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Wildfire Doused On Mormon Row

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Interagency firefighters aided by a unit from Teton County Fire/EMS doused a brush fire Wednesday night on Mormon Row, after lightning sparked the blaze shortly before 6:00 pm.  Grand Teton National Park Fire Communication and Education Specialist Tracy Weaver says the fire was about … Continue Reading

Vehicle vs.Wildlife Deaths Increase

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Wildlife deaths from vehicle collisions are on the rise in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. That’s according to records obtained by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. KUWR in Laramie spoke with the group’s executive director, Jeff Ruch, who told them … Continue Reading

Keep Priorities Straight In Back Country Emergencies

Rescue

Over the past month, there have been several cases in northwestern Wyoming of hikers becoming lost and hence, the subject of searches by local search and rescue groups.  Most were not prepared to spend an extended period of time out.  Michael Jarnevic is an Army Special Forces medic who says TV reality shows … Continue Reading

Grizzly Relocated From Lizard Creek Area

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The grizzly bear that had been loitering around the Lizard Creek Campground through last weekend has been  captured and relocated northwest of Grand Teton National Park in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The 212-pound, 3-to-4 year-old grizzly bear had been … Continue Reading

Boating Curtailed Soon At Jackson Lake

CB Boat Ramp

The draw down at Jackson Lake is quickly taking its toll on boating at the lake with some of the marinas and ramps becoming unusable now.  Park Spokesperson Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles points out that while there is now specific closing date for Colter Bay Marina, advisories are being sent out to … Continue Reading

Bears Invade Campgrounds

Bear Warning

A grizzly bear caused problems for a time at one of Grand Teton National Park’s campgrounds through the weekend.  According to park officials, the bear was frequenting Lizard Creek Campground on the north end of the park and was repeatedly hazed from the facility.  Park officials say it did not receive food rewards and didn’t interact directly with campers.  Camping at Lizard Creek was restricted to hard-sided camping only until the bear finally left the area of its own accord Monday.  At the same time, a black bear has forced the closure of two back country sites at Leigh Lake for the week.  It is hoped that bear will simply move on as well.

Sec. Jewell Defends Interior Department Budget

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told reporters yesterday that the activities of the Department of Interior contributed $371-billion to the US economy in 2012 and supported 2.3-million jobs in such activities as outdoor recreation and tourism, energy development and grazing and timber harvest.  However, she quickly points out that … Continue Reading

New Fires Quickly Doused

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Teton Interagency Fire Personnel doused two fire starts Wednesday afternoon.  One shortly after 4:00 pm involved a single tree in the Colter Bay Campground.  The park report indicates that the fire was human-caused.  Park officials say the incident was not the result of an escaped fire but may have stemmed from an equipment malfunction.  The second fire was … Continue Reading

WGA Seeks Reauthorization of Federal Program

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The Western Governors’ Association recently urged reauthorization of the Federal Lands Transfer Facilitation Act. The group says it supports reauthorization because the act helps resolve the “checkerboard” land ownership pattern in the West that hinders effective management of federal and state lands. Under the WSCLA proposal, states would have the right to … Continue Reading

Local National Park Lodges Spotlighted

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CNN Travel this week spotlighted 18 outstanding lodges tucked inside the national parks as listed in Travel and Leisure Magazine.  Two of them are very familiar to locals living in this part of Wyoming.  The obvious inclusion was … Continue Reading

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  • Start honing your archery skills now - July 23, 2014
    Don’t just let that bow sit in the closet or out in the garage all summer. Dust off the case, take the bow out and get some practice. There are dozens of archery ranges around the state where you can practice shooting in the off season. If you don’t know where the one closest to […]
  • Body of Overdue Hiker Found in Grand Teton National Park - July 23, 2014
    The body of an overdue hiker was discovered Tuesday afternoon near the mouth of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park. Park officials report that Will Cornyn, 36, of San Francisco, Calif. was found below a steep cliff band near Inspiration Point. Cornyn had been reported overdue by his girlfriend on Monday when he did […]
  • Wyoming Sees Increase in Whooping Cough - July 22, 2014
    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, […]
  • Digital age flattens the learning curve - July 22, 2014
    If you’re thinking you want to get some photographic evidence of the time you spend outdoors, now’s a great time to buy a camera. The prices on digital cameras has fallen a lot since I started shooting, and there are some fantastic cameras out there for very decent prices. I’m not a big fan of […]

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