Jackson formally unveiled several electric vehicle charging stations yesterday making it the first gateway community to Yellowstone National Park. Three of the four charging stations have already been installed on Town Square, Millward Street’s parking garage and Deloney Street parking area. Local News 8 says the fourth is going in at the Home Ranch parking lot
Local News 8 says the owner of a Jackson Hole guided ski touring service is asking Wyoming’s senators to stand up for his small business by putting pressure on the National Park Service. Eco Tours Adventures owner Taylor Philips says he sent a proposal for a concession business opportunity in Grand Teton National Park in 2013 and should have received the contract because his proposal was the best. NPS sent Philips $50,000 and awarded the contract to another business and Philips is now trying to get Senators Enzi and Barrasso to force NPS to give him the contracts
A lightning bolt sparked two wildfires Sunday including one in the Teton Range and another in Hoback Canyon. Jackson Hole Daily says both fires grew to only an acre in size and haven’t threatened any private property yet. Teton Interagency District’s fire danger rating is moderate and there are no campfire restrictions in place
Jackson town and county leaders appointed the general manager of Grand Teton Lodging Company Alex Klein to the Travel and Tourism Board. Klein and a few other candidates applied for the four open seats and three went to incumbents. Jackson Hole Daily says county commissioners and town councilors also reappointed three Energy Conservation Works board members
It’s not falling rocks endangering drivers on Teton Pass, it’s drivers endangering road workers trying to prevent falling rocks. Jackson Hole Daily says Wyoming Department of Transportation workers started repairing metal rock-fall netting on Highway 22 over the pass yesterday. WYDOT workers are knocking rock loose from the cliffs above the road, repairing the metal mesh and clearing out the ditches from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. every day. Drivers can expect 20 minute delays for most of the day until July 23.
The town of Jackson is asking the state for $4.75 million in grant money to stabilize the landslide that has damaged many homes and businesses in its wake. Town Manager Bob McLaurin says it will cost about $5.5 million to stabilize the hill. Local News 8 says Jackson town council unanimously approved the decision to ask for the money and begin work on building a wall at the base of the slide
Wyoming drivers should be on the lookout for animals crossing roadways because a black bear, pronghorn and deer have all been killed on National Park roads in the past five days. Jackson Hole Daily says the bear was hit on the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, the deer got ran over somewhere in the park and the pronghorn was found near the Jackson Hole Airport Junction. The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation says an average of 114 mule deer, 35 elk and 15 moose are killed by motorists in Teton County every year
The discussion continues on how much of Jackson’s money should be budgeted for law enforcement. Jackson Hole Daily says Town Council approved the 2014-2015 budget that includes a 10 percent increase in the town’s general operating fund over last year giving the police department an extra $300,000. Councilor Jim Stanford says the town needs a discussion because police funding has grown by 86 percent while social service funding has stayed flat since 2005. Town Manager Bob McLaurin says Stanford’s comparisons don’t explain the entire picture, but a town conversation is a good idea
Jackson Town Council is deciding to hold off on their law to keep unwanted phone books off of people’s doorsteps. Jackson Hole Daily says several publishers are promising to pick up unused phone books and stop their doorstep delivery for those who opt out. Vice President of Public Affairs for Local Search Association Wesley Young says they are waiting to see if publishers will follow through on their promises before making any major law changes
It sounds like the opening line to a bad joke…a construction worker and a priest got into a fight recently in downtown Jackson. Episcopal priest Reverend Ken Asel asked a Jackson Hotel construction worker to move his car out of the church parking lot and the construction worker put Asel in a headlock and threatened to kill him. Jackson Hole Daily says the construction worker was fired from his job and the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office along with Jackson police are still investigating the case.
Cool Temperatures With Showers And Thunderstorms Expected - August 22, 2014 A weather system will mix with moisture out of the Pacific to make shower and thunderstorm activity likely statewide today. Western and northern portions of the state have the best chance for widespread shower and thunderstorm activity, while the rest of the state will see spotty showers and thunderstorms. However, heavy rain and flash flooding […]
Honey-dos should be outlawed during hunting season - August 22, 2014 Let me preface this by saying I love my wife with all my heart. But it’s hunting season, and she keeps adding projects to my honey-do list. There should be some sort of marital rule that when hunting season starts, the only things that can be tagged onto to-do lists are drastic emergencies. We got […]
Isolated To Scattered Thunderstorms Possible Today - August 21, 2014 A fast-moving weather system will push through the state of Wyoming today. The best chance for thunderstorm activity today will be in western and northern parts of the state, where we will see widespread showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain and flash flooding possible. Central and eastern Wyoming will see mainly isolated thunderstorm activity later […]
I can’t wait for rabbit season - August 21, 2014 There are a lot of hunting seasons just around the corner. The archery antelope and black bear seasons are already under way, and the rifle seasons open for antelope and deer in about a week. Waterfowl season’s quickly approaching, too, and upland birds will be fair game before we know it. But this year, the […]
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