By on August 10, 2016

Yellen gellin’ in JH

160810TOU-1---YellenJACKSON HOLE, WY – Bankrate is calling the Federal Reserve party in Jackson “the most-watched economic confab of the year.” Their preview coverage of the upcoming symposium held annually at the end of August in Jackson Hole speculates Fed chair Janet Yellen could drop a bombshell while in the Cowboy State.

“Will Yellen surprise us at Jackson Hole?” read the headline for Bankrate’s economics blog. The topic of the Aug. 25 to 27 conference is “Designing Resilient Monetary Policy Frameworks for the Future”—an admittedly stuffy topic—but Yellen’s opening address on Friday is expected to be the highlight of the weekend.

Since 1982, the symposium has been used in the past as a forum for introducing policy change and the occasional rate hike. Many market analysts are predicting just that.

Smash 16

160810TOU-2-HoloTech geeks are all atwitter about HoloAnatomy. The new app from Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic allows viewers to explore internal organs, including the brain, in 3D from any perspective.

The app was recently named finalist for the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, an international competition that recognizes the best in science communications. The event is co-presented by Jackson Hole WILD and WGBH Boston. The final event and awards ceremony will be held at the Science Media Awards and Summit in the Hub in Boston, September 20 to 22.

Dangerous water?

OK, that’s scary. ABC News put the creep on the E-coli found recently in Grand Teton geothermal features including Huckleberry Hot Springs, Polecat Springs, and Kelly Warm Spring.

160810TOU-3---amoebaThe park presser from GTNP super David Vela read: “Due to increased evidence of harmful pathogens we highly encourage individuals to avoid contact with these waters.”
By the time ABC got a hold of the news, they ran the headline: “Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Popular Grand Teton Soak Spot.”

The microscopic Naegleria fowleri amoeba typically occurs in the Southern U.S., not the Rocky Mountain West, but sustained warm temps have caused the bacteria to show up here. Park officials urge soakers not to let water in Kelly Warm Spring get up their nose.

To complete the scare, ABC closed the piece with: “The so-called ‘brain-eating’ amoeba killed an 11-year-old girl in South Carolina on Friday.”

Winter’s coming

160810TOU-4---JHMR-winters-comingToo soon to talk about winter skiing? Never.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s new 35-second tease for the upcoming winter season just dropped to announce their Auguist season pass sale. The vid will you make you powder sick.

BNQT, the global pulse of action sports, posted the clip and, after watching, we have to say we’re ready to grab our boards and hit the hill.

Ol’ Miss paraglider

Davis Gray’s crash-and-burn off of East Gros Ventre Butte last week is making the rounds in his home state. The 25-year-old was paragliding alone in windy conditions without much experience. He crashed shortly after taking off and was hospitalized in stable condition with serious leg, abdominal and back injuries.

160810TOU-5---paragliderMississippi’s Baytown Sun, Tupelo’s Northeast Mississippi Daily, and Jackson’s News 12 WJTV all carried the news. PJH

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