By on June 2, 2015

Yellen bails

Well, we know one thing for sure: Janet Yellen is not a fly fisherwoman. The Federal Reserve chair announced she would be skipping the annual economic symposium held in Jackson Hole in August.

Industry heavies are calling Yellen’s decision less to do with the fact she has little interest in the good ol’ boys club gathering and more of an indication the new fed head wishes to downplay the importance of the summer summit. The meeting of the world’s central bankers has become a major touchstone thanks to the signature keystone address typically given by the Federal Reserve chair, which has been used in the past to tip off market strategists to impending policy changes.

CNBC speculated Yellen was looking to lower expectations for what news comes out of Jackson Hole every August. ABC News coverage leaned toward Yellen’s disinterest in Wyoming’s world-class trout streams where former chairs Paul Volcker, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke all seemed intent on never missing the opportunity to wet a fly.

Out of work in Teton County

The state Department of Workforce Services says the state’s jobless rate is significantly lower than the 5.4 percent national rate and slightly lower than the 4.3 percent rate the state recorded a year ago in April, according to a KIDK Local News 8 broadcast last week.

Niobrara County led the way with a 2.5 percent unemployment rate in the month of April. Albany (2.7 percent), Goshen (3.2 percent), and Crook (3.4 percent) rounded out the top four. Teton County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 6.9 percent.

Workforce Services blamed Teton County’s high unemployment rate for April on the end of the ski season. Teton County’s jobless rate was 3.9 percent in March.

Bearly news

US News & World Report headlines concerning bears are usually market-related. Last week’s story was all in the headline that most outsiders probably believe suits the Cowboy State to a “T.”

“Bear scurries through Wyoming city all day, then falls asleep under tree and gets captured,” read the descriptive head in Casper Star-Tribune’s AP story picked up by the national glossy.

“He was sleeping under an aspen tree just wiped out from his day’s adventures,” State Game and Fish spokeswoman Janet Milek said. “He was so sound asleep he didn’t move when we used the tranquilizer.”


Corn on the curb

Jackson Hole POP! Fine Artisan Popcorn was recognized by the Food Network as one of the nation’s finest mobile popcorn stands. OK, full disclosure: They are one of only four traveling kernel cookers in the United States.

The June 2015 issue of Food Network Magazine featured the local popcorners, saying JH POP! Is “pushing serious popcorn.”

In addition to its signature kernel Campfire Kettle, JH POP’s house flavors include the Lucky Cowboy Three-Way Mix (a sweet, savory and salty blend of their other three favorites), Cowboy Caramel, Outlaw Cheddar and Grand Teton Theater Style. JH POP is in its fourth year of operation.


Inside ride over the hill

Teton Valley has christened its new indoor riding arena now open for business. The indoor pavilion at the Teton County Fairgrounds in Driggs opened last Saturday. The pavilion completion is the first phase of larger scale indoor arena plans that have been in the works over the last several years, according to the Teton Valley News.

The facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week and is free to the public.

From Casper to Carnegie Hall

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Well, you can practice, practice, practice… Or you can wave the baton like maestro Matthew Savery. The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra conductor will soon make his first appearance on the hallowed NYC stage. The 48-year-old will lead a string orchestra, harpsichordist Heike Doerr and violinist Alexander Markov through a program including Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”

Savery has been with the Wyoming symphony for seven years. The story was in the Star-Tribune.

State visitation indicators up

Lower gas prices should spell a robust tourist season for the Cowboy State. State tourism executive director Diane Shober said her agency is expecting a “really good summer.”

An ABC News online story stated a record 10.1 million people visited Wyoming last year with visitors spending about $3.3 billion in 2014. The Wyoming Office of Tourism has concentrated a larger portion of its $14 million annual budget on digital media ads, pulling some emphasis away from TV. Schober said she likes the flexibility of online advertising. WOT also focused on marketing efforts in the Seattle area for this summer.

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