"We had a lot of discussion in our community of how much rescuing we're doing," Gingery said. "People expect us to come because we're so good at it."
Most of the rescues in Teton County occur in the winter. In the summertime rescues are mostly in Grand Teton National Park, where the National Park Service has a helicopter on site and costs are assumed by the federal government and not counted in statewide search and rescue data.
For the most recent year, the council paid out $226,000, so it spent more than what was donated. That's not always the case, though, Cameron said. Some years, reimbursements are less than donations.
But Wyoming sheriffs are unsure about the bill, acknowledging that the reimbursements would help taxpayers, but wondering if they're necessary when the state's search and rescue account has plenty of funds.
to decide who should pay and whether they should pay part Nike Womens Cortez Leather or all of the costs, Gingery said.
"What we hope is just by the threat of it, people will think a little bit better," Gingery said.
Each winter, Teton County spends close to $200,000 for a helicopter on call, said Gingery, an attorney for the Teton County attorney's office.
are lost, injured or stuck.
Like other search and rescue team members throughout the state, Shriver was a volunteer.
and rescue fund, which reimburses county sheriffs for searches and rescues. The bill doesn't include searches and rescues in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Alan Dubberley, deputy director of the Wyoming Travel and Tourism Board, also doesn't think the bill would scare away visitors.
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Wyoming bill would make some subjects of searches and rescues pay up
On Feb. 15, Ray Shriver, a volunteer with Teton County Search and Rescue, was killed when the Bell 407 helicopter in which he was flying crashed en route to a snowmobile crash on Togwotee Pass.
On average, between 2007 and 2012, Wyomingites donated $186,000 through licenses and fees, said Guy Cameron, director of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, which provides administrative support to the council and fund.
Operations are additional cost.
A family from Idaho wandered into the backcountry in Lincoln County and got lost. Twice.
"Backcountry travel is a niche market," he said.
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Many travelers visit Wyoming for the outdoor recreation, but Gingery doesn't think his bill would negatively impact tourism.
The fund currently has about $640,000.
There's nothing wrong with recreating in the backcountry, as long as you're within eyesight of the main trail, Gingery said.
Most searches and rescues are in western Wyoming, where there are mountains.
A group of snowmobilers on Togwotee Pass needed a helicopter rescue to the tune of $14,000, then hired an attorney when the Teton County Sheriff's Office asked them to foot some of the bill.
Another bill, which hasn't been assigned a number yet, increases the donation people can give to the state's search and rescue fund from $1 to $5.
HB35 also would provide immunity to search and rescue volunteers in civil lawsuits.
"It's $1,000 per hour when you have a helicopter up in the air," he said.
Gingery has sponsored House Bill 35, which would in part allow a county sheriff to file a claim in court to recover money from people who were rescued. Money would be turned over to the state's search Nike Cortez White Navy Red
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