Episode 173 – What Can You Recycle In Teton County with Brenda Ashworth of Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling

Brenda is a former Astro Geophysical Data Monitor for the U.S. Air Force, she is now the Superintendent of Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling. 

Did you know that our trash has to travel over 70 miles to be disposed of? Can you guess how many semi-trucks full of waste are sent out of Teton County each day? Do you know how many tons of trash were sent to the landfill in 2021? What material do you think is the most valuable to recycle? Listen to this episode to find out the answers to these questions and learn what happens to our waste and recyclables once they are out of our hands. 

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Episode 172 – What Does Your Dream Library Look Like? With Christy Smirl of Foxtail Books

Christy is the owner of Foxtail Books and Library Services. Christy and Foxtail curate, manage and organize personal libraries. They also offer assistance with acquiring rare and collectible books. 

Listen to this episode to gain a glimpse into the unique profession of library management and rare book acquisition. You’ll learn what makes books rare and why some are more valuable than others. Stephan and Christy talk about the importance of finding books that make you happy and the balance of keeping books in good shape, but also enjoy them. Stephan also finds out what the most “magical” publication Christy has seen recently. 

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Episode 171 – Si Ferrin, The Cattle Baron of Jackson Hole with Janis Ferrin Allen and Donna Clark

Janis and Donna share the same great-great-grandfather, Josiah “Si” Ferrin.  Si was one of the original homesteaders in the valley and at one time he was the largest property owner and taxpayer in Jackson Hole. In this episode, Janis and Donna talk about their family lineage and the life of Si Ferrin. They discuss how Si built up his cattle-ranching land and earned the nickname The Cattle Baron of Jackson Hole. 

At the peak of land ownership, the Ferrin family had over 3,600 acres of land and 2,000 head of cattle. Foreseeing changes in the cattle industry and the struggles of ranching in a Jackson Hole, Si decided to eventually sell his property to the Snake River Land Company.

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Episode 170 – Providing Core Essential Services with Johnny Ziem of The Town of Jackson Public Works Dept.

Johnny has worked for one organization his whole time in Jackson and that is working for the town of Jackson. He started driving the START Bus as a way to ski in the day and work at night. Now he leads one of the most essential departments in the Jackson community, The Public Works Department. Many of us don’t even realize all of the essential services this department handles, from maintaining public infrastructure, keeping our roads and sidewalks operational, managing our waste to ensuring we have clean water to drink. These are only a few of the core responsibilities of the Public Works Department. 

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Episode 169 – Keeping Jackson Laughing with Brian Lenz

Brian was born and raised in Jackson. His father owned a pharmacy and his mother ran a Montessori school for many years. He is now raising his own family in the valley and works as an engineer for the town of Jackson. When he isn’t working to help Jackson’s infrastructure he is helping make people laugh. Brian is a founding member of Laff Staff – Jackson’s resident improv group. 

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