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Park officials reverse course, will craft temporary use plan for ’08-’09

Officials at Yellowstone National Park reversed an earlier stand against crafting a temporary winter-use plan for the upcoming 2008-2009 season, saying they’d begin immediate work on an environmental assessment by early November, followed by a 15-day comment period. It was a quick turnaround for Yellowstone officials: as recently as Monday Park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis was telling a business groups in …

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Court strikes down Yellowstone snowmobile plan

In a surprise move, a federal judge rejected a compromise plan from the Bush administration regarding snowmobile usage in Yellowstone National Park, holding an increase in sled traffic would increase air pollution and unduly impact wildlife in America’s oldest national park. Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan was blunt in his assessment that the plan, which would allow up to 540 …

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NPS proposes expanded cell phone coverage in Yellowstone

There is nothing more irritating than viewing one of the many wonders of Yellowstone National Park and having your peaceful contemplation interrupted by a pinhead on a cell phone loudly discussing that day’s stock prices or next week’s television schedule. Be prepared for more interruptions if a plan to add more cell-phone towers and new wi-fi coverage to Yellowstone National …

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It could be a very quiet winter in Yellowstone National Park

With a federal judge throwing out the latest winter use plan for Yellowstone National Park, one big question looms for potential visitors: How should they proceed with a potential winter sojourn? No one seems to know, including the National Park Service. In fact, under current guidelines, no snowmobiles or snowcoaches will be allowed inside the Park this winter. Here’s the …

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Probing the Yellowstone caldera: Do low temps decrease chances of future eruption?

It is a sure way to generate some cheap page views: declare the end of the world is nigh and proclaim that an eruption of the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park will the catalyst of a world-ending catastrophe. That’s the news that came our way from an Indian website we’d never seen before: “Yellowstone National Park in United States is …

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Yellowstone: fire season

[Monday August 4, 2008] A hot, dry summer trumps the winter snowpack and cool spring as the ‘forest fire season’ begins in the Greater Yellowstone region. Two fires, one in the park near Fishing Bridge and one in the Beartooth Mountains near Red Lodge, Montana are currently affecting traffic and tourist plans. The “Cascade Fire” is only six miles from …

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Yellowstone area fire status – updates, map

Updated: Saturday August 9, 2008. Details below the map. Higher humidity, some cooling, and the passage of numerous thunderstorm over the past several days have greatly reduced the activity of all fires in the Greater Yellowstone Region. While not quite ‘all quiet’, conditions for visitors to the area are ‘normal’ (with the possible exception of smoke and visibility problems along the Cody Memorial Highway …

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When bears attack: Avoiding a confrontation

Last week’s news about a seemingly random attack on a camper by a grizzly bear in a campground near the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park should serve as your regular reminder about the need for preparedness at all times when visiting the region — even in the case of what appeared to have been a random attack. Steven Bartley, …

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Sylvan Pass: Open in winter, conditionally

[Thursday July 24, 2008]  Now that we’re in the middle of summer, it may be hard to visualize what the fuss is about in keeping Sylvan Pass and the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park open in winter. However, in Yellowstone winter snows are never too far away; in fact, the Sylvan Pass was closed for a time in June because …

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Yellowstone springs into summer

[Monday June 16, 2008] Winter in Yellowstone did indeed end last Friday (Friday the 13th of June). After three major snow storms since just before Memorial Day weekend – with all the attendant road closings; the Greater Yellowstone Area is finally enjoying a string of real spring days. Day temperatures are firmly fixed in the 60’s (15C) and nights flirt …

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