Jackson fans savor World Cup thrills

By Jim Stanford on July 17, 2014

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Photographs by Wyatt Roscoe; for more, see his blog, Immaculate Chaos.

Story by Miller Resor

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It ain’t easy to sum up the World Cup. I’ve been back from Brazil for almost two weeks, and piecing together the confluence of soccer fans from six continents and a million perspectives amid the beauty and the chaos of Brazil has made it difficult to write about.

Now that it’s over, I can say smart money was on Germany all along, Brazil never looked that good, and I wish an American (North, South or Central) team had won.

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Let it Be: Sir Paul to play Missoula

By Jim Stanford on May 1, 2014

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Paul McCartney is one of the two surviving Beatles, along with drummer Ringo Starr.

Beatlemania is coming to Montana this summer, as Paul McCartney brings his Out There tour to Missoula on Aug. 5.

The Beatles bassist will play Washington-Grizzly Stadium at the University of Montana. Tickets go on sale May 9.

The rock legend will turn 72 in June, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing three-hour shows spanning his career and heavy on Beatles hits.

Sir Paul also will perform indoors Aug. 7 in Salt Lake City, giving Jackson Hole fans two options to see him within a five- or six-hour drive.

When it comes to ticket prices, however, McCartney may as well be the Taxman, charging up to $250 for premium seats. Tickets for Missoula start at $49.50, available at griztix.com or by calling 888-MONTANA.

The Big Sky State’s scenic beauty and a good recommendation from Mick Jagger helped lure McCartney to Missoula. The Rolling Stones played the outdoor football stadium, which has a capacity of 25,000, in 2006.

In other music news, the Teton Valley Foundation has released its lineup for Music on Main. The free concert series will feature James McMurtry, Young Dubliners, Paper Bird, The Motet and Elephant Revival, as well as local bands.

Concerts take place on Thursday nights in Victor City Park beginning June 26.

(Photo via Wikimedia)

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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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