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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

bear trap

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

Jewell

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

WGA

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

Jenny-Lake-Lodge

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

GTNP Rangers Conduct Difficult Rescue

Much of Avalanche Canyon in Grand Teton National Park has no maintained trails, requiring hikers to bushwack through difficult terrain. (NPS photo)

Grand Teton National Park officials have released information about another rescue; this one in Avalanche Canyon. Five park rangers performed one of the more physically taxing ground based rescues in the last several years during Monday afternoon and evening. 61 year-old Carol Nielsen of Boulder, Colorado sustained an injury somewhere … Continue Reading

Pathway Additions Slated in GTNP

GTNP Pathway

The National Park Service has made final decisions regarding the next two phases of the Grand Teton National Park pathway system. These phases will extend the current network by 2.2 miles and improve safety for users of the existing segments. Park officials say the next pathway segment will … Continue Reading

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  • Very Windy in Many Areas, Developing Light to Moderate Snow - November 25, 2014
    The I-25 and I-80 corridors and adjacent roads throughout central, eastern and southern Wyoming will see very strong and gusty winds today.  Sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph likely for many areas with gusts to 60 mph or higher in the wind prone locations. Light to moderate snow shower activity will also be increasing […]
  • Tame that recoil - November 25, 2014
    You don’t have to put up with nasty recoil when you’re hunting. Even if you’re hunting our state’s bigger animals, like elk, moose, or even bison, today’s technology can take a lot of the sting out of your hunting rifle. A friend told me he developed a bad flinch while sighting in his .300 Win […]
  • Cold and Windy, Areas of Snow Too - November 24, 2014
    Wind will continue to be the biggest story and headache across Wyoming through about Wednesday.  Strong sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph will be likely across many areas with gusts to 60 mph or more at times, especially on Tuesday.  Mountain locations across the state will continue to see on and off periods of […]
  • Grand Teton elk hunt is under fire - November 24, 2014
    Two photographers from Teton County have filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., in an effort to stop the annual elk hunt that takes place in Grand Teton National Park. The Grand Teton hunt has already begun this year, and as far as I know, there are no plans to shut it down early. In fact, […]

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