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Wyoming town to require face masks in most businesses

Jul. 6, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A town in northwestern Wyoming will require people to wear face masks in many businesses to limit spread of the coronavirus. The Jackson Town Council approved the measure 5-0 in a special meeting Friday. Business owners frustrated about customers refusing to wear masks voluntarily...

In this undated photo, Gus Smith arrived in Jackson, Wyo., in Jan. 2020, from Minnesota's Superior National Forest, and is now working as Grand Teton National Park's chief of science and resource management. He  replaced Sue Consolo-Murphy, who retired. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)/

New Grand Teton science chief followed unconventional path

Jul. 4, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Gus Smith was walking his German shorthair not far from his Moose home one Saturday in late May when euphoria flew by in a flock. Fellow birders would best appreciate his experience. Out on foot near the Chapel of Transfiguration, Smith suddenly found himself engulfed by black rosy...

Wyoming base reinstates health measures as virus cases rise

Jul. 2, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A resurgence of coronavirus has prompted a U.S. Air Force base in Wyoming to reinstate health protection measures and limit access to watch a Fourth of July fireworks show. F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne boosted its public health risk level Wednesday after a month at a lower...

Wyoming tourist county pursues COVID-19 indoor mask order

Jul. 1, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Health officials in a northwestern Wyoming county busy with visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks want to require people to wear masks indoors to limit spread of the coronavirus. A rise in reported cases prompted Teton County Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell to seek...

Marker commemorates Wyoming African-American homestead town

Jun. 30, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A new historical marker commemorates a community established by African-American homesteaders in southeast Wyoming. The marker recognizing the former town of Empire in Goshen County can be found at the Dwyer Junction Rest Area on Interstate 25 north of Wheatland in Platte County. The...

A young black bear hops down from its cage after being released Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Squirrel Meadows, about 25 miles east of Ashton, Idaho, and just south of Yellowstone National Park. The bear had been orphaned last fall as a cub and was near starvation when it was captured in outside a home in Jackson, Wyoming. Normally the Wyoming Department of Fish and Game would euthanize an animal in such poor condition, but the agency decided to send this bruin to Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation in Boise to see if it could be saved. (Bradly J. Boner/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Black bear rescued as cub released back into Wyoming woods

Jun. 28, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — When Taz McBride first laid eyes on “Hissy” he was up close with the tiny black bear in his grandmother’s Melody Ranch backyard. Hissy wasn’t exactly menacing, as far as black bears go. The gaunt, housecat-size animal appeared to be out on its own when it...

New supervisor at White Mountain National Forest

Jun. 27, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A former summer employee with the White Mountain National Forest has been named its supervisor. Derek Ibarguen is currently the deputy forest supervisor for the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Jackson, Wyoming. His 18-year career with the U.S. Forest Service has taken him throughout...

Teton Aviation sued after fatal plane crash in 2018

Jun. 24, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The son of a man who died in a 2018 plane crash in Grand Teton National Park has filed a $3 million wrongful death lawsuit against Teton Aviation. The complaint filed on June 8 claims that Teton Aviation failed to properly service the aircraft David Ross, 65, was in when he died and...

Small quake rattles western Wyoming, eastern Idaho

Jun. 23, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A minor earthquake rattled homes Tuesday in western Wyoming and eastern Idaho. Dozens of people from Rawlins to Driggs, Idaho, reported feeling the magnitude 3.6 quake at 8 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Such a quake is typically too small to cause serious damage and...

Temporary barrel safety system set up on Wyoming highway

Jun. 22, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation established a temporary system of safety barrels to prevent runaway trucks and other vehicles from going off the side of a high mountain road. The transportation department has set up the system of barrels on Highway 22 in the Teton Pass near...