Jackson residents are returning to their homes and owners to their businesses today because the Budge Drive landslide is slowing down so much. The Town of Jackson’s news release says the evacuation order will be lifted this morning at 8 for many who live or work in the Hillside Complex. Local News 8 says the town has already spent $600,000 of its $750,000 budget.
Jackson County Commissioners are telling residential developers they still won’t be allowed to build houses for a long time. Jackson Hole News and Guide says the old moratorium is ending in July unless commissioners vote to keep it in place. The freeze on residential building was created to keep developers from changing the county’s development capacity. The planning commission and county commissioners must hold public hearings before they can renew the freeze
Governor Matt Mead visited the Jackson landslide last week and says state and federal government might be able to help pay to stop the slide. Governor Mead says he knows at least seven agencies that can help shoulder the costs. Jackson Hole News and guide says the city is spending between $30 and $40,000 each day. Officials say the landslide only moved a tenth of an inch in the last 24 hours
Planning commissioners are trying to convince Teton County to approve an 80-foot cell tower on the hill above Swinging Bridge. The leases are running out on three 35-foot towers so all three short ones would be replaced by the big one. Jackson Hole News and Guide says the new tower is for AT&T and Verizon Wireless customers. If a tower extends into the skyline in Teton County it must be 20 feet or shorter so the new tower needs special approval
The Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton Interagency Fire staff is hosting an open house tomorrow at the Hoback Volunteer Fire Department to discuss the plan for the Hoback Fuels Reduction Project. Jackson Hole News and Guide says fire managers are reviewing maps and goals for the Lower Palmer fire in the Teton County Wildfire Protection Plan. They will be burning live and dead vegetation to protect people, property and natural resources
Jackson construction workers hung the Snake River pathway bridge’s last girder yesterday, but the pathway won’t be complete for another year. In September, County officials originally said the bridge would be ready this year, but they are trying to build further away from the highway which is causing setbacks. Jackson Hole News and Guide says the pathway will be built in the Highway 22 right-of-way until commissioners can arrange a land swap
The North Highway 89 Pathway is opening for public use today which is eight days before the scheduled May 1 opening date. Teton County Parks & Recreation will be sweeping the pathway this week as time allows. Elk use the same road for migration so The National Elk Refuge figures out when to open the pathway to people by how many elk have already migrated out of the refuge
Interagency fire managers are finishing the last phase of the Palmer portion of the Hoback Junction Fuel Reduction Project. Jackson Hole News & Guide says 150 acres near the spot where Hoback and Snake River join were burned to increase protected space for firefighters and to encourage sagebrush diversity. 400 acres were burned in Palmer Creek fall of 2012
The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance is announcing Community Engagement Coordinator Craig Benjamin is being promoted to Executive Director May 1. Conservation Alliance co-chair David Hardie says his group looked all over the nation for job candidates, but ended up hiring someone from home. Jackson Hole News & Guide says Benjamin graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor’s degree in public policy and from Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs with a Masters
County commissioners are moving forward on an eminent domain claim on riverfront property owner Rod Lewis’s land. Jackson Hole News & Guide says the county wants to own the land so it can replace an old bridge. WYDOT appraised Lewis’s third of an acre at just under $4,000 and recently offered $9,000. Lewis says his neighbor is asking $249,000 for an even smaller area of land
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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