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Yellowstone cracking down use of aerial camera drones

Yellowstone cracking down use of aerial camera drones

Just weeks after a visitor crashed a drone into Yellowstone National Park's largest hot spring, park officials have filed criminal charges against the alleged pilot and are stepping up their efforts to publicize and enforce a ban on unmanned aerial vehicles in the park.

August 29, 2014 6:49 pm Video Photos

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Cody Wild West River Fest celebrates role of Shoshone River in local life

Cody Wild West River Fest celebrates role of Shoshone River in local life

CODY, Wyo. — After an inaugural 2013 program that organizers said was “wildly successful,” Cody’s Wild West River Fest returns this weekend with a wide range of family friendly events centered around the Shoshone River.

August 18, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…
Elk group

Elk group

The Elk Brucellosis Working Group will meet in Bozeman on Tuesday to discuss this past winter's hazing operations.

July 01, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…
Yellowstone Lake Hotel reopens after $28.5M renovation

Yellowstone Lake Hotel reopens after $28.5M renovation

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — The oldest hotel in the world’s first national park had a distinct aroma of fresh paint as summer guests began arriving this week. But the major renovations being wrapped up at Yellowstone Lake Hotel go far beyond new paint, as workers are completing a two-year, $…

June 27, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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Window cleaning

Window cleaning

Rick Hoeninghausen, director of sales and marketing for Xanterra Parks and Resorts, points out a few spots where last-minute window clenaing is needed by Michaela Matuskva before a ribbon-cutting celebrating completion of a two-year, $28.5 million renovation of Lake Hotel in Yellowstone Nati…

June 26, 2014 5:56 pm
Ribbon cut

Ribbon cut

People gather Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting celebrating completion of a two-year, $28.5 million renovation of Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park.

June 26, 2014 5:56 pm
Park superintendent

Park superintendent

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said Tuesday that Lake Hotel was his favorite spot to dine and stay in the park.

June 26, 2014 5:56 pm
Diverse wildlife a huge draw to visitors near Cody

Diverse wildlife a huge draw to visitors near Cody

Hundreds of thousands of visitors come each year to Cody, Wyo., equipped with cameras and binoculars, hoping to see an elk, moose, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, whitetail deer or mule deer.

May 22, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep

The region around Cody, Wyo., is home to one of the largest populations of bighorn sheep in the country.

May 09, 2014 1:46 pm
Wild horses

Wild horses

Wild horses are popular with wildlife watchers in the McCullough Peaks area east of Cody, Wyo.

May 09, 2014 1:41 pm
Photographers

Photographers

Photographers gather near Steamboat Point in Yellowstone National Park to take pictures of a young grizzly bear foraging on a hillside.

May 05, 2014 11:14 am
Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

A great blue heron searchers for food near Trout Creek in Yellowstone National Park.

May 05, 2014 11:14 am
Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep

A bighorn sheep stands in the middle of the East Entrance road east of Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park.

May 05, 2014 11:14 am
Bear and carcass

Bear and carcass

Ravens wait for their chance to feed on a carcass guarded by a grizzly bear near LeHardy Rapids in Yellowstone National Park.

May 05, 2014 11:15 am
Avalanche work delays visitors through Yellowstone's east entrance

Avalanche work delays visitors through Yellowstone's east entrance

CODY, Wyo. — Early visitors to Yellowstone National Park may sometimes wish they could stay a little longer. And some of the first people touring the park by auto this year got their wish Friday, as a closure of Sylvan Pass stopped traffic on the park's East Entrance road for a few hours.

May 05, 2014 11:07 am Photos

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Cody police plan for summer return of Hells Angels

Cody police plan for summer return of Hells Angels

CODY, WYO. — Tourism and business boosters in this Yellowstone National Park gateway town have long worked to persuade travelers to spend an extra day in Cody and to come back a few years later for a repeat visit.

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Climbers spar over use of metal tools on popular routes near Cody, Wyo.

CODY, Wyo. — Problems with liability insurance and an impromptu decision to send ice climbing students using specialized gear into a favorite rock climbing area have prompted criticism of the organizer of the Cody Ice Climbing Festival, who says he was only trying to make the best of a bad s…

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Yellowstone thermal features produce unexpectedly high amounts of helium

Yellowstone thermal features produce unexpectedly high amounts of helium

Scenic vistas, abundant wildlife and now, new research shows there's yet another uplifting reason to visit Yellowstone National Park.

February 19, 2014 4:48 pmLoading…
Cody Ice Fest continues despite avalanche concerns, wild weather

Cody Ice Fest continues despite avalanche concerns, wild weather

CODY, Wyo. — Climbing frozen waterfalls requires not just physical prowess, but also endurance, versatility and creativity. It was exactly those traits that climbers exhibited during this weekend’s Cody Ice Climbing Festival, which persevered despite extreme avalanche dangers and every imagi…

February 17, 2014 3:30 pm Photos

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Matt Burklow

Matt Burklow

Matt Burklow participates in a beginners' clinic in Shoshone Canyon on Saturday during the 16th Annual Cody Ice Climbing Festival in Cody, Wyo.

February 17, 2014 10:25 am
Climbers gather at a rock face

Climbers gather at a rock face

Climbers gather at the bottom of a rock face in Shoshone Canyon on Saturday during the 16th Annual Cody Ice Climbing Festival in Cody, Wyo. 

February 17, 2014 10:25 am
Looking for a way up

Looking for a way up

A climber looks for the best route up a rock face in Shoshone Canyon on Saturday during the 16th Annual Cody Ice Climbing Festival in Cody.

February 17, 2014 10:25 am
Greg Garrigues

Greg Garrigues

Greg Garrigues participates in a beginners’ clinic in Shoshone Canyon on Saturday during the 16th Annual Cody Ice Climbing Festival in Cody, Wyo.

February 17, 2014 10:25 am
Shoshone Canyon

Shoshone Canyon

A climber scales a rock wall in Shoshone Canyon on Saturday during the 16th Annual Cody Ice Climbing Festival in Cody, Wyo.

February 17, 2014 10:16 am
Yellowstone asks Wyoming to adopt 'orphan' stretch of Beartooth Highway

Yellowstone asks Wyoming to adopt 'orphan' stretch of Beartooth Highway

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk traveled to Cheyenne, Wyo., last week to ask Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and state transportation officials to participate in a unique adopt-a-highway program.

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Small is good

Small is good

General manager Jon Reveal joined the Sleeping Giant ski area near Yellowstone National Park in fall 2012 after a career running major resorts in Colorado and Montana.

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Trimming costs important to survival of small Cody ski area

Trimming costs important to survival of small Cody ski area

CODY, WYO. — For financially struggling ski hills around the country, the period stretching from before Christmas through just after New Year’s Day can be a make-or-break time. At Sleeping Giant, the ski area located four miles east of Yellowstone National Park, this year’s holiday break was…

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Federal budget battles leave lingering scars on parks, gateway towns

Federal budget battles leave lingering scars on parks, gateway towns

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Congress is not an institution that most Americans would characterize as particularly productive. But the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is typically even less productive than usual — if that's possible.

December 02, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks

Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks

The 16-day shutdown of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in October cost an estimated $21.1 million in lost total visitor and recreation spending to the parks and surrounding communities.

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Aaron Van Egmond, Schalene Darr and Hayden Darr

Aaron Van Egmond, Schalene Darr and Hayden Darr

Aaron Van Egmond, Schalene Darr and Hayden Darr say the October shutdown of Yellowstone National Park meant a 50 percent drop in revenues at the Yellowstone Grill in Gardiner.

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Bill would remove ban on river paddling in Yellowstone

Bill would remove ban on river paddling in Yellowstone

A new bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., would nullify longstanding federal regulations that prohibit hand-propelled boating on rivers and streams in Yellowstone National Park and on some waters not currently open in Grand Teton National Park.

November 27, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Bringing out the big gun: Yellowstone stations howitzer atop Sylvan Pass

Bringing out the big gun: Yellowstone stations howitzer atop Sylvan Pass

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Shortly after the partial federal government shutdown ended last month, two Lake District maintenance workers performed an annual fall duty that most visitors to Yellowstone National Park never get to see and is part of one of the park’s most controversial managem…

November 23, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Wyoming pronghorn acclimating to wildlife overpasses during fall migration

Wyoming pronghorn acclimating to wildlife overpasses during fall migration

Pronghorn moving to and from the southern end of Grand Teton National Park appear to be adapting well to wildlife overpasses designed to alleviate a dangerous and longstanding bottleneck in their lengthy seasonal migrations.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Repairs completed on Yellowstone road between East Entrance and Fishing Bridge

Repairs completed on Yellowstone road between East Entrance and Fishing Bridge

CODY, Wyo. — Although Yellowstone National Park was closed to visitors during the government shutdown, contractors were able to continue working, allowing them to complete repairs to a damaged portion of the road between the park’s East Entrance and Fishing Bridge.

November 07, 2013 4:30 pmLoading…
Although Yellowstone National Park was closed to visitors

Although Yellowstone National Park was closed to visitors

Although Yellowstone National Park was closed to visitors during the government shutdown, contractors were able to continue working, allowing them to complete repairs to a damaged portion of the road between the park’s East Entrance and Fishing Bridge.

November 07, 2013 1:49 pm
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Snow coaches operated by private tour guides are parked at Old Faithful.

October 28, 2013 10:05 am
Yellowstone winter tour operators wary of new concessions contracts

Yellowstone winter tour operators wary of new concessions contracts

Yellowstone National Park managers passed a major milestone last week with the release of a final winter-use rule that appears to have gained widespread acceptance as a workable solution to 15 years of ongoing legal challenges over snowmobile travel in the park.

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Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

CODY, Wyo. — After more than 15 years of contentious debate over snowmobile travel in Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service on Tuesday released a final winter-use plan that appears to have a solid chance of avoiding legal challenges.

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Jordan Howard

Jordan Howard

Jordan Howard, 7, holds a protest sign in front of her mother, Rachel Howard, of Cody, Wyo. They were among approximately 75 protesters who gathered at the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park on Sunday to demand a solution to the federal government shutdown that has closed national parks …

October 13, 2013 7:51 pmLoading…
Protesters gather at East Gate to demand reopening of Yellowstone Park

Protesters gather at East Gate to demand reopening of Yellowstone Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — A grass-roots protest Sunday afternoon at the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park was a study in contrasts, as environmentally minded nature-lovers joined Constitution-quoting small-government advocates in showing support for the park, and to demand a solut…

October 13, 2013 7:45 pmLoading…
Governors say 'no' to opening Yellowstone, other parks on their dime

Governors say 'no' to opening Yellowstone, other parks on their dime

Montana and Wyoming will not pay to reopen Yellowstone National Park under a proposal announced Thursday that could allow some states to cover the costs of operating national parks closed in the government shutdown.

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Group plans shutdown protest Sunday at Yellowstone's East Gate

CODY, Wyo. — As the government shutdown drags through its second week, the closure of national parks around the country has proven to be a uniformly unpopular move — something even a 4-year-old probably could have predicted to anyone in Washington, D.C.

October 09, 2013 4:15 pmLoading…
Small businesses outside Yellowstone detail 'overwhelming' losses

Small businesses outside Yellowstone detail 'overwhelming' losses

Locally owned small businesses around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are facing “overwhelming” financial losses in the wake of the continuing government shutdown, but their concerns have not found traction in Washington, D.C.

October 04, 2013 5:38 pmLoading…

Yellowstone, Teton plan for closure as government shutdown looms

Officials worked Monday to nail down details of contingency plans on how Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks will cope with a looming government shutdown, leaving the parks closed to all visitors.

September 30, 2013 6:18 pmLoading…
Montana author shares historic tales of adventurous travels in Yellowstone

Montana author shares historic tales of adventurous travels in Yellowstone

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park typically go home with a story or two to share about wildlife, wilderness or wide-open spaces. But with modern vehicles, hotels and even smartphones and laptops, their experiences are usually a far cry from the frontier adventures of the park’s earliest …

August 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Interior secretary visits Grand Teton, pledges support for deal to acquire Wyoming lands

Interior secretary visits Grand Teton, pledges support for deal to acquire Wyoming lands

MOOSE, WYO. — Though she lacks the required money and is facing a January deadline, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday that she was making it a “very high priority” to honor a deal for the federal government to acquire 1,280 acres of Wyoming lands located inside Grand Teton Natio…

August 07, 2013 5:56 pm Photos

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Yellowstone visitor fully recovered one year after close encounter with bison

Yellowstone visitor fully recovered one year after close encounter with bison

CODY, WYO. — A year after he was seriously injured in a close encounter with a bison in Yellowstone National Park, a Massachusetts man has fully recovered from the traumatic experience that made international headlines.

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News photos: Stampede Parade in Cody

News photos: Stampede Parade in Cody

The Stampede Parade, Cody’s Fourth of July parade that runs the length of Sheridan Avenue, is the biggest in Wyoming.

July 03, 2013 5:33 pm Photos

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Cody High School marching band

Cody High School marching band

Members of the Cody High School marching band perform in Wednesday’s warm-up parade.

July 03, 2013 4:29 pmLoading…
The Pink Lady

The Pink Lady

Known as “The Pink Lady,” Hope Sheets, 77, and her dog Lacy walk in the parade in Cody, Wyo. Sheets has participated in the annual parade for more than 30 years.

July 03, 2013 4:29 pmLoading…

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