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.
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
Cool And Still Breezy At Times - November 20, 2014 High pressure will be the main weather feature across much of the state today. Expect partly to mostly sunny skies, mainly dry weather conditions, and near or slightly above normal temperatures. Winds, however, could still be breezy to gusty at times. Expect gusting between 35 and 50 mph across central and southeastern Wyoming this morning […]
Don’t commercialize hunting - November 20, 2014 The state of New Jersey is dealing with a huge whitetail deer overpopulation problem. To get more people to get out and hunt those deer, and hopefully bring the population down to a more manageable level, the state is toying with the idea of allowing the commercial sale of meat from wild deer. It’s a […]
Mostly Sunny And Seasonal, Still Windy At Times - November 19, 2014 High pressure will continue to build over the state of Wyoming today. Expect sunny to mostly sunny skies and mainly dry conditions for much of the state. The one exception will be in far northeastern portions of the state, where early flurries or light snow showers are possible. Winds will also be breezy to gusty […]
The cold finally got the ducks moving - November 19, 2014 If you’re like me, you welcomed last week’s cold snap. High temperatures in the single digits and lows colder than 10 below are welcome conditions for duck hunters. Throw in a little snow, and it’s just an added bonus. And reports show that this cold snap did exactly what we were hoping for. It got […]
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