Jackson

Rebecca Huntington

We've all heard stories about businesses that start in a garage or on the back of a cocktail napkin. But it takes a lot more than a great idea and some elbow grease to build a business from scratch. So a new Jackson program, called the Start-Up Institute, is running a business boot camp for entrepreneurs. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington has more. 

REBECCA HUNTINGTON: This is what you might consider finals for sixteen students completing Jackson's first-ever Start-Up Institute.

KELLIE HOTEMA: I'm too tired to be nervous.

Salt Lake City-based singer-songwriter Kate MacLeod has a new album coming out at the end of the year. At Ken Sanders Rare Books is a live collection of songs written over the past 30 years, all based on books. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with Kate MacLeod about the new record and her Wyoming-inspired songs.

Snake River Ranch

Ranchers have always planned for the next season and the next generation…and as such have been natural conservationists. But new management tools in the conservation toolbox are making it easier for land owners to be successful stewards of their land. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that ranchers are up for the challenge. 

National Museum of Wildlife Art

The government shutdown has hobbled Teton County, gateway to two national parks. But just south of the barricades, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers dramatic views of wild animals in a new photo exhibit.

When the parks are open, tourists cruising by might miss the museum discretely built into the hillside. With the parks closed, fewer tourists are making the trip. Being overlooked is a theme in a new exhibit ‘The Wild Wonders of Europe.’ Museum president and CEO Jim McNutt says it shows wildlife can be seen in unexpected places.

Nate Ver Burg, founder of Elevated Ideas, has an uncanny ability to see things differently.  He uses this talent to instigate revolutionary change in business by forcing companies and industries to shatter their established mindsets.  Nate’s prescient perspective is equally influential in both business and personal experiences.  He lives and works in Jackson Hole.

Mexico's consul general for Utah and Wyoming, Eduardo Arnal Palomera, made a rare visit to Jackson this month. He held a public forum, chatted with some of the 180 people lined up to renew Mexican passports and IDs and also met with town and county officials.

Latino Resource Center Executive Director Sonia Capece says the visit was a big deal.

More than 500 industry people gathered in Jackson this week for the 17th Annual Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair. Wyoming Public Radio’s energy and natural resources reporter, Stephanie Joyce was there, and she joins us now to talk about the event.

BOB BECK: So, what are the biggest issues on the mind of Wyoming’s oil and gas industry right now?

Former lawyer turned fly fishing guide David Riley Bertsch has written a book dealing with both of his passions.  Jake Trent is the main Character in the book called Death Canyon. 

Trent is a former criminal lawyer turned fly fishing guide who runs a bed and breakfast in Jackson, Wyoming.  But some a late season avalanche kills a skier, a French couple may have suffered a bear attack, and Jake himself finds the body of a tourist in fishing gear. 

Ruth Ann moved to Jackson, Wyoming to start her own business in 1988.  Since then, she has owned two successful businesses and has become involved in Wyoming politics.  Learn about her journey to Jackson and her desire to serve as a Wyoming Representative.

Rebecca Huntington

A new group is convinced that, with a little coaching, Jackson Hole can become the Silicon Valley of the Rockies. In fact, this ad hoc group has even taken the name Silicon Couloir. (Coo-LAR) They're convinced that within the state the investors exist to help grow more startup businesses. But what's lacking is a venue for investors and entrepreneurs to meet. The possible solution is known as Pitch Day.   

Kathryn Turner

Wyoming landscape painter Kathryn Turner grew up on Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park surrounded by dramatic views of her favorite subject, the Tetons.

And in her words, she’s spent the past 20 years trying to do them justice. “And they are challenging! And what makes them challenging is they’re always changing, with the light, with the seasons, with the way the clouds move over them, obscuring them, changing the shadows. So they provide a lifetime of material,” added Turner.

His film and TV credits include the recent Smurfs movies, Shrek 2, and Rugrats, but screenwriter David Weiss also attracts attention for his faith. He grew up a secular Jew, converted to Christianity, and later became an observant orthodox Jew. That’s the subject of his lectures Friday and Saturday at the Chabad Jewish Center in Jackson. Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer reached Weiss by phone as he was driving from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to work on a script.

Rebecca Huntington

Roughly three years ago, two women undertook an effort to take a group of middle school girls in Jackson under their wing with the goal of helping them get into college.  The effort is called College Bound Latinas and the program has had some early success.  But a recent interaction with a University of Wyoming Professor is taking the girls even further as Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.

Richard Bernstein is an attorney and triathlete who was born blind. He represents disabled clients pro-bono at his family’s law firm outside Detroit, and is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University.

He’s speaking his weekend at the Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming in Jackson Hole. Bernstein’s talk, called “Vision is Overrated: A Blind Attorney and Athlete” is part of the Chabad Center’s “Distinguished Lecture Series.” He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez from his cell phone in Yellowstone National Park.

Gloria Baxter: Professor Emeritus of the University of Memphis School of Dance and Theater, Gloria was invited by The Murie Center of Grand Teton National Park to create an original narrative theater adaptation based on the writings of Olaus and Margaret Murie, pioneers in the American wilderness movement.

Jackson Boy Scouts to auction off elk antlers

May 17, 2013

Jackson District Boy Scouts will host their annual Elk Antler Auction during Elkfest in the Jackson Town Square this weekend.

Each year, the Boy Scouts receive a special-use permit to collect shed antlers on the National Elk Refuge. They then tie the antlers into large bundles for customers to bid on by weight.

One-quarter of the proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts, and the rest will go to the Elk Refuge to fund elk habitat projects.

Elk Refuge spokeswoman Lori Iverson says many of the auction customers are artists.

If you’re looking for big, stately elk antlers to hang on your wall, the National Elk Refuge in Jackson would be a great place to find them… except the public isn’t allowed onto the elk habitat. Instead, the Refuge and the Jackson Boy Scouts are gathering and bundling antlers to sell at the annual Elk Antler Auction in Jackson next weekend to benefit elk habitat projects. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with the Refuge’s Lori Iverson about it. Iverson says she understands why people want elk antlers, but protecting the wildlife is her first priority.

Erica Courtney has built one of the most recognized and successful fine jewelry brands in the industry, fueled by her innate entrepreneurial spirit and extraordinary artistic talent.

Kevin Meehan: Biochemist, Kevin Meehan, has a thriving acupuncture and naturopathic health practice here in Jackson Hole.  He shares with us his journey from childhood diabetes to a flourishing business producing a variety of health products

With roots in Haiti and Colombia, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn and track footprints across the country and globe on a mission to make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible. Alixa and Naima's acclaimed performance is composed dual-voice poems and multimedia theater that explores diverse themes.

Sophie Burden was raised on Remuda Ranch, an historic dude ranch established by her family outside of Wickenburg, Arizona. Sophie married Dom Echeverria, a Basque who proved passionate, loving...and explosive. Their life together took them to the high Andes of Peru, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, where they ran one of the largest ranching operations in the West.

The artwork of Kathryn Mapes Turner has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Here she was born as the fourth generation to be raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape amid what she believes to be the most spectacular scenery on earth.

Rebecca Huntington

In our occasional series “Upstarts,” we profile Wyoming entrepreneurs. Today we take you to Teton County where we meet an entrepreneur who has invented a way to improve your water bottle. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington has more.

REBECCA HUNTINGTON: Like lots of inventions, Steve Kitto's started with a problem that needed fixing.

Team Jackson Hole, a team of cyclists out of Jackson, is sponsoring the showing of ‘Rising from Ashes,’ a documentary about genocide survivors in Rwanda who pursue their dream of a national cycling team. I spoke with Producer Dan Cooper and former professional cyclist Scott Nydam, who helped train the athletes, about what cycling means to Team Rwanda.

The movie will be shown on March 9th, at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, at 6 pm.  Cooper and Nydam will be there to answer questions.

Ambassador to Egypt, Israel to visit Jackson

Feb 1, 2013
Courtesy Princeton University

A former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel will be visiting Jackson next week. Daniel Kurtzer is now a professor at Princeton University and recently edited a book about the Arab-Israeli conflict. During his visit to Wyoming, he’ll be giving a talk entitled “America and the Middle East: Challenges of Change.” He considers it very important for the U.S. to take a leadership role in resolving conflicts in the Middle East and helping countries there transition to Democracy.

Jackson Hole Rodeo commits to non-sectarian prayer

Dec 18, 2012

The provider of the Jackson Hole Rodeo has agreed to change the event’s opening prayer to be non-sectarian.

Jackson Mayor Mark Barron says the rodeo used to open with a prayer that mentioned Jesus, and his office received complaints about that.

“We have contestants that don’t follow that faith,” Barron said. “We have attendees that come from around the world. And so there were some people who didn’t appreciate the Christian element of the prayer.”

The town’s new concession agreement specifies that the opening prayer will be non-sectarian.

Firefighters are making progress against a 400-acre wildfire threating 13 homes in western Wyoming.
 
The fire was 20 percent contained Wednesday. It ignited Sunday 30 miles west of Pinedale and has prompted some evacuation orders.
 
No buildings have been reported lost. The cause remains under investigation.

Rebecca Huntington

First started in 1971, Dancers' Workshop has been teaching dance in Jackson for more than four decades. Today, the non-profit dance school reaches nearly 500 students, from toddlers to adults. And the group brings dance into the lives of thousands of more people through its performances, including a series that presents world-renown companies from New York to San Francisco. But the school's audiences and students are not just in Jackson. Rebecca Huntington has more...

Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum

Jul 26, 2012
Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum

The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Teton County, founded in 1958. Now located in a new year-round building at 225 N. Cache, the museum’s current exhibit is “Playing Hard: Labor and Leisure in Jackson Hole.” It explores the nature of recreation and how it evolved from the hard work of early day residents. The temporary exhibit is a sample of work gathered during a two-year collaborative project with Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone-Bannock tribal members.

Off Square Theatre Company – Jackson

Jul 17, 2012
Off Square Theatre Company

Off Square Theatre Company:  Wyoming's Professional Theatre!

Off Square Theatre Company (OSTC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit company founded in Jackson Hole in 1998. Named as the resident theater company in the Center for the Arts, OSTC’s mission is to produce and present theater of the highest professional standards that inspires, stimulates, and entertains its diverse audiences; to conduct training and educational programs that enhance the quality of life for those they serve; and to help ensure the future of theater in the state of Wyoming.

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