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Artists’ Paintpots area closed after accident

[Monday June 2, 2008] Yellowstone National Park’s Artists’ Paintpots area is temporarily closed after a Park visitor walking on a marked trail  broke through the earth’s crust and suffered burns to an ankle and lower leg. Jeannette Hogan was walking in the popular area north of Norris Junction when she stepped in a puddle of rainwater on the edge of …

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Yellowstone at the Memorial Weekend kickoff

[Tuesday May 27, 2008] This year’s Memorial Day kickoff week, the traditional opening of the Yellowstone National Park tourist season, has been noted for cool, variable weather and the presence of significant winter snow remaining at relatively low elevations of the park. Here’s a compilation of reports (roads, fishing, animal spotting, hiking) on conditions in Yellowstone from the days around …

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Yellowstone in a waterfall year

[Tuesday June 24, 2008]  Yellowstone can be high and dry, well not really that dry; it’s no desert. Still, when most people see Yellowstone in the middle of summer it can seem very hot and dry. But not this year. This is a year of the waterfall. Most people who come to Yellowstone are aware that it has a waterfall …

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Beartooth Pass closed; Sylvan Pass to open during winter season

Roads and their status are the big news in Yellowstone National Park today, as avalanches force the temporary closure of the Beartooth Highway, while a compromise on winter access to the Park via Cody and the Sylvan Pass seems to please all parties involved. First, the news about the Beartooth, which is now closed for the second time in less …

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Most roads open for Memorial Day weekend — but be prepared to battle the snow

[Friday May 23, 2008]  Traditionally Memorial Day is the big opening of the summer season in Yellowstone National Park, and this year should be no different. Park officials say all roads (including the (including the Beartooth Pass) are except for the Dunraven Pass — storms dumped even more snow  and Park officials decided not to rush plowing. The two roads …

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Grand Loop Road segment collapses near Canyon

[Tuesday May 13, 2008] A section of the Grand Loop Road collapsed Monday, forcing the road to be closed south of Canyon Junction. The issue is a little complicated: the road sunk (which was bad enough), but then it broke a water line underneath, causing more damage in the form of a washed-out road bed. Basically, the problem area is a …

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Hazing bison — another symbolic gesture

[Thursday May 15, 2008] It’s a classic situation: During a very rough winter, almost 400 bison from Yellowstone National Park wandered over the park boundary north of West Yellowstone, lumbered across U.S. Highway 191 and onto Horse Butte peninsula that juts into Hebgen Lake – a clear case of the grass being greener on the other side of the road. Unfortunately for the bison, this may be …

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As goes Yellowstone’s ecology, so goes the nation’s

[Sunday May 25, 2008] As goes Yellowstone National Park, so goes the rest of the nation’s ecology — at least, that’s always been the theory. We’re now a step closer to cementing that as a reality, as Montana State University officials announced their efforts to bring an ecological observatory near Yellowstone National Park are moving closer to fruition. The proposal …

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Preparing for the 2009 Yellowstone Season: The Lodging Challenge

Last year was a pretty good one in terms of visitors at Yellowstone National Park — good if you want to see lots of people seeing the sights, less so if you like the back trails to yourself, of course. Chances are pretty good you could have more of the park to yourself this coming summer season, as a spot …

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Back in the Public Forum: Guns in National Parks

[Wednesday April 30, 2008] Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne proposed on Wednesday to allow concealed weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges on the condition that the gun owner has a valid permit for a concealed weapon in the state where the park or refuge is located. For Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks this means that people with Wyoming …

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