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NTSB Probes Jackson Hole Plane Crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board has disclosed some initial findings into its investigation of the crash of a small plane in Grand Teton National Park last Wednesday.  NTSB Air Safety Investigator Zoë Keliher says the occupants of the RV7 aircraft, Russell and Carol Kamtz, had flown from Montana to the Jackson Hole Airport where they … Continue Reading

GTNP Visitation Soars

September 13, 2013 Grand Teton National Park, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Statistics posted by the National Park Service indicate visitation to Grand Teton National Park for recreation last month increased nearly 4% from the August last year.  According to the report from the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics office, … Continue Reading

Grizzly Bears Share The Forest This Fall

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Stern warnings are being sent out regarding the chances of encountering a grizzly bear during outdoor activities this fall.  But while news releases sent out by the area’s national forests, national parks and both the Idaho and Montana wildlife departments telling of a low yield in the whitebark pine crop this year, Spokesman Gregg Losinski says plenty of other foods that bears like … Continue Reading

Loveland Couple Dies In Plane Crash

September 12, 2013 Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Teton County Comments Off
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A Loveland, Colorado couple was killed when their single-engine private plane crashed shortly after noon at Jackson Hole Airport, virtually disintegrating on impact.  67 year-old Russell Kamtz and his 65 year-old wife Carol died when their small, experimental aircraft unexpectedly nose-dived to the ground on the western perimeter of the airport.  They are survived by two adult children.  Grand Teton National Park Spokesperson Jackie Skaggs describes the plane as

an experimental, low-wing RV7 aircraft.  Details of the crash are still under investigation. The crash site was located west of the airport’s single runway, near Spring Gulch Road.  Units from the airport, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Grand Teton National Park responded to the crash, but there was no fire.  Jackson Hole Airport is located within Grand Teton National Park.

Rangers Investigate Apparent Suicide

September 11, 2013 Grand Teton National Park, State of Wyoming, Teton County Comments Off
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Grand Teton National Park rangers discovered the body of a 55 year-old Winter Park, Florida man Monday morning.  Alberto Ortega’s body was discovered at Windy Point turnout on the Teton Park Road; apparently the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot to his head. Rangers are conducting … Continue Reading

Students Ascend The Grand

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A group of Jackson Hole High School students last weekend enjoyed high achievement.  Members of the high school’s Mountaineering Club led by Garrick Hart and Trevor Deighton in a partnership with … Continue Reading

Lightning Sparks New Fires In Jackson Hole

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The series of storms that rolled through Jackson Hole over the weekend sparked at least seven small wildfires that were quickly suppressed by Teton Interagency Fire personnel.  Grand Teton National Park Fire Communication and Education Specialist Tracy Weaver says however, others could still turn up as sleeper fires from other strikes.  She says … Continue Reading

New National Park Health Initiative Successful

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Grand Teton National Park and St. John’s Medical Center declare a successful first season for their Active Trails Wellness program, focused on park-based activities. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, over 350 local participants logged time … Continue Reading

Reservoirs Now Critically Low

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Storage of water in the major storage reservoirs of the Upper Snake River Basin is graphically low now as drought conditions continue into the end of the growing season in southern Idaho.  According to the Bureau of Reclamation, the system collectively is at only 15% of its storage capacity, although some of the reservoirs are incredibly low.  West of Pocatello, the American Falls reservoir is now … Continue Reading

Delays at Jackson Lake Dam

September 9, 2013 Grand Teton National Park, State of Wyoming, Teton County Comments Off
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A brief travel closure on the section of Teton Park Road that crosses over Jackson Lake dam in Grand Teton National Park will occur tomorrow and Thursday between 7:30 and 8:30 am and last 30 to 45 minutes.  The brief closure is scheduled to accommodate the staging of materials needed for routine maintenance on a section of Jackson Lake dam.

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