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Local Firefighters Head To Fires Elsewhere

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While wildfires in the Greater Yellowstone area have been fairly manageable this year for the most part, that has not been the case elsewhere in the Eastern Great Basin Geographic Area.  That is the fire coordination that encompasses this area as well as other forests and grasslands to the west.  In fact, considering the severity of the fires … Continue Reading

BPA Raises Power Rates

BPA

Bonneville Power Authority, the quasi-government agency that administrates power generation and distribution in the Pacific Northwest, has announced that it is increasing the wholesale power rate by 9% and the transmission line rate by 11% in the coming year.  Acting BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer explains … Continue Reading

Ketchum, ID Follows Jackson Lead For Air Service

August 12, 2013 Jackson Hole, State of Idaho Comments Off
Sun Valley Airport

As air service to Jackson Hole continues to grow, a group of citizens in Ketchum, Idaho are campaigning for a 1% increase to the local option tax there to seek funds to promote air service in their community. Having failed previously, the ballot measure will go before city voters again in … Continue Reading

Draw-Down of Area Reservoirs Drastic

Burec

Reservoirs in Western Wyoming and Eastern Idaho are showing the effects of a significant draw-down for irrigation downstream, but the irrigation season is far from over.  Before the season is over, Water Operations Manager Mike Beus of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Minidoka Project says two of the system’s reservoirs … Continue Reading

Teton Counties WY and ID Negotiate Fire Protection

August 5, 2013 State of Idaho, State of Wyoming, Teton County, Teton Valley Comments Off
Alta

Negotiations are under way between Teton County Idaho’s fire protection district and Teton County Wyoming for the continuation of fire protection of the Alta, Wyoming area out of the Driggs firehouse.  Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Willie Watsabaugh says the contract that is being renegotiated was originally drafted … Continue Reading

Snake River Basin Draining Fast

Palisades Empty

Reservoirs in the Snake River Basin continue to drain to startlingly low levels.  The boat ramp at Colter Bay Marina has already become unusable as the level of Jackson Lake continues to drop.  Bureau of Reclamation statistics indicate it is now at 61% of its capacity.  Farther downstream, … Continue Reading

Bear Researcher Bitten

July 30, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Idaho Comments Off
angry bear

A bear researcher collecting habitat data in the Island Park area was attacked and bitten by a grizzly bear yesterday.  Brett Panting of the Wildlife Conservation Society was in the Davis Lake area of Big Bend Ridge when the bear attacked.  The bear ran off after biting Panting, and other volunteers transported the researcher to Eastern Idaho Medical Center for treatment.

Recovered Osprey Released

Osprey Release

Teton Raptor Center released another osprey over the weekend that had been shot with a shotgun earlier this year in an undisclosed location in Idaho.  Raptor Center officials say for several weeks, the Osprey had been … Continue Reading

Wildfires Becoming More Numerous

Hardluck Fire

A surveillance flight by Bridger-Teton National Forest discovered a fire on the neighboring Shoshone National Forest Saturday which is burning on a ridge in the Washakie Wilderness north of Togwotee Pass.  Fire Management Officer Tim Klukas says the “Hardluck Fire” is burning in lodgepole pine and spruce fir with … Continue Reading

National Gasoline Prices Up, Local Prices Steady

gas pump

Jackson Hole Gasoline Prices have been holding relatively steady as national prices spiked by over 14¢ over the past week, and 21¢ over the same time last year.  According to the US Energy Information Administration, … Continue Reading

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  • Enzi Opens Campaign HQ in Cheyenne - April 17, 2014
    U.S. Senator Mike Enzi opened his official campaign headquarters in Cheyenne on Wednesday. Wyoming’s senior senator is seeking his fourth term in the Senate. There were rumors last year that Enzi would retire at the end of his current term and he admits it is something he thought about. “Anytime anybody’s getting ready to go […]
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  • Cowboy O-Line Being Told To Be the Hammer, Not the Nail [AUDIO] - April 16, 2014
    The Wyoming Cowboy football team will have one more practice before Saturday’s spring game.  The major focus this spring, at least for the offensive line, is to be more physical and deliver the blows.  As offensive line coach Scott Fuchs tells the unit, “be the hammer, not the nail”.  That’s a difference in philosophy between […]
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