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NEPA To Begin On Snow King Project

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Jackson Hole’s Snow King Mountain Resort yesterday revealed to the public some of their plans for future development of facilities on Snow King Mountain as submitted to the US Forest Service.  The proposal includes an additional ice rink at the events center, a gondola up the face of the King, a half pipe and terrain park and a possible conference and restaurant facility on the summit.  Bridger-Teton National Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek explains, however … Continue Reading

Equipment Mired In Cache Creek

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It is said that the third try is a charm and that’s what Bridger-Teton National Forest officials are hoping for today.  Over the weekend, the Teton County Park and Recreation snow groomer became mired in the slushy snow about four miles up Cache Creek which is where it still remains.  Tuesday, Forest Service Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says … Continue Reading

Forest Roads Nearly Impassable

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This may not have been the time to venture out for winter travel on forest roads.  Bridger Teton National Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says the unseasonably warm weather has left roads soggy, slushy and at times impassable.  She says even the trail groomers have been getting mired down.  Cernicek says, “We had people sliding off the highway, we had snowmobiles that actually got … Continue Reading

Avalanche Claims Snowmobiler’s Life (Update)

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A snowmobiler from Osage, Iowa died in an avalanche Tuesday near Togwotee Mountain Lodge at about 3:00 pm while three companions escaped injury.  Teton County Undersheriff Bob Gilliam says 26 year-old Tyler Tourtlett had gotten his snow machine stuck about 1½ miles east of the lodge and a companion was circling around to assist him when the avalanche to released. Gilliam says the companion was able to … Continue Reading

Large Weekend Avalanches Here But No Casualties

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Multiple avalanches and several close calls dominated the back country around Jackson Hole this weekend.  The Bridger Teton National Forest Avalanche Center says rain and warm temperatures at the lower elevations created unstable conditions. They also quickly pointed out that … Continue Reading

Jackson Hole Road Closures

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Winter conditions have forced the Wyoming Department of Transportation to close two main roads out of Jackson Hole this afternoon.  Shortly after 2:00 pm, Sunday, WYDOT announced it had closed Hoback Canyon between Bondurant and Hoback Junction due to winter driving conditions, and then at 5:30 pm, Teton Pass was closed due to driving conditions and poor visibility.  Both roads were reopened by about 7:30 pm.  Bridger-Teton National Forest also announced that several popular roads had become all but impassible and the Granite Creek road had been hit by a slide measuring an estimated 15 feet deep rendering it impassible shortly before 5:00 pm.

Winter Snarls Local Traffic

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Teton Pass was reopened early this morning after a brief closure for avalanche control.  Highway 89 from Moose to Moran was closed through most of the day yesterday and remained closed this morning.  Today, the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Forecast Center says the danger of avalanches at all elevations is considerable, and extreme caution is advised.

Six Lost Snowmobilers Located

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A party of six snowmobilers from Minnesota was located yesterday afternoon after spending a cold night out on Togwotee Pass.  Undersheriff Bob Gilliam says the group had become stuck, and then after becoming mobile again, became disoriented and opted to spend Tuesday night before seeking their way out again by daylight.  Gilliam says the Teton County Sheriff’s Office was … Continue Reading

Local Bear Provides Much Information

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Wyoming Game and Fish Department is pointing to an individual grizzly bear sow living in the Blackrock area East of Moran for making significant contributions to information needed to manage the species.  Large Carnivore Biologist Dan Bjornlie says wildlife personnel have trapped bear 179 eight times and recorded significant information in their journals that has been … Continue Reading

Forest Bill Goes Before Senate Committee

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A bill that would set timber harvest goals for national forests throughout the West was the subject of a U.S. Senate Committee hearing last Thursday. The “National Forest Jobs and Management Bill” sponsored by Wyoming Senator John Barrasso is promoted as a way to bring more money to rural schools and create timber jobs. Retired Bridger-Teton Forest Supervisor Kniffy Hamilton says … Continue Reading

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  • Hunters must be conservationists first - October 20, 2014
    As hunters, it’s our responsibility to take care of the critters we hunt, as well as those we don’t. We have to obey the game laws. Police ourselves to be sure others respect the wildlife. And even offer suggestions to the Game and Fish Commission when we think there are better ways to ensure that […]
  • Quiet & Mainly Settled Weather Expected - October 17, 2014
    High pressure will build over the area today, which will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry.  Winds will also stay light to breezy and no significant gusting is expected.  Temperatures become a touch cooler statewide, but will be closer to average.  Daytime highs will be in the 50′s across the mountain […]
  • Wish list season is upon us again - October 17, 2014
    Late October is a bad time of year for me. If I were independently wealthy, it wouldn’t be so bad. But I’m not. I’m a journalist, so it’s a little painful. It’s rough because this is when the Christmas catalogs start hitting the mailbox, and they’re chock-full of gear I wish I had. From the […]
  • Pleasant Autumn Weather Expected - October 16, 2014
    Temperatures will be noticeably cooler and closer to average today due to a cool front that crossed through the state of Wyoming yesterday.  We can also expect partly to mostly cloudy skies and breezy winds today, but conditions will remain mainly dry.  Winds will gust between 15 to 25 mph.  Daytime highs will reach the […]

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