The number of people who visited Yellowstone National Park in July is six percent higher than the same month last year and the park has had almost two million visitors for the first seven months of 2014. The highest percentage growth is in the number of bus passengers. July is usually the month with the most visitors followed by August, June and September
A Yellowstone National Park tourist flew a drone into a hot spring even though unmanned planes are banned in the park. Spokesman Al Nash says the man flying the drone crashed it into the Grand Prismatic Spring. Jackson Hole Daily says officials are planning to remove it from the 160 degree water and hoping it won’t cause any environmental damage
The southwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park is staying closed for the second and final year to allow time for vegetation to regrow after park visitors created an illegal trail damaging the plant life. Park staff closed the remote section of the Bechler area on the southwest boundary of the park to restore it. Visitors using authorized trails haven’t been affected by the closure.
Yellowstone National Park is considering setting up a quarantine program for bison infected with brucellosis. Jackson Hole Daily says the park is hoping to get funding for a building to put the sick bison in and ship the healthy bison to other parts of the country. The public can make comments online through September 12
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 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
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
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
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 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
Hunters must be conservationists first - October 20, 2014 As hunters, it’s our responsibility to take care of the critters we hunt, as well as those we don’t. We have to obey the game laws. Police ourselves to be sure others respect the wildlife. And even offer suggestions to the Game and Fish Commission when we think there are better ways to ensure that […]
Quiet & Mainly Settled Weather Expected - October 17, 2014 High pressure will build over the area today, which will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry. Winds will also stay light to breezy and no significant gusting is expected. Temperatures become a touch cooler statewide, but will be closer to average. Daytime highs will be in the 50′s across the mountain […]
Wish list season is upon us again - October 17, 2014 Late October is a bad time of year for me. If I were independently wealthy, it wouldn’t be so bad. But I’m not. I’m a journalist, so it’s a little painful. It’s rough because this is when the Christmas catalogs start hitting the mailbox, and they’re chock-full of gear I wish I had. From the […]
Pleasant Autumn Weather Expected - October 16, 2014 Temperatures will be noticeably cooler and closer to average today due to a cool front that crossed through the state of Wyoming yesterday. We can also expect partly to mostly cloudy skies and breezy winds today, but conditions will remain mainly dry. Winds will gust between 15 to 25 mph. Daytime highs will reach the […]
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