Jackson Hole, WY News

The Teton Conservation District is bidding adieu to board members Sandy Shuptrine and Steve Kallin, who both served years on the Teton Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

“It has been a gift to work with conservation professionals, collaborate on implementing a variety of conservation projects, learn more about science-based decisionmaking, and certainly something I’ve learned a lot from and enjoyed.” Shuptrine, who served on the board for eight years, said in a statement.

Nate Fuller and Steve McDonald will replace the two departing members.

Fuller, a third-generation Jackson resident, is the ranch manager for the Huidekoper Ranch. McDonald, a Wyoming native living in Alta, was an engineer in the energy industry for 37 years. Fuller and McDonald join incumbent board members Dave Adams, Baily Schreiber and Bob Lucas.

Dr. Emmy Knobloch was awarded the Dan Lex Award for Lifetime Achievement in Long Term Care in memoriam at the Wyoming Hospital Association convention in September.

In addition to working in private practice Knobloch served several roles at St. John’s Medical Center during her career, including a stint as the chairwoman of the St. John’s Medical Center Board of Trustees and the medical director of the St. John’s Living Center from 2004 to 2016. She died May 18 from complications of melanoma. She was 57.

St. John’s Director of Surgical Services Becca Wartig, a registered nurse, was recognized at the convention as a nominee for the Norman S. Holt Award for Nursing Excellence, the association’s annual nursing honor.

St. John’s Medical Center received the 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Program award and was recognized for 75 years of membership in the statewide association.

“It’s an honor for St. John’s to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Program award, and it’s a reflection of the excellent work provided by our compassionate and committed volunteers,” Blair Christy, director of patient experience and volunteer services, said in a statement. “Under the guidance of our volunteer coordinator Joni Upsher, our 140 volunteers are an integral part of our care team.”

The volunteer program contributes to hospice care, oncology, the Living Center and spiritual care, while the “volunteen” program provides teenagers the opportunity to get involved with hospital work and Pet Partners volunteers bring in trained therapy animals.

Local astronomer and photographer Michael Adler was set to win first in the general category of the 2017 Wikimedia Science Competition, an international photo contest designed to source visual content for Wikipedia. And was reported as such in the Nov. 7 News&Guide.

However, an uploading issue bumped him out as a blue ribbon winner.

“I made a mistake in processing the submitted image to the Wikimedia contest causing the moon part of the image to be shown incorrectly [inverted],” he wrote in an email to the News&Guide.

Instead, the image of the 2017 solar eclipse was named an international runner-up.

The nonprofit Native American Jump Start has hired its first executive director, Olivia Ryan.

Ryan’s role will be to oversee the finances of the 501(c)(3), as well as manage fundraising and developing a social media platform for the organization. It “aims to provide opportunities of growth and success for Native American individuals and families through education and employment,” according to its mission statement.

Ryan has previous experience working with the Native American population delivering public health and educational outreach in Oklahoma and Iowa.

“We look forward to Olivia applying her knowledge, experiences and talents to continue to bring our mission of providing opportunities of growth and success for Native American individuals and families through education and employment,” founder Scott Evans said in a statement.


Entrepreneur Anne Fish will be honored by Teton Toastmasters at its upcoming “Toasting the Holidays Potluck and Awards Ceremony” for her work in the fields of communication and leadership.

“The Distinguished Toastmaster award means the world to me,” Fish said in a statement. “It took over five years and close to 100 speeches, leadership projects and local and district officer roles to reach this level within the organization.”

The award was earned by fewer than 0.5 percent of all club members worldwide last year.

Her inspiration for joining the club — she is also a part of an advanced speakers club in Idaho Falls called Surpassing Excellence Academy — stems from her grandfather, Hume Everett, who was also in the Toastmasters club. In addition to advocating for the club, he provided legal counsel for Marathon Oil Company and was one of the founders of the Wyoming Community College system.

Her award will be presented alongside a slew of others being handed out at the organization’s bi-monthly meeting, slated for noon to 1 p.m. in the Teton County Administration building. Learn more about the club at TetonToastmasters.com.

CityPass co-founder Mike Morey recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NYC & Co. Foundation, the marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York.

CityPass, based in Victor, Idaho, is an attraction marketing and ticketing company Morey started with business partner Mike Gallagher, who was also honored. The two started CityPass in 1998 as a tool for tourists to visit a city’s top attractions at a packaged price. In addition to the Big Apple, CityPass tickets are available for Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay, Florida and Toronto.

— Compiled by Melissa Cassutt

Contact Melissa Cassutt at 732-7076, valley@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGvalley.​

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