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100 Days Until Totality! 3 Days Left – Lucky Local | Living & Working The Park Life from TetonEclipse.com

Top of the mornin’ from the path of totality! Just days before the the moon totally takes over the land of the Teton sun, we will be rolling out a little local love profiling some of the people behind eclipse planning and prep.

Kicking off the first of five valued members of a vast collective team, one of the youngest and brightest stars in this small Wyoming galaxy.

Ceejay Kilgore picks up pocket guides at Town Hall in Jackson, WY yesterday (8.16.17) to bring back to his post in Grand Teton National Park’s Public Affairs Office.

Name: Ceejay Kilgore

Age: 22

Hometown: Dermott, Arkansas

Living Where In the Area: Moose, WY Park Housing

Job/Title: Public Affairs Intern 2017 Grand Teton National Park & Student Conservation Association

How Long: SCA for Four Years, Grand Teton NP – 3 months

When do you leave: August 25, 2017

Where to next: Back to school University of Arkansas at Pine Bluffs, Final Semester – Class of 2017

Best Pre-Eclipse Moment: Listening to elders sharing their previous eclipse experience

Worst Pre-Eclipse Moment: Don’t have one

Weirdest Pre-Eclipse Moment: I had someone call the eclipse line and they got upset that they were not allowed to claim a parking spot until 6:00 am.

Where will you watch totality: Gros Ventre Road at the Information Tent

If you could use one word to describe what you think the Total Solar Eclipse will be like, what would it be? Distinct

Thank you Ceejay. Your service since our May community-wide prep/celebration event with GTNP and agency partners, all the way to the finish (totality) line is truly valued. Teton County & the Town of Jackson are lucky to have you.

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 4 Days Left – Grand Teton National Park Offers Official Eclipse Viewing Location from TetonEclipse.com

MOOSE, WY-Grand Teton National Park managers expect August 21, 2017–the day of the Total Solar Eclipse Across America–to be the busiest single day in the history of the park. Visitors to the park on eclipse day can ensure a successful viewing experience by developing a plan and heeding a few simple guidelines. Complete eclipse viewing information can be found in a special edition newspaper available in park visitor centers and entrance stations, and by visiting www.nps.gov/grandteton and clicking the eclipse banner.

Visitors are invited to view the eclipse from the center path of totality along the Gros Ventre Road, which will be the largest eclipse viewing area in the park. The road will be one-way traffic eastbound from its junction with U.S. Highway 26/89/191 to the community of Kelly, with parking allowed in the left lane. Portable toilets will be located along the road, as well as park staff.

Rangers and astronomers will provide telescopes and interpretive programs at four designated eclipse viewing areas including the Gros Ventre Campground Amphitheater, Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center parking area, Jackson Lake Lodge back lawn, and behind the Colter Bay Visitor Center.

Due to limited parking available at the Gros Ventre Amphitheater, parking passes are required. One hundred free passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis Saturday, August 19 from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose and the Colter Bay Visitor Center starting at 8:00 a.m. Campers at the Gros Ventre Campground and visitors parking along the Gros Ventre Road are invited to join the program by walking to the amphitheater.

The eclipse will be visible throughout the park with the duration of totality ranging from 2 minutes 19 seconds near the park’s southern boundary to just a few seconds along the park’s northern boundary. No matter where visitors view the eclipse, they should be prepared with ample food, water, eclipse glasses, sunscreen, and other necessary items for the day as little to no infrastructure exists in most locations. Visitors should pack out all trash and recyclables and heed the following guidelines as they make their eclipse day plans:

Expect heavy congestion, traffic gridlock, and long delays. Allow ample time to arrive at your eclipse viewing location and consider staying in place afterward until traffic thins,
Have water, food, and vehicle fuel for the day. Bring a minimum of 2 quarts of water per person,
No roadside parking will be allowed on U.S. Highway 26/89/191, Teton Park Road, or Moose-Wilson Road,
Eclipse parking begins at 6:00 a.m. park-wide. Overnight parking or camping in roadside pullouts, turnouts, or parking lots is not allowed,

Prevent human-caused wildfires. Charcoal burning and campfires are allowed only at designated campgrounds and picnic areas within metal fire grates. Stoves and grills that burn contained fuel sources such as liquid petroleum gasesare allowed on hardened surfaces if attended at all times, and
Additional portable toilets will be located throughout the park.
Several special eclipse and astronomy programs are planned in the park this weekend, Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20.
Please visit the park’s website or the special eclipse newspaper for more information.

Attachment: Grand Teton National Park Offers Official Viewing Locations

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 5 Days Left – Information Line Announced from TetonEclipse.com

Teton Solar Eclipse Information Line

Jackson, WY, August 14, 2017 – The 2017 total solar eclipse will pass through Teton County in one week, and local agencies continue to partner and prepare in anticipation of thousands of visitors and eclipse-chasers.

Extensive information related to eye safety, fire prevention and safety, viewing areas, and much more can be found at www.tetoneclipse.com. In addition to this online resource, the Teton Solar Eclipse Information Line will be available for inquiries and non-emergency related matters.

This general information line can be reached toll-free at 866-221-6441. This line will have a recorded message with updates and information related to the eclipse, followed by an option to speak with a representative.

In addition to the Teton Solar Eclipse Information Line, the following organizations and agencies have information lines available for questions that are specific to their operations:

Grand Teton National Park – 307.739.3566
Bridger-Teton National Forest – 307.739.5500
Jackson Hole Airport – 307.733.5694
Finally, starting on Friday, August 18, 2017, the Teton Solar Eclipse Information Line (866-221-6441) will be updated twice daily through Monday, August 21, 2017. A new message with updates will be recorded in the afternoon and evening to provide any current and critical information to the public. The message will be followed by an option to speak with a representative. Representatives will be available to answer this line from 8:00am to 5:00pm from Friday, August 18th through Monday, August 21st, 2017.

Teton County and all partner agencies and organizations remind residents and visitors to be kind and courteous as our community prepares to host this special event. Because of our current high fire danger, fire prevention and safety will be critical during this time, please visit www.tetonfires.com for important information and safety tips.

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 6 Days Left – Eclipse Operating Hours: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling from TetonEclipse.com

Via: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mari Allan Hanna, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling

mahanna@tetonwyo.org

307-733-7678

ISWR Eclipse Operations FINALHours of Operations

Eclipse Operating Hours: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling Jackson, Wyo., July 20, 2017 – Please note that Teton County is advising community members to avoid unnecessary travel and use of County services on and around the August 21st solar eclipse event. Residents are advised to: 1. Fill the Tank by purchasing an adequate supply of gas and groceries in advance of the event; and, 2. Empty the Tank by emptying trash and recycling bins ahead of time at the proper facilities. This will ensure maximum capacity in your refuse and recycling bins so that you can delay the need for services until operations have returned to normal. The Teton County Trash Transfer Station and Recycling Center will offer alternate and extended hours of operation surrounding the August 21st eclipse event. In order to minimize traffic congestion, trash and recycling haulers may conduct night time collections during this time period. Please review the following schedule and contact us with any questions. For comprehensive information related to operations and plans for Teton County and other local agencies, please download or view the Teton Solar Eclipse Community Operations Manual available at www.tetoneclipse.com/locals/.

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 7 Days Left – Eclipse Tips One Week Out: Empty & Fill from TetonEclipse.com

Reminder for everyone prepping on this fine Sunday in the Tetons – one week in advance of the Total Solar Eclipse. The following schedule goes great with this handy checklist and other tips straight from the Survival Guide!

ISWR Eclipse Operation Hours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Carrie Bell

Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling

cbell@tetonwyo.org

307-733-7678

Eclipse Operating Hours: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling

Jackson, Wyo., August 4, 2017 ­– Please note that Teton County is advising community members to avoid unnecessary travel and use of County services on and around the August 21st solar eclipse event. Residents are advised to:

1. Fill the Tank by purchasing an adequate supply of gas and groceries in advance of the event; and,

2. Empty the Tank by emptying trash and recycling bins ahead of time at the proper facilities. This will ensure maximum capacity in your refuse and recycling bins so that you can delay the need for services until operations have returned to normal.

The Teton County Trash Transfer Station and Recycling Center will offer alternate and extended hours of operation surrounding the August 21st eclipse event. In order to minimize traffic congestion, trash and recycling haulers may conduct night time collections during this time period. Please review the following schedule and contact us with any questions.

For comprehensive information related to operations and plans for Teton County and other local agencies, please download or view the Teton Solar Eclipse Community Operations Manual available at www.tetoneclipse.com/locals/.

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! – 8 Days Left – Tips for Businesses from Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

As locals may already know, Teton Eclipse is dedicated to coordinating a safe and enjoyable time for residents and visitors during the days surrounding the eclipse. Civil duty and deliverance of the core mission to streamline emergency and community service functions for less impact from the anticipated surge of visitors means the focus really is on safety. Consult County/Town Eclipse Business Engagement Policy here.

Thankfully, the Town and County have a wonderful partner in servicing the business community during this once-in-a-lifetime circumstance. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has hosted several eclipse-focused events, supported via incredible staff and served as an integral partner in providing accurate and up-to-date lodging availability information.

Teton Eclipse and the core planning team is grateful for their categorical service and leadership. Check the great post Last Minute Tips for Businesses Before the Total Solar Eclipse.

From Tetoneclipse.com
BY Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 9 Days Left – START Bus Announces Expanded Service During Eclipse from TetonEclipse.com

“We are trying to encourage alternative modes of transportation during this unprecedented event in Jackson,” said Darren Brugmann, Start Bus Director. “We’d love to see more residents and visitors riding buses and taking advantage of the new START Bike program.”

In an effort to sway residents and visitors to utilize alternative modes of transportation during the eclipse, START Bus will be waiving all busfares for all routes on Monday, August 21.

START Bus will also be offering an additional morning commuter service for both Teton Valley and Star Valley as well as 5 extra bus runs from Jackson to Teton Village on August 21.

Heavy traffic is anticipated for the day of the eclipse as well as for the days surrounding the eclipse. Please be aware that traffic can affect the scheduled route times. START Bus encourages riders to utilize the “real time” map available at www.startbus.com, download the Route Shout application, or call the START administrative offices for information at 733-4521 ext. 1 for bus stop locations and potential delays.

Please allow ample extra time to get to your destination by taking an earlier bus. Scheduled travel times are not guaranteed with expected road congestion. Follow START on Facebook or Startbus.com for the most current information. To learn more about the START Bike program please visit www.startbike.com.

For more information on bus schedules please visit www.startbus.comor contact Anna White at (307) 733-4521 ext. 8.

BY KATHRYN BRACKENRIDGE

100 Days Until Totality! 10 Days Left – George Takei’s Reminder About Eye Safety from NASA.gov

Get stoked! We’re only days away from the ultimate Astronomical event of the year! The town of Jackson has been working hard to prepare for the influx of visitors and eclipse watchers. Soon, the hard work and preparation will pay off as we enter into the 2 minutes of totality that we’ve been waiting for. NASA just realized a fun, short video previewing the spectacular events of the upcoming solar eclipse. Take a look and enjoy totality!

From NASA.gov: “In less than two weeks, on Monday, August 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This video, narrated by actor George Takei, provides viewing tips for the public. Watch: http://go.nasa.gov/2ft27Oo #Eclipse2017″

100 Days Until Totality! 11 Days Left – Great American Eclipse Special Storycast & Two Minutes of Totality Free! From TetonEclipse.com

A great local, eclipse resource for learning while on the road, taking a walk during your “two minutes in the dark,” or while sitting desk-side and getting excited about the Eclipse via TravelStory featuring Wyoming Stargazing’s Dr. Samuel Singer.

A special-edition TravelStory is coming at you straight out of the state of Wyoming. Download it as part of your travel planning and eclipse prep. Once downloaded, no internet connection is needed.

Find the Jackson Story Here and…

Click to listen to Eclipse Storycasts brought to you by TravelStorys.

BY KATHRYN BRACKENRIDGE

100 Days Until Totality! 12 Days Left – Teton Total Solar Eclipse Survival Guide – Available August 16 -21 from TetonEclipse.com

A brief shot of the cover of the Teton Total Solar Eclipse Survival Guide.

Who: Town of Jackson and Teton County, Wyoming with key agency partners in the eclipse planning effort.

What: A pocket-sized, quick reference resource covering the essentials for safely navigating the Jackson and Teton eclipse in accordance with official plans put forth by emergency planners, local elected officials and public land managers.

Where: Available at locations throughout the Town of Jackson and Town Hall including designated official eclipse information points in/around Jackson’s Town Square.

When: August 16-21 – or until they run out. But a full, downloadable, printable version will be available here in just a few days.

How: How you you get one? Make plans to pick up at one of four main distribution points in Town by August 17.

Why: Because we want people to get accurate information in the palm of their hand – the old fashioned way!

BY KATHRYN BRACKENRIDGE

100 Days Until Totality! 13 Days Left – Tips for Visitors from TetonEclipse.com

Teton County’s resident population of approximately 23,000 is expected to swell well beyond even our typical busy tourist season numbers during the impact period. It is best to arrive early, come prepared, and have reasonable expectations, given the situation. Once the eclipse begins, you will forget all about the crowds and any small inconveniences it took for you to experience this wondrous event! Lodging accommodations are limited. Hotels, camping and RV camping are near capacity. Visitors may need to look outside of Jackson and Teton County for accommodations. Be sure to have you accommodations arranged prior to arrival. The mountains of Wyoming are beautiful, but keep local hazards in mind. Important hazards to be aware of:

• Wildfires – Mid-August is prime wildfire season in Teton County, Wy. Do not park vehicles with hot catalytic converters over grasses that can easily catch fire. If you have a campfire, follow these tips to do it safely https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety. If you see a suspected wildfire, report it to our wildfire dispatch center at 307-739-3630.

• Wildlife – One of the primary attractions of Teton County is our abundant wildlife, including deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, antelope, black bears, and grizzly bears. Keep your speeds down on our roads, especially at night. Keep a clean campsite. Jackson is in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, wildlife is abundant. Keep your food properly stored at all times to avoid wildlife encounters with bears, ravens, foxes, and other animals. We don’t want to make easy opportunities for wildlife to become accustom to people. Familiarize yourself with the proper food storage requirements for each area you are visiting (https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/bearsafety.htm). If you are going to hike in Teton County, be sure to carry bear spray and know how to use it.

• Elevation – Jackson, WY is at 6,200 feet, with many hiking routes and mountain passes well above 8,000 feet. Know your limitations, and do not overexert yourself. Be familiar with the signs of altitude sickness https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/travel-to-high-altitudes. Also, be aware that dehydration can set in quickly in our thin, dry air, so drink plenty of fluids even if you aren’t being active.

While Visiting During the Eclipse Impact Days:

• Do not think, “We’ll just pick up what we need when we get there.” Supplies, cash, fuel and restaurant meals may be limited or have long lines due to high demand.

• Think about your personal safety and security:
o Have an effective communication plan with your family members. Cell service may be limited due to the increased volume. Have an out of area friends or family member you can check in with if you get separated. Pick a landmark where you can reunite if you get separated in a crowd.
o Do not leave valuables in your vehicles. Think through your security plan and hot to keep important items secure, i.e., cell phones, telescopes, binoculars, wallets, etc.

• Make sure your vehicle/RV has been serviced and you are all fueled up and ready to go (gas, propane, etc.)
• RV dump stations will be limited and overtaxed in our area. Come empty and leave full.