Berry Fire Update, Grand Teton National Park (posted 8/23/16)
Berry Fire, Grand Teton National Park
Tuesday, August 23, 9:15AM: US Hwy 89/191/287 between Leeks Marina on the south and Flagg Ranch on the north in Grand Teton National Park remains CLOSED due to wildfire activity from the Berry Fire. It is not expected to reopen anytime today. Access to the southern entrance of Yellowstone National Park is not available during this temporary road closure. Lizard Creek Campground, Flagg Ranch, and Headwaters Campground have been/are being evacuated.
This wildfire is burning 19 miles NW of Moran, WY. It started on July 25th due to lightning. This fire increased from 1,785 acres yesterday to 6,319 acres.More info at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/. Click here for information about wildfires in Yellowstone National Park: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/management/currentfireactivity.htm. Additional fire information at www.tetonfires.com.
Transportation Commission awards $16.5 million in highway contracts (posted 8/22/16)
Wyoming Department of Transportation
Motorists will see additional passing lanes along WYO 59 between Douglas and Bill to help with traffic flow. The Wyoming Transportation Commission during its meeting on Aug. 18 awarded a $6.3 million passing lane contract to Concrete Foundations Inc. of Douglas for the installation of eight passing lanes along WYO 59. That contract was the largest the commission awarded out of a total of $16.5 million in contracts for 10 projects throughout the state. The eight passing lanes will be part of phase two of construction in that section of WYO 59. The work is expected to start in the spring and will be completed by Oct. 31, 2017. Crews are currently working in that area installing seven passing lanes as part of the first phase of the project, which will be completed by Oct. 31, 2016. The commission awarded that contract earlier this year, and it’s being paid for with revenue from the 10-cent-fuel-tax increase.
The other contracts the commission awarded are for work throughout the state and include the installation of move over signs, surface repairs, bridge replacement and a traffic signal update.
Knife River Corp. of Boise, Idaho, won a $3.2 million contract to do a full-depth reclamation on about 18 miles of WYO 233. The process will include a double chip seal, which WYDOT hasn’t done in several years. Crews will dig out about 10 inches of pavement and crushed base, recycle that material and put it back on the road. Crews will then add two layers of emulsion and aggregate chips. The process is being used on a low-volume road. The project will be paid for with revenue from the 10-cent-fuel-tax increase, and the contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2017.
H-K Contractors Inc. of Idaho Falls, Idaho, came in as the low bidder at $1.8 million to mill and overlay about 10 miles in various sections of US 191 south of Pinedale. The work will remove deteriorating pavement and rutting from the surface. Crews will also be installing a 4-mile bike path in the area. The project will be paid for with revenue from the 10-cent-fuel-tax increase, and the contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2017.
Lewis & Lewis Inc. of Rock Springs won a $1.8 million contract to mill and overlay about 12 miles of WYO 430 between Rock Springs and Hiawatha in Sweetwater County. The work will help maintain the road surface. The project will be paid for with revenue from the 10-cent-fuel-tax increase, and the contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2017.
Lewis & Lewis Inc. also won a $1.7 million contract for mill and overlay work on 6 miles of US 189 between Lazeart Junction near I-80 and Kemmerer in Uinta and Lincoln counties. The work is part of a pavement preservation project. The project will be paid for with revenue from the 10-cent-fuel-tax increase, and the contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2017.
Cannon Builders Inc. of Blackfoot, Idaho, came in as the low bidder at $1.3 million to replace the Hoback River Bridge on County Road 33 in Teton County. The project includes removing the old bridge, putting in a temporary bridge and building a new bridge. The current single lane bridge needs to be replaced and has weight restrictions. WYDOT is doing the design and contract administration for the project, which is being funded 90 percent from the federal government and 10 percent from the county. The contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2017.
Also awarded by the commission were contracts for:
• $120,095 to S & L Industrial of Cowley for 11 move over signs in Lincoln and Uinta counties that will be placed at various locations on I-80, WYO 150, US 189 and US 26 by Oct. 31, 2017;
• $99,051 to Casper Electric of Casper for a new traffic signal at the intersection of WYO 22 and WYO 390 between Jackson and Wilson in Teton County by Dec. 15;
• $93,413 to S & L Industrial for nine move over signs that will be installed at various locations on I-80, I-25, US 30, WYO 214, WYO 215, WYO 213 and WYO 210 in Albany, Carbon and Laramie counties by Oct. 31, 2017; and
• $90,372 to S & L Industrial for nine move over signs that will be installed at various locations on I-25, I-80 and near Casper in Carbon, Converse, Goshen, Natrona, Niobrara and Platte counties by Oct. 31, 2017.
NPS response to closure of Yellowstone River outside the Park (posted 8/22/16)
Soda Butte Creek Project will continue to restore Cutthroat Trout
National Park Service – Yellowstone National Park
Due to an ongoing and unprecedented fish kill, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) has implemented a full closure of all water-based recreation on the Yellowstone River and its tributaries north of Yellowstone National Park’s northern boundary at Gardiner, Montana. The closure is intended to help limit the spread of a fish-killing parasite - http://bit.ly/2bsZ0Co.
At this time, the NPS is not considering expanding the river closure inside Yellowstone National Park. Crews are actively assessing the Yellowstone River and its tributaries inside the park’s northern boundary and have not discovered any dead fish.
Yellowstone National Park asks for cooperation from anglers to prevent spread of the parasite into the park. All waters within Yellowstone National Park remain open to fishing, however, to help prevent the introduction of this fish parasite and other aquatic invasive species, it’s imperative that all visiting anglers and boaters completely clean and disinfect their gear (waders, boots, float tubes, boats) before traveling to the park.
In addition, once anglers are done fishing at a site within Yellowstone National Park, they must remove all mud, sediment, vegetation and other debris from waders and boots before leaving that site and traveling to additional fishing locations within the park. All watercraft entering the park must be inspected by NPS staff prior to being launched. Fishing bait is not allowed in the park, and it’s illegal to transport live fish or move fish or other animals among park waters.
Invasive, nonnative species are the biggest threat to Yellowstone’s native fish communities. Angler and boater cooperation with this advisory will protect the park fisheries and aquatic ecosystems. Additional information on preventing the introduction of aquatic invasive species can be found at go.nps.gov/yellfishingexotics.
Soda Butte Project - This week and next, park staff will complete a project to remove non-native brook trout from 28 miles of streams northeast of and within Yellowstone National Park to enhance the viability of native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. This project is approximately 43 river miles from the FWP closure area and will not affect or be affected by the closure.
This is the second year of the Soda Butte Creek project. It is a cooperative effort involving FWP, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Custer Gallatin National Forest, Shoshone National Forest, and Yellowstone National Park. It involves treating streams and tributaries in the Soda Butte Creek drainage, from its headwaters in the Beartooth Mountains downstream to Icebox Canyon, approximately 10 miles from its confluence with the Lamar River in northeastern Yellowstone National Park.
This week biologists and technicians used electrofishing equipment to collect as many native Yellowstone cutthroat trout as possible from the drainage and temporarily moved them to nearby tributaries. Starting Monday, August 22, biologists will treat all streams in the drainage with rotenone, a piscicide intended to remove all remaining fish. Biologists are targeting non-native brook trout. When treatment is complete – anticipated by August 26 – biologists will return the rescued Yellowstone cutthroat trout to the drainage.
The need for this project comes from a commitment by state and federal agencies to ensure a long-term, self-sustaining population while maintaining genetic diversity and integrity and protecting the ecological, recreational and economic values associated with Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
Rotenone is a naturally occurring chemical compound derived from the roots of certain tropical plants. Biologists will add potassium permanganate to water at the lower bounds of the treatment area to fully detoxify rotenone and prevent impacts to downstream waters. Read the complete release about the project here: http://bit.ly/2b6U1TT.
Yellowstone River Closed In Response To Ongoing Fish Kill Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, August 19, 2016
Help!!! My NOAA Weather Radio won't stop beeping!!! (posted 8/22/16)
Midland NOAA weather radio beeping - If the radio doesn't receive its weekly test from NOAA, it beeps every 10 minutes. To make it stop, unplug and take a battery out. You'll need to reset the clock. The rest of the settings shouldn't be affected by this reset.
NOAA Albuquerque, New Mexico
Editor’s Note: This post is from the NOAA Albuquerque, New Mexico website, accessed August 22, 2016.
Recently several NOAA Weather Radio listeners have noticed excessive audible beeps emitting from their radios, specifically owners of the Midland WR-120 model radio. The Midland WR-120 desktop NOAA weather radio knows it is supposed to receive a weekly test from the National Weather Service every seven days. If the radio goes for ten days without receiving a test, it gives out one audible beep every ten minutes.
The weekly NOAA Weather Radio tests are conducted every Wednesday between 11 am and Noon local time. However if hazardous weather threatens during this time the test may be postponed. It has been observed that Midland WR-120 radios, having not received a weekly test in the past ten days, are now beeping once every ten minutes.
The radio will re-set itself at the next weekly test, or the next watch/warning issuance. If you cannot wait that long: To cancel the beeping, unplug the radio from the wall, turn the radio over, and remove one battery. Replace the battery and plug the radio back in. The settings on the radio will NOT be affected by this, as the SAME county code, and all other information is stored on a flash memory chip.
But you WILL need to re-set the clock. To do so:
1) Push MENU. "SET TIME" appears.
2) Push SELECT
3) Use the up/down arrows to adjust the hour up or down. To get from AM to PM, just continue past the hour 12.
4) Use the right button to move to the minutes setting
5) Use the up/down arrows to adjust the minutes up or down. Right arrow to access both of the minute digits.
6) When you have set the clock to the proper time, hit MENU twice. The radio will display "SAVING". You are done setting the clock.
The ten-day missed test alarm is a way to assure viewers that their weather radio is performing properly.
NOTE: The previous version of this radio, the Midland WR-100 does not make an audible beep. However, it will display the words "CHECK RECEPTION" until it is re-set using the same steps as outlined above. Like the WR-120, the radio will automatically re-set itself at the next weekly test, or the next watch/warning issuance.
Thank you again for your support of the NOAA Weather Radio Network.
Pinedale Half Marathon Sept. 24 (posted 8/22/16)
The Pinedale Half Marathon will be on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. In addition to a half marathon, there will be a 10K and 1-Mile race. These events take runners and walkers of all ages from the center of downtown Pinedale along the shore of scenic Fremont Lake.
For those wanting to participate and coming in from out-of-town, please be ready for a high-altitude event. This 1/2 Marathon starts at an elevation of 7,175 feet above sea level and overall gains about 300 feet throughout the course of this event.
Half marathon runners and walkers will start in downtown Pinedale and head towards Fremont Lake in an out-and-back race. 10k racers will start near Fremont Lake and run or walk into town. The 1-mile race will take place in town starting at Rendezvous Pointe.
Registration Information and Rates for 1/2 Marathon & 10k:
Go to www.pinedalehalfmarathon.com to register online or download the registration form to mail in.
June 1, 2016 to September 15, 2016 - $35
September 15, 2016 to September 22, 2016 - $50
On-Site Registration (Sept 23 and 24) - $75
2016 Race Info
Mini Health Fair & Race Bag Pick Up at Rendezvous Pointe:
Friday, September 23rd: 4PM-7PM
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Cardiologist Ellen Gallant, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Friday, September 23rd: 6PM - During Bag Pick-UP
Come be inspired!
1/2 Marathon Race Check In and Late Race Bag Pick Up:
Saturday, September 24th: 7AM
Race Start Times:
Half Marathon Start: 8:30 AM
10 K Start: 9:30 AM (Buses will leave Rendezvous Pointe to transport all participants to the starting line at 8:30AM)
1 Mile Start: 11 AM (registration available on-site)
Maps of the race routes are available on the Pinedale Half Marathon website, www.pinedalehalfmarathon.com.
BBQ & Beer
Every year, the day’s events are concluded with a FREE community barbecue. This BBQ is open to everyone including participants, family members, visitors, supporters and other community members. The Lion's Club works the grill, with local chef Sue Eversull by their side. There will be music provided by Tim Ruland of the Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC).
The Pinedale Aquatic Center will be offering child care during the races. The child care form is available to print and fill out online. Call 307-367-2832 for more details.
Make sure to tell your lodging establishment that you are in town for the Pinedale Half Marathon to receive special discounts provided for the race. Click here for establishments providing special rates.
For more area information, see the VisitPinedale.org website. The Sublette County Chamber of Commerce website also has more information, www.sublettechamber.com. For more questions, call the Sublette County Visitor Center at 307-367-2242.
Yellowstone River closed in response to fish kill (posted 8/19/16)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
(Friday, August 19, 2016) - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is implementing an immediate closure of all water-based recreation (fishing, wading, floating, tubing, boating, etc.) on the Yellowstone River and its tributaries from Yellowstone National Park’s northern boundary at Gardiner to the Highway 212 bridge in Laurel. This significant action on the part of the Department is in response to the ongoing and unprecedented fish kill on the Yellowstone. This action is necessary to protect the fishery and the economy it sustains. The closure will also help limit the spread of the parasite to adjacent rivers through boats, tubes, waders and other human contact and minimize further mortality in all fish species.
In the past week, FWP has documented over 2,000 dead Mountain Whitefish on some affected stretches of the Yellowstone. With that, FWP estimates the total impact to Mountain Whitefish in the Yellowstone to be in the tens of thousands. FWP has also recently received reports of the kill beginning to affect some Rainbow and Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.
More info: http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4277.html
Washington's Wolves (posted 8/18/16)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
TVW Public Affairs, a Washington state public affairs network, has produced a half-hour documentary on the return of wolves to the state. The program provides a look at the impacts of wolves on livestock producers and issues surrounding wolf management in Washington. Click on the link below to watch the documentary.
TVW - Watch the documentary here.
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Wyoming Tourism welcomes visitors to view the 2017 Solar Eclipse (posted 8/18/17)
Wyoming Office of Tourism
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible from a 60-mile band of the earth that stretches the width of the United States for the first time since 1918. In support of this global event, the Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) launched a new page on their website, travelwyoming.com/eclipse that is dedicated to helping visitors plan eclipse experiences throughout the state. The much-anticipated event will also mark the first time a total solar eclipse will be viewable in the wide, clear skies of Wyoming since 1979.
The eclipse's path of totality will make its way through the entire central region of the state for nearly 366 miles, providing visitors the opportunity to see it in some of the nation's most stunning landscapes. The cities of Casper, Lander, Riverton, Jackson, Douglas, Torrington, Glendo, Guernsey and Glenrock are among many Wyoming communities located within the "path of totality" - the most direct alignment with the moon's shadow.
"For centuries, eclipses have been noted as one of the most breathtaking sights on earth," said Diane Shober, Executive Director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism. "To have an incredible natural phenomenon such as a total solar eclipse move across our entire state is very exciting for us. With our wide open spaces, normally clear weather and great events that surrounding community leaders are producing, it's no wonder Wyoming encompasses some of the best spots in the country to view the eclipse."
Casper, in Central Wyoming, has been recognized by GreatAmericanEclipse.com as one of the 10 best places to witness this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. Because Casper's viewing area is expected to be phenomenal, the Astronomical League is hosting its annual conference, Astrocon, during the days leading up to the eclipse. Casper is also hosting a celestial celebration called Eclipse Fest for visitors. In addition to the prime viewing spots, there will be live music, a golf tournament, a fun run and other outdoor activities including hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking, white water rafting and sailing.
Attendees of the Wind River Eclipse event in Fremont County can be immersed in Native American culture while awaiting the moon's pass between the earth and the sun. Because the eclipse lasts less than three minutes, but is expected to attract thousands to the state next summer, visitors are encouraged to explore Wyoming throughout their trip. Eclipse-viewers in the Wind River region can extend their stay with a visit to the newly opened Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary, a working ranch on the Wind River Indian Reservation that gives guests an up-close viewing experience with wild mustangs.
For those watching the eclipse in Jackson, visitors can take advantage of the short drive to the nation's first national park, Yellowstone National Park, and continue the sky viewing at night. Because the park is vast and unpopulated, the skies are known for being clear and untainted by light pollution, perfect for spotting the Milky Way or other galaxies. Guests can participate in the Stars Over Yellowstone astronomy programs to rent equipment and learn from top astronomers. Jackson visitors can also visit Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for numerous outdoor recreation opportunities.
For a complete list of events celebrating the 2017 solar eclipse and resources to plan your next Wyoming adventure, visit travelwyoming.com/eclipse.
About the state of Wyoming
The State of Wyoming, also known as the Equality State, was admitted to the union on July 10, 1890 as the 44th U.S. state. Wyoming is the 9th largest state in terms of area yet has just over 500,000 residents, contributing to its ranking as the nation's 4th most livable state. The state is home to the country's first national park - Yellowstone - and the first national monument - Devils Tower. These sites, Grand Teton National Park and countless other glorious statewide attractions - supported by heartfelt cowboy hospitality - serve as host to millions of visitors every year. For more information visit:
Sublette County Primary Election results (posted 8/17/16)
Click on these links to see the unofficial results in the 2016 Primary Election in Sublette County, Wyoming.
Summary Report (10 pages, 177K PDF)
Precinct Report (44 pages, 429K PDF)
OSHA to increase fines to keep up with inflation (posted 8/17/16)
OSHA Penalties to increase in Wyoming in February of 2017
State of Wyoming media release
CHEYENNE – Maximum penalties, which can be assessed by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Occupational Safety and Health Administration division (OSHA), will increase in Wyoming in February of 2017. The change is the result of Congressional action which required federal agencies to index civil penalties by the inflation rate, with a one-time catch up provision. DWS, which operates an OSHA State Plan, is required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as federal OSHA penalties.
The federal legislation mandated the first OSHA penalty increase since 1990. The one-time catch-up will increase penalties by 78 percent, and will be adjusted annually to keep pace with inflation. Penalties assessed on or after February 1, 2017, will be subject to the new fine structure, pending final approval of the rule by the OSHA Commission.
"The new maximum OSHA penalties represent a sizeable increase for businesses out of compliance with OSHA standards," said DWS Director John Cox. "Contacting the Department’s Workers’ Compensation Safety and Risk Unit (WCSRU) for a free safety consultation is always a good idea for employers who are uncertain about safety standards. The WCSRU is a no-cost resource created specifically for employers seeking safety expertise and is staffed with advisors who provide safety and health assistance without assessing fines."
The WCSRU is a new DWS program offering free health and safety surveys to help employers recognize and remedy safety hazards in their workplace without fines or penalties. Employers can request a consultation by calling (307) 777-8901.
New Penalty Structure
"Other Than Serious" Violation - A violation that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
New Maximum: $12,471 per violation
Current Maximum Penalty: up to $7,000 for each violation.
"Serious" Violation - A violation where there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew of, or should have known of, the hazard.
New Maximum: $12,471 per violation
Current Maximum Penalty: up to $7,000 for each violation.
"Failure to Abate" Violation - Failure to correct a previously cited violation.
New Maximum: $12,471 per day beyond the abatement date for each violation
Current Maximum Penalty: up to $7,000 each day beyond the abatement date for each violation.
"Willful" Violation - A violation that the employer knowingly commits or commits with plain indifference to the law. The employer either knows that what he or she is doing constitutes a violation, or is aware that a hazardous condition existed and made no reasonable effort to eliminate it.
New Maximum: $124,709 per violation
Current Maximum Penalty: up to $70,000 per violation.
"Repeat" Violation - A violation of any standard, regulation, rule, or order where, upon reinspection, a substantially similar violation is found.
New Maximum: $124,709 per violation
Current Maximum Penalty: up to $70,000 per violation.
DWS OSHA maintains the ability to provide reductions on penalty amounts. OSHA penalty reductions can be taken on a case-by-case basis and are based upon federal regulation or guidelines which take into account a variety of factors, including size, industry, good faith, immediate resolution and prior history along with a severity and probability assessment. Penalties may be recalculated as the employer provides additional information and evidence through the appeals process.
BLM Open House on Route Inventory for Boulder Travel Management Plan August 24 in Pinedale (posted 8/17/16)
Seeks public input on proposed new travel routes on public lands
Bureau of Land Management
The BLM has begun developing its travel management plan for the Boulder, Wyoming area and is seeking public input to make sure the BLM uses the most accurate information to designate travel routes on public lands. This is the first of nine travel plans that will address public access and uses for motorized and non-motorized activities within the Pinedale Field Office.
The initial step in the planning process is to confirm the presence and condition of the roads and trails on record in the BLM inventory. Public participation in the travel management planning process is essential to designating a practical and manageable network of routes used for recreation, ranching and other permitted uses.
"The people of Wyoming have valuable knowledge of existing routes and travel needs in the area," Pinedale Field Manager, Caleb Hiner said. "We look forward to hearing from them over the next several weeks as we strive to create a sustainable road and trail system."
Please provide comments as specific as possible and reference particular routes. The BLM is also seeking information on the public’s specific activities, desired experience, potential uses and access needs as we move forward with planning.
There are several ways that the public can obtain information and maps about the Boulder Travel Management Area.
• You may visit the project website at: http://tinyurl.com/znkgw5y and view and print detailed maps and information.
• You may request maps be mailed to an address or sent by email in a pdf. format.
• Detailed maps of the Boulder Travel Management Area and existing routes are available at the BLM office in Pinedale located at 1625 West Pine Street, Pinedale, Wyoming.
• You may request Google Earth and Garmin files of the existing route inventory by emailing BLM_WY_PD_Boulder_Travel_Management_Plan@blm.gov
• You may call the BLM office at 307-367-5300 and request information as well.
In addition, the BLM will hold an open house on August 24, 2016, to give the public an opportunity to provide comments, share information, and ask questions about the Boulder Travel Management Plan. The open house will be held at the BLM office, located at 1625 West Pine Street, Pinedale, Wyoming, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Please send your comments and maps to P.O. Box 768, Pinedale Wyoming 82941 or view the maps at the BLM Pinedale Field Office. The closing date for review and comment of the route inventory is midnight of September 18, 2016.
Additional steps in the travel management planning process are:
• Public Scoping - Ask the public to identify travel management issues in preparation of an environmental assessment.
• Develop different courses of action and travel management alternatives. Analyze potential impacts for each alternative.
• Present the decisions and prepare the travel management plan.
• Implement the travel management plan including route designations, route maintenance, development actions, route signing, restoration of abandoned routes and other actions.
Please be advised that when you include your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal information in your comments, that your entire comment, including your personal information may be publicly available at any time. While you may request that we withhold your personal information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Concealed Firearm Permits-New Requirements in Wyoming (posted 8/16/16)
Applications for a Wyoming Concealed Firearm Permit are now only available online at http://wyomingcdi.wyo.gov. Once in the DCI website, you may click on the link for "Concealed Firearm Permits."
You may choose to print the application and complete it with black or blue ink or type the application online and print it out. All paperwork needs to be submitted to your local Sheriff’s Office. The required paperwork includes: completed application, driver’s license, proof of firearm’s proficiency, and fees. Your fingerprints will be taken when you submit your application to the Sheriff’s Office.
Fees are as follows:
-New application $64 (DCI) + $10 (SO)
-Renewal application before the expiration date $45 (DCI) + $5 (SO)
-Renewal application after the expiration date $55 (DCI) + $5 (SO)
-Duplicate permit application $5
DCI fees will be required in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. S.O. fees will be required as exact cash or a check. We do not accept credit cards.
Questions or concerns may be directed to DCI by email at email@example.com or by calling 307-777-7181. Answers to many questions can be found on the aforementioned website by clicking on "Frequently Asked Questions."
Grand Teton National Park’s Centennial Celebration of Founder’s Week (posted 8/15/16)
Free entrance to National Parks August 25-28
National Park Service
MOOSE, WY —Several special events are planned at Grand Teton National Park to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial. All events are free and open to the public, and the park entrance fee will be waived Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28. The park entrance fee is still applicable on other days.
Founder’s Day, August 25, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary in which President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations." Today there are 412 units of the National Park Service.
Upcoming National Park Service Centennial highlights in Grand Teton National Park include:
Thursday, August 18: Grand Teton National Park- Past and Present Challenges
The University of Wyoming/National Park Service Harlow Seminar Series hosts Robert Righter presenting about historical and anticipated challenges of the park as the National Park Service celebrates 100 years. Barbeque dinner provided with a suggested $5 donation at 5:30 p.m. with presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Berol Lodge at the AMK Ranch in the park.
Monday, August 22: The Grand Rescue
Join the filmmakers and the 1967 rescue crew for a film screening and discussion of their experience at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center Auditorium from 5 – 7 p.m.
Monday, August 22, 2016 marks the 49th anniversary of an unprecedented rescue on the North Face of the Grand Teton. The film recounts this infamous rescue. The event is free, although tickets are required from www.eventbrite.com (search for Grand Rescue).
Join an earlier screening from 3-4 p.m. without accompanying discussion. No tickets required.
Tuesday, August 23 and Thursday August 25: This Land is Our Land: The Stephen T. Mather Story
Learn how the first director of the National Park Service set the course for preserving the public lands we enjoy today. The 45-minute program will be presented at the Colter Bay Amphitheater on August 23 and 25 at 9:00 p.m. each night, and at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center on August 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24: Predators of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Join biologist Eli Williams of The Cougar Fund to learn about how national parks are crucial to the long-term conservation of predators as well as how all can safely live and recreate in a landscape inhabited by predators. The program will be at the Colter Bay Amphitheater at 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 25: Founder’s Day!
Visit the park and look for photo booths and Instagram frames throughout the park, as well as enjoy birthday cake served at noon at all park visitor centers.
Thursday, August 25: John Muir: University of the Wilderness Music Presentation
Chance Urban Chamber Music performs University of the Wilderness, a score celebrating John Muir’s words with accompanying nature-inspired music. This group of musicians is performing at multiple national parks during the National Park Service’s centennial year. The performance will be held at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center Auditorium at 5 p.m.
Thursday, August 25: Family Night of Storytelling
Join Ken Thomasma for a family night of storytelling at the Colter Bay Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Thomasma is a local Jackson Hole resident, educator of 44 years, acclaimed storyteller, and award-wining author of young adult books including The Truth about Sacagawea and Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran.
Thursday, August 25: Classical Music in Nature- Local Radio Broadcast
American Public Media’s Performance Today will air a public radio broadcast of classical music in nature, recorded in Grand Teton National Park. Host Fred Child will present a one-hour broadcast celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service. For a complete list of stations and broadcast times, visit http://www.yourclassical.org/programs/performance-today/stations/list. The broadcast will be available to stream from the website for thirty days.
Friday, August 26: Centennial Children’s Choir Celebration
The Singing Angels will perform "Children’s Earth Anthem," a song composed and written by Charles Eversole and Louise Phillips for the National Park Service Centennial. "Children’s Earth Anthem" is being performed by groups of children in numerous National Park Service sites across the country. The performance will be held at the Colter Bay Amphitheater at 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 28: Join park rangers for special centennial programs, as well as regularly scheduled programs. Refer to the park newspaper or the park website at https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/calendar.htm for details and more information.
Thursday, August 25 to Sunday, August 28: Fee-free days! Park entrance fees will be waived.
Grand Teton Association, the park’s cooperating association, is celebrating the centennial with a variety of centennial-themed products available at park visitor centers and online at http://www.grandtetonpark.org/. On Founder’s Day, August 25, all merchandise will be 15% off.
Street banners celebrating the centennial, sponsored by the Association, are located throughout downtown Jackson. A special publication that shares National Park Service Centennial activities in Grand Teton National Park will be provided to visitors with the summer edition of the park newspaper available at park entrance stations and visitor centers. The special edition will also be provided as an insert with the Jackson Hole News and Guide on Wednesday, August 17.
The goal of the centennial is to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. Currently, there are 412 units of the National Park Service.
Partial fire ban in effect for Sublette County (posted 8/2/16)
SUBLETTE COUNTY – Effective Tuesday, Aug. 2, Sublette County now has a partial fire ban in effect, which outlines five particular limits for fires within the county.
• Trash or refuse fires are prohibited between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and may only be within containers with spark arresters that have a 10-foot radius of cleared area around the fire.
• Campfires are only allowed within an established fire ring and with a 10-foot radius of clear ground around the fire.
• Charcoal fires within enclosed grills are permitted.
• Use of acetylene torches or electric arc welders in cleared areas with a 10-foot radius are permitted, but operators must carry a fire extinguisher and shovel.
• Propane or open-fire branding activities in an area with a 10-foot radius of cleared area are permitted, but operators must carry a fire extinguisher and shovel.
Once weather and precipitation conditions change, the Sublette County Fire Warden will notify the county commissioners, who will then rescind this partial ban.
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Partial Fire Restrictions in effect for western Wyoming (posted 8/1/16)
Campfires allowed in designated recreation sites only
Interagency media release
Based upon a current fire danger rating of Very High and current predications of continued warm and dry weather, Teton Interagency fire managers announced today that partial fire restrictions will begin at 12:01am, Wednesday morning on August 3, 2016, for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and the High Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management. Teton County, Sublette County and Lincoln County, Wyoming will likely begin fire restrictions this week. The Big Horn National Forest in Wyoming implemented restrictions on July 29.
Fire managers study the moisture content of various fuel types, track current and expected weather conditions, and monitor available fire-fighting resources, as well as the occurrence of human-caused fires, to determine when fire restrictions need to be applied to public lands.
Partial fire restrictions include:
• Lighting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, barbecue or grill is allowed only at designated recreation sites such as established campgrounds or picnic areas. Use of portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, or use of a fully enclosed sheepherder type stove with a spark arrester screen is permitted.
• Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle, building (unless otherwise prohibited), developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials (i.e. parking lots, developed campsites, or locations surrounded by water).
The following restrictions exist year round:
• Operating a chainsaw is prohibited in national parks. Operating a chainsaw on national forest lands is permitted only when equipped with a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester that is properly installed and in effective working order. Operators must also carry a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
• Discharge of fireworks and use of explosives requiring blasting caps are prohibited.
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or by imprisonment for more than six months.
Unattended or abandoned campfires can quickly escalate into wildfires, and it is extremely important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before campers leave their site. Visitors should NEVER leave a fire unattended, and should prepare for the unexpected by having a water bucket and shovel on hand and ready to use. The fine for an abandoned campfire as well as campfires in unapproved areas is up to $5000 or 6-months in jail, but campers can also be held liable for suppression costs if their campfire becomes a wildfire.
A copy of the order, and additional information on allowable stoves is available on www.tetonfires.com. To report a fire or smoke in either area, call 307-739-3630.