By on January 27, 2015

Honeymoon in the Hole

Yes, that was Cameron Diaz in Jackson Hole. The inked-up dude with her is her new husband, Benji Madden. This columnist was flooded with calls from People, Star, and US Weekly asking if we could confirm the rumor or provide pictures of the newlyweds honeymooning in the Hole.

The supermarket tabloids were tipped off by a few Facebook posts of Jacksonites claiming to have run into the movie star at Whole Grocer and other “regulars” spots in town. US Weekly eventually got its story, as did all the celeb gawkers. Gossiper Perez Hilton was the meanest (to us, not them).


Benji Madden escorts his bride, Cameron Diaz. PHOTO: US MAGAZINE

“Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden Spent Their Honeymoon Chowing Down On Fried Chicken In The Middle Of Nowhere!?” the headline read. The newlyweds reportedly enjoyed dinner at what US Weekly called “causal southern eatery Q Roadhouse and Brewing Co.” where they “pigged out on hush puppies, fried chicken and jambalaya.”

No one ran an accompanying photo. Diaz has been to Jackson Hole to ski on numerous occasions.

The best radio station in JH can’t be heard in JH

They’re crazy about KTBX in Nogales, Arizona. The mystery radio station appeared at 98.1 on the FM dial in early 2013 but is just now gaining a steady stream of fans, according to a story in Nogales International.

The station plays quirky, forgotten B-sides from rock stars of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. What makes “Tubac,” as it’s called, so compelling is the fact that it has no commercials and no DJs. Just music.

The station has ties to Jackson, Wyoming. NI tracked down the station’s owner, Ted Tucker of Cochise Broadcasting LLC. The company’s headquarters is listed as a P.O. Box in Jackson.

JH puts the ‘cool’ in Couloir

“Quick, what’s the nation’s top mecca for entrepreneurial training and talent?” Forbes contributor Cheryl Conner wrote on Jan. 21. “Before reading this headline, I’m betting you wouldn’t have said Jackson Hole.”

Forbes’ story on Silicon Couloir and the entrepreneurial opportunities the program has brought to this valley should be no surprise to Planet readers. We featured the program a couple of years ago. Silicon Couloir co-founder Liza Millet told Conner all about the “growing migration of talent to Jackson” thanks to the abundant “fishing, skiing, rafting and riding and a myriad of art and culture events.”

Michael Dowda, facilities director for the Center for the Arts, poses with Silicon Couloir co-founder Liza Millet and daughter and future entrepreneur, Zizi. PHOTO: LIZA MILLET

Michael Dowda, facilities director for the Center for the Arts, poses with Silicon Couloir co-founder Liza Millet and daughter and future entrepreneur, Zizi. PHOTO: LIZA MILLET

In addition to the popular pitch program, Conner also mentioned Rocky Mountain Economic Summit-sponsored Hero Partners. Founder Rob Ryan of Ascend Communications fame and co-CEOs Justin Hyde and Tyler Norton lead Hero Partners. They recently acquired the 780-acre golf course and resort property Teton Springs while gearing up to launch the Hero Global Initiative.

Conner admitted that numerous other unlikely locales have seen similar action but “for those who favor an outdoor haven with an upbeat cultural vibe, it’s hard to top Jackson Hole.”

Driggs man dead in shootout

Several papers, including the Upper Valley Standard Journal, reported on the shootout with police that claimed the life of a Driggs, Idaho, man last weekend. Daryl Myler, 45, allegedly robbed a Rexburg Walgreens only to be cornered moments later and gunned down after he exchanged fire with Rexburg police officers.

2015 Yellowstone death toll: 1

Yellowstone’s first fatality of the year was tallied Saturday when snowshoers came across the body of Merik Morgan, 52, of Belgrade, Montana. Morgan likely died of hypothermia but a full investigation is underway. His frozen body was found near a ski trail along Blacktail Plateau Drive, eight miles east of Mammoth Hot Springs.

Yellowstone Gate and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle ran the news story.

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