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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

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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

Mascot Debate Put On Hold

July 10, 2013 State of Idaho, Teton County, Teton Valley Comments Off
Mascot

Don’t look for a decision to be made on the Teton High School mascot in Teton Valley, Idaho anytime soon.  The question was raised last month regarding the political correctness of “Redskins” as the high school mascot.  The school board Monday heard a considerable amount of … Continue Reading

Western Governors Would Pool Resources

July 5, 2013 State of Idaho, State of Montana, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Members of the Western Governors’ Association are beginning to talk about putting together a joint regional aerial fleet to fight fires in the western states.  Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper told reporters Tuesday that the idea was first brought up at the WGA meeting in Utah late last month.  Wyoming Governor Matt Mead agrees that … Continue Reading

LVE Members Elect Directors

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Customer/members of Lower Valley Energy elected their representation of the cooperative’s board of directors Thursday night.  Up for grabs were the seats representing District 2 which covers parts of Lincoln County and portions of Eastern Idaho, and District 5 which includes East Jackson and areas north of town.  When the votes were counted, Incumbent Fred Brog was reelected in District 2, and Challenger Bruce Egan unseated Dean Lewis who had represented District 5 since 1985. Board terms last three years.

Independence Day Travel May See Slight Decline

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With Independence Day coming up next week, travel experts are analyzing what tourism interests might expect in the days ahead.  AAA Auto Club is projecting nationwide; 40.8 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more from their homes for the holiday – down slightly from last year.  Specifically, the western states will see … Continue Reading

Western Governors Worry About Drought

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The Western Governors’ Association is again voicing concerns about the persistent drought conditions over the western states documented in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s “Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook.”  The WGA points out that … Continue Reading

Jackson Lake Draw-down Begins In Earnest

Jackson Lake Dam

Representatives of the Bureau of Reclamation are visiting with National Park and National Forest officials and fishing and river rafting interests by phone today as the drafting of water from Jackson Lake has begun in earnest over the past 48 hours.  Reclamation Water Operations Manager Mike Beus of the Minidoka Project says as the fields are drying out more downstream, … Continue Reading

Gasoline Price Drops Nationally, Rises Locally

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Gasoline prices nationwide appear to be slowly declining once again, according to statistics published on the AAA Auto Club Fuel Gauge Report.  That report indicates the national average is currently $3.56-point-7 per gallon of unleaded regular – five cents lower than it was one week ago.  Wyoming, in the meantime, … Continue Reading

Mascot Not Immediately Eradicated

June 15, 2013 State of Idaho, Teton County, Teton Valley Comments Off
Mascot

Not surprisingly, reaction from the community to Teton School District 401’s proposal to abandon the Redskins mascot has been passionate and mixed.  Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme says for the time being the proposal will be put on hold until the school board next meets July 8th and the public can offer its input.  Woolstenhulme says … Continue Reading

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  • Hauling hay makes me consider ATVs - July 28, 2014
    In my days in the mountains, I’ve seen some horse wrecks that probably should have turned my hair gray prematurely. I’ve had horses go lame on me deep in the backcountry. And I’ve been awakened in the night to the sound of thundering hooves receding down the trail toward the trailer. None of those situations […]
  • Red Flag Warnings In Effect; Isolated Thunderstorms Possible Across Southeast Wyoming - July 25, 2014
    The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for parts of central and south-central Wyoming through today.  With drier conditions and breezy to gusty winds, there is an increased risk for initiation and the spread of wild fires.  Temperatures will remain quite warm to hot, with highs in the 80′s to low 90′s for […]
  • Diapers weren’t a magic bullet for staying cool - July 25, 2014
    I promised you yesterday that I’d test a new product to see how well it works to keep you cool when the temperatures climb toward triple digits.   In case you missed it, yesterday I talked about seeing an ad on TV for a new type of training pants. The ad said, and I quote, […]
  • I’ll try anything to stay cool in the summer - July 24, 2014
    I recently saw an advertisement for a product that’s sure to be a big hit with outdoorsmen. Especially those of us who stomp around in the woods when the temperatures climb into the nineties. Last weekend, I found myself sitting in jeans, boots, a long-sleeved shirt and a cowboy hat at Cheyenne Frontier Days. While […]

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