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Special Olympics take gold in Casper

The championship game was Jackson vs. Jackson.

With a setup like that, it’s no surprise a Jackson team brought home the soccer gold medal in the Special Olympics fall contest in Casper. Coach Shane Braman, a special education teacher at Jackson Hole Middle School, said the younger team took down its older compatriots after losing a preliminary game to them.

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Run the Red race returns

Wyoming Wilderness Association and NOLS are holding the sixth annual Run the Red race Sept. 28 in South Pass City State Park.

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Skate competition wraps up

The fourth and final stage of the Wild West Skateboard Contest Series will drop in at the town skate park on Saturday.

The format no longer features separate street and bowl competitions, instead running a jam format with skaters encouraged to incorporate the entire park into their runs.

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Road race champs crowned

Winners were crowned Saturday in the annual Tin Cup Challenge 5-kilometer and 10K races in Driggs, Idaho. Caleb Moosman, 24, won the 10K in 35 minutes, 52.08 seconds. Rose Hendricks, 35, won the women’s race in 43:40.74. The 5K victory went to Jon Valvatne, 38, in 18:53.13. Barb Lindquist, 50, finished third overall and won the women’s race in 20:33.34.

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Youth soccer sign-ups start

The next generation of soccer players can get a head start with Jackson Hole Youth Soccer 2019 fall season programs.

Registration is open for four levels of youth soccer, including Minikickers, Grassroots, Academy and United leagues.

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Trail challenges on tap

Three hiking and biking challenges are on tap for the hundreds of trail runners, hikers and cyclists of the Tetons.

All are far more high-tech than the posterboard with gold stars that used to sit in the Panorama House.

The Teton Trails Challenge is modeled after a similar event in Boise, Idaho, JHCycling.org board member Cary Smith said.

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Duathalon fundraiser returns

The 20th annual Run and Ride for the Cure starts at 9 a.m. Sunday in Wilson.

The duathalon raises money for the Cancer Patient Support Fund at St. John’s Hospital Foundation. The race includes a 5-kilometer run and a 15-km bike ride with both a competitive class and an untimed fun division. There will be a 5-km walk and a kids race as well.

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Even with winter still poking around late into May, Old Pass Road has been plowed to clear the way for hikers and bikers, according to Jim Verdone, head of the Old Pass Road Repairs Project.

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After hosting snocross races at Snow King the past two winters, authorities will take the competition elsewhere this year.

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Up to 4 feet of snow has fallen since Saturday, and groomers have been working hard to keep up with the weather and pack down new accumulation.

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Five wrestlers heading to state meet

Though weather made the trip to Powell uncertain, the Jackson Hole High School wrestling squad walked away from the 3A West Regional Tournament over the weekend with five state qualifiers.

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After the big snowfall last week, more snow continues to fall daily around the area. Groomers are busy rolling out tracks and resetting lanes after snow accumulation. Expect some irregularities and bumps here and there on the tracks as well as a few snow drifts on high-wind days.

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I went on this adventure right before our recent influx of snow that has developed into a funky snowpack. For this ski tour, I returned to a zone I had been to many times below Amphitheater Lake in Grand Teton National Park. This time, however, rather than ski down the gladed eastern slope b…

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Skinning up the lower flanks of a mountain in Daisetsuzan National Park, which is pretty close to smack dab in the middle of Hokkaido, Japan, I wore two puffy jackets, goggles, a hat, two hoods, one Buff around my neck and a second that covered my cheeks and nose, and Marmot mittens so puffy…

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Spud Chase crowns champs

Nine skiers were crowned winners in five divisions at the 16th annual Spud Chase presented by Peaked Sports on Saturday at Teton Springs in Victor, Idaho. In the 1-kilometer event Anika Trotter led the girls, and Trey Behrens led the boys. In the 2.5-km distance Daisha Jacoby led the girls, and Caleb Bender placed first among the boys.

Sam Krieg won the men’s 24-km race in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 37 seconds. Robin McGee was first in the women’s field with a time of 1:22:58.

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Midwinter warm spells reveal the dirtier side of the season. All it takes is a few sunny afternoons to melt away the thin blanket of snow that keeps everything looking like a fairy tale set. Just a few degrees of temperature fluctuation and the once pristine snowbanks begin to reveal their t…

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Nothing makes me cringe like encountering swatches of fresh wildlife blood and hair in the middle of highways. My lament soars higher when I note hand-wringing grandstanding from bossy types and groups desperately designed to discredit and outlaw legitimate hunting, fishing and trapping.

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Female Broncs wrestle well

Jackson Hole High School competed in Idaho Falls over the weekend, where sophomore Olivia Roberts and Elizabeth Jensen each placed fifth in a junior varsity tournament. Senior Ted McDaniel also competed well; the 182-pounder went 1-1 before falling in the quarterfinals of his bracket. Kirby Castagno and Ben Brown both went 0-1 in their brackets. Jackson placed 20th out of 21 teams with 14 points. The team will compete again this weekend in Riverton.

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There’s something romantic about the idea of a solo skier pioneering a new line, a lone figure breaking trail in the predawn black, one person with a mission. We envy that lack of distraction and that self-sufficient sentiment.

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Last month I decided I needed to shake up my exercise routine, so I signed up with a trainer to come up with a personalized program. I thought he would help strengthen my weaknesses. And I thought having a different schedule would force me to break out of my rut and, maybe, improve my speed …

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Despite being a provocateur of exceptional mini-van cruise-control gas mileage, this end of I-70 is always a “last pick” in west-to-east winter travel from Jackson to Florida. However, in early December a departure from I-80 east was dictated at Rock Springs as we saw reports of swirling 50 …

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The stock market is down, then up and then down again. Our president’s behavior is increasingly erratic and frightening. There are wars going on, and psychopaths in control of nuclear weapons. The world is heating up, promising environmental devastation and economic chaos. Plants and animals…

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I saw my first fat bike in a Walmart, and I thought I was hooked immediately. Some of that enthusiasm may have come from the fact that I was in college, and I was at said Walmart sometime between the hours of midnight and 1 a.m. Some of it may have been because I was given permission by a sl…

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Sitting down with greatness doesn’t demand exceptional surroundings. That’s fortunate because decent natural light is lacking in this frigid downstairs man-fortress. However, reading, gear rigging, gun cleaning, reel spooling, occasional fly-tying and weekly column-writing are pleasantly con…

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“No Parking” signs sprouted like weeds this autumn around the weigh station pullout on the west side of Teton Pass along Highway 22. Suddenly a coveted 10 to 15 parking spots for skiers and snowboarders were gone.

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Great Christmas gifting is similar to scrutinizing a sumptuous buffet. Experienced eaters examine all table contents and then utilize restraint to fill a plate. Designing this gift column requires 12 months. Readers can be assured that all items are thoroughly vetted before inclusion. Feedba…

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I remember the first time I tried skate skiing. I was living in Lander, and the only groomed track at that time was off the north side of South Pass. The trail meandered away from the parking lot through some willows before beginning a steady climb that went back through the lodgepole for a …

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I used to have a bunch of excuses for not wearing a helmet. I’d leave it in the car on ski days when I was just planning on taking photos or on days where the snow was bad, so I wouldn’t be going hard, or on days when the snow was good because it would be softer when I crashed.