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Scott Says Not All Turnouts Were Closed

October 21, 2013 Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott says contrary to reports of all the turnouts along US Highway 191 past the Tetons being barricaded; only selected parking areas were closed.  That, she said, had to do with … Continue Reading

GTNP Superintendent Measures Losses

October 18, 2013 Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott reports that the Park’s closure led to a catastrophic impact to the local economy, a loss of in excess of $150,000 in entrance fees, more than $160,000 in revenue for the National Park Association, and losses to … Continue Reading

Senator Enzi Speaks of Closure Effect On Teton County

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Senator Mike Enzi Thursday told Jackson Hole Radio that while the shutdown of the federal government and the resulting closure of the national parks was hard on the entire country, he is aware that it was particularly hard of residents here.  He says the whole state was affected by the government shutdown, but he is sure a lot of people in Teton County … Continue Reading

Government Facilities To Reopen

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With the last-minute vote of Congress last night, a default on federal loans was averted and the government shutdown ended.  The senate first voted with a bipartisan result of 81 to 18, and then the House voted 285 to 144 to put off the issue for three months – 144 votes against coming from the Republican side of the aisle. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, … Continue Reading

County Reaches Out To Park & Forest

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While the Town of Jackson is taking the President and Congress to task on the closure of the national parks and associated visitor facilities, Teton County is reaching out in attempts to support the federal employees who have been impacted by the shutdown.  County Commission Chairman Paul Vogelheim says those efforts began … Continue Reading

Barrasso Blasts Interior Department Closures

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Wyoming’s US Senator John Barrasso blasted the Department of Interior during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting yesterday for the agency’s barricading and blocking of sites he said have no reason to be shuttered.  Calling the actions “deplorable,” Barrasso held up photos of Grand Teton National Park as examples of … Continue Reading

Wyoming Hunting Proceeding Despite Shutdown

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says so far, the federal government shutdown has had minimal effect on access to lands throughout Wyoming for hunting.  Hunting on the National Forest continues although developed sites like campgrounds, offices and visitor centers are closed.  Bison hunting … Continue Reading

State Travel Commission Addresses Shutdown

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Just about the time northwest Wyoming was experiencing a very solid year for the tourism industry, Travel Commission Director Diane Shober says the federal government shutdown dealt a crippling blow to the season’s final weeks.  She says fall has turned into great season for driving visitation and the state has put a great deal of marketing effort into that.  She says … Continue Reading

GTNP Concession Employees Do Volunteer Work

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Grand Teton Lodge Company and Flagg Ranch Company, in partnership with Grand Teton National Park Foundation, encouraged local resort employees in the Park to do volunteer work in the park as part of … Continue Reading

GTNP Superintendent Explains Closure Measures

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Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott told reporters Tuesday morning that the decision to close down the park has been a “crushing experience” for park employees and administrators.  She says the directive from Washington has been to close the entire park, facilities, roads, trails, river access and turn-outs along the highway.  Scott says the closures are … Continue Reading

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    With continued growth in reported pertussis (whooping cough) cases this year, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is encouraging awareness of the disease and vaccination to help protect vulnerable residents, especially infants. Forty-three pertussis cases have been reported to WDH so far this year, compared to a total of 76 in 2013, 59 in 2012, […]
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