Search and rescue backers are trying to raise $6.6 million in private donations to buy and outfit a helicopter that would ensure year-round access for rescues while asking the county to commit public dollars to monthly operational costs.

Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr unveiled the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation campaign, dubbed “Mission Critical,” during a Monday workshop with the Teton County commissioners. Carr described year-round, reliable access to a helicopter as “vital” amid rising calls for aid with more people recreating on surrounding public lands. In 2021, the team received 105 calls for service, the most ever.

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Kate Ready covers criminal justice and emergency news. Originally from Denver, Kate studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and is excited to bring her love for the mountains and storytelling to Jackson.

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