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Shoeshiner keeps old-school trade alive in Jackson bar

Tim Tetley works on Gordon Little’s boots at Tetley’s shoe-shine stand in the Cowboy Bar in Jackson, Wyo., south of Grand Teton National Park.

Walk into the Cowboy Bar, just south of Grand Teton National Park, on a busy night in the summer, and there might be a line of patrons waiting to climb into Tm Tetley’s shoe-shine chair. People take pictures as he scoots around on his stool, examining soles and whipping towels across the tops of boots until they gleam. For visitors it’s like a carnival ride to sit in the chair and have their footwear lathered back to pristine condition by someone dressed from an era passed, while in Jackson’s famous bar with its saddle seats. Continue Reading →

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10 stunning Wyoming high school student photos of Yellowstone and Grand Teton

An overcast sky creates dramatic lighting along a steaming river in Yellowstone National Park. Dylan Rorabaugh Natrona County High School

Images from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are featured prominently among the winners of a photo contest that highlights work by high school students from across Wyoming. The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming's 5th annual “I Believe in Conservation” photography contest provides a showcase for students from Natrona County High School in Casper, Cheyenne High School and Cody High School. Continue Reading →

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Steamboat geyser, world’s tallest, erupts in Yellowstone after 8-year lull

The world's tallest active geyser has erupted in Yellowstone National Park for the first time in eight years, sending a steam-powered jet of excitement through geyser gazers who consider it one of the most special eruptions to behold. The water from Steamboat can reach as high as 300 feet, with steam from that spray reaching even higher. By comparison, the Statue of Liberty measures 305 feet from the torch to the ground below its pedestal. Continue Reading →

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Park Service approves plan for 100-foot cell tower near Lake Hotel in Yellowstone

A map from Verizon Wireless shows signal coverage from a proposed cell phone tower planned for the area around Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park. (click to enlarge)

The National Park Service has given final approval for a plan by Verizon Wireless to build a new 100-foot cell tower to serve the Fishing Bridge and Lake Village developed areas in Yellowstone National Park. A permit clearing the way for construction of the new cell tower was recently approved by John Wessels, the Director of the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service, according to a statement released Tuesday by the National Park Service. Continue Reading →

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Gardiner Gateway project lands $10 million in federal grant funds

Bill Berg, president of the Greater Gardiner Community Council, speaks in front of the Roosevelt Arch during the Gardiner Gateway Project kickoff event Thursday. Joining him on stage were, from left, Daniel Bierschwale, President, Gardiner Chamber of Commerce; Clara Conner, Division Engineer, Western Federal Lands Highway Division; Marty Malone, Commissioner, Park County, Mont.; Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana; and Dan Wenk, Superintenden of Yellowstone National Park. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

An ambitious plan to reconfigure the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and revitalize downtown Gardiner, Mont. has received a big boost in the form of a $10.3 million federal grant. The federal transportation funds will help pay to reconfigure the entry road, add new paved parking areas and improve pedestrian safety, according to a statement released Tuesday by the park's public affairs office. Local matching funds and additional spending from the National Park Service will bring the total project budget to $12 million. Continue Reading →

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Forest Service approves plan for zip line at ski area 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)

The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan by a nonprofit group to build a zip line in the Shoshone National Forest just east of Yellowstone National Park. A decision notice issued Friday and signed by forest Supervisor Joe Alexander gives the go-ahead for the Yellowstone Recreation Foundation to construct a zip line made up of eight towers that suspend the line as it moves across approximately 19 acres, according to planning documents. Continue Reading →

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Hike Uncle Tom’s Trail for close-up view of Yellowstone’s Lower Falls

There are dozens of places in Yellowstone National Park where you can a great view of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. But there's only one spot where you'll feel like you truly "earned" the view. Uncle Tom's Trail is a strenuous series of more than 300 steel stairs that drop 500 feet, descending about three quarters of the way form the canyon rim toward the river below. 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 wildlife officials kill black bear habituated to campground

Wildlife managers in Yellowstone National Park killed a black bear Saturday after it was seen foraging for human food and returning to a campground after being chased out. An adult male black bear weighing 142 pounds entered the Canyon Campground on Saturday afternoon and approached within six feet of a man and woman who were eating, according to a statement released by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Picturing Summer: 16 Solstice Images From Yellowstone and Grand Teton

In honor of the arrival of summer, Yellowstone Gate sent photographers Janet White of and Ruffin Prevost into Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, respectively, to capture a full day's worth of images on Friday, June 21. The first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, also known as the summer solstice, is the longest day of the year. Continue Reading →

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