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1/31/03 Fishing for a solution: Yellowstone National Park struggles to avert an ecological disaster (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)--about program to remove Lake Trout, which is a non-native species, from Yellowstone Lake
1/30/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--Two bull bison sent to slaughter
1/29/03 Fund for Animals condemns U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for allowing extinction of U.S. breeding trumpeter swans (by The Fund for Animals)
1/29/03 Delaware North Parks Severices becomes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts: New name reflects focus of world-class hospitality company (by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts)--Delaware North, whatever its precise name, is the concessionaire that is replacing Hamilton Stores this coming year
1/28/03 Nez Perce Pack found on National Elk Refuge at Jackson (by Ralph Maughan)
1/24/03 Protect bison habitat: Comments needed ASAP (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
1/23/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
1/22/03 More on the missing Nez Perce Pack: Did the light winter provoke their move? (by Ralph Maughan)
1/19/03 Has Yellowstone Park's wolf population growth ended? (by Ralph Maughan)
1/18/03 Yellowstone's Nez Perce pack still missing! (by Ralph Maughan)
1/16/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--so far mild winter has kept bison within Park boundaries and safe
1/14/03 Thirteen YNP wolves radio-collared: Thin snow pack hinders efforts: Nez Perce Pack missing (by Ralph Maughan)
1/14/03 New list of America's ten most endangered National Parks highlights widespread problems: Air pollution, development, insufficient funding, administration policies threaten parks (by National Parks Conservation Association)
1/12/03 Two Teton Pack dispersers shot by Wildlife Services (by Ralph Maughan)
1/10/03 Grizzly bear zoo on Bozeman Pass?! Please help protect the area's natural and community values (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
1/9/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
1/8/03 Elk don't need vaccinations! Just a home on the range: Deadline for comments is January 15th! (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--Several other groups are involved with this as well.
1/7/03 Members to receive 25% discount at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Old Faithful Snow Lodge Winter 2002/2003 (by Yellowstone Association)
1/7/03 Yellowstone Park hotels offer substantial discounts to Yellowstone Assocation Members! May 2003 (by Yellowstone Association)
1/7/03 Historical vehicle collection one of Yellowstone's hidden treasures! (by Yellowstone Association)
1/7/03 Federal judge hears lawsuit for American bald eagles and Yellowstone bison (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
1/7/03 Some of the Teton Pack in trouble (by Ralph Maughan)
1/3/03 Wolf 2M, last of the 1995 Yellowstone wolves, killed by other wolves (by Ralph Maughan)--end of an era
1/5/03 Endangered Species Act lawsuit to be heard for American bald eagles, Yellowstone bison (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
1/2/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
1/2/03 Some Molly's Pack and former Druids forming new pack? (by Ralph Maughan)
1/31/03 Yellowstone recruits for 2003 YCC program (by National Park Service)
1/31/03 Snowmobile report, kept secret, supports eventual ban in parks (by Katherine Q. Seelye New York Times in Seattle Post-Intelligencer)--oh boy
1/31/03 Snowmobile plan defies findings: Bush team allows wider use of machines despite Park Service analysis of environmental threat (by Julie Cart Los Angeles Times)--free registration required to view
1/31/03 Yellowstone snowmobile option criticized (by Mike Soraghan Washington Post in Denver Post)
1/31/03 Playing it safe on top: Continued snowpack instability means avalanche danger remains high in mountains around Cooke City, Bozeman, West Yellowstone (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
1/31/03 Wolf foes want state to call shots (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/31/03 Wildlife plan goes to Senate (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/30/03 Snowmobiles in Yellowstone: Then and now part 2 (by David Warner West Yellowstone News)
1/30/03 Avalanche danger high in region's backcountry (by West Yellowstone News)
1/30/03 Hebgen Lake District releases law enforcement report (by West Yellowstone News)
1/30/03 Federal protection denied to park swans (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/30/03 Tri-state swan flock rejected for protection (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/30/03 Avalanche warning continues (by Billings Gazette)
1/30/03 USFS plan to buy critical habitat near Yellowstone would halt subdivision plan (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/30/03 Jackson airport board seeks noise reduction (AP story in Billings Gazette)--5th article
1/30/03 Wolf classification meeting gets emotional (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/30/03 Wyoming says grizzly management is costly (AP story in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/29/03 Wolf pack found in refuge for elk (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/29/03 Only handful of park jobs to go private (by Jim Mann Daily Inter Lake--Kalispell, MT)
1/29/03 History of the fly: Author celebrates sung and unsung fly tyers (by Rob Thornberry Post Register--Idaho Falls, in Casper Star-Tribune)--2nd article
1/29/03 Resort districts bill gets panel's support (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/28/03 Scientists take new position in tracking 3 park wolves (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/28/03 Some park jobs studied for privatization (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/28/03 123 Yellowstone, Grand Teton jobs could be privatized (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)--I will be speaking about this issue soon.
1/28/03 Michigan snowmobiler killed in avalanche (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
1/28/03 Avalanche danger grows in Gallatin forest (by Billings Gazette)
1/27/03 Snowmobiling: That was then, this is now (by David Warner West Yellowstone News)
1/27/03 BFC leader gives opinion of brucellosis issues (by Barbara Shesky West Yellowstone News)
1/27/03 FWP to decide on closed Gallatin area (by David Warner West Yellowstone News)
1/27/03 Teachers get close-up look at wolf issue (by Alison Pride Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/27/03 3 donations made to Jackson trust (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/27/03 Wyoming Game and Fish rejects 60-day comment periods (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/26/03 70% of jobs in the Park Service marked ripe for privatizing: The administration says managers and rangers would stay, but a variety of workers, including scientists, could be replaced (by Julie Cart Los Angeles Times)--free registration required to view article. Thanks for the news tip on this. It's a big story.
1/26/03 Yellowstone bison survive, but success breeds peril (by Katharine Q. Seelye New York Times)--free registration required to view article. Finally, a national article about this situation, and in fact, this article is turning up all over the world, though not as much as the flap over Metamucil.
1/26/03 Montana delays wolf plan (by Jim Mann The Daily Inter Lake--Kalispell, MT)
1/26/03 Fremont County resolution declares wolves predators (AP story in Billings Gazette)--Last year, Fremont County tried to ban grizzly bears
1/25/03 U.S. officials sidestep logging ban (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/24/03 Status of gray wolf recovery, weeks of 1/17, 2002 - 1/24, 2003 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
1/24/03 Snowmobiler dies in avalanche (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/24/03 Pisek man dies in Montana avalanche (by Stephen J. Lee Grand Forks Herald--ND)
1/24/03 North Dakota man killed in avalanche near Cooke City (AP story in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/24/03 Lazative ad raises stink in park (AP story in Billings Gazette)--wide national circulation
1/23/03 "Under the Big Sky Greening Conference" announced (by National Park Service)
1/23/03 Lost snowmobilers survived cold night (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/23/03 Commission reviews wolf plan (by Jeff Gearino Casper Star-Tribune)
1/23/03 Commission stays with wolf timeline (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
1/23/03 Elk refuge study called a sham (by Brodie Farquhar Casper Star-Tribune)
1/23/03 Refuge study called a sham (AP story in Billings Gazette)--6th article
1/22/03 Four bison captured and tested (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/22/03 Tourism survey reveals Yellowstone most popular (by Jo Dee Black Great Falls Tribune)
1/22/03 Searchers get snowmobilers to safety (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/22/03 Missing snowmobilers found near Cooke City (by Billings Gazette)
1/22/03 Thriving gray wolf may come off U.S. endangered list (by William Campbell National Geographic)
1/22/03 Conservation groups appeal timber sale (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
1/21/03 Wolf pack again eludes researchers (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/21/03 Thermopolis lawmaker introduces wolf bill (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/21/03 Summer job: Tate County native spends her summers as a national park ranger (by LaJuan Tallo The Democrat--Senatobia, MS)
1/21/03 Summer class to offer exploration of national parks (by Hoi Sin Lai Western Herald--Western Michigan University)
1/20/03 How Bush gets his way on the environment: With the nation distracted by terrorism and the economy, the President has quietly maneuvered to challenge limits on drilling, mining, logging and power generation (by Terry McCarthy Time)--Maybe, if the major press reported these issues more often, the public wouldn't be so distracted
1/20/03 Moose habitat closed for winter (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
1/20/03 State snowpack totals holding steady (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th article
1/20/03 Northern elk herd population drops (by Jeff Gearino Casper Star-Tribune)
1/20/03 On the go--with few detours: Though business has rebounded, publishers, retailers and travelers are still somewhat cautious (by Natalie Danford Publishers Weekly)--a forthcoming guide to Yellowstone mentioned
1/19/03 Metamucil ad featuring Old Faithful causes a stir (by Katharine Q. Seelye New York Times)--free registration required to view article
1/19/03 Yellowstone to Yukon: A proposed 3,400-km wildlife corridor stirs up passions--for and against (by Brian Bergman Macleans.Ca--Canada)
1/19/03 Yellowstone to Yukon: A proposed 3,400-km wildlife corridor stirs up passions--for and against (by Seth Bornstein Knight-Ridder in The Miami Herald)
1/18/03 Montana considering hunt on Yellowstone-area preserve (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/18/03 Wyoming leads nation in avalanche deaths (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/17/03 Snowmobiles cause concern in Yellowstone (by David Mattingly and interviewed by Paula Zahn CNN)
1/17/03 Status of gray wolf recovery, weeks of 1/6, 2002 - 1/17, 2003 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
1/17/03 State wildlife officials preparing for inevitable arrival of CWD (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/17/03 Governor questions timber lawsuit (AP story in Billings Gazette)--Gov. Dave Freudenthal, Dem., is the new governor of Wyoming.
1/17/03 Proposed grizzly zoo controversial (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
1/16/03 Yellowstone officials discuss new snowmobile policy for Park (by West Yellowstone News)
1/16/03 Acclaimed author disses 'Snowmobile Capital' image (by West Yellowstone News)
1/16/03 Northern Yellowstone elk herd's numbers drop again (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--Is it wolves, or is it drought?
1/16/03 Elk decline blamed on varied factors (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/16/03 Seven groups appeal Targhee land swap (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/16/03 Roundup in forest thinning project (by Jim Gransbery Billings Gazette)--so are several sites near Tetons
1/16/03 Special hair keeps elk warm (by Mark Henckel Billings Gazette)
1/15/03 2002-2003 Yellowstone Park winter season update--Mammoth to Norris Road reopens (by National Park Service)
1/15/03 Agency says Roundup power plant won't pollute Yellowstone air (by Clair Johnson Billings Gazette)
1/15/03 Yellowstone visitation up 5.7% (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/15/03 Yellowstone National Park on group's 'endangered' list (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/15/03 Yellowstone on endangered list, again (by Brodie Farquhar Casper Star-Tribune)
1/15/03 Well-known parks put on 'endangered' list (by Eric Pianin Washington Post)
1/15/03 Proposed rules bring contemplation of quieter life in nation's snowmobile capital (AP story in The Times--Picayune, LA)--similar story appears in 1/13 The Salt Lake Tribune, but this is somewhat different and received wide circulation
1/15/03 Feds eye elk contraceptive: Ongoing studies are aimed at finding right role for birth control (by Rebecca Huntington Jackson Hole News & Guide)
1/14/03 Yellowstone among 10 most 'endangered' parks (AP story in Billings Gazette)--yet again
1/14/03 Canyon Club alters original plan (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd article
1/14/03 Two dozen rookie legislators ease into new roles (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)--one of the new Wyoming legislators believes wolves that wander out of Yellowstone should be classified as predators
1/14/03 FWP told more study needed on grizzly zoo (by Joan Haines Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/13/03 2002-2003 Yellowstone Park winter season update--Mammoth to Norris Road closed (by National Park Service)
1/13/03 Yellowstone National Park winter activities available (by National Park Service)
1/13/03 Snowmobile rules changing (AP story in The Salt Lake Tribune)
1/12/03 Shots for bison year away (by Michael Jamison Missoulian in Billings Gazette)
1/12/03 The trumpeter's swan song? Experts are baffled by the majestic waterfowl's dwindling numbers in the Yellowstone Park area: Feds may consider listing it as threatened (by Tom Gorman Los Angeles Times)--free registration required to view
1/12/03 Public comment sought for grizzly zoo (by Joan Haines Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/11/03 Wyoming lawmaker proposes Yellowstone tax to pay for wolf management (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)--Fine, but I suspect most visitors don't want to pay for a tax that manages wolves in the way Wyoming's current plan does.
1/11/03 Road work causes delays (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd article
1/11/03 Conservationists: Sheep grazing could harm bighorns (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
1/10/03 Death of prolific wolf a common one: Biologist says (by Patrick Kulmatycki Calgary Herald)
1/10/03 Visitors avoid injury in accident (by West Yellowstone News)
1/9/03 New suit challenges air rules in parks (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/9/03 Avalanche report (by Billings Gazette)
1/9/03 Canadian alpha male dies in Yellowstone fight (by Robert Remington National Post--Canada)
1/9/03 Tough conditions for foot hunters at Gardiner (by Mark Henckel Billings Gazette)
1/8/03 OSHA sees success in Yellowstone (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/8/03 11 ticketed for illegal snowmobiling (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article. In Teton Wilderness.
1/8/03 Jackson Hole Land Trust easement grows (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/8/03 Yellowstone wolf '2M' was last of the first: At the ripe age of 8, last wolf reintroduced in 1995 is killed by members of a competing pack (by Rebecca Huntington Jackson Hole News & Guide)
1/7/03 Judged urged to halt practice of using helicopters to drive wandering bison pack back into Yellowstone Park (AP story in little coverage in the regional press, but decent pickup nationally
1/7/03 Yellowstone National Park welcomes new chief of maintenance (by National Park Service)
1/7/03 Wolves kill dethroned, founding park wolf (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/7/03 Elderhostel for children?!? Affordable, interesting learning vacations for grandparents and their grandchildren (by Pauline Frommer Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel in MSNBC)--one vacation is to Yellowstone
1/7/03 Rulemaking shifts away from the Hill (by Cindy Skrzycki Washington Post)--including, as we all know, rules related to Yellowstone
1/6/03 Update on OSHA agreement (by National Park Service)
1/6/03 Park road opens to snowmobiles (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
1/6/03 Mountain lion attacks small dog (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/5/03 2002-2003 Yellowstone Park winter season update: Mammoth to Norris road to open (by National Park Service)
1/5/03 Swans in peril: Encounters with injured trumpters spur action (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/4/03 Yellowstone's grizzly bears not ready for delisting, expert says (by Chris Hunt Idaho State Journal)
1/4/03 Expert assails U.S. policy on grizzlies (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/4/03 Bear biologist bristles at claims by environmentalists (by Sherry Devlin Missoulian)
1/3/03 Status of gray wolf recovery, week of 12/30, 2002 - 1/3, 2003 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
1/2/03 Fungus helps park grass survive high temperatures (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
1/2/03 Drought 2003: Not ending for some states (AP story in The Weather Channel)--snowpack in Yellowstone is 69% of normal
1/1/03 Avalanche survivor says he thought he would die (AP story in Billings Gazette)
1/1/03 The wolf as story, both old and new (by Mark N. Trahant The Salt Lake Tribune)
1/1/03 Evidence of bacteria on Europa? (by Leslie Mullen Astrobiology Magazine)--comparison of infrared signatures on Europa's ice similar to those same signatures in Yellowstone where microorganisms live, but evidence inconclusive
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1/31/03 'Report card' story gets lower grade than administration (by Terry Anderson, Politcal Economy Research Center, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/30/03 Old humorless (by The Times-Picayune--New Orleans)
1/30/03 We should have progressed beyond the roadside zoo (by Joyce E. Andrews in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/27/03 Should humans help Kathy the grizzly bear? (by Todd Wilkinson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--about the Glacier grizzly bear that was shot, but the issues raised certainly relate to Yellowstone management
1/26/03 What Katharine Seelye did not write about the Yellowstone bison (by Ralph Maughan)
1/26/03 Wolf reintroduction has had positive impacts, too (by Ken Sinay, Yellowstone Safari Company, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/26/03 There is a plan (by Norman A. Bishop, International Wolf Center, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/22/03 Can't she take a joke? (by Arlene Wells in The Arizona Republic)
1/21/03 Wolves and the eco-terrorists (by Sheriff Michael E. Cook in The Sierra Times--Pahrump, NV)
1/21/03 Back Fuchs plan for wolf management (by Dick Shockley in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--also in 1/25 Billings Gazette
1/21/03 Geyser medicine (by Rocky Mountain News)--2nd opinion
1/20/03 Wolf recovery in Oregon (by Reginald R. LeQuieu in The Oregonian)--offers interpretation of reason for elk decline in Yellowstone
1/20/03 One man's crusade to speak truth on wolves (by Todd Wilkinson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--about Ralph Maughan
1/19/03 Not only does Metamucil help you go to the toilet, it also keeps geysers regular! Except that's offensive (by Nick responses attached. People don't realize that a lot of tourists don't understand that Old Faithful isn't turned on and off, and so there's an interesting psychological reason why they get abnormally strained by the joke.
1/16/03 Don't blame the skiers (by Marc Sheppard, West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation, and Mike Scott in West Yellowstone News)
1/16/03 Gallatin Closed area should remain just that (by David C. Klatt in West Yellowstone News)
1/15/03 Resolve to travel in 2003: 10 vacation ideas to get you going (by Gerry Volgenau Knight-Ridder in New York Daily News)--Yellowstone one of suggested travel ideas
1/12/03 People want to ride snowmobiles in park (by William Goodman in Billings Gazette)
1/8/03 We can do right by the Yellowstone (by Scott Bischke in Billings Gazette)
1/6/03 Gallatin Canyon (by Thomas McGuane The New Yorker)--not so much opinion as fiction, but interesting nonetheless
1/6/03 Wolves are best value (by Craig Axford, Utah Environmental Congress, in The Salt Lake Tribune)--amazing how one Lamar Valley wolf has caused such a stir in Utah
1/5/03 A message to the lobo-loco: Just chill out (by Skip Knowles The Salt Lake Tribune)
1/5/03 No to Western wolves (by Richard N. Gilbert in The Salt Lake Tribune)--about Utah, but a broad opinion about wolf reintroduction in general
1/4/03 Snowmobile pollution should be kept out of park (by Hope Sieck in Billings Gazette)
1/4/03 Snowmobiles are people's choice for Yellowstone (by Dave Skinner in Billings Gazette)
1/3/03 Wolves kill to survive, not for the fun of it (by Cher Downs, Wolfkeep Wildlife Sanctuary, in Billings Gazette)
1/3/03 Environmental concern drowned out by noise (by Tony Chamberlain Boston Globe)
1/3/03 Sun Ranch easement a cause for celebration (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--a look through the headlines shows the growing story of conservation easements in the region
1/2/03 An 'eco-wacko' figures out a few things in Bozeman (by Alan Kesselheim in Billings Gazette)
1/2/03 New wolf issues aren't new; they're old as the hills (by Norman A. Bishop, International Wolf Center, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/2/03 Don't be fooled: More space won't mean more bears (by Ron Burgess in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
1/2/03 Should the Forest Service have money to burn? (by Randall O'Toole, Thoreau Institute, in Billings Gazette)
1/2/03 Total commercialization awareness: Salon's top 10 business and technology predictions for 2003 (by Katharine Mieszkowski and Farhad Manjoo renamed in prediction 10

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