Jackson Hole News&Guide - The confluence

This week in environmental news ...

Surely, many if not most of our readers have seen the viral social media posts about the grizzly bear hazing operations unfolding on Togwotee Pass. We covered the nuts and bolts of that controversy this week, but hang tight and we'll have a much more in-depth story in next week's News&Guide. Other topics that earned headlines include a proposal for whitetail deer and pronghorn antelope hunting on the National Elk Refuge and the fire danger heading up to high way earlier in the summer than it would usually. We have three ski industry related stories, too: U.S. Sen. John Barrasso's "SHRED" Act, which would recoup some of the fees that federally-leased ski areas pay, allowing the businesses and the local national forests to recycle those funds; A decision to double the number of clients that JHMR ski guides can take into the backcountry adjacent to the resort; last, another Forest Service decision that allows the resort to add several elevated "viewing platforms" to the mountaintop near the Aerial Tram. -Mike Koshmrl

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Togwotee grizzly family to be heavily hazed for two weeks

Federal wildlife managers are asking wildlife watchers to stay away from Togwotee Pass for the rest of June while they haze a well-known grizzly sow from sunup to sundown anytime she nears the highway. Read more

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to build ridge-top viewing platforms and other projects

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort received the green light to work on a series of new construction projects this summer, including at least one raised, 350-square-foot steel “viewing platform” atop Rendezvous Mountain. Read more

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B-T says OK to more guided Teton Range backcountry skiing

Worries about skiers displacing more bighorn sheep had no effect on a plan that doubled the number of days Jackson Hole Mountain Resort guides can lead skiers out of bounds into the Teton Range backcountry. Read more

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Two Teton County black bears road-killed in a week

Highways feeding into Jackson Hole have claimed the lives of two black bears this week, one each on Togwotee Pass and Teton Pass. Read more

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Barrasso tries again with ‘SHRED’ Act to send some fees back to ski areas

A bipartisan bill that would allow ski areas to recoup some of the fees they pay to operate on U.S. Forest Service property has reemerged i… Read more

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Fire danger ‘high,’ and it’s only mid-June

Fast-drying vegetation, unseasonably warm temperatures and a crush of tourists have convinced Teton Interagency Fire officials to elevate t… Read more

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E. coli warnings posted on Fish, Flat Creeks

Elevated levels of E. coli in Fish Creek and Flat Creek are leading Teton County’s health officials to warn swimmers and float-tubers of po… Read more

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