LODGING: The Bentwood Inn B&B, Jackson Hole, WY

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For a beautiful and relaxing experience in Jackson Hole, visit The Bentwood Inn B&B in nearby Teton Village. A short drive from downtown Jackson, and a short drive to the slopes, The Bentwood Inn offers luxury and ambiance year-round. Outside Magazine called The Bentwood “One of North America’s best Ecolodges,” and as soon as you pull into the drive you’ll see why. We greatly enjoyed our own stay, with a lovely gas fireplace, spacious bathroom and a delicious night’s sleep.

Visit their website to learn more about The Bentwood Inn B&B – and when you’re planning your next Teton vacation, check them out!

FROM THE PARKS: Closure for Peregrine Falcon Area Lifted

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Closure Lifted After Peregrine Falcon Chick Fledges
from Baxter’s Pinnacle Nest


MOOSE, WY — The public closure at Baxter’s Pinnacle and Descent Gully near the mouth of Cascade Canyon was lifted on Thursday, August 15. This area closure went into effect on May 1 to protect an active peregrine falcon nest. Due in part to the protection provided by this wildlife closure, the adult falcons successfully reared and fledged one chick.

The Baxter’s Pinnacle peregrines experienced little to no human interruption during their incubation and chick-rearing phases thanks to active support from the park’s two authorized concessionaires for guided climbing services, and to the cooperation of Jackson Hole’s climbing community that demonstrated responsible behavior and respected the closure. Peregrines are cliff nesters and can be sensitive to human disturbance, especially during their nesting period. Falcons are quite territorial and will often abandon nests to defend their territory, which leads to nest failure and low reproductive success.

Decimated by the harmful effects of the pesticide DDT, it is believed that peregrine falcons were virtually eliminated from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) by the 1960s. In 1980, efforts to reintroduce peregrine falcons to Grand Teton National Park were initiated in conjunction with similar efforts elsewhere in the GYE and western United States.  Between 1980 and 1986, 52 fledgling falcons were released at several sites in the Teton Range; seven to eight birds were released each time. After sufficient recovery was achieved, peregrines were delisted from the endangered species list in 1999. However, peregrine falcons remain a species of concern in Grand Teton National Park where only four nesting pairs exist. The Baxter’s nest area was first discovered in 2010, and it has produced one chick in three of the last four years (2010, 2011, and 2013). One other Teton site fledged two chicks this year.

The public closure served a second purpose: to also protect climbers from the peregrines as they will defend their nest site by dive-bombing perceived intruders. The peregrine falcon is among the world’s fastest birds, flying at 40-55 mph and diving at more than 200 mph while defending a territory or striking prey. This posed a safety risk to climbers who may have been knocked off their rock ‘perch’ and injured.

Seasonal and temporary closures for wildlife protection are common in Grand Teton to protect both wildlife and park users. Entering a posted wildlife closure is a violation that can result in a citation and fine under the code of federal regulations.

Jackson Art & GTNP Park News

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Looking to hunt bison or elk at the Elk Refuge near Jackson? Visit our blog post about their updates & progress…

Annual Astronomy Day to ‘Focus’ on Constellations and Galaxies at GTNP

Hosted by Grand Teton National Park & Jackson Hole Astronomy Club

MOOSE, WY —  Grand Teton National Park will join the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club to host the annual Grand Teton Astronomy Day this Sunday, August 11. Family-oriented activities are on tap which offer fun and educational opportunities to identify and appreciate galactic bodies such as constellations, star clusters, nebulae, sunspots, and much more.

Throughout the day, astronomy themed videos will be shown in the Colter Bay Visitor Center auditorium, including an 11:30 a.m. showing of the award winning documentary, The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps. Outdoor events begin at 2 p.m. at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and end with a late-night star-gazing session on Jackson Lake.

To highlight Grand Teton Astronomy Day, specially filtered telescopes will be available to safely view sunspots and other solar features from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on the back deck of the Colter Bay Visitor Center. During the same time frame, children and adults can discover fun and fascinating information at exhibits and information tables.

At 9 p.m. Bob Hoyle, current park ranger naturalist and former professor of astronomy, will present an evening program at the Colter Bay amphitheater titled, “Watchers of the Sky.” This presentation focuses on the cultural history of astronomy and how early sky-watching evolved into the sciences of astronomy and astrophysics.

As a finale, several large telescopes will be set up from 10 p.m. to midnight along the shore of Colter Bay for participants to view stars, galaxies, nebulae and other celestial objects. Anyone planning to attend the evening program and telescope observation session should dress warmly as evening temperatures at Colter Bay can be quite chilly, even in August.

More information about Astronomy Day is available by calling the Colter Bay Visitor Center at 307.739.3594.

Amazing Animals at Museum’s August Mix’d Media

Printmaking, live music, and local beer featured at outdoor event

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – August 5, 2013 – Create your own Warhol-style image at the National Museum of Wildlife Art as part of the museum’s monthly Mix’d Media. The final Mix’d Media of the season to be offered outdoors on the museum’s sculpture trail, the August event connects to the “Amazing Animals: John James Audubon to Andy Warhol” exhibition, on display through August 18.  Featuring portfolios of American wildlife from the early hand-colored engravings produced by John James Audubon and George Catlin to modern versions by Andy Warhol and Walton Ford, the show will provide inspiration for Mix’d Media’s hands-on art project.

The “Amazing Animals” themed Mix’d Media event will take place August 8 from 6-9 p.m. and is open to the public for a $5 cover charge; free for members. In addition to enjoying live music by Whiskey Mornin’ and beer from Roadhouse Brewing Company, guests can try their hands at printmaking with Teton Art Lab as guest artists Aaron Wallis and Scott Craighead provide instruction – or use the sculpture trail pathways as canvas in a sidewalk chalk drawing activity. Dinner and a specialty libation will be themed to the event.

Mix’d Media is sponsored by Home Health for Pets, First Interstate Bank, and Spring Creek Ranch.

In addition to its busy art exhibition schedule, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a full schedule of year-round community programming, with some 100 free events including art-making activities, films, lectures, “edutainment,” Art in Action guest artists workshops, cultural fun on the museum’s new Sculpture Trail and much more. The museum also provides free high-quality educational enrichment for school children, from online and onsite curriculum for teachers to student art contests and thematic school tours. And the museum becomes a vibrant community gathering space during popular social happenings like its monthly First Sundays and Mix’d Media events.

A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Rangers Use Road Spikes to Stop Fleeing Vehicle for Second Time This Summer

MOOSE, WY —  A 57-year-old Victorville, California man led a Grand Teton National Park ranger on a fast-moving pursuit on U.S. Highway 26/89/191 north of Moose Junction late Sunday night, August 4. The ranger attempted to stop the vehicle for crossing the centerline several times, but the driver did not yield and increased his speed instead.

At 11:06 p.m., the park ranger contacted Teton Interagency Dispatch Center to request back up as she tried to pull over the driver of a 2002 Ford pickup traveling northbound on Highway 89. The driver refused to stop and gradually increased his speed from 40 to 60 mph. The nighttime speed limit on Highway 89 is 45 mph. Two North District rangers responded to the call for assistance, and they placed road spikes across the highway near Triangle X Ranch. The spike strips were successful in slowing the fleeing vehicle, although the driver continued traveling on flat tires before coming to a stop near Cunningham Cabin nearly one mile beyond the road spikes.

While in pursuit, the ranger also saw the driver toss something from the truck window just before the vehicle came to a stop. An additional ranger and drug dog responded to search for the tossed item, which turned out to be a controlled substance.

The driver was arrested for interference with agency functions, and charged with several additional violations: operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs; refusing to submit to a blood alcohol/drug test; and possession of a controlled substance. While the California man has no current warrants, he has a lengthy criminal history. He was taken into custody and placed in the Teton County jail pending an appearance before the federal magistrate.

This arrest marks the second time within the last month that park rangers have resorted to the use of spike strips to stop a fleeing vehicle. The first incident occurred July 15 when Jackson Police Department requested the park’s assistance in stopping a driver suspected of drunk driving. The 19-year-old female driver of that vehicle reached speeds of 90 mph before crossing a spike strip near the Jackson Hole Airport Junction on Highway 89.  She was taken into custody by Jackson police officers and remains in jail on multiple federal charges.

Using spike strips can be an effective way to stop vehicles involved in a fast-moving or high-speed pursuit before they endanger others. Neither incident resulted in any injuries.

“All one Breath” — An Artist Exhibits Paintings Inspired by the Spirit of Unity

Trio Fine Art hosts an unprecedented exhibition of paintings by Kathryn Mapes Turner.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming:  Nationally celebrated artist, Kathryn Mapes Turner has spent the majority of her young life in a majestic mountain valley that has profoundly influences her work. Her powerful yet sensitively rendered landscapes communicate the life-long relationship she has developed with this grand scenery. With skilled use of light, harmonious color, and layers of texture, Turner explores the her connection with the natural world. The result is enduring imagery that evokes the intensely emotional association she has with the landscape of this valley since her childhood.

  • August 21- September 7th, 2013
  • Artist Reception August 22th 5-8 p.m. Turner will lead a Conversation on Creative Collaboration at 6:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.
  • Gallery hours Wednesday-Saturday noon-6 p.m.
  • Exhibition can be viewed online at www.triofineart.com after August 20th

Painting — A Co-Creative Process


The title of this exhibition relates to Turner’s awareness of the interconnectedness of all things. This past year, she has explored the concepts of collaboration.  For Turner’s work, the initial spark of inspiration is derived from the dynamic complexities of the natural world – all of which are interdependent.  Once a connection is made between the artist and subject matter, the scenes are carefully edited and purposely distilled to reveal the subject’s true essence.  Turner says, “A painting is a conversation between the land and canvas. I have the privilege of being the translator between the two!”


Kathryn Turner had the good fortunate of being born into a fourth generation ranching family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her native valley is distinguished now by its preservation of wildness and for its vibrant art community.  Both have shaped her as an artist and now she is an active participant in arts organization as well as conservation.  “Growing up on the Triangle X Ranch taught me a great deal about the spirit of cooperation. In the creation of an evolved future, we are all in this together..”  says Turner. In the past year, Turner has shared her art talent with the Grand Teton Association, The Teton Raptor Center, and most recently with the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s View 22 as a way of supporting conservation efforts.  As a founding artist member of Trio Fine Art Gallery, the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Artists and the Jackson Hole Art Association, she is an integral member of the arts community. Recently she teamed up with her brother, Mark Turner, to collaborate the remarkably successful OneNest Project. (visit www.onenestproject.com). Kathryn remarks, “Invaluably, I have benefited from collaborations with other artists. In the creative process, a magical synergy can transpire when people work together.” In this exhibition, Turner celebrates this continuum of creative flow.

Turner’s work has been recognized nationally by many top awards including “Best of Show” at the American Impressionist Society and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Association.  Her paintings have been exhibited at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Wyoming State Museum and the Charlie Russell Museum.  SouthWest Art recognized Turner as “21 Young Artists with Promising Careers.”

ON THE CALENDAR: July 19, 2013

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ROCK SPRINGS: National High School Finals Rodeo Continues — through July 20

Sweetwater County and the Events Complex will be hosting 1,500+ competitors from 41 US states as well as 5 Provinces in Canada and Australia for the National High School Finals Rodeo, 2012-2015.  The National High School Rodeo Finals is the largest rodeo in the world with 13 performances over 7 days.  Sweetwater County is expected to realize an economic impact of $7-$8 million each year with attendance for the 13 performances topping 100,000

If you’re planning on attending the National High School Rodeo Finals, be sure and check out theirLodging page for a full list of area hotels, motels and campgrounds. Visit the complex’s website for a schedule of events!

CHEYENNE:  Cheyenne Frontier Days — July 19-28

Here we go, Cheyenne — CFD is HERE!!! This annual event, the Daddy of ‘Em All, brings visitors from throughout the globe to the state’s capitol. Visit their website for all the details — schedule, events, concerts, carnivals, pancake breakfasts, parades, and of course…RODEO!!!!!  Thanks to our official photographer, Don Christner of Cheyenne & our friend Cliff Cox, who will be providing us with all sorts of great images!

EVANSTON: Evanson Brew Fest — July 20

The Evanston Main Street’s Brew Fest is a huge annual event! Enjoy brew from local Suds Bros., New Belgium, Blue Moon and many more! July 20, 1-5 PM — with food,  music and fun added in! Depot Square, Downtown Evanston. Music, food & vendors will be open on Main Street from 1-10 PM. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the gate — click here for more info!

DUBOIS — National Day of the Cowboy — July 26-27

Lots of western fun to be had at this great annual event! This year, Longmire fans rejoice! They’ll be incorporating a tip of the hat to WY author Craig Johnson & will feature autographed Longmire Books, bumper stickers & a Red Pony Saloon ball cap or 2 in our NDOC celebration on July 27th. Thank you to Julie @ Two Ocean Books for making all the arrangements! Visit the National Day of the Cowboy Dubois website for more info on this event!

CASPER — Casper Air Modelers Fun Fly — July 26-28

Regional Fun Fly for RC Plane Enthusiasts and Spectators

Starting Friday July 26th and continuing through Sunday July 28th, Casper Air Modelers are excited to announce the 2013 Annual Fun Fly and RC Aircraft Fly In. The fly in weekend will provide a great opportunity for air modelers around the region to showcase their models, machines and skills. All ages are welcomed to attend and view model aircraft, flying demonstrations and talk with experts about radio controlled aircraft. Their will be aircraft of all types, shapes and sizes such as large scale airplanes up to 10′ wing spans, micro electric RC aircraft, electric and gas operated helicopters and everything in between. RC pilots are welcomed to attend and fly but an AMA membership is required to conform to insurance regulations. The Casper Air Modelers facility is located just north of the Casper Events Center and just west of the motocross track north of Casper. Models will be on display and flying will be done weather permitting from 8am to 8pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Visit their website for more information!

LARAMIE: Downtown Laramie Mural Project — through July 21

Image by Laramie Main Street

Over the last few weeks the Laramie Mural Project has seen the Laramie community come together in support of local public art. From a tiny seed and a hopeful vision, this project has grown into something we can all be proud of! Now that in the home stretch, they are continuing to share their enthusiasm for this project. They’re aiming to meet their goal of $15,000 by July 21 — if they are not able to reach our goal of $15,000 by July 21, we will not receive any of the pledges and this will be the last summer for the Laramie Mural Project (insert sad face here).

Contact the Laramie Main Street Alliance at 307-760-3355  and visit the project’s website for more information and/or to make a pledge — they are soooooooooooooo close!


image courtesy Grand Teton National Park

JACKSON HOLE: T.A. Moulton Barn Anniversary Celebration — July 20

Visit our blog post on the T.A. Moulton Barn Anniversary Celebration for more details — and if you have an image of the barn, please submit it for our upcoming digital publication spotlighting the history of this historic Wyoming icon! More details on the blog… 

LANDER: Riverfest — July 27

The Lander Art Center will host the 5th Annual Riverfest Art and Music in the Park

Saturday, July 27th
9:30am-8pm in Lander City Park.

Spend the day in Lander’s beautiful city park enjoying great art, live music, fun activities, and delicious food and drink! This event offers 30 booths of high quality original artwork from local and regional artists. Artwork includes jewelry, metal, woodworking, painting, photography, leather work, ceramics, fiber and paper arts.

There will be artist demonstrations, art activities and face painting from the Lander Art Center and an activity from the Lander Children’s Museum.

This year’s performances include:

Youth dance led by Jackson Hole Dancers Workshop

Buffalo Bill Boycott Band, Lander WY

Drag the River, Fort Collins CO

Chanman Roots Band, Jackson WY
Entry $5, kids free
All proceeds support the Lander Art Center in putting on this event.

image via Fort Laramie website

FORT LARAMIE:  75th Anniversary of National Monument Status Celebration

The Park will be celebrating 75 years since it was proclaimed a National Monument by President Franklin Roosevelt on July 16, 1938.  The inclusion of Fort Laramie in the National Park System was the culmination of years of hard work by interested local citizens who recognized the hugely significant role that Fort Laramie played in the shaping of the United States of America.  Park Superintendent Mitzi Frank pointed out that it is impossible to pick up a book about history of 19th century America and fail to find the name “Fort Laramie” prominently featured.

Visit the park on Saturday, July 20 to celebrate this momentous anniversary! Click here for more information on this historic Wyoming treasure.

Photography News From Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine

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We have lots happening in the photography world right now!

Read on for information on submitting your summer event photos — our new timeline cover photo contest — and our upcoming look at the T.A. Moulton Barn’s 100th anniversary! (Hint: we’re looking for YOUR pictures!)

Ten Sleep 4th of July Rodeo — image by David Huber Photography, Worland


Have you see our album of summer event photos on Facebook yet? They’re really something! We’ve got shots coming in of rodeos, festivals, parades — it’s awesome! Submit your photos via our Facebook page or email to us at editor@wyolifestyle.com!


Our timeline cover photo contest is an exciting thing that we do at WLM — and we’re ready to get a new contest going! The greatest theme requests were for summer events & activities — since Wyoming is full of them in the summer months! Rodeos, fairs, parades, concerts, festivals — there is so much happening around the Cowboy State — or what does summertime activity mean to you? Submit three photos max per photographer — horizontal images work best for Facebook timeline images. Submit via our Facebook page or email to editor@wyolifestyle.com — we’ll accept images through the evening of July 26, then voting begins!

100th Anniversary of T.A. Moulton Barn — We’re Looking for Your Images!

We are thrilled to have an opportunity to promote the T.A. Moulton Barn’s 100th anniversary, and bring notice to their fundraising efforts to restore one of the most photographed barns in the world! Through July 31, submit your photos of the T.A. Moulton Barn (please note this is the barn with the sharp triangular roof) — submit your photos and how you wish to be credited via email (editor@wyolifestyle.com) or on our Facebook page (Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine). We will create a special, digital supplement of the photos that will be shared on our website and via our social media channels. By submitting their photos, photographers agree to have their photo digitally published with proper credits — no financial compensation is offered. Please remember this is only the T.A. Moulton Barn that we are spotlighting currently — it is pictured below.

Below, please find information on Grand Teton National Park’s celebration of the 100th annivesary of the T.A. Moulton Barn!

image courtesy Grand Teton National Park

T.A. Moulton Barn Centennial Countdown & Lowdown


MOOSE, WY — Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and the Moulton family would like to remind locals and visitors of the upcoming 100th anniversary celebration of the Thomas Alma Moulton barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Saturday, July 20, 2013.  Attendees are advised to be prepared for a day in the sun and bring sunscreen, sun hats, and shade umbrellas. Special Moulton Barn water bottles will be available for purchase, as an alternative to disposable water bottles.


Parking will be extremely limited at Mormon Row and on Antelope Flats Road. Consequently, anyone wishing to attend the centennial activities should park and ride.  Buses will provide free shuttles to and from the Moulton Barn between 8:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a start from the Moose Post Office parking lot. As an added bonus, Big Red Tours is offering free shuttle service from the town of Jackson to the Mormon Road venue aboard their open-top, double-decker London bus. To ensure a seat, RSVPs are requested at 307.413.9946.  The schedule is as follows:


9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. from the parking garage on Glenwood Street near the Center for the Arts building
9:40 a.m. & 10:40 a.m. from Home Ranch parking lot on North Cache Street


10 a.m. & 11 a.m. at Moulton Barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park


12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. from Mormon Row with stops at the Home Ranch lot & Glenwood parking garage


Several activities will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The activities schedule is as follows:

9:00 a.m. — Live music, light refreshments, raffle ticket sales, and historic photo display begins

9:15 a.m. — “In Blacktail’s Shadow” site-specific dance by Heather Sultz at Moulton Barn

9:30 a.m. — Barn tour by Harrison Goodall & Storytelling by Ken Thomasma at Moulton Ranch Cabins

9:45 a.m. — Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum oral history booth begins

10:00 a.m. — Children’s quick draw and activity table with park ranger at Moulton Barn begins

10:30 a.m. — Barn tour by Harrison Goodall & Storytelling by Ken Thomasma at Moulton Ranch Cabins

11:00 a.m. — “In Blacktail’s Shadow” site-specific dance by Heather Sultz at Moulton Barn

11:45 a.m. — Raffle and silent auction winners announced

12:30 p.m. — Welcome by Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and remarks by

Jackson Mayor Mark Barron, Teton County Commissioner Paul Vogelheim, Jerry Moulton, grandson of Lucile & T.A. Moulton, and Sara Needles, Administrator for Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources


All proceeds from the silent auction and raffle events held at the Moulton Ranch Cabins will benefit a T.A. Moulton Barn Centennial Preservation Fund managed by the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and Grand Teton Association.


For more information about the T.A. Moulton barn and life on Mormon Row, along with historic photos, please visit the Web at www.themoultonbarn.com.


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46th Annual Antler Auction Generates Record Totals

Despite the steady rain and cool conditions, a good crowd turned out for the 46th annual Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction in Jackson, Wyoming on Saturday, May 18. The sale, held each year on the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend, makes available shed antlers collected from the National Elk Refuge.

This year, 8,507 pounds of antlers were sold at the auction, up from the 7,398 sold last year and the previous 10–year average of 8,133 pounds. More notable that the slight increase in antlers, however, was the average price per pound paid this year by the 103 buyers registered at the sale. Bidders paid an average of $15.43 per pound at Saturday’s auction, or $5.71 per pound higher than the $9.72 average during the previous 10 years. “We had heard the market was up this year,” Refuge spokesperson Lori Iverson said, “but it was exciting to see it come to fruition on Saturday.” 

Because of the higher price paid per pound, Saturday’s sale yielded a total of $131,400. During the past decade, the amount generated from the auction has averaged $77,781. Refuge records indicate this year’s total sales and price per pound set records, exceeding the $111,305 generated in 2011 and the $13.79 per pound. average paid in 1989. In 2012, the sale brought in a total of $90,469 with an average price per pound of $12.15.

The majority of proceeds from the antler auction are donated to the National Elk Refuge, which maintains approximately 25,000 acres as winter range for the Jackson Elk Herd. The money generated from the sale is used for habitat projects on the Refuge. In 2012, the proceeds were a key funding source for paying seasonal irrigators and purchasing additional GPS collars to track and document elk distribution and migration.

In previous years, the Jackson District Boy Scouts received 20% of the auction proceeds for their assistance with the event. The District uses the  money to pay Friends of Scouting dues, a fee required for them to remain in the Boy Scouts of America organization and offer scouting in the Jackson area. The funding also helps them continue supplementing fees for day camps, leader and Scout training, and other activities. This spring, Refuge Manager Steve Kallin revised a Memorandum of Understanding with the Scouts and increased the District’s share of proceeds to 25%, recognizing the extraordinary effort it takes to pull off such a large event as the antler auction. Each year, Scouts and Scout leaders donate approximately 2,000 to prepare and execute the sale, comparable to one staff member working a 40–hour week for a full year. “The relationship we have with the Jackson District Boy Scout leaders is outstanding, and their partnership contributions are notable,” Kallin explained. An article describing the behind–the–scenes work that goes into preparing for the auction, along with a photo collection of the work, is posted on the Refuge’s home page at www.fws.gov/nationalelkrefuge.

Next year’s antler auction is set for Saturday, May 17. However, single antlers are available for sale throughout the year at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 North Cache Street in Jackson. 

For further information on the Boy Scout antler auction, please contact the National Elk Refuge Administrative Office at (307) 733.9212.

Schedule Announced for American Indian Guest Artists 2013 Program at Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park

MOOSE, WY — Each year, Grand Teton National Park sponsors a unique program that brings American Indian artists to the Colter Bay Visitor Center. For the past 38 years, artisans from diverse tribes have demonstrated their traditional and contemporary art forms, providing visitors a chance to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of Indian cultures that are alive and active across North America.

Participating artists share the cultural traditions of their tribes through demonstrated art forms such as painting, weaving, pottery, beadwork, and musical instruments. Guest artists exhibit daily from Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., adjacent to the Grand Teton Association bookstore at the visitor center. Artists also offer their finished items for purchase. The schedule for the 2013 season includes: 

May 11-26   Williw & Debbie LaMere   Shoshone   Beawork & Flint Knapping

May 27-June 2 Juan & Josie Broncho   Shoshone/Paiute   Beadwork

June 3-9   Amanda Coby   Shoshone   Beadwork & Weaving

June 10-16   Guillermo Martinez   Tarascan-Apache  Handmade Flutes & Drums

June 17-23   Kelly Looking Horse   Lakota Sioux   Drums, Antler & Hide Items

Juen 24-30   Gale Self  Choctaw   Silver & Turquoise Jewelry

July 1-7  Ted Moran   S’Klallam  Northwest Coastal Carving

July 8-14   Andrea Two Bulls  Oglala Sioux  Beadwork & Painting

July 15-21  Black Pinto Horse  Arikara/Hidatsa  Ledger Art

July 22-28  Lovey Two Bulls  Oglala Sioux  Beadwork, Jewelry, Art Work

July 24-August 4   Willie & Debbie LaMere  Shoshone  Beadwork & Flint Knapping

August 5-11  Paul Hacker  Choctaw   Ledger Art, Knives & Flutes

August 12-18  Jola LaBeau  Eastern Shoshone  Beadwork & other crafts

August 19-25  DG House  Cherokee  Painting & Printmaking

August 26-September 1   Juan & Josie Broncho   Shoshone/Paiute   Beadwork

September 2-8  Clyde Hall & Nancy Naki  Shoshone  Beadwork, Silver & Pottery

September 9-15   DG House   Cherokee  Painting & Printmaking

September 16-22   Maynard White Owl   Nez Perce/Cayuse   Beadwork

September 23-29  Willie & Debbie LaMere  Shoshone   Beadwork & Flint Knapping



NEWS FROM THE PARKS: eHike, Strutting Grouse, National Park Week

Grand Teton National Park Posts New Interactive eHike on Website


MOOSE, WY — Come take a walk on the virtual wild side and explore one of the most popular hikes available at Grand Teton National Park. A new web-based, interactive program takes viewers on an ‘eHike’ around String Lake, one of the six glacial lakes that grace the foot of the Teton Range.

Grand Teton National Park interpretive rangers invite classroom students as well as visitors far and wide to explore, through the convenience of their personal computers, the beauty and wonders of the String Lake area. Whether viewers want to relive a previous hike taken around String Lake or plan for an actual visit, this virtual field trip—or eHike—provides an introduction to the features that make up String Lake and its mix of natural habitats.

The web-based tour introduces viewers to the various elements—earth, wind, water and fire— that form the physical environment of the String Lake area. It also explains the role these forces have played in the creation of today’s landscape.

eHikers can control images and sounds at each stop along their virtual tour, and they can activate videos to further explore the human and natural history stories related to each location. Alternate views will appear by hovering a mouse over side images, and hidden images will be revealed through the click of a button. eHikers can also click on audio icons to hear the sounds of birds and mammals along the trail, use video buttons to imagine being there, and “mouse over” a main image to find hidden gems in the virtual landscape.

“eHikes are becoming a useful and beneficial tool for providing park information to visitors before they can arrive in person,” said Vickie Mates, Grand Teton National Park’s chief of interpretation and partnerships. “We hope children and adults alike enjoy this virtual journey around String Lake, and we hope each viewer is tempted to make an actual visit to experience first-hand the captivating Teton landscape and wildlife.”

“The String Lake eHike is the first of what we hope to be a series of web-based, interactive programs that help orient visitors to Grand Teton National Park,” added Mates.

To experience this innovative program, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/grte and click on links for photos and multimedia and virtual tour.

Celebrate Spring: Watch the Antics of Strutting Sage Grouse


MOOSE, WY – To celebrate the arrival of spring, park ranger naturalists will lead early-morning tours to observe strutting sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance on an historic lek (mating arena) located just off the Antelope Flats Road near Mormon Row. Strutting grouse trips will be offered on the following weekends: April 13–14, April 20–21, and April 27–28, 2012.

Ranger-led excursions offer an exceptional opportunity to witness this unique springtime ritual as sage grouse congregate and perform animated courtship displays. While participants view the antics of strutting grouse, rangers will provide information about their natural history and various conservation efforts underway for sage grouse populations that have declined throughout much of the American West.

Grand Teton to Offer Special Junior Ranger Programs During National Park Week


MOOSE, WY — Did you know April 20-28 is National Park Week? Come celebrate the annual observance in Grand Teton National Park. Join us for special events and programs that are fun and free for the whole family. This is also a perfect time to plan a special getaway to experience the wonders of Grand Teton National Park while we offer free park admission April 22-26.

“The 2013 theme, ‘Did you know…’ provides a fun way to discover the wonders of America’s national parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “For example, did you know that there are national parks in all 50 states? Did you know that national parks include seashores, battlefields, and historic homes? Did you know that the country’s highest peak, lowest point, tallest tree, deepest lake and longest cave are in national parks? Did you know that you probably live within an hour or two of a national park?” Director Jarvis added, “National Park Week is a great time for all Americans to visit a nearby national park area to camp, hike, watch wildlife, and connect with our heritage and each other.”

The week kicks off with a celebration of National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 20. Free events will take place at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose and junior rangers who participate in at least three of the activities will earn a Junior Ranger badge or patch. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 20, families can explore vehicles and equipment used in park operations including fire engines, ranger cars and snowplows. Visitors are also invited to compete in physical games testing their skills in a ranger obstacle course and against the abilities of various wildlife in the animal Olympics. Come listen to tales about Grand Teton in the story corner, touch and learn about animal furs, feathers and bones or dress up in a real ranger uniform. Staff from the Teton Raptor Center will also be on hand with live birds of prey, and at 1 p.m. there will be a living history demonstration on mountain me. These events are made possible with funding by the park’s long-time partner Grand Teton Association (GTA).

GTA will offer junior rangers a 15 percent discount in the bookstore where you can buy numerous educational and exciting books and interesting merchandise like videos, posers, and plush animals using the special discount.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, free shuttles will be available to transport families from Jackson to the CTDVC for Junior Ranger Day events. Meet at Miller Park at 10:15, 11:15, or 12:15 for the free shuttle. Return trips to town will depart from the visitor center every hour. Space on the shuttles will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information call the CTDVC at 307-739-3399.

Teton Park Road to Open for Non-Motorized Activities


MOOSE, WY —  Grand Teton National Park road crews are nearing completion of annual spring plowing operations on the Teton Park Road from the Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge. The road opens to non-motorized activities Friday, April 5, 2013.


Grand Teton National Park delayed plowing operations by two weeks. That delay, coupled with a relatively low snowpack, allowed plow crews to clear the road in only three days. Spring opening of the Teton Park Road is a process that can take upwards of 10 days to complete, depending on the depth and consistency of the snowpack.


Although the Teton Park Road will open to non-motorized use, visitors should be alert for park vehicles that may occasionally travel the road for administrative purposes. The Teton Park Road will open to vehicle traffic on Wednesday, May 1. 


Visitors are reminded that dogs are permitted on the Teton Park Road. Owners are required to keep pets on a leash no longer than six feet in length, and are required to use waste disposal bags to pick up after their dogs. Mutt Mitt stations are in place at the Taggart Lake parking area.


Sage grouse tours begin from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 5:30 a.m. and reservations are required. To make a reservation and obtain information about what to wear and bring along on these free ranger-led trips, call 307.739.3399. Strutting grouse tours are just one of many opportunities to enjoy Grand Teton National Park during the month of April.



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NEWS FROM THE PARKS: Climber Dies from Fall on Middle Teton



A climber fell to his death on the Middle Teton in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Justin Harold Beldin, age 27 of Benicia, California and two climbing partners had summited the 12,804-foot mountain and were beginning to descend the peak about noon when the accident occurred.

Another group of climbers near the summit of the Middle Teton saw Beldin fall from sight toward the Northwest Couloir side of the ridge that separates it from the Southwest Couloir. They hailed Beldin’s companions—who were already working their way down from the summit via the Southwest Couloir—to alert them of the situation. Beldin’s climbing partners did not witness the accident, but upon hearing of his fall, they tried to catch sight of him down the Northwest Couloir. They yelled out his name in hopes of getting a response, but received no answer in return.

A member of the climbing party that witnessed Beldin’s fall called the Jenny Lake Ranger Station directly by cell phone at 12:09 p.m. to notify park rangers of the incident. Rangers immediately began to mobilize a response, and summoned a Teton Interagency contract helicopter to conduct an aerial reconnaissance flight in order to ascertain Beldin’s location on the Middle Teton. Rangers saw Beldin during that over flight and determined that he likely suffered fatal injuries in a fall of approximately 1,000 feet.

An approaching thunderstorm forced the ship to land and wait for better weather. Unfortunately the storm worsened, causing rangers to postpone their attempt to reach Beldin. An off-duty ranger at the Lower Saddle hiked to a high point where he could view Beldin. Due to weather conditions, rock fall, and the nature of the terrain, if was unsafe for him to attempt to reach the victim in the couloir.

Rangers made preparations to reach Beldin’s body on Monday morning when favorable weather and more stable environmental conditions might allow rescue personnel to safely access the steep and loose-rock terrain of the Northwest Couloir.

Heavy fog delayed an aerial recovery operation on Monday morning. However about 10:30 a.m., four rangers were inserted by helicopter to the landing zone at the Lower Saddle of the Grand Teton. They climbed to where Beldin came to rest after his fall and prepared his body for evacuation from the peak. Beldin’s body was turned over to the Teton County coroner at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 23.

Although originally from California, Beldin had been living in Victor, Idaho since April and working in Jackson, Wyoming. He only recently teamed up with his two companions to make the climb. One of his partners had been acquainted with him since April; the other climber only met him on Sunday morning.

Beldin carried an ice axe with him on the climb; however, he was not wearing a helmet.

The Middle Teton is one of the most popular climbs in the Teton Range and is often reached via the Southwest Couloir. The rock climbing section of the Northwest Couloir is rated a 5.6 on the Yosemite Decimal System—a set of numeric ratings describing the difficulty of climbs. There is also a snow and ice section of the couloir that is rated a 3 on the Alpine Ice numeric rating scale.

This marks the fourth fatality in the Teton Range this year. Earlier, two backcountry skiers were killed in an avalanche on Ranger Peak on March 7, and a climber fell to his death on Teewinot on July 12.

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Grand Teton National Park Offers Free Entry on National Get Outdoors Day

Grand Teton National Park invites visitors to celebrate the arrival of summer and discover the wonders of the natural world during National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9th. As an added bonus, entrance fees will be waived at Grand Teton and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway—along with other national parks across the country—as part of an initiative to encourage people to visit, explore and enjoy America’s national park areas. Fees will also be waived on September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and from November 10 through 12 (Veterans Day weekend).

Other fees, such as those for camping and boat permits, will remain in effect.

The concept for celebrating the great outdoors began in 1998 when President Bill Clinton proclaimed a week in June as Great Outdoors Week. President Barack Obama issued a similar proclamation urging Americans to spend time in nature as a way to connect future generations with our national legacy of public lands and the importance of conservation. The 2012 National Get Outdoors Day is a perfect time for families and friends to enjoy activities together from hiking and wildlife watching to canoeing, fishing or biking—activities that promote a healthy, active, and energized lifestyle.

To further highlight National Get Outdoors Day and free entry, Grand Teton rangers encourage visitors to join them in family-oriented activities that focus on First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outside” initiative: a national campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. This program is underway in national parks across the United States. Several programs designed to promote physical activity in the great outdoors will take place at Grand Teton on June 9th and throughout the summer. These include:

·  Inspiration Point Hike: Trek to Hidden Falls and a viewpoint above Jenny Lake to learn about Teton geology and the work of glaciers. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center flagpole for an uphill two-mile hike (moderate difficulty).

·  Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Hike: Explore the sights, sounds and solitude of the Preserve while strolling along Lake Creek to an overlook at Phelps Lake that affords a dramatic view of the Teton Range. Reservations recommended, call 307.739.3654. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the LSR Preserve Center’s porch for this three-mile hike (easy to moderate difficulty).

·  Taggart Lake Hike: Walk to scenic Taggart Lake at the base of the Teton Range and learn about the geology and biologic communities that adorn the landscape Meet 9 a.m. at Taggart Lake trailhead for this three-mile hike (moderate difficulty).

·  Swan Lake Hike: Wander through forest and wetland communities while learning about the plants and animals living near Jackson Lake and Colter Bay. Meet 1 p.m. at Colter Bay Visitor Center flagpole for this three-mile hike (easy difficulty).

Participants are advised to bring water, sunscreen, rain gear, insect repellant, binoculars and cameras.

“With colorful wildflowers in bloom and newborn animals making their debuts, this is an ideal time to visit Grand Teton and experience the beauty and fun recreational opportunities that this park and others offer throughout all seasons of the year,” said Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. “I hope that everyone takes advantage of the free entry and visits a national park near them. What better way to celebrate summer’s splendor than creating special memories with family and friends in the great outdoors?”

Apply for an Internaship with US Senator Mike Enzi

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging college students and graduates to apply for an internship in his Washington, D.C. office this fall. The deadline for applications is July 6.

The internship offers experience in the direct operations of our nation’s government. Interns have the ability to network, develop job skills and gain knowledge to further their education and future career choices, according to Enzi.

“An internship in my office is all about opportunity,” Enzi said. “Interns are an integral part of the office. They also have the chance to meet remarkable people, work on important projects and experience the nation’s capital.”

Typical intern duties include giving Wyoming constituents Capitol tours and conducting research for legislative aides, in addition to administrative and clerical tasks.  Interns also have the opportunity to attend committee hearings and lectures and observe floor proceedings.

Senator Enzi provides a monthly stipend for his interns and many colleges typically offer school credit for internship programs. Senator Enzi encourages candidates to look into specific programs provided by their schools and take full advantage of their time in his office.

The fall internship for 2012 runs from September 4 to December 14. Priority is given to students and graduates from Wyoming, or those studying in Wyoming, who have achieved at least a sophomore status at an accredited university or college.

Individuals interested in an internship with Senator Enzi’s office should apply online at www.enzi.senate.gov. Select the “Student” tab and click on “Internship Information.” For additional information, contact Enzi’s Internship Coordinator Evan Baker at (202) 224 3424 or at intern_coordinator@enzi.senate.gov.

“Our past interns gained valuable work experience and created friendships and memories that lasted far beyond their time in the office,” Enzi said. “I encourage anyone who is interested to apply as soon as possible.”

Kati Hime, Editor



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WORLAND — Big Horn Mammoth Run June 9, 2012

Looking for a great run/walk program? Check out the Worland/Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce’s Big Horn Mammoth Run, held on June 9, 2012 in Worland.  Visit their website for more information and the registration form. A half marathon, 10K run and 5K run/walk are all available for every level of participant. All events begin at the Worland High School Warrior Stadium. The half marathon kicks off at 6:30 AM, the 10K/5K at 7:30 AM. The event is sanctioned by USA Track & Field.  Registrations are handled through the Worland/Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce — 307-347-3226.

PINEDALE — Chick-fil-A Leadercast at Sublette County Library May 4, 2012

Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Chick-fil-A Leadercast at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale on May 4, 2012.

Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Pinedale.  Speakers for this year’s event include:

Tim Tebow, NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and best-selling author; Urban Meyer, ESPN analyst and former head football coach for the University of Florida; Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and special correspondent for CNN; Patrick Lencioni, Best-selling author and president of The Table Group; John Maxwell, Leadership expert & best-selling author of “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”; Marcus Buckingham, Strengths strategist, best-selling author and researcher; Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry; Roland Fryer, Professor of economics at Harvard University and CEO of the Education Innovation Laboratory; Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicator; Sheena Iyengar, Author of The Art of Choosing and world-renowned expert of choice.

This year’s program will focus on the power of choice. The diverse group of internationally-acclaimed authors, leadership experts and practitioners will share insights to help leaders empower and equip others at work, at home and in the community through his or her choices.

Last year, 85,000 leaders from 17 countries attended Chick-fil-A Leadercast. In its 12th year, this full day, experiential conference is predicted to reach its largest audience to date. “The Chamber focuses on a variety of business development opportunities for our membership and the community.  Leadercast is one of the best, most consolidated sources of leadership that I know of to be offered to people in Wyoming,” said Brian Gray, resident for the Sublette Chamber of Commerce. “But it goes beyond that. I think this conference, although very focused on leadership, transcends the topic and really shows you how to lead in life.”

“The Chamber is proud to host for a second year along with Gillette and Cheyenne. It’s exciting  for our organization to reach out to bring this renowned business event to leaders on the western part of the state,” said Terrie Swift, Executive Director for the Sublette Chamber of Commerce.

For local ticketing information, call 307-367-2242 or visit www.sublettechamber.com. Breakfast and lunch will be served and the event will be presented in a comfortable working environment.  $100/pp. Limited seating available.

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CHEYENNE & GILLETTE — Cheyenne Chamber Singers and Gillette Chamber Singers to Perform in Cheyenne April 29, 2012

Wyoming Voices — A joint concert featuring the Cheyenne Chamber Singers and the Gillette Chamber Singers.  Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G-Minor.  $15, $10 for seniors and students. South High School Auditorium, Cheyenne, 6:00 PM April 29, 2012

Tickets:  $15 Adults/$10 Seniors and Students

In a first-time collaboration, the Cheyenne Chamber Singers, under the direction of Sean Ambrose, will join the Gillette Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Pat Patton, in a spring program of secular and sacred works.

LARAMIE — University of Wyoming Women’s Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary April 28, 2012

Whether you’re a member (present or past!) of the UW Women’s Club or a community member who wants to see a great fashion show… Join the club this Saturday, April 28, from 6:30-9 PM for their 100th anniversary event! Held at Hart’s Alley in Historic Downtown Laramie (404 S. 2nd St.), “Fashion Through the Ages” will present ladies’ fashion from 1912 through present day.  A $5 charge at the door provides hors d’oeuvres and the show — a cash bar will be available. Come celebrate this club, a part of Laramie life for 100 years — as well as the changes in women’s fashion over 100 years!

Learn more about the club on their website — http://uwwomensclub.com/ — The club is open to all female Laramie residents, whether they are connected to the university or not!

GRAND TETON & YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKS — Celebrate National Park Week, April 21-29!

Visit our blog post to read more about National Park Week and how it is being celebrated, particularly in Grand Teton National Park — free admission to all of America’s national parks through April 29!

‘Til Next Time,

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Tonya Pepper, “Encaustic Work”


The Lander Art Center’s Annual Members Show is scheduled to open May 18, 2012.  We encourage artists around the state to become a Lander Art Center member and participate. Entry fee is $20 for up to three pieces or free to members at the supporter level and up.  All mediums accepted.  Please see Lander Art Center website for details and entry guidelines.


Wyoming Film Office and Wyoming Community Media are hosting a tour of out-of-Wyoming filmmakers of movie locations around Southeast Wyoming in conjunction with the Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF).

The CIFF begins May 17 in downtown Cheyenne with the local filmmaker and festival reception at the Depot Museum before the festival opens Friday evening May 18 and extends through Sunday May 20. Visit Wyoming Community Media’s website for more information on CIFF and the filmmaker tour.


The University Women’s Club (formerly the Faculty Women’s Club) is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a look at fashion through the ages.  Come celebrate the evolution of women in Laramie from 1912 to present — fashion from every decade along with hors d’oeuvres and libations to purchase. Tickets are $5 at the door, Saturday April 28, 6:30-9 PM (fashion show to begin at 7:15); Hart’s Alley, 404 S. 2nd St. (parking most convenient in the back of the buildling!).  Contact club president Kati Hime at 307-755-6896 for more information on the event, organization or serving as a model!



Tribal Sportswear has partnered with Fashion Crossroads (228 E. 2nd St., Casper) for their signature charity event, “Heart for Art”. Kyleen Stevenson-Braxton, Co-Owner of Fashion Crossroads, selected art teacher Nancy Lee of Dean Morgan Junior High. “Nancy is a creative and dedicated art teacher who continually motivates her students to produce and to tap into their creative spirits,” says a local resident. “She has a great sense of humor and she is the best art teacher I ever had in my life,” says a student.

On April 28th, Mrs. Lee will be awarded with a plaque and $250 gift card to purchase art supplies. Fashion Crossroads will offer food and refreshments all day for guests, a gift with purchase “Heart for Art” signature t-shirt and raffle of a Tribal outfit to any customer who purchases.

ABOUT HEART FOR ART:  Tribal Sportswear launched “Heart for Art” initiative in 2012 to support art programs in middle schools. “‘Heart for Art’ was created to engage our retail partners and the local communities by supporting and strengthening creativity in the visual and performing art departments,” Tribal Sportswear says.

Visit Fashion Crossroads in Casper — 228 E 2nd St. — April 28th for this special event!


Grand Teton National Park offers free admission and more during National Park Week from April 21-29. (Not close to GTNP? ALL 397 US National Parks are FREE during National Park Week!)

Several fun-filled activities and events are planned for the whole family and these are also free of charge. Visitors and local residents are encouraged to plan a getaway to experience the natural wonder of Grand Teton during National Park Week. As this year’s theme “Picture Yourself in a Park” suggests, it’s a perfect time to make memories and capture photographs to share online at http://www.nps.gov/npweek/.

Visit our blog post for more information on events, activities, specials and more to enjoy throughout Grand Teton National Park during National Park Week — April 21-29, 2012!


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FROM THE PARKS: Explore GTNP for FREE during National Park Week, Apr 21-29


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Grand Teton National Park offers free admission and more during National Park Week from April 21-29.

Several fun-filled activities and events are planned for the whole family and these are also free of charge. Visitors and local residents are encouraged to plan a getaway to experience the natural wonder of Grand Teton during National Park Week. As this year’s theme “Picture Yourself in a Park” suggests, it’s a perfect time to make memories and capture photographs to share online at http://www.nps.gov/npweek/.

To celebrate National Park Week and the arrival of spring, ranger naturalists will lead early-morning tours to observe strutting sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance on an historic lek (mating arena) located just off the Antelope Flats Road near Mormon Row. Tours will take place April 21–22 and April 28–29 and begin from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 5:30 a.m. Reservations are required; call 307.739.3399 to make a reservation and get advice on what to wear and bring along

The Teton Park Road is free of snow, but vehicles are not allowed to drive it until May 1st. Consequently, National Park Week presents a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a hike, bike ride or rollerblade outing on the road before summer traffic begins. Spring weather can be changeable and inclement, so be prepared with layered clothing and/or a windproof jacket, and carry water and energy snacks.

In recognition of National Park Week, The Murie Center staff will offer guided tours of the historic Murie Ranch at 4 p.m. on Saturday April 21 and Saturday April 28. Explore the Teton home of the Murie family that served as a base camp and center for the American conservation movement in the 1950s and 60s.

Several activities are scheduled for National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 28 at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose. Festivities include:

10 a.m. —a living history demonstration on mountain men

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — an inspection of vehicles and equipment regularly used in park operations; these will include an ambulance, fire

engine, patrol car and snowplow.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — a live bird demonstration by Teton Raptor Center bird biologists

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — a ranger boot camp and obstacle course where children compete in physical activities that mimic park ranger      jobs; an animal Olympics game where youngsters can test their skills against the abilities of various wildlife species; a story corner for     listening to tales about Grand Teton; a touch table with animal furs, feathers and bones to feel; a cultural history station that showcases objects from the David T. Vernon Collection of Indian Arts; and a station where children can dress up in an genuine ranger uniform.

2 p.m. — a second mountain man demonstration.

Children who participate in at least three of the activities will earn either a Junior Ranger patch or badge. Grand Teton Association will offer a 15% discount in the Discovery Center bookstore on Junior Ranger Day.

Numerous educational and informational books and other interesting items (videos, posters, ornaments, plush animals, toys, etc.) may be purchased using the special Junior Ranger Day discount.

During National Park Week, all 397 national park areas offer free admission all week long. A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks is normally $25 for a private vehicle.

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Happy Birthday Yellowstone!

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Yellowstone National Park turns 140 today! The park was established by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872 — the first national park in the world!  It has been enjoyed by generations from across the entire planet — and its majority lies within our own boundaries in Wyoming.  Idaho and Montana also contain portions of the park. The Yellowstone Caldera is the largest supervolcano on the continent, and because of this the ongoing thermal activity makes Yellowstone a site to behold — 60% of the world’s geysers reside in the park, including world renowned Old Faithful.

Many people have memories and stories of Yellowstone National Park, and we’d love to celebrate its birthday today by hearing your stories!  Did you visit as a child? In different seasons?  Do you remember the 1988 Yellowstone fires?  As a child, our family visited the summer after the fires, in 1989.  It was quite the experience!


Please share your stories, photos and memories with us, and we will add them to this blog! Post here, on our Facebook page, our Twitter page (@wyolifestylemag), or email us at editor@wyolifestyle.com!

Happy Birthday Yellowstone — May you live long and wow millions more with your wonders!

Kati Hime, Editor


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Trumpeter Swan Presentation in Jackson

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The National Elk Refuge will be hosting its third program in a winter
lunchtime speaker series on Friday,February 24 at 12:30 pm.
The hour–long presentation, which will be held at the Jackson Hole
& Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at 532 N. Cache Street in
Jackson, will be led by Nongame Biologist Susan Patla from the Wyoming
Game & Fish Department.

Patla has been responsible for the management and monitoring of
wild trumpeter swans in Wyoming since 1999. She also served as
the chairperson of the Greater Yellowstone Trumpeter Swan Working
Group for 10 years. During her presentation, Patla will describe
her work to manage and improve swan habitat and talk about
swan distribution in the state. “Trumpeter swans are one of Wyoming’s
rarest and most magnificent resident birds,” Patla said. “The National
Elk Refuge is one of the best locations in the state to observe
them throughout the year.” Patla will also discuss new grant projects
that create wetlands for nesting swans on private land in partnership
with landowners.
Patla’s presentation is open to the public and free of charge.
Participants may bring a lunch to enjoy during the noon hour talk;
light refreshments will be served. For more information on the program,
please contact the National Elk Refuge administrative offices at 307.733.9212.

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ART IN WY: Trio’s New Exhibit

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Trio Artists Take Flight in December Group Exhibition to Benefit Teton Raptor Center

Jackson, WY – Just in time for the holidays,Trio Fine Art will be hosting a show inspired by our fine feathered friends.  Entitled “Flight,” the show came about as a result of all four gallery artists’ affinity for birds.  The title reflects not only the subject of the exhibition but the artistic aspirations of the participants: Jennifer L. Hoffman, Lee Carlman Riddell, Kathryn Mapes Turner, and September Vhay.

The gallery will partner with the TetonRaptorCenter(www.tetonraptorcenter.org) for the exhibit; a percentage of all the sales from the exhibition will be donated to the center, and Roger Smith will be on hand at the reception to talk about the RaptorCenter’s activities.  One of the center’s resident birds will also be in attendance.  The show will open on December 8 with a reception from 5-8 PMand will hang through December 31.

From the Artists’ Perspective

Kathryn Mapes Turner, “Her Wingspan”; oil on linen, 24×24″

Kathryn Mapes Turner: “My passion for birds started at a very early age when my father, a trained ornithologist, was rehabilitating raptors in our backyard. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, the Wyoming Game and Fish would send him bald and golden eagles that had been poisoned or shot by ranchers and it was miraculous to see these magnificent birds reclaim their health over a period of time and then be released in flight.  As a young girl, it gave me a unique opportunity to learn about these birds — study their form and behavior. In art, birds can represent so many things such as strength, lightness, grace, beauty.  I enjoy incorporating the expressive quality of birds in my imagery.”

Jennifer L. Hoffman, “December”; conte & charcoal on davey board, 8×10″

Jennifer L. Hoffman:  “From watching my grandfather building birdfeeders in his basement, to identifying birds at our family cabin, to hiking through the Hawai’ian rainforest in search of endangered native honeycreepers, birds have played an important role in my life for as long as I can remember.   I even met Lee Riddell at a “bird sit” with naturalist Bert Raynes many years back.  I am inspired by the grace, the gesture, the incredible strength and instinctual drive of birds.  I have sketched their forms as long as I’ve been drawing, and they occasionally make appearances in my landscapes.  I’m excited to put more focus on them for this show.  I’m also delighted by the opportunity to support theTetonRaptorCenter.  Not only do they do phenomenal work rehabilitating injured birds, but their dedication to education and community outreach is fantastic.  What a special place to have right here in our little valley.”

Lee Carlman Riddell, “Calliope Hummingbirds, August 2″; oil on linen, 8×6”

Lee Carlman Riddell: Lee Carlman Riddell’s love of birds came from her parents … her Dad planted the flowers that attracted the birds to their yard, and her Mom taught her to recognize the bird’s songs. Recently a Calliope hummingbird nested outside Lee’s studio window and she was able to draw and paint the mother and two chicks as they grew up. She is forever grateful for this time spent with the hummingbird family.  Lee is a long-time supporter of theTetonRaptorCenter. Years ago, when Roger Smith and Margaret Creel cared for injured raptors in their back yard, Lee and her husband Ed would make a contribution so they could buy frozen mice for the birds’ dinners. She is proud of Roger and Margaret and all those who helped make the official home for injured raptors a reality.

September Vhay, “Lavender Mist”; oil on linen, 7.5 x 12″

September Vhay:

“The very idea of birds is a symbol of the soul, representing a passage between the physical and the spiritual. I have had a life long love affair with them which began one summer at the age of fifteen while driving an old truck along a stretch of alfalfa fields.  A curious American Kestrel flew alongside the open drivers window for about fifty yards.  I was awestruck and hooked for life.”

Trio Fine Art is located at 545 N Cache St., across the street from the visitors’ center.  The gallery is open Thursday – Saturday from 12-6 during the run of the exhibition.  For additional information, please visit www.triofineart.com and the artists’ individual websites: www.jlhoffmanfineart.com, www.leeriddell.com, www.turnerfineart.com, and www.vhay.com.

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor


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