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4 skiers cited for violating Grand Teton park closure

April 17, 2019

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Four skiers have been cited for ducking under a boundary rope and entering an area of Grand Teton National Park that had been closed because of avalanche danger in February.

Two of the skiers became lost and had to be rescued.

According to a news release from the National Park Service, citations were issued to 24-year-old Andrew Richards of Jackson, 28-year-old Ruth Schwietert of Jackson, 32-year-old Natalie Burns of Breckenridge, Colorado, and 25-year-old Joseph Higgins of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Each was cited for violating an emergency boundary closure and disorderly conduct with creation of a hazardous condition. Each citation carries a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and six months in jail.

All four must appear before a federal magistrate in Jackson.

Court records don’t indicate whether they have attorneys.

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