Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone snow coaches switching from tracks to tires


CODY, WYO. — Heavy spring snowfall this week caused Yellowstone National Park managers to temporarily close some entrances, and motorists in parts of the park were told snow tires were required for entry. But having the right tires for snow in Yellowstone isn’t just an unexpected issue for some spring travelers—it’s also shaping up to be one of the biggest changes to winter travel in the park in years. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: Thanks, ‘Gaga,’ for lessons on public lands


In 1874, Edwin J. Stanley, our great- (times six) grandfather set out on a solo horseback adventure to Montana to tour the first designated national park. He wrote a book, “Rambles in Wonderland,” published in 1878 about his travels through Yellowstone National Park. His work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important. (more…) Continue Reading →

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At last, government starts paying me back


Last month I received my very first Social Security check from the United States government. At long last, I am officially on the dole. I’ve already learned one thing: All of those conservative politicians were right when they said government checks discourage hard work. I haven’t felt like doing a darn thing all month. The world owes me a living, after all of these years, and I intend to cash in. Continue Reading →

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Opinion: What we lose if we lose the grizzly bear


I’ve always been attracted to grizzly country, or in other words, I’ve always been drawn to wilderness. Perhaps there’s no way around it: having grown up in Montana it’s likely a key strain of my DNA. We don’t call it real wilderness in Big Sky Country unless the place is inhabited by grizzlies, or at least what few still remain. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In centennial year, daunting challenges for Yellowstone


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


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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From early Yellowstone Park, a tale of greed and obsession


It turns out that stupid-people tricks in Yellowstone National Park—you know, people petting bison, taking selfies with bears, walking on thermal features—are not strictly a modern phenomenon. As Mike Stark makes plain in his new book, “Wrecked in Yellowstone,” things were even worse in the earliest days of the world’s first national park. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Want bear stories? This park ranger has bear stories

“Yellowstone Ranger,” a memoir by former park ranger Jerry Mernin, has all of the ingredients of a boring book. It’s a book by and about a man who was by no means a professional writer and who spent most of his career out of the public eye. It is long and episodic, and the humans it mentions are among the least interesting critters in the whole book. But if Mernin set out to write a boring book, he failed miserably. Instead, he wrote a book that should appeal to just about everybody who loves bear stories and to anybody who has ever dreamed that being a park ranger must be the best job in the world. Continue Reading →

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Montanan creates guide to Yellowstone day hikes


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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Opinion: Time to cull the herd of bipedal mammals


Being somewhat familiar with the intricacies of United States’ public land law and the extent of the federal authority to manage said property, including the wildlife therein, I believe a ready solution is available to the increasing conflicts within Yellowstone National Park. The action proposed here would be the systematic and routine culling of the bipedal mammals which seasonally invade Yellowstone National Park, also referred to as tourists. (more…) Continue Reading →

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