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Rendezvous rounds out the summer
August 15, 2014

Though Friday marks the beginning of the second Annual Teton Valley Mountain Man Rendezvous, the first rendezvous occurred nearly 200 years ago. In 1832, the Pierre’s Rendezvous became the largest ever in the Rockies, and has kept that record extant since. ...(more)

Paying it forward
August 13, 2014

It was a small moment that would have a huge impact last Friday evening at the Teton Valley Fair. And before she knew what was happening, Cara Barnes almost missed Braiden Klingler and his 25-pound, blue ribbon turkey at the livestock auction. ...(more)

Tin Cup is ready, set, go this Saturday
July 16, 2014

It’s not unusual to see valley residents sporting a Tin Cup Challenge t-shirt throughout the year, and with each passing year this spectacle seems even more common. That’s all due to the Tin Cup Challenge’s (and offshoot Fun Run) egalitarian and benevolent appeal and purpose. ...(more)

TVHC a polished diamond
July 09, 2014

Teton Valley Health Care is reaching a major milestone this year with its 75th anniversary. Originally built in 1938 using limestone from the Fox Creek Quarry, the hospital has been a symbol of longevity in a community that has continually evolved throughout its tenure. ...(more)

A Fourth of firsts
July 03, 2014

The City of Victor is bringing its A-game to the Fourth of July this year, with a weekend packed with entertainment. Under a banner theme of “Old Values and New Ideals,” the non-stop events will be geared toward encouraging families to enjoy the outdoors, see their neighbors and make new friends, said City Clerk Valee Wells on Monday. ...(more)

Crazy Horse debuts
April 23, 2014

With 130 racers registered to run an average of four events each, the Crazy Horse Hill Climb is set to be the biggest venue in this year’s racing circuit for the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hill Climb Association. ...(more)

Music on Main to hit the high notes
April 16, 2014

The Teton Valley Foundation is excited to announce the list of artists to take the stage at this year’s Music on Main concert series. The 2014 lineup includes seven headliners ranging from Celtic-rock legends The Young Dubliners to iconic, rootsy singer/songwriter James McMurtry. ...(more)

Students award 3K to local nonprofits
April 14, 2014

This Thursday, 26 Teton High School students will throw a small party for a handful of local nonprofits serving up pizza, pop and $3,000 in funds that will directly benefit the Teton Valley community. ...(more)

New business gets TVBDC support
March 19, 2014

Garage Grown Gear, the online magazine and e-commerce store that connects people to innovative, high-performing and wildly cool outdoor gear, launched this week with seven days of gear giveaways. ...(more)

Soul searching and senior centers
January 29, 2014

For the past four years, Shauna Crandall has overseen operations at the Seniors West of the Tetons Senior Center in Driggs. Now that there is a new executive director taking over, Crandall recently took some time to reflect upon her experience and dish about what’s up next as she prepares to leave the valley. ...(more)

One century and counting
December 29, 2013

As a soon to be centenarian, Driggs resident Shirla Franz has lived through scores of technological innovations, from the first model radio to the invention of the airplane. She recalls seeing one of the early models of the car at four or five years old.


Feeding an appetite for outdoor business
December 28, 2013

From webbed paddles to collapsible water bottles, Amy Hatch’s brand new startup business, Garage Grown Gear, aims to connect people to the most innovative outdoor gear out there.  ...(more)

The feel good guy
December 22, 2013

Holding onto your health is key, and one of the best ways to both cure and prevent ailments is through the practice of Tai Chi. ...(more)

One cool, old cat
December 18, 2013

You really never know what you’ll find driving around Tetonia, the smallest town located on Teton Valley’s north end. But you’d better move fast if you want to check out one of the most historical snowcats on the street, because Javier Ortiz has interested buyers. ...(more)

Family fun on tap for annual holiday fest
December 06, 2013

Hundreds will gather in the streets of Victor this Saturday, Dec. 7 as the city celebrates its tenth annual Holiday Festival. Featuring family fun festivities from turkey bowling and snowmen building to a holiday light parade and fireworks, the festival brings people together in downtown Victor to kick off the holiday season as well as providing a boost to the city’s local businesses. ...(more)

A community Christmas tradition
December 06, 2013

Step into Pierre’s Playhouse on Main Street in Victor and you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. ...(more)

Know before you go
December 03, 2013

The backcountry may be beckoning. But when it comes to staying safe out there, knowing the terrain and snow conditions and understanding the potential for perilous snow slides is key. ...(more)

Dinner to be hosted in honor of Ruby Parsons
November 29, 2013

The Teton Senior Center will host a potluck dinner this Saturday in honor of its board chair and longtime volunteer Ruby Parsons. ...(more)

Mountain safety’s new crew
November 20, 2013

Five days before Grand Targhee officially opens for the season, a small squad of skiers are already up on the mountain riding the lifts and getting in some turns under sunny skies. Call it another day at work for this group of new ski patrollers.

Parade of smart homes
November 20, 2013

From an off-the-grid home powered by solar and wind to an in-town house under construction using straw bale insulation, participants in last Saturday’s Sustainable Homes Tour were introduced to a sampling of the numerous residential green building models found throughout Teton Valley. ...(more)

Grass drag results
October 29, 2013

 Take a look at the grass drag results from last Saturday. ...(more)

Joy in the journey
October 16, 2013

Last week the Teton harriers painted the names “Colt” and “Kunz” on each of their calves before the start of their Homecoming week race. They chanted the motto, “Run like a Colt,” said coach Neil Gleichman and the tribute was appropriate. ...(more)

Celebrate the bounty of summer
September 27, 2013

The Driggs Fall Harvest Festival is a celebration of the summer bounty, friends, neighbors and Teton Valley living. The festival will take place on Friday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Driggs City Center Plaza. Enjoy delicious food, an array of beverages, live music, fun contests and plenty of activities for all ages. ...(more)

Walking the talk
September 18, 2013

Last Wednesday a small group of teenagers and a few family friends gathered at the Driggs City Park just before the first bell at the high school. ...(more)

Finding your potential
September 13, 2013

Whether it’s in sport, school, work, relationships, health or life most of us fall short of our potential. ...(more)

Don’t put that lawnmower away yet
September 07, 2013

The City of Victor is not going gently into the fall season as city officials have planned a Saturday afternoon full of horses, lawnmowers, fish and food. ...(more)

Bike your way into the weekend with Wydaho
August 29, 2013

Now in its fourth year, the Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival will have races, clinics, rides and workshops throughout this Labor Day weekend, getting every rider in gear from Friday, Aug. 30 until Sunday, Sept. 1. ...(more)

Trumpeting a new generation
August 28, 2013

The project has been years in the making. And on Monday, with the turn of a latch, four cygnet swans were released in unassuming fashion; unaware that they were part of a bigger ecological picture that not only includes Teton Valley, but the Greater Yellowstone Region. ...(more)

Orphaned moose calves nursed to health
July 31, 2013

After milking the goats, 13-year-old Alex Knight fills up two glass 7-Up bottles and herds two orphaned moose his family is nursing back to health into the barn with the horse, chickens and sheep. ...(more)

Teton Valley dog whisperer
June 05, 2013

The top dog at the Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter may someday get compensated by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office for work she has been doing as a dog whisperer. But for now, Aska Shiratori-Langman just considers the work part of her job. ...(more)

Reflections on Memorial Day
May 22, 2013

On the beach of Normandy in 1944 Wayne Green thought about imminent death.
“I knew I was going to die. I couldn’t figure I wouldn’t, because the guys next to me were dying and I figured I was no better than they were,” he said. ...(more)

Places in the heart
February 13, 2013

Sometimes strength of heart is fortified only after falling to pieces. And only when we are rebuilt do we find the strength to carry others, care for others, and encourage others that are also plodding along the same uncertain path. ...(more)

Miracle over Teton Pass
January 30, 2013

Carrie Gorgacz was holding her daughter’s head somewhere between Teton Pass and Teton Village road screaming into the phone, “I have her head, I have her head in my hands. What do I do now?” ...(more)

Rolling all winter long
January 02, 2013

As the full time Nordic trail groomer for Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, Nick Beatty is a very important person for winter recreation in the valley.   ...(more)

Santa's little helper
December 26, 2012

Thanks to the popularity of Pinterest, the elf on the shelf has been forced out of early retirement and enjoyed a strong comeback this year in homes around Teton Valley. ...(more)

Putting in the mileage
December 12, 2012

Outfitted with his skis, a few pieces of winter gear and a Riko 35mm SLR his parents got him for college graduation, Jonathon Selkowitz journeyed from his native Berkshire Mountains so many decades ago unaware that this journey toward his new home was the beginning of a career he could have never imagined. ...(more)

An early holiday gift
December 05, 2012


Running out of dough
November 21, 2012

As of Tuesday, the Honorable Robert D. Drain was the bankruptcy judge encouraging mediation between Hostess and the worker’s union that was reportedly forcing the 82-year-old company out of business, but it was tough to find a Twinkie or Ding Dong in Teton Valley as of last Saturday. ...(more)

Jackson Tough Towner more than family fun
October 19, 2012


Putting a face on Creekside Meadows’ Indian
October 03, 2012

More than 11 years after a grave was discovered during the excavation of the Creekside Meadows development south of Driggs, the Journal of Northwest Anthropology has published an article concluding that the exhumed skeleton did not come out of an Indian burial ground, though it has been determined that the grave was of a Native American who most likely perished in the Battle of Pierre’s Hole during the summer of 1832.

At home with school
September 12, 2012

It’s Friday afternoon, and the school year’s first science class is about to begin at the Living Room Academy. Formally known as Teton Valley Homeschoolers, The Living Room Academy is aptly named. Today it meets in a spacious, couch-filled room at the Ripley home in Victor, drawing 13 children between the ages of eight and 13 to Melissa Ripley’s science class. ...(more)

Growing locally, selling globally
July 11, 2012

Though local potato farmers agree that the highest quality seed in the world is grown here in Teton Valley, many are thinking outside of the valley to grow their market internationally. ...(more)

In full bloom
July 11, 2012

Robert Wilkins’ 500-acre farm in Island Park has been in the family for four generations, but on Friday he welcomed the 30 people attending the Teton Regional Land Trust’s wildflower walk to enjoy it too. The annual event, now in its second year, is a direct result of Wilkins’ eagerness to share his property; his relationship with the land trust began after he approached its employees about the possibility of hosting an event there. And for Wilkins, the walk is an opportunity to learn about his property as much as it is a chance to show its beauty. 

The big legacy
July 11, 2012

For Driggs resident Marya Moosman and her daughter Crystal, 13, June 27 was a day for the birds, and that has nothing but a positive connotation for this mother-daughter team. Though Moosman’s sister Peggy Wyman and Wyman’s son Ricky, 24, both of Idaho Falls, join them regularly for birding adventures, the 16-hour quest the four embarked on that day had a more ambitious goal: to see and hear as many bird species in Teton Valley as possible. ...(more)

Huntsman calls for unity, celebrates our freedom
July 03, 2012

A record-breaking crowd gathered at Huntsman Springs on Saturday for the season’s most widely celebrated birthday. The third annual Celebrate America event kicked off festivities for the country’s 236th birthday, inviting the talents of magician Steve Hamilton, followed by performances by cowboy stuntmaster The Rhinestone Roper, hypnotist the Hypnochick, BMX bikers, and pilots who put on an air show able to draw an enthusiastic crowd despite the day’s scorching temperatures. ...(more)

The generosity of a gentleman farmer
July 03, 2012

Each year the Teton Valley Saddle Club honors a person as grand marshal for their traditional rodeo in Tetonia, and most often it is someone who grew up on horseback. Traditionally, the selection for grand marshal is a man who grew up in the saddle, taking pack trips in to the mountains for recreation, roping and riding in competition. ...(more)

Smoke it if you’ve got it
June 27, 2012

The interior of Nick Jacob’s new restaurant in Victor is tricked out with a bamboo bar and tables that sport the same look. Like the menu, Big Hole BBQ’s space is not pretentious, but it is this characteristic that makes it consistently good. ...(more)

Local rodeo talent headed to nationals
June 20, 2012

Three young ropers and riders will represent Teton Valley in the coming weeks at the national level after turning in times and scores good enough to rank in the top four at state this season. Libby Cooke will take her lariat to the junior high competition, while her brother, Cade, will compete at the high school level along with Tyler Friend.  

Magically in the moment
June 20, 2012

Messy fingers and still-shiny paint dominated a typical camp scene in the art barn at Swan Valley’s Camp Magical Moments on Monday, but the camp, now in its eighth year of operation, is anything but typical. Each of the 28 children, including two boys from Victor, suffers from some form of cancer, and about one third of the camp’s 45 volunteers have personally battled the disease. ...(more)

Taking the dogs outside
May 30, 2012

During the 16 years that Brig Gabriel was a competitive body builder, he didn’t imagine that he would ever be running a hot dog joint, he just knew the cravings he had for a couple dogs were real following a lot of flexing his muscles. ...(more)

More music to your ears
May 28, 2012

 Victor resident Jeff Potter didn’t invent the free outdoor summer concert; he just helped perfect it. He did it where he lived and now he’s doing it where he works. ...(more)

Valley Citizen Tough Guy: Glenn Kerr
May 16, 2012

As the vice president for Family Safety Network’s board of directors, Glenn Kerr is committed to making sure the agency’s services are not just reactive. While the non profit’s primary focus is helping victims and their families cope while in crisis following a domestic violence incident, Family Safety Network spends an equal amount of time and energy teaching people of all ages how to stay safe.   ...(more)

Hoffman remembered as a friend to everyone
May 16, 2012

On Monday evening as the sun set over the Big Holes in Victor, more than 100 people gathered at Wildlife Brewery. Some were crying, others smiling and remembering a piece of the local fabric that had come unraveled early Monday morning. ...(more)

“National Women’s Health Week: It’s Your Phenomenal Time!”
May 10, 2012

Curves is hosting a weeklong celebration of women’s health featuring local professional who will share their time, their talents and their expertise in an effort to teach and motivate us all. ...(more)

Valley Citizen Tough Guy: Chad Horrocks
May 09, 2012

Dr. Chad Horrocks is not afraid to talk about sexual violence or spend a Saturday morning walking Main Street Driggs in women’s shoes. ...(more)

Valley Citizen Tough Guy: Brett Cooke
May 02, 2012

He may be a mild mannered CPA by day, but for many, Brett Cooke wears a superman’s cape underneath that freshly pressed button down. ...(more)

Flight of the Phoenix
April 18, 2012

Hollywood sometimes believes that a film was good enough to try again, but that kind of stuff doesn’t just happen in the movies. ...(more)

Fuego is on fire
March 28, 2012

Fuego Grill has posted their sign at the old Miso Hungry space, and on March 21, they were open for business. ...(more)

Giving as a means to learning
March 21, 2012

The root of the word philanthropy can be found deep in ancient history when Greek gods and Titans (supposedly) still ruled the world and on occasion, clashed.

A two part literal translation means “loving” and “humanity.” And after a few hundred centuries the word evolved, but the root really hasn’t with its focus steadfastly on community and care. And while our community boasts a healthy philanthropic pulse, the Community Foundation of Teton Valley is taking the idea one step further.


District mum on principal resignation
March 07, 2012

On the heels of the sudden resignation by Teton High School principal Jeff Brandt, district officials offered little insight this week into details surrounding an issue that has shocked parents and teachers.


Eight nights of sound
February 29, 2012

Upping the ante yet again this year, the Teton Valley Foundation has already booked almost every Thursday from the end of June to the middle of August with amazing acts that will perform again in Victor City Park. ...(more)

Memorial pays tribute to quiet hero
February 22, 2012

Though the cause of a helicopter crash near Togwotee Pass last week remains unclear, the gravity of one Victor man’s death as a result of the accident weighed heavily Tuesday evening on the hearts of many.

More than puppy love
February 01, 2012

Like many local residents that huddle around the Tetons, Aska Shiratori-Langman moved here without any idea how long she would stay as she answered the call of the west. Unlike many her age, the 24-year-old New York City native has already started a nonprofit organization for neglected animals and has also helped care for wild animals in South Africa.


Five pinched poaching Jed
February 01, 2012

When two employees of the National Forest were conducting a wildlife survey near the border of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness, the highest concentration of mammals they found were five snowmobilers poaching the boundary near Indian Meadows.


BLM proposes massive forest thinning
January 25, 2012

The Bureau of Land Management is hosting a public scoping meeting this Thursday, Jan. 26 from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Senior Center in Driggs to receive input on a fuels reduction project that spans seven different BLM parcels, consisting of more than 7,390 acres of land in Teton Valley.

Fest a favorite in its first year
January 18, 2012

While a handful of snow sculptors, skijorers and bingo players ended last weekend with a few extra bucks in their jeans, the biggest prize of the inaugural Teton Valley Great Snow Fest was pride in community and the promise of an ongoing event that proved it could draw crowds during a slow season. ...(more)

Christmas bird count fun, family tradition
December 21, 2011

The Teton Regional Land Trust will host the 18th Annual Teton Valley Audubon Christmas Bird Count next Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 from dawn to dusk. ...(more)

No small show of support for Slim
December 14, 2011

Chandra Weston wasn’t really sure how many showed up to support her dad, but it was standing room only for much of the night at the Driggs Community Center when hundreds gathered to rally around Slim. ...(more)

If you have the chance, marry your cousin
November 03, 2011

I traveled to California last month so I could marry my first cousin, and the experience was incredibly moving. ...(more)

Recession forces a road trip
October 27, 2011

It’s a familiar story for Teton Valley: rural living meets limited employment options. ...(more)

Teton Valley’s sweet genius
October 19, 2011

It all started with a birthday party. Jessica Beard baked a cake. It wasn’t a great cake, she admits. But she enjoyed it; the baking, the mixing, the creating. ...(more)

Shelter fundraiser successful
September 27, 2011

Because of community support the Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter Board of Directors and other volunteers were able to have a successful 1st Annual Golf Tournament last Saturday. ...(more)

Café Saigon is a tour of eastern flavors
September 14, 2011

Let’s face it.  I’ve had my head down for a while.  I’ve been lying low, doing my daily stuff and have not been fully committed to taking notice of my surroundings.  When I did raise my head at one point a couple of months ago, I found that Trapper’s had morphed overnight into a Vietnamese restaurant. ...(more)

A western perspective
September 07, 2011

In college, all the coolest girls hailed from west of the 100th meridian. ...(more)

Tin Cup overfloweth
August 25, 2011

The Tin Cup Challenge may be the crown that caps the valley’s most successful fundraising efforts of the year, but for many, the riches are found in the massive community effort it takes for the Community Foundation of Teton Valley to support the more than 40 valley nonprofits during the year. ...(more)

Making national parks more sustainable
August 03, 2011

Narrow roadways clogged with long lines of cars are as characteristic of Yellowstone’s busy season as the buffalo and moose that cause the vehicular jam-ups. ...(more)

School Supply Lists
August 03, 2011

Victor, Driggs, Tetonia and Rendezvous Supply Lists

A story of hope
July 27, 2011

If you’ve never heard of Sandy Powell, it’s because she’s not finished yet. But I’ll bet you’re familiar with the accomplishments of her coach. ...(more)

Thousands ‘Celebrate America’
July 06, 2011

It was a day filled with people, food and fun.

Widespread records for Targhee
July 06, 2011

Last Friday, cars and campers wound their way up Ski Hill Road to Grand Targhee Resort where Widespread Panic, a Southern jam band, was scheduled to play a three-day concert in honor of their 25th anniversary.

Fourth of July weekend celebration schedule
June 29, 2011

Your complete schedule of events starting this Thursday with Music on Main through the Fourth of July.

Valley to usher in Fourth with a bang
June 29, 2011

While Hunstman Springs and the City of Driggs prepares for one of the biggest and brightest celebrations on July 2, the City of Victor will usher in Independence Day on the founding father’s original declaration.


Celebrate America goes bigger, brighter
June 29, 2011

If you thought Glenn Beck was a big draw, the folks at Huntsman Springs have more tricks, kicks and giggles up their sleeves for the annual Huntsman Springs Celebrate America event starting this Friday, July 1. ...(more)

Birding is more than a Lark for Land Trust
June 15, 2011

This Wednesday, Matt Lucia, Idaho native and Stewardship Director of the Teton Regional Land Trust, stood ankle-deep in water on Woods Creek Fen and listed the bird species he’d heard in a hushed voice. ...(more)

Berry was a pioneer on local rivers
June 08, 2011

It started with summers at Alma’s. There was a bunk bed, a wood stove and a fly-tying table in the small cabin down by the Teton River. In between the chores, the shuttles and daydreaming from the top bunk, Randy Berry forged a life built from two loves, the love of the river and the love of his family. ...(more)

One less beard in the battle
May 25, 2011

With a former VARD staffer serving as County Commission Chairwoman and many other like-minded leaders running area municipalities, it would seem fair to ask whether or not Valley Advocates for Responsible Development is still relevant and necessary in Teton Valley. ...(more)

Basin High to host LiveStrong fundraiser
May 20, 2011

Basin High School graduating senior Jonathan Castillo will host a 5K For Life fun run on Saturday, May 28 at the Victor Pioneer Park. Participants are asked to show up at the park at 1 p.m. for race registration. ...(more)

Walk A Mile this Saturday, May 21
May 20, 2011

Everyone is invited to participate in the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Men’s March hosted by the non profit Family Safety Network this Saturday. ...(more)

Beck will be back
May 11, 2011

Glenn Beck may be slated for an encore performance this Fourth of July in Driggs, but he’s not the only star of this year’s Celebrate America show. ...(more)

Super is tops at state
April 20, 2011

Sometimes in the depths of what can seem like insurmountable darkness, the best of what we have to offer emerges, a light in the shadows, grace in the face of tragedy. ...(more)

The appetite of adventurers
April 20, 2011

In a world with so much snake oil and superfluous production, one local woman created something necessary and substantial. In order to fuel her active lifestyle, Kate Schade dreamed up the Tram Bar. A product so sincerely motivated was bound to succeed. ...(more)

Poking holes in valley propane prices
April 13, 2011

With eight cold months out of the year in Teton Valley, most folks have one eye on the thermostat to keep costs down. With a new propane bulk plant in Driggs, things could change for consumers. ...(more)

Getting her mind right
March 23, 2011

As doctors tried to help Charise Cook figure out an injury to her hip before last season’s hill climb circuit, she got a lot of advice to take it a little easier. ...(more)

Back on the Teton Valley beat
February 16, 2011

Idaho State Police Trooper Dustin Green will be back on patrol this week in Teton County after returning from light duty that resulted from an ATV accident that almost took his life. ...(more)

Witness to history
January 19, 2011

Saturday, Jan. 8, will join other dates seared into our minds in the United States such as President Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, and Sept. 11, 2001. ...(more)

Teton Regional Land Trust honored

January 17, 2011

The Teton Regional Land Trust was recently honored by the Public Lands Foundation with a Landscape Stewardship Award ...(more)

How do you feel about your gas?
January 12, 2011

If you live in Teton Valley, you have made a choice to reside off the beaten path, so you cannot expect the services of living in major metropolitan area. This is probably just what you had in mind. ...(more)

The accidental artist
December 29, 2010

Everybody knows about Frosty the Snowman with his corncob pipe and his button nose and two eyes made out of coal, but few have witnessed the two story snowman on the north end of Victor. ...(more)

Giving back to the grid
December 22, 2010

Historically, the light bill is pretty hefty during the winter months for Teton Valley residents, but two area towns are leading the way with alternatives by utilizing federal dollars to install solar panels. ...(more)

Olympics anchor Broughton’s dream
December 15, 2010

The first time Abby Broughton dreamed about competing in the Olympics, she was on the Targhee Ski Team. But the 2001 Teton High School graduate didn’t pick up a pair of paddles in place of skis until she was in college. ...(more)

Mites, Squirts and PeeWees next step for ice rink in Victor
December 08, 2010

There is no greater accomplishment for a nonprofit organization than to satisfy its mission statement, and Teton Basin Ice & Recreation will help the Teton Valley Foundation flesh out its recreational element with the inaugural season of a yout ...(more)

Victor festival promises good cheer
December 01, 2010

You may fancy yourself a decent bowler, but have you ever rolled with a frozen turkey? ...(more)

Trimming a holiday tradition
December 01, 2010

The finishing touches were being made on this year’s Festival of Trees this week. Ribbon and shiny stars, homemade ornaments and lights laced the branches of some of the trees on display at MD Nursery for this Saturday's fundraising event.

Giving thanks for giving birth
November 24, 2010

Joe and Dondi Tondro-Smith live in a remote part of Teton Valley’s north end. They heat their home with a wood-burning stove. They make a point to eat healthy and try to make good decisions about their own lives.

Festival of Trees will showcase valley creativity
November 24, 2010

Prior to the Dec. 4 Festival of Trees celebration every resident will have the opportunity to take a peek at this year’s tree and wreath decorations created by some of the valley’s most creative hands. ...(more)

Queenly quest for the national crown
November 17, 2010

Alta’s Erin Heffron has spent the last year smiling, waving, riding and hosting countless events and causes across the state of Wyoming wearing the Miss Rodeo Wyoming crown. ...(more)

Tracking change in the Teton Basin
November 10, 2010

Jay Dell Buxton was not around when the train came to Teton Basin, but he recalls the stories of how a new mode of transportation dramatically altered life for Teton Valley residents. ...(more)

Subs for Santa gears up for holiday giving
November 03, 2010

The nonprofit Subs for Santa program is gearing up for winter, looking for your help and seeking those in need. ...(more)

Halloween weekend fun
October 27, 2010

When Halloween falls on a Sunday, what’s a girl to do? Should we advocate double dipping around the neighborhood, trawling for free candy throughout the weekend? ...(more)

Mission accomplished
October 20, 2010

The most difficult aspect of running across the entire United States for Mike Ehredt was stopping. ...(more)

Education as common ground
October 06, 2010

It wasn’t a visit that sought to end with a collection box. It was a visit that prompts one student to ask, ‘how can we help?’ ...(more)

Mossman has wide appeal
September 29, 2010

More than 30 people showed for the meet and greet evening hosted at the senior center in downtown Driggs Tuesday evening. And it wasn’t your typical crowd that showed to shake hands with Driggs resident Ralph Mossman. ...(more)

It’s flu season
September 22, 2010

This year’s flu vaccine will help protect against three strains of the flu virus, including the H1N1 strain that reached pandemic levels last year. ...(more)

Parade, festivities in the north end
September 15, 2010

Some events promise a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but few deliver. ...(more)

Rob Merrill was a passionate man who loved the river
September 08, 2010

Simply said, Rob Merrill died last Wednesday doing what he loved. ...(more)

Bat disease closes caves in western mountain states
September 01, 2010

Darby Canyon’s Wind and Ice Cave, like all other caves and mines in Wyoming, was closed last month by order of the U.S. Forest Service to assess the spread of white nose syndrome, a fungal infection fatal to bats. ...(more)

Piecing together the history of Pierre’s Hole
August 18, 2010

What does the Jed Smith Wilderness have in common with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Jackson Hole, Wyo., Bonneville County and Gardiner, Mont.? ...(more)

Tetons: still growing
August 11, 2010

Several Wyoming earthquakes shook Teton Valley last week, with the largest of them reaching a 4.8 magnitude on the Richter Scale at its epicenter 18 miles northeast of Jackson. ...(more)

Longer week highlights biggest fair to date
August 04, 2010

It may be Teton County’s largest fair to date. It will also be the longest fair as board members extended the typically weeklong event three extra days to accommodate new events. ...(more)

Recycled runway improves roadways
July 28, 2010

Some of the valley’s most significant recycling efforts are located right under the feet of residents who use paths and roadways built or improved with Recycled Asphalt Pavement. ...(more)

Teton Valley discovery prompts Prehistoric Road Show
July 21, 2010

Following the recent identification of a prehistoric Clovis spear point found on the west side of Teton Valley, a team of researchers is coming to Driggs from the University of Utah in hopes of learning more about the valley’s first resident ...(more)

Fleeting business for Campervan North America
July 21, 2010

It may have been the trip to Argentina that made a dream become a tangible reality for Drigg’s newest business entrepreneur.


I scream, you scream
July 14, 2010

Many have marveled with mounting curiosity as the site of the old Driggs City Hall has been transformed over the past weeks. ...(more)

Unexpected Beck
July 07, 2010

When Fox News commentator Glenn Beck was booked to perform at the first “Celebrate America” event hosted by Huntsman Springs in Driggs, the news was met with both critical and promising praise in Teton Valley. ...(more)

Victor couple to lead parade
June 30, 2010

Wondering who is leading the parade down Victor’s Main Street this Saturday? Phyllis and Ross Kunz were chosen this year as the grand marshals for the annual Independence Day parade in Victor. ...(more)

Passing it down the line
June 23, 2010

Teton Valley lost three local men this past year who will all be honored posthumously as Grand Marshals of the Tetonia Rodeo during the Fourth of July celebration’s staple that has become a highlight of the holiday weekend. ...(more)

Morels: the hunt is on
June 16, 2010

Two things are proverbial after hard rains: rainbows and mushrooms. Most valley residents have had little trouble finding rainbows recently; local mushroom hunters say the same holds true for a rare delicacy called the morel. ...(more)

Valley residents rally for Gulf Coast
June 09, 2010

A number of Teton Valley resident are taking a renewable resource and putting it toward the effort to contain some of the oil spill that has plagued the Gulf of Mexico since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20, 2010. ...(more)

Just passing through
June 02, 2010

Mike Ehredt, the world-class ultra-endurance racer from Driggs who is running across the country in remembrance of the soldiers who died in Iraq, arrives in Teton Valley next week. ...(more)

Glenn Beck to headline July 4th celebrations
May 26, 2010

David Huntsman, one of three partners in the Huntsman Springs development, confirmed Tuesday that nationally-acclaimed radio and television political pundit Glenn Beck will be headlining the July Fourth weekend celebrations in Teton Valley. ...(more)

Lines of defense
May 19, 2010

One mother shares what she learned at a recent community forum focused on awareness and prevention.

Prehistoric booty
May 12, 2010

Most people know how important potato fields are to Teton Valley’s history, but recently the potato fields became involved in the valley’s prehistory as well. ...(more)

BMX track in Driggs rolling for the summer
May 12, 2010

A new BMX track is rapidly taking shape in Driggs, near the city’s skatepark on Fifth Street, and organizers are asking volunteers to come out this Saturday and help shape it. ...(more)

From the east and the west
May 05, 2010

Two endurance athletes from Driggs are now embarked on multi-thousand mile runs: one starting from the Pacific and heading east, the other starting from the Atlantic and going west. Mike Ehredt, who until recently was a US Postal Service employee ...(more)

Driggs mulls new summer concert
April 28, 2010

Driggs officials confirmed this week that the city is working toward a smaller music series for this summer in conjunction with the Teton Valley Foundation. ...(more)

Place 2011 Teton County Junior Miss
April 21, 2010

Saturday evening the audience cozied up and listened as John Pehrson sat in a big wing-back chair and read us the story of “Through the Looking Glass” with the Jr. Miss contestants playing the principle roles. ...(more)

Striking up the band for a really good man
April 14, 2010

When a friend or neighbor in this community is bucked from a horse or involved in a car wreck, injuries from a dramatic event are often followed by a benefit. ...(more)

Powder to the people
April 07, 2010

After the last week of storms brought in nearly six feet of snow to the area, Grand Targhee Resort has extended its season by a week. ...(more)

Remembering a sister
March 31, 2010

For Teton Valley resident Tricia Scalia, grieving for her sister has become a tangible mission. ...(more)

The comeback kid
March 24, 2010

While it’s usually big, fat guys who break axles on their sleds, Charise Cook is on her third, and she’s maybe 100 pounds with her boots on. ...(more)

Haiti mission yields intangible returns
March 17, 2010

Nick Thompson said he cried almost every night. Sometimes it was from the overwhelming sadness that surrounded him as he worked each day under the hot island sun, other times it was the feeling of futility weighted by immeasurable need. ...(more)

teton dwellings is the marriage of old charm and new design
March 10, 2010

Shifting the paradigm is a lofty phrase for just changing the model by which you operate, but that is exactly what one local company is doing in order to be competitive in today’s housing market. ...(more)

Saddle up to get set free
March 03, 2010

Though it’s always nice to get some sun on your face, there’s nothing quite like rising in the wake of a winter storm. But when the groomers are bulletproof on account of no snow, it’s time to up the ante with exploration of your ow ...(more)

Friend, conservationist will be remembered Sunday
February 24, 2010

Former Driggs resident and Teton Regional Land Trust employee Wray Landon, 30, died Sunday from a fall while skiing the South Teton in Grand Teton National Park. ...(more)

A gift for giving
February 17, 2010

Nelson Paradis is a thoughtful young man, aware in a slightly different way than most 12-year-olds. More interested in supporting a cause than manipulating the controls of a computer game, Nelson was filled with purpose last week. ...(more)

First chair jeering frowned upon
February 10, 2010

Some Grand Targhee patrons and instructors are wondering what all the fuss is about regarding a program that is designed to make even more out of a day at Grand Targhee. ...(more)

Troubled cat harvested, more emerge
January 20, 2010

Idaho Fish and Game confirmed the harvest of a mountain lion near the Bitch Creek trestle bridge this week. It is highly likely that this is the same cat that interacted with a snow machiner at the end of last year. ...(more)

Christmas Bird Count finds old favorites, new faces
January 13, 2010

For birding enthusiast Sharon Guenther, the annual Teton Valley Christmas Bird Count is a special way to reunite with her winged neighbors. ...(more)

Sunshine and powder
January 06, 2010

Cricket Hatch is bringing back the Alta’s Teton Teepee Lodge, harkening the heydays of the 80s and 90s as she takes on her new position as manager. ...(more)

Making music, ice and much more a reality
December 30, 2009

With ice on the ground in Victor and four years of the popular Music on Main concert series under their belt, Teton Basin Ice and Recreation and the Teton Valley Foundation have already made great individual strides in improving the local scene. ...(more)

Fresh faces at an old valley favorite
December 16, 2009

The Timberline Bar and Grille will reopen for business this Monday unveiling a new menu, new hours and renewed energy from new management. ...(more)

Cowboy up with the Cooke family
December 09, 2009

One of the most unique and wholesome experiences available to the youth of Teton Valley is access to animal husbandry through local rodeo and 4-H groups. ...(more)

Schooling by Day; Queening by Night
December 09, 2009

Monday found me wandering around Victor Elementary with Jannifer Cooke.  We had met to discuss weaving Wave Day throughout the student body’s wor ...(more)

Taste buds at the Spud
December 02, 2009

In 1953, Alan Ladd starred in the movie Shane, a classic Western with cattle barons trying to push out homesteaders The movie featured gunslingers and high plains princesses. It was filmed in Jackson Hole with the iconic Teton range as a backd ...(more)

Victor kicks off holiday season with all the trimmings
November 25, 2009

If you’ve made plans that take you out of town next weekend, cancel ‘em. The City of Victor is putting the final touches on its annual holiday celebration complete with old favorites and new touches you won’t want to miss. ...(more)

The Mormon Mustang
November 18, 2009

On Oct. 24, three P-51 Mustangs were flying in formation over Rexburg. One of them, bearing the name “Mormon Mustang,” carried a 90-year old P-51 pilot, Brigadier General Roland Wright. ...(more)

Alta Library to open Dec. 1
November 11, 2009

Book mobile to close this Friday for move.

Travel abroad, closer than you think
November 04, 2009

Want to get out of town? Or out of the country? ...(more)

County braces for early flu season
October 28, 2009

Teton County residents were treated to 376 H1N1 flu shots Tuesday afternoon. In less than an hour all 105 shots were administered to some of who waited in line for more than three hours to ensure they would receive the vaccine. ...(more)

In the heart of the Tetons
October 21, 2009

The official coronation of Alta’s Erin Heffron as Miss Rodeo Wyoming was held Saturday evening at the Virginian in Jackson. ...(more)

Fall tradition of terror lands in Teton Valley
October 14, 2009

For many, Terror Under the Tetons was a mystery, with signs popping up a few weeks ago around the county luring people to the north end.

Jam sessions
October 07, 2009

It’s fall and in my house it goes without saying that, “In the fall, you can.” You can salsa, pears, applesauce, apple pie filling, Chokecherry Syrup and Raspberry Huckleberry Jam. ...(more)

The power of a puppy
September 30, 2009

It was several years in the making, one plane ride from California and a skip over Teton Pass to Alta that found last Thursday night a blending of both excitement and anticipation. ...(more)

Treasure trove beneath the soils of Teton Valley
September 23, 2009

Though Teton Valley has a rich history of agriculture over the last 100 years with homesteaders establishing farms and ranchers throughout the region, one of the most dramatic historical events occurred 177 years ago. ...(more)

Valley team puts it on the line in the One Fly
September 16, 2009

Teton Valley was represented with a team that placed sixth in a field of forty during last weekend's Jackson Hole One Fly competition.

Community School design wins on international stage
September 09, 2009

The first day of school is special enough, but for Teton Valley Community School students, Tuesday was an extra special day as they learned they were the winners of an international design competition. ...(more)

Victor could get ice for Christmas
September 02, 2009

While it may be somewhat premature to start thinking about what you’re getting for Christmas, the City of Victor is likely to have its stocking filled with ice this year. ...(more)

Making hay
August 26, 2009

While Idaho has always gotten props for the crops that end up super-sized in your Happy Meal, potatoes are just one of a few important commodities that are grown in the region. ...(more)

Mountain top experiences on the Teton Valley floor
August 19, 2009

Anyone who has been to the mountain may understand the desire to stay. For some, this may be a reality, but for others, spending time in the higher reaches is a small window that in the long run may earn strength of character and spirit for the long ...(more)

Land Trust earns national recognition
August 12, 2009

What’s four-feet tall and weighs 80 pounds?

The application that the Teton Regional Land Trust staff submitted to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission that ultimately earned the non-profit organization a coveted accreditation st ...(more)

Sen. Crapo to attend Victor ribbon cutting
August 05, 2009

Idaho Republican Senator Mike Crapo will be attending the August 14 ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the newly completed Victor downtown Main Street project. ...(more)

Head, heart, hands and health
July 29, 2009

For many Alta families, 4-H is serious business. Yes, it is the kids who sign up but it takes all hands on deck from the whole family to make it successful.

Trout Unlimited raises awareness through film
July 22, 2009

Not everyone has descended into the Teton River Canyon northwest of the valley. It’s a hard place to access. Not everyone has stood at the top of the Grand Teton either. Both local treasures have breathtaking vistas, but only one is in dang ...(more)

Heritage Days a civic event celebrating LDS history
July 22, 2009

Sometimes flying under the radar between the summer concerts and all the fishing and hiking that dominates our fleeting summer days, Heritage Days is an event you don’t want to overlook. ...(more)

Targhee Fest offers earth-friendly options
July 15, 2009

Grand Targhee Resort was a trend-setter as the first North American organization to demonstrate environmental leadership by measuring and publicly reporting its greenhouse gases with the Climate Registry. ...(more)

Tin Cup challenges community to support itself
July 08, 2009

Perhaps the least effective method of fundraising ever is rattling a tin cup on a street corner, begging for change to support a lifestyle full of bad habits. ...(more)

Curtains for Driggs Airport drama
June 17, 2009

The City of Driggs and the FAA have negotiated a Corrective Action Plan that has resulted in the release of funds needed to move forward with scheduled runway improvements at the Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport. ...(more)

Bee Amazing
June 10, 2009

It was an amazing experience for Melanie Shea. "There are no other words to describe it," Shea said of her weeklong trip to the nation's capital for the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the end of May. Shea competed in two rounds of ...(more)

Prehistoric booty
May 12, 2005

Most people know how important potato fields are to Teton Valley’s history, but recently the potato fields became involved in the valley’s prehistory as well.


BMX track in Driggs rolling for the summer
May 12, 2005

A new BMX track is rapidly taking shape in Driggs, near the city’s skatepark on Fifth Street, and organizers are asking volunteers to come out this Saturday and help shape it. ...(more)

Prehistoric booty
May 12, 2005

Most people know how important potato fields are to Teton Valley’s history, but recently the potato fields became involved in the valley’s prehistory as well. ...(more)




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