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  • Wolverines win Endangered Species Act protection

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 7, 2023

    JACKSON — Wolverines officially have federal protection after federal wildlife biologists determined the species is “less secure” than previously believed in the face of climate change and habitat loss. On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the elusive, rare alpine-dwelling mesocarnivore — an animal whose diet is only slightly above 50% meat — would be listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes after a lengthy legal battle between envir...

  • Conservation meets consternation

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole News and Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 15, 2022

    JACKSON – In the windy, unincorporated hunting and ranching enclave of Bondurant, south of Jackson Hole, Richard Pearson is thought to be one of the oldest residents who grew up there. Pearson doesn’t like what he’s seeing in the town he’s called home all of his 70-plus years. Some eight miles away from the rustic Elkhorn Bar and Trading Post, the community watering hole, billionaire Joe Ricketts is trying to develop a resort and guest ranch on the banks of the Hoback River. “These billionaires have some kind of status thing going on where the...

  • In the Rockies, goats beat bighorn sheep

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole News and Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 23, 2022

    JACKSON -It doesn't take much to get a mountain goat's goat. They go from "passive to aggressive really fast," said Joel Berger, the Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair of Wildlife Conservation at Colorado State University. One of Berger's recent studies found that in high alpine environments in the Rocky Mountains where mountain goats and bighorn sheep compete for resources, goats displace sheep - as much as 95% of the time when salt licks were the issue. Their aggressive behavior is part of t...

  • Sales tax expansion, real estate transfer tax bills fail

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 18, 2021

    JACKSON — The House Revenue Committee was again disinterested in new taxes last week as it voted down a real estate transfer tax and an expansion of the sales tax from goods to services. Teton County legislators supported the real estate tax. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lobbied against the sales tax expansion. Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Albany, was the lead sponsor on the sales tax bill. Pointing to a report on Wyoming’s estimated “tax capacity” — the ability to increase taxes while remaining competitive business-wise — she argued that Wyomin...

  • New COVID variant detected in Teton County

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 20, 2021

    JACKSON — The new, fast-spreading coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom has been detected in Teton County, and health officials are repeating their plea for people to only gather with household members. “Our community is in perhaps the most critical position we have faced yet in the course of this pandemic,” Teton District Health Officer Travis Riddell said in a press release Saturday. “With the identification of the COVID-19 variant along with cases of COVID-19 rapidly rising in our community, we are asking all residen...

  • 16 hurt in balloon crash

    Emily Mieure and Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 5, 2020

    JACKSON - Three hot air balloons carrying dozens of people lost control Monday morning and came to a crashing halt in a field near Teton Village. The multi-balloon incident is under investigation by federal authorities. More than 16 passengers were hurt. Some of them described the incident as "terrifying." "We were descending so fast," Clinton Phillips told the Jackson Hole Daily. "It was lifting us up and slamming us back down again. We were desperately trying not to fall out." Phillips said...

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