouche (bottom right), is a nod to Dan Barber, author of ‘The Third Plate.’ to expand the farm to grow food for the restaurant, the team is on its way to achieving that “third plate” cuisine. “What will you do in the winter?” I had to ask. After all, our winter is long and our growing season is short. They admit that will present a challenge, but not an insurmountable one. They know how to pickle, smoke, cure, can and preserve. “And what about all this talk of farm-to-table being a trend that has already had its day?” I also had to ask. “Nah, it’s not a trend,” Furset said. “It’s just the way we should cook.” Chef René Stein of The Rose doesn’t even like the term “farm-to-table.” He thinks sourcing from local farms should be the norm, not something reserved for special events. “We are surrounded by so many beautiful farms, we should be getting most of our food locally,” he said. Stein believes chefs should strive to create menus based on what is available within a day’s drive. “It’s way harder to work with what the farmers have, but it’s a lot more fun. This is where creativity comes into play.” How local can we go in this high altitude, isolated, mountain town? Stein strives to source 80 percent of the food for his restaurant from local producers. Some call that radical local.

Food and wine events for your radar Want to get your hands — and feet — dirty and help out with the winemaking process? Don’t miss Jackson’s first Crushfest, a beer, wine, spirits and harvest festival put on by Jackson Hole Winery and Lucky’s Market. Team up with a friend to enter the Grape Foot-Stomping Competition, a bracketed contest to see who can crush grapes in a barrel to produce the most juice. That’s from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday at the Teton County Fair Building. If you missed the Generation Farm dinner, keep a look out for another one later in October. By then, it really will be too cold to eat outdoors — the dinner will be held in the Mead Ranch barn. In the meantime, Hammond is leaving the kitchen at Amangani in Jackson to stage at Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and Furset is taking a break from the Rusty Parrot Lodge but will return to Jackson for the next farm-totable pop-up. Craving more farm-to-table events? Book a ticket to the Feast of the Tetons, a very special harvest dinner to benefit our local chapter of Slow Food, Oct. 24. I’ll be hosting this dinner for 40 at my home, but I won’t be cooking. Chef René Stein of The Rose will be donating his time to cook for the event. Visit for tickets. PJH

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ingredients from the farm. The amuse-bouche consisted of three perfect radishes, each balanced atop nails on a wooden plank. The Mixed Farm Greens featured kale compressed to a thin wispy sheet using a vacuum sealer, giving it a surprisingly buttery texture. The perfectly seared beef dish had everyone asking Furset to name the secret ingredient. He called it “the most simple dish ever,” containing only beef, turnips, carrots and rosemary. As Hammond, formerly of Gather, 43 North, and Lost Creek Ranch, puts it: “I like to highlight key flavors and what makes each ingredient perfect.” Both Hammond and Furset are locals who attended elementary school together in Alta. Both attended the Central Wyoming College Culinary Arts program, and have honed their craft by reading books, working in prestigious restaurants throughout the world and intensive self-study. (For more photos of the chefs’ creations, head over to for a full report.) The dinner was not just farm-to-table but it was also grapeto-glass. The winemakers of Jackson Hole Winery —Ian, Linda and Bob Schroth — were just as bleary-eyed as the chefs from long days spent getting the just-arrived grapes into production. (Anthony Schroth, their primary winemaker, was in Sonoma overseeing the harvest.)  The Schroth family produces a small line of exquisite wines in this former dairy just outside of Jackson, the highest altitude winery in America. It being harvest time (albeit a bit early due to the California drought), grapes were arriving daily from Sonoma County and wine was in all stages of production. Once Anthony makes the call that the grapes are ready for harvest, he and his brother Ian load them into a U-haul truck packed on dry ice. They drive nonstop from California to Jackson with their precious cargo, and the grapes go immediately into the destemming machine when they roll into town. Then it’s all hands on deck as friends, neighbors and fans of their wine scramble to get the grapes into bins to ferment. The Schroth brothers will make this trip every few days for weeks as the grapes roll in. I know from experience that the Jackson Hole Winery family throws great parties. Hopefully the Generation Farm dinner will be the first of many. As we strolled around the stunningly beautiful property listening to elk bugling in the distance, Bob gave us a lesson in agitating a bin of fermenting syrah grapes with an enormous paddle, a chore that is done by hand here several times a day. The Hammond/Furset duo dream of opening a farm-to-table restaurant in Jackson featuring all local ingredients mostly sourced from Furney’s Generation Farm in Idaho. With hopes


ello October! It’s harvest season and the best time of year to be a foodie. Farmers markets are winding down, winter is just around the corner, and there is a feeling of urgency to fill the pantry as we hunt, gather and forage. (If you missed the last “Foodie Files,” check out how I’ve been putting up mountains of tomatoes in The Planet archives.) It’s also the last month we’ll be able to gather around a table and enjoy eating outdoors — one of the reasons I was looking forward to the first ever Generation Farm dinner last week at the Jackson Hole Winery. Little did I know I was about to experience a whole new level of farm-to-table dining. Farm-to-table:  a phrase beloved by the sustainable food movement to describe a meal that is locally sourced and produced close to where it came from. Author Wendell Berry was probably the first to coin the term way back in the 1970s. Then Alice Waters started giving farmers credit for their ingredients by naming them on the menu at her Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse. A culinary philosophy was born: Simply prepare the most pristine ingredients sourced as locally as possible. When the farm-to-table movement took off like wildfire in restaurants across America, the enthusiasm for naming the origin of every ingredient in each dish got a little out of hand, with menus so wordy and lengthy they tested diners’ patience. Now, some say farm-to-table eating is just another fad, a fading trend. Chef Dan Barber, author of  “The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food,” says we are doing farm-to-table all wrong. Instead of truly supporting the farmers by consuming the foods they need to grow to maintain healthy soil, like cover crops of barley and millet, we are cherry-picking the most popular ingredients. A farm full of heirloom tomatoes is just not sustainable — for the farmer or the soil. “The Third Plate” Barber refers to is a proposed evolution of cuisine that takes the health of the farm into consideration. The first plate is meat-centric. The second plate is also meat-centric except the cow was grass-fed and the vegetables are organic. On the third plate, the architecture of the meal reflects what is environmentally sound to produce: vegetables move to the center of the plate and meat is used as a garnish. If Barber had been at the Generation Farm dinner, I suspect he would have been impressed. No cherry-picking there. Diners tasted the full range of ingredients the farm had to offer. It was a menu of collaboration between Farmer Matt Furney, Chefs Joel Hammond and Taylor Furset, and the Schroth family winemakers. All proceeds went to the cost of running the farm.  The chefs, bleary-eyed from prepping the nine-course meal between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on three consecutive nights — while holding down their day jobs— donated their time. Furney worked tirelessly for days on end to harvest the food. There were vegetables to pick, trout to catch in the Generation Farm pond, pheasant to hunt up over at Blixt and Co. Farm. Beef was sourced from the Mead Ranch and farmer friends at Cosmic Apple, Lark’s Meadow, and Full Circle Farms filled in the gaps in the produce.  And oh, what a meal it was! Alice Waters would have applauded the simplicity and beauty of each of the nine courses. Unique yet not overly fussy, each dish showcased


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Wine Valentine Be nice to your grapes with these vino storage dos and don’ts. BY TED SCHEFFLER @critic1


still rue the day I opened a prized bottle of French Burgundy I’d been saving for a couple decades. Not too surprisingly, when the bottle was open, I discovered that the wine was closer to Port in flavor and texture than fine Burgundy. I say “not too surprisingly” not because French Burgundy doesn’t age well—it does—but because in my earlier days as a wine consumer, I didn’t really know anything about wine storage. Before I opened the bottle, I recalled that it had sat for a year or so on a metal wine rack in my Manhattan apartment, right next to a hot water pipe in the kitchen. Yikes! You’d think common sense would have told me not to store wine next to a heat source. But, such is the foolishness of youth and the nature of crowded New York studio apartments. So that you don’t make the same expensive mistake, here are some tips about basic wine storage that may be useful.


Wine is a living thing. It develops in the bottle both before and after you purchase it. So how you keep or store your wine affects its development. The more expensive the wine, the better care you’ll want to give it. That might seem obvious. But the reason you want to treat expensive wines with kid gloves (aside from the mere fact that they’re expensive) is that more costly wines are usually intended to age longer than inexpensive wines, which are mostly consumed at a young age. A fairly consistent temperature is the single most important storage factor for wine. That temperature can range from 50 degrees Fahrenheit to about 59 degrees. The key is to avoid sudden fluctuations in temperatures, like leaving your wine in a hot car on a warm summer day and then placing it in the fridge. Slow, gradual temperature changes don’t do much to harm wine, but quick ones do. You’ll notice that in most wine cellars, red wines are kept on the top racks of the cellar, and white wines near the bottom. Heat rises, and so in any given space, the top will usually be warmer than the bottom. White wines and Rosés are served and stored at cooler temperatures than red wines, hence their placement in wine cellars. The top of the refrigerator in the kitchen (a warm room to begin

with) is not an ideal location for wine storage. Light can harm wine in bottles, so you’ll want to store wines in a relatively dark location, certainly away from direct sunlight. You also want to give them stability—they shouldn’t be moved around a lot or subjected to vibration. So, don’t store your wine near a washing machine, and keep bottles off the floor if you live near railroad tracks. Probably the single most common mistake people make when storing wine is storing the bottles standing up. As artificial corks become more and more popular, this may become unimportant. But wines with wood corks need to be stored on their sides, which keeps the cork in contact with the wine. Otherwise, the cork may dry out and begin to shrivel, which ultimately can lead to air seeping into the bottle, causing oxidation and ruining the wine. Be nice to your wines and they’ll be nice to you, whether you live in a Manhattan walk-up or a 12-room Sandy starter castle. PJH


1/16TH COLOR AD Local is a modern American steakhouse and bar located on Jackson’s historic town square. Serving locally raised beef and, regional game, fresh seafood and seasonally inspired food, Local offers the perfect setting for lunch, drinks or dinner.

Lunch 11:30am Monday-Saturday Dinner 5:30pm Nightly

Trio is located just off the town square in downtown Jackson, and is owned & operated by local chefs with a passion for good food. Our menu features contemporary American dishes inspired by classic bistro cuisine. Daily specials feature wild game, fish and meats. Enjoy a glass of wine at the bar in front of the wood-burning oven and watch the chefs perform in the open kitchen.

Dinner Nightly at 5:30pm

HAPPY HOUR Daily 4-6:00pm


45 S. Glenwood Available for private events & catering For reservations please call 734-8038




Featuring dining destinations from buffets and rooms with a view to mom and pop joints, chic cuisine and some of our dining critic’s faves!

ASIAN & CHINESE TETON THAI Serving the world’s most exciting cuisine. Teton Thai offers a splendid array of flavors: sweet, hot, sour, salt and bitter. All balanced and blended perfectly, satisfying the most discriminating palate. Open daily. 7432 Granite Loop Road in Teton Village, (307) 7330022 and in Driggs, (208) 787-8424, tetonthai. com.


Steamed Subs Hot Dogs Soups & Salads

The Deli That’ll Rock Your Belly 307-733-3448 | Open Daily 11am-7pm 180 N. Center St. | 1 block n. of Town Square Next to Home Ranch Parking Lot



Good between 5:30-6pm • Open nightly at 5:30pm

160 N. Millward

CONTINENTAL THE BLUE LION A Jackson Hole favorite for 37 years. Join us in the charming atmosphere of a historic home. Ask a local about our rack of lamb. Serving fresh fish, elk, poultry, steaks, and vegetarian entrées. Live acoustic guitar music most nights. Open nightly at 5:30 p.m. Early Bird Special: 20% off Entire Bill between 5:30-6:00pm. Must mention ad. Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome. 160 N. Millward, (307) 733-3912, bluelionrestaurant. com

CAFE GENEVIEVE Serving inspired home cooked classics in a historic log cabin. Enjoy brunch daily at 8 a.m., dinner nightly at 5 p.m., and happy hour daily 3-5:30 p.m. featuring $5 glasses of wine, $5 specialty drinks, $3 bottled beer. 135 E. Broadway, (307) 732-1910,

Make your reservation online at


Order online at or via our app for iOS or Android.

11am - 9:30pm daily 20 W Broadway 307 - 201 - 1472

FULL STEAM SUBS The deli that’ll rock your belly. Jackson’s newest sub shop serves steamed subs, reubens, gyros, delicious all beef hot dogs, soups and salads. We offer Chicago style hot dogs done just the way they do in the windy city. Open daily11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located just

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Take-out just got easier!

Enjoy all the perks of fine dining, minus the dress code at Eleanor’s, serving rich, saucy dishes in a warm and friendly setting. Eleanor’s is a primo brunch spot on Sunday afternoons. Its bar alone is an attraction, thanks to reasonably priced drinks and a loyal crowd. Come get a belly-full of our two-time gold medal wings. Open at 11 a.m. daily. 832 W. Broadway, (307) 733-7901.



Kazumi is a family-owned and operated restaurant serving unique sushi rolls, fresh sashimi and nigiri, and off-the-charts specialty items. Located near the Town Square, we also feature hot noodle soups and the spiciest rolls in town! Open Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m - 9:30 p.m. 265 West Broadway, 307-7339168,


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a short block north of the Town Square at 180 N. Center Street, (307) 733-3448.




Large Specialty Pizza ADD: Wings (8 pc)

$ 13 99

Medium Pizza (1 topping) Stuffed Cheesy Bread

for an extra $5.99/each

(307) 733-0330 520 S. Hwy. 89 • Jackson, WY

Mangy Moose Restaurant, with locally sourced, seasonally FRESH FOOD at reasonable prices, is a always a FUN PLACE to go with family or friends for a unique dining experience. The personable staff will make you feel RIGHT AT HOME and the funky western decor will keep you entertained throughout your entire visit. Reservations at (307) 733-4913 3295 Village Drive • Teton Village, WY

LOCAL Local, a modern American steakhouse and bar, is located on Jackson’s historic town square. Our menu features both classic and specialty cuts of locally-ranched meats and wild game alongside fresh seafood, shellfish, house-ground burgers, and seasonallyinspired food. We offer an extensive wine list and an abundance of locally-sourced products. Offering a casual and vibrant bar atmosphere with 12 beers on tap as well as a relaxed dining room, Local is the perfect spot to grab a burger for lunch or to have drinks and dinner with friends. Our deck is open! Lunch Daily 11:30am. Dinner Nightly 5:30pm. 55 North Cache, (307) 201-1717,

LOTUS CAFE Serving organic, freshly-made world cuisine while catering to all eating styles. Endless organic and natural meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices. Offering super smoothies, fresh extracted juices, espresso and tea. Full bar and house-infused botanical spirits. Open daily 8am for breakfast lunch and dinner. 145 N. Glenwood St., (307) 734-0882,


FAVORITE PIZZA 2012, 2013 & 2014 •••••••••



PIZZAS, PASTAS & MORE HOUSEMADE BREAD & DESSERTS FRESH, LOCALLY SOURCED OFFERINGS TAKE OUT AVAILABLE Dining room and bar open nightly at 5:00pm (307) 733-2460 • 2560 Moose Wilson Road • Wilson, WY

A Jackson Hole favorite since 1965

$4 Well Drink Specials


SPECIAL Slice, salad & soda


TV Sports Packages and 7 Screens

Under the Pink Garter Theatre (307) 734-PINK •

Mangy Moose Restaurant, with locally sourced, seasonally fresh food at reasonable prices, is a always a fun place to go with family or friends for a unique dining experience. The personable staff will make you feel right at home and the funky western decor will keep you entertained throughout your entire visit. Teton Village, (307) 733-4913,

SNAKE RIVER BREWERY & RESTAURANT America’s most award-winning microbrewery is serving lunch and dinner. Take in the atmosphere while enjoying wood-fired pizzas, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. $9 lunch menu. Happy hour 4 to 6 p.m., including tasty hot wings. The freshest beer in the valley, right from the source! Free WiFi. Open 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 265 S. Millward. (307) 739-2337, snakeriverbrewing. com.


Breakfast Lunch Dinner •••••••

Open daily 8am 145 N. Glenwood • (307) 734-0882 WWW.TETONLOTUSCAFE.COM

Satisfying locals for lunch and dinner for over 36 years with deliciously affordable comfort food. Extensive local and regional beer list. Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. features blackened trout salad, elk melt, wild west chili and vegetarian specialties. Dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m. including potato-crusted trout, 16 ounce ribeye, vegan and wild game. Reservations welcome. (307) 733-3553.

TRIO Owned and operated by Chefs with a passion

for good food, Trio is located right off the Town square in downtown Jackson. Featuring a variety of cuisines in a relaxed atmosphere, Trio is famous for its wood-oven pizzas, specialty cocktails and waffle fries with bleu cheese fondue. Dinner nightly at 5:30 p.m. Reservations. (307) 734-8038 or

ITALIAN CALICO A Jackson Hole favorite since 1965, the Calico continues to be one of the most popular restaurants in the Valley. The Calico offers the right combination of really good food, (much of which is grown in our own gardens in the summer), friendly staff; a reasonably priced menu and a large selection of wine. Our bar scene is eclectic with a welcoming vibe. Open nightly at 5 p.m. 2560 Moose Wilson Rd., (307) 733-2460.

MEXICAN EL ABUELITO Serving authentic Mexican cuisine and appetizers in a unique Mexican atmosphere. Home of the original Jumbo Margarita. Featuring a full bar with a large selection of authentic Mexican beers. Lunch served weekdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nightly dinner specials. Open seven days, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 385 W. Broadway, (307) 733-1207.

PIZZA DOMINO’S PIZZA Hot and delicious delivered to your door. Handtossed, deep dish, crunchy thin, Brooklyn style and artisan pizzas; bread bowl pastas, and oven baked sandwiches; chicken wings, cheesy breads and desserts. Delivery. 520 S. Hwy. 89 in Kmart Plaza, (307) 733-0330.

PINKY G’S The locals favorite! Voted Best Pizza in Jackson Hole 2012, 2013 and 2014. Seek out this hidden gem under the Pink Garter Theatre for NY pizza by the slice, salads, stromboli’s, calzones and many appetizers to choose from. Try the $7 ‘Triple S’ lunch special.Happy hours 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. Sun.- Thu. Text PINK to 71441 for discounts. Delivery and take-out. Open daily 11a.m. to 2 a.m. 50 W. Broadway, (307) 734-PINK.

PIZZERIA CALDERA Jackson Hole’s only dedicated stone-hearth oven pizzeria, serving Napolitana-style pies using the freshest ingredients in traditional and creative combinations. Five local micro-brews on tap, a great selection of red and white wines by the glass and bottle, and one of the best views of the Town Square from our upstairs deck. Daily lunch special includes slice, salad or soup, any two for $8. Happy hour: half off drinks by the glass from 4 - 6 daily. Dine in or carry out. Or order online at PizzeriaCaldera. com, or download our app for iOS or Android. Open from11am - 9:30pm daily at 20 West Broadway. 307-201-1472.

DR. MARK’S MEDICINE CABINET Adrenal Fatigue — Fact or Fiction? The truth behind being ‘sick and tired.’ BY DR. MARK MENOLASCINO


When adrenal glands are fatigued, a host of problems, from weight gain to sleep disturbances, may occur. always the case. As with everything in the body, nothing can be viewed in a vacuum. It is the balance of the symphony that is the key, not just a single value in isolation. The way to think about the adrenals and the analogy I teach patients is that the adrenals act like Jackson Lake or any reservoir with a dam. If the water is flowing too much out of the dam (high cortisol), then eventually the water behind the dam (DHEA) will run low enough that the water will not come out anymore. This feels like fatigue and depression. One of the most important roles of your adrenal is to communicate and support the thyroid response. Cortisol helps to convert inactive T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 thyroid hormone. The thyroid and adrenal are the keys to balance and vitality particularly for women. If you have very little cortisol/DHEA or too much cortisol that magic equation of thermodynamics — calories in equal calories out —will never balance. And guess what? You’ll feel tired yet wired at times, can’t lose weight, have poor sleep and feel inflamed. One client had all of these and I asked her what she thought was wrong. “I guess I am just getting old,” was her response. She is 39. Adrenal fatigue can have three stages. Stage one is a relative over activation of the adrenals and happens during or immediately after stress — either physical or mental. Cortisol is typically elevated during this time while DHEA levels are normal. Stage two is highlighted by what looks like normal circadian cortisol patterns yet overall lower levels, and the DHEA is now depleted. The fatigue starts in, joint pain can be present, menstrual cycles become irregular, the “cortisol roll” around your belly starts, your mood drops and sleep becomes less restorative. If you make it to stage three then you are in real trouble. The reservoir is dry and no water

comes out of the dam, or you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. The bad news is that adrenal fatigue is everywhere and affects all of us at one time or another. We are usually able to bounce back out of the hole yet some never recover. If you lose your job, get divorced, lose a family member (this includes your pet) or have a prolonged illness, (worse is caregiver stress where you remain hyper vigilant every moment), then your cortisol flows too fast for the dam to fill back up and you end up in stage three. And remember, this is not something you can exercise your way out off. Too much physical stress/exercise further depletes you and I tell my clients to, “Put some back in your stress savings account.” When you feel a little better, do 90 percent instead of your usual 120 percent of workouts to build back up your reserve. The good news is that there is a model to assess what stage you are in and how to get you back to your desired state of full energy, optimal body weight, restful sleep and overall balance. The process is not expensive and doesn’t involve medication or 30 vitamins. However, there are many scams out there on the Internet, like with everything health-wise, so use care in your choices. Do your homework, (some doctors don’t like you to go to the internet and learn things but I love it), then discuss with your healthcare practitioner if there is an approach that is acceptable to both of you. Treating adrenal fatigue and helping people recover their lives is very easy and satisfying. Adrenal fatigue is fact, not fiction. Remember, it is the symphony of health you are trying to balance to achieve optimal vitality — the balance of the thyroid, adrenal and hormones all supported by a healthy gut. PJH


re you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Have you been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue? Have brain fog? Had a large amount of stress in your life or an illness/injury and have you never really felt the same since? Crave carbohydrates or salt and get low blood sugar feelings at times? Find yourself waking up at 2 or 3 a.m. wide awake for an hour? These are all signs of a mystery epidemic called adrenal fatigue. When I talk to my fellow internal medicine doctors they all think I am talking of Addison’s disease, the complete autoimmune induced failure of the adrenals. However, that disease is more of an imbalance than a true failure, though it can progress from adrenal fatigue to adrenal failure. The adrenals are walnut-sized glands that sit on each kidney and have two layers. Originally they were called suprarenal glands because of their location. The inner layer, the medulla, secretes epinephrine and norepinephrine and is an extension of the sympathetic nervous system that controls your fight or flight response. The larger outer portion, called the cortex, secretes mainly cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), though it also secretes chemicals to regulate sodium, potassium and water balance. The adrenals follow a circadian pattern for cortisol regulation and too little or too much can both have dire consequences and lead to diseases such as Cushing’s syndrome. However, the system can become dysregulated and the normal pattern gets “confused.” Then the feedback mechanisms become overridden and fail to respond appropriately. Cortisol peaks in the morning to get you out of bed then falls during the day to assist in restorative sleep. The adrenal pattern can have either an altered circadian pattern or be low functioning — both can lead to misery. DHEA is the most abundant hormone in the body and may correlate with the aging process and low levels are found in most illnesses. DHEA has been used to try to measure biological aging rather than chronological age yet this is not

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Complete the grid so that each row, column, diagonal and 3x3 square contain all of the numbers 1 to 9. No math is involved. The grid has numbers, but nothing has to add up to anything else. Solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic. Solving time is typically 10 to 30 minutes, depending on your skill and experience.

L.A.TIMES “BRINGING YOUR ‘A’ GAME” By Pam Amick Klawitter



01 “Ivy Mike” test weapon 06 Bush trip 012 University of Idaho city 018 Group at Asgard 019 Listen to completely 020 Working parents’ aid 021 What echolocation is used for? 023 Spice up 024 Hound 025 Hayworth’s second husband 026 Shrek, notably 028 Unaffiliated: Abbr. 029 Strikes down 031 Bit of theatrical thievery? 036 Dessert table vessel 037 Acted indolently 038 Liberal side? 039 First name in exploring 042 Conn of “Grease” 045 Dismissals in a ’70s-’80s game show 047 __ Rock: Australian attraction 051 Fight at the coffee shop? 054 Flair 056 Go flat? 057 Hosp. titles 058 Ornamental shrub 059 Space travel meas. 060 Bubbly region 061 Speak pompously 063 Lift charge 066 Epic Trojan warrior 068 Barbie and Ken’s servant? 072 Garden feature 075 Banking control 076 Sponsorship 080 It might be gray 081 Change one’s mind about changing 084 “The Wizard of Oz” prop 086 Maniacal leader? 087 Punster 088 Passion

089 Aversion therapy tool? 092 “The Family Circus” creator 094 Passover month 096 Hematology prefix 097 Melissa Joan of “Melissa & Joey” 098 The Snake R. runs through it 0100 Pleasure trip 0102 Oliver Stone’s alma mater 0104 Quick question at the building site? 0108 Catalog giant 0112 Supermarket letters 0113 Bangkok bread 0114 Quakers in the forest? 0116 Anago or unagi 0118 One who puts you to sleep 0121 Cosmetics counter freebie? 0125 Seat of Washington’s Snohomish County 0126 Portuguese wine 0127 Beethoven dedicatee 0128 Fixes, as a seam 0129 Stretchable, in product names 0130 Collaborative 2012 Streisand album

home of the Orlando Magic 017 Darling girl 019 “‘__ is empty / And all the devils are here’”: “The Tempest” 020 Laura of “Jurassic Park” 022 Tortilla chip go-with 027 Role for Sally or Sandra 030 Bit of smoke 032 Lingerie brand 033 Tricky tactic 034 Severus Snape portrayer Rickman 035 Work at 037 Hitchcock survival film 039 Some TV screens 040 Morgan or Wyatt 041 Words often before “then” 043 Way to pack fish 044 Emulate the Piper 046 Breed of dog? 048 End of a threat 049 Poet Dove 050 Jaime’s half-dozen 052 Cornerstone abbr. 053 One-named children’s singer 055 Shrunken sea 059 Most suspicious 060 “As I Lay Dying” father DOWN 062 Iris holder 01 “Cactus Flower” Oscar 064 Hawks, on NBA winner scoreboards 02 “The View” alum Joy 065 Butler of literature 03 Missouri tributary 067 Lift up 04 Part of a GI’s URL 069 Throw a fight, say 05 Craft __ 070 Where, in Juárez 06 Arctic barkers 071 “__ Majesty’s 07 River to the Rhein Secret Service” 08 California city nickname 072 Stare 09 Chicago’s __ Center 073 India born in 010 Word after scatter or throw Denver 011 “Come on in” 074 Sweater letter 012 Horsemanship school 077 “__ grip!” 013 Olive desired by Bluto 078 Inventor Sikorsky 014 School subj. 079 Laundry room step 015 Nitpick 082 Beach shade 016 Cutesy nickname for a former 083 Seder prophet

085 Penitent 088 Puzzle pieces in Penzance? 089 Display, in a way 090 Pharaoh’s cross 091 Big belt 093 It means nothing at all 095 “No argument here” 099 Turns up at home? 0101 Troop encampments 0103 Agreed with 0104 Older partner, hopefully 0105 Tequila source 0106 Where to see x’s in boxes 0107 Blog, at times 0108 Predecessor of Gerald 0109 Elizabeth of “La Bamba” 0110 Goosebump-inducing 0111 “ ... to say the __” 0115 Hot rod 0117 Strong alkalis 0119 Hip-hop Dr. 0120 Persian plaint 0122 Kubrick’s out-of-control computer 0123 “Ghost” psychic __ Mae Brown 0124 Like mice and men: Abbr.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) If I warned you not to trust anyone, I hope you would reject my simplistic fear-mongering. If I suggested that you trust everyone unconditionally, I hope you would dismiss my delusional naiveté. But it’s important to acknowledge that the smart approach is far more difficult than those two extremes. You’ve got to evaluate each person and even each situation on a case-by-case basis. There may be unpredictable folks who are trustworthy some of the time, but not always. Can you be both affably open-hearted and slyly discerning? It’s especially important that you do so in the next 16 days. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) As I meditated on your astrological aspects, I had an intuition that I should go to a gem fair I’d heard about. It was at an event center near my home. When I arrived, I was dazzled to find a vast spread of minerals, fossils, gemstones, and beads. Within a few minutes, two stones had commanded my attention, as if they’d reached out to me telepathically: chrysoprase, a green gemstone, and petrified wood, a mineralized fossil streaked with earth tones. The explanatory note next to the chrysoprase said that if you keep this gem close to you, it “helps make conscious what has been unconscious.” Ownership of the petrified wood was described as conferring “the power to remove obstacles.” I knew these were the exact oracles you needed. I bought both stones, took them home, and put them on an altar dedicated to your success in the coming weeks. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) George R. R. Martin has written a series of fantasy novels collectively called *A Song of Ice and Fire.* They have sold 60 million copies and been adapted for the TV series *Game of Thrones.* Martin says the inspiration for his master work originated with the pet turtles he owned as a kid. The creatures lived in a toy castle in his bedroom, and he pretended they were knights and kings and other royal characters. “I made up stories about how they killed each other and betrayed each other and fought for the kingdom,” he has testified. I think the next seven months will be a perfect time for you to make a comparable leap, Gemini. What’s your version of Martin’s turtles? And what valuable asset can you turn it into? CANCER (June 21-July 22) The editors of the Urban Dictionary provide a unique definition of the word “outside.” They say it’s a vast, uncomfortable place that surrounds your home. It has no ceiling or walls or carpets, and contains annoying insects and random loud noises. There’s a big yellow ball in the sky that’s always moving around and changing the temperature in inconvenient ways. Even worse, the “outside” is filled with strange people that are constantly doing deranged and confusing things. Does this description match your current sense of what “outside” means, Cancerian? If so, that’s OK. For now, enjoy the hell out of being inside. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) We all go through phases when we are tempted to believe in the factuality of every hostile, judgmental, and random thought that our monkey mind generates. I am not predicting that this is such a time for you. But I do want to ask you to be extra skeptical toward your monkey mind’s fabrications. Right now it’s especially important that you think as coolly and objectively as possible. You can’t afford to be duped by anyone’s crazy talk, including your own. Be extra vigilant in your quest for the raw truth. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Do you know about the ancient Greek general Pyrrhus? At the Battle of Asculum in 279 BCE, his army technically defeated Roman forces, but his casualties were so substantial that he ultimately lost the war. You can and you must avoid a comparable scenario. Fighting for your cause is good only if it doesn’t wreak turmoil and bewilderment. If you want to avoid an outcome in which both sides lose, you’ve got to engineer a result in which both sides win. Be a cagey compromiser.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) If I could give you a birthday present, it would be a map to your future treasure. Do you know which treasure I’m referring to? Think about it as you fall asleep on the next eight nights. I’m sorry I can’t simply provide you with the instructions you’d need to locate it. The cosmic powers tell me you have not yet earned that right. The second-best gift I can offer, then, will be clues about how to earn it. Clue #1. Meditate on the differences between what your ego wants and what your soul needs. #2. Ask yourself, “What is the most unripe part of me?”, and then devise a plan to ripen it. #3. Invite your deep mind to give you insights you haven’t been brave enough to work with until now. $4. Take one medium-sized bold action every day. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Galway Kinnell’s poem “Middle of the Way” is about his solo trek through the snow on Oregon’s Mount Gauldy. As he wanders in the wilderness, he remembers an important truth about himself: “I love the day, the sun . . . But I know [that] half my life belongs to the wild darkness.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, Scorpio, now is a good time for you, too, to refresh your awe and reverence for the wild darkness—and to recall that half your life belongs to it. Doing so will bring you another experience Kinnell describes: “an inexplicable sense of joy, as if some happy news had been transmitted to me directly, by-passing the brain.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The last time I walked into a McDonald’s and ordered a meal was 1984. Nothing that the restaurant chain serves up is appealing to my taste or morality. I do admire its adaptability, however. In cow-loving India, McDonald’s only serves vegetarian fare that includes deep-fried cheese and potato patties. In Israel, kosher McFalafels are available. Mexicans order their McMuffins with refried beans and *pico de gallo.* At a McDonald’s in Singapore, you can order McRice burgers. This is the type of approach I advise for you right now, Sagittarius. Adjust your offerings for your audience. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You have been flirting with your “alone at the top” reveries. I won’t be surprised if one night you have a dream of riding on a Ferris wheel that malfunctions, leaving you stranded at the highest point. What’s going on? Here’s what I suspect: In one sense you are zesty and farseeing. Your competence and confidence are waxing. At the same time, you may be out of touch with what’s going on at ground level. Your connection to the depths is not as intimate as your relationship with the heights. The moral of the story might be to get in closer contact with your roots. Or be more attentive to your support system. Or buy new shoes and underwear. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) I haven’t planted a garden for years. My workload is too intense to devote enough time to that pleasure. So eight weeks ago I was surprised when a renegade sunflower began blooming in the dirt next to my porch. How did the seed get there? Via the wind? A passing bird that dropped a potential meal? The gorgeous interloper eventually grew to a height of four feet and produced a boisterous yellow flower head. Every day I muttered a prayer of thanks for its guerrilla blessing. I predict a comparable phenomenon for you in the coming days, Aquarius. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) The coming days will be a favorable time to dig up what has been buried. You can, if you choose, discover hidden agendas, expose deceptions, see beneath the masks, and dissolve delusions. But it’s my duty to ask you this: Is that really something you want to do? It would be fun and sexy to liberate so much trapped emotion and suppressed energy, but it could also stir up a mind-bending ruckus that propels you on a healing quest. I hope you decide to go for the gusto, but I’ll understand if you prefer to play it safe.

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Enlightened Entertainment Enjoy some mindexpanding movies tonight.


eople often ask me to suggest movies with thought-provoking, mind-expanding themes along the lines of what I share in my “Cosmic Café” columns. Movie time beckons as the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are cooler. Get cozy, make a bowl of organic, non-GMO popcorn and enjoy these films to expand your awareness of what’s possible and how we can evolve.

DOCUMENTARIES “What the Bleep Do We Know?” (2004) This film takes you into the world of the latest scientific discoveries about the power of human consciousness. We are shown the interconnectedness of all life with ample demonstrations from renowned scientists proving everything in creation is alive and interconnected, and reality is changed by our every thought.

“The Shift” (2014) The film reveals more of what’s going on here and in the cosmos. It’s based on breakthroughs in how we experience reality, access our true potential, and the future of humanity if we actively co-create a new paradigm.

“I Am” (2011) Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a small crew to film his adventures, Tom Shadyac (previously known for being the comedic force behind many Hollywood films) sets out on a 21st century quest for enlightenment.

TRUE STORIES “Peaceful Warrior” (2006) Starring Nick Nolte this film is based on the book “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman, which is loosely based on events in the author’s life. This is the journey of an athlete who shifts from the need to win to the need to wake up.

“Fire in the Sky” (1993) This is based on the true story of Travis Walton’s life-changing alien abduction experience. Robert Lieberman directs.

“Conversations With God” (2006) Witness the true story of spiritual teacher and best-selling author Neale

Donald Walsche, who began life homeless. Stephen Simon directs.

“Indigo” (2005) A film about the new generation children with highly advanced spiritual gifts.

“Kundun” (1997) Directed by Martin Scorsese, this movie is about how, as a child, the new Dali Lama is chosen based on memory of his past incarnations. It also shows his subsequent training and life challenges of Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama.

FEATURES “Powder” (1995) This is not a ski movie! A young boy with unique extrasensory powers shakes up and wakes up the rural community he lives in.

“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) Directed by Stanley Kubrik, this movie is about the discovery of an alien artifact on the moon and the mixed blessings of artificial intelligence. This is one of those science fiction films that is increasingly feeling more like reality.

“Defending Your Life” (1991) This film starring Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks focuses on an afterlife court that requires people to review their recent lives for acts of courage. The quality of one’s recently lived life determines each person’s next experience.

“Frequency” (2000) An accidental radio frequency anomaly creates a time travel portal connecting a father and son across 30 years as they try to change their destiny.

“Five People You Meet in Heaven” (2004) This TV Movie based on Mitch Albom’s book of the same name centers on the main character who encounters five people from his physical existence in the afterlife who help him understand the meaning of his life.

“Cloud Atlas” (2012) The story of how souls reincarnate and then cross paths lifetime after lifetime, this film stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Though a bit too violent for my taste, the movie’s concept is accurate.

“The Celestine Prophecy” (2006) This movie is an adaptation of James Redfield’s novel. It’s about a young man’s journey of spiritual awakening as events compel him to travel to Peru where he discovers and reveals ancient, lost teachings. PJH

Carol Mann is a longtime Jackson resident, radio personality, former Grand Targhee Resort owner, author, and clairvoyant. Got a Cosmic Question? Email



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