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In Jackson Hole, Craighead family has conducted groundbreaking wildlife research

In Jackson Hole, the Craighead name is synonymous with groundbreaking wildlife research. Today, the legacy is upheld by Derek Craighead — the founder, president, and senior scientist at Craighead Beringia South. Since its inception in 1998, the Kelly-based institute has conducted 40 research studies, 10 of which have been longterm field projects, and has collaborated
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The call of the elk in Jackson Hole

Wildlife biologists, like the animals they study, tend to migrate. For animals, migration allows them to find food and better habitat. For biologists, it allows them to study new species and work in new ecosystems. That’s the story for Frank Durbian, a 25-year U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service veteran whose career has included working with
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A legacy of conservation in Jackson Hole

When Bill Rudd first began studying Wyoming’s big game migrations in the late 1970s, GPS tracking collars didn’t exist. Instead, the young scientist, who was getting his master’s degree from the University of Wyoming, would roam the Yellowstone backcountry trying to gain enough elevation to pick up radio waves from collared elk. The research he
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Business and conservation find common ground through Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow

Entrepreneurism and conservation don’t often share an office. However, if The WYldlife Fund (the Fund) and its initiative, Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow (WTFT), are any example, they should. Thanks to the wildlife-supporting duo of Chris McBarnes and Taylor Phillips, the marriage of business savvy and conservation has proven wildly successful. Chris, who is president at
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Longtime Jackson Hole locals who never looked back

There’s something about Jackson Hole. We all know it; we feel it. The statement: “I came here to ski for one winter and, well … I never left,” is so common, it’s become a local punchline. For many people, something clicks here; their soul feels at home among the peaks and rivers — and so
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Envisioning a bright future in Jackson Hole

Anna Olson is the first to admit that the past couple of years have been something of a rodeo. As the person at the helm of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, she’s faced her fair share of challenges since taking over the role in 2017: a pandemic, a worsening housing crisis, and a record-shattering
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A new take on tradition with JW Bennett

“There are not many women who make hats this way in the world,” says Sarah Kjorstad, as she explains how she makes the handmade hats sold at JW Bennett, a custom hat company she founded. The felt hats, which are made at her flagship location in downtown Jackson, rely on traditional techniques and nearly 100-year-old
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Hydroponic urban farm in Jackson cultivates produce — and livelihoods

Nona Yehia, cofounder and CEO of Vertical Harvest, Jackson’s only hydroponic urban farm, is no stranger to the intersection of adversity and innovation. For starters, she figured out a way to grow vegetables year-round in Jackson, where winter temperatures often hover well below zero degrees. And she pioneered the design of a vertical farm that
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Jackson Hole artist paints Western wildlife

Technically, Carrie Wild paints Western wildlife. But the verve and whimsy that she infuses into each of her paintings is compelling and unexpected — you won’t mistake one of her thoughtful animal profiles for a photograph. She hopes, though, that what your eye doesn’t immediately identify as familiar, your heart and memory will. Through an
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Classroom Warriors

I was fortunate to be raised in a family of teachers and surrounded by countless creative, passionate educators. They’ve always been a dedicated and deeply caring cadre of people — and those traits have never shined brighter than in the darkness of the pandemic. Their task has been far from easy, and yet they’re stepping
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Go West. Go Wild. Go Online.

In order to make buying art easier and more accessible, the renowned Jackson Hole Art Auction launched the Wyoming Art Auction, an exclusively online event that hopes to reach a more diverse group of buyers thanks to its lower average price point. The new auction will take place virtually on Feb. 20, 2021 and feature
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The Shifting Definition of Megan Griswold

It’s hard to describe Megan Griswold. What you can say is that she is an experimenter whose life has taken many directions. She lives in an off-the-grid yurt with Carrara marble countertops because she wanted to see if she could make an affordable dwelling stylish. She’s a fan of extreme athlete Wim Hof (who’s known
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Paying it Forward

During the summer of 1995, Kyle Johnson walked into Snake River Brewing and was awestruck by the sounds of keyboardist Keith Philips. Kyle introduced himself and began taking lessons with the late musician — the two developing a close friendship. “Keith was my hero and mentor and I still get choked up talking about him
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Mountain Muralist

If you have seen the red moose in Teton Village, you’re familiar with the bold art of local muralist and illustrator Haley Badenhop. Colorful pieces like the grandiose blue moose mural near the town square, the vibrantly painted piano at the Center for the Arts, and eye-catching murals at Bin 22, Orange Theory, and Solitude
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Capturing Ice

Anytime there is a cold snap, Scotty Craighead grabs his camera and heads to the dike along the Snake River. While most photographers look up to capture Jackson’s famous mountains and scenery, Craighead points his lens down, focusing on the ice forming, cracking, and melting on the water. In 2013, on a walk along the
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For the Love of Mountain Adventure

The Jackson Hole Ski Patrol Memorial Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to “students whose spirit and love of mountain adventure honors the memory of ski patrollers no longer with us,” according to its mission statement. Melissa Malm, who was the first female ski patroller hired at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in 1978, and Chris Peck,
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A Snapshot in Time

When a group of 12 men, all realtors from New York City, walked into Jackson Hole’s Old Time Photos to get a group photo, they were not expecting a 4-foot-2-inch, blonde-haired, blue-eyed 8-year-old to be asking if they wanted to be good guys or bad guys, bank robbers or cowboys. “You’re a bank robber—you need
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Wildlife Brigade

The grizzly sow and her cub popped out of the willows next to a line of cars. As people hurriedly retreated to their vehicles, Grand Teton National Park wildlife brigade volunteer Al Zuckerman noticed one man standing stock still, snapping photo after photo, disregarding the bears headed his way. “Sir! Please jump in that car!”
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Well-Dressed Women

Soon after opening, Womenfolk received quite a bit of media attention. Amberley Baker and Greer Freed, the store’s proprietors, were even paid a visit by Tyler Haney, founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices. Haney had her eye on a vintage pair of chaps. The chaps were not available for purchase—they had belonged to Freed’s late
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Wild and Untrapped

ARTIST TERRY CHAMBERS PAINSTAKINGLY DISASSEMBLED EACH OF THE TRAPS, ONE BY ONE, PULLING APART UP TO 16 PIECES AND CAREFULLY LAYING THEM OUT. THESE TRAPS AND SNARES WERE DESIGNED TO TRAP AND KILL ANIMALS, BUT CHAMBERS IS FINDING A NEW USE FOR THEM AS COMPONENTS IN ARTWORK TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT TRAPPING. USING SOLELY TRAP
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