Grand Teton National Park road crews completed their annual spring plowing recently. They cleared a 15-mile stretch of Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake parking area and Signal Mountain Lodge. Teton Park Road is now melted down to pavement and is open for playing on anything without a motor. Road Crews are still clearing Jenny Lake scenic loop and other areas
Teton County school district officials are meeting for a budget workshop and board meeting at the district administrative office on Gregory Lane tonight at four and six o’clock. They will be talking about a 99-year ground lease, a new property tax formula, the calendar for the next school year and an audit of the special education program
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.
Hunters must be conservationists first - October 20, 2014 As hunters, it’s our responsibility to take care of the critters we hunt, as well as those we don’t. We have to obey the game laws. Police ourselves to be sure others respect the wildlife. And even offer suggestions to the Game and Fish Commission when we think there are better ways to ensure that […]
Quiet & Mainly Settled Weather Expected - October 17, 2014 High pressure will build over the area today, which will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry. Winds will also stay light to breezy and no significant gusting is expected. Temperatures become a touch cooler statewide, but will be closer to average. Daytime highs will be in the 50′s across the mountain […]
Wish list season is upon us again - October 17, 2014 Late October is a bad time of year for me. If I were independently wealthy, it wouldn’t be so bad. But I’m not. I’m a journalist, so it’s a little painful. It’s rough because this is when the Christmas catalogs start hitting the mailbox, and they’re chock-full of gear I wish I had. From the […]
Pleasant Autumn Weather Expected - October 16, 2014 Temperatures will be noticeably cooler and closer to average today due to a cool front that crossed through the state of Wyoming yesterday. We can also expect partly to mostly cloudy skies and breezy winds today, but conditions will remain mainly dry. Winds will gust between 15 to 25 mph. Daytime highs will reach the […]
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