Snake flows to be moderately high

By Jim Stanford on May 16, 2014

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Rounding the bend below Deadman’s Bar is always exciting.

There is still plenty of snow in the mountains, but with ample space to catch it in Jackson Lake, runoff on the Snake River is unlikely to reach historic levels.

That’s the assessment Mike Beus, operations manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, delivered at the agency’s water meeting in Jackson last night. The bureau controls releases at Jackson Lake and Palisades dams to supply water for irrigation in Idaho and prevent floods.

Runoff in the upper Snake basin is projected to be about 130 percent of normal, Beus said. But because of last year’s drought, the uppermost reservoirs are filling slowly. The Jackson Lake reservoir was drawn down to 18 percent of capacity last fall, and Palisades was nearly empty.

The bureau is releasing only 300 cubic feet per second from Jackson Lake Dam; it will double the flow shortly before Memorial Day weekend and increase the release to 2,500 cfs by June 1.

The agency plans to gradually increase the dam release as tributaries drop off, thereby reducing the risk of flooding. The bureau projects a maximum release of just over 5,000 cfs beginning in late June. Once the runoff subsides, the release will be held steady at 2,500 cfs through the end of September.

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airport shuttle to continue through summer

By Jim Stanford on March 28, 2014

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Jackson Hole Airport is the only commercial airport inside a national park, and parking is limited. The shuttle costs $8 each way, compared to $10 per night for parking at the airport. To reserve a seat, call 307-733-3135.

Those on spring break or planning an off-season getaway will continue to have a cheap, easy way to get to and from Jackson Hole Airport.

The Ride2Fly shuttle has been extended through the spring and summer, serving every departing and incoming flight. The shuttle picks up and drops off at the town parking garage and costs $8 each way.

Since launching before Thanksgiving, the service has been a resounding success, with an average of more than 300 riders a month (total for both directions). The shuttle was particularly valuable over the holidays in December, when the airport ran out of parking.

With only two airlines serving Jackson Hole for April, the shuttle will pick up less frequently. But once the full flight schedule resumes in late May, shuttles will run accordingly. The off-season schedule follows after the jump.

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park road to get consistent grooming

By Jim Stanford on January 29, 2014

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Skate skiing is an easy glide by the Tetons.

For skinny skiers, the Teton Park Road is about to get smoother.

Teton County has reached an agreement with Grand Teton National Park to groom 15 miles of the road for Nordic skiing. The county will groom at least once a week between the Taggart Lake parking lot and Signal Mountain Lodge.

As with other trails around the valley, the track will accommodate classic and skate skiing. Donations to the GTNP Foundation, a private nonprofit, will pay for the service.

The road is closed to vehicle traffic during winter. While a popular destination, the park has groomed it only sporadically in recent years as funding and staffing have allowed. Winds tend to eradicate the track quickly.

Jackson-Teton County Parks and Rec will groom on Saturdays and perhaps other days as well. The park will continue to augment the service when possible.

The agreement makes sense for tourism. Skiing or walking along the park road is one of the few premier activities in winter outside the ski resorts.

Besides, there are never enough excuses to go to Dornan’s.

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airport shuttle to begin Nov. 26

By Jim Stanford on November 21, 2013

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The long-awaited shuttle will cost $8 each way between the town parking garage and airport. Call to reserve space.

Residents flying in and out of Jackson Hole Airport for Thanksgiving will have a cheap, easy way of transportation.

A new shuttle between town and the airport will begin Nov. 26. The service, called Ride 2 Fly, will utilize the parking garage at the corner of Glenwood and Simpson streets. Cost is $8 each way or $16 round trip, tax included.

Travelers must reserve space by calling 307-733-3135. The shuttle will serve all departing and incoming flights.

The service is a collaboration between the town, county and airport board. It will be run by the current shuttle contractor, Alltrans.

Parking at the airport costs $10 per day, and spaces are limited, especially around the holidays. Last Christmas, the airport towed cars illegally parked.

Residents taking the shuttle may park for free in the town garage for up to 30 days. A portion of the third level has been reserved for shuttle riders, who can take an elevator to a heated pickup area at street level.

The shuttle will run through April 7. If ridership is strong, officials aim to extend the service year round.

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Lummis votes to shut down government

By Jim Stanford on October 1, 2013

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Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., opted to close national parks rather than implement the health care law passed by Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks are being barricaded today, and all public access closed, thanks in part to Wyoming’s lone congressional representative, Cynthia Lummis.

Lummis is part of an extreme faction of the Republican Party seeking to hold the federal government hostage over implementation of the 2009 health care law. She voted repeatedly this weekend and last night to send a budget bill to the Senate that was dead on arrival.

Without funding, all federal agencies, including the National Park Service, were forced to close.

On her website, Lummis said she did so to protect Americans from “the onslaught of Obamacare.”

Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott held a conference call this morning to outline the closure in her jurisdiction, which includes the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway connecting Grand Teton and Yellowstone.

Aside from Highway 26/89/191 between Jackson and Moran, all of Grand Teton park is closed to visitor access and recreational activities, Scott said. Visitors may not even stop at scenic turnouts along the highway.

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