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Snake River Ranch Can Host Events

April 21, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

teton-county-logoNeighbors expressed opposition because of noise, traffic and wildlife concerns but County Commissioners voted to approve a conditional use permit for Snake River Ranch to host up to 8 events this summer (reduced from the proposed 15 events) on a portion of their conservation easement. Other conditions included more frequent evaluations, notification of neighbors, and the right to revoke the permit if the land is sub-divided.

The vote for the revised CUP was unanimous.

About 10 people, mostly neighbors from nearby sub-divisions, approached the podium to voice their opposition to the permit, which county planners say met the findings of the county. Several people spoke in favor of the permit.

Attorney Nicole Krieger, who represented 8 property owners on Bridger Road, said the application had not met nuisance standards of the county. Krieger asked the commission limit the number of events and how many should be amplified.

The applicant, represented by Bill Resor, offered a condition that would eliminate 5 weeks in the heart of the summer. He told the commission that the annual reviews, which are included in the CUP, gives them the opportunity to require us to change what isn’t working.

The first bi-annual review will include data from the summer season.

2 Fatalities in I 80 Pileup and 1 Arrest

April 21, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

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Two fatalities have been confirmed from this crash and that is projected to be the final number of fatalities involved. 58 year old Lynn Freeman of Williford, Arkansas and 23 year old Jenay L. Breden of Westminster, Colorado were pronounced deceased on scene. The two females were in separate vehicles during the crash.
The total number of vehicles involved has been increased to 64.
The decision to arrest and charge Mr. Alex Dragaytsev was based upon evidence from the investigation and conference with the Albany County Attorney’s Office. The specific evidence leading to that arrest is part of the pending criminal investigation and is not releasable at this time.
Interstate 80 eastbound reopened last night at 11:24 p.m. and westbound traffic is still being rerouted on US 30 from Laramie to Walcott Junction. Westbound is projected to reopen sometime this morning. Again, updates on the closure can be found at www.wyoroad.info or by calling 1-888-WYO-ROAD.
Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead by checking road and weather conditions before traveling in higher elevations such as Wyoming, follow digital message sign warnings and variable speed limits, decrease speeds and increase following distances when they encounter inclement weather and to always buckle up.

Local Businessman and Author Signs Books Tomorrow

April 21, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

On July 15, 2012, Michael Pruett, a successful real estate agent in Jackson  went for a typical evening motorcycle ride and suffered a horrific accident that by all accounts, should have caused his death. Michael’s wife, his spine surgeon, and one of the EMTs that rescued Michael on that fateful day recall the event they can only describe as “miraculous.”

Attend his book-signing Wednesday at 5PM at Pizza Artisan.

Watch these trailers to learn more about this miraculous story.

BTNF Seeking Public Input for the Star Valley Ranch Fire Project

April 21, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Afton, Wyo. – The Greys River Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest is beginning the public scoping period for a second round of treatment on National Forest lands near the Town of Star Valley to increase stand vigor, decrease dead trees and fuel loading near the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area.

The area in proposition is located on Forest land adjacent to private property in the town of Star Valley Ranch and Lincoln County. This will be the second treatment for the area since the 2005-06 seasons where it was first treated to reduce the built up of forest fuels. Due to the likelihood of future debris accumulation that can intensify a potential fire, a monitoring plan was developed to ensure the area did not gradually increase available fuels. The current presence of Douglas-fir and mountain pine bark beetles has increased the amount of dead trees in the area causing an accumulation of forest fuels. In order to maximize stand health, repel bark beetles, and lower fuel accumulation, the Greys River Ranger District is proposing to treat up to 293 acres in the area treated nine years ago and some additional areas in the Wildland Urban Interface.

The project area is located within the Inventoried Roadless Area #03002. Treatment for the fuel reduction includes thinning conifer trees, falling, limbing and bucking of dead standing trees, limbing and bucking of dead and live downed trees, and the limbing of larger live conifer trees. Most wood and debris coming from this project will be piled and burned as weather permits.

This project is located within the Upper Star Valley area, recognized by the 2015 Lincoln County Community Wildfire Protection Plan as priority number two for fire risk within Lincoln County. The Town of Star Valley Ranch has reached an agreement to treat private land through a joint Wyoming Division of Forestry grant to improve stand health and lower the threat of bark beetle infestation within the Greys River Ranger District.

The Greys River Ranger District is opening its comment period for the project to ensure there are no extraordinary circumstances related to this decision that that may lead to significant individual or cumulative environmental effects. This project is expected to be authorized by the use of a categorical exclusion, which would exclude the decision from documentation in an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment.

Written comments must be submitted to Richard Raione, District Ranger for the Greys River Ranger District, or to Dwayne Gibbons, West Zone Fire Manager Officer, at 671 North Washington St., Afton, WY 83110. Comments can also be submitted though email at richardpraione@fs.fed.us or dgibbons@fs.fed.us  by May 22, 2015.

Further information of the scoping notice and a description of the proposed project are available online atwww.fs.usda.gov/main/btnf/home.

Author and Psychologist Daniel Goleman to Speak in Jackson

April 21, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

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Bestselling author and renowned psychologist Daniel Goleman, PhD, will present “Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ” at the Center for the Arts on Friday, May 15 at 7 pm.

Goleman’s talk makes the case for “emotional intelligence” being the strongest indicator of human success. He defines emotional intelligence in terms of self-awareness, altruism, personal motivation, empathy, and the ability to love and be loved by friends, partners, and family members. Because emotional intelligence isn’t static, Goleman outlines how adults as well as parents of young children can develop this trait.

Tickets to the talk are $20, available at the Center’s box office and at jhcenterforthearts.org.

Goleman comes to Jackson as part of St. John’s Medical Center’s Words on Wellness speaker series, which presents national speakers and conducts Lunchtime Learning presentations on health and wellness topics.

50 Vehicles 1 Fatality 16 Injuries I-80 Still Closed

April 21, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

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A long stretch of Interstate 80 in southeast Wyoming remains closed Monday evening, following the big multi-vehicle crash 20 miles west of Laramie. The closure is now expected to stretch into Tuesday and possibly longer.

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