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2/28/02 Is the growth of the Northern Rockies wolf population nearing an end? (by National Wildlife Federation)
2/28/02 Updates from the Field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/25/02 Memorandum of understanding forged with the Forest Service (by BlueRibbon Coalition)
2/25/02 Servicewide memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and the BlueRibbon Coalition, Inc.  (by BlueRibbon Coalition)
2/24/02 Montana DOL and Fish, Wildlife, and Parks violate Gallatin Forest Plan in capture of 9 Bison near Yellowstone (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/23/02 GRAY WOLF RECOVERY WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT: Status of Gray Wolf Recover, Weeks of 2/15 - 2/22, 2002 (by Ralph Maughan)
2/21/02 The final comment period begins for the future of snowmobiling in Yellowstone!  Your comments will make a difference! (by BlueRibbon Coalition)
2/21/02 Updates from the Field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/19/02 Parks group backs snowmobile ban: Alternative rules would damage Yellowstone (by National Parks Conservation Association)
2/17/02 GRAY WOLF RECOVERY WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT: Status of Gray Wolf Recover, Weeks of 2/08 - 2/15, 2002 (by Ralph Maughan)
2/15/02 Snowmobiling abuses in Yellowstone continue despite costly new mitigation efforts: Park records reveal hundreds of violations while park employees continue to suffer health problems from snowmobile exhaust (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
2/15/02 Get story straight on NPS Yellowstone "study" (by Ed Klim President International Snowmobile Manufacturer's Association as reported by BlueRibbon Coalition)
2/14/02 Study shows snow coach emissions six times higher than new snowmobiles (by Wyoming Depatment of State Parks and Cultural Resources)--Wyoming has been an ally of the pro-snowmobile lobby, and this story is an interesting wrinkle in the debate.  Of course, pollution is but one aspect of it.
2/14/02 Updates from the Field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/13/02 Snowmobile poker ride supports continued snowmobiling in Yellowstone (by Jack Welch President BlueRibbon Coalition)
2/11/02 More Yellowstone wolves radio-collared. Average Druid Peak Pack wolf is small(by Ralph Maughan)
2/9/02 GRAY WOLF RECOVERY WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT: Status of Gray Wolf Recover, Weeks of 2/01 - 2/08, 2002 (by Ralph Maughan)
2/7/02 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young rock for the buffalo! (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/7/02 Montana Department of Livestock and National Park Service squander tax dollars to slaughter two "low risk" bull near Yellowstone National Park (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/7/02 Updates from the Field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--
2/6/02 Two of three bison test positive for brucellosis (by Montana Department of Livestock)
2/5/02 Conservation groups reach agreement with Forest Service on helicopter skiing critical wildlife habitat protected, but legal action will continue (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
2/4/02 Interior's Parks budget inches forward, falls short of need (by Ron Tipton National Parks Conservation Association)
2/4/02 Gros Ventre Pack shows up near Pinedale, Wyoming (by Ralph Maughan)
2/2/02 GRAY WOLF RECOVERY WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT: Status of Gray Wolf Recover, Weeks of 1/25 - 2/01, 2002 (by Ralph Maughan)
2/28/02 Wildlife official use new test for buffalo brucellosis (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/28/02 Wyoming preparing for grizzlies (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/28/02 Wolf class: Yellowstone Institute provides an incredible classroom (by Kayley Mendenhall Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/28/02 Wilderness group pushing for more nonmotorized access to winter forests (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
2/27/02 Nine bison captured, five slaughtered
(by Bob Furu West Yellowstone News)
2/27/02 Federal maps could be leading flood plain development astray(by Nick Gevock Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/27/02 Forest Service, motorized recreation group sign pact
(by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/26/02 First female bison of the winter caught
(by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--5 Sent to slaughter
2/25/02 State considers changes to bison regulations (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/25/02 Research Roundup: Buffalo Roam (by Montana State University Research Office Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/24/02 Winter wanderings: Sleigh is the way to see the majestic herd of elk in Wyoming refuge(by Carolyn Moreau The Hartford Courant in Chicago Tribune)
2/23/02 Losses from snowmobile ban studied (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
2/23/02 Wolf kills feed many other animals: ‘Nothing is wasted’ (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/22/02 Park Service finally unveils ban plans
(by David Warner West Yellowstone News)
2/22/02 Mystery banner pronounces West ‘Bison Capital of the World’(by David Warner West Yellowstone News)
2/22/02 Health officials jolted by speed of West Nile (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/21/02 Winter use issue re-opened: Supplemental Draft EIS presents four alternatives, two of which would allow snowmobiling to continue in parks (by Shelli Johnson Yellowstone Journal)
2/21/02 Welcome mat won't be put out for U.S. cattle (by Barbara Duckworth The Western Producer--Saskatoon, Sask., Canada)
2/21/02 Montana sets avalanche death record at 8; nationally, 18 dead (AP story in
2/21/02 Thomas says sleds will remain in parks: In Yellowstone, rangers don gas masks for busy Presidents' Day weekend as a new draft study is released (by Whitney Royster Jackson Hole News)--Sen. Thomas represents Wyoming
2/21/02 Wyoming studies partridges’ effect on grouse, habitat (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/20/02 National Park Service proposes banning or limiting snowmobiles in Yellowstone, Grand Teton (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/20/02 Interior reviews Yellowstone snowmobiles - againt (ENS)--4th article
2/20/02 U.S. weighs lifting ban on snowmobiles at Yellowstone (by Judith Graham and Michael Kilian Chicago Tribune)
2/20/02 Road work tops Teton’s projects list (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/19/02 Winter Use Plans: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway (National Park Service)--Comment period ends 5/29/02
2/19/02 Internet version of Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for winter use in Yellowstone National Park (National Park Service)--press release of above report
2/19/02 Feds to revisit snowmobiles in National Parks (by Jim Burns
2/19/02 Park employees wearing respirators (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/19/02 Enthusiasts keep tabs on gray wolf's comeback (AP story in The Salt Lake Tribune)
2/19/02 Biologist: Martian life unlikely (by Michael Smith UPI)
2/19/02 Rare landscape art on show (by BBC)
2/18/02 Grizzlies and wolves challenge Idaho: Legislature begins debate on assuming management of protected predators (by Rocky Barber The Idaho Statesman)
2/18/02 2 county residents killed in avalanche (by James Hagengruber Billings Gazette)
2/17/02 Two die in snowmobile accident (by Alison Pride Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/17/02 Two snomobilers killed in avalanche near Cooke City, third escaped (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/17/02 Grand Teton explores housing (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd story
2/17/02 Cooke City the end of road in winter
(Vince Devlin The Missoulian in Billings Gazette)
2/16/02 Yellowstone snowmobile report delayed again (AP story in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/16/02 Yellowstone workers issued respirators for snowmobile pollution (AP story in Detroit News)--many other newspapers across the country picked up this story
2/15/02 Snowmobilers could shift into park again

(by Dennis McAuliffe Jr. Washington Post)
2/15/02 Air quality concerns prompt Yellowstone to offer workers respirators (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/14/02 Group wants to identify all living things within 25 years (AP story in Journal Star--Lincoln, NE)
Park Web sites back up (Billings Gazette)
2/12/02 Reid: Keep snowmobiles out of Yellowstone (by Environmental News Service)--2nd article; Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada is the Majority Whip in U.S. Senate
2/12/02 Yellowstone River study examines its role in lives (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/11/02 Yellowstone is proud of employees' Participation in 2002 Olympics (National Park Service)
2/11/02 Beartooth Highway work planned (by Carole Cloudwalker Cody Enterprise)
2/11/02 Plan would preserve gateway (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
2/11/02 Landmark store, Yellowstone Drug now up for sale (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/11/02 Two snowboarders walk away from avalanche only slightly hurt (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/11/02 Plan to boost affordable housing tabled (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd article
2/10/02 Snowcoach research money never materialized (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/10/02 Cooke City conserves water (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/8/02 Park County promises to keep bears out (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/8/02 Cooke City’s water supply tapped out (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/7/02 Biologists say elk numbers aren't declining where wolves mulitplying (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/7/02 Agency rejects snowmobile study (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/6/02 Park snowmobile phase-out delayed: Yellowstone anticipates record crowds (by Kit Miniclier Denver Post)
2/6/02 Lawmakers fear wolves harming elk population (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/6/02 Environmentalists, Forest Service agree on skiing (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/6/02 More homeless pack Billings shelters beyond capacity (by James Hagengruber Billings Gazette)--not directly about Yellowstone, but too often is for people who lose their job in the Park as the story points out
2/5/02 Is Bush plan good for national parks? (AP story in Montana Forum)
2/5/02 Timber sale nixed by summer blaze (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/5/02 YNP nixes Hamilton, picks New York firm 

(by Carole Cloudwalker Cody Enterprise)
2/5/02 Teton County planners recommend golf course proposal (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd story
2/5/02 Jackson Hole Land Trust sets preservation record (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th story
2/3/02 Comment sought on park proposal (by Billings Gazette)
2/3/02 Wolf watchers get front-row seat to gray wolf’s comeback (AP story by Becky Bohrer in Billings Gazette)
2/3/02 With a vulnerable computer system, Interior is cut off from internet (by Stephen Barr

Washington Post)
2/3/02 Olympic training ground: Biathletes converge on West Yellowstone (by Kayley Mendenhall Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/2/02 Review doesn't back overturning snowmobile ban (by Tom Kenworthy USA Today)
2/2/02 NPS vet remains at Yellowstone (by Billings Gazette)
2/2/02 Groups eye suit to block heli-skiing (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/2/02 Delaware North lands $25 million contract at Yellowstone (by Buffalo Business First)
2/2/02 Fugitive enters guilty plea in theft case (AP story in St. Paul Pioneer Planet)
2/1/02 Yellowstone National Park welcomes news Assistant Superintendent (National Park Service)
2/1/02 Free programs at Grizzly Discovery Center (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/1/02 Yellowstone stores to keep familiar faces 

(by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)--Encouraging, but we'll see
2/1/02 Yellowstone concession contract bid details secret  (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/1/02 Park Service delays report on snowmobiling (by Billings Gazette)
2/1/02 Small quake concerns geologists (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/1/02 Permitting house on floodplain a ‘balancing act,’ official says (by Clair Johnson Billings Gazette)
2/1/02 Mistitled article on coalbed methane extraction (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/1/02 Art of the West (by Kelton Hatch Idaho State Journal)
2/1/02 Virginia man dies in skiing accident near Jackson (by Kelton Hatch Idaho State Journal)
2/1/02 New charges for 2 arrested in park (AP story in Billings Gazette)
  (comment in discussion forum)
2/28/02 Park service rangers getting gassed by snowmobiles (by Laura Scott Kansas City Star)
2/27/02 The time is coming when we must brace for change at any level (by Bob Furu West Yellowstone News)
2/27/02 Observations from 6,666 feet
(by Bob Furu West Yellowstone News)
2/27/02 Leave the elk counting to the pros (by Barry Christianson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/27/02 Wolf population must be controlled
(by Robert T. Fanning Jr. in Billings Gazette)--4th opinion
2/26/02 Agencies put their own bias into studies

(by Cheryl McLean in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/26/02 Snowmobile makers trying to upgrade for park (by Joy Beer in Billings Gazette)--5th opinion
2/26/02 How many sunsets can you take?: There's plenty of power and glory on display in American Sublime. But it's the quiet moments that matter (by Adam Searle The Guardian--UK)
2/25/02 No joke; national parks lack fresh air, repair dollars (by Peoria StarJournal)
2/25/02 Yellowstone still no place for snowmobiles (by Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
2/24/02 Snowmobile War Redux (by Los Angeles Times)
2/24/02 Origins of the agenda to lock us out of our public lands explored (by Kerry White BlueRibbon Coalition in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/24/02 Taxpayers pay for floodplain disasters (by Karl Christians Montana Floodplain Program Manager in Billings Gazette)
2/22/02 People must not be misled by incomplete statistics
(by Bob Furu West Yellowstone News)
2/22/02 Wolves are a fact of life, now and into the future (by Joel Peterson Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/22/02 Yellowstone: Get snowmobiles out of that Park (by Rush Holt U.S. Representative, D-NJ, and Michael Scott Greater Yellowstone Coaltion in Washington Post)
2/22/02 Cons outweigh pros for state-control of federal lands (by Carl D. Esbjornson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/21/02 Why your Yellowstone SEIS should support Alternative 2 (by BlueRibbon Coalition)
2/21/02 Grizzly dilemma (by Charles Rousseaux Washington Times)
2/21/02 There is science behind push to delist wolves now (by Robert T. Fanning of Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/20/02 Base wolf decisions on science rather than politics (by Fred Peipelman in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/19/02 Offer made to help lawmakers with wolf plan (by Mike Phillips of Turner Endangered Species Fund in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/19/02 Take responsibility for a share of the wolf problem (by Kay Van Norman in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/18/02 Continue the phase-out; it's time to move onto new issues (by Kate Burnaby Wright in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/17/02 The racket is back (by Denver Post)
2/17/02 Many rescuers helped save snowmobiler’s life (by Barbara, Larry, Darryl and Jennifer Olson in Billings Gazette)--14th letter
2/17/02 Chickadee count indicative of alarming population rise (by Steve Forrest in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/16/02 New thoughts on wolf recovery in the West (by Mike Phillips of Turner Endangered Species Fund in Billings Gazette)
2/15/02 Yellowstone is a special place that deserves special care (by Phyllis Wolfe in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/15/02 Biased claims of lawmakers don’t deserve ink (by Scott Powell in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/14/02 Same song, second verse
(by Idaho Falls Post-Register)
2/14/02 Phase-out of snowmobiles looking better and better (by Sandy Dodge in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/14/02 Lawmakers should let the professionals do their jobs (by Louis Regnerus in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/13/02 Snowmobile ban in Yellowstone will cost 900 jobs and will cost over $36 million!(by Jack Welch President BlueRibbon Coalition)
2/13/02 Lawmakers working with too little data (by Barbara Forrest in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/13/02 Personal attacks need not be part of elk debate (by State Rep. Dan Fuchs in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/12/02 Wolves not the real threat to elk populations (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/11/02 Here come the wolves (by Joseph Farah WorldNetDaily)
2/11/02 Elk have survived wolves for thousands of years (by Matt Becker in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/10/02 Sometimes Crying "Wolf!" is a Good Thing (by MT State Rep. Joe Balyeat in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/10/02 Effort to get wolves delisted should be focused elsewhere (by Mike Phillips of Turner Endangered Species Fund in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/10/02 Floodplains should be a planning priority (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/9/02 Bureaucrats slaughter Yellowstone bison (by Peter Leusch Buffalo Field Campaign in Billings Gazette)--1st letter
2/8/02 Park will still be there (by Don Pickering in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/7/02 Catching up on repairs (by Jeff Gibson Montana Standard)
2/6/02 It was, after all, a Small Business Committee hearing (by Jack Clarkson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/6/02 Ranchers lose out to wildlife predation (by West Donohoe in Billings Gazette)--1st letter
2/5/02 Wildlife enthusiasts are fed up: Problems inherent in Fish and Game must be dealt with (by Idaho State Journal)

2/4/02 Objective of West Yellowstone, hearing was not objectivity (by Robert C. Haraden in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/3/02 Bear-proof dumpster bill belongs in Big Sky (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/3/02 Wildlife official wrong about elk (by John J. Wantulok in Billings Gazette)--2nd letter (This letter is absurd.  He claims he has never seen an elk in Wyoming killed by a car.  I've known people who killed an elk in Wyoming with their car!)
2/3/02 Bush should implement forest roadless rule (by Margaret Webster in Billings Gazette)--1st letter
2/1/02 Bottom line should be integrity of river corridor (by Joan Ryshavy in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

Copyright 1999, 2002 James S. Macdonald Jr.