newshound has nose for hops, herb

By Jim Stanford on October 24, 2013

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Jackson Hole and Teton Valley usually send a distinguished delegation to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver every year and come home with a lode of medals. This year, judging from a quick look at the awards list, Black Tooth Brewing Co. of Sheridan claimed the hardware for Wyoming.

Fortunately, our local brewers escaped the wrath of this investigative reporter from Conan who sniffed his way around the festival.

(Via Deadspin)

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Targhee offers free skiing to all pass holders

By Jim Stanford on January 9, 2012

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Better here than elsewhere.

First, Big Sky Resort in Montana grabbed headlines for offering free lift tickets to Colorado Epic Pass holders. Now, Grand Targhee has upped the ante by offering free skiing to pass holders from any North American resort.

“Given that La Niña and this winter have not been as generous with some other regions, Targhee is offering a ‘ski free’ program to skiers who have bought season passes to any U.S. or Canadian ski resort for this 2012 season,” the resort said.

The catch: Guests must book at least three nights of lodging. Rates vary from $98 to $599 per night.

Targhee has all of its lifts open and a 46-inch base. Neighboring Jackson Hole reports 42 inches on its upper mountain.

That’s a veritable bounty, compared to most of the country.

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Jesus gives the Broncos a pep talk

By Jim Stanford on December 18, 2011

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Do the Patriots have a prayer today at Mile High?

Tebow’s run has been remarkable, as he shatters the myth of who can or cannot play quarterback in the NFL. His minimalist, late-game heroics are reminiscent of George Blanda in 1970.

One would think the Saints are God’s team, given the miracle of Super Bowl XLIV.
Lord knows the Jets could use some divine intervention.

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Flaming Gorge pipe dream taxpayers’ nightmare

By Jim Stanford on November 28, 2011

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Flaming Gorge Reservoir in southwest Wyoming. Click to enlarge.

Apparently unaware that Wyoming legislators can make it rain (or snow) by pumping $14 million into cloud seeding, Colorado businessman Aaron Million is pressing ahead with his proposal to pump water some 500 miles from Flaming Gorge Reservoir over the Continental Divide to Colorado’s Front Range.

In a bit of procedural sleight of hand, Million has shifted his application from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, now claiming the project will produce hydropower. In doing so he seeks whichever federal agency is most likely to give the plan a favorable review.

Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal opposed the pipeline, as does his successor, Gov. Matt Mead. Sportsmen from southern Wyoming and northern Utah also have ridiculed the plan, which would divert 250,000 acre feet of water — or about 30 percent of the storage capacity of Jackson Lake, for a comparison — from the Green River Basin each year, into the eastbound Platte Basin.

The staggering price tag — $3 billion by Million’s estimation, up to $9 billion by other projections — regulatory hurdles and widespread doubts make it unlikely the pipeline ever will be built. But we never can be too vigilant, so click here to submit an eComment to FERC. The docket number for the Flaming Gorge Pipeline is P-14263, and the deadline is Dec. 16.

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from sand dunes to Santa

By Jim Stanford on December 23, 2009

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waves of sand

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colo.

On several occasions we’ve featured the work of photographer Morris Weintraub. Turns out Morris shoots scenes other than attractive, scantily clad ladies and skids swilling PBR.

This fall the freelance photojournalist took a road trip around the West, shooting landscapes from southern Colorado to the Oregon coast and back. Among the spectacular places he documented are Grand Canyon and Yosemite national parks and Crater Lake.

Need a last-minute gift? Morris is selling prints from this collection, priced affordably, with proceeds going to the Santa Claus Fund, a Jackson Hole nonprofit that distributes toys to underprivileged kids. This year the organization is helping 110 volunteers shop for 370 children.

Click on these thumbnails to enlarge, use arrow keys to navigate the slide show, and click here to browse the full gallery.

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