By on April 5, 2016

(Photo: colin samuels)

Death after a decade

The skiing community celebrated the 10-year anniversary of a local legend’s death in France this week. Doug Coombs fell to his death while trying to reach aspiring mountain guide Chad VanderHam, who’d fallen while descending the Couloir de Polichinelle in La Grave, France, April 3, 2006.

Backcountry Magazine ran a lengthy piece on Coombs, chronicling the Jackson Hole alpinist’s life after he moved to France with his family in 1996. Photographer Colin Samuels offered several shots of Coombs traversing his way down some of La Grave’s toughest descents.

Coombs was known for his height and strength, the article read, but Samuels said it was Coombs’ lankiness that defined his style. “The term ‘sinewy’ comes to mind when describing his physique,” Samuels told Backcountry, “which allowed Doug to put on constant display of power, grace, speed and cat-like reflexes.”

(Photo: the new york times)

(Photo: the new york times)

Harvesting accolades coast to coast

The voluminous New York Times Sunday edition on March 27 included a feature on Jackson’s newly opened Vertical Harvest. The Business Day article’s headline, “A Ski Town Greenhouse Takes Local Produce to Another Level,” was pure brilliance. The lede was also dead on: “The Wyoming soil, iced over for eight months of the year, is not particularly hospitable to heirloom tomatoes, baby basil or lettuce plants.”

Claire Martin penned the story which included little new to the local informed. Hydroponic farming methods will allow VH to produce an estimated 100,000 pounds of fresh produce a year from the three-story, 4,500-square-foot downtown greenhouse clinging to the south wall of the town parking garage.

The project is eight years in the making, prompting COO Penny McBride to call it, “patient capital.” McBride and project architect Nona Yehia described to the Times just how arduous it was getting to the March grand opening. “We had to prove it was a feasible idea that would have enough community impact for the town to essentially lease us the land for free,” CEO Yehia said.

“Vertical Harvest wasn’t an easy sell to some Jackson residents,” Martin wrote. “When Ms. Yehia and Ms. McBride first pitched their idea to the town, which owns the land and the building that Vertical Harvest occupies, they were competing against other proposals. These included a dog park and affordable housing units.”

An SF (San Francisco] Gate story on VH also added: “…[T]here’s also an angle where two plucky, youngish women won over a cranky old Tea Party guy who initially poo-poo’d the idea.”

(Photo: courtesy)

(Photo: courtesy)

Fall Arts featured artist named

An April 1, no-joke press release announcing the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival’s featured artist made the rounds early this week. Colorado artist Edward Aldrich, 26, was tapped by JHFAF to headline the annual event happening in Jackson, Sept. 7 through 18.

Aldrich’s 64-inch by 52-inch oil painting “Greeting the Dawn,” which portrays bison roaming beneath the Tetons on an early Wyoming morning, will grace official posters and be auctioned on the Town Square on Sept. 17.

 (Photo: paul gritton/idaho state journal)

(Photo: paul gritton/idaho state journal)

Soda Springs sledneck bags three titles

Soda Spring’s sledder Tanner Meyers came, saw, and conquered at the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb on Easter weekend in Jackson. The Idaho State Journal featured the 18-year-old’s domination as he took top honors in three divisions.

“This is the biggest race of the year,” Meyers said. “(The) sponsors and vendors are watching.”

Meyers rides for Polaris. He was one of only four ‘bilers to make it over the top of Snow King on the day he raced.

(Photo:  jackson hole airport)

(Photo:  jackson hole airport)

Airport tightens security

Authorities at the Jackson Hole Airport say they are tightening security there in light of the recent bombing in Brussels. The measure also comes at a time when numerous spring breakers are hoping to leave their wheels in the airport parking lot, some for weeks.

Allen Best’s Mountain Town News in Colorado’s Summit Daily included word from the airport director Jim Elwood, who said the Brussel’s attack occurred outside the terminal where Jackson’s security measures have been noticeably lax, especially at curbside.

While the local airport does not use TSA personnel, they do adhere to policies like the latest that strongly suggests a crackdown on unattended vehicles in loading and unloading zones.

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