100 Days Until Totality! 1 Day Left – Teton County Fire Restrictions Take Effect from TetonEclipse.com

100 Days Until Totality! 1 Day Left – Teton County Fire Restrictions Take Effect from TetonEclipse.com

Jackson, WY, August 15, 2017 – Partial fire restrictions will be going into effect for Teton County tomorrow, August 16th. The restrictions are based in part on the current high fire danger and predictions of continued warm and dry weather. Other significant factors include increased visitation to the area during the upcoming total solar eclipse and current regional and national fire activity.

While portions of the valley have experienced recent rain, the prevalence of heavy grass growth this spring and summer, along with the predicted increase in human activity on private and public lands during the days before and after the August 21steclipse, have prompted Teton County to go into fire restrictions.

“Even with the recent rains,” noted Interim Chief Mike Moyer, “grasses dry quickly and ignite easily.” Parked cars with hot exhaust systems and the use of camp fires are two main concerns for wildland fire starts. “The combination of the dry grasses, increased eclipse visitation to the area, and the fact that regional and national fire resources are stretched thin, all make it necessary to exercise caution,” Moyer continued. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center has recorded over 73 unattended campfires so far this summer.

Fire officials ask the public to take the fire danger seriously and obey the restrictions in place. Fireworks are prohibited in Teton County at all times of the year. During this restriction, there can be no pile burning in Teton County. Camp fires are allowed only in established fire rings in established camp grounds. The use of listed home fire pits and bowls are permitted so long as used with a screen spark arrester having holes no larger than ¼ inch opening and with a hose with running water and/or hand tools. A cleared area of at least ten foot radius is required for branding activities and the use of acetylene or electric arc cutting torches. For a complete set of restriction rules, go to www.tetonwyo.org/fire.

Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Bureau of Land Management High Desert District, the National Elk Refuge, and Sublette Counties will also begin fire restrictions this week.

By Kathryn Brackenridge

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! 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.

100 Days Until Totality! 16 Days Left – A Message from Your Elected Officials from TetonEclipse.com

Greetings!

Teton County is a community that welcomes millions of visitors each year. In the midst of some of the
most beautiful and rugged landscapes on earth, we are proud to share our incredible natural resources
and welcoming, adventurous spirit with people from all over the world.

This year, Teton County is especially fortunate to be located in “path of totality” of the first total solar
eclipse to be visible from coast to coast in the United States since 1918. Partners all over the County
from Grand Teton National Park to the Town of Jackson have been preparing for this exciting event for
nearly two years, and we are very excited to receive eclipse chasers and visitors of all kinds for this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

This total solar eclipse will be an amazing experience in an equally amazing setting. We are eager to
share the best our community has to offer with everyone that comes to enjoy this event. Please visit
www.tetoneclipse.com for helpful information to plan and prepare for your visit. We expect many
more visitors than usual, and proper planning will ensure that you have a great experience. As you
enjoy all Teton County has to offer, please help us keep this wonderful place beautiful by respecting
nature – as they say in the back country: “leave no trace” (www.Lnt.org).

Thank you and welcome to Teton County!

Mark Newcomb
Chairman, Teton County Board of Commissioners
www.tetonwyo.org

100 Days Until Totality! 17 Days Left – Top 10 Things to Bring/Know from TetonEclipse.com

Top 10 Things to Bring/Know

The communities around the Bridger-Teton are expecting a large influx of visitors that will be using the community’s lodging, food, gas, ATMs, and bathroom facilities. We anticipate additional impacts on our public lands. Suggested planning and preparation for up to two weeks prior to the August 21 eclipse include:

1. Cell phones may not work due to high usage demands. Some of the remote locations in our region have now/low cellular coverage. Text messages may be more reliable than phone calls, especially when trying to contact 9-1-1.

2. In an emergency you may send a text message to 9-1-1. Simply text the number 911 and in the message include your location, the nature of your emergency, and if you need police, fire, medical or search and rescue. Do not use abbreviations. Be prepared for a delayed response.

3. Stock up on groceries or make dining reservations in advance, as restaurants may be crowded.

4. Fill your gas tanks. We are expecting additional demand and congestion on the roadways.

5. Visit the banks/ATMs early, as ATMs may run out of cash due to visitation surge.

6. 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.

7. Area roadways will likely be congested and regular routes are subject to temporary restrictions. Visit www.wyoroad.info. Variable traffic signs will provide up to date information on specific roadways.

8. Be prepared for heavy bicycle traffic. Remember to share roads, trails and pathways and be courteous to other users, including any emergency service vehicles that may be using pathways for emergency response.

9. The hospital and urgent care facilities are increasing staffing to handle heavier than normal walk-in and emergency visits. Fill your medical prescriptions in advance and have an extra supply of your medications.

10. August is prime fire season. Be extremely careful with cigarettes, campfires, recreational burns and parking a vehicle on dry grass. Know the burning restrictions for the area you are visiting. Report any signs of smoke immediately.

** Residents should stock up on essentials including groceries, medications, water, tarps, emergency generators and camping equipment. The more self-sufficient the better, emergency response times will be effected with the additional visitors.**

100 Days Until Totality! 20 Days Left – LOCALS: ECLIPSE VOLUNTEERING NEEDS | FIRST RESPONDER FOOD DONATIONS

Via our VOAD partners at Hole Food Rescue – with gratitude.

Hello JH Community,

We are 21 days away from the infamous Total Solar Eclipse and VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) is working hard to ensure all the incoming and local first responders that will be on duty during the eclipse weekend are properly fed.

We are looking for nonperishable snack and gatorade donations for first responders and volunteers. There will be over 180 people working around the clock to keep our community safe during the long weekend.

Examples of nonperishable snack items: Nuts, Raisins, Granola Bars, Trail Mix, Crackers, Chips, Beef Jerky, gatorade, etc.

Please drop off any donations to:
Town Hall (150 E. Pearl) – 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday.
A donation box will also be placed outside the front door for after hours deliveries.

Please contact me with any questions, THANK YOU!!

Ali Dunford
Co-Executive Director
Hole Food Rescue
(307) 215-1152

Hole Food Rescue
1524 Martin Ln. Unit B
PO Box 2955
Jackson, WY 83001
www.holefoodrescue.org

100 Days Until Totality! 21 Days Left – Contribute to Eclipse Science!

Ready to be fully apart of the most epic Astronomical phenomena of the year? Perfect! Because science needs your help!

NASA is encouraging eclipse watchers to record valuable data during totality with a simple app on a phone and an ordinary thermometer. In order for NASA scientists to further analyze eclipses, they are asking citizens to take data on temperature drops, wildlife reactions and cloud changes during totality. Bring your portable chargers and mobile hotspots galore and get ready to contribute to the needs of science for a day.

While using the app, it will guide you step by step what to do and when to collect data. The measurements taken will then go into a NASA database where it will be used by students and scientists that will study the affects of the eclipse on the globe. Couple your solar eclipse experience as an experiment and contribute to necessary research in the solar field. We’ll see you outside and ready to observe on August 21st!

Check here for more information and NASA GLOBE Observer app to download the app. Remember to bring a thermometer along!