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.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is going to be talking about highway expansion, the Hoback River bridge and the landslide during their informational meeting today. Jackson Hole Daily says WYDOT reps are creating a six-year schedule for its transportation improvement program. The public is encouraged to come and weigh in on the issues this morning at 10:30 at WYDOT’s offices below South Park on Evans Road
Jackson’s Teton County Prosecutor’s Office says a Pocatello man is being charged with human trafficking a teenage woman in Jackson, Wyoming and Washington state. The Associated Press says Jonathan Massoletti is being tried in court July 8 for setting up over 100 sexual encounters with the teenager. He was originally arrested for drunk driving, but on further investigation police officers learned one of the women with him was a prostitute. If Massoletti is convicted he could spend up to 50 years in jail
Yellowstone National Park is swarming with earthquakes with dozens tipping the seismograph scales. University of Utah Seismograph Station scientists say they recorded five small quakes early yesterday morning south of Gardiner. Earthquake specialist Paul Roberson says there were 20 to 30 more in the area and says that number is normal for the Region
Jackson Hole Daily says Teton County Commission Administrator Steve Foster is resigning from his position at the end of the month. County Public Information Officer Charlotte Reynolds says Foster served as the commission administrator for the past five years and as the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Director for 10 years. County Commission Chairman Hank Phibbs says they are working on strategies to move forward without Foster
Teton County commissioners might be approving an 80 foot cellphone tower today to be built on top of a 300 foot hillside overlooking Hog Island. Jackson Hole Daily says the Squaw Creek tower is taller than the current law allows, but planning commissioners and county planning staff are still trying to get it approved. American Tower’s cell tower would improve service for AT&T and Verizon users south of town. Commissioners will probably make a final decision during their regular meeting this morning at 9.
A pilot was seriously injured after crashing his single-person plane in Yellowstone National Park yesterday. Local News 8 says the 54-year-old man wrecked south of the Gardiner, Montana airport just inside the park’s northern boundary. He was taken to the airport by ambulance and airlifted to a Bozeman hospital. Details of his current condition have not been released.
Three new candidates are joining the race for mayor in Jackson. Jackson Hole Daily says Geneva Chong, Stephen McDonald and Mark Nowlin all filed for the office before the Friday deadline. The other candidate running to replace Mayor Mark Barron is Sara Flitner who announced her candidacy earlier this year. The primary election is August 19 and the general is November 4
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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