By on March 18, 2015

Cleveland Cowboys?

ABC affiliate WEWS out of Cleveland is claiming the Wyoming University basketball team as its own heading into March Madness. With little else to root for locally, b-ball fans in Cleveland are finding more than a few reasons to back the Pokes as they face Northern Iowa this Friday.

“The City of Cleveland is unofficially adopting the Wyoming Cowboys…” begins the Channel 5 coverage on March 15.

Larry Nance Jr., son of Cleveland Cavalier legend Larry Nance Sr., leads the Wyoming team. Senior guard Jack Bentz is also from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Head coach Larry Shyatt is a Cleveland Heights and College of Wooster graduate, and assistant coach Scott Duncan is a Cleveland native who also graduated from the College of Wooster.

Targhee pinch-hits for Squaw Valley

So sorry, Squaw Valley, the snow gods don’t love you. The International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) decided to resite its North American Junior Freeride Championships to Jackson Hole due to poor snow conditions in California. The race is headed for Grand Targhee Resort.

“We are super pumped to be at Grand Targhee Resort,” IFSA President Scott Mahoney said in a press release. “Grand Targhee has a phenomenal events staff and it is always a pleasure to be there.”

Targhee has already hosted three freeskiing events this season and is set to welcome its fourth event this week: the Grand Targhee Junior National on March 19 to 22.

Nye not nice

OK, so maybe we aren’t having that great a winter as far as snowfall. And, lately, what we’ve got we’re losing fast. Bill Nye the Science Guy was in town back in February for a sold-out show at the Center for the Arts. While cruising around town, Nye sent out a Tweet that read: “Bare slopes in Jackson Hole, WY. Nothin’ to worry about – just a little climate change.”

There’s no telling how damaging that observation was to our ski industry but the post was retweeted nearly 1,100 times. Sierra Rayne, of the website American Thinker, got right to work attempting to debunk Nye’s science, claiming both Michelle Malkin and found Nye’s proclamation without merit.

We had to chuckle at the methodology used by JunkScience. They were denying global warming charges based on the fact that Nye’s accompanying photograph “was not of Jackson Hole, but instead of Jackson.” Very scientific.

Malkin said simply it was impossible to take measure of temperature trends in Jackson Hole because “temperature records at Jackson Hole don’t begin in the NOAA-NWS database until mid-2009.”

Beer championships

Albuquerque’s KRQE’s morning edition highlighted two local breweries whose ales reached the semi-finals of a national beer contest. The National IPA Challenge began with a field of 128 different India Pale Ales from all reaches of the United States.

Albuquerque’s Bosque Brewing Company is up against a beer by Thai Me Up’s Melvin Brewing of Jackson-cum-Alpine, and longtime Duke City brewer Canteen Brewhouse will face off against 10 Barrel Brewing from Boise, Idaho.

We know whom we’re rooting for.

Photo credit: Melvin Brewing

Photo credit: Melvin Brewing

Meehan on grass-fed butter

Jackson’s holistic practitioner Kevin Meehan dropped some knowledge on Medical Daily concerning grass-fed butter.

“Butter releases components which may actually increase fat production. For example, the fat in butter is broken down by our bodies to release fatty acids and glycerol,” he said in an email to the online site.

Meehan added that the saturated fat in butter releases triglycerides, which is known to be a controversial blood lipid linked to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases.

It’s not all bad news. Grass-fed butter does have some redeeming nutritional qualities. It’s higher in omega-3s and vitamins, and it contains fat-soluble vitamins like A and K2, CLA and butyrate.

Cowgirl Bo on JH for Nat Geo

Bo Fuller’s piece entitled, “Cowboys and Immigrants: An African Emigre’s Jackson, Wyoming,” appearing in this month’s National Geographic is a wonderful tribute to Jackson’s wilder side.

“Since 1957, every summer evening except Sunday (“There’s no shootin’ on Sundays!” the Jackson Chamber of Commerce boasts), the shoot-out gang has gathered in front of the elk-antler arches in the heart of Jackson to reenact frontier justice and lure tourists to restaurants and bars. It is reportedly the longest continually running shoot-out in the U.S., which surely puts it in the running for longest continually running shoot-out in the world,” Fuller wrote.

“The show features busty broads and men who walk as if they’d sustained a fertility-threatening injury at the biweekly Teton County rodeo.”

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