JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Congratulations are in order for an iconic local radio station, and recognition due to the Town of Jackson as a vibrant art community. Mayor Pete Muldoon read two proclamations to begin yesterday\u2019s Town Council meeting.\r\n\r\nArts alive and well in JH\r\n\r\nFirst, Jackson was ranked the "Top Art-Vibrant Small Community in the Nation" by the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University. In making its findings, the Center cited Jackson\u2019s \u201cmountain community of great beauty and innovation including both Teton County, Wyoming and Idaho, to develop reports on important issues in arts management and patronage.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe art scene is vast in Jackson Hole. Called out by name were National Museum of Wildlife Art, Center for the Arts, Off Square Theatre Company, Jackson Hole Community Band, Jackson Community Theater, Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole Chorale, Teton Music School, Musicland, Riot Act, pARTners, Dancers\u2019 Workshop, Jackson Hole Public Art, Art Association, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTrash and Treasured\r\n\r\nAnd don\u2019t look now but a gem of a radio station has been broadcasting in the valley for 45 years now. KMTN is celebrating the milestone even as it officially changes ownership back to a local programmer, Jackson Hole Radio and Scott Anderson.\r\n\r\nMayor Muldoon\u2019s proclamation mentioned the humble beginnings of a station referred to by fans as simply \u2018The Mountain.\u2019 It was Captain Bob Morris who filed the FCC paperwork to put the radio station on the FM dial at 96.9 some 45 years ago when the original 55,000-watt signal first crackled to life on January 28, 1975.\r\n\r\nMark \u201cFish\u201d Fishman was on hand to accept the recognition in person at Monday night\u2019s meeting. He has piloted the station into the 21st Century, helping it earn national honors as a top Triple A Music format station including Station of the Year in 2018. Fishman has also been named Program Director of the Year for 2016, 2017 and 2019.