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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

September 17, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Idaho, Swan Valley Comments Off
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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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  • Hauling hay makes me consider ATVs - July 28, 2014
    In my days in the mountains, I’ve seen some horse wrecks that probably should have turned my hair gray prematurely. I’ve had horses go lame on me deep in the backcountry. And I’ve been awakened in the night to the sound of thundering hooves receding down the trail toward the trailer. None of those situations […]
  • Red Flag Warnings In Effect; Isolated Thunderstorms Possible Across Southeast Wyoming - July 25, 2014
    The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for parts of central and south-central Wyoming through today.  With drier conditions and breezy to gusty winds, there is an increased risk for initiation and the spread of wild fires.  Temperatures will remain quite warm to hot, with highs in the 80′s to low 90′s for […]
  • Diapers weren’t a magic bullet for staying cool - July 25, 2014
    I promised you yesterday that I’d test a new product to see how well it works to keep you cool when the temperatures climb toward triple digits.   In case you missed it, yesterday I talked about seeing an ad on TV for a new type of training pants. The ad said, and I quote, […]
  • 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 […]

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