Lucky Local | Living & Working the Park Life

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. 

Teton County Fire Restrictions Take Effect

MEDIA RELEASE

Contact: Kathy Clay, Battalion Chief Fire Marshal

Phone: 307-732-8506

Email: kclay@tetonwyo.org

 

For Immediate Release

Teton County Fire Restrictions Take Effect Tomorrow

 

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.

Survival Guides: They Have Arrived!

30,000 Pocket Guides Can’t Be Wrong. Get yours beginning today – limited quantities per person/business at the following locations:

Citizens, Visitors, Non-Profits: Town of Jackson Town Hall: Today, August 16, 2017 8:00 – 1:00 pm. Tomorrow, August 17, 2017 at Town Hall 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. & Friday, August 18, 2017 at JH Live!

Eclipse Guides will also be available at the Town/County Information Stations 8.18.17- 8.21.17 and via START Bus and only the finest/bravest FIRE/EMS hubs.

Businesses | Chamber Members: The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce & The Home Ranch

Flying In? The Jackson Hole Airport will be greeting arrivals with the Official Guides!

Nowhere near here but want one for safety/old time sake? DOWNLOAD, PRINT, CUT OUT & POCKET!

Town Announces Post-Eclipse In-Town Clean-Up

August 15, 2017
CONTACT: Town of Jackson
Carl Pelletier

Public Information Officer
Ph: 307.734.3488
cpelletier@townofjackson.com

Town Announces Post-Eclipse In-Town Clean-Up

Jackson, Wyo. August 15, 2017 – With only 6 days until the eclipse, many are anticipating an
uptick in visitation and with this expected increase in visitors comes the potential for more trash.
There are several ways to help clean-up our town following this historic, celestial event.
The Town of Jackson will be hosting a Post-Eclipse In-Town Clean-Up on Saturday, August 26.
The Town of Jackson encourages all citizens to participate in this important event. The meeting
time for volunteers has been set for 9:00am at the Phil Baux Park pavilion. Volunteers should
dress appropriately for weather that morning, bring gloves and sun screen. Bags and orange vests
will be provided.
“Volunteers can just show up at Phil Baux on Saturday morning,” said Ed Liebzeit, clean-up
organizer. “They do not need to call in advance. We’d love to see the community rally for this
clean-up effort.”

For individuals who are unable to attend this clean-up even, the Town of Jackson is offering free
orange trash bags to residents which can be used to pick up rubbish in individual neighborhoods
throughout town. These orange trash bags are now available at both the Town Hall, located at 150
E. Pearl Avenue between the hours of 8am and 5pm, and at the Jackson Public Works
Administration Building, located at 450 W. Snow King Avenue between the hours of 8am and
5pm. Bags will also be available the morning of August 26 at Phil Baux Park.
On Monday, August 28, Jackson Public Works employees will pick up orange trash bags left on
the curb by 8:00 a.m. within the Town of Jackson. Town Public Works staff is asking that no yard
waste or household waste be placed in these orange bags.
Following the clean-up all volunteers will be invited to a free cookout at Phil Baux Park. All are
invited to participate, regardless of age. Our town is a very special place and this is just one more
opportunity to help preserve the character and beauty of this wonderful town. If individuals are
NEWS RELEASE

seeking more information and details they can contact the Town Hall at 307-734-3488 or Ed
Liebzeit at 739-8010.

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Grand Teton National Park Offers Official Eclipse Viewing Locations–Park Encourages Visitors to Plan Ahead

Subject: Grand Teton National Park Offers Official Eclipse Viewing Locations–Park Encourages Visitors to Plan Ahead

Grand Teton National Park

PO Box 170

Moose, WY 83012

Contact:

Denise Germann / 307.739.3393

Andrew White / 307.739.3431

Grand Teton National Park Media Release
Grand Teton National Park Offers Official Eclipse Viewing Locations 

Park Encourages Visitors to Plan Ahead 

 

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

INFORMATION LINE ANNOUNCED

MEDIA RELEASE

Contacts: Billy Kirk, Public Information Specialist

Phone: 307.732.5786

Email: wkirk@tetonwyo.org

 

For Immediate Release

 

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 atwww.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:

 

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.

MEDIA IN THE TETONS Welcome & Resources

This is the path of totality meeting the Tetons after all…the media will or is here in to share in this once-in-a-lifetime event. Welcome media including journalists, photographers, cinematographers, artists, writers, bloggers. And thank you for consulting the link for more in-depth contact information of agency partners and public affairs officials.

Our community of all local artists and creatives supporting Teton Eclipse’s message of love for the natural world.

Teton Eclipse Official Photo: Tuck Fauntleroy | @tuckf

Site Photos Throughout: Amy Jimmerson | @amyjimmerson

 

Teton Eclipse Official Artwork: Rachel Kunkle Hartz | REKH

Print Design & Branding: Mad Heart Media

Web Design & Development: Refresh Design Studio 

Eclipse Tips One Week Out: Empty & Fill

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,

 

  1. 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/.