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Yellowstone roads begin opening to autos for season

A bighorn sheep stands in the middle of the East Entrance road east of Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park as spring 2014 visitors enter the park from Cody, Wyo.

Spring is a great time to see Yellowstone National Park as the landscape begins to shed its winter garb of ice and snow. Animals are becoming more active with the change of season, and newborn wildlife begin moving through the park. Most importantly for local residents, it's a chance to visit Yellowstone before the summer crowds arrive, bringing traffic and congestion to the world's first national park. Road segments throughout the park will follow a staggered opening in the next few weeks, with the road from West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone already open for the season, allowing visitors to travel by car to two of the park’s iconic locations. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone invites anglers to annual spring meetings

Wildlife officials are working to restore native fish species like Yellowstone cutthroat trout to waters across the region.

Yellowstone National Park staff members will travel to gateway communities next week to talk with anglers about the ongoing efforts to restore native fish species, the threat of aquatic invasive species, and the park’s fishing regulations. In addition to the general public, local fly shop employees and fishing guides are encouraged to attend the outreach meetings. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone celebrates Earth Day in Gardiner

On Saturday, April 23rd, Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee (YECC), and community partners from Gardiner, Mont. will celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day with a community clean-up, waste collection and recycling opportunities, youth activities, information on local environmental initiatives, and more. All Earth Day activities are free of charge and located at the Gardiner Public School. Continue Reading →

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Local artist couple offers ‘Double Take’ in first joint show

Elijah Cobb and Linda Raynolds are featured in their first joint show at Plaza Diane in Powell, Wyo.

POWELL, WYO. — Sculptor Linda Raynolds and photographer Elijah Cobb are two local artists whose works are likely to be familiar to anyone tracking the art scene around Park County over the last two decades. Raynolds is acclaimed for her flowing and organic sculptures of horses and other animals, rendered in an elegant and simple style that focuses on curves and flowing forms. Cobb is known for photographs that capture other-worldly scenes using the interplay of color and light, often projected onto animal bones. But despite their regular contributions to Wyoming’s art world, the married couple have never staged a joint showing of their art. “I guess the simple answer is no one had ever asked us before,” said Cobb, who also works as a commercial photographer specializing in studio product images. Continue Reading →

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Public meeting in Gardiner for Yellowstone quarantine plan

The National Park Service has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) that evaluates various alternatives for a quarantine program for Yellowstone bison. The purpose of a quarantine program would be to augment or establish new tribal and public populations of plains bison to assist in the conservation of the species as wildlife, support cultural and nutritional opportunities for Native Americans, and reduce the number of Yellowstone bison shipped to processing facilities. Continue Reading →

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Western design show scheduled for fall return to Cody

Western design enthusiast Peggy Ruble examines, Teton Settee, created by John Gallis of Norseman Designs West.

With its rich history as a wellspring of Western design, Cody, is once again hosting a premier exhibition of unique, handmade furniture, crafts, textiles and other works. By Western Hands, which had its inaugural show last September at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, will return to that venue for this year's show. A newly formed successor to previous design shows in Cody, By Western Hands showcases original works by local and national artists who create one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect the land, life and labor of the West. Continue Reading →

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Plan calls for killing, removing up to 900 Yellowstone bison

A group of bison graze and rest near the roadside south of Madison in Yellowstone National Park in August 2013.

Wildlife managers in Yellowstone National Park and their partners in a multi-agency group plan to remove or kill up to 900 bison from the park's herds of 4,900 animals. Bison will be hunted and captured for slaughter under the plan, which aims to offset increases in Yellowstone's growing population. Members of the Interagency Bison Management Plan have signed a winter operations plan that calls for culling 600-900 animals over the next few months. This will be done through public and tribal hunting outside the park and capturing bison near the park boundary for transfer to Native American tribes for processing and distribution of meat and hides to their members. Continue Reading →

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Rendezvous Ski Trail opens at West Yellowstone

Simona Wambeke glides down a hill during a kids' nordic ski clinic at Pahaska Tepee near the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park.

The Rendezvous Ski Trail system, located on the Custer Gallatin National Forest near West Yellowstone, Mont., is now being groomed thanks to early snow and just in time for the upcoming Yellowstone Ski Festival. During the month of November, a Yellowstone Ski Festival pass is required for all skiers. Pass prices (per skier) are $12 for one day and $55 for the entire month of November. Passes are available for sale in West Yellowstone at the Visitor Center, FreeHeel & Wheel, Holiday Inn, and at the Rendezvous Trailhead. Continue Reading →

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2 grizzly bears killed in separate incidents near Yellowstone

Bears across the greater Yellowstone region are emerging from hibernation following a winter of unseasonably warm temperatures.

Two grizzly bears were killed by elk hunters acting in self defense last week in separate incidents near Yellowstone National Park. According to information released by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, both hunters were unharmed in the incidents. In each case, the hunters were able to return to their vehicles unharmed and report the incident. Continue Reading →

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Record crowds push Yellowstone managers to plan for 2016

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Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk has been making the rounds to gateway communities to discuss the ups and downs of the park's record summer visitation. The good news is that more people are coming to Yellowstone than ever. Which is also the bad news. Or more specifically, that so many autos and buses are rolling through the park. "We saw more vehicles in Yellowstone National Park than we've ever seen before," Wenk said last week in Cody during an informal meeting with tourism industry leaders. Wenk has also met with similar groups as part of what he called "listening sessions" in the Montana towns of Gardiner, West Yellowstone and Cooke City, as well as in developed areas in the park. Continue Reading →

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