Bighorn sheep

A free public discussion Thursday evening at Snow King will explore bighorn sheep ecology, the perspective of recreationists and the possibility of crafting “conceptual solutions” to the challenges facing the Teton sheep.

Bighorns in the spotlight

If you’re a backcountry skier in Jackson you’re probably aware of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance’s “Don’t Poach the Powder” campaign.

In recent years the Teton bighorn sheep have struggled due to habitat encroachment on their wintering grounds by backcountry skiers, competition and disease transmission from nonnative mountain goats and dwindling genetic diversity.

On Thursday the Teton Range Bighorn Sheep Working Group, in collaboration with the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute, will host a public meeting to “look deeper at bighorn sheep ecology, the perspective of recreationists and to craft conceptual solutions.”

The free discussion will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Grand Teton Ballroom at Snow King.

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‘Dark Waters’ with a pioneer

Mountaineer and environmental health scientist Arlene Blum will host four free screenings of the film “Dark Waters” at MovieWorks Cinema on Thursday and Monday. Showings will be at 4:30 and 8 p.m. both days.

In the film Mark Ruffalo plays Rob Bilott, an environmental lawyer who sued DuPont for dumping cancer-causing manufacturing waste in a river in West Virginia.

Blum, who has a doctorate in biophysical chemistry, was a key player in getting a cancer-causing flame retardant banned from kids sleepwear in the 1970s. In 2007 she cofounded the Green Science Policy Institute to identify and campaign against the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products. Blum is also an accomplished mountaineer. In 1978 she led the first all-female team in its ascent of Annapurna in the Himalayas.

Parents talk body image

According to a 2009 paper in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, when a group of researchers gathered annual data from a sample of nearly 500 adolescent girls over an eight-year period, they found that 12% of them experienced some type of eating disorder during that time.

From 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Raising Girls, a program of Girls Actively participating (or GAP) will host a free discussion on body image at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The talk is focused towards parents.

Brunch with Porcu

Anna Porcu grew up in the hills of Tuscany, the daughter of an antiquarian.

After a fine arts education that spanned continents, Porcu returned to her roots to launch a jewelry design business in 2011. Now she incorporates museum-quality cameos of various materials into wearable jewelry that has been lauded by fashion magazines and gallery owners.

You can meet the artist from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, when Tayloe Piggott Jewelry will host a free brunch with her.

Fat Tuesday at Brewpub

Not to be outdone, this year the Snake River Brewing is hosting a 13-hour New Orleans-style party for Mardi Gras.

Starting at 11 a.m. the brewpub will be serving up traditional cajun food, hurricane cocktails and Jell-O shots. The bacchanalian festival will be complete with free masks and beads, and DJ ERA will be spinning beats from 8 to 11 p.m.

Contact Gabe Allen at 732-7062 or

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