Former Jackson Town Council member Mark Obringer announced Monday he is running for the Teton County Board of Commissioners. Obringer served on the city council for almost 20 years and on the town planning commission for four. Jackson Hole News & Guide says he is the first Republican who is not an incumbent to declare for one of three contested county commissioner seats
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.
Windy At Times Today, Unseasonably Mild Through Saturday - October 23, 2014 As high pressure strengthens, warmer air from southwestern portions of the nation will move into the region today. Conditions will also stay mainly dry throughout much of the state, but winds will be strong and gusty. Parts of I-25 (Colorado state line to Casper) and I-80 (Cheyenne to Rawlins) could see gusting as high as […]
My new used truck may be the death of me - October 23, 2014 Not long ago, I brought home a 1994 Ford F-250. It’s not much to look at, but it’s even worse to drive. About the only things it has going for it are that it’s mechanically sound, and it’s technically a vehicle. I’ve named it Clunk, for good reason. When you shift it into either drive […]
Quiet, Seasonal Weather Expected Today - October 22, 2014 High pressure will build over the state of Wyoming today, which will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry. Winds, however, could be strong and gusty today, especially throughout central and southeastern portions of the state. Parts of I-80 (Cheyenne to Rawlins) and I-25 (Colorado state line to Casper) could see winds […]
Estimating range on waterfowl is easy - October 22, 2014 If you’ve done any goose hunting, you’ve probably heard the term “skybusting.” You may know it means shooting at birds that are out of your shotgun’s effective range, but do you know if you’re guilty of it? You can set up your decoys to minimize the risk of shooting at birds when they’re too far […]
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