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The epic moment of totality is just hours ahead! Wyoming Stargazing, as well as the Jackson community have been working incredibly hard to make this eclipse event as memorable as possible. The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse has given us the perfect opportunity to give back to our community and excel in our mission statement to “educate and inspire through Wyoming’s extraordinary skies”! It’s been a wild ride from local eclipse information presentations, to distributing actual, legitimate solar shades across the country, and finally, bringing our solar scopes to the summit of Snow King Mountain.
We want to take this time to thank you for reading our updates and keeping an open mind to the possibilities and progress of space and science. We hope you enjoy Eclipse Day and create enjoyable memories of your time spent in Jackson Hole. Wyoming Stargazing extends its sincerest thanks!
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
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.
Name: Ceejay Kilgore
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
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
Via: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mari Allan Hanna, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling
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
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!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carrie Bell
Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling
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
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.
BY Kathryn Brackenridge
“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
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″
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