By on April 14, 2015

Town as art

Jackson, Wyoming – The Aspen Daily News reported Jackson Hole was chosen as the No. 3 best small town in the annual Arts Vibrancy Index by the National Center for Arts Research. The report analyzes a town’s art base by supply, demand and government support on a per capita basis, using a variety of metrics.

Here’s what the arts research center had to say about us: “Jackson, Wyo. is a mountain community of great beauty and innovation. The range of opportunity is unsurpassed in the state, and in many other communities of similar size. All art forms are represented, sometimes nationally or internationally recognized for excellence. Local government, individuals and foundations are very supportive with funding, and state and federal arts funding are in the top 4 percent or better compared to all cities.”

Glenwood Springs, Colo., was chosen No. 1, with Santa Fe, N.M. taking the second spot.

Answered prayers?

Local radio mogul Ted Austin is helping out the “God” channel in Jackson. Bott Radio Network launched its bible teaching and Christian News channel on 1450 AM back in December 2009. Since falling under the purview of Rich Broadcasting via a licensing agreement, the transmission signal has been unreliable and spotty. The output now is nearly nonexistent.

Transmitter problems forced Bott Radio Network to make regular announcements promising a fix in the coming months. The fix looks to have come in the way of a recent agreement between Austin, who owns a translator (K233CZ) in Jackson, and Bott. According to radio trade All Access, Austin has agreed to sell K233CZ to Bott for $20,000.

Changes at UW

In the midst of expansion plans for a $44 million upgrade to its Athletic Center, the University of Wyoming also announced this week that president Dick McGinity will step down when his contract ends next year.

McGinity is the school’s 25th president. Finding a president that will stick has challenged UW trustees in recent years. Trustees chose Bob Sternberg to replace retiring UW president Tom Buchanan in 2013 during a process that was highly scrutinized for its secrecy. Sternberg made dramatic changes to the university’s administration and resigned abruptly after 137 days into his tenure.

UW board members have promised to look for a younger candidate who will be around for a while. They also promised the search would be open to the public.

Meanwhile, athletics director Tom Burman told Wyoming Public Radio he is excited about the High Altitude Performance Center — a new complex that will include state of the art weight rooms, nutrition and academic facilities. The center will help athletes better train at 7,200 feet. Burman called it a “bold move.”

Fit as a fiddle

In the face of a deadly flu season (26 deaths so far) making the rounds in Wyoming, Teton County managed to once again grab the top spot as healthiest county in the state. CBS News5 out of Cheyenne reported on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation rankings that placed Teton as No. 1 in their rankings. The study considers 30 factors influencing health including education, housing, violent crime, diet, and exercise.

“I don’t know that it reveals anything that is surprising to people at the Department of Health,” Kim Deti, spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Health, told the Casper Star-Tribune.

Teton County residents’ access to quality health care and their active outdoor lifestyle were considered main reasons for the elevated ranking.

High and dry

Expect an active wildfire season this year. That’s what state officials are warning after learning the Cowboy State recorded the warmest year on record, and the sixth driest year as well.

“Any of us that went through 2012, or were here for that, we’re pretty much always preparing for a year like that now,” assistant fire management officer Christopher Fallbeck told the Casper Star Tribune. More than 1,300 fires burned about 600,000 acres in Wyoming at a cost of nearly $43 million.

Hole Hawk gets called up

News out of Chi-Town is Mac Carruth got a promotion from his gig tending net in the Chicago Blackhawks organization. Carruth, 23, is the son of Bob Carruth who coaches the Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team and works at Snow King Sports and Event Center.

The Blackhawks goalie was reassigned from the ECHL’s Indy Fuel to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. The call puts Carruth one step away from the NHL’s Blackhawks. Carruth appeared in 39 games with the Fuel this season. He had a 17-13-7 record with 2.55 goals against average and .914 save percentage. He has appeared in two games with the IceHogs, posting a 2-0-0 record with his first career shutout coming against the Chicago Wolves on Nov. 23. The Blackhawks picked Carruth in the seventh round of the 2010 draft (191st overall).

We found the news trolling hockey playoff previews.

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