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Visitation Up In Yellowstone

YNP Winter

Visitation statistics are in for the first month of the year in Yellowstone National Park and they show 2014 starting off with nearly an 8 ½% increase in recreational visitors to the park – and over 3% overall.  That translates to nearly 2000 more people through the park’s entrances in January than entered the park last January.  Meanwhile, … Continue Reading

Streeper Maintains Solid Lead In IPSSSDR

February 6, 2014 State of Wyoming, Sublette County Comments Off
streeper dogs

With the completion of the fifth leg of the 19th annual International Stage Stop Sled Dog Race through an area north of Pinedale, Musher Blain “Bud” Streeper remains solidly in first place with a composite time of 13 hours, 20 minutes.  Behind him is John Stewart of Scotland with 13 hours, 48 minutes.  Streeper and Stewart have been among … Continue Reading

Treasured Pet Survives The Elements

Pikachu

Here’s a story with a happy ending. Six months of heartbreak came to an end this week for a man who had been bicycling through the area in August with his cat, Pikachu, and camped in Grand Teton National Park.  Austin, Texas resident Ted Brady says on August first, a lightning storm frightened his feline companion, causing him to run off into the forest.  Brady was forced to return home alone after weeks of fruitless searching.  Then Monday, … Continue Reading

Special Olympics State Winter Games Under Way

February 5, 2014 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County Comments Off
Special Oly

The first of two days of competition is under way today for the Special Olympics Wyoming 2014 Winter Games, taking place in Jackson Hole.  Among today’s activities are time trials and races in Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Teton Pines, and Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  The day is to be wrapped up with a victory banquet at Snow King Resort this evening.  Competitions are to wrap up early tomorrow afternoon.

Farm Bill Containing PILT On To White House

Sen John Barrasso

The US Senate yesterday passed the long-debated farm bill on a margin of 68 to 32 and sent it to President Obama for his signature.  Contained in that bill are measures to help protect farmers from impacts of environmental events, trim the food stamp program, and provide funds for agricultural research programs.  However, Wyoming Senator John Barrasso points out the bill as passed also contains funds to continue the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program for states and … Continue Reading

Congressional Study: ESA Needs Reform

February 5, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off
ESA

There is room for improvement to the 40 year-old Endangered Species Act.  That is the finding of a Congressional working group which released its conclusions in a report yesterday.  That report states, “After more than 40 years, sensible, targeted reforms would not only improve the eroding credibility of the Act, but would ensure it is implemented more effectively for species and people.”  Such reforms would include … Continue Reading

Streeper Leads IPSSSDR But Teasley Moves Up

February 5, 2014 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Sublette County Comments Off
IPSSSDR Lander

While Jackson Hole’s Stacey Teasley won the Lander leg of the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race yesterday, Blaine “Bud” Streeper of British Columbia remains in first place overall with a lead of 27 minutes over second place John Stewart of Scotland.  Streeper is a regular to the IPSSSDR, and he explains … Continue Reading

Jackson Students Take 2nd In Model UN

February 5, 2014 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County Schools Comments Off
model UN

Sixteen Jackson Hole High School students took second place in the 30th annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference at the University of Pennsylvania last week.  According to a school district news release the students participated in four intense days of … Continue Reading

A State Cookie?

February 5, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off
chocolate chip cookies

You know it had to happen.  Wyoming has a state bird – the Western Meadowlark, it has a state flower – the Indian Paintbrush, it has a state tree – the Plains Cottonwood, it even has a state dinosaur – the Triceratops.  It was only a matter of time before a bill would be introduced to establish an official state……cookie. The bill is enough to … Continue Reading

Winter Tour Permit Application Time Extended

February 4, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off
snowmobilers

Changes to the application process have led to an extension of the application period for those concessioners wanting to provide snowmobile or snowcoach tours into Yellowstone National Park beginning next year.  Park Spokesman Al Nash says the changes were in response to … Continue Reading

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  • Warmer on Friday, But Showers & Thunderstorms Are Expected For Parts of Wyoming - April 18, 2014
    Temperatures will be warm today, with highs mostly rising to the 60′s and 70′s statewide (slightly cooler across the western valleys and higher terrain).  Expect rain showers and thunderstorms to move into the western third of the state, while the rest of Wyoming see sunshine into this afternoon.  Scattered rain showers and pop-up thunderstorms will […]
  • A lunar eclipse, and me without my camera - April 18, 2014
    Monday night, or more accurately early Tuesday morning, there was a total lunar eclipse. And being the experienced nature photographer I am, you’d think I was ready with my camera. But you’d be wrong. The last total lunar eclipse visible in Wyoming was way back in 2009, if I’m not mistaken. So I’ve been looking […]
  • 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 […]
  • Back to normal at the trap range - April 17, 2014
    By some strange luck, I shot really well last week in our trap league. But last night, I didn’t do so well. Not even close. The thing about shooting trap is that you’re bound to have good rounds once in a while. Those good nights give you hope that you’re improving. For some people, that […]

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