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Yellowstone Bears Wake Up

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(MAMMOTH)  Yellowstone National Park biologists are warning that grizzly bears have begun emerging from hibernation in the Greater Yellowstone Area, so hikers, skiers and snowshoers should take appropriate precautions during their activities.  Spokesman Al Nash says that includes … Continue Reading

Yellowstone Plows Make Good Progress

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(MAMMOTH)  The plowing of roads in the interior of Yellowstone National Park is making excellent progress, having only begun Monday.  Park Spokesman Al Nash says crews have already opened 21 miles of road reaching Norris Junction and are now proceeding the 19 miles to Canyon. Nash says … Continue Reading

Snowstorm Snarls Traffic

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Heavy snows dumped more than a foot of snow on the valley floor in Jackson Hole Saturday, and as much as three feet in the mountains, closing roads for a time and causing flights at the airport to be canceled.  An accident on Teton Pass led to the closure of the highway there for several hours in the middle of the day.  Farther west, Fremont County Search and Rescue teams helped … Continue Reading

Yellowstone Begins Clearing Roads

YNP Snowplows

It may not have entirely felt like it over the weekend, but this is the time seasons change in Yellowstone National Park.  Park Spokesman Al Nash says park plows are taking to the roads today, beginning to make their ways south through the park to open the roads.  That, says Nash is no small chore. He explains that unlike roads that are cleared for travel throughout the winter, … Continue Reading

Yellowstone Reducing Bison Herd

February 28, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Montana Comments Off
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Yellowstone National Park Biologists have been capturing more bison on the northern end of the park this month in efforts to bring the herd size to what has been determined as optimal numbers for the habitat.  Park Spokesman Al Nash says that effort was discussed last summer along with outlining a population objective of between 3,000 and 3,500 animals. He says to date, … Continue Reading

YNP Opening Schedule Published

February 25, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Montana, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Yellowstone National Park yesterday announced its schedule for opening the park to wheeled vehicles in the spring, and Spokesman Al Nash says the long and the short of it is the opening dates are projected to be back to normal this year.  Nash says the entrances and road segments will … Continue Reading

Funds For Yellowstone Students A Puzzle

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What happens when there is a government sector that contains children who need educations but is not served by a school district.  US Senator Mike Enzi responded to the situation in Yellowstone National Park where funds used to compensate nearby Montana school districts became prohibited, saying the need is not provided for under Payment in Lieu of Taxes.  He says the Payment in Lieu of Taxes is … Continue Reading

More Bison Sent To Slaughter

February 20, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Montana Comments Off
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Yellowstone National Park has transferred another 17 bison to the Salish and Kootenai Tribes which will be taken to slaughter.  The Park is seeking to reduce the herd size in the park from an estimated 4400 to  approximately 3500 this year. The environmental group, the Buffalo Field Campaign, is decrying the action as being based in political reasons rather than science.

Tremor Rattles West Yellowstone, MT

February 18, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Montana Comments Off
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The University of Utah reported that a light earthquake of magnitude 3.0 occurred at 3:23 am Saturday eight miles north of West Yellowstone, Montana.  The shaker was felt by persons in Yellowstone and the town of West Yellowstone.  A similar shaker of 3.5 was recorded just four days earlier 16 miles East-Northeast of the town.  Over 50 earthquakes of magnitude point-3 to 3.5 have … Continue Reading

Funds Cut Off To Gardiner Schools

February 17, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Montana Comments Off
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The Gardiner, Montana school district has found itself approximately $400-thousand shy of funds usually collected from Yellowstone National Park to pay for students from Mammoth, Wyoming attending school in Gardiner.  Gardiner Public School Superintendent  JT Stroder explains that traditionally, 80% of the cost for the 37 students out of the park to attend the Montana school … Continue Reading

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