Nov 12, 2013 - The Associated PressRanking ups interest at ski resort
JACKSON -- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is seeing a moderate increase in pass sales and some more visitor interest for the coming winter season.
The resort was recently ranked No. 1 by readers of Ski Magazine.
The resort is roughly three weeks from its projected opening date during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Resort spokeswoman Anna Cole says as of last Tuesday advance season pass sales were "moderately higher" than last year, though the resort would not release specific figures.
Since the Ski Magazine ranking came out, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has seen a modest increase over last year in people calling about vacation opportunities.
Last season, the resort broke its record for skier numbers with more than 502,000 visits.
Auction raised $56K for ranchers
GILLETTE -- An auction in Gillette raised $56,000 for ranchers in South Dakota who lost nearly 20,000 head of cattle in a blizzard last month.
Nearly 500 people attended Saturday's auction at the Camp-plex events center.
Co-organizer LeAnna Beck says a lot of pies were auctioned off and not one pie sold for less than $250.
The live auction raised almost $20,000 and a silent auction about $15,000.
Organizer Amanda Geer says many others simply donated money for the relief effort. Those donations totaled $17,000 by the end of the night.
Ranchers in Wyoming were much less affected by the storm that dumped up to 4 feet of snow in areas to the northeast.
Big game surveys under way
CHEYENNE -- Big game hunters in Wyoming are asked to complete a harvest survey for the state Game and Fish Department.
The agency contracts a company named Tetra Tech to conduct the surveys for antelope, deer and elk. Some 107,000 postcards have been mailed to resident and nonresident hunters asking them to complete their harvest survey online.
Hunters with internet access can use their personal password provided on the green postcard to complete the survey online. Hunters who do not respond via the Internet will be mailed the hard-copy survey.
Gail Sheridan, of the Game and Fish Department, says the online survey is the most efficient way for a hunter with Internet access to respond.
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