SAVE THE DATE: 8.16.17

Look for final confirmation on arrival and pickup time and locations. ‘Worst case scenario’ (the inspiration for this tad-cautionary/meets-commemorative piece), they’ll be in public hands by eclipse weekend.
But not without your help!
Plan to acquire and disperse.
Business as usual. First come, first served.
 Bridger-Teton National Forest
Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Hole Airport
National Elk Refuge
Teton Village
for contributions to planning and prepping for
August 21, 2017 with the Town of Jackson and Teton County



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.



Get your facts here via the official information source and per WYDOT’s  great platforms for staying updated on Wyoming Roads.


To help stay informed of eclipse-related travel information, subscribe to receive Solar Eclipse alerts. If this is your first time using the new log-in process, you will need to create an account using this email address. All your existing subscriptions will carry over.

For eclipse-related travel tips, visit WYDOT‘s Eclipse Information page and check the Eclipse layer on the Wyoming Travel Information map.


Great American Eclipse Special Storycast & Two Minutes of Totality FREE!

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…

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START Bus Announces Expanded Service During Eclipse

START Bus Announces Additional Services and Free Fares for the Eclipse

“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, 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 for the most current information. To learn more about the START Bike program please visit

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

Teton Total Solar Eclipse Survival Guide – Available August 16 -21

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!


LOCALS: Things Are Looking Up

Next time you’re avoiding the Town Square ‘cus you think it’s too crowded- (gasp! we kidd…) No really, the next time you’re in or around the town square, adjust that gaze and look upward. Not only is it a great time to practice your eclipse-viewing, neck-crank pose (GLASSES!), but rather, and perhaps more importantly, it’s a chance to take a minute to stop, look up and admire some beautiful, and celebratory local art.

Thanks to the spirit and generosity of Rachel Kunkle-Hartz, a dozen of downtown Jackson’s lampposts are graced with banners replicating an original oil-on-wood panel painting of the artist’s interpretation and imaginings of a total solar eclipse. Having never personally witnessed the celestial event, Kunle-Hartz, a longtime Wilson, WY resident and active member of both the art and emergency services communities, drew inspiration from a rich history eclipse art dating back to as early as 3340 BC.

Check back for more about Rachel Kunkle- Hartz and the other creatives who helped get this piece literally off the ground including Alexa Macdonald with Mad Heart Media and local photographer Tuck Fauntleroy. In keeping with and authentic allegiance to keeping it classic, Kunkle-Hartz does not have an online presence but this community can look for her art at an upcoming, post-eclipse September art show at a soon-announced location.


Eclipse Operating Hours: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling

Via: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling 


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


Teton County Library Eclipse Glasses – Bound to Go Fast + TONIGHT! Get Some Eclipse Tips in Alta, WY

Yep, we hope you heard it here first, or perhaps from our friends at the Teton County Library, but effective August 1, regular residents and citizens of Teton County, WY with checkouts can scoop up their very own eclipse glasses for free-because it’s the library of course! Be sure to act fast, as insiders say there’s a limited supply. No doubt they come with restrictions -one per but nonetheless, the Teton Eclipse contingent is grateful to have the Library as a partner and outlet for these essential solar viewing pieces.

Thanks for learning as much as you can about safe viewing during a total solar eclipse. Local eye doctors and emergency medical workers will thank you too!

Meanwhile…over in tiny/mighty Alta, WY:

Together with Teton County Emergency Management Services,  Teton County Library Alta Branch with support from the citizens of Alta, Wyoming are hosting an information session dedicated to eclipse preparedness.

Check the details here or below:

GET SOME TIPS FOR THE ECLIPSE | Public Safety Presentation

The first Total Solar Eclipse to visit the U.S. in 38 years will occur MON, AUG 21, at 11:30 a.m. Teton Valley could offer one of the best places in the nation to view the total eclipse, which will last for just two minutes and thirty seconds.  Rich Ochs from Teton County Emergency Management will discuss our public safety planning efforts, issues the community may face, and simple steps locals can take to best prepare for this once in a lifetime event and the surge in visitors coming to our area for viewing.

Old Bill’s 2017 Launch Draws Eclipse Awareness & Calling All Volunteers

Yesterday marked the start of Jackson’s greatest fundraising season with the Old Bill’s Launch Party and reminds service-oriented folks that giving back and contributing is of ultimate importance and significant impact. The Community Foundation supports the following organizations and non-profits– several of which have immensely supported the Teton Eclipse effort including Center for the Arts, Friends of Pathways, Hole Food Rescue, Jackson Community Recycling & ISWR, Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole, KHOL 89.1 – Jackson Hole Community Radio, Rotary Club (Breakfast Club, Foundation or Supper Club), pARTners PAWS of Jackson Hole, Wyoming Stargazing (major shout out here on the education front!) and several other essential and perhaps more obvious crossovers like our bravest over at Fire/EMS.

To all these aforementioned organizations, we thank you and your team for your service to the critical Teton Eclipse effort! 

Check the vast roster of 2017 Old Bill’s participants noting:

Old Bill’s has helped nonprofits in Jackson Hole raise over $133 million and impacted the lives of thousands. The philanthropic efforts of this community are inspiring, with over 200 nonprofits using this special event as an integral part of their financial support.”

If feeling curious or inspired by the Old Bill’s spirit, thank you for considering how you can help out during the days surrounding the upcoming eclipse. If you are interested in learning more or adding your info to our volunteer list for dates surrounding August 18-22 – and beyond… well at least to the weekend- there could be a lot to clean up in the Bridger-Teton National Forest over the post-eclipse weekend, shoot an email to

Below, see some of CFJH’s fun ways to raise extra money in the next window including the eclipse incentive!

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Contest 1: Old Bill’s Giving Jump Start Award

Kick the Old Bill’s Giving Season into high gear. The nonprofit with the largest number of online gifts during the first week (August 1st to August 7th at midnight) will receive a $200 grant. (Separate gifts from the same family only count once.)

Contest 2: Old Bill’s Sighting Awards
Do you have friends or family who make giving back a priority? Catch people acting like Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill—being generous, kind, volunteering, engaging in service or philanthropy, or simply helping others—and nominate them for an Old Bill’s Sighting Award at or at the library by September 10th. Five stand-out nominees will win $500 grants for their favorite participating nonprofit(s). (Nominate by Friday, August 25th and be entered to win a $200 Early-Nomination grant for the local charity of your choice! Thanks to Old Bill’s t-shirt supplier Atayne for funding this initiative!)

Contest 3: Old Bill’s Eclipse Award 
Encourage your donors to give early and “eclipse” last year’s gifts. The nonprofit with the largest number of gifts by midnight on Eclipse Day, August 21st, will win a $200 grant.

Contest 4: Volunteer Sign-Up Award

Sign-up as a Route team or Waste and Recycling team volunteer for Run Day before September 1st, and be entered into a raffle for $200 grants to support a participating nonprofit of your choosing.

Susan Scarlata

Communications & Marketing Officer

Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

245 E. Simpson Ave. | P.O. Box 574 | 83001

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