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Wyoming won’t pay to operate Yellowstone and Grand Teton during shutdown

Wyoming will not pay to operate Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks under a plan announced Thursday that could allow some states to cover the costs of reopening national parks closed under the government shutdown. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the federal government would consider offers from states to cover operational costs to reopen some parks, according to the Associated Press. Continue Reading →

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Park Service buys 86-acre inholding in Grand Teton for $16 million

The National Park Service has purchased a parcel of state-owned land within Grand Teton National Park, and plans to buy two more in the coming years.

The National Park Service announced last week that it has purchased the second of four parcels of Wyoming school trust lands within Grand Teton National Park, paying $16 million for 86 acres. The Snake River Parcel was bought with funds made available from congressional appropriations in fiscal years 2011-13, according to a statement released by the agency. Continue Reading →

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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 and Grand Teton fire danger high for Fourth of July

Fire danger in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks is high or very high going into the Fourth of July. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate file photo - click to enlarge)

As dry, hot weather conditions persist and several wildland fires burn throughout the West, land management agencies across the greater Yellowstone area are issuing warnings of elevated fire danger. So far, only minor road and campground closures have been required as a result of fires in the area. The fire danger in Yellowstone National Park has been elevated to very high, and it is listed as high in Grand Teton National Park. Park managers advise visitors and residents to exercise extreme caution. Continue Reading →

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