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Protestors gather at East Gate to demand reopening of Yellowstone Park

Protestors gather at the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park on Sunday to demand a solution to the federal government shutdown that has closed national parks nationwide.

A grassroots protest Sunday afternoon at the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park was a study in contrasts, as environmentally minded nature-lovers joined Constitution-quoting small government advocates in showing support for the park, and to demand a solution to the government shutdown that has dragged on for two weeks. Despite temperatures in the low 40s and sporadic drizzle, approximately 75 people gathered for a half-hour demonstration during which anyone was allowed to speak, and that concluded with a spontaneous singing of "God Bless America." Continue Reading →

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Group plans shutdown protest Sunday at Yellowstone East Gate

A group of Park County, Wyo. residents is planning a Sunday protest of the federal government shutdown that has closed Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to all visitors.

A group of Park County, Wyo. residents is planning a Sunday protest of the federal government shutdown that has closed Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to all visitors. Organizers describe their effort as a "peaceful but determined" gathering aimed at raising awareness of public displeasure with the shutdown. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone shutdown brings ‘overwhelming’ losses to small businesses

The Dude Motel sign lights up the night sky in West Yellowstone, Mont., where tourism has dropped sharply since the government shutdown closed Yellowstone National Park.

Locally owned small businesses around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are facing "overwhelming" financial losses in the wake of the continuing government shutdown, but their concerns have not found traction in Washington, D.C. In small towns around the parks, the tourism industry has been hit hard by cancellations, shortened trips and a sudden drop in business. Continue Reading →

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Hundreds of bicyclists tour greater Yellowstone area, visit gateway towns

Bicyclists participate in Cycle Greater Yellowstone near the Buffalo Bill Reservoir southwest of Cody, Wyo.

Bicyclist Michael McCann was one of nearly 700 pedalers who spent the last week traversing soaring peaks and broad valleys in a new touring event aimed at showcasing the amazing wildlife, scenery and communities of the greater Yellowstone area. "Every day starts with a lament and ends in an epiphany," McCann joked Friday while relaxing in Cody, Wyo. after a 50-mile ride through the scenic South Fork Valley. Continue Reading →

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30 Patriotic pictures from Cody’s ‘Third of July’ parade

The Stampede Parade, Cody's Fourth of July parade that runs the length of Sheridan Avenue, is the biggest in Wyoming. To get in a little practice and make a head start on the Fourth of July, Cody holds the same parade on July 3. Not all of the nearly 150 floats, groups and participants who parade on the 4th show up for the 3rd, but most do. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton heads focus on cutting costs, raising revenues

Federal budget cuts required under the Congressional sequester will result in relatively minor cuts in services this summer for visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. But park managers say they are not optimistic about the financial outlook for next year and beyond. Continue Reading →

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Historian explores complex history behind founding of town of Cody

Buffalo Bill Cody

Popular legend has William F. "Buffalo Bill" creating the town of Cody, Wyo. as a tourist oasis to help share the wonder of Yellowstone with the world. But the truth is that Cody was founded at the site of a canyon that proved ideal for building a dam that was key to Buffalo Bill's ambitious plan to irrigate 400,000 acres between the Shoshone River and the Bighorn Mountains. Continue Reading →

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