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Teton County, Idaho Unemployment Rises

August 20, 2013 State of Idaho, Teton County, Teton Valley Comments Off
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Unemployment in neighboring Idaho appears to be on the rise, increasing from 6.4% in June to 6.6% in July.  It was the third straight monthly increase in the rate, which has risen a half percentage point since April. The worst county to find a job in the Gem State was Adams County where the unemployment rate was 15.4%.  Teton County, Idaho posted a 5.6% jobless rate – that’s up ½% from June.

Reservoirs Being Depleted

Burec

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

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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

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  • Very Mild And Windy Through Saturday, Cooler On Sunday - October 24, 2014
    High pressure will continue to be the main weather feature today and Saturday.  Expect minimal cloudiness and mainly dry weather conditions across much of the state.   Winds, however, will be strong today with gusts as high as 50 mph across wind prone areas.   Temperatures will also stay very mild and about 15 to 20 degrees […]
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    Not long ago, I saw a message on one of the hunting blogs I like to read. The writer wanted hunters to send in accounts of disasters they’d had in the field. I bet he got swamped with emails. Every hunter I know has had at least one calamity in the woods. If you hunt, […]
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    As high pressure strengthens, warmer air from southwestern portions of the nation will move into the region today.  Conditions will also stay mainly dry throughout much of the state, but winds will be strong and gusty.  Parts of I-25 (Colorado state line to Casper) and I-80 (Cheyenne to Rawlins) could see gusting as high as […]
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