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Yellowstone Gems: West Thumb

West Thumb

One of the joys of wandering through Yellowstone National Park is stumbling across one of its many unique gems. True, pools, basins, mud volcanoes, and geysers are everywhere in the park. They are what helped make Yellowstone America’s first National Park. In the next few weeks we’ll be taking inside looks at gems found not that far off the beaten path. Today we’ll look at one basin that is often overlooked when stacked against all the bigger, seemingly more active basins: West Thumb Basin.

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Road work halted during holiday weekend

Yellowstone National Park

If you're heading to Yellowstone National Park over the Independence Day holiday weekend, you're in for a treat: road construction is on hold, which means you'll have few issues (past normal congestion, of course) as you drive on the popular Norris-to-Madison section.

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Woman tossed by bison in Canyon area

Bison

Another reminder that those cute and cuddly bison aren't really cute and cuddly: a 50-year-old tourist from Spain was butted and tossed in the air by a bison in the Canyon area, requiring a visit to the Lake Clinic and treatment for mild injuries.

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Search continues for Yellowstone suicide

Search for Yellowstone suicide

In what has been deemed a suicide by witnesses and park officials, searchers are still looking for the body of a Utah resident who jumped off an observation deck overlooking the Yellowstone River Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses say that the man, identified as 20-year-old Nicholas Mostert, was standing on the observation deck when he jumped into the river and traveled downstream and down the 308-foot Lower Falls, which feeds into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

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Four Yellowstone bison killed after wandering outside protected area

Bison

Three Yellowstone National Park bison were killed by Montana Department of Livestock officials after wandering outside the confines of the Park and an area designated for bison grazing, while a fourth was killed near the South Fork of the Madison River.

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Explosion rocks Biscuit Basin

Hydrothermal explosions aren’t rare in Yellowstone National Park: you can expect one every few years. And they have the potential to dramatically reshape the landscape; longtime visitors will remember the explosion of Porkchop Geyser in 1989 that forced the National Park Service to close down and reroute the walking path in the Norris Geyser Basin area. And last year there …

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West Yellowstone to mark 50th anniversary of Hebgen Lake earthquake

On August 17th 1959 at 11:37 P.M., Jerry Yetter, living in the Duck Creek area, was suddenly awakened by the shaking of his home. He and his wife barely escaped from their cabin as it partially collapsed. These experiences, and those of hundreds of others, were a result of the biggest earthquake to ever hit Yellowstone National Park and the …

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Yellowstone fees to be waived three weekends this summer

To spur interest in the American National Park system during the recession, entrance fees at parks will be waived for three weekends throughout the summer. That’s quite the cost savings if you’re planning a summer visit to Yellowstone National Park. The free weekends are scheduled for June 20-21, July 18-19 and Aug. 15-16. In addition, Interior Department officials say businesses …

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Wolves depart from Mammoth area; no pups after all

Life is back to normal after a four-wolf pack setting up shop near Mammoth Hot Springs departs the area. The arrival of the Canyon Pack caused quite the stir in Yellowstone National Park during the normally sleepy month of May. The three males and single female were quite brazen in their attempt to den just south of Mammoth Hot Springs. …

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Yellowstone reservations picking up; don’t wait until the last minute

Three weeks ago reservations at Yellowstone National Park were wide open, as the National Park Service and concessionaire Xanterra were bracing themselves for a slow, slow summer. That was three weeks ago. Today Park officials report a flurry of reservations for the summer, as visitors commit to a summer vacation at America’s oldest national park. More consumer confidence and relatively …

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