By on August 7, 2014

Cool runner


Lisa Smith-Batchen

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Any story that begins with, “The diarrhea wouldn’t stop” has our attention. Nice lede, Dashiell Young-Saver.

The piece in the LA Times went on to herald local extreme runner Lisa Smith-Batchen and her quest to once again tackle Badwater and the 584 grueling miles she has faced since the beginning of July.

Smith-Batchen’s battle with shingles makes for a gross out read but if anyone was going to push through adversity, we know it would be the eastern Idaho ultra-marathoner. After all, she has  more than 40 such jaunts checked off her barf bucket list.

Musical chair$ end in JH

The financial world is gearing up for a compelling economic summit next month. With a new Federal Reserve chairperson in place, Janet Yellen’s opening address on Friday, August 22nd will be scrutinized ever so close. She is expected to signal the end of the QE3 money-printing recession era after seven years and, as Business Insider so accurately put it, “financial markets better start finding their respective chairs before the low interest rate music stops playing entirely.”

Rugged and refined

A perfect headline accompanied the NY Times piece on the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival taking place Sept. 3 to 14. “In Jackson Hole, the Rugged and Refined Meet,” read Elaine Glusac’s headline in the Travel section on August 2.

The short article didn’t include any news for us but should put plenty of New Yorkers on planes to the valley in September.

Gill gone

Jackson lost another iconic patriarch Sunday with the passing of Ralph Gill. The former mayor and county commissioner was instrumental in building Jackson Hole into what it is today.

His downtown land holdings were extensive and visionary. His imprint on the town is everywhere – from the east Jackson street named for his father, Lou, to his bucolic lifestyle that culminated with an ever-present broom sticking up out of the back of his pickup truck.

Friendly folks in Jackson


Jackson made Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 list of friendliest cities. The readers’ poll list put Jackson Hole in the 7th spot with a score of 80.

The accompanying blurb read: “Eclectic is the buzzword for this Western city, which one reader describes as ‘a busy, funky town that has nearly everything you need, set amidst the most amazing mountains in North America.’ More simply put, it’s an ‘Old West meets upscale’ spot where ‘jeans work everywhere.’”

Telluride beat us out with a score of 81.3 – good enough to secure the 4th spot. Charleston, SC was once again number one.

Beer Cruz


Santa Cruz Sentinel runs a Beer of the Week segment in their food section, bless them, and Bonnie’s BOTW last week was Snake River Brewing’s Pako’s IPA.

“First of all, this IPA’s named after the brewery’s mascot, Pako the dog, so you know it has to be good,” Bonnie Horgos wrote. “Secondly, the brewers used Simcoe and Columbus hops to create this strong golden ale, allegedly giving it an explosive bitterness.”

Spud shots

This is why they invented Instagram! The U.S. Potato Board met in Jackson Hole on July 30 for their annual summer get-together, announcing a push to be more digitally progressive in their marketing.

The result is a #TopTater contest to be launched on the USPB’s own Instagram channel. Users can submit photos of their favorite spuds for a chance at a whopping $100 gift card payout good for, you guessed it, potatoes.

Our only question: Why isn’t this soiree held in, say, Idaho?

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