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Report finds no significant environmental impact for proposed zip line east of Yellowstone

Managers of the Sleeping Giant Ski Area east of Yellowstone National Park have proposed installing a zip line for summer use. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

A plan by a nonprofit group to build a zip line in the Shoshone National Forest just east of Yellowstone National Park would not create a significant environmental impact, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Forest Service. A 102-page Environmental Assessment conducted by the Forest Service and paid for by the Yellowstone Recreation Foundation states that the group's plan "would not significantly impact any resource area or issue raised during scoping." Continue Reading →

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Injured skier hopes Grand Teton accident video will make others ski safely

A still frame from a video shot by skier Josh Tatman shows his shadow on the snow just before he is injured in a fall on a steep slope in Grand Teton National Park. (click to enlarge)

A skier who was rescued Saturday by members of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski patrol and evacuated by helicopter from a steep canyon in Grand Teton National Park is recovering from his injury, and hopes a video of the incident will help remind others to ski safely. Josh Tatman, 31, of Jackson, Wyo. was skiing alone at about 1 p.m. near the top of Endless Couloir in Granite Canyon. Tatman broke his leg in an otherwise relatively moderate fall, but he was able to use his cell phone to call for help. Continue Reading →

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