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it is illegal to park overnight on Jackson streets, including public parking lots, regardless of weather (rain, snow or shine). Crews begin plowing at 3am. Parked cars on town streets make the job of keeping roads clear of snow more difficult. Consequently, cars left on town streets between 3am & 7am will be ticketed and may be towed by Jackson police. To retrieve your car, contact Ron’s Towing at 733-8697, 1190 S. Hwy 89. Overnight parking for 48 hours or less is allowed in the public parking structure at W. Simpson Ave. and S. Millward St. but not on other town parking lots.

SHOVELING REQUIREMENTS Additionally, we would like to remind people: Town residents are responsible for keeping sidewalks shoveled. • The TOJ assists with snow removal in the downtown core and along Broadway. • Residents should not put their garbage cans out the night before, but rather after 7:00am on garbage days. • Please keep trash cans, cars, and other obstacles out of the streets and off of the curbs. This saves your property and makes the streets more clear of drifts and snow. • Residents are also encouraged to help keep fire hydrants clear of snow.



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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG, BAD WOLF? As management of the iconic predator transfers back to Wyoming, will the public conflict that surrounds it actually help promote a sustained recovery?

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It was a dark and stormy night, 18 years ago…on February 14th, 2000. During the evening hours of Valentine’s Day that year a powerful storm system moved over eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. It began with rain and hail, changing to snow, strong gusty winds over 60 mph. Jackson also had a rare February thunderstorm. Tornadoes near Idaho Falls snapped power poles taking down our electricity in Jackson, forcing everyone to have a candlelit dinner.

Average low temperatures this third week in February are up to 9-degrees. The record low temperature this week is minus 44-degrees, which occurred back on February 18th, 1942. This is the latest in the winter season that the Town of Jackson has seen a forty below zero temperature reading. That was an extremely cold February, all month long, with 17 days with below zero low temperatures, and an average low temp for the whole month of 7-degrees below zero.


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The average high temperature this week is just above the freezing mark, at 33-degrees. The record high temperature this week is a balmier 55-degrees. That temp has been reached twice during this third week of February: once back on February 17th, 1994, and once before that, on February 19th, 1981. Contrast that high temperature on February 19th, 1981 with the high temp on the same date in 1942 of 8-degrees below zero, the same day that had the low temp of 44 below zero.




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Big Kid Marijuana Gabby had purchased weed called “Girl Scout Cookies” (still think the Big Marijuana industry does not market to youth?) and experienced an increasing level of paranoia, which would suggest she was driving under the influence. Her impaired judgement in speeding was likely the result of her being high. As the nation’s cannabis laws become more rational, Nice. Glad she did Wyoming is bucking the trend. not kill someone, including herself. This article claims that the pot PLUS: REPEALS ON PUBLIC LAND PROTECTIONS + BANFF FILM PREVIEW industry brings + PICNIC’S BISCUITS (and yet another report on housing) economic benefits, On the “Fear the Reefer” which is simply not true. The social cost of marijuana in states that have legalfeature from the Feb. 7 ized the drug include: issue of PJH 1. Rising rates of pot use by minors which, with today’s high potency “crack Recreational Wyo weed” we have no idea of what kind of Excellant article. You take a chance health risks they are exposing themliving in Wyoming, if you are a recre- selves to. ational user...or an unfortunate patient 2. Increasing arrest rates of minors, suffering from medical issues that especially black and Hispanic children would like to have a marijuana medical 3. Higher rates of traffic deaths from card. As long as Enzi, Barrasso, Cheney, driving while high Mead, and other members of the Red 4. More marijuana-related poisonRepublican state are in office, there will ings and hospitalizations never be an opportunity for any kind of 5. A persistent black market that legal marijuana use in our state. involves increased drug cartel activity -Kevin J Pusey Jr, SUNY Sullivan

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6. Disruption of the education system -- kids showing up with lip balms, candies, energy drinks laced with pot, leading to poor academic performance, disruptions in the classrom, and increased rate of dropping out. This article is an indication that Wyoming continues to be targeted to be exploited by the Big Marijuana industry. Time to wake up before it is too late. - Peter Droege, St. John’s Seminary in California

Get Out If you want Marijuana The legal then move to Colorado. -Randy Harms via Facebook

Religious Ideology Blame the extreme religious influence in the Wyoming state legislature. The reefer madness ideology is a jobs machine for the doe-eyed LDS deputies that Wyoming keeps courting and cranking out. Keep packing those sheriff offices and judge seats with LDS faithful and you’ll never see this reefer madness ease up. Jana Early via Facebook

Rights Violation They just don’t get it. These people don’t own us and have no right to violate our civil rights to choose what we put in our bodies. Its time the people of Wyoming step up and fight back against unjust laws.We need a lawyer to sue the state of Wyoming. Any takers? - Marie MJ Jaramillo Peterson via Facebook



This winter’s snowpack consists of variable layers. Hard crusts, faceted grains and rounded grains make up the pack, and below 7,500 feet an icy, melt-freeze crust can be found. At mid and upper elevations a dense, supportable surface has been softened by light density snow, but watch out — February’s sun can quickly change the cold, snow surface. Deeper in the snowpack there are weak layers of faceted and crystal snow grains, which are the cause of this season’s plague: the deep persistent slab problem. This problem is a lurker and just when you think it is dormant, it could return. The deep slab can be triggered when there is a rapid change in variables — like temperature, precipitation and wind — or when a thin part of the slab is weighted.  Last week, a significant natural avalanche cycle

occurred resulting in crowns depths 1 to 15 feet in depth. These avalanches were a result of the persistent, weak layers failing under the new stress. The added load of 3 inches of snow water in six days was the breaking point for many slopes, although some large slide occurred several days after the snowfall. These slopes were triggered by winds reloading the new snow. In some areas, the three chief lemons still exist within our snowpack. There are persistent weak grains, there is a hardness change greater than one step, and in some places the weak layers which formed in January are a meter or less in depth. The chance of triggering these weak layers has lessened, but it still exists. And remember these avalanche conditions are variable and tricky to predict.

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This is cultural appropriation of native Americans. White people wiped out masses of indigenous people and are now being portrayed as “strong, active and in control” while wearing the clothing of their victims. I’m also tired of seeing white people dressed as “Indians” in the western days parade every summer. WHERE ARE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES NOW. Shame on you, Planet Jackson. - Melanie Schuerch via Instagram SEND COMMENTS TO EDITOR@PLANETJH.COM


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broadcasting them are telling Congress (including lawmakers raised on the above) that Americans shouldn’t shell out a penny of their hard-earned tax dollars to support “leftist” entities like PBS and NPR, the National Endowments for the Humanities and Arts. Instead, citizens should, by act of faith, be pouring billions and trillions more into bolstering military defense—an area of government that largely escapes serious scrutiny of wasteful spending, cost overruns, lack of fiscal accountability, equipment that doesn’t always work, stealth bombers that military experts say aren’t needed, and billions unaccounted for in the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. Of course, if you’re listening to media in the rural West, you know that scrutinizing such stuff doesn’t matter because the “liberal media” is part of a conspiracy to destroy America. That’s why we also need to spend billions on a wall, not only along the US-Mexico border to keep unwanteds out, but we must continue constructing walls between ourselves. The enemy isn’t coming; it’s already here. For proof, all you need to do is listen to all those liberal media radio channels blaring from the dashboard of the pick-up. Oh, you can’t find it? Strange. It’s there somewhere, and if you can’t see it that’s because the liberals are succeeding in their Agenda 21 plot to make the dials invisible. PJH

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is also referred to as Single’s Awareness Day? Did you know you could adopt your own Valentine this year? Are you looking for a mellow, quiet, easy-going cat to join your family? Well I am your girl, Penny Lane and I am a 5 year old, female, Domestic Short Hair! I have been here at the AAC since October after being found as a stray in Driggs and never claimed. I am a little shy and reserved but love to nap in the sunshine in my free time. I have been searching for the love of my life for a while now and am ready to settle! To meet Penny Lane and learn how to adopt her, contact Animal Adoption Center at 739-1881 or stop by 270 E BroadwayCanyon Dr

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stops and decimating our big game herds. And there’s this: Agenda 21, Free Masons, Jews, the Rockefellers, Tri-Lateral Commission, George Soros, UN and all non-white males scheming clandestinely to create a “One-World Government.” Soon, if we aren’t careful and vigilant, we’re told, they will succeed in fomenting a take-over of local county planning and zoning and steal our private property rights. They want to put chips in our brains to control our thoughts and establish Sharia law, empowering health-care death panels that will determine how we live and die and oh, by the way, black helicopters were recently spotted dumping more wolves into Yellowstone because the secret unspoken desire of radical environmentalists is to destroy our elk. You could/can motor for hours on end and not escape such banter, like an endless theatrical performance of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds. If you are so inclined to believe it, advertisers are happily ready to sell you everything you need: gold for hoarding, freeze-dried food packaged in five-gallon buckets to stow in the bunkers and lots of guns because, right now, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and jack-booted thugs working for the federal govenrment are coming for our 12-gauges and 30.06s. That’s why it’s wise to be ready with semi-automatics and bump stocks. Over and over again such warnings are repeated daily on rural radio, like incantations recited by a cult, unchallenged by anything remotely representing reality. Is it any mystery why the gospel of alternative facts is embedded so deeply in the psyche of rural Westerners? Now the Trump Administration, along with its allied commentators and stations


y the nature of what I am fortunate to do, moving peripatetically as an old school dinosaur journalist from story to story, I spend a lot of time traversing Wyoming, Montana and other rural corners of the West. When my family takes vacations, we prefer road trips over flying and two-lane highways over interstates; dirt county roads and small towns are even better. We enjoy eating pie in local mom and pop greasy spoons rather than at fast food franchises. More recently, we’ve savored podcasts delivered to us via cellphone and satellite radio. But for a long time passage through the Western hinters insured something else. You see and hear a lot of things out on the open road. Second only to Sasquatch, one of the most elusive rural beasts stalking the big open is the mythical “liberal media.” Oh, sure, it is purported to lurk but, save for coming within range of public radio, seldom is heard a discouraging word challenging the constant thrum of commentary heard in the voices of Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Savage, Ingram and others. Over and over again, their interpretation of reality is jack-hammered into the skull, feeding into the whirlpool of a constant feedback loop of “information” that, were it ever actually subjected to serious rebuttal, would ever hold up. Climate change = hoax invented by the Chinese. Obama = born in Kenya and involved with conspiracy to overthrow capitalism. Democrats = godless because their Jesus is different from ours. Women advocating for equal standing in the workplace = femi-Nazis. Wolves = wiping out ranchers, threatening children at bus




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Adios, Ed Murray Wyoming’s Secretary of State caps off his week with sex assault accusations and a resignation BY FW BROSCHART |


yoming’s Secretary of State, Ed Murray, capped off his agency’s week with a Friday afternoon press release. Earlier in the week, the agency had announced it was celebrating the 125th anniversary of Wyoming’s Great Seal, and that the Secretary agreed with the decision to halt President Trump’s election commission — which after a year had been unable to determine who Trump could blame for his not having won the popular vote in November 2016. Not to be completely pedestrian, Friday afternoon’s news carried a bit more gravitas; Murray was resigning as Secretary of State following two sexual assault accusations leveled against him in December and January. Wyoming, it seems, is not immune from the #metoo movement, which has torn across the media, business and political landscape of the nation, finally landing with a muted thud here in the Equality State. Murray, a Republican who won the office in 2014 — and who was seen by many in the state as a potential candidate to take over for Governor Matt Mead who will leave office due to term limits in 2019 — said his decision came at the end of “After deep and profound contemplation,” and that the decision came so that Murray could, “fully focus on what is most important in my life: my marriage, my family and my health.” “I’ve come to the realization that I am unable to focus entirely on serving the good people of Wyoming while simultaneously needing to process all the fallout from these allegations,” Murray said in the release. Murray’s problems began back in December when Tatiana Maxwell posted an allegation accusing Murray of sexual assault in 1982, when Maxwell was an

18-year-old intern working at a law office in Cheyenne. Murray, Maxwell said, was a young attorney a few years older than she who had just recently graduated law school. According to the allegation, posted on Facebook, Murray purchased Domino’s pizza and beer and the couple sat in a receptionist’s area in the law office when Murray made sexual advances toward the 18-year-old woman. She resisted, she said in her post, saying she struggled and “wouldn’t let him unbutton my pants kept it from going further.” Maxwell then alleged in her post that Murray, “…wrestled me down to the carpet in front of the receptionist desk, opened his pants, lifted up my blouse and ejaculated on my stomach.” After cleaning herself up with a box of tissues from a receptionist’s desk, Maxwell said in her post that Murray apologized for “getting so excited,” but stated Maxwell was, “…just too attractive to resist.” Murray quickly denied Maxwell’s allegations on December 14, with a press statement sent to some Wyoming media outlets. According to a copy of the entire statement released by television station KGWN, Murray said he was “shocked and appalled” at Maxwell’s allegation, that he denied it and that the allegation was, “deeply hurtful to me and my family.” Murray went on to say he did not know why Maxwell would have made such an accusation, but that in the context of the #metoo movement, he wanted to acknowledge the importance of the conversation about sexual assault and harassment, and to reiterate his commitment to be an “ally for women.” Maxwell, a real estate developer in Boulder, Colorado, is a supporter of the Democratic Party, having donated


sizable sums to Democrats in Colorado and nationally, according to reporting by the Casper Star-Tribune. That paper also quoted Maxwell as saying, “It supersedes politics. It’s about human behavior. It’s about right and wrong, and it’s about standing up for women.” For Murray, though, things soon went from bad to worse when in January, a second woman came forth with allegations that Murray had forcibly kissed her when she was 18-years-old and working as a babysitter for Murray’s family. That woman, Theresa Sullivan Twiford, is the daughter of former Governor Mike Sullivan. According to Twiford’s narrative told to the Casper Star-Tribune, she was home in Cheyenne on break from the University of Wyoming when she agreed to babysit for the Murrays on New Year’s Eve. Once Murray returned home with his wife, he kissed Twiford against her will, allegedly saying, “‘Everyone should have a kiss on New Year’s Eve.” Murray again was quick to issue a statement saying he did not remember the incident in question. At that time, Murray also said he would not be seeking the office of governor — a position for which he was considered a potential frontrunner by many in the state — nor would he run for reelection as Secretary of State. By last week, however, Murray’s decision to not run for governor or run again for Secretary of State had morphed into the more sober decision to resign his office and — at least for the time being — leave public life. The announcement, like many of the type, was made on Friday, long a trick employed in hopes that news is “lost” or fails to take hold during busy weekends. The release came on the heels of announcements by Republican

State Senator Leland Christensen and Democrat State Representative Jim Byrd of Cheyenne announced their intentions to run for the office. In the release, Murray says his family is “devastated,” and that the two allegations have made it too hard for him to focus on the task of being Secretary of State. Murray said he was not asked to resign. “The truth is no one asked me to resign,” the release read. “The truth is that I loved public service. “The truth is that my family and I have been devastated as we encountered two allegations in December and January.” Murray closed out the statement by referencing his previous statement denying the two allegations against him, before going into a litany of his accomplishments as Wyoming Secretary of State, including easing the process for filing for business licenses and an effort to encourage youths to vote. Maxwell in her original statement accusing Murray had some closing thoughts of her own. She decided to go public with her allegation after 35 years after seeing Murray at two functions over the years where he told her he had been unable to control himself around her that day in the law office in Cheyenne. Maxwell also said she had tried to talk with Murray about clearing the air about the issue prior to going public, but that Murray had never responded. “One of the hallmarks of so many of the harassment allegations against the men who harass is that it is rarely a single incident,” Maxwell wrote in her statement. “I have certainly heard other rumors regarding Eddie. If there are other women who have stories, I hope this helps them feel less alone. “Enough is enough.” PJH


Statewide, there are numerous green energy projects in the works in Wyoming, especially wind farms.

Zombie Taxes Wind power, other forms of green energy once again the focus of Wyoming tax proposals in an additional $1 billion. Despite the fact that the legislature has voted against raising the wind tax several times in the past, the proposal seems to be reborn every year during the legislative session. Wyoming, with its famous and well-loved lack of a personal income tax, it’s nearly non-existent property taxes and relatively low sales taxes relied heavily on mineral royalties to fund state government. As those mineral royalties have evaporated due to rapidly shrinking demand for coal and cyclical factors in the oil and gas businesses, the state has had to look elsewhere for tax revenues. With the idea of a personal income tax being highly unpalatable, legislators have looked time and again to the state’s nascent renewable energy sector as a source of funds. Despite doubling the existing wind energy tax — and creating a similar tax on energy derived from solar — the bill does introduce a bit of a carrot for some: any renewable energy equipment manufactured and installed in the state, such as wind turbines or solar panels, could be written off, helping to negate the additional tax. However, at this point there is no large-scale manufacturing of wind turbines or solar electricity panels in the state, meaning potential project developers are still likely looking at a possible increase in their tax burdens should

the proposed tax increases pass. ENDOW — The Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming — Governor Matt Mead’s Executive Council tasked with developing a roadmap for diversifying economic and business activity in the state to help overcome Wyoming’s dependence on the highly cyclical gas and oil business, has not yet proposed significant development of in-state green energy manufacturing. In ENDOW’s first report, released December 31, wind energy is mentioned twice but not as one of the group’s key recommendations for economic diversification. Solar energy development or manufacture of solar power equipment is not mentioned at all in the document. Several other proposals that will come up for vote during the 2018 legislative session also deal with renewable energy. One such proposal would act to prevent consumers’ power rates from going up when or if Wyoming utilities begin purchasing power from utility-scale renewable power generators. The bill would prevent utilities from being forced to purchase renewable energy if they can produce the power more cheaply on their own with existing technologies. The 2018 legislative session began Monday in Cheyenne and will begin debating and voting on proposed legislation. PJH

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is underway to develop an interstate transmission line to move energy produced in Wyoming to a terminal near Las Vegas, where it will be distributed to California and other power-hungry southwestern states with a hearty appetite for renewable energy. Not far away from the Chokecherry/ Sierra Madre site, another large wind farm near the towns of Hanna — the site of a now-defunct coal mine that used to employ hundreds of workers — and Medicine Bow is planned by Viridis Eolia, an international conglomerate. That project would bring online another 1,800 megawatt hours of renewable energy. Many companies are bullish on the future of renewable energy being produced in Wyoming, and the investments in the state are huge. According to some estimates, the state of Wyoming and counties could stand to reap nearly $1 billion in form of the existing $1 per megawatt hour wind energy tax, property tax and sales and use tax over the expected 20-year service life of the Chokecherry/Sierra Madre project alone. But increased taxes could make companies more reluctant to start new renewable energy projects in the state. According to Power Company of Wyoming, a proposal to raise wind energy generation taxes last year to $5 per megawatt hour would have resulted



nother perennial tax proposal in Wyoming, taxation of wind power and other forms of green energy has reared its head again for the 2018 legislative session in Cheyenne, which began Monday. Like Eurydice, the daughter of Apollo who drove the Sun Chariot across the sky in Ancient Greek Myth, the legislature’s proposed tax on wind — and now maybe solar energy — keeps coming back from the dead. This year’s rendering of the bill, House Bill 118, was proposed by State Representative Thomas Crank, a Republican representing district 18 and the town of Kemmerer in Lincoln County. The tax, as proposed, would hit green energy produced in the Cowboy State with a $2 per megawatt hour tax, doubling the current tax from $1 per megawatt hour. Statewide, there are numerous green energy projects in the works in Wyoming, especially wind farms looking to capitalize on one of Wyoming’s more plentiful weather phenomenon. In Carbon County, the Chokecherry/ Sierra Madre windfarm which is under construction South of Rawlins is billed by developers as one of the largest wind farm in the U.S., with a planned generation capacity of 3,000 megawatt hours and 1,000 windmills. Next to the Chokecherry/Sierra Madre Wind farm, another large project







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Police in Logansport, Indiana, finally caught up with the thief who had been targeting churches in the area since Jan. 16: Christian J. Alter, 22, of Kewanna, was charged with breaking into five houses of worship and stealing cash, according to the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. Alter was apprehended Jan. 23 just moments before the fifth burglary, at Rehoboth Christian Church, was discovered by police. He was being held in the Cass County Jail. [Pharos-Tribune, 1/24/2018]

The Continuing Crisis

Birds nesting near natural gas compressors have been found to suffer symptoms similar to PTSD in humans, according to researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and noise pollution has been named the culprit. The Washington Post reported the team studied birds in the Rattlesnake Canyon Habitat Management Area in New Mexico, which is uninhabited by humans but does contain natural gas wells and compression stations that constantly emit a low-frequency hum. The steady noise was linked to abnormal levels of stress hormones, and the usually hardy western bluebirds in the area were found to be smaller and displayed bedraggled feathers. “The body is just starting to break down,” explained stress physiologist Christopher Lowry. [The Washington Post, 1/9/2018]

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Vincente Rodrigues-Ortiz, 22, was arrested on Jan. 24 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the assault and murder of Andre Hawkins, 17, the day before. But when RodriguesOrtiz appeared in court on Jan. 25 for arraignment, he questioned the judge about his “other murder case.” WWMT TV reported that his query led prosecutors to interview and then swiftly charge him with the March 2017 homicide of Laurie Kay Lundeburg, and RodriguesOrtiz now awaits arraignment in that case as well. [WWMT TV, 1/25/2018]

Brutally Honest

Kane Blake of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, has great things to say about his Springvalley home: “It’s a gorgeous neighborhood,” and his family loves most things about it. Nevertheless, the Blakes have listed their home for sale, with a sign out front reading: “Home for Sale by owner because neighbor is an ---hole.” Blake said a neighbor has been harassing his family for five years, including sending police and bylaws officers to the house for frivolous reasons and taking photos of Blake’s house. “My kids won’t even walk to school, they’re terrified,” he told the Kelowna Capital News, adding that he’s received several offers on his house. (Update: Kane has since removed the sign.) [Kelowna Capital News, 1/27/2018]

Toilet Ghost

ded in the wall behind the toilet. Then they summoned Luke Huntley, a local snake catcher. Huntley found a 13-foot brown tree snake in the niche, according to the Daily Mail, resting on the flush mechanism. “Hopefully, he’s going to be able to come straight out,” Huntley said on a video of the capture, “but he’s a little grumpy.” [Daily Mail, 1/28/2018]


The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland has a new course of study for scholars to pursue: a bachelor’s or master’s in yodeling. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, students will be able to major in the traditional form of singing, which was used by Swiss herdsmen to communicate with each other in the mountains. The BBC reported that prize-winning yodeler Nadja Rass will lead the courses, which will also include musical theory and history. “We have long dreamed of offering yodeling at the university,” gushed Michael Kaufmann, head of the school’s music department. [BBC, 1/30/18]

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Homeowners in Noosa, Queensland, Australia, were perplexed about why their toilet kept randomly flushing, so on Jan. 28, they looked into the flush mechanism embed-

Bright Idea

A landlord in Cardiff, Wales, was caught in a compromising position when he offered a special rent deal to an ITV Wales reporter with a hidden camera. The unnamed man posted an ad on Craigslist offering a 650-poundper-month home with the option of a “reduced deposit/ rent arrangement” for “alternative payments.” When he met reporter Sian Thomas at a restaurant to discuss the property, he said, “I don’t know if you have heard of a sort of ‘friends with benefits’ sort of arrangement,” reported Metro News on Jan. 30. He went on to say that if a oncea-week sex arrangement could be struck, “then I wouldn’t be interested in any rent from you at all.” The ITV Wales report was part of an investigation into “sex for rent” arrangements, which apparently are not uncommon in Wales, judging from other advertisements. [Metro News, 1/30/2018]

Government in Action

Saugatuck, Michigan, attorney Michael Haddock’s dog, Ryder, probably gave the mail carrier a day off after receiving an unexpected letter on Jan. 27 from the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. According to WZZM TV, Haddock opened the envelope addressed to Ryder and found a letter saying that Ryder is eligible for $360 per week in unemployment benefits. “I knew he was clever,” Haddock said of Ryder, “but he surprised me this time.” The UIA admitted that its computer did send the notice to Ryder, but it was later flagged as suspicious, and the German shepherd won’t receive any benefits after all. [WZZM, 1/31/2018] n In New Hampshire, the state legislature is considering a bill that would hold owners of poultry responsible for the birds’ trespassing. According to the proposal, reported by the Associated Press, “anyone who knowingly, recklessly or negligently allows their domestic fowl to enter someone else’s property without permission” can be convicted if the birds damage crops or property. Rep. Michael Moffett, a Loudon Republican, told a committee on Jan. 30 that one man told him his neighbor was using chickens as a “form of harassment and provocation.” But Earl Tuson, a local vegetable farmer, opposed the bill, noting, “Everyone loves eating bacon until they move in next to the pig farm.” [Associated Press, 1/30/2018]

Smooth Reaction

A Missouri State University freshman identified only as Hayden may have set the perfect stage for a romantic story he’ll tell into old age. In January, as he trolled Tinder, he spotted Claudia, also a student at MSU in Springfield. But, as the Springfield News-Leader reported, Hayden accidentally swiped left, rejecting her, so he decided on a bold move to find her. On Jan. 20, he searched the MSU website for every person named Claudia and emailed them all, asking “the” Claudia to email him back. He offered a doughnut date for “the one that got away.” Claudia Alley, a freshman from Jefferson City, got Hayden’s email and knew she was his target because he referenced a joke she made in her Tinder bio. Alley emailed Hayden, and the two planned to get doughnuts—and perhaps make history—later that week. [Springfield News-Leader, 1/20/2018] Send your weird news items with subject line WEIRD NEWS to


By Jessica L. Flammang

“Fish and Game doesn’t give out tags unless wolves need to get shot,” she said. “We don’t go out and hunt for wolves, but if we see one while hunting elk or deer, we will shoot it.” Reluctant to use her real name for fear of community backlash and ongoing threats to wolf hunters in the area, Hart said that her family can get $100 to $200 for a wolf skin, but when one cow is lost to a predatory wolf, they lose up to $5,000.

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“The carcasses were carved out from the bottom of the animal,” said Hart. “It was a really tough loss because we depend on our livestock for our livelihood.” Hart and her husband hold wolf hunting tags, but did not kill a wolf between October 1 and December 31, 2017, the first year since 2013 that wolves have been open for hunt.

In April 2017, federal officials removed wolves from the endangered species list, and turned over population management to the state of Wyoming. In the northwest section of the state, the gray wolf -- also known as the timber wolf, or western wolf -- is designated as a trophy game animal, but in the remaining majority of Wyoming, the wolf is considered a predatory animal. Conservationists cringe knowing that in predatory zones, the sacred creature is considered ‘vermin.’ Few hunters are willing to offer their real identities in the current contentious climate, fueled by long-running legal battles about what to do with this elusive animal, long feared and often misunderstood. Wolf hunters and state officials alike have suffered unsolicited attacks, threats to burn their houses down, and worse — death threats to their own families, though there is a state statute to protect the identity of hunters and officials responsible for killing wolves.



n the pre-dawn hours of a frigid November morning, Heather Hart’s* grandfather awoke to discover another bloody carcass in his pasture. Wolves had devoured a dependable four-yearold cow that he affectionately called Sadie, the night before. And this was not the first time. With a heavy heart, he donned thick gloves and a shovel to scoop her remains from the ground. He mourned not only for the animal, but also for her unborn calf and for his own family, which was depending on the income from the sale of the calf in the spring. Hart’s family founded much of the west side of Teton Valley, Idaho, just over the border from Wyoming, raising cattle on the land for six generations. This year, the Harts lost three cows to wolves.


As management of the iconic predator transfers back to Wyoming, will the public conflict surrounding it actually help promote a sustained recovery?





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Under the state’s approved management plan, trophy game hunting is allowed in twelve state managed zones, and open hunting allowed in predatory zones, not managed by the state. This means wolves can be shot on sight without a hunting license at any time of year. Wolf hunting is a significant contributor to meeting state quotas for population control, and is tinged with public disdain. Wyoming residents wonder if wolves should be managed by the state or remain protected federally. Many question how wolves can be hunted legally just months after their removal from the endangered species list. Hunters, ranchers, Game and Fish wardens, biologists, and wildlife management coordinators are at the heart of the management issue, committed to keeping wolves on the Wyoming landscape. Many conservationists believe federal management would continue to protect the gray wolf. Others, including wildlife professionals, are confident that the state-run plan is working and will ensure wolves’ survival in Wyoming. The dispute remains deeply polarized. “It’s a heated topic, and a symbolic battle,” said Ken Mills, lead wolf biologist for Wyoming Game and Fish. “Nobody hates wolves. Both sides of the issue are fraught with misconception.”

Federal vs. State Management In the 1930s, bounty hunters decimated the wolf population in the continental United States. The predators essentially vanished from the landscape, and were subsequently protected by the Endangered Species Act, written into law by President Nixon in 1973. Wolves were one of the first species to benefit from this protective measure and were listed as endangered the following year in the lower 48 states, according to the Earthjustice website, a nonprofit environmental law organization that lobbies for wildlife. After years of federal protection, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reintroduced endangered grey wolves to the state of Wyoming in 1995 in Yellowstone National Park and in Central Idaho. They quickly spread throughout the Northern Rockies in the tristate area of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. In 2003, wolf classification was formally changed from endangered to threatened. “As a requirement for delisting, states with wolf populations had to enact laws and management plans to ensure continued survival of the species,” reads the Earthjustice timeline, paving the way for Wyoming’s state management plan of the Northern Rocky Gray Wolf. In 2012, wolves were delisted in Wyoming, returning to state management, but federal protection was subsequently restored just two years later in 2014. Wolves in Wyoming stayed on the endangered species list again from September 2014 until April of 2017. During that time, they were protected under federal law. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision in March of 2017, and Wyoming’s 2012 staterun management plan was finally approved. Wyoming Game and Fish now manages wolves subject to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission

approved wolf management plan, written by biologists. Some believe wolves now face a new kind of endangerment under state management, leaving them easy prey to hunters and even poachers. Earthjustice lawyers have referred to the state’s plan as both “hostile and extreme.” Under the management plan, the state of Wyoming maintains a healthy wolf population of up to 100 wolves, including ten breeding pairs, along with a buffer of five more breeding pairs. A total known population of 380 wolves existed in Wyoming at the end of 2016, according to Mills. State law delineates separate zones for trophy game hunting and for areas where the wolf is considered predatory. In the northwest section of the state, the gray wolf is designated as a trophy game animal. Wolves now located outside of the Trophy Game Management Area [TGMA] are considered predatory and therefore can be openly harvested with no quotas. This includes nearly 75 percent of the state. While these zones are not managed by Fish & Game, harvests must be reported within ten days. Wolves remain protected within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and the Wind River Reservation. This past year, the first federally approved and state managed hunting season in Wyoming since 2013, the mortality rate rung in at 77. In trophy hunting areas, 44 wolves were killed, meeting the state-set quota. Several hunting zones were subsequently closed before the season ended. An additional 33 wolves were shot in predatory zones outside of state-managed areas, where Game and Fish has no jurisdiction.

Public Disdain & Misconceptions

Community conflict over how to handle the wolves has become hostile. “I have gotten death threats on myself and my family for doing my job,” said Dan Thompson, Large Carnivore Section Supervisor at Wyoming Game and Fish. “Without an understanding of the intricacies of wildlife conservation, there is a misconception that nothing should die.” The Lander-based official is uneasy about the level of public disdain. “There is a huge lack of trust in government authority right now, and that transfers to Game and Fish,” Thompson said. “Unfortunately, divisiveness doesn’t help overall discussions.” Hot-blooded public comments have taken their toll on state officials as well as hunters. A public comment posted in response to a Jackson Hole News & Guide article reporting that twelve wolves had been shot within the first forty hours of the hunting season in October reads: “Killing wolves for sport where hatred masquerades as wildlife management shows our lack of values. It is amazing to me how and why we would let the very bottom of the barrel in the hunting community to persecute these wolves.” Another person attacked the state. “Wyoming, I have been to your state to see the wolves and other wildlife many times. I will no longer be spending any money in your State of DEATH! ...

it has become a state of BLOODTHIRSTY KILLING people that kill and torture wildlife for their own sick pleasures and you allow it! Wildlife deserves better; wolves deserve better.” But state officials disagree. “We are not negatively endangering wolves. We are not threatening long-term reliability,” Thompson said. “Our management plan is science based.” “People don’t understand why we would call wolves ‘trophy game’ and ‘predatory animals,’” Mills said. “That is the framework that the state legislature set up. They define what big game and trophy game animals are, and how those animals will be treated. We don’t have a choice. We are dealing with statutory definitions.” Eighty to ninety percent of the known wolf population now inhabits the state’s trophy game zones, according to Thompson. “The dual status classification is set in state statute,” Thompson said. “The northwest part of the state is designated because it is most suitable for wolves, and there is less potential conflict with humans.” “When we brought wolves back, we looked at ways to reduce conflict on the land. People called us with wolves on their land, and we were powerless,” Thompson said. “We had to respond that we couldn’t do anything. Now we are using hunting proactively reduce adverse impact on big game and livestock.” The state previously managed the animals from 2012 to 2014, but a judge mandated a return to the endangered list in September of 2014 due to language around the state’s commitment to protect them. “They were relisted based on a judge’s ruling regarding verbiage in management plan,” Thompson said. “There was no threat to the population. She affirmed that they were biologically recovered.” Original recovery goals cited 30 breeding pairs and 300 wolves. “This was then subdivided into three states -Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho -- claiming ten breeding pairs in each state,” Mills said. “In preparation for delisting, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said they needed a buffer in the northern Rockies,” Mills said. “And what they packed on was a 50 percent buffer, adding another 15 breeding pairs, and 150 wolves to make it 450 spread among the three states. Under the management plan, the state of Wyoming maintains a healthy wolf population of up to 100 wolves, including ten breeding pairs, along with a buffer of five more breeding pairs. At the federal level, Fish and Wildlife appealed the decision to delist the wolves, but a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel determined that the state management plan was sufficient. “It’s the only time Fish and Wildlife had a court case related to wolves,” Mills said. On April 25, 2017, wolves were returned to the state for population control. “The state is fully committed to maintaining 15 breeding pairs, and it is working,” Mills said. “It’s important for people to know that just because they are delisted, protections have not been stripped,” Thompson said. “They were delisted because they met recovery criteria. We still have to maintain those criteria.”


Born & Raised to be a Cowboy

“No one is out there to make wolves extinct again. I think everyone agrees that wolves need to be managed.”

Wolves vs. Humans

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Five subspecies of gray wolves now inhabit North America again, their colors ranging from pure white to brown, gray, cinnamon and even black. “The carnivores travel in packs of four to seven, and are led by alphas — the mother and father wolves that track, hunt and choose dens for the pups or younger subordinate wolves,” according to the World Wide Fund for Nature. Since wolf pups are born blind and deaf, they require significant care until they mature around ten months of age. Pairs often mate for life. Wolves typically roam and hunt within territories, ranging from 50 to 1,000 square miles. According to the International Wolf Center, they can travel up to 50 miles a day searching for food.


Crane is studying for a trapper’s permit. “It’s not like we are uneducated on how to humanely do what we do. We all have mentors. Our grandfathers trapped the wolves here,” he said. “You don’t just move to the Tetons and decide you want to be Jim Bridger. It’s something that you learn over time,” he said. “You pick someone’s brain who has forgotten more than you will ever know. That’s how things get passed down through generations. We hold it close to our heart.” Crane feels that perspectives differ greatly due to lifestyle choices. “A lot of people denouncing wolf hunting are people who don’t understand the way of life,” said Crane. “People who don’t think there is a need for hunters could have a rude awakening. If wolves run out of food, they will come down into the town of Jackson,” he said. “They are not stupid. First it’s dogs and cats, then it could be their kids.”

“People underestimate what wolves are really capable of. They don’t know about the livestock and big game riddled with parasites from wolves. They think they can go to Yellowstone and feed them and pet them,” he said. “If you live here, you are going to see a dead elk in the back of a truck,” he said. “If people see a dead wolf, they don’t agree with it, and it gets publicized, like that one we drove through Jackson. Many think that as hunters, we are heartless murderers thirsty for blood.” “A lot of people against wolf hunting don’t live in rural areas. If they ever walked up on a calf with its heart half-eaten, they wouldn’t appreciate the sight.” But killing a wolf doesn’t come easy. “Wolves used to be cocky; now you can’t find them,” said Crane. “When their packs began diminishing, they understood that people were something they didn’t want to be around.” Wolves are ridden with parasites and not taken for their meat. “I take mine to the taxidermist and get them mounted,” Crane said. “You are honoring the animal by keeping it around as it was,” said Crane. The cost of mounting one can be upwards of $3,000.


Cache Crane was born and raised in the Tetons. His father, the late Fred S. Crane Jr., a beloved long time Jackson Hole Rodeo announcer, brought him to the Jackson rodeo for the 4th of July festivities when he was only one day old. Crane was a student in Kelly, Wyoming, when wolves were reintroduced to the wild in Wyoming in 1995. He remembers going to see them in cages on a field trip just before they were first released. “I was raised to be a cowboy,” he said. “And with that comes hunting and fishing. For cowboys, ranchers and farmers, cattle are their livelihood. It’s survival. We need to protect our lifestyle.” Crane trains performance horses and owns an equine dentistry business. He also holds a wolf tag, for which he paid an $18 fee in 2017, and a mountain lion tag, both of which he has already filled. In 2017, approximately 2,500 wolf tags were issued. As of January 2018, a tag costs $21 for residents, and $187 for non-residents. Crane believes that wolf hunting is central to population control and that he is working in concert with the state. “What we do is wildlife management. If we didn’t do it, wolves would be out of control,” he said. “It wouldn’t take long before things would go missing. They will come in and kill all your hounds real quick.” Crane feels that he and other hunters are a great help to ranchers and farmers in rural Wyoming and Idaho. “It’s horrific and detrimental to the ranchers and farmers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem what the wolves are capable of,” Crane said. “When a wolf kills a cow, it kills the calf it is carrying, and other cows will abort the cows they might be carrying because they know there is a wolf around. Right there, a rancher loses a lot more than one cow.” “One reason hunters are necessary is that nothing can kill the wolves in the wild. Grizzlies can’t kill

them. Gray wolves are 80-150 pounds,” he said. “Six of them together can do incredible damage. They teach their pups to kill, and not because they are hungry.” All ecosystems hold their balance, and Crane’s generational skills hold an important niche. “Wolves are predators. And therein is a need for predator hunters,” Crane said. “We hunt coyotes, wolves and mountain lions. Sometimes we get phone calls from people who have lost dogs and cats, pleading for our help. Anybody would be upset to see their house cat hanging from a predator’s mouth.” “We are stigmatized by liberal media as hillbilly assholes who want to slay everything we see,” he said. While Crane believes in population control, he said that “no one is out there to make wolves extinct again. I think everyone agrees that wolves need to be managed.”



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“What drives their size is the prey they are eating,” Mills said. “Wolves that eat bison or moose are generally larger than wolves that eat deer, for example. Larger wolves do better and reproduce better. On average, wolves have gone from 100 pounds to 110.” But as wolf territory overlaps more and more with humans, conflicts are more common. “Once the world’s most widely distributed mammal, the gray wolf’s range has been reduced by onethird,” according to WWF. In 2016, eleven of the Pinnacle Peak wolf pack had to be euthanized by Wyoming Game & Fish managers along Spring Gulch road in Jackson. “If left unfettered, wolves would increase in size and distribution, as we have seen,” Thompson said. “Unfortunately, we can’t go back in time. Landscape has evolved. Humans are part of the ecosystem now.” “Our goal is to try to make things work. We are not going to promote wolves in areas where they will kill livestock and pets,” he said. Mills says Wyoming’s approach is purely responsive. “State management is reactive,” he said. “Hunting brings down 25-30 percent in trophy game areas where we have concerns with high density wolf populations.” “The state’s annual wolf numbers reveal an enduring healthy population — approximately 377 wolves in 52 packs with 25 breeding pairs,” according to U.S. Fish & Wildlife in April of 2017. “The Northern Rocky Mountain population as a whole continues to be self-sustaining, with numbers well above federal management objectives.”

Red-Handed in the Wild With most new plans come new problems. Wyoming Fish and Game Warden Jon Stephens caught Clinton Blake of Rock Springs red-handed on December 5th with a wolf carcass stuffed into a bin in his trunk. Blake had been hunting in an area closed to hunters on the south side of the Gros Ventre River. He paid a fee of $1,290 to Teton County after fessing up to his slip-up. He didn’t lose his hunting license. The north side of the Gros Ventre River remained open to hunters that day. “It’s good for those people to get caught, and show others that there are ramifications for their actions,” Mills said. “ If he poaches again, there will be further implications in the future.” Thompson, a hunter himself, agreed. “Hunters are extreme conservationists,” he said. “We take any illegal killing of wildlife extremely personally. Hunters are how we found out about the illegal killing.” “In order to have an apex predator on the landscape, we have to be able to manage conflicts and look at the bigger picture,” he said. “Our goal is not to kill every wolf in the state. The overarching objective is to maintain the animals on the landscape.”

Wolf Symbology Feared. Beloved. Sacred. Wild. The big, bad wolf. Wolves have frequented fairy tales to epic poetry, biblical and classical literature. Often portrayed as a threat, and even a devilish figure, wolves permeate our cultural literature and traditions.

The animal has become an icon of the wild, and of freedom. “I don’t think the issue is so much over wolves. It’s about underlying values,” said Thompson. The wolf can be a symbol for something people don’t like.” “For a lot of folks, it’s the federal government reaching in and doing something they don’t agree with. A lot of the anger is due to the way they were reintroduced and federal overreach.” “To have wolves under attack means the entire environment is under attack,” he said. “Wolves are beautiful animals. They have become very symbolic of ecosystems as a whole, and even a symbol of what people think Wyoming is saying.” Biblical symbology portrays wolves as the devil figure. “We are seeing it carried into our culture,” Mills said, referencing early European shepherding and agricultural industry. “Wolves and sheep don’t mix. We carry a lot of history with us,” he said. In 1890, the English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs widely popularized “The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf,” originally penned by author James H i l l iwel l-Ph i l l ips in the 1886 Nursery Rhymes of England. According to the story, Fifer Pig and Fiddler Pig hastily built their houses, and continued to play their instruments — the flute and the fiddle, all day long. The Big Bad Wolf, on the hunt for a pork chop dinner, blew down Fifer’s straw house, as well as the Fiddler’s house of sticks. They had to seek refuge in their brother’s house — Practical Pig had made his house out of brick. Although his two brothers had poked fun at him for spending all day building, the Wolf was unable to blow down the sturdy structure. The moral of the story is that hard work is required to protect against impending threats and danger. In 1933, Ann Ronell and Frank Churchill wrote the famed song “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?” for Walt Disney’s animation of ‘Three Little Pigs,” which depicted the creatures as menacing and cunning.

with a bionic ear that amplifies sound just to keep our 100 percent status!” Depending on pack size, wolves kill an elk or two a week to survive. “For one pack that’s roughly 50-70 elk or more that aren’t available to hunt,” Lackner said. “Some hunters — like me — hunt an elk every year. We want to see good populations of them around so we keep our freezers full.” But Lackner realizes that management on some level is ultimately necessary. “Where livestock production is a main way of life, quotas without question will need to be higher. In Grand Teton and Yellowstone, where tourism and science are a main way of life, quotas should be on a reactionary basis only, taking wolves when they are killing livestock, or have settled in close proximity that will cause human/wolf conflict.” Lackner stands in fierce opposition to the poaching incident. “As a hunter, I think hunters should maintain a high standard of ethics. You’re taking an animal’s life, which demands ultimate respect,” he said. “Take all the meat, and enjoy the fact that we can live somewhat of a subsistence based lifestyle in this area of the US much the way our ancestors did. Hunters need to respect Game and Fish laws as they are set by hunters, for hunters, and use the natural resource without exhausting it. Anybody who poaches should be met with stiff penalties.”

“There is a great deal of passion about wolves, and it’s very polarized. There is hatred and there is idolatry. I think we can use the interest to our advantage to keep gray wolves on the landscape.”

Tourism and Wolf Management Adam Lackner, owner and operator of Brushbuck Tours, feels that state management policies have adversely affected his business. “State law that allows less transparency is problematic,” he said. Wolves are a danger to elk, moose, deer and livestock. On the border of two national parks, this issue is even more complex, as some animals are habituated to coming within 300 feet of tour operations, or venturing into corners of the park that wildlife use for feeding zones. “In six years of guiding winter wolf viewing trips, we are 100 percent on showing guests wolves,” Lackner said. “When Wyoming opened up hunts, it became so hard to spot wolves that we had to go out at four in the morning to cut tracks before the plows took the fresh tracks off the road. We listened for howls

Looking to the Future

“We have a recovered wolf population,” Mills said. “The packs we started last year out with are the packs we ended the year with.” Mills is a firm believer in the data driven approach. “From biologists to the Game and Fish commission, data has determined all the decisions,” Mills said. “I trust that will continue into the future. I am proud of Wyoming for that.” Thompson echoes his optimism. “I don’t see any long term threats to the Northern Rocky Mountain wolf population,” he said. Though the Hart family, cowboy Crane and other wolf hunters, state officials and wildlife tour guide operators each have their own perspectives on the convoluted conundrum, it’s clear none of them want to see wolves disappear again. “There is a great deal of passion about wolves, and it’s very polarized. There is hatred and there is idolatry,” said Thompson. “I think we can use the interest to our advantage to keep gray wolves on the landscape.”

PJH ***Wyoming Fish & Game’s annual report on wolf population and management will be available to the public in April, 2018.

The joint show of Wolf Kahn (left) and Emily Mason opens with a reception 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 16 at Taloe Piggot Gallery.

A Couple of Colorists Artists Kahn, Mason featured together in a rare dual exhibit at Tayloe Piggott @kelsey_dayton

was born in New York in 1932 and after graduating studied in Venice for two years on a Fulbright grant. Her mother, Alice Trumbull Mason, was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group. But Emily Mason came into her own, veering away from the abstract work she’d grown up and the geometric stylings of her mother’s work, to creating more fluid and lyrical abstract paintings. “She’s much more interested in embracing chance,” Schwabacher said. Mason works with oil paint. She primes her canvas and then works with very wet paint so it sits on top of the canvas, alive the entire time she works, Schwbacher said. Mason showed in her first solo exhibition in the Area Gallery in New York City in 1960. She’s continued to frequently show her work nationally and internationally since. She’s also taught painting at Hunter College for more than 30 years. Mason will show 10 paintings in her exhibition at Tayloe Piggott. She works in a medium size, Schwbacher said. While both artists have distinctive styles, Schwabacher said, their exhibitions are connected by color. PJH Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason, art exhibitions, reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, shows hang through March 31, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, 62 S. Glenwood St.

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paintings in the form of trees or skylines instead. Capturing form in his paintings was unique for the time, but his work is still abstract. “Even though he uses subject matter like trees or a barn, he’s really using that as a way to work with color,” Schwabacher said. Kahn’s work has changed through the years. His palette in the 2000s is different than what he used in the 1960s, Schwabacher said. “His work is more colorful than his earlier work,” Schwabacher said. “The tones are really coming out and there is a just a chromatic intensity there that is really, really rich.” Today Kahn lives in Vermont and still finds inspiration in nature and the landscape. His work is a blend of realism and color field painting. “His work is always very surprising and I think that’s important to him as an artist,” Schwabacher said. “It goes back to color. He’s very original in the way he works with paints and pastels in terms of bringing a color balance in that you wouldn’t expect.” Mason’s work is similar, although entirely abstract. She’s also known for her use of color and her work bridges the color field and lyrical abstraction movements, Schwabacher said. Mason


ayloe Piggott gallery will offer a respite from the grays of winter with two exhibitions by renowned color field artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason. As soon a person walks into the gallery they’ll notice the colors, Sophie Schwabacher, a staff member at Tayloe Piggott, said. There is an obvious connection in the two artists work because of their color choice. Upon closer examination there are also obvious distinctions. Kahn includes shapes and forms like trees in his work, while Mason’s paintings are entirely abstract. Kahn and Mason are married and rarely show together, Schwabacher said. The couple are considered some of the highest regarded colorists of their time, she said. The shows open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, and the exhibit will hang through March 31 in the gallery. Kahn’s exhibition features 17 pieces of work in oil paints and pastels, each from a different year from 2000 to 2017. Kahn was born in German in 1927 and fled to England during World War II before he emigrated to the New York City. Determined to become a painter after a year in the U.S. Navy, he studied with abstract expressionist Hans Hofman, but Kahn turned away from the trend of the time of total abstraction. He found inspiration in nature that is identifiable in his







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Basauri considers a clown an actor “who does funny things.” Good clowns are unique and original and aren’t afraid of “showing their stupidity.”

Clownin’ Around Local dancers collaborate to bring comedic relief to modern dance BY KELSEY DAYTON |


odern dance is often seen as serious. Babs Case, the artistic director of Dancers’ Workshop and the professional modern dance company Contemporary Dance Wyoming, wants to change that. “In order for (modern dance) to be taken seriously, I feel like its forced into a serious realm,” Case said. “But what is most serious in our world can be communicated through humor. In this day and age, what else can we do sometimes other than express ourselves through humor and satire.” Yet physical comedy is one of the hardest genres to do well. That’s why Case has enlisted the help of a professional clown. Aitor Basauri, along with former Jackson resident Erin Roy, will work with Contemporary Dance Wyoming Feb. 5 through 12 as the first of a series of residency programs with the dance company this year. The public is invited to see Basauri and Roy in action with the dancers at an open rehearsal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in Dancers’ Workshop Studio No. 1. The event is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation. Basauri and Roy will also teach a public master class

from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for those 12 years and older. It costs $25 and people can register at Basauri is one of the world’s most sought after physical comedian and clown instructors in the world, Case said. He runs classes in London and New York and is a staff tutor at Cirque de Soleil in Las Vegas. He’s also performed in the Cirque show “Zumanity,” as well as in other productions. Roy is a former Dancers’ Workshop staff member and currently developing her own solo clown show. “I’d really love to see CDW explore comedy through modern dance and not always be so serious,” Case said. “I want to communicate feelings through dance about what is happening in the world around me right now and I’m hoping Aitor will give me a different lens to communicate that through satire and humor.” Case said she wasn’t sure exactly how Basauri and Roy will work with Contemporary Dance Wyoming in this first comedic residency for the dance company. “We’re just going to play,” she said. “It’s a meeting of the minds and bodies. And I’m sure we’ll all be laughing.”


Basauri thought he was going to be a dramatic actor when he was growing up in Spain. But every time he seriously undertook a tragedy, people laughed. “I became a clown, because I was a very bad serious actor,” he said. As a teenager, he studied with a famous clown instructor and found comedy was something he was good at. He went on to study more clown work and physical comedy in London after high school. Basauri considers a clown an actor “who does funny things.” Good clowns are unique and original and aren’t afraid of “showing their stupidity,” he said. There is freedom in laughing and letting go of what others might think of your mistakes or fumbles. “Every time I laugh, I feel moved,” he said. “Every time I laugh, I feel happy. Every time I laugh, I like what I see. Laughter can make you close to people. When you laugh together, all those distances that take us apart become smaller and we all feel we are part of the human race.” Basauri has worked with performing artists from opera singers to actors. He doesn’t know exactly how his methods and skills will apply to modern dance,

but he’s hopeful it will add another dimension to the dancers’ repertoire. “If we can find the clowns that exist within the dancers, the skills they have will give them a unique opportunity to make us laugh and also make us wonder at their beauty,” he said. Basauri and Roy will also work with the Junior Repertory Company, the pre-professional dance company at Dancers’ Workshop, but the residency reflects a new commitment to the professional dancers in Contemporary Dance Wyoming, Case said. Case formed the company almost 20 years ago when she took over Dancers’ Workshop. This year Case is working on paying dancers a year-round salary, instead of just the pay they receive for performances. She’s also committed to bringing in renowned dance talent to set work on the company or teach them new skills. Roy and Basauri are the first of several artists coming to Jackson this year to work with the company and other dancers at Dancers’ Workshop. PJH

Wind River Mountain Festival Presents THIS WEEK: February 14-20, 2018



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n Books & Babies Story Time 10 a.m. Valley of the Tetons Library, n Storytime - Youth Auditorium 10:30 a.m. Teton County Library, n Story Time, Victor 10:30 a.m. Valley of the Tetons Library, n Public Skating - Weekday 12 p.m. Snow King Sports & Event Center, $5.00 - $8.00, (307) 201-1633


n Film Friday Victor 3:30 p.m. Valley of the Tetons Library, n Winter Wonderland Ice Skating on Town Square 4 p.m. n Open Gym - Adult Soccer 6:30 p.m. Teton Rec Center n Teton Pass Winterfest Presents: A benefit for Friends of Pathways and Winter Wildlands Alliance 7 p.m. Pink Garter Theatre, $10.00 - $15.00, n FREE Public Stargazing 7:30 p.m. Center for the Arts, n Disco Night with Uncle Stack and the Attack 7:30 p.m. Silver Dollar Showroom, Free, 307-732-3939 n U-Foria 9 p.m. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Free, 307-733-2207 n Great American Taxi 10 p.m. The Trap Bar & Grill, $10.00 - $15.00



n Open Gym - Adult Basketball 12 p.m. Teton Recreation Center, n App Time - Study Room 4 2 p.m. Teton County Library, n Prenatal Yoga Series 3 p.m. Teton Yoga Shala, $14.00 - $19.00, n Eli Williams, The Cougar Fund - Youth Auditorium 3:30 p.m. Teton County Library, n Winter Wonderland Ice Skating on Town Square 4 p.m. n REFIT® 5:15 p.m. First Baptist Church, Free, 307-690-6539 n Open Build 5:30 p.m. Valley of the Tetons Library, n Friends and Family Mental Health Support Group 6 p.m. Eagle Classroom of St. John’s Medical Center, Free, 307-733-2046 n Papa Chan & Johnny C Note 6 p.m. Teton Pines Country Club, Free, 307 733 1005 n Teton Adventure Traveler Series 6 p.m. Valley of the Tetons Library, n Open Gym - Adult Soccer 6:30 p.m. Teton Recreation Center, n Reducing Inflammation & Pain by Eating Less Carbohydrates 7 p.m. JH Backcountry Health, Free, 3076993447 n Derrik and the Dynamos 7:30 p.m. Silver Dollar Showroom, Free, 307-732-3939 n U-Foria 9 p.m. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Free, 307-733-2207

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n Toddler Gym 10 a.m. Teton Recreation Center, n Story Time 10 a.m. Valley of the Tetons Library, n Baby Time - Youth Auditorium 10:05 a.m. Teton County Library, n Open Hockey - Weekday Morning 10:15 a.m. Snow King Sports & Event Center, $10.00, (307) 201-1633 n Public Skating - Weekday 12 p.m. Snow King Sports & Event Center, $5.00 - $8.00, (307) 201-1633 n Read to Rover 3 p.m. Valley of the Tetons Library, n Art Association of JH Youth Auditorium 3:30 p.m. Teton County Library, n Winter Wonderland Ice Skating on Town Square 4 p.m. n Warm Après Flow and Chill Yoga Series 4:15 p.m. Teton Yoga Shala, $14.00 - $19.00, 307-690-3054 n Papa Chan and Johnny C Note Valentin’es Day night 6 p.m. Teton Pines Country Club, Free, 307 733 1005 n Teen Crafting 6 p.m. Valley of the Tetons Library, n Open Gym - Adult Basketball 6:30 p.m. Teton Recreation Center, n U-Foria 9 p.m. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Free, 307-733-2207 n Recycle Driggs! Valley of the Tetons Library



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n Sled Hockey Sundays 3:45 p.m. Teton Adaptive Sports, n Open Gym - Adult Volleyball 4 p.m. Teton Recreation Center, n The Minor Keys 7 p.m. Silver Dollar Showroom, Free, 307-732-3939



n Open Hockey - Weekday Morning 10:15 a.m. Snow King Sports & Event Center, $10.00, (307) 201-1633 n Public Skating - Weekday 12 p.m. Snow King Sports & Event Center, $5.00 $8.00, (307) 201-1633 n Movie Monday - Youth Auditorium 3:30 p.m. Teton County Library, n Movie Monday 3:30 p.m. Valley of the Tetons Library, n Open Gym - Adult Basketball 6:30 p.m. Teton Recreation Center, n Marshall Star Band 9 p.m. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Free, 307-7332207

No matter how bad The Cloverfield Paradox may or may not be, there’s no denying that people watched it.

The Cloverfield Paradox


n Public Skating - Weekday 12 p.m. Snow King Sports & Event Center, $5.00 $8.00, (307) 201-1633 n Open Gym - Adult Basketball 12 p.m. Teton Recreation Center, n Free Tax Assistance 12 p.m. Valley of the Tetons Library, n App Time - Study Room 4 2 p.m. Teton County Library, n Theatre with Nicole Madison - Youth Auditorium 3:30 p.m. Teton County Library, n Winter Wonderland Ice Skating on Town Square 4 p.m. n Open Gym - Adult Volleyball 6:30 p.m. Teton Recreation Center, n Bluegrass Tuesdays with One Ton Pig 7:30 p.m. Silver Dollar Showroom, Free, 307-7323939 n Marshall Star Band 9 p.m. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Free, 307-7332207


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Cool trick, Netflix — but what’s next? BY CORY GARCIA |


any people likely woke up expecting Super Bowl Sunday to be a historic day, but few probably imagined that would be because of something to do with Netflix. Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest entertainment days of the year, and from the game to the commercials there was a lot to be excited about, but I doubt there was anyone outside of the Netflix offices even thinking about the word “Cloverfield.” Seriously, imagine telling someone the morning of the game: “Yeah, we’re going to see the first look at a new Star Wars movie, but the internet is going to forget that because they’re rushing to stream the new Cloverfield flick.” Ignoring their confusion at the idea of Disney using the Super Bowl to launch Solo: A Star Wars Story — Disney historically doesn’t do a ton of film advertising on Super Bowl Sunday — they’d probably think you were crazy if for no other reason than that it’s not like the Cloverfield franchise is particularly well loved. But then the teaser for The Cloverfield Paradox dropped in the middle of the game, with the announcement that it was not only coming to Netflix but that it was going to be available after the Super Bowl was over. The reaction was swift, with the movie surging up the trending topics list on Twitter, which is quite the reversal of fortune for a film whose coverage up until that point had largely centered around how no one really knew what was going on with it. It also meant that suddenly people were having to choose between


watching a new Cloverfield movie that had come out of nowhere and finding out how Jack died on This Is Us so that they could make the appropriate reaction video for their Youtube channel. For most, The Cloverfield Paradox wasn’t a homerun. It’s Rotten Tomato score, as of this writing, sits at 16%, although it’s faired a bit better on IMDB, where it sits with a 5.8/10 score. Fans of the franchise have been a bit kinder to the flick, naturally, a Paramount is still planning to release the fourth film in the series — currently titled Overlord, but assume a name change is coming; I’m putting all my money on Battle: Cloverfield — later this year. One can only wonder how they’ll try to top the release of Paradox, because no matter what they try it won’t be enough. Ten years from now, people who care about movies might not remember or think about The Cloverfield Paradox itself, but they will remember the Super Bowl spot and the reaction to it. The movie itself isn’t what is important, but the moment is, because in 30 seconds Netflix proved they could take a potential bomb and turn it into event viewing. It’s a stunt that could probably only work once, but it does feel in a way like the entire Hollywood/Netflix relationship has shifted. Since the beginning, Netflix has needed Hollywood because they can only create so much content on their own. While they have plenty of content to be proud of and a couple that are generating serious money, were they to lose all their

non-Netflix originals tomorrow they’d likely see a pretty big drop in their subscriber rate. In the age of binge watching and rewatching, people will only stick around as long as there are things they know they can put on when they get home. Now Netflix has realized it can offer Hollywood something only few others can: eyeballs. No matter how bad The Cloverfield Paradox may or may not be, there’s no denying that people watched it, and that number is not the same as the number of people who would have spent at least $8 to see it in theater. If you’re a studio looking at a potential dud, do you really want to go through the trouble and money needed to develop an ad campaign when you can sell it off to Netflix and let it be there problem? If you’re a filmmaker you might frown at this, but hey, at least people are watching your movie, right? Many thought that Bright, the Will Smith cop meets fantasy movie, was going to be the defining moment of this era for Netflix. After all, they spent a ton of money on producing and promoting the movie, reaching for the brass ring of action movie success. And even though millions watched it and it’s getting a sequel, it feels like something of an afterthought. Think of how many movies Netflix could buy for the cost of a Bright. More than that, think about next year’s Super Bowl. Think about how Netflix now has you wondering what movie they’re going to drop in secret next. PJH

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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.

The pan-seared Hawaiian swordfish at Turpin Meadow Ranch isn’t great — it’s exceptional.

Reservations at (307) 733-4913 3295 Village Drive • Teton Village, WY

The 50 Best Dishes in Teton County #47, Pan-Seared Marinated Hawaiian Swordfish at Turpin Meadow Ranch and changes daily. It is designed as an optional 3 courses for $39 or 4 for $49. The restaurant offers two options per course, but if diners would rather order a la carte, the prices per dish are also available. Be sure to call in advance to make a reservation though, as dinner is by reservation only. On my recent trip out to Turpin Meadow Ranch, I enjoyed each of my 3 courses, but the pan-seared Hawaiian swordfish prepared by Chef Welch was

exceptional. Served over toasted barley with baby bok choy, daikon radish, pickled baby peppers, grilled shrimp and pineapple, the dish stood out because of its excellent balance of flavor and texture. Swordfish is a hefty, meatier fish and is best when marinated and given a good char. That’s why we often see it grilled and served with acidic, lighter accompaniments. In this dish, the fresh crunch of the bok choy and daikon

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hen it comes to good food, ambiance and stunning views, there are few places quite like Turpin Meadow Ranch. Located in Moran — a four mile snowmobile ride or 20 minute car ride to Togwotee Pass — the ranch is tucked away in the foothills of the mountains and looks out over the beautiful Teton Range. The menu is designed and prepared by talented in-house Chef Jason Welch






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. Located at 7432 Granite Loop Road in Teton Village, (307) 733-0022 and in Driggs, (208) 787-8424,

THAI ME UP Home of Melvin Brewing Co. Freshly remodeled offering modern Thai cuisine in a relaxed setting. New tap system with 20 craft beers. New $8 wine list and extensive bottled beer menu. View our tap list at Open daily for dinner at 5 p.m. Located downtown at 75 East Pearl Street, (307) 733-0005,




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Featuring dining destinations from breweries to bakeries, and continental fare to foreign flavor, this is a sampling of our dining critic’s local favorites.

The view out at Turpin Meadow Ranch would be worth the drive alone. Look at those peaks!

alongside the tart sweetness of the pickled peppers and pineapple was a perfect compliment to the smokey, heavy flavors of the pan-seared swordfish, conjuring up a longing for summertime and barbecues. The warm, nutty bite of the toasted barley brought me back to earth, though — and this season — and gave the dish extra complexity to remind me that it is still winter. With each bite, I was able to enjoy every element on its own, as well as in harmony.


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While this specific dish will likely not be what’s cooking on your next visit — the rotating menu makes it difficult to pinpoint when the swordfish will next make an appearance out at Turpin Meadow Ranch — I can promise that the dishes featured during your visit will be just as thought out and delicious. Don’t let yourself be intimidated by the drive. The Teton views alone are worth the trip — and will only accentuate the quality of your dining experience. PJH

Serving authentic Swiss cuisine, the Alpenhof features European style breakfast entrées and alpine lunch fare. Dine in the Bistro for a casual meal or join us in the Alpenrose dining room for a relaxed dinner experience. Breakfast 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Coffee & pastry 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Aprés 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Dinner 6 p.m.-9 p.m. For reservations at the Bistro or Alpenrose, call (307) 733-3242.

THE BLUE LION A Jackson Hole favorite for 39 years. Join us in the charming atmosphere of a historic home. Serving fresh fish, elk, poultry, steaks, and vegetarian entrées. Ask a local about our rack of lamb. Live acoustic guitar music most nights. Open nightly at 5:30 p.m. Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome. 160 N. Millward, (307) 733-3912,

PICNIC Our mission is simple: offer good food, made fresh, all day, every day. We know everyone’s busy, so we cater to on-the-go lifestyles with quick, tasty options for breakfast and lunch, including pastries and treats from our sister restaurant Persephone. Also offering coffee and espresso drinks plus wine and cocktails. Open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekends. Located at 1110 Maple Way in West Jackson, (307) 264-2956,

ELEANOR’S Enjoy all the perks of fine dining, minus the dress code at Eleanor’s, serving rich, saucy dishes in a warm and friendly setting. 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.

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. Lunch MonSat 11:30am. Dinner Nightly 5:30pm. 55 North Cache, (307) 201-1717,

LOTUS ORGANIC RESTAURANT 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. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner starting at 8am daily. Located at 140 N. Cache, (307) 734-0882,

MANGY MOOSE 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,

MOE’S BBQ Opened in Jackson Hole by Tom Fay and David Fogg, Moe’s Original Bar B Que features a Southern Soul Food Revival through its award-winning Alabama-style pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood served with two unique sauces in addition to Catfish and a Shrimp MoeBoy sandwich. A daily rotation of traditional Southern sides and tasty desserts are served fresh daily. Moe’s BBQ stays open late and features a menu for any budget. While the setting is family-friendly, a full premium bar offers a lively scene with HDTVs for sports fans, music, shuffle board and other games upstairs. Large party takeout orders and full service catering with delivery is also available.


Come down to the historic Virginian Saloon and check out our grill menu! Everything from 1/2 pound burgers to wings at a great price! The grill is open in the Saloon from 4 p.m.-10p.m. daily. Located at 750 West Broadway, (307) 739-9891.



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 runs from 4 - 6 p.m., including tasty hot wings. The freshest beer in the valley, right from the source! Free WiFi. Open 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Loacted at 265 S. Millward. (307) 7392337,


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. Located at 2560 Moose Wilson Rd., (307) 733-2460.




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Hot and delicious delivered to your door. Hand-tossed, 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.




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.


Jackson Hole’s only dedicated stone-hearth oven pizzeria, serving Napolitana-style pies

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


HAPPY HOUR Daily 4-6:00pm


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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 p.m. daily. Dine in or carry out. Or order online at PizzeriaCaldera. com, or download our app for iOS or Android. Open from 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily at 20 West Broadway. (307) 201-1472.


The locals favorite! Voted Best Pizza in Jackson Hole 2012-2016. Seek out this hidden gem under the Pink Garter Theatre for NY pizza by the slice, salads, strombolis, 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. - 2 a.m. Located at 50 W. Broadway, (307) 734-PINK.


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. Located at 385 W. Broadway, (307) 733-1207.

Heart Shaped Rib Eye with Wild Caught Maine Lobster Tail for Two



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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.




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Truckers’ competition Finish behind Adenauer sobriquet meaning “the old man” 20 Turns inside out 21 Available 22 Dressing choice 23 Kiddie lit hero created by Hans and Margret Rey (#18) 25 Sways on a curve 26 Space cadet? 27 Suspense novelist Tami 28 Fields of comedy 30 ’70s-’80s batting instructor Charlie 31 Must 33 It usually begins “How many (whatever) does it take ... ” (#36) 37 “Mi casa __ casa” 38 Bk. after Proverbs 40 Raise 41 Winnebago descendants 42 Winter wear 44 Dining __ 45 “__ to eat and run ... ” 48 Gain a lap 51 Film based on the novel “Shoeless Joe” (#32) 54 __ Gimignano: walled Tuscany town 57 “It’s __ wind ... ” 59 KOA visitor 60 Menu option 61 Website page 62 Rhythm rattler 64 Longtime rock ’n’ roll disc jockey Dan 67 “It’s suddenly clear” 69 What’s hidden in answers with an apt “#” in their clues 72 1991 Steve Martin film set in Calif. 73 Front line?

74 75

Spiced up Big ones are found on Wall Street 76 Altar agreements 78 Austrian expressionist Schiele 80 Former “60 Minutes” debater __ Alexander 81 Judge of hoops 82 Arizona tourist attraction (#34) 86 Dorm room, perhaps 87 Cartoon strip 88 Small team 89 Put a stop to 91 Mtge.-offering business 94 Mosque leader 96 Wine characteristic 97 Revelations 101 Athletic retiree? (#37) 105 Mr. Clean competitor 107 “M*A*S*H” extra 108 Knight clubs 109 River to the Rhein 111 “__ woods these are I think I know”: Frost 112 Letting it all hang out, theatrically 114 Religious high point? (#33) 118 What love and hate share? 119 “It’s My Party” singer Gore 120 Shakespearean attendant 121 Hybrid with thorns 122 Overage 123 Main squeeze

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Fix, as a rattan chair Small eggs Cliff dwellings Ran out, as a supply Preppy jackets The Beavers of the Pac-12 Macy’s red star, e.g. Low tie Japanese chess

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Hammer site “Star Trek” spin-off, briefly One-named folk singer Mirabile __: wonderful to say Amazon business Cheesy “Welsh” dishes Brown __ Stay under the radar Yankees’ pitcher Masahiro Happens as a result Stunning surprise Conan of “Conan” Garr of “Tootsie” Tennis great Steffi Group in a drive Veep between Dick and Mike Friend of Hobbes Gp. created by a 1955 merger Welsh herding dogs Invited to one’s place Israeli author who wrote “A Tale of Love and Darkness” 48 Array of chocolates, say 49 Seething 50 Loses interest in 52 X-ray examiner, perhaps 53 Odds and ends 54 Many Beethoven pieces 55 “One sec” 56 Long Island paper 58 Has legs 61 Pulitzer journalist Seymour 63 “Rocky” role 65 ’90s Indian prime minister 66 Planetary reflected-light ratio 68 Discharges 70 Singer Gorme 71 Pitcher Jesse with a record 1,252 regular-season appearances 77 Surfing indoors,

say 79 Pine forest floor covering 82 Trigger was one 83 Dutch export 84 Oversimplify, with “down” 85 Funny Martha 87 Common attached file 90 Diner come-on 91 Most confident 92 Breakdown of social norms 93 Inventor Tesla 95 Physical strength 96 Prepares (oneself) for impact 98 Fanfare 99 Like supermarkets and stadiums 100 Cold and wet, maybe 102 Goes on a tirade 103 Bobby in a 1971 #1 hit 104 Country rocker Steve 106 Exercise beads? 110 Matthew of “The Americans” 113 Thrice, in Rx’s 115 Bad spell 116 2017 Pac-12 champs 117 Sharp products

COSMIC CAFE Heart Yourself with Self-Compassion


Loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself BY CAROL MANN




Research studies have shown that relating to yourself with kindness, encouragement, empathy and gentleness (none of these are self-pity) positively impacts mental and physical health. People who scored high in self-compassion… aka giving themselves a heartfelt break… showed significantly reduced anxiety and depression, greater optimism and happiness, and even healthier diet and life-style choices. Self-compassion also appears to set the stage for positive motivation, self-improvement and the desire to evolve. (Self-criticism, on the other hand, is demotivating and undermining.) Feelings of compassion also release the neurotransmitter oxytocin, sometimes called the love hormone. In many people this stimulates positive feelings of connection with others. When asked how treating themselves with loving kindness made them feel, study participants reported it was a huge relief from the many pressures to be perfect. They added that they all


It’s so curious to learn that Sanskrit has ninety-six words for love; Persian has eighty, Greek three, and English only one. There are truly so many meanings and nuances under the umbrella of the one English word “love”. When I was a child, and would exclaim with delight that I loved ice cream, my parents were quick to kindly remind me that love is reserved for people, not ice cream. Of course I protested. Other languages enjoy so much more richness of expression and feelings with their specific words to describe the love of your father, or your mother, or your spouse, or for an occasion, or food, or a special sunset or the stars.


WORDS FOR TODAY AND EVERY DAY Noted author Louise Hays often encouraged people with the following wisdom, “Be kind and loving to yourself often, because it’s the best way to get closer to who you are.” 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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The heartfelt practice of self-compassion allows us to accept ourselves

This ancient and still current Japanese perspective on life and love totally supports the ability to accept and love oneself, flaws and all. Wabisabi fosters embracing what’s not perfect as precisely what makes you more unique, interesting, and perhaps even more beautiful. At its core, this embraces and deeply honors how people really are. We are all perfectly imperfect precious human beings.

felt better, liked themselves a lot more, and experienced the kind of self-worth which is humble and lasting.



as we are (the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly), and to consistently relate to ourselves with kindness, whatever the situation. Self-acceptance, self-compassion and self-care are about being self-full. Selfish means there is no room in the psyche for anyone else. Selfless is no room for oneself. From the self-full state of being, we have a font of self-acceptance and warmth within ourselves to share with a generosity of spirit. Self-compassion allows us to practice the golden rule in both directions; Do unto yourself as you generously do for others, and do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.


oving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you improve yourself, you improve your world.” ~ Joe Vitale In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and the quote above, here is a question for you. Do you treat yourself with the same compassion and kindness you extend to those you love? Perhaps the following two examples might remind you of the discrepancy between how we treat our best friends, and how we treat ourselves. 1. Your friend calls you from the ER telling you he/she fell skiing and broke a bone. What do you say to that friend? Chances are that you feel and express compassion and concern for his/her situation. You’d ask how it happened, and you also offer to help with whatever they might want or need right now. 2. You are skiing and you fall and can tell you broke a bone. What do you say to yourself? Chances are you get mad at yourself. Maybe you swear and tell yourself how stupid you are, what an idiot you are, that you should have known better or seen this coming. Bottom line, most likely you unleash a barrage of self-criticism, with no kindness, support or self-compassion. In the scenarios above, you can substitute whatever your self-critical voice says to you when you make a mistake, forget something or fail, and compare that to what you’d say to a friend in the same situation. Imagine how your experience with yourself would be so different if you talked to yourself like you do to a treasured friend, or to anyone about whom you care.


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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) The posh magazine Tatler came up with a list of fashionable new names for parents who want to ensure their babies get a swanky start in life. Since you Aquarians are in a phase when you can generate good fortune by rebranding yourself or remaking your image, I figure you might be interested in using one of these monikers as a nickname or alias. At the very least, hearing them could whet your imagination to come up with your own ideas. Here are Tatler’s chic avant-garde names for girls: CzarCzar; Debonaire; Estonia; Figgy; Gethsemane; Power; Queenie. Here are some boys’ names: Barclay; Euripides; Gustav; Innsbruck; Ra; Uxorious; Wigbert; Zebedee. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Now that you have finally paid off one of your debts to the past, you can start window-shopping for the future’s best offers. The coming days will be a transition time as you vacate the power spot you’ve outgrown and ramble out to reconnoiter potential new power spots. So bid your crisp farewells to waning traditions, lost causes, ghostly temptations, and the deadweight of people’s expectations. Then start preparing a vigorous first impression to present to promising allies out there in the frontier.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made a few short jaunts through the air in a flying machine they called the Flyer. It was a germinal step in a process that ultimately led to your ability to travel 600 miles per hour while sitting in a chair 30,000 feet above the earth. Less than 66 years after the Wright Brothers’ breakthrough, American astronauts landed a space capsule on the moon. They had with them a patch of fabric from the left wing of the Flyer. I expect that during the coming weeks, you will be climaxing a long-running process that deserves a comparable ritual. Revisit the early stages of the work that enabled you to be where you are now.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Was Napoléon Bonaparte an oppressor or liberator? The answer is both. His work in the world hurt a lot of people and helped a lot of people. One of his more magnanimous escapades transpired in June 1798, when he and his naval forces invaded the island of Malta. During his six-day stay, he released political prisoners, abolished slavery, granted religious freedom to Jews, opened 15 schools, established the right to free speech, and shut down the Inquisition. What do his heroics have to do with you? I don’t want to exaggerate, but I expect that you, too, now have the power to unleash a blizzard of benevolence in your sphere. Do it in your own style, of course, not Napoléon’s. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit,” said French playwright Molière. I’m going to make that your motto for now, Scorpio. You have pursued a gradual, steady approach to ripening, and soon it will pay off in the form of big bright blooms. Congratulations on having the faith to keep plugging away in the dark! I applaud your determination to be dogged and persistent about following your intuition even though few people have appreciated what you were doing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The growth you can and should foster in the coming weeks will be stimulated by quirky and unexpected prods. To get you started, here are a few such prods. 1. What’s your hidden or dormant talent, and what could you do to awaken and mobilize it? 2. What’s something you’re afraid of but might be able to turn into a resource? 3. If you were a different gender for a week, what would you do and what would your life be like? 4. Visualize a dream you’d like to have while you’re asleep tonight. 5. If you could transform anything about yourself, what would it be? 6. Imagine you’ve won a free vacation to anywhere you want. Where would you go?





















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CANCER (June 21-July 22) Ray Bradbury’s dystopian bestseller Fahrenheit 451 was among the most successful of the 27 novels he wrote. It CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) won numerous awards and has been adopted into films, You might think you have uncovered the truth, the whole plays, and graphic novels. Bradbury wrote the original truth, and nothing but the truth. But according to my version of the story in nine days, using a typewriter he analysis of the astrological omens, you’re just a bit more rented for 20 cents per hour. When his publisher urged than halfway there. In order to get the rest of the goods, him to double the manuscript’s length, he spent another you’ll have to ignore your itch to be done with the search. nine days doing so. According to my reading of the plan- You’ll have to be unattached to being right and smart and etary configurations, you Cancerians now have a similar authoritative. So please cultivate patience. Be expansive potential to be surprisingly efficient and economical as and magnanimous as you dig deeper. For best results, you work on an interesting creation or breakthrough align yourself with poet Richard Siken’s definition: “The -- especially if you mix a lot of play and delight into your truth is complicated. It’s two-toned, multi-vocal, bittersweet.” labors. Go to for Rob Brezsny’s expanded weekly audio horoscopes and daily text-message horoscopes. Audio horoscopes also available by phone at 877-873-4888 or 900-950-7700.



GEMINI (May 21-June 20) In 2006, five percent of the world’s astronomers gathered at an international conference and voted to demote Pluto from a planet to a “dwarf planet.” Much of the world agreed to honor their declaration. Since then, though, there has arisen a campaign by equally authoritative astronomers to restore Pluto to full planet status. The crux of the issue is this: How shall we define the nature of a planet? But for the people of New Mexico, the question has been resolved. State legislators there formally voted to regard Pluto as a planet. They didn’t accept the demotion. I encourage you to be inspired by their example, Gemini. Whenever there are good arguments from opposing sides about important matters, trust your gut feelings. Stand up for your preferred version of the story.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) In 2004, a man named Jerry Lynn tied a battery-operated alarm clock to a string and dangled it down a vent in his house. He was hoping that when the alarm sounded, he would get a sense of the best place to drill a hole in his wall to run a wire for his TV. But the knot he’d made wasn’t perfect, and the clock slipped off and plunged into an inaccessible spot behind the wall. Then, every night for 13 years, the alarm rang for a minute. The battery was unusually strong! A few months ago, Lynn decided to end the mild but constant irritation. Calling on the help of duct specialists, he retrieved the persistent clock. With this story as your inspiration, and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you Virgos to finally put an end to your equivalent of the maddening alarm clock. (Read the story:


ARIES (March 21-April 19) At 12,388 feet, Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest peak. If you’re in good shape, you can reach the top in seven hours. The return trip can be done in half the time -- if you’re cautious. The loose rocks on the steep trail are more likely to knock you off your feet on the way down than on the way up. I suspect this is an apt metaphor for you in the coming weeks, Aries. Your necessary descent may be deceptively challenging. So make haste slowly! Your power animals are the rabbit and the snail.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Poet Louise Glück has characterized herself as “afflicted with longing yet incapable of forming durable attachments.” If there is anything in you that even partially fits that description, I have good news: In the coming weeks, you’re likely to feel blessed by longing rather than afflicted by it. The foreseeable future will also be prime time for you to increase your motivation and capacity to form durable attachments. Take full advantage of this fertile grace period!


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