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Palisades Dam Responds To Power Shortage

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The Bureau of Reclamation responded to an emergency demand from the Bonneville Power Administration to increase generation at Palisades Dam at Swan Valley, Idaho yesterday. Flows at the dam were increased from … Continue Reading

Caribou-Targhee Selling Christmas Tree Tags

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The Caribou-Targhee National Forest has announced that Christmas Tree tag sales are in full swing now for the holiday season.  Those tags are available at ranger district offices as well as a variety of vendor locations.  Those vendors include … Continue Reading

GTNP Studies Mountain Goat Intrusion

Mtn Goat

The National Park Service is beginning to develop a plan to analyze potential strategies for managing non-native mountain goat populations spreading through Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Park Spokesperson Jackie Skaggs says the assessment is intended to … Continue Reading

Caribou-Targhee NF Plans Burns

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Forest users of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest near the Palisades and Teton Basin Ranger Districts can expect to see fire activity through the forest area this fall as fire crews will be burning debris piles in multiple locations throughout each district.  Forest Spokesman Lynn Ballard says … Continue Reading

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

Snake River Basin Draining Fast

Palisades Empty

Reservoirs in the Snake River Basin continue to drain to startlingly low levels.  The boat ramp at Colter Bay Marina has already become unusable as the level of Jackson Lake continues to drop.  Bureau of Reclamation statistics indicate it is now at 61% of its capacity.  Farther downstream, … Continue Reading

Reservoir Drafting Slows

Jackson Lake Dam

Cooler, wet weather has slowed the draw-down of the reservoirs in the Upper Snake River basin this week.  Bureau of Reclamation officials have predicted that Jackson Lake will be seriously drafted this summer as … Continue Reading

Water Draw-down Significant This Year

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By the end of this summer, those boating in Palisades Reservoir may need wheels on their boats – well almost.  Reclamation Water Operations Manager Mike Beus of the Minidoka Project says the irrigation season has started with comparatively low levels in the major storage reservoirs of the Upper Snake River Basin.  Beus says … Continue Reading

Water Storage Less Than Last Year

Jackson Lake

With the end of May just days away, water reserves are low, but compare well with last year.  According to the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the state average snow-water levels in the river drainages average 56% of state median compared with 43% last year at this time.  However, even though … Continue Reading

Scouts Endorse More Open Membership Policy

Grand Teton Council

National Boy Scouts of America Thursday approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The vote endorsed the resolution which also emphasized that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration and so the original policy for adults remains in place. Grand Teton Council Chief Scout Executive Clarke Farrer says the newly passed policy … Continue Reading

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  • Warm With A Small Chance For Thunderstorms Today And Thursday - September 17, 2014
    A ridge of high pressure will be the main weather feature today, which will keep temperatures warm and slightly above normal statewide.  There will be a chance for showers and thunderstorms today as moisture out of the southwest creeps into state.  The best chance for thunderstorms today will be in far western parts of the […]
  • Carry a first-aid kit for your dog, too - September 17, 2014
    If you spend any time with your dog out in the field, you’ll eventually run into a situation where your dog needs some help. I was hunting the Table Mountain habitat management area several years ago with my friend Spike, and Spike’s German shorthair cut her front leg on a strand of barbed wire. It […]
  • Warm Again Today; Chance For Isolated Thunderstorms To The Northwest - September 16, 2014
    Another pleasant day is expected across the Cowboy state on this Tuesday.  Warmer temperatures and high pressure will allow for a summer-like day, with highs reaching into the 70′s and 80′s statewide.  Expect partly to mostly sunny skies for most regions, though some moisture will bring a chance for isolated thunderstorms to northern and northwest […]
  • Retaking hunter safety was a good idea - September 16, 2014
    My son Colby and I spent every night last week learning the difference between legal and ethical, a hangfire or a misfire, and the legal calibers for deer or elk. Those were just some of the topics covered in hunter education class. I’ve actually taken the class twice. I took it when I was Colby’s […]

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