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Reservoirs Being Depleted

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As the drought out west continues, the Bureau of Reclamation continues its draft of reservoirs around the Upper Snake River Basin including Jackson Lake and Palisades Reservoir.  Currently, Jackson Lake is reported to have dropped to 47% of its storage capacity while Palisades is now at a disquieting 13% of capacity.  Altogether, the reservoir system on the Snake and Henry’s Fork Rivers is at 24% of its capacity with about a month of growing season yet to go.

Draw-Down of Area Reservoirs Drastic

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Reservoirs in Western Wyoming and Eastern Idaho are showing the effects of a significant draw-down for irrigation downstream, but the irrigation season is far from over.  Before the season is over, Water Operations Manager Mike Beus of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Minidoka Project says two of the system’s reservoirs … Continue Reading

More Lightning Fires Turn Up In NW Wyoming

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Teton Interagency firefighters responded Monday afternoon to two new fires on the northern end of Bridger Teton National Forest.  Additional firefighting resources are working on several other fires elsewhere on the forest.  At 4:15 pm, a fire was reported on Huckleberry Ridge in the Teton Wilderness of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, south of Yellowstone National Park. This fire is visible from Gros Ventre Junction and resources are traveling to the fire to determine the types of fuels or materials that the fire is burning, and the size of the fire. Firefighters were also called to a fire near … Continue Reading

Lightning Sparks Mini-Fires

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Thunderstorms that rumbled through the valley over the weekend brought with them lightning that sparked two small fires south of Salt Pass on the Grays River District and up the Mosquito Creek drainage on the Jackson District.  Fortunately, neither amounted to anything and they … Continue Reading

New Scenic Byway To Be Visited

July 26, 2013 Lincoln County, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Members of the Wyoming Department of Transportation Scenic Byway Committee will tour the proposed Highway 89 Scenic Byway Corridor on Tuesday, July 30th.  In 2011, the Star Valley Chamber of Commerce submitted an application to designate Highway 89 as a Scenic Byway from Geneva Junction to the Lincoln County Line in Snake River Canyon.  In October 2012, the Scenic Byway Advisory Committee gave the proposal an unanimous vote of support and now Star Valley Chamber officials say the committee will look at it first-hand.

Highway Patrol Increases Presence This Weekend

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With Independence Day falling in the middle of the week, traffic analysts plan to monitor a holiday period from Wednesday through Sunday.  That coincides with the period Lieutenant Tom Kelly of the Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Jackson office says troopers will be out in force.  Kelly says the officers will be looking to maintain … Continue Reading

START Bus Schedule Limited July 4th

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As to be expected, START Bus administrators have announced the service will run only one bus to and from Jackson on both its Star Valley and Teton Valley commuter routes on Thursday, July 4th. START Bus Administrative Coordinator Janice Sowder says … Continue Reading

LVE Members Elect Directors

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Customer/members of Lower Valley Energy elected their representation of the cooperative’s board of directors Thursday night.  Up for grabs were the seats representing District 2 which covers parts of Lincoln County and portions of Eastern Idaho, and District 5 which includes East Jackson and areas north of town.  When the votes were counted, Incumbent Fred Brog was reelected in District 2, and Challenger Bruce Egan unseated Dean Lewis who had represented District 5 since 1985. Board terms last three years.

Fuels Reduction Continues Near Alpine

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The Greys River Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest will be implementing the final stages of the Alpine Hazardous Fuels Project.  The Alpine Hazardous Fuels project consists of … Continue Reading

Unattended Campfires A Persistent Threat

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Unattended campfires continue to plague fire managers on the Bridger Teton National Forest as conditions continue to dry out and the fire danger continues to rise.  Over the weekend, Teton Interagency Fire personnel had to douse … Continue Reading

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