Shades Cafe to close

By Jenni Lake on December 11, 2013

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Located in a cozy, historic cabin on King Street, Shades is known for its warm atmosphere, shaded deck and dishes like eggs tomavo.

Another sad evolution for the town of Jackson: The iconic Shades Cafe will be closing its doors at the end of December.

Owner Lisa Miller said the cafe has been losing money for about two years, and neither she nor other investors have the resources to continue putting money into the business. Competition from big chains like Starbucks and other coffee shops with deeper pockets has impacted Shades’ business.

An emotional Miller said the loss of Shades might serve as an example to people in town that it does matter where you spend your money — even if it’s just for a cup of coffee and muffin.

Jim Mitchell opened the cafe in 1986. Miller worked for him, then bought the cafe in 1992 and has run it as a family business. Customers nearly always see Miller or her daughter, Abbie, at the counter, and the duo also makes the cafe’s signature baked goods like wheat bran muffins and gourmet coffee cakes.

Shades was the first cafe to start serving espresso in town.

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Jackson Hole to offer day of free skiing

By Jim Stanford on November 26, 2013

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Tram worker Mark Hannon captured this image on Oct. 29, when Jackson Hole Mountain Resort already was looking pretty wintry. Click to enlarge.

After sweeping up accolades from national publications, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will give back to the community with a Free Ski Day on Friday.

Yes, free skiing and snowboarding at the Teton Village resort.

Teewinot, Apres Vous, Casper and Marmot chairs will be running. Guests are asked to make a donation of $1 or more, which will be given to Teton Adaptive Sports and Friends of Pathways. The resort will match donations up to $5,000.

The START bus will run to the village for free, parking in the Ranch Lot is free, there will be free clinics for adults and kids, and various eateries will offer $1 food and beverages. Jackson Hole Sports will wax boards for $1.

The promotion hearkens back to the time, as late as the 1990s, when the resort used to offer a nonprofit benefit day at the start of each season.

Enjoy the free amenities while you can. The price of a single-day lift ticket will be as high as $117 this winter.

(Photo via JHMR)

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powder, sunshine for Targhee opening

By Jim Stanford on November 23, 2013

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Frederick Reimers carves a north-facing stash above the Blackfoot lift.

Grand Targhee couldn’t have scripted a much better opening for its 45th season.

A huge crowd from Wyoming and eastern Idaho turned out yesterday to carve fresh powder beneath a brilliant blue sky. The Alta, Wyo., resort opened all of its lifts, with a 4-foot base on the north-facing slopes.

After several weeks of slogging through the backcountry and even up Snow King, shredders were elated to have lift service again. Skiers glided down runs with the crags of the Tetons and Jedediah Smith Wilderness in the distance. To the west, the view across the Gem State stretched for more than a hundred miles.

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airport shuttle to begin Nov. 26

By Jim Stanford on November 21, 2013

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The long-awaited shuttle will cost $8 each way between the town parking garage and airport. Call to reserve space.

Residents flying in and out of Jackson Hole Airport for Thanksgiving will have a cheap, easy way of transportation.

A new shuttle between town and the airport will begin Nov. 26. The service, called Ride 2 Fly, will utilize the parking garage at the corner of Glenwood and Simpson streets. Cost is $8 each way or $16 round trip, tax included.

Travelers must reserve space by calling 307-733-3135. The shuttle will serve all departing and incoming flights.

The service is a collaboration between the town, county and airport board. It will be run by the current shuttle contractor, Alltrans.

Parking at the airport costs $10 per day, and spaces are limited, especially around the holidays. Last Christmas, the airport towed cars illegally parked.

Residents taking the shuttle may park for free in the town garage for up to 30 days. A portion of the third level has been reserved for shuttle riders, who can take an elevator to a heated pickup area at street level.

The shuttle will run through April 7. If ridership is strong, officials aim to extend the service year round.

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leaves accepted free for composting

By Jim Stanford on October 24, 2013

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Autumn leaves could help nurture gardens next spring. Grass, branches and shrubs also accepted.

While most trees have been bare for weeks, remarkably some cottonwoods and aspens in east Jackson are just now hitting peak color.

All that foliage on the ground leaves residents with a quandary: rake them out onto the street, where they eventually clog drains (definitely not advised); do nothing, and hope they blow into neighbors’ yards (probably not advised), or bag them to send them off to the landfill in Idaho Falls (expensive and wasteful).

Teton County Integrated Solid Waste is offering a new alternative this year: accepting yard waste for free at the trash transfer station, where it will be made into compost.

Residents may drop off trees, branches, shrubs, grass, leaves and weeds through Saturday. The station is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The offer does not apply to businesses.

Last spring, the recycling program offered free bags and collected yard waste, with the help of the town public works department, to be made into compost. It’s possible with more funding the service could be expanded next fall. With cleanup of the old landfill south of town and planning underway for an improved trash transfer and recycling center, the community has an opportunity to create a more comprehensive composting program.

While composting is not highly profitable, it’s cheaper than paying to ship grass and leaves to Idaho Falls. And for a valley known for its rocky, poor soil, the compost could help the growing local agriculture movement.

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