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Consolidation Through Committee

Representative Ruth Ann Petroff’s bill to allow town and county voters to decide whether to consolidate their local governments was passed out of a Senate committee yesterday and is now headed to the Senate floor to be heard by the Committee of the Whole.  The Senate Corporations Committee approved the measure 4-1 Petroff says the first reading in the Senate is likely to take place next week.

Cigarette Rule Up In Smoke

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Ninth District Judge Tim Day has ruled that Teton County’s Smokefree Air Rule of 2009 is void and unenforceable.  The rule would have prohibited smoking from areas including sports arenas (except in designated areas away from the general public), chair lift lines, outdoor restaurant patios and decks, public transportation terminals, or … Continue Reading

Auxillery Elk Feeding

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For the past few weeks, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has established two temporary emergency elk feeding operations in northwestern Wyoming as a result of the recent severe winter conditions and potential for elk damage and livestock commingling.  One of those sites … Continue Reading

Paradise Valley Wolf Specialist Named

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has announced the assignment of a new wolf specialist to the Paradise Valley area north of Gardiner.  Abby Nelson will serve as the new Livingston-area and Regions 3, 5 and 7 wolf specialist after completing … Continue Reading

Senate Gives Initial OK To Land Sale

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After nearly a half hour of debate Thursday afternoon, the Senate has passed House Bill 156, the Transfer of Lands Bill, on first reading in the Committee of the Whole.  That bill would authorize the completion of the sale of approximately 1400 acres of land surrounded by … Continue Reading

Smokefree Rule Snuffed Out

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Ninth District Judge Tim Day yesterday ruled Teton County’s Smokefree Air Rule of 2009 to be void and unenforceable.  That rule would have prohibited smoking from areas including sports arenas (except in designated areas away from the general public), chair lift lines, outdoor restaurant patios and decks, public transportation terminals, or outdoor service lines. There rule also required … Continue Reading

Land Sale Debated In Senate

Leland

The Transfer of Lands Bill, passed by the Wyoming House last week, hits the floor of the Senate today.  Teton County Senator Leland Christiansen says it will be meeting a certain amount of opposition there, mostly tied to constitutional issues.  Christiansen says the state attorney general … Continue Reading

Comprehensive Planning Resumes

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The long-awaited comprehensive plan is soon to be put back on track as discussions resume beginning next week.  Town and County officials have retained a facilitator to help direct those discussions, and Jackson Mayor Mark Barron says the next meeting is set for February 15th.  The 2:00 meeting is open to the public.  Barron says he expects the final draft to be ready for adoption within the next several months.

Gasoline Prices Climb

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Gasoline prices may have spiked in Jackson Hole over the past week, but prices in the Cowboy State are still the lowest in the nation.  According to AAA Auto Club’s Fuel Gauge Report, the national average is currently $3.11 a gallon for unleaded regular while the state average is still $2.89.  Locally, gasoline prices average $2.95 per gallon in Jackson while the average in Teton Valley is three cents higher.

Exporting The Wyoming Way

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Wyoming’s US Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso have taken a page directly from the Wyoming legislature handbook and reintroduced a bill which would require each piece of legislation considered by the Senate be confined to a single issue – the same method the Wyoming legislature uses.  Enzi points to Wyoming as … 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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