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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

Elk Number Over 8000 On Refuge

February 21, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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With more severe winter weather being experienced in Jackson Hole during recent weeks, more elk have moved onto the National Elk Refuge feed grounds.  In cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the refuge staff counted 8296 elk on feed.  By comparison, more than 2000 fewer elk were on feed at the refuge last year.  Biologist Eric Cole says … 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

Snowpack Becoming More Normal

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Recent precipitation has pushed snow accumulations in the area’s river basins above average once again, with water content higher still.  According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, snow that has accumulated in the Snake River and Wind River Basins is now at … Continue Reading

Advisory Committee Seeks Forest Project Ideas

February 18, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Idaho Comments Off
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The Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee will be accepting proposals between now and March 14th for review, and consideration for funding during Fiscal Year 2014.  Caribou-Targhee National Forest Supervisor Brent Larson estimates about $473-thousand will be awarded this year.  Resource Advisory Committee-funded projects being proposed must be … Continue Reading

Funds Cut Off To Gardiner Schools

February 17, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Montana Comments Off
Gardiner School

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

NPS Free Weekend

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This would be a good weekend to fall in love with your national park all over again.  Entrance fees will be waived from Saturday through Monday at all national parks including Grand Teton and Yellowstone in Wyoming. Weekend visitors to Grand Teton can … Continue Reading

Bison “Volunteer” For Slaughter

February 13, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off
StephensCreek

The Buffalo Field Campaign yesterday released a statement saying Yellowstone National Park had initiated their 2014 wild bison slaughter.  The activist organization said the Park shipped 20 bison to slaughter.  The release said 25 bison were captured Friday in the Stephens Creek bison holding area … Continue Reading

Local Bear Provides Much Information

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Wyoming Game and Fish Department is pointing to an individual grizzly bear sow living in the Blackrock area East of Moran for making significant contributions to information needed to manage the species.  Large Carnivore Biologist Dan Bjornlie says wildlife personnel have trapped bear 179 eight times and recorded significant information in their journals that has been … Continue Reading

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  • Very Mild And Windy Through Saturday, Cooler On Sunday - October 24, 2014
    High pressure will continue to be the main weather feature today and Saturday.  Expect minimal cloudiness and mainly dry weather conditions across much of the state.   Winds, however, will be strong today with gusts as high as 50 mph across wind prone areas.   Temperatures will also stay very mild and about 15 to 20 degrees […]
  • A hunt with no disasters isn’t as much fun - October 24, 2014
    Not long ago, I saw a message on one of the hunting blogs I like to read. The writer wanted hunters to send in accounts of disasters they’d had in the field. I bet he got swamped with emails. Every hunter I know has had at least one calamity in the woods. If you hunt, […]
  • Windy At Times Today, Unseasonably Mild Through Saturday - October 23, 2014
    As high pressure strengthens, warmer air from southwestern portions of the nation will move into the region today.  Conditions will also stay mainly dry throughout much of the state, but winds will be strong and gusty.  Parts of I-25 (Colorado state line to Casper) and I-80 (Cheyenne to Rawlins) could see gusting as high as […]
  • My new used truck may be the death of me - October 23, 2014
    Not long ago, I brought home a 1994 Ford F-250. It’s not much to look at, but it’s even worse to drive. About the only things it has going for it are that it’s mechanically sound, and it’s technically a vehicle. I’ve named it Clunk, for good reason. When you shift it into either drive […]

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