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Reservoirs Being Depleted

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As the drought out west continues, the Bureau of Reclamation continues its draft of reservoirs around the Upper Snake River Basin including Jackson Lake and Palisades Reservoir.  Currently, Jackson Lake is reported to have dropped to 47% of its storage capacity while Palisades is now at a disquieting 13% of capacity.  Altogether, the reservoir system on the Snake and Henry’s Fork Rivers is at 24% of its capacity with about a month of growing season yet to go.

A Second Grizzly Attack in 2 1/2 Weeks

August 15, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Idaho Comments Off
angry bear

Another incident involving a grizzly bear in the Island Park area was reported Thursday.  Officials on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest report that two contract technicians collecting habitat information surprised a grizzly bear west of Island Park Reservoir about noon.  Spokesman Gregg Losinski says the bear charged the two men and … Continue Reading

Berry Hunters May Find Bears Too

Huckleberries

Huckleberries are a special treat in this part of Wyoming, but people aren’t the only ones looking for the wild berries – bears love them, too. Wildlife biologist Erin Edge with Defenders of Wildlife says surprise encounters aren’t good for either party, so berry hunters need to be … Continue Reading

Local Firefighters Head To Fires Elsewhere

fire team

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

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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

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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.

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