By on June 23, 2015

Walgreens worries reach HQ

The story The Planet broke two weeks ago exposing Walgreens’ decision to discard their Jackson store’s inventory rather than donate it to a charity reverberated across national news outlets including the Chicago Tribune where the pharmacy giant is headquartered.

The Tribune piece by Becky Yerak was basically a rewrite of the KIDK-TV news story, which was basically a rewrite of this paper’s breaking story. Yerak had the same quotes, facts and figures but still it was fun to read Chicago bloggers’ opinions on the ordeal. Like the comment from ScrdX847 who wrote, “Jackson Mayor Sara Flitner said that ‘perfectly usable’ products went to a landfill. The store suffered a landslide. Not sure how extensive this was, but I’m sure it was easier to just dump into a dumpster rather than wash off and decide what should go to charity [or what should go] to the landfill. Mayor Flitner, you know where the landfill is. Get some people together with some buckets of water and few shovels, and start digging and washing. It’s allot (sic) easier than just sitting around and calling media.”

Wyoming Public Radio’s take on the story approached it from a different angle, choosing to highlight Good Samaritan’s Chuck Fidroeff who lamented the lost chance to receive some of Walgreens’ trashed merchandise. WPR’s Miles Bryan also added, “The story was picked up regionally, and as far away as Chicago. But Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso says, even with the negative press, the company made the right decision to protect its reputation.”

Kissed by the sun: beer

Wyoming Public Radio also gave a shout out to Snake River Brewery for their receipt of a $14,000 REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) grant that will help the local brewers install solar panels.

Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Jackson last week to visit the Snake River Brewing Company and personally hand the check off to its management. The upgrade is expected to save the brew house about $1,200 a year in electricity bills. SRB was one of 550 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the country to receive funds, which totaled nearly $7 million.

We also caught the announcement at

Cheney’s weather forecast: Ho-hum or hooray?

Sensitive documents concerning Vice President Dick Cheney were made public last Friday by the National Archives and Records Administration in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act. The memos, fact sheets and news articles sent to him while in office contained few major bombshells but one item tripped our radar.

“Many of the documents are banal. Aides sent Mr. Cheney a weather forecast for a coming weekend in Jackson, Wyo., where he kept a vacation home (‘snow showers’ every day),” wrote Peter Baker for the New York Times.

Snow in the forecast might play as trivial to politicos but around here that’s cause for celebration.

It’s all Chinese to JH

China is all about Jackson Hole. Not only does the world’s most populous nation boast a Jackson Hole all its own, complete with skyrocketing property values, but tourists from the People’s Republic of China are flocking to Jackson Hole in record numbers.

Now, a new coffee table book released this month in Beijing is a hot commodity, according to China Daily USA. Deng Zhangyu wrote a piece explaining the collaboration between Chinese painter Liu Zhong and the fifth-generation Rockefeller family member Steven Clark Rockefeller Jr. The duo jointly published “A Warm Winter” after spending a week together in Jackson in February. The book focuses on the animals and landscape of Jackson Hole, including “eagles, deers (sic), wolves, mountain goats and red foxes.”

“I was impressed by the landscapes and Rockefeller’s deep love for his country and family,” says Liu, adding that in the sleepy Western American town, the famous Rockefellers are treated as regular people.

The news was overshadowed, however, by reports of the “Dog Meat Festival” that takes place in Yulin in the Guangxi province this time every year. The BBC ran the story we read with horror.

Jackson ’47: ‘Wish you were here’

A tattered 1947 postcard of Jackson was auctioned off on eBay June 20. The winning bidder paid $38.88 for the memorabilia that shows a group riding horses past the Bluebird Café and Lumley’s Drug during a parade down Broadway for Rodeo Day.

New arch-ery

The fourth and final elk antler arch on the town square was replaced last week, according to a news story at The iconic new piece contained nearly 14,000 pound of sheds, all held together by nothing more than intermingling, though a few screws are used toward the bottom to deter would-be thieves, according to town public works director Larry Pardee.

The new arch is expected to last about 50 years. The old ones were constructed in the mid-1950s.

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