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.
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 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 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
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 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
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
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
– 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.
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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I’ll try anything to stay cool in the summer - July 24, 2014 I recently saw an advertisement for a product that’s sure to be a big hit with outdoorsmen. Especially those of us who stomp around in the woods when the temperatures climb into the nineties. Last weekend, I found myself sitting in jeans, boots, a long-sleeved shirt and a cowboy hat at Cheyenne Frontier Days. While […]
Start honing your archery skills now - July 23, 2014 Don’t just let that bow sit in the closet or out in the garage all summer. Dust off the case, take the bow out and get some practice. There are dozens of archery ranges around the state where you can practice shooting in the off season. If you don’t know where the one closest to […]
Body of Overdue Hiker Found in Grand Teton National Park - July 23, 2014 The body of an overdue hiker was discovered Tuesday afternoon near the mouth of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park. Park officials report that Will Cornyn, 36, of San Francisco, Calif. was found below a steep cliff band near Inspiration Point. Cornyn had been reported overdue by his girlfriend on Monday when he did […]
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