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Three States Join Call For More Timbering

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A bipartisan and bicameral group of western lawmakers pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to partner with the timber industry to reduce wildfire risks in fire-prone areas, create jobs and improve community safety throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Wyoming’s U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso joined with … Continue Reading

It’s Official: BTNF Supervisor’s Office Stays In Jackson

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Bridger-Teton National Forest Friday received concurrence from the Regional Office that the Forest Supervisor’s Office and the Jackson Ranger District Office is to be renovated and new facilities constructed at the Jackson Administrative Site in downtown Jackson, rather than relocating it. Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says the final decision was made jointly by … Continue Reading

Prescribed Fire Slated This Weekend

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Teton Interagency fire managers plan to burn a 72 acre prescribed fire unit of the Central Buffalo Valley Habitat Enhancement Project this weekend. Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says the Dry Quad project is just south of Spread Creek on the … Continue Reading

Senator Enzi Speaks of Closure Effect On Teton County

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Senator Mike Enzi Thursday told Jackson Hole Radio that while the shutdown of the federal government and the resulting closure of the national parks was hard on the entire country, he is aware that it was particularly hard of residents here.  He says the whole state was affected by the government shutdown, but he is sure a lot of people in Teton County … Continue Reading

Forest Roads Seeing Overuse

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Among the first concerns facing Bridger Teton National Forest employees as they return to work is dealing with the increased usage of the wet forest service roads.  Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says already, managers are seeing damage to the roads that will be costly to correct next spring.  She says … Continue Reading

Government Facilities To Reopen

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With the last-minute vote of Congress last night, a default on federal loans was averted and the government shutdown ended.  The senate first voted with a bipartisan result of 81 to 18, and then the House voted 285 to 144 to put off the issue for three months – 144 votes against coming from the Republican side of the aisle. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, … Continue Reading

County Reaches Out To Park & Forest

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While the Town of Jackson is taking the President and Congress to task on the closure of the national parks and associated visitor facilities, Teton County is reaching out in attempts to support the federal employees who have been impacted by the shutdown.  County Commission Chairman Paul Vogelheim says those efforts began … Continue Reading

Forest Use Heavier Than Normal

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With the complete closure of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, many area visitors are finding an alternative for the outdoor recreation on Bridger-Teton National Forest.  Forest Supervisor Clinton Kyhl admits the forest usage is up, but a more specific idea of how much of an increase that is, is not known.  Still, he says that increased usage does bring with it some concerns.  He says the law enforcement personnel still on duty … Continue Reading

Granite Hot Springs Pool Closing

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If you were planning to swim at Granite Hot Springs Pool after Friday, you won’t be able to.  Bridger-Teton National Forest has now been instructed to close it as well.  According to Jackson District Ranger Dale Deiter … Continue Reading

State Travel Commission Addresses Shutdown

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Just about the time northwest Wyoming was experiencing a very solid year for the tourism industry, Travel Commission Director Diane Shober says the federal government shutdown dealt a crippling blow to the season’s final weeks.  She says fall has turned into great season for driving visitation and the state has put a great deal of marketing effort into that.  She says … Continue Reading

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  • A whole lotta’ lens - July 30, 2014
    I was taking pictures at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo last week, and one of the local newspaper photographers asked me why I wasn’t packing a really cool, high-zoot lens. He reminded me that with my membership in the Canon Professional Services, I am entitled to test drive lenses pretty much whenever I want. But I […]
  • Heavy Showers and Thunderstorms - July 29, 2014
    A Pacific weather disturbance, Monsoonal moisture and stationary frontal system will create rather widespread and heavy shower and thunderstorm activity.  Rain will especially be heavy in portions of central, south-central and southeastern Wyoming.  Areas of flooding will be a concern.  Continued mild temperatures on Wednesday with decreased shower and thunderstorm activity.  Weather conditions this weekend […]
  • Release ‘em right - July 29, 2014
    Each year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department sends out a reminder of the right way to release fish when you turn them back into the water. Al Langston of the Game and Fish recently sent out that reminder, so I thought I’d pass it along to you. When the water gets warm this time […]
  • Hauling hay makes me consider ATVs - July 28, 2014
    In my days in the mountains, I’ve seen some horse wrecks that probably should have turned my hair gray prematurely. I’ve had horses go lame on me deep in the backcountry. And I’ve been awakened in the night to the sound of thundering hooves receding down the trail toward the trailer. None of those situations […]

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