Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., right, speaks to members of the Protect Our Winters organization Monday evening at Teton Gravity Research in downtown Jackson. See Wednesday’s Jackson Hole News&Guide for a story on the senator’s visits to red states to learn about how they might be affected by climate change.

Jackson Hole had a rare visit from a United States senator this week.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., has a habit of visiting Republican-led states to meet with local politicians, business leaders and activists in an attempt to find common ground and build a coalition of support for climate change legislation. He said he finds it easier to work with his Republican colleagues once he has an idea of how their constituents feel regarding climate change.

Read more about the senator's visit in next week's Jackson Hole News&Guide.

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Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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