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Rice Named As State Winter Ambassador

December 19, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

Travis-RiceThe Wyoming Office of Tourism has announced that has partnered with Jackson Hole native and professional snowboarder Travis Rice to promote and inspire vacationing in Wyoming this winter. As the official guide and outfitter of Wyoming for winter, Rice will be featured on the Wyoming Office of Tourism’s winter site, advertising and social media channels. Rice is considered one of the most influential and talented athletes in snow sports today. He co-founded Wyoming-based Brain Farm Digital Cinema with business partner Curt Morgan, and together they are responsible for some of the highest grossing and most popular snowboard films today. State Tourism Director Dianne Shober says, “Rice is extremely passionate about the state of Wyoming and brings that passion and authenticity to inspire folks to experience a winter in Wyoming.”

New Supervisor For Bridger-Teton NF

December 19, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

Tricia O'ConnorBridger Teton National Forest has a new supervisor. Tricia O’Connor who most recently has been serving as Forest Supervisor of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska was named Friday morning to succeed Clint Kyhl in that position here. Kyhl, who had come to Bridger-Teton only one year ago, announced his intentions to0 step down in September due to medical concerns. O’Connor has worked closely with the diverse stakeholders and communities of Southeast Alaska on a wide variety of resource management issues, with a focus on recreation, restoration, forest management, and strengthening rural communities. She will begin work at the Bridger-Teton National Forest on February 22nd.

Governor Mead Hails Vertical Harvest Project

December 19, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

Mead GroundbreakingRepresentatives of Jackson’s non-profit Vertical Harvest and Community Entry Services were flanked Friday by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Wyoming Business Council Chair Shawn Reese and Jackson Mayor Mark Barron for the official ground-breaking ceremony for a three-story, 13,500 square-foot hydroponic green house adjacent the town’s parking garage. Mead told the crowd that making this project particularly attractive were its creation of jobs for developmentally disabled adults who traditionally see nearly an 80% jobless rate, and its ability to serve as a multiplier for the local economy, not only because of the creation of jobs, but the production of produce for the community. The facility is set to be completed and open by next fall.

Nonstop to Jackson from 13 Cities

December 19, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

flightmapDirect flights from Jackson Hole to 13 major cities around the US went into full service over the past two weeks. Passengers wishing to reach the area’s ski slopes or make a winter visit to the area’s two national parks can make that trip easily now from Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; New York City; Newark, New Jersey; Los Angeles, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; or Washington D.C. That service is being provided by four major carriers and two commuter airlines. Last year, more than 22,600 passengers arrived in Jackson Hole on flights connecting the valley with nine major cities.

Yellowstone’s Winter Opportunities Expand

December 19, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

Yellowstone SnowmobilesYellowstone National Park has seen additional snowfall every day this week resulting in an increase in the snowpack on some of the interior roads in the park.  Those improving conditions have allowed the park to open additional groomed road segments to motorized over-snow travel and to remove some restrictions on road segments which opened to travel on Monday. Spokesman Al Nash says commercial and non-commercially guided snowmobiles and commercial snow-coaches with rubber tracks or large over-snow tires may now travel all the way from Mammoth Hot Springs south through Norris to Madison, and from Norris east to Canyon Junction continuing south all the way to West Thumb. Snowmobiles and all types of snow-coaches may travel from the park’s South Entrance through West Thumb to Old Faithful. From West Yellowstone to Old Faithful, travel is still limited to snow-coaches with rubber tracks or large over-snow tires or other high clearance commercial wheeled vehicles.  However, commercial operators have the option to trailer snowmobiles to Madison or Old Faithful to begin guided over-snow trips from those locations. The East Entrance is scheduled to open to over-snow travel Monday.

Forest Office To Be Built This Summer

December 18, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

FSO SketchBridger-Teton National Forest has announced its tentative schedule for rebuilding the Forest Supervisor’s Office in north Jackson. Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says the buyer of the segment of forest property adjacent the Supervisor’s office is to close on the deal at the end of March, and employees will begin relocating their offices, most likely to other buildings nearby. Then sometime in early summer, Cernicek says the familiar A-frame building and the adjacent log cabin will be removed and construction of the main office building along Cache Street will begin. While plans for the auxiliary buildings are still not complete, the design and architectural drawings of the main office Building are. The current Forest Supervisor’s Office was originally built in the early 1960s and faces a variety of significant structural and mechanical deficiencies. The other buildings are to include a new 4-unit flexible housing unit for permanent and seasonal employees, renovation of the existing district office into seasonal housing, and a variety of fire and support facilities.

Visitor Center Closed For Winter

December 18, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

Craig Thomas CenterEven though Grand Teton National Park has begun its winter season this week, the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center will not be open once again this winter. The center closed during the winter season for the first time last year as a cost-saving measure.  Park Spokesperson Jackie Skaggs says, “One of the things we looked at among many things was the cost of running the Discovery Center during a time when we have the least amount of visitors.”  She says the winter months are the lowest visitation time and it is a very costly building to run when you consider heating and plowing the roads and walkways around it. Then, she says there is the consideration of staffing the building with NPS personnel.  Skaggs says a cost/benefit analysis done at the conclusion of this winter closure indicated the action was in the park’s best interest.

Wyoming Governor’s Inauguration Set

December 18, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

InaugurationGovernor Matt Mead and four state officials will be sworn into office in a public ceremony at the Cheyenne Civic Center Monday, January 5th beginning 10:00 am. Wyoming Chief Justice E. James Burke will swear in Governor Mead, along with Ed Murray as Secretary of State, Cynthia Cloud as State Auditor, Mark Gordon as State Treasurer and Jillian Balow as Superintendent of Public Instruction. An inaugural gala ball will be held at Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne in the evening following the ceremony.

Young Workers Leave Wyoming

December 18, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

workforce servicesWyoming appears to be losing its younger labor force over the past decade. According to the Department of Workforce Services Research and Planning division, the number of workers between the ages of 18 and 20 has decreased by 22%. The agency says despite the state’s recent economic growth, there are still about 2250 fewer jobs available than there were during the first quarter of 2008 but it is uncertain whether those jobs correlate with the lower number of young workers. The department says the industry that historically hires the highest number of 18 to 20 year-olds is leisure and hospitality followed by retail trade.

County Adopts Snake River Management Plan

December 18, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

???????????????????????????????The Teton County Commission has approved the proposed Snake River Management Plan following nearly two years of public hearings on the matter. The new plan will require county permitting for all commercial activity on the river between Moose and Hoback Junction beginning next summer. Further, the plan requires all commercial outfitters to be certified, including such criteria as professional qualifications, proof of insurance, and historical use on the Snake River. All certified outfitters will be considered for pre-season allocations per the plan. Outfitters would also be able to utilize permits from the in-season “pool” designed to allow for daily flexibility and to accommodate busy days and peaks throughout the season. The commission plans to consider a timeline for the permitting process at its December 29th meeting.

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