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Passionate Public Keeps Fair Board in Charge of Grounds

September 1, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments


Dozens of residents spoke to the County Commission today to tell them it was a bad idea to have Parks and Recreation manage the Teton County Fairgrounds.


An amendment was on the agenda that would clarify a resolution passed in 2012 giving the Park and Rec authority over staffing and managing the land.

Speakers said that Parks and Rec didn’t have the expertise to properly manage the property and that members of the board needed to have a livestock background.


Commissioner Smokey Rhea said she received several angry emails but understood that the anger was a result of the passion over this issue.


Chairwoman Barb Allen suggested that the board term change from the 5 years to three years.

The amendment that was considered would have:

Clarified that the Fair Board is not responsible for managing the fair grounds.

Changed the number of board members from 7 down to 5

Changed the term of the board members from 5 years down to 3 years

Clarified that the joint Town/County Parks and Recreation Department will manage the fairgrounds and all employees will be employees of Parks and Rec.

The amendment failed unanimously.







Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Lottery Begins Today

September 1, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Applications will be accepted starting Tuesday, September 1, for those interested in obtaining a permit for a non-commercially guided snowmobile trip into Yellowstone National Park during the 2015-2016 winter season. A permit is requirYellowstone Snowmobilesed for all non-commercially guided snowmobile groups to enter the park.

Permits will be allocated through a lottery with applications being accepted online at through September 30, 2015. Successful lottery applicants will be notified in mid-October. After the conclusion of the lottery, any remaining or cancelled permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis through the same webpage starting in November and going through the end of the winter season. Trips can be up to three days in length, and permits cost $40 per day, with a $6 application fee.

Program was authorized in the 2013 final Winter Use Rule. The program allows one non-commercially guided group per day to enter Yellowstone from each of its four winter entrances. A maximum of five snowmobiles is permitted in each group and all snowmobiles must meet the park’s New Best Available Technology (BAT) standard. A list of approved snowmobiles is available at

Permit holders are considered non-commercial guides and must be at least 18 years old by the first day of the trip. All snowmobile operators in a non-commercially guided trip must possess a state-issued driver’s license and have successfully completed the free online Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification program. Anyone can take the course to learn more about park rules and regulations that help visitors safely enjoy the unique experience of winter in Yellowstone while also protecting park resources. Go to … Continue Reading

Fire near Boulder, WY

August 31, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

The Sandpoint Fire is located on the Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, approximately 22-miles northeast of Boulder, WY. This fire is deep within the Bridger Wilderness of the Wind River Range, approximately 8-air miles northeast of the Scab Creek Trailhead, northeast of Sandpoint Lake.

The fire was reported by a member of the public on August 22, and confirmed by the Forest Service on Tuesday, August 25.  The fire was approximately 2 to 3 acres in size and creeping and smoldering in mixed conifer and open alpine meadows when detected on August 25.  The cause of the fire is unknown.  This fire is located east of the Continental Divide Trail/Fremont Trail #096 and north of the Middle Fork Lake Trail #157. No trails have been closed at this time. Visitors should avoid camping in this area and use caution when traveling near this area

Fire Danger has been elevated to “High” for the Teton Interagency Area, including the Pinedale Ranger District, and the potential for fire activity is anticipated to increase due to drying vegetation combined with higher temperatures, low humidity and brisk afternoon winds.

Firefighter resources are currently spread very thin across the Nation, and this is no exception on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  Due to its remote location, lack of available firefighting resources, and late season at this high elevation, the Sandpoint Fire will be monitored by Fire and Wilderness personnel, while keeping public and firefighter safety as the primary objective throughout the duration of this incident.

Information regarding fire activity and trail closures (if determined to be needed) for the Sandpoint Fire is available at the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326 and

Lunchtime Learning: The Inside Story of Travel Medicine

August 31, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments


On Tuesday, September 8, St. John’s Medical Center will host the lunchtime learning presentation, “The Inside Story of Travel Medicine,” at the Teton County Library from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Presented by David R. Shlim, MD, this talk will include the reasons vaccines are necessary for travel to resource-poor countries; what to do about malaria, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, traveler’s diarrhea, and other diseases; and how to cope with high altitude.

Dr. Shlim, a local physician, is recognized as one of the foremost experts in travel medicine in the world. He is a past president of the International Society of Travel Medicine and an editor of the Center for Disease Control’s main book on travel medicine for travel medicine practitioners in the U.S. Dr. Shlim has authored over forty-five original papers on travel medicine topics and written numerous chapters in textbooks. He was recently featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition (…).

For more information, please call 739-7244. This presentation is part of the St. John’s Medical Center Words on Wellness program, supported in part by the St. John’s Hospital Foundation.

Lummis Will Not Support Planned Parenthood

August 31, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Wyoming’s Congresswomen says she will vote no on providing any federal funding to Planned Parenthood in light of the recent  controversy over fetal tissue.

Recent videos purporting to show the sale of fetal tissue for a profit (which is against the law) have created a political situation that threatens to harm the funding of an agency that is mostly focused on women’s health issues, not abortion.

In an email to constituents this weekend, Lummis said  ” I am pro-life and remain opposed to federal funds paying for any kind of abortion.  And with recent videos recording conversations with Planned Parenthood employees about selling aborted baby parts I believe it is even more imperative and urgent to cut all federal support for Planned Parenthood. “

Housing ‘ Action’ Plan Online

August 30, 2015 Uncategorized 1 Comment







Watch the Housing Plan here.

The plan is supposed to end ‘analysis paralysis’, raise taxes, and create larger Housing Authority. There are no specific plans in the presentation for building workforce housing.

A public presentation is scheduled for September 1st.


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