arts center to broadcast Phish NYE show

By Jim Stanford on December 20, 2011

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In what hopefully will be a prelude to the band playing in Jackson Hole soon, Center for the Arts will broadcast Phish’s New Year’s Eve concert live from Madison Square Garden in New York.

The show will be streamed on the arts center’s HD screen and digital sound system. The Vermont jam band will play three sets, stretching from approximately 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. MST. Tickets are $10, all general admission.

Phish usually has a few surprises in store for New Year’s, particularly the countdown at midnight. The band often glides to the stage aboard a giant hot dog, and last year at MSG (above) welcomed a chorus line of international dancers for a “Meatstick” extravaganza. The song won’t make sense to anyone unfamiliar with Phish, but it does make for an entertaining spectacle.

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inviting ye to Beer Summit on Thursday

By Jim Stanford on December 12, 2011

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President Obama brings together Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley in 2009 to talk about race.

Five years ago this month, I began wading into the world of css and html, WordPress and DreamHost, cobbling together thoughts into an online journal. After several all-night sessions of trial and error, with much guidance and encouragement from DG at The Snaz, JH Underground was born.

Some 900 posts, 4,100 comments and 2 million page views later, I am still astonished at the response. To thank readers, celebrate the five-year anniversary and spread some holiday cheer, JH Underground is teaming with Snake River Brewing Co. to host a Beer Summit on Thursday. From 5 to 7 p.m. upstairs at the brew pub, we’ll have pitchers and pizzas and talk about the issues we often debate on these pages.

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god, America and golf courses

By Jim Stanford on June 27, 2011

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Twice as crazy: Beck is back to perform a second show on the links.

It just wouldn’t be Fourth of July in the Tetons without washed-up TV host and deranged lunatic Glenn Beck.

The fired Faux News showman is returning to Huntsman Springs on Saturday to fulfill his duty to god and country: selling high-end real estate on a golf course.

Huntsman took out a full-page ad in the Daily to announce the “patriotic” festivities, one of two full-page ads placed by the developer this week following several profiles of the family in the News&Guide.

For a second straight year, Beck will be babbling while Widespread Panic plays a concert on the west slope of the Tetons. By several accounts, last year’s sermon was a dud. Now that the conspiracy theorist has been canned by his network, Saturday’s theatrics largely ought to be greeted with a shrug.


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Groundhog Day in May with tram set to reopen

By Jim Stanford on May 27, 2011

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When the tram reopens, skiers must hike out of bounds to access terrain. Locals receive free tram rides till June 17, and half-price tickets after that.

Skiers and snowboarders should enjoy good coverage and fresh powder when the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram opens for the season Saturday.

Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey is calling for up to 8 inches of snow by Sunday, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center has rated the danger as moderate. Shredders might want to pack a neck gaiter, with temps in the teens and winds of up to 45 mph …

Wait, isn’t it Memorial Day weekend, time to hit the beach and fire up the barbecue?

Oh, that’s right, it’s Cold Wet Days, the traditional kickoff of “summer” in Jackson Hole.

Not since the thaw of the last Ice Age, perhaps, has Mother Nature conspired to create such surreal conditions in the Tetons. The snow depth in Rendezvous Bowl today measures 158 inches — 16 inches deeper than when the resort closed for the winter on April 3.

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spring into snowmotion

By Jim Stanford on March 20, 2011

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Reader Annie J., a former Snake River guide turned L.A. art director, recently shared this beautiful video about snowfall, perhaps a little homesick for the mountains. Tonight’s short but furious dump in town reminded me of it.

As the big, wet flakes rained down, we passed the vernal, or spring, equinox. Days are now longer than nights. The sun rose and set exactly due east and west. At the North Pole, the sun traveled across the horizon, marking the beginning of six months of continuous daylight.

In Jackson Hole, as in the video, fresh snow is fleeting. Even while a deep snowpack persists, winter is losing its grip. As a friend recently said over breakfast at Nora’s, “As long as I don’t have to lift a shovel again, I don’t care.”

(Video by Guillaume Blanchet)


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