airport shuttle to continue through summer

By Jim Stanford on March 28, 2014

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Jackson Hole Airport is the only commercial airport inside a national park, and parking is limited. The shuttle costs $8 each way, compared to $10 per night for parking at the airport. To reserve a seat, call 307-733-3135.

Those on spring break or planning an off-season getaway will continue to have a cheap, easy way to get to and from Jackson Hole Airport.

The Ride2Fly shuttle has been extended through the spring and summer, serving every departing and incoming flight. The shuttle picks up and drops off at the town parking garage and costs $8 each way.

Since launching before Thanksgiving, the service has been a resounding success, with an average of more than 300 riders a month (total for both directions). The shuttle was particularly valuable over the holidays in December, when the airport ran out of parking.

With only two airlines serving Jackson Hole for April, the shuttle will pick up less frequently. But once the full flight schedule resumes in late May, shuttles will run accordingly. The off-season schedule follows after the jump.

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Jazz Fest: Clapton, Bruce, Phish, Arcade Fire

By Jim Stanford on January 14, 2014

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Trey Anastasio at Jazz Fest 2005. Anastasio and Phish will perform during the first weekend.

Is it Jazz Phest yet?

Phish, exiled from the Fairgrounds since 1996, returns for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, joining the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Robert Plant, John Fogerty, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes and the Avett Brothers.

These headliners will perform along with dozens of Big Easy luminaries such as Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, The Radiators and Dumpstaphunk with Art Neville. The 45th annual festival takes place April 25 to May 4.

Ticket prices start at $50 per day. More details and daily music lineup are available here.

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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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pocket knives to be allowed on flights

By Jim Stanford on March 6, 2013

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Common sense prevails. Now we’ll be able to tighten a screw or fix something with pliers while traveling.

A mountain man soon will be able to take one of his most indispensable possessions — a Leatherman or Swiss Army knife — with him when he travels by air.

The Transportation Security Administration announced yesterday that it will permit passengers to carry pocket knives on flights beginning April 25. The long-overdue change will allow knives with blades no more than 2.36 inches long (6 cm) and a half-inch wide.

According to ABC, the TSA confiscated tens of millions of pocket knives from flyers since 2001 — a gigantic waste and source of immeasurable aggravation.

Ski poles, golf clubs and hockey and pool sticks also will be allowed on flights under the new regulations.

Air travel just got a little less maddening. Except, of course, for longer security lines due to the sequester.


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vote before you bolt

By Jim Stanford on October 26, 2012

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President Obama casts his ballot yesterday, becoming the first president to vote early.

It’s 19 degrees as I type, with a coat of fresh snow on the ground. So I’m jealous of all those packing for tropical locales, or even the desert.

But don’t forget to cast your ballot before leaving town. Complete voting information is available here.

Anyone may register and vote between now and Election Day by visiting the Teton County clerk’s office at 200 S. Willow St. (corner of Simpson and Willow). The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To request an absentee ballot be sent to you, email or call 307-733-7733. No ballots will be mailed after Oct. 30.


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