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YNP Pack and Horseback Tours studied

March 13, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, Paradise Valley, State of Wyoming Comments Off
YNP Horseback

The National Park Service is preparing an environmental assessment to analyze impacts associated with the issuance of new concession contracts for guided backcountry saddle and pack stock tours in Yellowstone National Park.  At issue is … Continue Reading

Park Visitations Up In February

YNP snowmobile

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park during February experienced a 4¼% increase from the same month last year.  According to the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics Office, 31,053 people visited the park for recreational purposes with another 48,559 … Continue Reading

Low Spring Runoff Predicted

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The National Weather Service office in Riverton reported yesterday that the February basin precipitation was 85 to 90 percent of average across Wyoming, although mountain snowpack across Wyoming continues to be … Continue Reading

Forest Firefighting To Be More Selective

FUSEE

In the past, the National Forest Service has classified a variety of small fires in remote areas as “managed fires,” allowing them to burn in those areas for the resource benefits they provided.  However, last year every fire was suppressed unless it was officially designated a managed fire.  As a result, … Continue Reading

State Travel Combats Sequestration Effects

shober

Budget cutbacks in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks leading to delays in plowing the roads in both parks, less staffing of seasonal rangers, and reduced hours in visitor centers to name a few of the consequences of the sequestration have tourism interests in the state concerned.  Of highest concern is … Continue Reading

Bison Movement Approved

March 11, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, Paradise Valley Comments Off
Bison

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has approved a request from Yellowstone National Park to move 63 bison from a holding facility in the park, near Gardiner, to an Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service facility in Corwin Springs, three miles away.  The animals are being moved … Continue Reading

Renew Bear Bait Permits Now

Bear Bait

Black bear hunters who want to use bait for the spring bear hunting season have until March 20th to register their existing bear-bait sites. Spokesman Mark Gocke of the Wyoming Game and Fish Office in Jackson says those who had bait sites registered in 2012 can … Continue Reading

Governor Mulls Mitigation

Gov Mead

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead told reporters he has been in conference with community leaders in Northwestern Wyoming regarding the impacts of delayed road plowing in Yellowstone on the region’s tourism.  Mead says unquestionably, the losses to those communities will be significant, but … Continue Reading

Elk Numbers Continue To Decline

elk

The number of elk in the northern Yellowstone herd continues its decline.  The Northern Yellowstone Cooperative Wildlife Working Group has conducted its annual winter survey of the northern Yellowstone elk population working with … Continue Reading

Getting The Message Key To Weather Safety

Weather Warning

Wyoming this week is marking National Severe Weather Awareness week – observed this time of year because of the severe weather that is experienced in much of the nation including frequent tornadoes in the Midwest.  While tornadoes are extremely rare in northwestern Wyoming, Severe Weather Meteorologist Chris Jones says another wind event is not.  … Continue Reading

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    When you think about the absolute best off-road SUV, the first name that comes to mind is probably not Lexus. But Lexus has one that might change your opinion. I drove an absolutely incredible SUV a few weeks ago. The LX570 is a Lexus, so it had all the fancy bells and whistles you’d expect […]
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  • Enzi Opens Campaign HQ in Cheyenne - April 17, 2014
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