Teton County developers’ fees increased drastically this week and are taking effect May 1. Teton County Housing Authority director Christine Walker says the fees represent the cost to build housing, what people can afford to pay and either purchase or rent. Some fees rose as high as 900 percent
A tax policy research group says Wyoming residents had the lowest state and local taxes in the country in 2011. Wyoming paid 6.9 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes that year according to the Tax Foundation report. The national average for state tax burden for 2011 was 9.8 percent.
The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance has a new Community Planning Director who is in charge of planning the community’s economics, growth and conservation. Mary Gibson is an Oregon State University graduate and has more than three decades of experience working as a strategic planner for the Port of Portland and as a Flood Risk Map Program Coordinator for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. She also worked as an independent consultant as the principle of Sisters Planning Consulting and MWG, LLC.
Ski season in Jackson is over and it’s time to go boating. The bathrooms at Wilson Bridge river access are reopening for the season April 15. The Snake River Fund says they are opening two public bathrooms as well as trash and recycling cans.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is testing private wells in Hoback this week to find if benzene, the chemical detected in Hoback Market’s well, is found in others nearby. Hoback Market’s tap water had 60 times the maximum amount of benzene allowed when it was tested in March. Benzene is a compound found in gasoline and other sources that can cause anemia and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you live or have a cabin in Island Park, prepare for a power outage. Fall River Electric says there will be an electrical service outage in the Macks Inn and Big Springs areas of Island Park today starting at 1p.m. About 500 homeowners and businesses will be affected. It’s scheduled to last about four hours.
The National Park Service and the State of Montana will prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement on the future of managing wild Yellowstone bison. The new agreement allows the agencies to look at creating a new plan to replace the existing Interagency Bison Management Plan. That plan’s purpose is to conserve wild Yellowstone bison, while reducing negative impacts of the bison on the public.
A U.S. Bureau of Land Management official says the government will need to repay $2.6 million to petroleum companies if the U.S. Forest Service decides not to allow gas drilling in the Wyoming Range next year. The BLM sold the leases of the 65-square mile area to petroleum companies in 2005. If the Forest Service rejects drilling, the lease-holding companies will need to get their money back.
It’s time to pole, pedal and paddle in Jackson Hole this Saturday at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This year it’s a four event race and contestants can compete by themselves or in teams. The race has four legs…alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, bicycling and boating. The event is raising money for the non-profit Jackson Hole Ski& Snowboard Club to help kids afford Alpine, Freeride, Nordic and snowboard programs
A 25-year-old Jackson woman had to be rescued by helicopter after injuring her knee skiing in Targhee National Forest this weekend. Teton County Under-sheriff says Search and Rescue picked up Bree Buckley from a hillside near Battleship Mountain
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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