Avalanches killed two skiers from Jackson in western Wyoming yesterday. Elizabeth Gray Benson, 28, was west of Bondurant when an avalanche caught her and carried her into a tree. Nick Gillespie, 30, was in the north end of the Teton Range.
Bob Comey with the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center says significant new snowfall on top of a slick, older base of snow means the risk for avalanches is considerable.
The Department of Interior has paid the state of Wyoming 16 million dollars for a second parcel of state land located inside Grand Teton National Park. Two more parcels remain to be purchased.
The Grand Teton Program Manager of the National Parks Conservation Association says she is thrilled. Sharon Mader notes that since the land is owned by the state, it could have been made available to private developers. So having the federal government buy the land is important.
The United States Government is bringing a number of Foreign Ambassadors to Jackson Hole this weekend to learn about conservation and preservation. The trip is being led by U-S Chief of Protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall who says the goal is to teach the diplomats about how the National Park System is a major part of the country’s environmental heritage. She hopes this will lead to an interesting discussion.
A young Grizzly Bear and a mother antelope were killed Thursday in Grand Teton National Park on Highway 89, the park’s main road.
The grizzly was killed when one car swerved to avoid another car and rolled, hitting and killing the bear that was by the side of the road. The driver was treated for minor injuries at Saint John’s Hospital in Jackson. Another car hit an antelope near Gros Ventre Junction, and failed to report the collision. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says, drivers need to be extra aware when driving in the park.
Fire managers in the Jackson area have raised the fire danger rating to “high” for Teton County, the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park.
National Park spokesperson Jackie Skaggs says the rating is based on a combination of high temperatures, high winds, low humidity and low moisture content in plants. She says campers need to be exceptionally careful with cigarettes, camp stoves and camp fires.