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Tricia O’Connor named as Bridger-Teton Forest Supervisor (posted 12/20/14)
Wyoming Arts Council announces recipients of 2014 Governor’s Arts Awards (posted 12/21/14)
Will supply fresh vegetables to local community
Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
We’ve been intrigued by the concept of the space-saving, indoor vertical gardening techniques as a way for Wyomingites to have gardens in our high-elevation, short-growing season climate.
It recently came to our attention that a company in Jackson Hole, north of Pinedale, is taking the vertical gardening concept to a whole new level. A company called Vertical Harvest has teamed up with the Town of Jackson in a public/private partnership and are in the process of building a three-story tall vertical hydroponic greenhouse. They have acquired a 30 foot wide x 150 foot long, 1/10th of an acre empty lot belonging to the Town of Jackson adjacent to the Town’s downtown municipal parking garage on the corner of Millward and Simpson Streets.
They plan to grow tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce, herbs, specialty and microgreens, and more which will be purchased by local area restaurants, local grocery stores and businesses, and directly to consumers. Approximately 95% of their anticipated harvest is already contracted for local delivery.
The 13,500 square foot greenhouse will have three floors and grow produce year-round. By going vertical (up), they can maximize space and create basically three horizontal greenhouses stacked on top of each other and have about the equivalent of 5 acres of conventional agriculture growing space. The growing trays will be on a revolving carousel and on a timer that fully maximizes each plant’s exposure to available natural south-facing sunlight (kind of like a dry cleaning moving rack) – a rotating living wall. Plants are suspended in an organic base in a system of circulating water rather than soil. The company expects to grow 100,000 pounds of vegetables a year in the greenhouse. Click here to view a video explaining more about the project.
The women who own the company have been working on this project for the past five years. They plan to provide jobs for people in the community who have development disabilities. Workers will be trained on seeding, caring for the plants, and harvesting, as well as work in the retail store and assisting with deliveries.
The company has received approval for a $1.5 million loan from the State of Wyoming for the project, in addition to a $300,000 grant from the Town of Jackson, funding from 1% for the Tetons, as well as numerous private donations from supporters.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held on Friday, December 19, 2014. The greenhouse is planned to open in the fall of 2015.
Click on the related links below for more on this story.
Penny McBride – Project Administrator, 307-413-6797
PO Box 7290
Jackson, WY 83002
Jackson Hole’s Vertical Harvest greenhouse By Allen Best, mountaintownnews.net, January 16, 2014
www.verticalharvestjackson.com Vertical Harvest of Jackson
Vertical Harvest – Facebook page
Vertical Harvest Kickstarter Conversation Jan. 3, 2013
Larrssen Ltd. Greenhouse Engineering (Danish company)
Vertical vegetable gardening
Pocket planters, indoor/outdoor vertical gardens, green walls
USDA plant hardiness zone map
Pulling water out of the air (posted 12/21/14)
Clear solar windows may be a next-generation energy source (posted 12/21/14)
Solar flare electromagnetic pulses can impact your electronics or telecommunications equipment
There was an X-class eruption from the Sun today (Saturday, December 20th) that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters say may have ejected a large solar cloud CME whose trajectory may cross the Earth’s path in two or three days and may cause some minor geomagnetic storms this weekend.
This is a natural event, but one that anyone with electronics or dependent on telecommunications equipment should be aware of and may want to monitor updates. Most people are unprepared for CME events, some of which, whether natural or man-caused terrorism events, can damage or destroy electronic equipment, blackout telecommunications, and even disable electronic controls in vehicles.
When sunspots erupt from our Sun they can create solar flares or coronal mass ejection (CME) plumes of particle material that fly away from the eruption site on the surface of the Sun into space. These eruptions can produce bursts of radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to x-rays and gamma-rays. Some of that ejected material can reach the earth within hours or may take days. If that ejected plume traveling into space from the Sun crosses the path of the Earth, it can cause minor to major impacts and disruptions to electronic communication systems, depending on the size and intensity of the eruption from the Sun. Government and private entities watch and track these incidents and alerts are issued if there appears to be a possibility of a brush with our atmosphere that might impact telecommunications, air traffic, or other national interests.
Scientists classify solar flares according to their x-ray brightness in the wavelength range 1 to 8 Angstroms. There are 3 categories: X-class flares are big and are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms. M-class flares are medium-sized that can cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth's polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow an M-class flare. Compared to X- and M-class events, C-class flares are small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth.
According to information posted on spaceweather.com for Dec. 20th, radio emissions from shock waves rippling through the sun's atmosphere suggest that a CME is en route from today’s solar eruption. However, they are still waiting for data from the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) coronagraphs to confirm the existence and trajectory of a massive storm cloud. If a CME is coming, it will probably take 2 to 3 days to reach Earth.
For those interested in more information, how to receive space weather alerts, and what you can do to protect your electronics, check out the links below. Much more information is available by doing a keyword search on the interenet.
Coronal mass ejection (CME) Wikipedia
Solar Flare vs. CME - What's The Difference? Video - Space.com
SOHO Solar & Heliospheric Observatory
Can We Predict Solar Flares—And Protect Our Satellites? Popular Mechanics, Oct. 22, 2014
Protecting Your Electrical Equipment from Solar Flares. By Mike Bertone, Mastersconnection.com
Electromagnetic Pulse Protection Futurescience.com
DOI proposes tighter regulation and costs for coal industry (posted 12/19/14)
Over $4 per pound for last four months, highest prices in 10 years
According to statistics released today (Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price nationally for ground beef rose to $4.201 per pound in November 2014. In October it was $4.15/pound. In January 2014 it was $3.467/pound. The price of beef has been on a steady rise since January 2011.
Statistics for national average prices for ground beef per pound 2004-2014:
Nov. 2004: $2.216
Nov. 2005: $2.302
Nov. 2006: $2.206
Nov. 2007: $2.289
Nov. 2008: $2.357
Nov. 2009: $2.062
Nov. 2010: $2.394
Nov. 2011: $2.899
Nov. 2012: $3.175
Nov. 2013: $3.477
Nov. 2014: $4.201
The explanation for the high prices include a shortage of cattle on the market, drought conditions causing ranchers to reduce herd numbers, harsher winter conditions that kept animals from gaining as much weight on feedlots, and high feed prices.
Source: United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/APU0000703112
Over 20,000 cattle perish in South Dakota/Nebraska blizzard Pinedale Online, Oct. 21, 2013
Yellowstone National Park
The largest concentration of active geysers in the world—approximately half of the world’s total— is found in Yellowstone National Park.
You can now discover the natural wonder of the most famous geyser of all, Old Faithful, and other geysers with a free app that you can use during your visit to the park and at home. The new app will help you find out when Old Faithful and five other predictable geysers could erupt.
The app also features a link to a webcam so that you can view live eruptions of Old Faithful and other nearby geysers. The FAQ section provides answers to several of the frequently asked questions that explain how a few geysers can be predicted and other fascinating details about Yellowstone’s geysers.
You can follow the Social Media Feed and see what’s happening in Yellowstone by browsing the park’s Twitter, YouTube and Flickr sites. Because every eruption is different, the app’s Photo Gallery contains an array of geyser eruption photos.
The NPS Geysers app was developed in partnership with Dr. Brett Oppegaard, Washington State University (Vancouver) and University of Hawaii, and the National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park and Harpers Ferry Center. The app was made possible, in part, by a donation from Canon USA, Inc., through the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
The NPS Geysers app is now available in the Google Play Store and in the Apple App Store.
Big game hunting application information for 2015 available on WGFD website Dec. 17 (posted 12/15/14)