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$44 Million School Budget Approved

July 17, 2014 Teton County Comments Off

School trustees in Teton County approved a budget of nearly $44 Million without public comment and little objection, according to the Jackson Hole News and Guide. The district spent less than anticipated in the previous fiscal year, leaving a balance of $5.7 million. This year the district will replace aging computers, pay higher insurance rates, and increase staffing at Davey Jackson and Colter Elementary schools to pay for growth in the student population

Plan to Improve Energy Efficiency

July 17, 2014 Teton County Comments Off

The National Park Service is taking comment on a plan to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy production systems at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch. The proposal includes energy infrastructure improvements in order to conserve energy and water, reduce waste, and expand the solar energy system, and add monitoring systems as well. Comments can be made online at parkplanning.nps.gov

Jackson Town Officials Disagree About Landslide

July 11, 2014 Jackson Hole, Teton County Comments Off

Could the Jackson landslide have been prevented? Discussion is continuing on when Jackson town officials learned about Budge Drive’s unstable hillside. Teton County Assessor Dawn Johnson tells Jackson Hole Daily she thinks residents told town officials in December. City-county Planning Director Tyler Sinclair and Town Manager Bob McLaurin say they didn’t know about it until right before the slide

Jackson Lake Dam Equipment Breaks Causing Managers to Release More Water Than Needed

July 9, 2014 Teton County Comments Off

Jackson Lake Dam’s water level monitor broke down for the last several days. Snake River Basin water managers reacted by boosting water release from 1,800 cubic feet per second to 2,500. Jackson Hole Daily says it was only at 98 percent so the dam could have taken in more water without overflowing. The bureau’s Upper Snake Basin water operations manager Mike Beus says they will keep the flow at 2,500 cfs because of larger than normal inflows

Pocatello Pimp Passes Through Second Round of Hearings

July 7, 2014 Teton County Comments Off

A Pocatello man accused of forcing an 18-year-old woman into prostitution is going through a second round of hearings in the 9th Circuit Court and receiving a more lenient bail. Jackson Hole Daily says 31-year-old Jonathan Massoletti is being charged again with first degree human trafficking in order to push back the deadline for a speedy trial. He’s not being accused of a second crime, but being charged with the same crime twice to give prosecutors more time to gather all the evidence they need. Massoletti’s bail was $50,000 cash only, but can now be paid with a surety bond

Cops Write Tickets for Bikers Who Skip Stop Signs

July 3, 2014 Jackson Hole, Teton County Comments Off

A Jackson cyclist got hit by a truck, but the truck driver wasn’t the one who got a ticket. The biker was cited for running a stop sign. Luckily, the 18-year-old didn’t get hurt in the collision, but officers gave her a $120 ticket to make her an example of why bikers need to obey stop signs. Jackson Hole Daily says officers are actively looking for and ticketing bikers who disobey stop signs

Commissioners Approve 80 Foot Cell Tower and Fake Tree to Hide It

July 3, 2014 Teton County Comments Off

Teton County commissioners voted unanimously to override an old law limiting structures in Jackson to 20 feet in height and to approve a new 80 foot cell tower. The tower is on a mostly bare hillside over the valley’s south entrance and improves phone service to Verizon and AT&T customers on Highway 89 and nearby homes. Jackson Hole Daily says the county is also putting up an 80 foot fake conifer tree to hide the tower

County Commissioners Consider Pathway Placement

July 2, 2014 Teton County Comments Off

County commissioners are deciding whether an important pathway from Jackson to Wilson should go under Highway 22 or beside it. County engineers proposed a path following the highway’s northern right of way from Emily’s Pond to the Skyline Ranch subdivision with an underpass to its south side. Other staff members proposed running the path from Emily’s Pond to Teton Science School on the north side for the entire way. Jackson Hole Daily says commissioners needed easements from Walton Ranch to finish the project, but it could take years so they decided to build the connector as soon as possible

Teton County Replaces Spring Gulch Intersection…Again

July 2, 2014 Teton County Comments Off

Teton County’s engineer is releasing plans for a larger intersection between Spring Gulch Road and Highway 22 because the one built just a few weeks ago isn’t big enough for tractor trailers. County engineer Sean O’Malley tells Jackson Hole Daily they changed the intersection to slow traffic enough so pedestrians and bikers could cross safely, but now tractor trailers longer than 70 feet don’t have enough room to turn. O’Malley says the new design will have a narrow exit lane to keep truckers under 24 m.p.h. and should cost about $100,000

Water Managers React to Low Runoff Levels in Snake River

June 30, 2014 Teton County Comments Off

Snake River water managers are changing plans to react to the low level of snowmelt runoff after expecting much more water this summer. Bureau of Reclamation manager Mike Bues says they were planning on 6,000 cubic feet per second in late June, but the dam never broke 2,000 and will probably stay below that rate into the fall. Bues says Jackson Lake is 97 percent full and is expecting to be able to maintain the low release rate into September

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