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Total solar eclipse to boost Wyoming tourism in August

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CODY, WYO. — Late this coming summer, the stars will align for an event that is likely to result in one of the busiest tourist days in Wyoming history. Well, at least one star will align. A total solar eclipse will be visible Monday, Aug. 21, across a coast-to-coast swath of the United States, and Wyoming is poised to host a major influx of visitors seeking the best vantage and weather for the rare celestial display. Continue Reading →

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Former internee sees echoes of Heart Mountain in travel ban

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CODY, WYO. — On Sunday, Sam Mihara will lead a discussion in Washington, D.C., about how a presidential order wreaked havoc for him and thousands of other people, making travel impossible, splitting up families, upending lives and sowing chaos amidst the careful plans and long-held dreams of a select group of people. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In centennial year, daunting challenges for Yellowstone

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYO. — Attendees at an outdoor concert held near Yellowstone National Park last week as part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration were told to expect traffic jams, parking hassles and long lines for admission. While the Aug. 25 event brought less congestion than anticipated, that same advisory could also apply to many summer days in Yellowstone itself. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone Park weighing options in light of fish kill

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CODY, WYO. — Park authorities have no plans so far to close waters in Yellowstone National Park to anglers and others following a move Friday by Montana wildlife officials to close a vast stretch of the Yellowstone River. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced the immediate and indefinite closure of more than 150 miles of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries to fishing, boating and all other recreational activities. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montanan creates guide to Yellowstone day hikes

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With all signs pointing to a busy summer in Yellowstone National Park—possibly even a record year for visitation—the best way to avoid the crowds will be to park your car and hit the trail. Which is exactly how Montana hiker and blogger Jake Bramante spent his summer last year. After 40 days of hiking, documenting and rating dozens of trails in Yellowstone in 2015, Bramante has released a comprehensive topographic map covering 65 day hikes in nearly every corner of the park. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Crowds at park’s East Entrance portend busy year

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CODY, WYO. — For the past decade, at 8 a.m. on the first Friday in May, Yellowstone National Park ranger Dennis Lenzendorf has pulled aside a locked barricade to open the park’s East Entrance to the season’s first visitors. But this year was a little different. (more…) Continue Reading →

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No surprise: Government says bison selfies a bad idea

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CODY, WYO. — People visiting Yellowstone National Park this summer should follow some simple advice to avoid being injured by wildlife: keep your distance, and no bison selfies. That’s the conclusion of a report issued this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that examined five separate incidents leading to injuries caused by bison in the park last summer. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Author says park’s smaller mammals need attention, too

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CODY, WYO. — Grizzly bears, gray wolves and bison top the list of animals that literally stop traffic across Yellowstone National Park all summer long. But if one Wyoming researcher had his way, park visitors would be snapping a lot more photos of fringe-tailed bats and golden-mantled ground squirrels. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Married artists, at long last, staging a joint exhibition

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POWELL, WYO. — Sculptor Linda Raynolds and photographer Elijah Cobb are two local artists whose works are likely to be familiar to anyone tracking the art scene around Park County over the last two decades. Raynolds is acclaimed for her flowing and organic sculptures of horses and other animals, rendered in an elegant and simple style that focuses on curves and flowing forms. Cobb is known for photographs that capture otherworldly scenes using the interplay of color and light, often projected onto animal bones. (more…) Continue Reading →

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