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David Vela will soon be packing his bags for Washington, D.C. as the Grand Teton National Park superintendent vies for the promotion of a lifetime. Assuming he’ll be confirmed as the 19th director of the National Park Service, here are some thoughts we hope he packs along to the Capitol.

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For those of us who cherish the Snake River, Aug. 9, 2009, was a memorable day. That afternoon several hundred of us gathered in Moose to celebrate the passage of the Craig Thomas Snake Headwaters Legacy Act.

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They were Clark’s crows for a long time, named after Captain William Clark, who first recorded it along the Clearwater River in Idaho. They look like and in many ways act like crows, although smaller, grayer, with distinctive, identifying white patches in black wings and tail. Big birds, 13 …

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Hunting seasons are here. It is time for all of us who hunt to move away from outdated toxic lead bullets to high-tech nontoxic copper ammunition. I am a lifelong hunter and angler. For the past 10 years, I have exclusively used nontoxic ammunition for all of my hunting.

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For this column I was all set to write about hiking the Paintbrush Canyon Trail to Paintbrush Divide and back. After connecting Paintbrush Canyon with Cascade Canyon into an 18(ish)-mile loop at least once every summer for 21 years, this summer I decided to hike to the divide as an out-and-b…

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Nov. 6 is Election Day. In an effort to get to know our candidates on a more personal level, I have asked them a few questions. The focus this week is on Teton County Board of County Commissioners candidates Democrat Luther Propst and Republican Mary Martin.

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Full disclosure: I am a member of the board of directors at St. John's Hospital Foundation. Regardless, my husband and I are also 20-year residents of this community and are more than grateful with every shoulder and knee replacement, every ache and pain, to have access to a first-class hospital only minutes from our door.

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The shadows are becoming longer as the days grow shorter, and fall is certainly in the air. It’s no joke that summer in Jackson Hole is short, and to say that “we get nine months of winter and three months of bad skiing” is not too far from the truth.

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Teton County is a place that tends to be healthier than most. A focus on nutritious eating along with an active mountain lifestyle make this little corner of Wyoming one of the healthiest in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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Bradley nets first win in six years

Keegan Bradley won the BMW Championships on Monday in Pennsylvania after defeating new world No. 1 Justin Rose on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. The win was Bradley’s first since 2012. Bradley is the son of Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis instructor Mark Bradley. The Vermont native won three times in his first two seasons on tour, including the 2011 PGA Championship in his major debut. Bradley, 32, took home $1.62 million for his win. The win was Bradley’s fourth on the PGA Tour.

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A deliberate attempt to bypass the 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan’s key goals, threatening the rural character of our valley, is underway.

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The fish hit at exactly 3:58 p.m. The fishing was slow. So slow that the guide was 10 minutes into telling us about his evening plans. I had fallen into a desultory routine — cast toward the bank, mend, strip, mend strip, pick-up. Do it again. On the second day of the Jackson Hole One Fly, a…

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Wyoming Stargazing always tries to inspire and educate. We are fortunate to have the Rocky Mountain western skies above our hearts. They are some of the most beautiful and captivating to view day and night.

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Putting aside the appropriateness of the sign in front of Teton Orthopaedics urging members of our community to obtain their MRIs at St. John’s Medical Center, several issues are raised by Krista Novak’s Aug. 29 Guest Shot.

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Now is the time, if you’re able to, if you are capable of it, to get up to the higher elevations. To treeline. To high mountain meadows, to where the streams begin. To mountain passes and the highest lakes. The places where the alpine flowers bloom: alpine aster and alpine sunflower, the mou…

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I bet there is more common ground agreement on the subject of St. John’s Medical Center than any other issue in Jackson Hole. Pretty much everyone I know agrees that we want high-quality health care that is close to home, focused on our community, listens to us and operates as efficiently as…