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I don't have reporters, and so you won't find stories here that aren't elsewhere on the internet.  What you will find here is Yellowstone news that I have compiled from news gathering and activist sources.  What I want is for this page to be a resource for those looking for or needing to do research on current events in Yellowstone.  For further factual research, go to The Magic of Yellowstone Fact Guide or History Guide.

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2/28/03 Wolves and Wyoming elk numbers (by Ralph Maughan)
2/27/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/26/03 Awards list reveals congressional support for national parks: Conservation group posts interactive guide to congressional park supporters on the web (by National Parks Conservations Association)
2/26/03 Update on Wyoming anti-wolf legislation (by Ralph Maughan)
2/23/03 Some ruminations on wolf and other "depredations" (by Ralph Maughan)
2/21/03 Court of Appeals rules on Snake River development: Appeals Court finds Canyon Club threatens bald eagles (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition as reported by EarthJustice)
2/20/03 National Park Service leaders speak out (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
2/20/03 Congressmen witness snowmobile impacts (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
2/20/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/19/03 Colorado middle school witnesses bison capture (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/18/03 Yellowstone elk numbers and wolves (by Ralph Maughan)
2/13/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/11/03 Nez Perce Pack returns to Yellowstone (by Ralph Maughan)
2/11/03 "Teenaged" Druid daughters leave: Pack down to 5 wolves (by Ralph Maughan)
2/6/03 How big are those Canadian wolves anyway? (by Ralph Maughan)
2/6/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--1 more bison sent to slaughter; that makes 7 for the season. The main killing season is still forthcoming.
2/5/03 Department of Livestock captures bull buffalo (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
2/5/03 Data on recent Yellowstone wolf collaring (by Ralph Maughan)
2/4/03 Administration neglects promises to public, parks (by National Parks Conservation Association)
2/3/03 Lots of casual associations among young wolves on the Northern Range: Dating season? (by Ralph Maughan)
2/3/03 Roadless areas: Protecting the wonder of the Northern Rockies (by The Wildnerness Society)
2/3/03 Roadless areas: The missing link in conservation (by The Wildnerness Society)--summary of full report. Full report available in .pdf at this page.
2/28/03 Status of gray wolf recover, week of 2/21 - 2/28, 2003 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
2/28/03 Principal of Yellowstone Park-funded school to retire (AP story in The Arizona Republic)
2/28/03 Suspect arrested in Yellowstone National Park convicted of first degree murder (by National Park Service)
2/28/03 Park roads close for snow plowing (by National Park Service)
2/28/03 Park process blasted (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/28/03 Study shows slight effect from wolves at elk areas (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/28/03 Duck Creek owners won't wait forever (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/28/03 'Predator' comments nip at wolf plan (by Tom Morton Casper Star-Tribune)
2/28/03 Freudenthal vows to press on with wolf plans (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/28/03 Senate panel OKs wolf lawsuit bill (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/28/03 Groups want back on lake (by Whitney Royster Casper Star-Tribune)
2/28/03 Grizzly damage payments increased (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th article
2/28/03 Bill protecting Gallatin advances (by Walt Williams Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/28/03 Bush seeks sweeping changes to public land policy (by J.R. Pegg Environmental News Service)
2/27/03 Congress cuts Duck Creek funding (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/27/03 Forest Service rejects land-swap appeal (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/27/03 Avalanche report (by Billings Gazette)
2/27/03 Teton planners make demands on big development (AP story in Rocky Mountain News)
2/26/03 Hunting season for bison OK'd by Senate panel (by Jennifer McKee Billings Gazette)
2/26/03 Snowplaners meeting set (by Whitney Royster Casper Star-Tribune)
2/26/03 Yellowstone National Park at center of snowmobile debate (by Rosanne Skirble Voice of America)--you can listen to this report as well
2/26/03 Senate gives nod to wolf control bill (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/26/03 Commission delays adoption of wolf plan (by Jeff Gearino Casper Star-Tribune)
2/26/03 Proposed developments must address conditions (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/26/03 National parks underfunded, advocates say (by Ted Monoson Billings Gazette)
2/25/03 At 51 below, even a walk to work has an extreme feel (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)--it is extremely cold in Yellowstone this week
2/24/03 Conference: Traffic sound is no music (AP story in Rocky Mountain News)
2/24/03 Wyoming game wardens could assist feds (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/23/03 Loss of protection won't affect park wolves (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/23/03 Historical snowmobiling in Yellowstone (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/23/03 Yellowstone's allure: Park appeals to visitors for different reasons (by Chris Hunt Idaho State Journal)
2/23/03 Appeals court temporary blocks development (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/22/03 Druid wolf pack dwindles in park (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/22/03 Park noise creates buzz at CU: Conference focuses on debate over national park use (by Katy Human The Daily Camera--Boulder)
2/21/03 Status of gray wolf recover, weeks of 2/7 - 2/21, 2003 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
2/21/03 Snowmobiles in Yellowstone: Latest winter-use plan unveiled (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/21/03 Park Service will allow cleaner, quieter snowmobiles in Yellowstone, Teton Parks (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/21/03 Snowmobiles to continue in Yellowstone (by Brodie Farquhar Casper Star-Tribune)
2/21/03 Snowmobiles can stay: Park Service says Yellowstone decision strikes balance (by Bill McAllister Denver Post)
2/21/03 Pact allows snowmobiles at parks: Compromise reverses Clinton ban, sets limits at Yellowstone, Grand Teton (by Candus Thomson Baltimore Sun)
2/21/03 Snowmobiler says riders endure hate (by Brent Israelsen The Salt Lake Tribune)
2/21/03 Trophy wolves backed by panel (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/21/03 Wyoming waters down wolf litigation bill (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/20/03 Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement released for Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (by National Park Service)
2/20/03 Ten bison captured, six sent to slaughter (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/20/03 Yellowstone buffalo recovery fuels controversy (by Jason Kauffmann The Arbiter--Boise)
2/20/03 Avalanche report (by Billings Gazette)
2/20/03 Lawmakers want to bill enviros for Gallatin EIs (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/20/03 Wild films: MSU program trains students to make science, natural history movies (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
2/19/03 Salt-bait reclamation to begin (by Brodie Farquhar Casper Star-Tribune)
2/19/03 Volunteers needed for trail work (by Jeff Gearino Casper Star-Tribune)
2/19/03 Death starts beacon query: Skier questions tranceiver standards after futile search for buried partner (by Bill Curran Jackson Hole News & Guide)
2/18/03 FWP drops plan to open game reserve...for now (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/18/03 Closed-area elk hunt tabled (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/17/03 Snowmobilers complain about planned ban (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/17/03 Yellowstone lodges seek summer help (by The Beacon Journal--Akron, OH)
2/16/03 Skiers protest 'sleds': Cross country skiers don masks to rally against snowmobiles in Yellowstone (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/16/03 Demonstrators protest against snowmobiles in Yellowstone (by Nick Gevock Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/16/03 Noise, exhaust surprise 3 Demo congressmen (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/16/03 New Jersey lawmaker gets look at snowmobile pollution at Yellowstone (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)--the headline actually says "Senator," but this is incorrect
2/16/03 A roaring rift over snowmobiles: Parks: Enthusiasts and environmentalists are split over a plan to limit the vehicles rather than ban them at Yellowstone and Grand Teton (by Candus Thomson Baltimore Sun)
2/16/03 Environmentalists: Too soon to cut protection for recovering grizzlies (AP story in The Olympian)
2/16/03 Bush gets bad grades on the environment (by Jim Gransbery Billings Gazette)
2/16/03 Battles be brewing over key legislative issues (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/16/03 Worst ahead for fires in West: Experts: Complex factors at work (by Theo Stein Denver Post)
2/15/03 Conservationists angry about senator's wolf comments (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/15/03 30 species of birds may land on list (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/13/03 Snowmobile protestors ready to take a stand (by David Warner West Yellowstone News)
2/13/03 Snowmobiles and DUI's (by Jenna Caplette West Yellowstone News)
2/13/03 Individual convicted of assault with intent to murder in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
2/13/03 Wolf bills howling success in House (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/12/03 Drugs part of park troubles (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)--Yellowstone has a reputation for its drug use, especially among concessionaire employees. Even before I worked in Yellowstone, people told me stories of the rampant drug use in Yellowstone.
2/12/03 Wild bison hunts back on table in Helena (by Walt Williams Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/12/03 Animal expert gets the 'lowdown' (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/11/03 Snowmobile fumes make Yellowstone an unhealthy park, public health groups say (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/11/03 Park urged to issue air warnings (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/11/03 House gives initial approval to 2 wolf management bills (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/10/03 Locals deliver silly, serious pick-up lines (by Stacy Haslem Great Falls Tribune--MT)--one involves Yellowstone
2/9/03 Swan ruling draws lawsuit (by Jeff Gearino Casper Star-Tribune)
2/9/03 Two groups plan lawsuit over swan ruling (AP story in Capser Star-Tribune)
2/9/03 State mulls plan to open reserve to hunts (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/8/03 Yellowstone trumpeters not distinct group (by Jeff Gearino Casper Star-Tribune)
2/8/03 DEQ approves permit for Roundup coal plant (by Clair Johnson Billings Gazette)
2/8/03 Snowpacks range from strong to skimpy (by Jennifer Sandmann The Times-News--Twin Falls, ID)
2/8/03 Nature programs set at Discovery Center (by Billings Gazette)--1st article
2/8/03 Friends mourn loss of Czech snowboarder (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
2/8/03 Measure prepared for Otter Creek (by Jim Gransbery Billings Gazette)
2/7/03 Status of gray wolf recover, week of 2/1 - 2/7, 2003 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
2/7/03 System warns of deer on the road (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
2/7/03 Wolf bill clears House committee (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/7/03 Panel opposes ban on wildlife feeding (AP story in Billings Gazette)--and then they wonder why there are dangerous incidents between humans and wildlife
2/7/03 Wyoming panel cuts most funding from wolf lawsuit bill (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/6/03 At Yellowstone, the din of snowmobiles and debate: New U.S. rules to preserve access riles environmentalists (by William Booth Washington Post)
2/6/03 Chilled to perfection: When Yellowstone gets dressed for winter, she's a cold knockout (by Jackie Rice Great Falls Tribune--MT)
2/6/03 Early warning system: Sensors will let drivers know elk are on road (by Jacob Goldstein Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/6/03 Feds renew money for predator control (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/6/03 Wyoming considers funding for wolf lawsuit (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/6/03 Senate gets first look at wolf bill (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)--Wyoming Senate, that is
2/6/03 Forecast for streams grim despite snowstorms (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
2/6/03 Brucellosis test ordered for Stanko cattle (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/6/03 Yellowstone cracks down on artifact thieves (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/5/03 Five snowmobilers facing federal charges (AP story in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/5/03 Science to settle dam debate: Safety of Jackson Lake dam is being reassessed as new technology comes to fore (by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. Jackson Hole News & Guide)
2/5/03 Refuge elk vaccine plan gets go ahead (by Brodie Farquhar Casper Star-Tribune)
2/5/03 Yellowstone looters draw fines (by Whitney Royster Casper Star-Tribune)
2/5/03 Plan putting wolf in sheep's clothing? Conservationists say predators at risk if protection reduced (by Gary Gerhardt Rocky Mountain News)
2/5/03 Trophy wolf boundary shrinks (by Tom Morton Casper Star-Tribune)
2/5/03 Fremont County braces for wolf battle (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/5/03 Snowslide season is worse than most: Backcountry use, unusual weather cause more fatalities (by Debra Carlton Harrell Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
2/4/03 Four convicted for removing natural features from Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
2/4/03 Watchdog group says Bush's $1.1B for parks falls short (Gannett News Service story in The Daily Times--Maryville, TN)
2/3/03 Winter speaker series presentations (by National Park Service)
2/3/03 3 to 5 feet of snow fall in Beartooths; avalanche danger is high (by James Hagengruber Billings Gazette)
2/3/03 Snowboarder killed in avalanche (AP story in Billings Gazette)
2/2/03 Delaware: Picture postcards speak volumes (AP story in CNN)--related to a bit of Yellowstone history
2/2/03 Once endangered, wolves have returned (AP story in Los Angeles Daily News)
2/2/03 Bush seen as enemy to the environment (by Michael Kilian Chicago Tribune in The Telegraph--Macon, GA)
2/2/03 National Park programs give closer look (by Bob Downing Knight-Ridder in The Oklahoman)
2/1/03 Ban on Yellowstone snowmobiles favored in Park Service report (by Brent Israelsen The Salt Lake Tribune)
2/1/03 A prayer for those who died on the Space Shuttle Columbia today. The adventuresome spirit that leads people to space is the same spirit that allowed me to fall in love with Yellowstone.
2/1/03 Artifact collector banned: Man ordered to pay fine for violating laws within park (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
2/1/03 Man gets prison time for Yellowstone runover attack (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/1/03 Forest Service plans Gallatin purchase (by Billings Gazette)
2/1/03 Federation, bowhunters help with elk habitat project (by Billings Gazette)
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2/28/03 Snowmobile blues (by Bill Roberts in West Yellowstone News)
2/27/03 Snowmobiles are great, just not in Yellowstone (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
2/27/03 Wyoming wolves need your help: Plan won't even protect Park wolves (by Franz Camenzind, Jackson Hole Alliance, as reported by Ralph Maughan)
2/27/03 Goodbye green: Bush waging an all-out attack on environmental protection (by Concord Monitor--NH)
2/23/03 Looking dumb (by Kyle Goodyear in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/22/03 Snowmobilers ought to try ski, snowshoe (by Allen Hall in Billings Gazette)--4th opinion
2/22/03 Park polluition not as bad as Missoula (by Carl Peters in Billings Gazette)--8th opinion. Let's hope not!
2/22/03 Congressmen louder than snowmobilers (by Marion Dickinson in Billings Gazette)--9th opinion
2/22/03 Wolf foes bent on destroying species (by Frank Mallon in Billings Gazette)--16th opinion
2/20/03 No enviro group (by William C. Patric in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/17/03 When the buffalo roam (by Judy Blunt in New York Times)--free registration required
2/16/03 Are the wolf advocates wrong? The data may relieve the hysteria (by Norman A. Bishop, International Wolf Center, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/16/03 Wolf hogwash (by David Engel in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/16/03 Give me a break (by Patricia Keyes in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/16/03 Yellowstone pollution (by Mary Walker in Los Angeles Times)--free registration required to view
2/15/03 A park worth preserving (by Craig Matthews in Washington Post)
2/14/03 Wolfing down management plans (by Geoffrey O'Gara and Dan Whipple in Casper Star-Tribune)
2/14/03 Spending on bison control puts cows ahead of kids (by George Nell in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--also in 2/17 Billings Gazette
2/14/03 What's good for the environment is good for the economy (by Tod Heisler, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/14/03 Short-sighted (by Glenn Hockett, Gallatin Wildlife Association, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/13/03 Anxiety and the fear of wolf attacks (by Ralph Maughan)
2/11/03 Snowmobile ban ambush (by Los Angeles Times)--free registration required to view.
2/10/03 Same data, same denial (by Denver Post)
2/10/03 Don't make wolves into scapegoats for our problems (by Tom Skeele, Predator Conservation Alliance, in Billings Gazette)
2/10/03 Snowmobiles and wolves (by Tadd McBride in The Salt Lake Tribune)
2/9/03 Wolf advocates have been 100 percent wrong so far (by Kerry White, BlueRibbon Coalition, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/9/03 Wolf managers manage to keep jobs (by Dave Schuyler in Billings Gazette)--3rd opinion
2/9/03 Delist prolific predator wolves (by Mike B. Rollins in Billings Gazette)--4th opinion
2/7/03 Another enviro-Republican (by Tom Biglen in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/7/03 Tiny mouse meets Giant Panda (by UPI)
2/6/03 Are we really smarter than the average bear? (by Carolyn Raffensperger Grist Magazine)
2/6/03 Wolf bills do no favors for stockmen, outfitters (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/6/03 Letter writer lives in fear of unnecessary evils (by John W. Hanes Jr. in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
2/4/03 'My' Presidents (by Bonnie Erbe Knight-Ridder in Naples Daily News)
2/3/03 Ad report card: Immoral Fiber: That gross new ad for Metamucil (by Rob Walker Slate)
2/3/03 Snowmobiles: A treasure despoiled (by Mary Johnston in The Seattle Times)--6th opinion
2/2/03 Trumping rules of private paradise (by John Van Vliet New York Times)--interesting story, took place near Park
2/1/03 Keeping parks professional (by Los Angeles Times)--free registration required to view. I want to thank Sally Beer for keeping an eye out for me on stories related to this very important issue
2/1/03 Park Service priorities (in Los Angeles Times)--free registration required to view. Five letters to the editor.

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