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
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 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’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
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
A South Park gravel pit owner won a case against Teton County and Wyoming’s 9th District Court yesterday. Jackson Hole Daily says the county and court tried to limit the size of Roger Seherr-Thoss’ gravel business because neighbors were concerned about health and environmental issues. Seherr-Thoss will now only have limited regulations on his business from the Department of Environmental Quality
Teton County reported the highest unemployment rate of all Wyoming counties in May with a 5.7 percent. The Associated Press says Converse County had the lowest rate at 2.8 percent. The state unemployment rate rose from 3.7 to 3.8 percent in May
Teton County commissioners are not paying for improvements on Darby Canyon Road. Jackson Hole Daily says commissioners hoped to share the cost of repairs with a Girl Scout camp, U.S. Forest Service and Teton County, but decided not to give up the $7,000 to $16,000 for equipment. Teton County public information officer Charlotte Reynolds says it’s not a county road
Teton County is being awarded with $1.7 million through the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes program which is $1 million more than county officials were expecting. Jackson Hole Daily says the PILT program is managed by the U.S. Department of Interior. The organization distributed almost $437 million nationwide this year and contributes about five percent of Teton County’s base budget. PILT money comes from Interior Department fees from oil and gas leasing, livestock grazing, timber harvesting and other businesses operating on federal land
It’s not falling rocks endangering drivers on Teton Pass, it’s drivers endangering road workers trying to prevent falling rocks. Jackson Hole Daily says Wyoming Department of Transportation workers started repairing metal rock-fall netting on Highway 22 over the pass yesterday. WYDOT workers are knocking rock loose from the cliffs above the road, repairing the metal mesh and clearing out the ditches from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. every day. Drivers can expect 20 minute delays for most of the day until July 23.
Cooler Than Normal Temperatures Continue, Snow Possible Tonight - October 2, 2014 A strong Canadian cold front will cross through the state of Wyoming today. Rain showers will mix with and turn to snow in far northern parts of the state later this afternoon and continue into early tonight. Mixed showers will quickly turn to light snow for the rest of eastern Wyoming by this evening and […]
If you’re going to hunt rabbits, this is your year - October 2, 2014 The rabbit populations in the state are going crazy. I have a degree in zoology, so I feel I’m qualified to estimate the number of cottontails hopping around Wyoming. My best estimate is zillions. OK, so maybe my methods for determining the rabbit numbers aren’t exactly scientific. But there are a lot of ‘em. There […]
Colder Today With Rain Showers And Mountain Snow - October 1, 2014 A cold front and weather system will push through the state of Wyoming early today. Scattered rain showers will be possible statewide across lower elevations, but the best chance will be in northern and southeastern Wyoming. Rain showers could become heavy at times, especially in southeastern parts of the state in the afternoon and evening. […]
Today’s a big day for hunters in Wyoming - October 1, 2014 If you’re really serious about hunting, you’re probably not listening to this. Depending on where you are in the state, the sun’s either up already or sunrise isn’t far away. If you’re a die-hard hunter, you’re probably already hunkered down in a field waiting for the geese to come in, out in the timber trying […]
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