Ski resorts make hay in the summer months

Participants in a yoga class at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming. The resort has around 600 employees on staff during the summer months compared to more than 1,600 in the winter, and the resort still plays an important role in the local economy in the summer. courtesy Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Winter is the bread and butter for many business in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming, in particular ski resorts.

Resurrecting a historic I.F. building

John Roark / Owner Jake Durtschi stands for a photo in the new 5,000-square-foot Downtown Event Center on Thursday. “I thought the building could be used better,” said Durtschi “It felt like an old-school mall. Our goal is to make it useful.” The center, which is nearing completion with a scheduled Aug. 1 opening, is located at 480 Park Ave. John Roark/

When Jake Durtschi purchased the building at 480 Park Ave. two years ago, it was a shell of its former self. 

Trade war would cause casualties for U.S. industry

In this April 13, 2017, file photo, a young calf looks out from its pen while U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., met with leaders from the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin to discuss Canadian trade barriers and the impact it has had on the dairy industry at Five Star Dairy Farm in Elk Mound, Wis. President Donald Trump has a point when he lambastes Canada for protecting its dairy farmers with hefty tariffs.
But the United States is hardly innocent when it comes to farm protectionism. And the very real difficulties that U.S. dairy farmers face can't all be blamed on America's neighbor to the north. And in fact, despite Canada's tariff, the U.S. runs a surplus in dairy trade with its northern neighbor. (Marisa Wojcik/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP, File)

If a trade war is coming, the cheesemakers of Wisconsin are standing in the line of fire. So are the farmers of the Great Plains and the distillers of Kentucky. And the employees of iconic American brands like Harley-Davidson and Levi Strauss.



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