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Western Senators Seek Firefighting Funds

LHC Fire

Senators Mark Udall of Colorado and John Barrasso of Wyoming say they plan to offer a bipartisan amendment to the 2014 U.S. Senate budget to increase the funding availability for fighting wildfires and modernizing the air tanker fleet. Udall and Barrasso, who both serve on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said … Continue Reading

Oil & Gas Leases Officially Retired

Pronghorn antelope, oil tower in background.

It’s official now:  the oil and gas leases in the Upper Hoback Basin have been permanently retired with the completion of the purchase of those leases from Plains Exploration and Production Company earlier this year.  Working with a broad coalition of … Continue Reading

Forest Supervisor Marks Last Day Here

Buchanan

Today is Bridger Teton National Forest Supervisor Jacque Buchanan’s final day here before turning the mantle of leadership over the Cheryl Probert who becomes the Acting Forest Supervisor Monday.  Probert is to remain in the position only until that position can be filled permanently.  Coming to Wyoming from … Continue Reading

Avalanche Conditions Rise

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The Bridger Teton Avalanche Center is cautioning that soft sensitive wind slabs as deep as two feet have accumulated now in the back country contributing to an elevated avalanche condition today.  Yesterday, the center reports that … Continue Reading

White Pine Ski Area Ending Season

white pine

Operators of White Pine Ski Resort near Pinedale have announced that ski area will close at the end of skiing Saturday.  According to a posting on the resort’s website, the decision was made based on deteriorating snow conditions there.  Owners of the resort had hoped to be able to remain open yet another week.

Fremont Lake Campground Closed

Fremont Lake Camp

The Bridger-Teton National Forest plans to close the Fremont Lake Campground and Upper Fremont Lake Boat Launch Site on the Pinedale Ranger District during the 2013 summer season to allow for reconstruction. Work at these sites includes … Continue Reading

Coming Fire Season Here Evaluated

Fire Generic

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says his agency is preparing for another busy fire year, but with fewer firefighters to battle the flames.  Tidwell says late winter storms helped ease drought conditions, but that the South and Southwestern U.S. are expected to dry out heading into May and June. Here in northwestern Wyoming, Tracy Weaver of Teton Interagency Fire says … Continue Reading

Forest Service: “Don’t Rush The Season”

rutted road

The sparse snow cover at the lower elevations, as trails begin to thaw and become more accessible, has some recreationists trying to push springtime activities earlier on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  However, … Continue Reading

Forest Firefighting To Be More Selective

FUSEE

In the past, the National Forest Service has classified a variety of small fires in remote areas as “managed fires,” allowing them to burn in those areas for the resource benefits they provided.  However, last year every fire was suppressed unless it was officially designated a managed fire.  As a result, … Continue Reading

Renew Bear Bait Permits Now

Bear Bait

Black bear hunters who want to use bait for the spring bear hunting season have until March 20th to register their existing bear-bait sites. Spokesman Mark Gocke of the Wyoming Game and Fish Office in Jackson says those who had bait sites registered in 2012 can … Continue Reading

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  • Know how to defend yourself from a bear attack - April 24, 2014
    I hope you know what to do to avoid having a bad encounter with a bear. But do you know what to do if an encounter is unavoidable? If you’re wandering around the woods, doing everything you should do to keep from startling a bear, chances are you won’t see one. But even the best […]
  • Rep. Lummis Announces Re-Election Bid - April 23, 2014
    U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis announced her re-election bid on Wednesday in Cheyenne. Lummis said she wants a fourth term representing Wyoming in Congress so she can work to reduce the federal government’s role in the Cowboy State. “The federal government cannot do better for Wyoming, than Wyoming can do for itself,” Lummis said. “So part […]
  • Wyoming Veterans Asked to Complete Survey - April 23, 2014
    Wyoming veterans and family members are encouraged to complete a short online survey regarding Wyoming veteran benefits and services, which is located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WYOVET2014. The Wyoming Veterans Commission is updating their strategic plan and surveying Wyoming veterans and family members is an important part of that process. The survey, which only takes a few minutes to complete, is focused on […]
  • Wyoming Head Coach Recaps Spring Football Practice [AUDIO] - April 23, 2014
    The Wyoming Cowboys wrapped up spring practice last Saturday afternoon in Laramie.  And if you asked head coach Craig Bohl, he would tell you he wants 15 more practices this spring.  That’s not because of poor practicing by the Cowboys, but more so that he can get to know his team even better and get […]