By on March 3, 2015

The Shining

Admit it: You want Steve Fuller’s job.

The grizzled 70-something has been battling Yellowstone’s winters as the park caretaker for 42 years but he wouldn’t call himself a loner.

“What an extraordinary landscape, huh?” he told CBS News. “You see all kinds of animals passing through – Grizzly bears, big herds of bison, elk. When you’re out alone, you don’t want to make any noise. You wanna whisper if you’re talking.”

Lee Cowan’s piece featured 31 stunning photos of America’s first national park blanketed in the peace and quiet of lots and lots of snow.

Fuller showed off his method of clearing heaps of heavy snow off the roofs of park buildings. He saws out blocks and lets gravity work for him. It was 1973 when Fuller spent his first winter in a bare-bones cabin in Yellowstone.

“I was the only applicant,” he said, “which is the only reason I got hired. No one applied. I was paid $13.24 a day.”

Winter caretaker Steve Fuller. (Photo credit: CBS News)

Winter caretaker Steve Fuller. (Photo credit: CBS News)

Former forest super dies

The sudden departure of Bridger-Teton National Forest supervisor Clinton D. Kyhl after a short time on the job from July 2013 to September 2014 was followed by the sudden death of the 54-year-old from Wenatchee, Washington.

Kyhl left his post in Jackson after being diagnosed with ALS. His 30-plus-year career with the USFS included stops in Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Looking up: VH highlighted

Farm Features mentioned a highlight of Jackson’s new Vertical Harvest by The Verge last week. Rich McCormick penned the article titled: “Vertical farm can make 44,000 pounds of tomatoes on the side of a parking lot – Project lets Wyoming town keep growing food all year long.”

Discovering Wyoming

The Wyoming Office of Tourism needs your help in identifying the 125 best “can’t miss” tourist spots in the state. In celebration of Wyoming’s 125th anniversary of statehood, WOT is developing a marketing campaign to find authentic spots and hidden gems throughout Wyoming that travelers are sure to want to seek out.

Send a short description of your favorite experience along with the name of the attraction, Web site, phone number, hours of operation, and any photos or videos that might be helpful to by Friday, March 13.

From Russia with love and cold

News&Guide archive coverage of “30 Years Ago Today” last week caught our eye. Sylvester Stallone flew into the Hole to scout the location on Mormon Row for a scene in his Rocky IV movie.

Jackson Hole doubled for Russia in the highest grossing sequel of the Rocky franchise. In the scene, Rocky preps for his fight with Russian heavyweight Ivan Drago by going old school on a secluded farm hidden away in the frozen tundra of Siberia.

Our favorite item gleaned from a cine blog describes conditions the crew and actors had to endure. “What audiences didn’t see on the screen, however, are the conditions endured by the performers and crew members in bringing these sequences to life. Cold was the primary culprit – with the wind-chill factor, temperatures often dropped as low as 20 degrees below zero, freezing camera, sound and transportation equipment as well as personnel indiscriminately,” read the post. “Even the task of moving people and their tools ranged from strenuous to impossible due to the deep snow, a product of nature and not motion picture effects.” Sounds like classic Jackson Hole. Or Siberia.

The Town (up)Hill

Brigid Mander’s piece for Backcountry Magazine featured Snow King Resort and its new uphill policy.

“The lift access is important, but where Snow King truly shines is in its extremely lenient uphill policy: three designated uphill routes during operating hours, and dogs allowed whenever the lifts are not spinning,” Mander wrote. “Yet, increasing uphill pressure has put the issue in the hot seat in Jackson this season.”

Mander said the uphill policy has resonated with skiers. More than 1,000 passes have been issued this season.

About Jake Nichols

You must be logged in to post a comment Login