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Pine Restoration Project

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The Buffalo Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest is seeking public input on a proposal to help restore whitebark pine in the South Fork Spread Creek drainage. Whitebark pine populations throughout the western United States have seen a dramatic decline in recent years due to mountain pine beetle.   The project, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana, would remove trees that are competing with whitebark pines, and create openings where new whitebark pine seedlings can become established. Thinning would be used to cut out small lodgepole pines in 35 year old clearcuts in order to release existing naturally-seeded whitebark pine, promote tree species diversity, and increase stand resistance to future mountain pine beetle outbreaks.  Comments on the proposed project will be accepted until February 17th and may be directed to Karl Buermeyer at the Blackrock Ranger Station in Moran, Wyoming.

Roadkill Up

January 25, 2011 Jackson Hole, KJAX 93.3FM, KMTN 96.9FM, KZJH 95.3FM, Teton County Comments Off
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If you have done much driving around Jackson Hole in the past month, no doubt you have seen more than one road-killed deer, elk or moose along the roadside.  Wyoming Game and Fish Spokesman Mark Gocke doesn’t have the statistical evidence, but from observations over the past several years, Gocke says he thinks the number of animals killed on the highway is higher than usual. Gocke says motorists need to be careful wherever they drive in the valley, but there are some areas that there always seems to be more activity than others. Gocke says it is important right now that drivers take it slow, pay attention and expect to see animals – especially at night or early morning.    

The Big Sled Dog Race

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Take the past 15 years of the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Races and put them together and it still won’t hold a candle to what is to be witnessed for number 16 this year.  That’s how Race Organizer Frank Teasley describes the race starting from the Jackson Town Square Friday Night. Teasley points out that the race has never before had competitors include the top racer in long-distance, the top racer in mid-distance, and the top racer in spring all in the same field. So, could we say this has become the second biggest race after the famed Iditarod in Alaska?  Teasley says the IPSSSDR may be pushing for the top spot among sled dog racers.  Teasley says those who have seen the starts over the past 15 years have never seen a show like what is planned for Friday’s start of the race.    

Students on a Roll

January 25, 2011 Jackson Hole, KJAX 93.3FM, KMTN 96.9FM, KZJH 95.3FM, Town of Jackson Comments Off

The University of Wyoming has listed eight students from Teton County on the 2010 fall semester President’s Honor Roll. Those students are: Lara Basye, Karlee Heitman, Nicolette Kaliebe, Katie Meagher, and Jenalee Schupman of Jackson; and Madison Gerard, Meredith Krewson and Alia Scott of Wilson.  The President’s Honor Roll consists of regularly enrolled undergraduates who earned a 4.0 grade point average for the semester. To be eligible, students must have been enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours taken for letter grades.

Speaking of Jackson

January 25, 2011 Jackson Hole, KJAX 93.3FM, KMTN 96.9FM, KZJH 95.3FM, Town of Jackson Comments Off

The Jackson Hole High School Speech and Debate Team won its fourth invitational tournament in five starts at the “Worlando Beach” Invitational, held at Worland over the weekend.  Jackson bested 3A state champion Powell for the second week in a row at a meet attended by twelve Wyoming schools. The team is hosting its own invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12, 2011 at Jackson Hole High School. The public is invited to watch events during the tournament.  Events include Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum and Cross Examination Debate, Student Congress, Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Humor, Drama, Poetry and Duet.

Grizzly Overcrowding

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The crowding of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem could spell problems in the years ahead.  That’s according to discussions during last week’s winter meeting of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.  Spokesman Gregg Losinski says as the bears range further to seek food, there is a higher likelihood they will get into trouble, and then the options for dealing with them will be greatly diminished.  Losinski says the public needs to take more ownership of the situation and be willing to make decisions that are appropriate for living and recreating in bear country.  That includes being smart about behavior in the woods or even hanging bird feeders in their yards. Losinski says as bear habitats fill, the bears that would be relocated will instead have to be destroyed since state legislation and wildlife commission rules in some of the states prohibit relocating them to other ecosystems that aren’t as crowded.

Hunter Safety Bill Passes to House

The bill sponsored by Teton County Senator Leland Christiansen adding firearm safety into the curriculum of Wyoming schools has passed the Senate now by a wide margin and has been sent over to the House for consideration.  Senate File 71 would have schools offer the course either as an elective or extra-curricular activity for students in grades five or six.    Christiansen says the measure would give children a chance to learn hunter safety before or after school, depending on what school officials decide. Not surprisingly, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department supports the bill as does the Wyoming Department of Education. The bill passed by a margin of 21 to 9.

Commissioner To Be Selected Thursday

January 24, 2011 Jackson Hole, KJAX 93.3FM, KMTN 96.9FM, KZJH 95.3FM, Teton County Comments Off

The Teton County Commission Thursday will choose from three individuals for consideration by the Teton County Commission to fill the seat on the commission left vacant when Leland Christensen became a state senator.  Meeting last Thursday, 33 members of the the Republican Central Committee selected Chris TiceKelly Lockhart and Paul Perry as the final candidates for that post from a field of 16 applicants. Republican Chairperson Lisa DaCosta said the applicants were all remarkably qualified, displayed extensive public service experience and strong Republican values. Consequently, DaCosta says, the choice of finalists was difficult. County Commission Chairman Ben Ellis says the three will be interviewed by the remaining commissioners Thursday, and he is hopeful that a decision for the appointment can be made at that time.

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