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Ski Term: Ski Buds

Ski Buds



A group of Bros that enjoy *ripping pow, drinking beer, riding lifts, Aubrey ski, and spending time together.

Holly Balogh, Sue, BJ, Cecilia, Claire, Julie Wilson

Holly, Sue, BJ, Cecilia, Claire, Myself

Judy, Becky, Jay, Julie Wilson, Claire

Judy, Becky, Jay, Myself, Claire

BJ, Judy, Julie Wilson, Jay

BJ, Judy, Myself, Jay

*However there is no such thing as a friend on a powder day.

4800 y/o Human Remains Found in the Tetons

Friday, April 1st, 2016

I can’t believe this is being erased from the internet!


Only known photo of remains found in the cave

A couple weeks ago local ski enthusiasts, Clarice Prairie and Becca Tacloet, took off for a quick hike up the Grand Teton for what they thought would be a non-eventful spring ski. They noted several new rock slides  from the early March earthquake swarm along the way, but continued their hike to the top. As Prairie and Tacloet were climbing over some lose rock from a slide, Prairie slipped and fell into a narrow space in the rocks that opened into a small cave. She nearly landed in the lap of some human remains, next to the remains were some modern electronic devices. Prairie and Tacloet took several photos, noted the GPS location in their iPhones, and continued with their ski. When Prairie and Tacloet arrived at the trail head they notified the local authorities of their discovery, and texted photo of their find to me.

Archaeologist and global warming expert, Vika Starkington, was in the area doing a study of ancient human dwellings recently uncovered by melting glaciers. Starkington excavated the site and sent samples to Washington for carbon dating and DNA testing. The carbon dating concluded everything found in the cave was approximately 4,800 years old. “This is very confusing” said Starkington, “The lab ran [the carbon dating test] 4 times, and the results were the same.”

JJ Wrightner Feb 2015

          JJ Wrightner

The DNA results were even more confusing. The remains were that of JJ Wrightner, a local inventor that went missing last June. On the day of his disappearance his VW Bug was found at trail head with his journal and a note on the seat. Wrightner had been working on a time travel device, the note said that he had found the secret to time travel, it’s elevation. He planned to go to 1955 to prove his hero, “Doc” Brown, was based on a real person. His note said that if he did not return something may have gone wrong, and he was leaving his journal for further time travel study.

Grand Teton National Park SAR found Wrightner’s day pack and hiking stick on the top of the Grand Teton but never located his body, until now. Geologist Liv Klinger hypothesized Wrightner’s time travel device was a success but tragically put him in the Tetons at at the time of the last big earthquake on the Teton Fault, and Wrightner’s time travel device being the cause of the earthquake. When called for an interview, Klinger said she was focusing all her time trying to pass a bill banning time travel.


Clarice Prairie and Becca Tacloet

Local news papers, Jackson Hole News & Guide, Plant Jackson Hole, and Buckrail.com all ran this story earlier this week, but now the stories are gone! Prairie and Tacloet were last seen yesterday getting pushed into a black SUV near Albertson’s by two men in black suits. Witness Kay Krachy said “I was waiting for Wolfie to do his business when this black SUV stopped then two men in black jumped out and grabbed the girls. It was just like something from the X-Files.”

In addition, all of Prairie and Tacloet’s social media accounts have vanished.

Oh where, oh where did my summer go?

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Labor day has passed, the first snow has fallen, and it seems as if it was Memorial day just yesterday! Where did my summer go? This is the time of year where I start getting emails from friends asking… “are you alive?” Well, I’m alive and kickin’ For all my friends who I have not emailed in months here is a brief synopsis of my summer….

[deep breath] In April my husband and I took a 15 mile bike ride in Grand Teton National park,in May the JHCB (Jackson Hole Community Band) had our spring concert, then we performed at the Elk Fest, which my husband is very involved in through Scout Troop 268. Then the JHCB performed in the Old West Days Parade on Memorial Day Weekend, then in June Damon and Kyle were gone for two weeks in the Bahamas and Florida Keys for the Sea Base High Adventure Camp with one other leader and 3 other scouts, my house stayed clean those two weeks partially because I cleaned it then was not home long enough to mess it up, I went on a mule ride after work one day, joined Bravo & bought one $10 raffle ticket the same night and won tickets for two to the Wine Auction events worth $1,650.00 (I get some real fancy junk mail now,) my Mom came for a visit so I took her to the events, July 4th the JHCB performed at the parade, did a concert on the town square and performed at Music in the Hole (yes, all on the same day) we watched the fire work show from our front yard as usual, the JHCB quit rehearsing until September 4th but we had a purge party (but it did not get the whole job done,)…. deap breath!

I entered 8 photos in the Teton County Fair, I went to 14 concerts at the Grand Teton Music Festival in July and August, I auditioned for a truck commercial (but did not get that job,) I went to the Pow-Wowwith Vicki at the beginning of August, Damon and I spent the weekend in Idaho Falls for out 19th anniversary, I went to an allergist in Idaho (BTW I’m severly to everything,) the JHCB had another purge party, Damon took Kyle to a Sheriffs Auction and they bought Kyle a car, Damon and I went to Yellowstone for a bike ride (and had a breakfast he won in GTNP,) we went to the Hoback Fireman’s Picnic fundraiser, we rode our bikes to Teton Village and purchaced my ski pass, Labor Day Weekend I went for a 27 mile bike ride Saturday, Kyle drove me to Pinedale for a visit with a good friend Sunday. All this while working full time, doing sit ups every morning, and riding my bike to work almost every day and long rides on weekends when possible (putting a total of 427 miles on my bicycle since April 27th.) Oops, forgot about all the farmers markets and all the artsy fartsy Jackson Hole stuff I went to .

JHCB rehearsal starts tonight and we have two performances on September 13th, one at Old Bills Fun Run (my husband works hard with the scouts that day also,) and then the other at River Rock Lodge (an assisted living center.) The Fall Arts Festival is also nest week and I will be going to the Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk the 12th and Taste of the Tetons the 14th.

Holly Balogh, Norma, Myself, & Nancy

Holly, Norma, Myself, & Nancy

Only 3 months until ski season, I can’t wait!!!


Gotta, run I have places to go….