Monday, January 30, 2023


Massachusetts could restrict police use of facial recognition technology, Wyoming mulls more health coverage for workers, and a report finds low salary contributes to social workers leaving the field.


Civil rights activists push for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act following the killing of Tyre Nichols, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy says he can reach a deal with President Biden on the debt ceiling, and election experts say 2023 could shape voting rights across the country.


"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

Teton Raptor Center Nears Historic Restoration Goal


Tuesday, November 1, 2022   

The Teton Raptor Center was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help the site become a year-round destination for anyone interested in learning more about the region's owls, eagles, hawks, falcons and other wild birds.

Amy McCarthy, executive director of the Teton Raptor Center said the property, which sits along Highway 22 heading into Wilson, was originally a classic ranch for prized Herefords spanning 137 acres.

"Which encompassed a number of outbuildings, a homestead, as well as the iconic wind-proof Gothic Hardeman Barn. That's the real treasure and icon of the property," McCarthy said.

From the 1930s through the 1980s, Hardeman Barns was a working ranch. When developers moved in to build town homes, the Jackson Hole Land Trust stepped in to purchase the barns and meadows to conserve what is widely seen as a "character-defining" property for Jackson Hole valley communities.

The Teton Raptor Center, which had been caring for injured wild birds from its founder's home, moved onto the property in 2008. In 2017, the Center purchased a 27-acre parcel and started raising money to rehabilitate the historic structures.

McCarthy said one goal of the project is to retain and showcase the hand-made wooden rafters that make up the interior ceiling of the wind-proof barn.

"So an experience at Teton Raptor Center would not only bring the natural history of owls, eagles, hawks and falcons into one's learning experience, but they will also get a cultural immersion in this historic space," McCarthy said.

The Center has raised about 90% of its $12-million dollar capital campaign goal, and McCarthy said it's on track to open the iconic Gothic barn to the public next spring. She said the best way to save an old building is to use it. While that does mean there will be some level of adaptation, there is a way to balance the history and the future of these special spaces.

"We have to make this building accessible and safe, and support from historic-preservation organizations is essential to celebrate the past while giving it a future," McCarthy said.

Teton Raptor Center 2022

get more stories like this via email
Facial-recognition technology companies, which originally partnered with law enforcement, are now working with schools and universities to increase safety and prevent shootings by denying campus access to people who have been banned, or to monitor activity inside school buildings. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Lawmakers in the Commonwealth are considering legislation to ensure police use of facial-recognition technology also protects people's privacy and civ…


Next week, Ohio farmers and their advocates head to Washington, D.C., to push for shifting federal programs toward growing nutritious food, as …

Social Issues

Social justice advocates have just launched a new public education campaign. It's called "Just Safe," and it's aimed at changing the conversation …

Since the beginning of 2022, seven Western states have initiated programs to maintain wildlife habitat and safe passage, through fencing, signs, overpasses and underpasses, according to Pew research. (TaborChichakly/Adobe Stock)


Reducing the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions is the goal of a bill before the New Mexico Legislature this session. Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-…

Social Issues

A Nevada nonprofit is celebrating a 94% graduation rate among its high school seniors for the 2021-2022 school year. Tami Hance-Lehr. CEO and state …

Super Bowl LVII will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 12. (Katherine Welles/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Super Bowl LVII is right around the corner, which means Arizona will see hefty spending and wide exposure because of the massive sporting event…

Health and Wellness

It is not a pandemic yet, but eye doctors worry the constant use of digital devices could eventually result in long-term health problems for many …


Maine's small farmers are encouraged to complete the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture census to ensure they have a voice in federal decisions …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021