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Western Artist

It all really began with a cow. In second grade, a painfully shy Kathy Wipfler drew a cow in art class and everyone said it was the best in the class. “And all these years later, I’m still painting cows,” she says. Wipfler was working as a surgical technician in Idaho Falls, Idaho, after growing
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Peak Performance

Tom Turiano was never interested in pushing himself to the technical limits of a sport. As a kid growing up near Rochester, New York, what interested him most was problem-solving aspect of how to get from point A to point B, whether it was on the water or climbing a mountain. In school he collected
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A Playhouse Tradition

If Vicki Garnick had a personal motto, it would come from “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” a musical she produced at the Jackson Hole Playhouse. The song “I Ain’t Down Yet” summarizes the long road she and her family business have taken over the last 40 years. The Jackson Hole Playhouse, built in 1915, is the oldest
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Defying Gravity

Ben Roth knew from the moment he learned to weld that he’d found something special. “I found my medium,” he says. “It was like I’d made armor in my last life. It just felt right.” It was 1999, and Roth was working on opening the restaurant Terroir in Jackson with several partners and investors. It
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Artistry in Glass

Inside Laurie Thal’s glassworking studio, shelves of colorful bowls, vases, bottles, and other pieces line the walls, and a metal tree of dangling blownglass ornaments rests just inside the door. The studio, located off the Village road, isn’t just for display—it’s where she and partner Daniel Altwies create their masterful pieces of glass art.
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From the Alps to the Tetons

If you ask Jim “Slim” Wilson what he does, you’re bound to hear an assortment of vocations and skill sets. What might lead to a better answer, however, is asking, “What don’t you do?” A professional ski instructor, talented musician, dancing aficionado, ski patroller, U.S. Army veteran, postal worker, locksmith—the list goes on and
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Woodmencey Knows Weather

Jim Woodmencey is unassuming and kind, order and Arnold Palmer instead of a dry martini, and wears a Stio puffy instead of a tailored suit, but he is Jackson’s own James Bond of weather forcasting. When he’s not updating his MountainWeather.com website at 4 a.m. each morning, predicting avalanche conditions for heli-ski operations, or
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The Way of Wildlife

LISA SAMFORD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE JACKSON HOLE WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL, BEGAN HER CAREER AS A JOURNALIST, BUT AFTER SHE SPENT A DECADE WORKING IN THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY, HER INTEREST TURNED TO FILM. “My boyfriend was a cameraman and he was having so many great adventures,” Samford says. “I was just drawn to it.”
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Avian Innovator

All-night field excursions are just part of the job for Teton Raptor Center senior avian ecologist Bryan Bedrosian. To conduct research, he spends countless hours in the backcountry and skis long distances tracking birds. He often faces difficult travel conditions and avalanche risks. “One night I spent the entire night out trying to capture
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Place-Based Teacher

April Landale arrived in Jackson to work at Teton Science Schools in 1993. A year later, she was ushering the first 13 students into the new graduate program she helped create. Back then students came to the program with internship, outdoor leadership, and even teaching experience, and they were searching for an academic for
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