Thanks for the memories

What a sad, sad loss is the fire that burned The Rusty Parrot! Ever since they opened it has been a special place to go.

We stayed there while building our home. Enjoyed the delectable and delicious breakfast. Relished the homemade cookies set out in the afternoon. We met our dear friends there that we have remained best friends with from the start. We have dined there celebrating anniversaries and birthdays and taken new in town to have a scrumptious dinner. Even stayed for special cozy getaway weekends to enjoy the impeccable service.

Thank you Rusty Parrot for the happy memories!

Please come back, as you are an integral part of what makes Jackson such a special place.

Louise Wade


Musicians deserve respect

An Open Letter to the Members of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra Board:

I am a great fan of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and spend as much time as I can attending concerts every summer. The orchestra is a tremendous cultural (and financial) asset to Wyoming.

I am an accomplished composer and I’ve given pre-concert talks for the orchestra before. I see the joy and commitment of orchestra attendees in that setting, and have many friends from across the state and the globe who agree — summer concerts at the festival are some of the finest musical moments we’ve ever experienced. One of the reasons for this transcendent music making is that the musicians want to be in our beautiful state but significantly, they are motivated by a culture of respect — until now.

Because the musicians are exceptional and the primary reason for the success of the orchestra, I want to plead with you all to consider their professional standing, support their voices, and morale through respectful governance, which I think is currently lacking:

You recently let go three musicians (Juan de Gomar, Jennifer Ross, and Kristen Linfante) who were members of the committee that represents the orchestra, one of whom was the chair of the committee. Management had given the musicians a town hall forum in which to share some of their concerns. When these three musicians representing the orchestra members — who were asked by management to express concerns — did indeed speak up about their desires and issues they were let go.

This is deeply shocking and unprofessional behavior on the part of management. It is retaliatory and creates a bitter morale issue among musicians. It has a chilling effect on any communication. This is not the way to keep an amazing group motivated. I respectfully plead with you to reinstate those fine musicians and work towards better, respectful mediation and communication.

Thank you for considering my request.

Anne M. Guzzo, composer, friend to and fan of the orchestra


Clean up for bears

Like so many in our community, I spend a lot of my time worrying about the interaction between people and bears. It was with great anticipation that I read the recent letter with regards to bear-proof carts and the need to ensure they are locked, but that’s not enough. It’s smell that draws bears out of the woods and into our backyards.

Carts: Keep them in the garage, or in a secure area when not out for service.

Do not hold your trash for more than a week. The longer it’s held, the stronger the odor becomes.

Fruit trees: Rake up and promptly dispose of fruit that falls to the ground or is not harvested.

Composting: Sadly, many practice composting, but this practice along with bird feeders can draw unwanted attention from bears.

Diapers: Bears love those little burritos that are tossed into the garbage once they’re used. Bag them and tie them tightly before putting them out in the trash.

If you believe in mass transit and reducing the demand for fossil fuels, use a commercial hauler for your trash. Self hauling adds to congestion on the road, causes bottlenecks at the transfer station, and costs the county time and money manning the scales and controlling traffic.

If your can stinks, add this combination before placing it to the curb:

1 gallon very hot water

1 tablespoon of dish soap

1/2 cup of ammonia

Mix together and pour into your can. Bears do not like the smell of ammonia, and will stay away. As the water steams in your can the soap will create a thin film along the walls and it will dump clean, smell fresh, and keep the bears from prowling your trash. Obviously, this won’t work well when the weather is below freezing, but it’s very effective when utilized once per week.

Dan Webb


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