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Have you ever been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Well, The Jackson Hole Connection is about sharing the stories from people connected to this small place in Western Wyoming which has had a huge impact on the rest of the world. Since the days of Indians and Trappers to the early days of some of the first settlers, Jackson Hole has attracted people who love adventure, value the natural setting and have some great stories to tell. The host, Stephan Abrams, has been a resident of Jackson Hole since the summer of 1999. Stephan is now raising his family in Jackson Hole along with his wife Laura. The Jackson Hole Connection will bring you the stories of the awesome people who are connected to Jackson Hole.

The Jackson Hole Connection Stephan C. Abrams

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 34 Ratings

Have you ever been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Well, The Jackson Hole Connection is about sharing the stories from people connected to this small place in Western Wyoming which has had a huge impact on the rest of the world. Since the days of Indians and Trappers to the early days of some of the first settlers, Jackson Hole has attracted people who love adventure, value the natural setting and have some great stories to tell. The host, Stephan Abrams, has been a resident of Jackson Hole since the summer of 1999. Stephan is now raising his family in Jackson Hole along with his wife Laura. The Jackson Hole Connection will bring you the stories of the awesome people who are connected to Jackson Hole.

    Episode 96 – Bringing History Alive with Kenneth Thomasma

    Episode 96 – Bringing History Alive with Kenneth Thomasma

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Kenneth Thomasma. After 12 years of working at a summer camp in Montana, Ken fell in love with the mountains. In 1977, Ken and his wife decided to make them their home and left Michigan to move out to Jackson Hole. Moving out to Jackson gave Ken the time he needed to write his first book which was inspired by the story of Sacajawea’s friend, Naya Nuki.


    In this episode, Ken talks about running the Kelly School, leading campaigns, living in Turkey in 1954 and writing historically-inspired young adult fiction and non-fiction.


    Connect with Ken by emailing grandviewpublishing@gmail.com (mailto:grandviewpublishing@gmail.com) or find him in the phone book. 


    Find Ken’s books at Grandviewpublishing.net (http://Grandviewpublishing.net)


    Buy Ken’s first book: Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran (https://www.amazon.com/Naya-Nuki-Shoshoni-Girl-Who/dp/0801088682) or ask your local bookstore. 


    This week's sponsor is The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole! Check them out at . (https://www.jhmarketplace.com/)


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    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com  (mailto:connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com)


    Music in this episode is provided by Luke Taylor. Marketing and editing support by  Michael Moeri (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri) .

    • 52 min
    Episode 95 – Talking Hot Air with Virginia Powell Symons & Margaret Rose Breffeilh of The Teton Valley Balloon Rally

    Episode 95 – Talking Hot Air with Virginia Powell Symons & Margaret Rose Breffeilh of The Teton Valley Balloon Rally

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Virginia Powell Symons & Margaret Rose Breffeilh, the organizers and board chairs of the Teton Valley Balloon Rally. Both Virginia and Margaret arrived in the Jackson Hole area in 2001. Virginia operates an event planning business called Vibrant Events and Magaret is the Owner/Pilot for Elevated Ballooning. The two have been working together for several years, helping to carry on an almost 40 year tradition, making sure balloons fly for the annual Teton Valley Balloon Rally.


    In this episode, Virginia and Margaret talk about all that goes into flying a hot air balloon, planning a rally, flying in such a beautiful place and the changes to this year's event. 


    The 2020 Teton Valley Balloon Rally is July 2nd-5th. More details can be found at TetonValleyBalloonRally.com (http://www.tetonvalleyballoonrally.com/)


    Find out more about Virginia’s business Vibrant Events at VibrantEventsJH.com (https://www.vibranteventsjh.com/)


    Learn about Margaret’s business Elevated Ballooning at ElevatedBallooning.com (https://www.elevatedballooning.com/)


    This week's sponsor is The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole! Check them out at . (https://www.jhmarketplace.com/)


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    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com  (mailto:connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com)


    Music in this episode is provided by Luke Taylor. Marketing and editing support by  Michael Moeri (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri) .

    • 45 min
    Episode 94 – Not Yet A Local with Jim Rooks

    Episode 94 – Not Yet A Local with Jim Rooks

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Jim Rooks. Jim’s family lineage in Jackson Hole dates back to 1905 when Roy and Frank Van Vleck left Michigan and headed west. A year later in 1906, they formed the Jackson Mercantile in what is known as the clubhouse building on the town square. Even though Jim spent most of his life in Jackson, he was born in Casper, making him just a tourist in his kid's eyes. According to their family, no one is a local unless they are born, died, or spent at least 75 years in Jackson. 


    In this episode, Jim talks about growing up in Wyoming, his family history, welcoming newcomers, teaching, and the essence of what makes Jackson unique.


    This week's sponsor is The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole! Check them out at . (https://www.jhmarketplace.com/)


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    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com  (mailto:connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com)


    Music in this episode is provided by Luke Taylor. Marketing and editing support by  Michael Moeri (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri) .

    • 43 min
    Episode 93 – From Volunteer to Executive Director with Laura Soltau of Teton Literacy Center

    Episode 93 – From Volunteer to Executive Director with Laura Soltau of Teton Literacy Center

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Laura West Soltau. Laura made her way to Jackson in 2007 after taking an Americorp volunteer position at Teton Literacy Center. After working in a variety of roles, Laura has worked her way up to Executive Director. 


    In this episode, Laura talks about the importance of literacy in a child’s development and the programs offered at Teton Literacy Center. Stephan and Laura discuss educational video games, Zoom learning, screen time and books! 


    Connect with Laura, laura@tetonliteracy.org


    Learn more about the programs at Teton Literacy Center: TetonLiteracy.org (http://www.tetonliteracy.org/)


    This week's sponsor is The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole! Check them out at . (https://www.jhmarketplace.com/)


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    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com  (mailto:connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com)


    Music in this episode is provided by Luke Taylor. Marketing and editing support by  Michael Moeri (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri) .

    • 48 min
    Episode 92 – Preparing for a Disaster with Rich Ochs

    Episode 92 – Preparing for a Disaster with Rich Ochs

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Rich Ochs. Rich discovered Jackson Hole after taking a summer job in the Grand Teton National Park over 20 years ago. Rich now holds the important role of Teton County Emergency Management Coordinator. Through planning, communication and training Rich has helped Teton County avoid what could have been catastrophic events like the solar eclipse of 2017 and Zac Brown at Rendezvous Fest.


    In this episode, Rich talks about crisis management, averting community crisis, and building relationships. Stephan and Rich also discuss the importance of having a family disaster plan and the Teton County COVID19 response. 


    Connect with Rich, em@tetoncountywy.gov (mailto:em@tetoncountywy.gov)


    Sign up for Nixel Alerts by texting Teton_WY to 888777


    Learn more about Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) (https://www.tetoncountywy.gov/381/Voluntary-Organizations-Active-in-Disast)


    Find out about the Teton County COVID19 response at JHCOVID.com (https://www.jhcovid.com/)


    This week's sponsor is Jackson Hole Marketplace! Check them out at JHMarketplace.com. (https://www.jhmarketplace.com/) Jackson Hole Marketplace just relaunched their deli with custom sandwiches!


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    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com  (mailto:connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com)


    Music in this episode is provided by Luke Taylor. Marketing and editing support by  Michael Moeri (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri) .

    • 57 min
    Episode 91 – Connecting to the Cosmos with Samuel Singer of Wyoming Stargazing

    Episode 91 – Connecting to the Cosmos with Samuel Singer of Wyoming Stargazing

    In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Samuel Singer. Samuel is the Founder and Executive Director of Wyoming Stargazing, a local non-profit whose mission is to educate and inspire through Wyoming’s extraordinary skies. 


    In this episode, Samuel talks about turning a passion for the outdoors and astronomy into a thriving non-profit organization. Sam and Stephan also discuss their favorite stargazing spots, mindfulness and the importance of connecting with the outdoors. 


    Connect with Samuel, Samuel@WyomingStargazing.org (mailto:Samuel@WyomingStargazing.org)


    Follow Wyoming Stargazing


    Facebook: facebook.com/wyomingstargazing (https://www.facebook.com/wyomingstargazing)


    Twitter: @wystargazing (https://twitter.com/wystargazing)


    Instagram: @wystargazing (https://www.instagram.com/wystargazing/)


    Find the inspiring book that Samuel mentioned here - The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation (https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Buddhas-Teaching-Transforming-Liberation/dp/0767903692)


    This week's sponsor is Jackson Hole Marketplace! Check them out at JHMarketplace.com. (https://www.jhmarketplace.com/) Jackson Hole Marketplace just relaunched their deli with custom sandwiches!


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    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com  (mailto:connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com)


    Music in this episode is provided by Luke Taylor. Marketing and editing support by  Michael Moeri (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri) .

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

joshstjohn ,

Making you own path

Super enjoyable. “Trust but verify” is golden!

Jdevfl ,

Great Listen

An amazing subject and so informative. Loved it.

Grateful Holer ,

Keep them coming!

The theme of this podcast allows for a wide variety of interviewees and topics. I really appreciate the diversity that Stephan builds into the show. It keeps me coming back for more.

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