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Bison 4 – Tourists 0

July 3, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

As Yellowstone National Park enters the busiest month of the year, visitors are reminded that they are responsible for their safety, which includes viewing wildlife from safe distances of at least 25 yards. In recent separate incidents, two people were injured after getting too close to bison. The first encounter occurred on June 23 when an off-duty concession employee came upon a bison while walking off trail after dark in the Lower Geyser Basin area. The second incident occurred July 1, when a visitor encountered a bison while hiking the Storm Point trail in the Yellowstone Lake area.

The first incident happened when a 19-year-old female from Georgia and three friends were returning to their car after swimming in the Firehole River late at night. The girl and a companion were walking in the dark when they came upon a bison lying down about 10 feet from them. The companion turned and ran from the bison, but before the girl could react, the bison charged her and tossed her in the air. Her friends helped her to their car and drove back to Canyon Village, where all four live and work. At Canyon, the girl went to bed, but awoke a short time later feeling ill. Around one in the morning, the party called the Yellowstone Interagency Communication Center asking for medical help. Rangers transported the victim by ground ambulance to a hospital outside the park and she was released with minor injuries later that day.

The second incident occurred when a 68-year-old female from Georgia was hiking on the Storm Point trail, approximately 300 yards from the trailhead, and encountered a bison near the trail. The woman continued on the trail and as she passed the bison, it charged and gored her. A witness ran up the trail to report the incident to an Interpretive ranger leading a hike in the area. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., the ranger reported the incident to the Yellowstone Interagency Communication Center. Due to serious injuries, the woman was transported to Lake Clinic by ground ambulance and then by helicopter ambulance to a hospital outside the park.

These are the third and fourth bison encounters in Yellowstone National Park this summer. The other two occurred when visitors to the Old Faithful area approached too close to bison. Both visitors in those incidents were flown by helicopter ambulance to a hospital due to their injuries.

Visitors should remember that while many of the bison and elk in the park may appear tame, they are wild animals and should never be approached. Bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run and are unpredictable and dangerous. Park regulations require visitors stay at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals – bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves. If a visitor comes upon a bison or elk along a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in developed areas, visitors must give the animal at least 25 yards by either safely going around the animal or turning around, altering their plans, and not approaching the animal.

Plein Air for the Park Starts Monday

July 3, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Over 40 professional artists from across the United States will spend two weeks (July 6-19) capturing on canvas the exceptional beauty of Grand Teton National Park during the annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’ fine art exhibition and sale. This marks the fourth ‘Plein Air for the Park’ gathering and each year, the event is co-hosted by Grand Teton Association (GTA) and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. All painting demonstrations and show events are free and open to the public.

The nationally recognized ‘Plein Air for the Park’ event includes demonstrations, exhibitions and art sales that culminate with a quick draw on Saturday, July 18, at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. The public is invited to watch artwork created from start-to-finish, and all paintings may be purchased for a fixed-price immediately following the quick draw, or during the gala and opening reception on July 15.

Forty percent of the proceeds from sales made during ‘Plein Air for the Park’ will benefit GTA and help fund ongoing educational, interpretive and scientific programs in support of Grand Teton National Park.

“This mid-summer event has grown each year as a result of the dedicated and enthusiastic support and sponsorship of our park partner, Grand Teton Association, and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters,” said Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela. “Thanks to their combined efforts, visitors can experience the beauty of this incredible Teton landscape through the eyes of an artist. They may also purchase a piece of art that not only provides a lasting memory, but also benefits Grand Teton through the invaluable work of the GTA.”

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JULY 6-19:  Artists paint in and around Grand Teton National Park and the greater Jackson Hole area.

SATURDAY, JULY 11: Artists in the Environment Demonstration
3:00 –6:00 p.m. at Schwabacher’s Landing, west of Highway 26/89/191

TUESDAY, JULY 14: Artist Group Demonstration
3:30 –  6:30 p.m. on the Town Square, downtown Jackson, Wyoming

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15: Gala Opening Reception & Display of New Artwork
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Gala Opening Reception at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
7:45 p.m.  Announcement of Awards

SATURDAY, JULY 18: Quick Draw & Sale
9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center

Chamber of Commerce Schedule for the 4th

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2015 Schedule of Events for July 4th

7:00-10:30am: Pancake Breakfast on Town Square – The Jackson Hole Lions Club will present the traditional community get-together and fundraiser! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and free for kids under four-years-old. Tickets are available in advance from the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Administration Office, just off Town Square at 112 Center Street. For more information or large ticket sales, please contact Kelly at or 307.690.3486.

8:00am-6:00pm – Silver Car Auction. This is a featured event of Red White and Two, the two-day patriotic celebration Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village! Visit for more information.

9:00am: Annual 4th of July 10KM Run at Owen Bircher Park in Wilson – Skinny Skis and Jackson Whole Grocer are sponsoring the race to benefit Friends of Pathways. Register at Skinny Skis or Jackson Whole Grocer. Entry fee is $20.00 pre-registered or $25.00 on race day. Visit for more information.
10:30am: 4th of July Parade – Entries gather at the Teton County Fairgrounds for line-up beginning at 9:00am. The route travels down Snow King Avenue to Glenwood, turning on Broadway, and ending on Willow Street. Judging of the parade entries will take place as they pass the grandstand located on Town Square. Music, horses, clowns, roller skates, and classic cars will be among the ranks. Businesses and organizations interested in participating should enter early. To download the entry form, please click here. For more information, please contact Renee Leone, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator, 307.733.3316 or
4:00pm – The Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole performs. This is a featured event of Red White and Two, the two-day patriotic celebration Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village! Visit for more information.
5:30pm: JacksonHoleLive – One Ton Pig is a sextet that melds the hard luck singer-songwriter tradition of artists like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash with the dazzling musicality and imaginative genre-bending of jam band musicians. JacksonHoleLive involves great music, activities for families, a nonprofit showcase, libations, and food from Cafe Genevieve, Everest Momo Shack, Haydens Post, The Indian, Kim’s Corner, and Pinky G’s Pizzeria. Visit for more information, including details about Jared & The Mill playing on Friday, July 3.
6:00pm: Music in the Hole Presented by Grand Teton Music Festival – The program for the patriotic pops concert includes “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Grand Teton Postcard,” and “American the Beautiful.” Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the summer evening in the Village Commons, where the concert will be broadcast al fresco. Camp chairs, blankets, and picnics are welcome! Music in the Hole concludes GTMF’s celebratory opening week events. Visit for more information.
6:00pm: Town Square Shootout – Watch a lively reenactment of frontier justice on the Jackson Town Square in what is the longest, continuously running shootout show in the country! Click here for more information about the Shootout.

8:00pm: Jackson Hole Rodeo – The rodeo is regularly held on each Wednesday and Saturday during the summer season at the Teton County Fairgrounds. The 4th of July Rodeo is a fine western tradition and a wonderful way to spend an evening as the sun sets over the Teton Range. Visit for more information.

8:00pm – Calle Mambo performs. This is a featured event of Red White and Two, the two-day patriotic celebration Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village! Visit for more information.
10:00pm: Fireworks! Enjoy fireworks shows at two locations: the base of Snow King Mountain in the Town of Jackson and at the base of the Tetons in Teton

South Park Boat Ramp Open

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The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department will be opening the new South Park Boat Ramp slightly ahead of schedule, allowing river users to access the site beginning Friday July 3, 2015.  The new ramp is constructed on the east side of S. Highway 89, across from Von Gontard’s Landing, and was originally scheduled to open later in July.  Additional construction, including landscaping improvements, is still needed to complete the facility, but county officials made the decision to open the ramp early in part due to the anticipated increased traffic over the upcoming holiday weekend.  These necessary site improvements are ongoing and will be completed as conditions allow, but all work will temporarily stop the morning of July 3rd and resume Monday morning, July 6th.   Final completion of the site is expected within the next few weeks. 

With the opening of Teton County’s new facility, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will continue to monitor use levels at Von Gontard’s Landing with the goal of closing the site in the near future.  The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has worked in cooperation and coordination with Teton County throughout this project, and has generously supported the construction of the new South Park Boat Ramp with a $584,554 grant to improve river access and user safety.  The new facility features many things that Von Gontard’s Landing lacked including expanded parking that is separate from the launch site, a small craft and tube launch, restrooms and a new entrance with a center turn lane. The widening of S. Highway 89 was part of the overall ramp construction, and the installation of the center turn lane will “vastly improve safety as users enter and exit the site,” said Matt Kissel, Park Planner.  Please see the accompanying map for a complete site plan

The Fourth of July holiday is historically one of the busiest weekends along the Snake River, with large numbers of private river users accessing the river at South Park.  With the anticipated increase in traffic, Teton County staff is asking that those utilizing the new boat ramp be courteous of the ongoing construction, park only in designated parking areas and if no parking remains at the site itself, please park in the overflow parking located in the grass field on the west side of S. Highway 89.  There is unimproved pedestrian access to the South Park Boat Ramp just beneath the bridge, near the small craft and tube launch site.  Tubers are asked to launch at the small craft and tube launch, leaving the launch open for private and commercial boat access.

54th Season For Festival Big Weekend Planned

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The Grand Teton Music Festival’s 54th season kicked off Wednesday evening with a spectacular piano recital by Charlie Albright. The seven-week season features more than thirty concerts at Walk Festival Hall, two family concerts, and special events in Jackson. Music Director Donald Runnicles returns for his tenth season to lead the renowned Festival Orchestra in performances on Friday, July 3 at 6pm and Saturday, July 4 at 6pm. Maestro Runnicles holds concurrent appointments at the Deustche Oper Berlin, Atlanta Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Each summer, more than 200 orchestral musicians from North America’s leading orchestras and universities return to the Tetons to “renew their vows to music” according to Maestro Runnicles.


The Festival Orchestra’s opening night is a special, one-night only performance of works of Sibelius, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff on Friday, July 3 at 6pm. Maestro Runnicles and the Festival Orchestra open the evening with Sibelius’ inspirational anthem for his native land, Finlandia. The Festival Orchestra then showcases the youthful and exuberant first symphony by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The concert concludes with the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto, a widely celebrated work that has an established track record in the concert hall and on the big screen, including the 1996 film Shine. Celebrated American pianist Garrick Ohlsson will be performing the work.

Limited tickets for this one night only performance are available. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at or by calling the Fritz Box Office at 307.733.1128. Rush tickets are available the day of the performance for $15 on-line and at the Fritz Box Office.

The opening week concerts featuring vocalist Doug LaBrecque on Thursday, July 2 at 6pm and the annual Patriotic Pops concert on July 4, at 6pm are both SOLD OUT! To be added to the wait list for these concerts, call 307.733.1128.

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