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Cody tourism business leaders seek renewal of 4 percent lodging tax

Business leaders in Park County, Wyo. are backing renewal of a 4 percent lodging tax that helps fund visitor centers and promote the area as a tourist destination. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

Business leaders in the Yellowstone National Park gateway community of Cody, Wyo. are working to convince Park County voters to renew a 4 percent lodging tax, and they're taking steps to make sure the measure isn't confused with a separate and unrelated sales tax that is also on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Lodging taxes collected in Park County, including at properties inside Yellowstone Park, generated nearly $1.6 million in 2011 revenues used to promote the area as a tourist destination, and backers say those funds are needed to continue growing the local tourism industry. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone Park road projects see mixed progress as winter closures approach

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

With just under six weeks until most roads in Yellowstone National Park close to autos for winter, a section of road near Tower Junction is being rebuilt for the first time in decades, while a damaged stretch of road east of Fishing Bridge will not be repaired this fall, as had been planned. The road from Tower Junction to a barricade just north of the Chittenden Road turnoff on Dunraven Pass has been closed for the season to allow for a major reconstruction project, according to a statement released by the Yellowstone public affairs office. 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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