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This week in public safety and emergency news ...

Two high-profile accidents — a hot air balloon accident and the tragic on-the-job death of a Wyoming Department of Transportation employee — have each triggered their own lawsuits. 

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Brady Hansen, meanwhile, looks at how to pay for increasing calls for service as the global pandemic keeps purse strings tight.

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Teton County balloon company sued for August crash that injured 12

A Teton County hot air balloon company is being sued by a passenger in an August accident that injured 12 passengers and sent 11 to the hospital. Read more

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Park to scale back search for missing hiker after days of combing backcountry

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include a new photo of Cian McLaughlin showing him wearing sun glasses fitting the description given in the last credible sighting of the missing hiker.  Read more

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Pontiac driver in critical condition after Canyon wreck

A head-on collision in the Snake River Canyon late Wednesday halted the normal flow of traffic for nearly four hours and left a temporary Jackson Hole resident badly injured. Read more

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Garnet Canyon probe finds no sign of Irishman

Grand Teton National Park rangers conducted an intensive search of the Garnet Canyon area on Thursday, but found no clues of a 27-year-old Jackson man who has been missing for nine days. Read more

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Friends and family help search for missing hiker Cian McLaughlin

With help from helicopter crews and dog teams, the search for Cian McLaughlin in Grand Teton National Park is ongoing, providing an inkling of hope for friends and family to cling to. Read more

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Blotter, June 16

Just days after the Wyoming Department of Transportation raised the speed limit from 45 mph to 50 mph on sections of Highway 22, a Georgia man decided he wanted more. The 21-year-old was stopped about 1:20 a.m. June 12 for doing 61 in one of those zones. “He did not do well” on the usual roadside agility tests, said sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt and also smelled as if someone had spilled a drink on h… Read more

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