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Casino Night Funds Meals with a Mission

April 28, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

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Meals with a Mission will host a casino night fundraiser on Thursday, May 12. This evening of casino games and dinner will raise funds to provide meals for local cancer patients and their families.

Held at the Elks Lodge at 270 W. Broadway, the event will start at 5:00 pm with a cash bar. Dinner, featuring recipes from the Meals with a Mission program, will be served at 6:00 pm. The cost is $20 at the door. All are welcome to attend.

Meals with a Mission provides complimentary, nourishing meals to St. John’s patients who are undergoing treatments for cancer. Meals are made from recipes by the American Cancer Institute and other cancer-specific resources, and they use organic ingredients when possible. Patients select meals from a selection of menu items. Volunteers, including students from Summit High School, prepare the dishes at the Elks Lodge and deliver them each week. The program serves about 40 meals a month.

According to one patient, “Coming home after treatment to these wonderful dinners, especially the ginger cookies, is the highlight of the week.”

Meals with a Mission is supported by the St. John’s Hospital Foundation and the St. John’s Medical Center oncology department.

Joni Upsher, a longtime Wilson resident, founded Meals with a Mission in 2015. Joni was a restaurant owner for 15 years and a culinary teacher at the high school for six years. Her husband Albert died from cancer in 2013. Joni’s love of healthy cooking and her desire to help cancer patients inspired her to start Meals with a Mission.

To RSVP for Casino Night, or make a gift to support Meals with a Mission, please contact Rachel Merrell at 739 7517 or sends e-mail).


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Hosts Chamber Mixer

April 28, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments


Central Wyoming College – Jackson will host a Chamber Mixer with the University of Wyoming Outreach School on Thursday, April 28 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Center for the Arts, 240 South Glenwood, in the Glenwood Lobby. Attendees will enjoy a free raffle and a selection of refreshments, featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared by CWC Culinary Arts program students. Other programs will be featured during short presentations held during the Mixer.

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About: Central Wyoming College is Jackson’s Community College. Serving Teton County for over three decades, CWC Jackson offers Associate degrees in many programs including Nursing, Culinary Arts, Business, and Education. Many community enrichment classes are offered year-round from EMT to Accounting and from Spanish to Bike Maintenance. For more information, please visit  


For more information about Chamber Mixers, please contact Renee Leone, Events Coordinator, or 307.201.2309. To find a list of networking events, please click here

Drug Take Back Program Sunday

April 28, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

pillsOn Saturday, April 30, 2016 the Jackson Police Department will again partner with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Smith’s Food and Drug on a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative in hopes of preventing increased pill abuse and theft. The program is completely anonymous and citizens are asked to turn in expired, unused, or unwanted prescription or over the counter medications for destruction. Liquid medications and hypodermic needles will not be accepted.

Jackson police officers will be present at Smith’s Food and Drug, 1425 S. Highway 89 in Jackson, from 10:00AM to 2:00PM the day of the initiative to collect the unwanted medications.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing it down the toilet or throwing it away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Residents who are unable to participate in the take back program but who have unwanted prescription medications they would like to surrender for destruction are encouraged to contact the police department to make arrangements for their proper disposal.

National Geographic Magazine May Issue To America’s Wild Idea

April 28, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, National Geographic has launched a yearlong exploration of the power of parks, including a special single-topic issue on Yellowstone. 

The magazine’s May 2016 issue, YELLOWSTONE:  America’s Wild Idea, takes an in-depth look at the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which encompasses Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, national forests, wildlife refuges, and private lands, which total over 22.6 million acres, the largest collection of contiguous wild lands in the lower 48 states.

“Yellowstone National Park staff worked with National Geographic photographers, writers, and fact checkers for more than two years to create this special issue,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. “Our goal was to illuminate how special this place is and the incredible challenges it faces today. Everyone who cares about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and its future should read this issue.”

“It takes a global community to manage, support, and sustain the gift that is the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem,” said Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela. “The passion and efforts of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, gateway communities, and neighboring private landowners are all essential to the stewardship of this ecosystem. This special issue of National Geographic provides a snapshot of these stewards at work.”


As David Quammenthe award-winning, principal author of the issue writes: “Yellowstone is more than just a park. It’s a place where, more than 140 years ago, people began to negotiate a peace treaty with the wild. That negotiation continues today, with growing urgency, at Yellowstone and all over the planet, as the human world expands and the natural world retreats. Can we come to terms?”


The May issue is on newsstands now and available in park bookstores and online through the Yellowstone Association ( and the Grand Teton Association (

Golightly Chamber Director Of The Year

April 27, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
Jeff Golightly Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Golightly Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

The Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce (WSCC) recognized Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) President/CEO Jeff Golightly as “Chamber Director of the Year” on Thursday, April 21 at the Spring Conference in Rawlins, Wyoming. 

“Jeff is respected by his colleagues across the state,” said WSCC Executive Director Heidi Peterson. She continued, “When he chooses to speak, others stop to listen.”

In the nomination letter from the Chamber Executive Committee, Board Chair Julie Faupel commented: “It is such a pleasure to work with Jeff Golightly at the helm of our Chamber of Commerce. The true test of a leader is in the results that they garner from their support team and those around them. Under Jeff’s mentorship, our Chamber has been honored with 5-Star Accreditation and we have had two employees honored as ‘Best Chamber Employee’ in 2014 and 2105.”  Executive Assistant Casey Stout, IOM and Director of Visitor Services Rick Howe, IOM were recognized as “Best Chamber Employee” in 2015 and 2014 respectively.

Julie concluded, “As a result of Jeff’s thoughtful leadership, we have a more engaged Board of Directors, a thriving membership base, and a world-class group of employees navigating our dynamic tourism environment.” 


In the nomination letter from the Chamber staff, Bookkeeper Christie Maurais said, “It’s worth noting that Jeff is well-liked and very involved in the community. His engagement helps the Chamber more effectively accomplish its goals while concurrently making a positive impact on community development.”


The Chamber is proud to be affiliated with the WSCC. For more information about the WSCC awards, please contact Heidi Peterson, WSCC Executive Director, 307.760.3897

Air Monitors On The Move

April 27, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
Air Quality Monitors in Jackson

Air Quality Monitors in Jackson

Air quality monitors have been at work for many years in Jackson and have discovered some interesting things. Now they are moving to a new home.

In 2000, after concern was expressed about radioactive particulates potentially emanating from nuclear operations at Idaho National Laboratory, the US Department of Energy went about installing a set of air monitoring samplers on the roof of Fire Station #1 in downtown Jackson.

As part of a network of sampling devices covering 8,000 square miles around INL, the units have measured the air for different types of particles like plutonium, cesium, and other radionuclides. While DOE says all levels of results are below standards and consistent with other monitoring sites in the area, the samplers have seen Cesium-137 and Iodine-131, both in 2011 as fallout from the Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan in 2011.

DOE says concentrations and types of radionuclides detected are consistent with and indicative of those found in soils throughout the world as a result of historic aboveground nuclear weapons testing by several nations.

When construction was announced at the fire station, DOE and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality went looking for a new site and found it along High School Road at the septic transfer station.

The new location is considered superior because the monitors will not be obstructed.




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