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.
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.
Don’t lose your vision in the woods - October 21, 2014 I don’t have good eyes. Had I been born a hundred years ago, there would have been no help for me. Glasses can’t help me, so I’d have blind. I have to wear a special kind of contact lens, which wasn’t available in the days of Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone. But through the miracle […]
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 […]
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