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Cody, Wyoming celebrates Fourth of July with Stampede Parade

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The Stampede Parade in Cody, Wyo. is a patriotic spectacle that runs nearly two hours and features more than 125 entries. Visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks often make it a point to be in the town of nearly 10,000 on Independence Day to witness one of the most genuine and entertaining parades in America. Though the Stampede Parade on July 4 is just one of a series of red-white-and-blue events surrounding Cody's annual Fourth of July celebrations, it's one of the biggest and most beloved. An army of volunteers work behind the scenes throughout the year to organize and execute the parade, which is viewed by thousands who line Sheridan Avenue to view soldiers, mountain men, horseback riders, trick ropers, gunfighters, dancers, marching bands, gunfighters and more. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone volcano risk may hinder Wyoming data center efforts

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Gateway communities around Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks benefit greatly from the parks' millions of annual visitors, who spent more than $750 million in the region in 2010. But Cody and other Wyoming communities east of Yellowstone could miss out on an emerging economic development opportunity because of fears about volcanic activity in the park. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has made it an economic development priority for the state to attract large-scale data centers like a planned $112 million cloud computing hub to be built in Cheyenne by software giant Microsoft, Corp. But a recent statewide assessment of Wyoming's ability to attract and support such data centers found that some industry leaders are wary of locating facilities in the state's northwestern corner, citing the risk of a volcanic eruption in Yellowstone Park. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk outlines winter use, summer plans for Cody leaders

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk addresses local business leaders during the Cody, Wyo. National Park Day lunceon, a six-decade tradition in the gateway community. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

Though summer is just around the corner, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk presented two vastly different possible scenarios for managing Sylvan Pass during a briefing Monday for local business owners. Wenk and Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott spoke to Cody Country Chamber of Commerce members as part of the town's National Parks Day, a six-decade tradition where park managers share insights on the coming summer tourist season with business leaders in the gateway community. Continue Reading →

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Planners discuss snowmobiles, ‘sound events’ at Yellowstone winter use meetings

Planners and managers from Yellowstone National Park, including Superintendent Dan Wenk, have been visiting gateway communities this week to host meetings about their ongoing efforts to develop a long-term winter-use plan for the park. The plan revision is a process that has repeated itself in recent years without yielding an enduring result, as interest groups and government entities have taken their objections to federal court. The numerous judicial battles have made it virtually impossible to craft a long-term plan that can survive litigation. Continue Reading →

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Cody business owners worried about slow fix for crumbling Yellowstone road

Traffic in 2012 moves along a single lane of the then-damaged road between Sylvan Pass and Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park.

Repairs to a partially washed-out section of road between Sylvan Pass and Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park will not begin until at least the middle of next year, leaving some Cody business owners worried that further damage could shut down the road entirely. Part of the eastbound lane along a section of road known as "Nine Mile," near Sedge Bay, was washed away in mid-May, just days after the park's East Entrance opened for the summer season. Continue Reading →

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Picturing Yellowstone: Local photographers drawn to park’s beauty

For some enthusiasts lucky enough to live at the doorstep of America’s first national park, Yellowstone is an endless reservoir of inspiring natural images that serves as both a focus and a point of departure for a community of diverse photographers. Continue Reading →

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