More airport howdies this winter

The Winter Airport Greeting Program at Jackson Hole Airport, which serves free mimosas, OJ and helpful info to arriving flyers, is such a hit it will be expanded to five days a week for the 2018-19 season.

“Just because of the demand,” said Rick Howe, vice president of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. “Last year we engaged 88,000 people,” meaning individuals who came up and talked to greeters.

The greeter program is about more than mimosas, he said. Even if travelers have thoroughly researched Jackson Hole they like being able to speak to someone when they get off a long flight.

“Our mission is to engage with folks and answer questions and assist in any other way,” he said.

Last year greeters were at the airport Thursdays through Sundays, the busiest times.

The days this coming winter will be decided when the Chamber knows the winter flight schedule. The program will run mid-December through the last weekend in March. The hours will be the same: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and sometimes later when there are flight delays.

The program is funded by the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board.

“It’s a great program,” Howe said. “It showcases the best in our community. It’s about hospitality. It’s about answering questions. It’s about connecting people with the location.”

Airport continues sustainability efforts

At last week’s Business Over Breakfast, Jackson Hole Airport Director Jim Elwood updated Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce members on airport goings-on, including sustainability efforts. At 2 p.m. Sept. 3, for example, the airport will host a ribbon-cutting for it new stormwater filtration system.

The airport is gearing up to bring in its first load of sustainable jet fuel, and it has received a $173,474 grant from VW emissions settlement fund that it will apply toward the purchase of a reduced-emission rotary snowblower.

The airport also is looking to becoming part of the Good Traveler Program, which would enable people to purchase carbon-offsets for their flights to fund local carbon-reduction programs.

CellOnly buys Wyoming Wireless offices

CellOnly, a Verizon authorized retailer, acquired 18 Wyoming Wireless locations around the state, including the one in Jackson at 365 W. Broadway.

All 18 locations will retain local staff and management, a press release said.

CellOnly also has locations in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Visit

Kickstarter shovels big bucks to DMOS

It didn’t take long for DMOS Collective to surpass the $30,000 goal of a Kickstarter campaign for its seventh shovel, the Delta. The crowdfunding effort deadline is Aug. 21, and DMOS already has pledges for more than $103,000.

The young Jackson company founded by Susan Pieper makes its shovels in Oregon. The Delta is a full-size, foldable model with a head that can be configured as a shovel or hoe. It comes in aluminum or steel.

— Jennifer Dorsey

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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