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Day hikes as Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park turns 100

Day hikes as Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park turns 100

ESTES PARK, Colo. — No adjectives can do Rocky Mountain National Park justice. The jagged snow-draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys, and roaring waterfalls render exclamation points inadequate.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New videogame set in Wyoming wilderness

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Two former Wyoming residents have created a videogame that centers around a park ranger stationed in a watchtower in the Shoshone National Forest wilderness with plot and dialogue based on real places within the state.

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Visiting 9/11 sites: Memorial, museum, tours

Visiting 9/11 sites: Memorial, museum, tours

NEW YORK — Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the Sept. 11th attacks. More than 700,000 people from all 50 states and 131 countries have been to the National Sept. 11 Museum since it opened May 21. More have come from New York than any other st…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

HELENA — A wide diversity of plants and animals inhabit the nearly 1 million-acre Helena National Forest, and with such a massive area to cover, a new citizen science campaign asks the public to help document the many species calling it home.

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High adventure classroom offered in Jackson Hole

JACKSON, Wyo. — Middle school and high school students are learning in a totally different type of classroom this summer.

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Study says national parks boost economy in West

Study says national parks boost economy in West

JACKSON, Wyo. — National parks and monuments boosted the economies of surrounding communities in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho by a combined $1.15 billion last year, according to a new study.

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An alpine hike minutes from downtown Bozeman

An alpine hike minutes from downtown Bozeman

BOZEMAN — When people ask why I love living in Bozeman, the first thing that comes to mind is the community. A close second is access to the outdoors. And I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

July 19, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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Hospice patient rides first Red Bus to Logan Pass

Hospice patient rides first Red Bus to Logan Pass

WEST GLACIER — Two months ago, Rhonda Hendricks was undergoing treatment at Kalispell Regional Medical Center's infusion room when she let the nurses in on a little secret. Rhonda, 49, said that while she had been to Logan Pass on Going-to-the-Sun Road's opening day, she had always wanted to…

July 11, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Oregon congressman wants buffer for wolves around Yellowstone

Oregon congressman wants buffer for wolves around Yellowstone

An Oregon congressman is asking the Interior Department to work with states to curb gray wolf hunting around Yellowstone National Park.

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4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review …

June 14, 2014 11:01 pm Photos

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USGS: Glacier's glaciers melting slowly, for now

USGS: Glacier's glaciers melting slowly, for now

GREAT FALLS — Healthy snowpack and cooler summers over the past four years have slowed melting of remaining glaciers in Glacier National Park in Montana, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Jackson ski areas report very good year

JACKSON, Wyo. — The oldest and the largest ski resorts in the state enjoyed a strong winter 2013-14, both of them boasting historic numbers.

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Man arrested in murder of Wyoming woman in Nicaragua

JACKSON, Wyo. — A Wyoming woman found dead on a church service trip to Nicaragua was an EMT and skiing instructor who had always been committed to helping other people, her father said.

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In California wine country, an olive oil trail

In California wine country, an olive oil trail

NAPA, Calif. – Come to California wine country taste the ... olive oil?

March 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Oregon’s Sunriver Resort an outdoor oasis for all

Oregon’s Sunriver Resort an outdoor oasis for all

SUNRIVER, Ore. — Say you are a large group of vacation-seekers. Your ages span from toddler to senior. Your interests range from walking to golfing to biking to reading to sitting on a patio fringed with pine trees and enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Model railroading a Casper man's 7-decade hobby

CASPER, Wyo. — The thought that would change Bob Baden’s life came to him while he was in the U.S. Army Air Corps, shortly after he was transferred to New Guinea in 1943 to help defend against the Japanese invasion.

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Even in peak ski season, Aspen has some freebies

Even in peak ski season, Aspen has some freebies

DENVER — A trip to Aspen during peak ski season is going to set you back some cash. But even those who can afford the posh Colorado mountain town will enjoy checking out what’s free, from high-altitude adventures to creature comforts.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Five-star kids ski schools: When small is better …

Five-star kids ski schools: When small is better …

PARK CITY, Utah — Hindsight is always 20-20, especially when you’re talking about teaching kids to ski. Like a lot of parents who love to ski, I figured I could teach my children myself. And I tried. But looking back now, I wish I’d put them in group lessons much sooner, when they were 6 or …

December 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Sunday transformation: Comics out, prayers in

Sunday transformation: Comics out, prayers in

LEXINGTON, Ky. — “Walking Dead” memorabilia meets you as you enter A+ Comics & Collectibles, leading to a packed showroom filled with Batman, Wonder Woman, Zombie-themed lunch boxes and games of all ilk.

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Columbia Hills State Park is a Gorge wonder

DALLESPORT, Wash. — It's hard to overstate the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge, and Columbia Hills State Park takes in a sweeping mountainside of that grandeur, plus a riverside trove of cultural artifacts that may be unmatched in the Northwest.

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