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The Vertical Harvest Greenhouse in Jackson glows on a recent evening as operators prepare the innovative year-round garden for opening. The greenhouse will employ adults with developmental disabilities and 95 percent of its crops are already spoken for by local restaurants and institutions. (Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile)

Vertical colors

Built on 1/10th of an acre adjacent to the town parking garage, the Vertical Harvest Greenhouse will yield the equivalent of a five-acre plot.
Volunteer Josh McNary pulls a fence post from an abandoned corral in the BLM’s Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study area during a Public Lands day event in 2014. (Courtesy of Julia Stuble)

Volunteer or trespasser?

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners made public access to the 32,000 acre Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study area more difficult when it deeded three acres to a rancher, and then declined to reestablish a county road easement on the transferred property.
A mountain lion cub rests in its mothers arms in their den one winter morning on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyo. (Photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen. Courtesy Thomas D. Mangelsen and  www.cougarfund.org)

Safe, for now

House Bill 12, filed by Rep. Jim Allen (R–Fremont County) would require the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to allow trapping and snaring of mountain lions, effectively supplanting the authority of Wyoming's professional wildlife managers and independent Game and Fish Commission who do not currently allow lion trapping.
"Electric livestock fence meets swinging iron gate on forest service access road leading to cellphone and agency radio towers on Bald Ridge above Chief Joseph Scenic Highway 30 miles NW of Cody. This is a fairly new catch fence to keep publically grazed livestock from getting down into the Clarks Fork Canyon." (Dewey Vanderhoff)

Locked out of public land?

Who can travel and who can shut the gate on publicly mapped and maintained roads that cross private property enroute to public lands?
Natrona County sheep herder, May 1936, by Arthur Rothstein. (Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

Lean times

This photo of a sheep herder in Natrona County was taken in May 1936, by Arthur Rothstein, who was part of the Photo Unit of the Historical Section of the Resettlement Administration.
A couple poses under an elk-antler arch in Jackson on Wednesday as the resort town welcomes visitors celebrating the holidays. (Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile)

Arch couple

A couple poses under an elk-antler arch in Jackson on Wednesday as the resort town welcomes visitors celebrating the holidays.
Skier Keith Benefiel blows through powder on a backcountry run in the Tetons on Sunday after a robust storm gave the winter season a holiday boost. Nearby, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort celebrated its 50th anniversary season with the opening of the new Teton Lift and start-up of the aerial tram to serve landmark Rendezvous Bowl. (Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile)

Ski season takes off

Skiers at Wyoming’s top resorts are grinning as the season got underway with a series of storms dumping two feet of snow in the Teton Mountains over the last five days.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center at Teton Village

Angus M. Thuermer Jr. and Heeshma on the Green River with Squaretop in background. (courtesy Leine Stikkel)

Best beat in the West

WyoFile reporter Angus M. Thuermer Jr. paddles Heeshma down the Green River below Squaretop Mountain, checking out a corner of his natural resources beat.
Bert Raynes at the premiere of Far Afield at the Center for the Arts in Jackson on Nov. 6. (David Swift)

Bert feels the love

At the premier of the documentary Far Afield in Jackson two weeks ago, photographer David Swift photographed the film’s subject, Bert Raynes in the stage lights.