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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 →

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Woman dies in Grand Teton rafting accident

A rafting accident on the Snake River resulted in the death of one member of a private boating party Sunday evening, July 13, in Grand Teton National Park. Donna Viehman, 63, of Jackson, Wyoming was riding in a rubber raft just north of the Moose Landing with five other people, including her husband, when the raft hit a mid-stream obstruction. The raft overturned and spilled all six persons into the river at approximately 6:20 p.m. Continue Reading →

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Hiker dies from heart attack in Grand Teton during weekend full of emergencies

A Michigan man died Sunday after suffering a heart attack during a hike in Grand Teton National Park in just one of several incidents that kept emergency personnel busy throughout the park. A 74-year-old man visiting the park from Troy, Mich. was on a ranger-led hike at Swan Lake near Colter Bay when he was stricken with a heart attack at about 2:15 p.m., according to a statement released Monday by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming skier killed in Grand Teton avalanche

All of the country's national parks, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone, will offer free admission Monday and at other times throughout the year. (NPS photo)

A backcountry skier died Friday in Grand Teton National Park during an avalanche in the Teton Range. Jarad Spackman, 40, of Jackson, Wyo., was killed while ascending Apocalypse Couloir near the mouth of Death Canyon. Spackman and a companion were ascending Apocalypse Couloir at about 10:30 a.m. on Friday, according to a statement released by the Grand Teton public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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2 die in Yellowstone-Teton area avalanches as region sees new snowfall

Two people were killed in separate avalanches over the weekend, according to information released by the Bridger-Teton National Forecast Avalanche Center. Two backcountry skiers in separate areas were killed Sunday after being caught in small avalanches, the center reported Monday. The center issued an advisory bulletin for areas of Teton, Lincoln and Sublette Counties in Wyoming and for the Teton Area, Continental Divide/Togwotee Pass Area and the Southwest Trails Greys River Area. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone motorcyclist killed in head-on collision with SUV

A motorcycle passes between the base of Talus Slope and the Lewis River in Yellowstone National Park. (Yellowstone Gate file photo/Ruffin Prevost - click to enlarge)

A motorcyclist was killed late Tuesday afternoon after a head-on collision with a sport utility vehicle in Yellowstone National Park, and another was hospitalized. James Michael Cody of Wright, Wyo., was killed after striking a sport utility vehicle that had crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, according to a statement released Thursday by the Yellowstone public affairs office. The incident remains under investigation, but preliminary information suggests the SUV driver may have fallen asleep momentarily, park officials said. Continue Reading →

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Man dies, two others injured in separate Yellowstone incidents on day of ‘visitor mayhem’

In a day that a Yellowstone Park spokesman described as one of "visitor mayhem," emergency responders dealt with at least three serious injuries, including one that left a man dead from an injury after being thrown from a horse. Carl Dullmaier, 56, of Gernsheim, Germany, sustained a head injury when he was thrown from a horse near Tower Junction. He later died from his injuries after being flown to a Billings, Mont., hospital. Continue Reading →

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Climber dies after falling 1,000 feet in descent from Middle Teton summit

Roads and facilities in Grand Teton National Park begin opening May 1.

A mountain climber in Grand Teton National Park fell 1,000 feet to his death Sunday while descending from the summit of the Middle Teton. Justin Harold Beldin, 27 of Benicia, Calif., and two climbing partners had reached the summit of the the 12,804-foot peak and were beginning to descend at about noon when the accident occurred, according to information released Monday by the Grand Teton public affairs office. Another group of climbers near the summit of the Middle Teton saw Beldin fall and alerted Beldin's climbing partners, who did not witness the accident. Continue Reading →

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