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THEM ON US: Christmas comes early to TGR
JACKSON HOLE, WYO - Teton Gravity Research is still glowing over their latest acquisition – a Gyro-Stabilized Systems (GSS) C520. TGR says it’s the most advanced 4K/“Ultra HD” gyrostabilized camera platform in the world. The C520 is meant to deliver four times the image quality of today’s standard HD while mounted to helicopters, planes, boats, anything that moves. TGR’s Todd Jones is stoked. “This platform has the potential to redefine aerial cinematography at the highest levels of entertainment and reshape the way we see motion pictures,” he said.
So what can this fancy camera do? Check out this stunningly crisp footage. WARNING: Buffer up and hang on tight.
Most fine with fracking
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found more Americans are in favor of oil and gas recovery by means of hydraulic fracturing than are opposed to it. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they’d like to see an increased use of fracking, while 38 percent said they wouldn’t.
We caught the news on Wyoming Public Radio in between their incessant spring fundraising drive. The Pew Center research broke down results by region, finding the most support in the Midwest and the South – areas that are not experiencing a lot of fracking and are predominantly Republican-minded. The study found Republicans were overwhelmingly in support of fracking while Democrats were less so.
The study also found women to be more critical of fracking than men.
Hollywood actress/singer unwinds in JH
In the April 5 issue of Vanity Fair, Emmy Rossum fans learn where the “Beautiful Creatures” star likes to go to get away from it all. It’s Jackson Hole, of course.
The 26-year-old actress/singer told VF her favorite place to hole up in the Hole is the Amangani. “It’s peaceful, small, and everything about the hotel is luxurious,” she divulged.
Rossum also said she loved eating at Couloir and even called Chef Wes out by name, saying dining there was like being in an episode of Top Chef.
“Jackson is a pretty low-key town,” Rossum also said, explaining her dress-down style when she’s here. She wore simple Vkoo cashmere sweaters and Under Armour while on a wildlife tour with local guide Jared Paul.
Jackson’s retail experience apparently didn’t wow the Manhattan-born actress much. “Jackson isn’t really a hot spot for shopping,” she said, “but I do have a bit of a sweet tooth and love to hit up the Yippie I-O Candy store in town.”
Enzi pushes for marketplace fairness
Ever buy anything online? Sure you have. Did you report the sales tax to the state and pay it? Of course you didn’t. And you’re breaking the law.
Sen. Mike Enzi is pushing hard to close a loophole created by a 1992 Supreme Court decision which put the onus on the shopper to self-pay by form and shields out-of-state retailers from collecting sales tax.
“I think there are three people in Wyoming who send it in every year,” Enzi told the Casper Star-Tribune with a laugh.
Enzi’s Marketplace Fairness Act bill will level the playing field – allowing instate brick-and-mortar stores to better compete with online giants like Amazon.com – and pump billions into state coffers nationwide. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 75-24 on March 22 and is awaiting a vote in the House.
Speaking of Enzi …
Rumors continue to circulate that Liz Cheney, the eldest daughter of former VP Dick Cheney, is gearing up for U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi’s job. Speculation began in 2009 when Cheney publicly declared she would be open to running for office. After her move to Wyoming last year, a run at U.S. Senate seems all the more likely.
Enzi hasn’t done much to quell the rumors. He has been tightlipped about his plans to seek a fourth term in 2014. On Monday, Enzi finally declared he will run for reelection, meaning Cheney will have to gear up for a campaign if she wants the job. The Daily Caller claims they have unnamed sources saying she does indeed have her eyes set on Enzi’s post.