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St. John’s Plans to Choose New Trustee This Month

June 16, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

St. John’s Medical Center is looking for a replacement for departing trustee George Poore, but even after two hours of candidate interviews they still didn’t make a decision. Five valley residents applied, but board chairman Michael Tennican says they were all such strong candidates that they board just needed more time to make a decision. Jackson Hole Daily says hospital leaders are voting for the new trustee at their monthly board meeting June 26

Jackson’s Pools Close Early This Summer

June 16, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

Teton County and Jackson Parks and Recreation are cutting back pool hours because they don’t have enough lifeguards. Normally pools are open from 1 to 8 p.m. for family swim in the summer, but they are closing three hours earlier weekdays until August 29. Jackson Hole Daily says it’s so hard to find lifeguards because seasonal workers can’t find anywhere to live in the area. Parks and rec is offering a lifeguard certification course for anyone interested with a pretest June 1 at 6 p.m. and three classes from noon to 8 p.m. June 21, 26 and 2

Budge Drive Grant

June 13, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

Jackson officials say they’ll ask the state for a grant to help pay for the costs incurred from the Budge Drive landslide. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the town is seeking a $250,000 grant and may also seek mineral royalties which could be worth as much $8 million. An engineer had said it could cost between $8 million to $30 million to stabilize the hillside

Future of Jackson Schools

June 11, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

The future of Jackson schools will be debated tonight. Trustees are scheduled to vote on a range of issues including whether e-cigarettes should be banned from school and whether elementary school students should be tracked while on the bus. Trustees will also consider different options to fund benefits for the district’s employees. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the school district office.

 

Sage Grouse Future

June 10, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

The future of the sage grouse will be part of the discussion this week at the Western Governors’ Association meeting in Colorado Springs. The sage-grouse is found in 11 Western states and the he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide by next year whether to list the bird as an Endangered Species. That listing could affect farmers, ranchers and oil and gas developers. But  Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, said the nation should look to Wyoming as a guide.

Budge Drive Landslide Costs Up to $30 Million

June 5, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

The city of Jackson is being presented with permanent fixes for the Budge Drive landslide costing from $8 million to $30 million. Jackson Hole Daily says the best strategies when it comes to price and safety involve digging out the slippery clay across the entire 450 foot wide slide’s base and building a large permanent wall to hold it in place. Town Manager Bob McLaurin says they have already spent about $700,000 to fix the problem

Jackson High Students Sleep More and Get Higher Grades

June 5, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

Jackson Hole High School students are getting more sleep and higher GPAs because their school starts later in the day. Jackson Hole Daily says the school has been starting at 8:55 a.m. instead of 7:35 a.m. for almost two years. A study by the University of Minnesota says there are also fewer students showing up late, car wrecks and students falling asleep in class

Jackson Reclassifies Forest Service Property to Residential

June 5, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

Jackson is reclassifying 10 acres of U.S. Forest Service property to residential to address their pressing housing needs. Jackson Hole Daily says town and county leaders voted to change the property on North Cache Street and are writing new land use regulations that could take up to five years before residents can start building. The Forest Service has been planning to sell the property for a long time to remodel their old headquarters

Wind Whips Roof Off Jackson Hotel

June 4, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

Powerful winds ripped a new metal roof off of a Jackson Hole Hotel. Jackson Hole Daily says the roof of the 49er Inn and Suites flew off, landed in the parking lot and blocked part of Pearl Avenue. No one was injured, but hotel co-owner Steve Meadows says the roofing contractor hadn’t nailed down the west corner of the eaves before the project, in the $4 million remodel and expansion, was destroyed.

Sexual Assault Suspect Appears in Court

June 3, 2014 Jackson Hole Comments Off

A 29-year-old man appeared in the 9th Circuit Court on a sexual assault charge after missing his first appearance. Judge James Radda set the man’s bail at $10,000. Jackson Hole Daily says he was booked at Teton County Jail and later released. He’s scheduled for another court appearance for a preliminary hearing June 18

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