Them On Us

By on January 13, 2015

Them on us on them and us

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – The Salt Lake City Tribune mentioned The Planet’s sale last week. The Planet began the new year under new ownership. Copperfield Publishing, publisher of Salt Lake’s leading alternative weekly newspaper, City Weekly, purchased Planet Jackson Hole, Inc. on New Year’s Day.

Copperfield CEO/President John Saltas said his company is in growth mode.

“We’re ambitiously looking to expand,” he told the Trib. “We believe in the richness and value of print, and more broadly, in the value of smart news.”

Mary Grossman, founder and publisher of The Planet, said, “We’ve been a forum for all perspectives. If you were afraid to say it in the other paper, you could say it in our paper. People expect that from us.”

In a pickle

Jean Cole wants to play pickleball. And she’s not the only one. The sports trend with a funny name is sweeping the nation. Cole’s story for the Hometown Focus in Northern Minnesota chronicles the popularity of the badminton/ping pong/tennis mashup that has even made it to Jackson Hole. At least, that’s what Cole says.


Tennis and Pickleball Club braved sub-zero temps to get in a few games. PHOTO: MARCUS BUSTAMANTE

“I wondered if I would be able to play wherever we might go – for instance, visiting friends and family in other states. The places we go are Jackson, WY; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Columbus, OH; and Toledo, OH. And sure enough, Internet research revealed that pickleball is available in all of those locations,” Cole wrote.

The Rec Center has offered pickleball, locally. Cole claims in her piece that U.S. Pickleball Association estimates there are 150,000 pickleball players in the country. Expect to see her here soon … getting pickled.

A little less lonely

News of Lonely Planet’s strategic stake in Teton Gravity Research has hit trade publications including First Tracks online, where we caught it.

The travel media company announced last week they were partnering with the action sports media house TGR. The investment comes as TGR has doubled in size in recent years, according to First Tracks.

“TGR’s resources provide a fantastic expansion of our rapidly growing efforts in video and our digital ecosystem,” Daniel Houghton said. He is the CEO of Lonely Planet. “Synergies between adventure travel and high-end media content will expand the reach of both the Lonely Planet and TGR brands.”

Winter wedding

“It was about 11 degrees outside. It was short and sweet.”

Those were the words of philanthropist Ann Lurie, 69, describing the outdoor wedding ceremony at her home in Jackson Hole. Lurie married film editor Mark Muheim the day after Christmas, telling Crain’s Chicago Business, “It was perfect for us. It wasn’t a big to-do.”

The private ceremony was held by the river in front of the fishing shack about 300 feet from the front door of their home, according to Crain’s. Mulheim had to plow a road to the site and build a bonfire for the affair. Witnesses included two friends and the couple’s dog, Sophie.

Muheim, 61, has two children from a previous marriage. He and Lurie have been a couple for about six years.

Lurie told Crain’s that Jackson Hole may sound far away to many of her family and friends in the Windy City but added, “I’m in a place that’s really comfortable, but I still love Chicago.”

Dead on arrival

Bill Bricker left this world knowing Wyoming was coming for him. The 94-year-old former camp counselor accused of molesting at least two minors while working at Teton Valley Ranch Camp died January 10 as Teton County authorities were attempting to extradite him to Wyoming.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney as treating Bricker with “dignity and respect” throughout the process. The Michigan paper also quoted Bricker’s attorney as saying his client maintained his innocence to the end.

“When he was still able to communicate with us he denied the charges and he wanted to know who was making the accusations,” said Anders Gillis, Bricker’s lawyer. “The accusers only publicly came forward after he lost his faculties.”

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