Grand Teton National Park http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Missing Hiker's Body Recovered In Grand Teton National Park http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/missing-hikers-body-recovered-grand-teton-national-park <p>On Tuesday, park personnel recovered the body of Will Cornyn,&nbsp;a hiker in Grand Teton National Park who had been reported missing&nbsp;on Monday.&nbsp;Cornyn was found at the foot of a steep drop near Inspiration Hill after a six-hour search. He is the fifth&nbsp;visitor to die in the park this year.</p><p>Most fatalities that occur in the park are caused by risky activities such as rock climbing, white-water rafting, and hiking in the backcountry.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:24:39 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61791 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Missing Hiker's Body Recovered In Grand Teton National Park How The National Parks Can Save Our View Of The Stars http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/how-national-parks-can-save-our-view-stars <p>An exhibit opening this weekend at the University of Wyoming Art Museum is among the first major displays of astrophotography as art.<strong> <a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/_files/exhibition_archives/2014/starstruck.html" target="_blank">‘Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography’</a></strong> is a dazzling exhibition, ranging from night skies and landscapes to deep space photography.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:23:21 +0000 Micah Schweizer 56703 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How The National Parks Can Save Our View Of The Stars National Parks Could See More Money http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/national-parks-could-see-more-money <p>President Obama wants to add 55 million dollars to the National Park Service budget, including ten million dollars to get parks ready for their centennial celebration in 2016.&nbsp;&nbsp; John Garder with the National Parks Conservation Association says the money is needed to address billions of dollars in&nbsp;maintenance.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:25:55 +0000 Bob Beck 56451 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org National Parks Could See More Money Legislature Passes Grand Teton Land Swap Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislature-passes-grand-teton-land-swap-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After&nbsp;considerable&nbsp;discussion, the Wyoming legislature approved a bill that would let the state and the federal government move&nbsp;forward with finalizing&nbsp;a deal to swap state owned land in Grand Teton National Park&nbsp;with&nbsp;the federal government.&nbsp; Some senators&nbsp;expressed&nbsp;concern that the federal mineral land&nbsp;won't match the estimated $100 million value of the state's park land, but Jackson Senator Leland Christensen says the bill was changed&nbsp;to ensure the trade will be fair.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:42:45 +0000 Bob Beck 54966 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislature Passes Grand Teton Land Swap Bill National Parks Bring In Millions For Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/national-parks-bring-millions-wyoming <p>A <a href="http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm?utm_source=statenewsrelease&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=EconomicBenefitsReport2014">report</a> by the National Park Service indicates that parks are major economic drivers for surrounding communities.</p><p></p><p>The report shows that park visitation generated more than $700 million in Wyoming in 2012 and supported thousands of jobs and local businesses. Nation-wide, tourists spent more than $26 billion when visiting parks.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:15:30 +0000 Willow Belden 54780 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org National Parks Bring In Millions For Wyoming Senate Debates And Approves Grand Teton National Park Land Swap http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-debates-and-approves-grand-teton-national-park-land-swap <p>A bill that would allow the federal government to trade mineral rights and federal land for two parcels of state land inside Grand Teton National Park has passed the Wyoming Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>The swap is needed after the federal government backed out of a previous deal to pay the state for the two parcels.&nbsp; Laramie Senator Phil Nicholas added an amendment that the land would have to be mineral property with proven reserves, so that the swap is worthwhile for the state.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:27:59 +0000 Bob Beck 54557 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Debates And Approves Grand Teton National Park Land Swap New Grand Teton Superintendent Says Collaboration Is Key http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-grand-teton-superintendent-says-collaboration-key <p>The National Park Service named a new superintendent for Grand Teton National Park this week. David Vela will replace former superintendent Mary Gibson Scott, who retired last year.</p><p>Vela is currently an associate director for the Park Service in Washington DC. He has worked at parks and historic sites in Texas, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and directed the Park Service’s southeast region for four years. He says one of his goals is to listen to visitor feedback.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:06:14 +0000 Willow Belden 54051 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Grand Teton Superintendent Says Collaboration Is Key Grand Teton Gets New Superintendent http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/grand-teton-gets-new-superintendent <p>The National Park Service has picked a new superintendent for Grand Teton National Park. David Vela will replace former Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott, who retired in November.</p><p></p><p>Vela is currently an associate director for the Park Service in Washington D.C. and has overseen several other parks and historic sites. He also served as director of the National Park Service’s southeast region.</p><p>Vela says he will place a major emphasis on working with park employees and the community.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:14:38 +0000 Willow Belden 53905 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Grand Teton Gets New Superintendent State Lands Board Votes To Support Teton Land Exchange http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-lands-board-votes-support-teton-land-exchange <p>The State Lands Board voted yesterday four-to-one to support an agreement that would trade 1,300&nbsp;acres of prime wildlife habitat in Grand Teton National Park for federally-owned property. The state is obligated by law to manage or sell state lands&nbsp;to maximize revenues for&nbsp;the State Education Trust.&nbsp; But the land in question is&nbsp;appraised&nbsp;at $107 million, if commercially developed.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:56:32 +0000 Melodie Edwards 53736 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Lands Board Votes To Support Teton Land Exchange Grand Teton Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott leaves her post with issues remaining http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/grand-teton-superintendent-mary-gibson-scott-leaves-her-post-issues-remaining <p>In her nine years as Superintendent of Grand Teton National Park, Mary Gibson Scott has overseen a number of park improvements from Transportation to a new Visitors Center.&nbsp; But issues from funding for Parks to protecting wildlife continue to be a concern.&nbsp; Gibson Scott retires this weekend, so we asked her about a few key issues, such as reforming the Endangered Species Act.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:50:39 +0000 Bob Beck 49636 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Grand Teton Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott leaves her post with issues remaining Grand Teton National Park reopens http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/grand-teton-national-park-reopens <p>Grand Teton National Park has reopened after the federal government shutdown forced it to close for 16 days. The park furloughed about 200 employees and the remaining crew worked straight through the closure.</p><p></p><p>Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott says there were significant losses to gateway communities as well as to the park itself.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:47:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 48545 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Grand Teton National Park reopens Closed parks ticket unlawful visitors http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/closed-parks-ticket-unlawful-visitors <p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:13:08 +0000 Jordan Harper 48162 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Closed parks ticket unlawful visitors Tourists and workers disgruntled over park closures http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tourists-and-workers-disgruntled-over-park-closures <p>HOST INTRO: As the government shutdown continues, the impacts are evident in Teton County where the economy is closely tied to federal lands and federal workers. Rebecca Huntington has more from Jackson.&nbsp;</p><p>REBECCA HUNTINGTON: Foreign visitors inspect a three-D model of Jackson Hole and use the public restrooms at the Home Ranch welcome center, located on the main highway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. This is where the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has set up a temporary table to help tourists locked out of national parks by the government shutdown.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:40:58 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 47905 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tourists and workers disgruntled over park closures Government shutdown forces national park closures http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/government-shutdown-forces-national-park-closures <p>Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are closed as a result of the federal government shutdown.</p><p></p><p>Grand Teton Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott says visitors staying at campgrounds and hotels in the park have 48 hours to leave. Most park staffers are being furloughed, except for certain emergency personnel.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:46:59 +0000 Willow Belden 47754 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Government shutdown forces national park closures Commission restricts motorized use of the Snake River http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/commission-restricts-motorized-use-snake-river <p>The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted Monday to impose limits on what types of motorized craft can be used on Teton County’s <span class="highlight" id="0.46510494767317434" name="searchHitInReadingPane">Snake</span> River, and when.<br> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:46:42 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 47423 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Commission restricts motorized use of the Snake River Landscape artist Kathryn Turner reflects on her muse, the Tetons http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/landscape-artist-kathryn-turner-reflects-her-muse-tetons <p>Wyoming landscape painter Kathryn Turner grew up on Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park surrounded by dramatic views of her favorite subject, the Tetons.</p><p>And in her words, she’s spent the past 20 years trying to do them justice. “And they are challenging! And what makes them challenging is they’re always changing, with the light, with the seasons, with the way the clouds move over them, obscuring them, changing the shadows. So they provide a lifetime of material,” added Turner.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:56:21 +0000 Micah Schweizer 45835 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Landscape artist Kathryn Turner reflects on her muse, the Tetons Teton Port-o-Potty Owl Project gains ground http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/teton-port-o-potty-owl-project-gains-ground <p>Owls have been getting stuck inside portable toilets on public lands across the country… But, Grant Teton National Park has found an innovative way to protect them.</p><p>The first report of an owl stuck in a “Porta Potty” at Grand Teton National Park came from a land manager who was performing routine maintenance. He took a picture of the owl and sent it to Amy McCarthy, executive director of the Teton Raptor Center.</p><p>McCarthy says the photo and all of the anecdotal evidence gathered from across the country since then has been compelling.</p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 00:17:51 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 45151 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Teton Port-o-Potty Owl Project gains ground Fire danger high in Tetons http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fire-danger-high-tetons <p>Fire danger rose to a “high” rating this week for both Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park, due to a combination of warm weather, low humidity and strong winds.</p><p>Traci Weaver, a spokeswoman for Bridger-Teton, says that dry vegetation and a higher-than-usual number of lightning strikes already posed a fire risk… But campers have abandoned more than 100 campfires this season, compounding the danger. Weaver urges campers to be responsible forest stewards.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 23:22:02 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 45004 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fire danger high in Tetons In search of the Murie Legacy in Grand Teton National Park with Gloria Baxter http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/search-murie-legacy-grand-teton-national-park-gloria-baxter <p>Gloria Baxter: Professor Emeritus of the University of Memphis School of Dance and Theater, Gloria was invited by The Murie Center of Grand Teton National Park to create an original narrative theater adaptation based on the writings of Olaus and Margaret Murie, pioneers in the American wilderness movement.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:47:15 +0000 Emy DiGrappa 44873 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In search of the Murie Legacy in Grand Teton National Park with Gloria Baxter Wildlife deaths up on Yellowstone and Grand Teton park roads http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wildlife-deaths-yellowstone-and-grand-teton-park-roads <p>Wildlife deaths from vehicle collisions are on the rise in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. That’s according to records obtained by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.</p><p>The group’s executive director, Jeff Ruch, says one of the reasons , at least in Yellowstone, could be road improvements.</p><p>“Yellowstone designs its road projects for basically commuting into the park,” says Ruch. “They’ve invested a lot of money in recent years into making roads wider and straighter.”</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:24:05 +0000 Willow Belden 44527 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wildlife deaths up on Yellowstone and Grand Teton park roads Improvements slated for Grand Teton bike path http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/improvements-slated-grand-teton-bike-path <p>Grand Teton National Park announced plans to upgrade its pathway system Tuesday. Slated improvements include lengthening the trail by more than two miles and safety enhancements, including signs, path striping, and the addition of a modern style roundabout.</p><p></p><p>The project will extend the park’s system of bike paths, part of which runs parallel to highway 89. Several smaller safety features have already been installed, such as path striping and better signage.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:08:08 +0000 Jordan Harper 44340 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Improvements slated for Grand Teton bike path Man charged with felony assault in Grand Teton stabbing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/man-charged-felony-assault-grand-teton-stabbing <p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 23:27:30 +0000 Willow Belden 43122 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Man charged with felony assault in Grand Teton stabbing Searching for the Murie story in Grand Teton National Park with Gloria Baxter http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/searching-murie-story-grand-teton-national-park-gloria-baxter <p>Gloria Baxter: Professor Emeritus of the University of Memphis School of Dance and Theater, Gloria was invited by The Murie Center of Grand Teton National Park to create an original narrative theater adaptation based on the writings of Olaus and Margaret Murie, pioneers in the American wilderness movement.</p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 20:09:50 +0000 Emy DiGrappa 42990 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Jackson Native Artist Kathryn Mapes Turner http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/jackson-native-artist-kathryn-mapes-turner <p>The artwork of Kathryn Mapes Turner has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Here she was born as the fourth generation to be raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape amid what she believes to be the most spectacular scenery on earth.</p><p></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:37:54 +0000 Emy DiGrappa 39724 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Jackson Native Artist Kathryn Mapes Turner Motorists in Grand Teton need to watch for wildlife http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/motorists-grand-teton-need-watch-wildlife <p>Drivers in and around Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole need to watch out for large animals. Right now the spring migration of elk is underway.&nbsp; Bison, mule deer, and moose are also leaving their winter ranges and traveling into their summer range in the Park.</p><p>Park Spokeswoman, Jackie Skaggs says that colliding with such animals can be extremely dangerous.</p><p>“Hitting something that large can cause serious damage to your vehicle,” Skaggs says, “could cause serious injury to you or the occupants of your vehicle, and it will likely cause the death of an animal.”</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 15:11:08 +0000 Luke Hammons 38943 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Motorists in Grand Teton need to watch for wildlife Sequestration forces cuts to seasonal staff and emergency responders at Grand Teton http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sequestration-forces-cuts-seasonal-staff-and-emergency-responders-grand-teton <p>Grand Teton National Park says that because of the federal sequestration, it will be hiring fewer seasonal workers this summer and will be making cuts to emergency response teams.</p><p></p><p>The park was instructed to trim its budget by $700,000 for the next six months. Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott says the changes will be noticeable.</p><p>“We know there will be delays in responding to search and rescue, as well as medical emergencies and law enforcement,” Scott said.</p><p>She says they will also have fewer fire fighters.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:26:46 +0000 Willow Belden 38473 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sequestration forces cuts to seasonal staff and emergency responders at Grand Teton Newbold Dam in Grand Teton National Park to be demolished http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/newbold-dam-grand-teton-national-park-be-demolished <p>Grand Teton National Park and Trout Unlimited are partnering to demolish a dam near Kelly, WY, which will restore access to the&nbsp; Gros Ventre Watershed for spawning trout and non-game fish.</p><p>The Newbold Dam was once used for irrigation, but the park’s public affairs officer, Jackie Skaggs says the structure is now obsolete, and removing it will help the park.</p><p>“In the long run it saves us money in maintenance for a structure that is no longer needed, is no longer used, but greatly benefits fish and fish habitats,” said Skaggs.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:08:56 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 38127 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Newbold Dam in Grand Teton National Park to be demolished New rules for Grand Teton elk hunt seek to limit bear encounters http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-rules-grand-teton-elk-hunt-seek-limit-bear-encounters <p></p><p>The National Park Service and the Game and Fish Department changed regulations for hunting elk in Grand Teton National Park. Part of the reason for these changes is to avoid contact between hunters and grizzly bears.</p><p>Last year a hunter participating in the annual elk reduction program shot and killed a grizzly in the park. In 2011, a grizzly mauled a hunter. Both encounters involved bears protecting animal carcasses.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:55:04 +0000 Luke Hammons 37946 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New rules for Grand Teton elk hunt seek to limit bear encounters No charges filed in grizzly killing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/no-charges-filed-grizzly-killing <p>The U.S. Attorney’s office has decided not to file criminal charges against hunters who killed a grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park last year.</p><p>The hunters were participating in the annual elk reduction program when they shot the bear. But Park Spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says investigators determined that they acted in self defense after the grizzly charged them. She says the hunters did the right thing after the bear died.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:29:51 +0000 Willow Belden 37694 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org No charges filed in grizzly killing Grizzly Death Triggers Park to Weigh Options for Elk Hunt http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/grizzly-death-triggers-park-weigh-options-elk-hunt <p>The death of a grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park on Thanksgiving Day of 2012 has triggered calls for ending the park's annual elk hunt. A hunting party shot the grizzly after the hunters said the bear charged them. Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott calls the bear's death a travesty. It's the first hunting-related grizzly death in the park. But Scott says her agency, the National Park Service, can't just end the hunt. Rebecca Huntington has more.</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:18:21 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 36101 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Grizzly Death Triggers Park to Weigh Options for Elk Hunt