Yellowstone investigating death of concessions worker

Authorities in Yellowstone National Park are investigating the death of a concessions worker who had been reported missing after failing to show up for work. A search began on Tuesday for Kassandra “Kassie” Wieferich, who had reportedly missed several shifts at work and failed to meet a family member the previous afternoon as planned. After a brief search in the Old Faithful Lodge area, the body of the 21-year-old woman from Twin Bridges, Mont., was located not far from the point she was reportedly last seen by a fellow employee. Park officials said information about Wieferich’s death was not released by the park’s public affairs office until Wednesday to allow for notification of family members. The incident remains under investigation by National Park Service rangers and special agents. Continue Reading →

Busy year for Yellowstone supervolcano rumors

Steam rises from Excelsior Geyser Crater and Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Have you heard about what's happening with the Yellowstone supervolcano? The biggest earthquake in more than 30 years hit Yellowstone National Park in March. Bison were seen this winter pushing outside the park's boundaries. Extremely high levels of helium are rushing out of hot springs and fumaroles. Seismic detection gear has gone haywire. The roads are melting! All of this can only mean one thing: an eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano is imminent, right? Continue Reading →

Free admission Monday to Yellowstone and Grand Teton

The National Park Service celebrates its 95th birthday on Monday, August 25. To celebrate, admission to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, as well as all other national parks, is free that day. The Park Service is waiving entrance fees on 9 days in 2014 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites national parks have to offer. Continue Reading →

Grand Teton astronomy day offers sky-gazing fun

The Big Dipper is visible over the Tetons in Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park will join the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club to host the annual Grand Teton Astronomy Day on Saturday, August 23. Family-oriented activities are planned, offering fun and educational opportunities for learning about constellations, star clusters, sunspots, galaxies, nebulae and more. Throughout the day, astronomy themed videos will play in the Colter Bay Visitor Center auditorium, including a showing of the award winning documentary, "The City Dark: A search for night on a planet that never sleeps." Outdoor events begin at 2 p.m. at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and end with a late-night star-gazing session on Jackson Lake. Continue Reading →

Grand Teton closure lifted after peregrine falcon chicks take flight

A pair of Grand Teton peregrine falcons nesting in a popular climbing spot had prompted a temporary closure of the area.

A public closure in Grand Teton National Park at Baxter’s Pinnacle and Descent Gully near the mouth of Cascade Canyon was lifted on Saturday, Aug. 16. The area closure went into effect May 6 to protect an active peregrine falcon nest. The adult falcons successfully reared four chicks which have now developed wing feathers and are able to fly. While peregrines can lay up to five eggs, this marks the most young ever fledged at a single nest in Grand Teton National Park. Continue Reading →

2 dead in separate incidents in Yellowstone

An 8-year-old girl died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a popular attraction in Yellowstone National Park. In an unrelated incident, the body of a concessions worker who died while floating the Yellowstone River was recovered Saturday. The girl, Zahra Allahyari, and family members were following a trail to the Brink of the Lower Falls observation platform when she fell 550 feet into the canyon. Continue Reading →

Cody Wild West River Fest celebrates role of Shoshone River in local life

River Runners guide Larry Boyles, far left, launches a raft full of whitewater seekers into the middle of the Shoshone River, near the Belfry Highway bridge at the north edge of Cody, Wyo. in this June 2008 file photo.

After an inaugural 2013 program that organizers said was "wildly successful," Cody's Wild West River Fest returns this weekend with a wide range of family-friendly events centered around the Shoshone River. The 3-day celebration includes contests, races, demonstrations, parties, concerts and other events aimed at educating attendees about the importance of the Shoshone River to life in Cody and the surrounding area, and promoting outdoor recreation and stewardship focused on maintaining a healthy waterway. Continue Reading →

Grand Teton to issue contracts for youth backpacking

The National Park Service will issue a prospectus soliciting proposals for the award of two concession contracts within Grand Teton National Park to provide guided overnight backpacking services for youths under the age of 21, including associated transportation, food service, and guided day hikes. The prospectus explains the business opportunity and the terms and conditions under which the Park Service will award the two concession contracts. Continue Reading →