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By on January 19, 2016

Primitive warfare



Here’s one for the lumbersexuals–a hipster trend we thought (hoped) would be buried with 2015. Outside Magazine’s lede was irresistible: “It’s seductive, manly, and primal–and really damn hard. After a few whiskeys, our writer tries to master the art in Jackson Hole with the guys at New West Knives.”

We’re talking a 700-word article on the art of throwing a tomahawk.

Freelancer Graham Averill began, “I had been drinking whiskey for a solid 30 minutes before I started throwing the tomahawk…”

Tossin’ the ‘hawk is pretty manly but eventually Averill got down to the pitch: “The tomahawk that wooed me in Jackson Hole, the New West Thrower, is a thing of beauty. A hand-forged 1095 steel head slips over a tung-oiled hickory handle for a relatively lightweight, perfectly balanced hatchet designed for throwing.”

Averill did provide the key to sticking the stump.

“The process is less macho and more Zen. The key to throwing hawks successfully is learning how to get out of your own damn way. It’s like skiing on powder skis in a knee-deep fluff—you have to let the gear do what it’s designed to do. Don’t try to muscle it.”

Ka-boom doom



It’s the story that refuses to go away. If and when Yellowstone blows its top makes for sensational headlines and pseudo-news copy on a slow day. Express, out of the UK, is never a publication to shy away from shock journalism. Their latest headline reads: “WARNING: Arctic blast across Britain could cripple YOUR smartphone.”

On January 7, it was “Yellowstone about to blow? Scientists warning over SUPER-VOLCANO that could kill MILLIONS.”

Apparently we are in a period of increased volcanic activity, globally, with eruption frequency at its highest level in 300 years. Yellowstone is one biggie scientists claim is “likely to go off” sometime in the next 80 years. Later in the story the percent chance was listed as five to 10 percent.

Experts at the European Science Foundation said super-volcanoes like Yellowstone’s massive caldera measuring 34 by 45 miles, pose more threat to Earth and the survival of humans than asteroids, earthquakes, nuclear war and global warming.

We’ve been warned.

Thou cuisine of yore



Noted chef Matthew Secich has gone lo-fi with his kitchen. Way low.

The classically trained executive chef who helped put Jackson Hole’s Alpenhoff Lodge on the map has opened his latest eatery, and this one is unlike anything he’s ever done.

Charcuterie opened recently in the tiny village of Unity, Maine. The rural town of 2,000 is known for its Amish population. In keeping with the Amish anti-tech stance, Secich must operate everything in the restaurant like it’s 1816 instead of 2016.

Wood stoves, oil lamps, even a walk-in freezer chilled by blocks of ice from a nearby lake. All meat is ground by hand.

Secich studied cuisine at Johnson and Wales University before working at landmark sites like Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and The Oval Room in Washington, DC. He told People Magazine he still hadn’t found what he was looking for until now.

Boy Jackson again?


As we all, undoubtedly, eagerly await the 2015 list of most popular baby names by state, Good Housekeeping ran last year’s rankings past us. According to Social Security data, the top names for newborns in Wyoming for 2014 were a tip of the cap to our valley.

Jackson was the most popular boy’s name in the Equality State, followed by Mason and William. Olivia topped the list for girls but that was more following the national trend. Brooklyn was an odd second place finisher considering the name didn’t crack the top three anywhere else in the country including New York. Jackson’s only other appearance as a boy’s name was found as the third place finisher in New Hampshire.

The face of retail



North Face landed some face time in the Washington Post. The outdoor retailer was taking part in the National Retail Federation’s Big Show in NYC. North Face unveiled their new online shopping experience at the expo – a “personal shopper” utilizing IBM Watson technology.

Just ask her anything, North Face says, like, “I’m looking for something that will be good to wear in Jackson Hole in February.” PJH

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