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Canyon/Fishing Bridge road closed again because of water-main break

A section of Yellowstone’s Grand Loop Road from Canyon Junction to Fishing Bridge will be closed today through Thursday to allow National Park Service staff to repair a broken water main under the road about a mile south of Canyon between the Canyon Corrals and the south end of the North Rim Drive.  The break occurred yesterday at around noon. …

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Problem Yellowstone wolf killed

After several attempts to deter a yearling male wolf from his fascination with humans and bikes, Yellowstone National Park officials killed the young rebel along Fountain Flat Drive. The wolf was a member of the Gibbon Meadow Pack, first roaming the Midway Geyser Basin and then lurking around Biscuit Basin and Old Faithful. There were several reports of the wolf …

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Senate okays loaded guns, semiautomatic weapons in Yellowstone

The U.S. Senate Tuesday passed an amendment allowing the legal holders of loaded guns, rifles and semiautomatic weapons to carry them into Yellowstone National Park as long as state and local law allowed it. The amendment to a bill restricting the rights of credit-card companies passed by a 67-29 margin, attracting 39 Republican votes, 27 Democratic votes and one independent …

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Two fired for Old Faithful defacement; one fined

That didn’t take long: Xanterra Parks & Resorts has fired two of the six workers caught on Webcam defacing Old Faithful Geyser, while one of them was fined $750 by a federal magistrate for defacement of National Park property. In addition, the 23-year-old man charged with urinating on the national icon was placed on three years of unsupervised probation being …

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Buffalo hazing back — but was it necessary?

Advocates and wildlife officials are squaring off over the latest hazing of Yellowstone National Park bison, with Park officials defending the use of helicopters and herders to move a herd back into the Park earlier this month. A herd had wandered into an area of the Gallatin National Forest west of Yellowstone National Park and 800 acres of the nearby …

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Park officials chasing down problem wolf; Canyon pack to be hazed

It’s not a good time to be a wolf in Yellowstone National Park, as several wolves have become too familiar with the humans present in the Park — to the point where the wolves need removal. First, a single wolf in the Old Faithful area has become much too familiar with humans, to the point of chasing bicyclists and bikers. Park …

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Preparing for the 2009 Yellowstone Summer Season: Road closures

If it’s summer in Yellowstone National Park, it’s time to plan your routes partially based on the road closures. For 2009, the road closure to worry about is a doozy: the rebuilding and rerouting of a segment of the park’s Grand Loop Road between Madison and Norris through Gibbon Canyon. It is one of the most-travelled sections of the Grand …

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Going green at Mammoth Hot Springs

Green is certainly in at Yellowstone National Park, and concessionaire Xanterra adds to the movement with the opening of a “green” retail space at Mammoth Hot Springs. The former gift shop in the Mammoth Hot Springs hotel lobby is receiving a makeover, as into an interpretive facility dedicated to informing park visitors about climate change and offering environmentally friendly products. …

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Idiots cited for defacing Old Faithful

Yellowstone National Park fans are regular visitors to the Old Faithful webcam: it’s a wonderful window to the iconic feature of the Park, a sure way to lift spirits in the depths of winter, a way to whet appetites before a trip and a great reminder of a completed trip. The Old Faithful webcam now has a new use: law-enforcement …

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Preparing for the 2009 Yellowstone Season: Looking at Airfares

With the current economic conditions and airlines slashing fares to attract consumers, you’d think it would be easy to find an affordable and convenient fare for a Yellowstone National Park visit. Think again. Despite a general decrease in the cost of airline fares in recent months, the cost of flying to one of Yellowstone’s gateway cities is still as high …

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