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Jackson Landslide Slows and Hillside Complex Reopens

April 30, 2014 Jackson Hole, Teton County Comments Off

Jackson residents are returning to their homes and owners to their businesses today because the Budge Drive landslide is slowing down so much. The Town of Jackson’s news release says the evacuation order will be lifted this morning at 8 for many who live or work in the Hillside Complex. Local News 8 says the town has already spent $600,000 of its $750,000 budget.

Grizzly Family Spotted in Southern Jackson Hole

April 30, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

Neighborhood cameras caught a mother grizzly bear and two cubs on tape roaming through John Dodge south of Highway 22 recently. Jackson Hole Daily says unmarked bears probably wondered out of Grand Teton National Park. Seeing grizzly bears on the valley floor south of the Park is very rare.

Governor Mead Hopes State and Federal Government Will Help with Landslide

April 29, 2014 Jackson Hole, Teton County Comments Off

Governor Matt Mead visited the Jackson landslide last week and says state and federal government might be able to help pay to stop the slide. Governor Mead says he knows at least seven agencies that can help shoulder the costs. Jackson Hole News and guide says the city is spending between $30 and $40,000 each day. Officials say the landslide only moved a tenth of an inch in the last 24 hours

Planning Commission Considers 80-foot Cell Phone Tower Application

April 29, 2014 Jackson Hole, Teton County, Town of Jackson Comments Off

Planning commissioners are trying to convince Teton County to approve an 80-foot cell tower on the hill above Swinging Bridge. The leases are running out on three 35-foot towers so all three short ones would be replaced by the big one. Jackson Hole News and Guide says the new tower is for AT&T and Verizon Wireless customers. If a tower extends into the skyline in Teton County it must be 20 feet or shorter so the new tower needs special approval

New Route Most Pilots Use at Jackson Airport

It sounds like a win-win for Jackson Hole pilots and residents. The Associated Press says 80 percent of planes landing at the Jackson Hole airport are using a new route. The new path keeps planes further away from the Tetons, Jackson Lake and the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. Pilots like it because it shaves 14 miles and a few minutes off of their trips and park officials like it because they don’t hear as many low flying planes close to the park

Governor Mead Tours Landslide

April 28, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

Governor Matt Mead is touring the East Gros Ventre Butte landslide in Jackson today. Jackson Hole News and Guide says he is meeting with town and county officials for an open discussion at 2 p.m. at Town Hall. Town Council has approved $750,000 to stop the slide and are also asking for financial help from the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board and maybe even the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security

Avalanche Center Stopped Advisories Sunday

April 28, 2014 Bridger Teton National Forest, Jackson Hole Comments Off

The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center is shifting into offseason mode and isn’t giving daily advisories any more. Jackson Hole News and Guide says the center will continue to track avalanche, weather and snow data. The last on the tracked was the wet slab triggered Ferry Peak avalanche east of Alpine Junction

Swinging Bridge Closes Today

April 28, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

The Snake River Swinging Bridge is closing today for construction crews to complete repairs they started last fall. Jackson Hole News and Guide says officials don’t know what time the bridge will reopen, but traffic will definitely be able to drive across tomorrow morning. Drivers should use the southern access to Henry’s Road just north of the KOA campground on Highway 89 as a detour today

Crews Remove Pump House and Add Concrete to Stop Jackson Landslide

April 25, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

– Jackson is still bustling as construction crews work to stop the landslide destroying homes and businesses. Jackson Public Works is trying to salvage equipment from the town’s pump house including fans and fixtures. The plan is to completely remove all remains of the pump house and then fill the hole with concrete to add weight to the toe of the slide. Crews have added 6 million pounds of concrete to the toe since April 23.

Murie Center Hires New Director

April 25, 2014 Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Comments Off

Grand Teton National Park’s Murie Center board is hiring career environmentalist Paul Hansen as its new executive director. Hansen has been living in Jackson for seven years and has a background in environmental protection, wildlife science and conservation management. Jackson Hole News and Guide says Hansen is taking the reins of his new job May 5.

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