THEM ON US: Plein Conservation

By on July 30, 2013

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The Jackson Hole Land Trust has partnered with three prominent local artists on a unique venture that promises to marry land conservation with the arts. The idea, called View22: Painting Jackson Hole’s Open Spaces, is so intuitive it’s surprising it has not been thought of before.

Trio Fine Art – represented by local painters Kathryn Mapes Turner, Jennifer L. Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk – will work with the Land Trust to highlight various protected properties each week this summer and fall by creating plein air paintings of that land, blogging online and hosting fundraising art shows.

Amangani: Cougar sanctuary

No wonder the staff at Amangani is always smiling. Chances are, according to a recent survey, they just made it with a cougar.

Cougar Life polled 3,533 of its members to discover where naughty middle-aged women like to let their hair down … among other things. Amangani made the Top 10 list at number 8.

“Many Cougars, like myself, prefer an active vacation that includes tennis, golf, hiking, and skiing,” Cougar Life spokesperson Marlo Jordan said in a story we read at Fox News.

They also prefer to seduce resort staff while on vacation, rather than bring a date. One third of respondents claimed to have an affinity for tennis and golf instructors.

Ape hangers rally for a cause

Bikers headed for the two-wheeled Mecca at Sturgis will enjoy participating in the 2nd Annual Jackalope Ride for Special Olympics. The poker run will take place August 3 at the Snow King Sports and Events Center.

The three-hour charity ride is as scenic as it gets and participants have a chance at some super prizes for their $35 entry fee. A free concert featuring Robert Walter’s 20th Congress follows the rally.

 Banker buzz begins already

Groundswell concerning next month’s monetary policy conference at Jackson Hole has already begun in earnest. Months ago, the annual symposium was in the news when Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke announced he would be skipping this summer’s central bankers‘ retreat. It served as further proof the fed head would indeed be stepping down soon as many have speculated.

In the coming weeks, world economists will be zeroing in on Jackson Hole with a special keen interest paid to Friday morning’s (August 23) speech where many a policy shift has been disclosed. Both Bernanke and his predecessor Alan Greenspan often used the keynote address to drop significant bombshells.

Reuters reported Tuesday that Vice Chair Janet Yellen would moderate one of the conference’s panel discussions but did not go as far as to say whether it would be she who would pinch hit for Bernanke on Friday morning. Few names have surfaced beyond Yellen’s as to Bernanke’s possible successor. In addition to any policy changes regarding an anticipated backing off of the Federal Reserve’s third round of bond buying known as QE3, the keynote speech from Jackson Lake Lodge could include an official announcement or Bernanke’s retirement and name his replacement.

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