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Parks Cause Major Economic Growth in Jackson

A new study says Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks boosted Jackson’s and several other communities’ economies by hundreds of millions of dollars last year. Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela says the park’s universal appeal is the reason so much money and so many jobs are created in northwestern Wyoming. Parks spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says Teton Park and John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway contributed more than $502 million and created just under 7,000 jobs in Jackson and nearby communities

Yellowstone Visitor Numbers Continue to Climb

Yellowstone National Park saw a solid increase in visitor numbers at the start of the year and had another big jump in June. Park spokesman Al Nash says almost 670,000 visited which is 7.2 percent more than came this month last year. Jackson Hole Daily says every month has seen an increase of visitors compared to last year except February

Park Bus Crash Injures Several

A bus crashed on Highway 89 between Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park Thursday injuring 26 people. Two of the victims were airlifted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, 24 were taken to a hospital in Jackson. The highway was closed for several hours. The cause of the crash is under investigation

Yellowstone Park Road Bubbles From Thermal Heat

A road in Yellowstone National Park is being temporarily closed because extreme thermal heat underneath is melting the blacktop. The popular scenic road, Firehole Lake Drive, takes visitors past Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake. The road will be closed for the next few days as maintenance crews try to repair the damage

West Yellowstone Police Chief Under Investigation for Illegal Car Titles

July 8, 2014 Greater Yellowstone Comments Off

A state investigation found West Yellowstone Police Chief Gordon Berger violated court orders and either didn’t know the law or chose not to follow it. Montana’s Division of Criminal Investigation’s full report is still confidential, but West Yellowstone attorney Jane Mersen says Berger helped people get Montana vehicle titles for cars reported stolen in Idaho

Yellowstone Food Goes Organic

July 1, 2014 Greater Yellowstone Comments Off

Yellowstone National Park is making an ambitious goal when it comes to its food service menus. The park is planning on increasing the amount of food produced within 500 miles of the park from certified organic providers from 34 percent to 50 by 2016. Director of sustainability for Xanterra Dylan Hoffman tells Casper Star-Tribune keeping prices affordable for the public is a priority even though it can be challenging

Grizzly Bear Study Team Starts Research In Yellowstone

June 23, 2014 Greater Yellowstone Comments Off

Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team biologists and Yellowstone National Park are conducting grizzly and black bear research June 24 through October 31. Team members are baiting and trapping bears at several sites inside the park and collecting information from their radio collars. All trapping sites are far away from hiking trails and warning signs will be posted to alert backcountry travelers if they get close

Man Killed by Fallen Tree in Yellowstone

June 11, 2014 Greater Yellowstone Comments Off

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park was killed by a falling tree Monday. The 36-year old man from Taiwan was with a group hiking on a trail north of Old Faithful when he left the trail to walk up a tree-covered slope. A lodgepole pine tree fell and struck him in the head. He died at the scene. Rangers say it was windy at the time and the tree was standing but fire killed from the park’s 1988 fires. The man’s name has not been released and the incident is being investigated by the National Park Service

Park Road Construction

June 10, 2014 Greater Yellowstone Comments Off

If you’re headed to Yellowstone National park this summer, you may want to be prepared for a little road construction.  Rangers say visitors could see delays up to 30 minutes on Grand Loop Road. The road may also be closed some nights. The biggest impact will be the 16-miles between Norris Geyser Basin and the Swan Lake Flats just south of Mammoth Hot Springs.The construction will take three years to complete.

Rescuers Recover Bodies of Brothers in Airplane Crash

May 29, 2014 Greater Yellowstone Comments Off

A rescue team finally recovered the bodies of the two brothers who crashed their small plane into a mountain near Yellowstone National Park three weeks ago. 84 and 86-year-olds Robert and Ward Zimmerman were airlifted off Howell Mountain Tuesday after rescue crews decided it was safe enough. Even with more stable snowpack, the helicopter team had to hover above the peak and lift the bodies out of their seats with a long line

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  • I’ll try anything to stay cool in the summer - July 24, 2014
    I recently saw an advertisement for a product that’s sure to be a big hit with outdoorsmen. Especially those of us who stomp around in the woods when the temperatures climb into the nineties. Last weekend, I found myself sitting in jeans, boots, a long-sleeved shirt and a cowboy hat at Cheyenne Frontier Days. While […]
  • Start honing your archery skills now - July 23, 2014
    Don’t just let that bow sit in the closet or out in the garage all summer. Dust off the case, take the bow out and get some practice. There are dozens of archery ranges around the state where you can practice shooting in the off season. If you don’t know where the one closest to […]
  • Body of Overdue Hiker Found in Grand Teton National Park - July 23, 2014
    The body of an overdue hiker was discovered Tuesday afternoon near the mouth of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park. Park officials report that Will Cornyn, 36, of San Francisco, Calif. was found below a steep cliff band near Inspiration Point. Cornyn had been reported overdue by his girlfriend on Monday when he did […]
  • Wyoming Sees Increase in Whooping Cough - July 22, 2014
    With continued growth in reported pertussis (whooping cough) cases this year, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is encouraging awareness of the disease and vaccination to help protect vulnerable residents, especially infants. Forty-three pertussis cases have been reported to WDH so far this year, compared to a total of 76 in 2013, 59 in 2012, […]

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