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Rangers caution Grand Teton boaters about Snake River dangers

After a recent spate of incidents on a stretch of the Snake River between Deadman’s Bar and Moose Landing, Grand Teton National Park Rangers are cautioning boaters to choose segments of river that are appropriate for their experience and ability level. Rangers have conducted rescues on the Snake River near the Bar BC Ranch for at least five separate parties since August 1, 2015. Continue Reading →

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A fall float along the Snake River in Grand Teton

The sun rises over the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park.

The sun was poised just under the lip of the hills. We pushed off, the water now transparent green instead of oily silver, and whisked downstream, Joe dipping the oars only enough to keep the raft in the current. Around the first bend we slipped into bright morning sunlight that painted the river in slashes of orange with purple shadows. Tufts of steam curled up from the surface. The oars licked the water. We huddled into our down coats and turned our faces, eyes closed, to the sunlight like lizards. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton rangers aide 80-year-old kayaker

Just before noon on Thursday, September 4, Grand Teton National Park rangers and park paramedics responded to a boat accident with an unresponsive kayaker on the Snake River, about 3/4 of a mile downstream of the Pacific Creek landing. Gerald Skinner, 80, of Brentwood, Tennessee was kayaking with his son near the confluence of the Buffalo Fork River when he apparently overturned his boat and lost consciousness. Continue Reading →

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Bill would lift ban on Yellowstone river paddling

A new bill introduced by Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis would nullify longstanding federal regulations that prohibit hand-propelled boating on rivers and streams in Yellowstone National Park and on some waters not currently open in Grand Teton National Park. While the bill as initially drafted could potentially limit the authority of park superintendents to manage kayaking and other forms of paddling, Lummis said during a Congressional hearing last week that the final say over which rivers and streams are opened to paddling should rest with park managers. Continue Reading →

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Multiple incidents keep Grand Teton emergency crews busy over weekend

A search and rescue helicopter lands at the Jenny Lake rescue cache near Lupine Meadows in Grand Teton National Park in this 2012 file photo, after completing a short-haul extraction of an imperiled climber from the Teewinot Mountain area.

First responders in Grand Teton National Park were busy over the weekend, when an ailing climber was rescued by helicopter, a minivan was sent into the Gros Ventre River after a highway collision and rafters on the Snake River were tossed overboard and assisted by a commercial guide. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott briefs Jackson Hole officials on summer plans, construction projects

Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott said the government shutdown is "devastating to morale."

Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott had a construction hard hat sitting on the table next to her during a presentation last month for local elected officials. It wasn't just a prop, as Scott and other National Park Service employees had just moved into their recently completed new office space in Moose, and a range of construction and improvement projects are in the works for this summer and beyond. Grand Teton has a $193 million deferred maintenance backlog, Scott told Jackson Hole area elected officials in her annual briefing of the park's upcoming summer season. "We're gradually correcting it over time," she said. "But it's a continuing effort." Continue Reading →

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