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11/28/08 Yellowstone wolf report: Enormous change in pack compositions (by Ralph Maughan)
11/26/08 Yellowstone National Park (ID, MT, WY) guilty plea filed in felony firearms case (by DesertUSA)
11/24/08 Education event: "You Can Help the Yellowstone Buffalo" (by Buffalo Allies of Bozeman)--we plan on our first trip down to Buffalo Field Campaign to train as volunteers in January (specific date to be determined)
11/23/08 Wyoming wolf report--Nov. 10, through Nov. 21, 2008 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Ralph Maughan's Wildlife News)
11/21/08 Archived advisory for Fri Nov 21 2008 (by Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center)
11/20/08 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--1 buffalo killed in Montana's hunt, which has started
11/20/08 Survey shows Americans love bison but largely are clueless about their plight (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
11/20/08 Rescheduled closure of Ditch Creek Road (press release by National Park Service)
11/17/08 Court order provides for winter use in Yellowstone & Grand Teton (press release by National Park Service)--and the beat goes on
11/17/08 Updated: Dueling judges push Yellowstone National Park snowmobile limit back to 720 per day (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
11/17/08 Delaware North earns Ecostar award (press release by Delaware North in Hotel & Motel Management)
11/17/08 South Fork fun (by Yellowstoner)
11/16/08 Northern Range wolf update: The Druids are doing well ... the rest, not (by Kathie Lynch Ralph Maughan's Wildlife News)
11/16/08 The return of the wolf to Yellowstone (by National Parks Traveler)--with video
11/15/08 Wildcard Movie: In the Valley of the Wolves (by The Music Hall)--New Hampshire fundraiser sponsored with The Yellowstone Park Foundation and will feature Suzanne Lewis, Doug Smith, and Paul Zambernardi in person; my source for this event (thanks!) tells me that admission is $8.50 (not $80! as reported here)
11/14/08 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
11/14/08 We're pleased as punch to announce Dry Fly Media (by Jess Best Fly Fishing
11/13/08 Director Bomar extends freeze on fee increases through 2009 (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
11/13/08 Gros Ventre Road & river bank project (press release by National Park Service)
11/13/08 Ditch Creek Road closure scheduled (press release by National Park Service)
11/13/08 Lecture on operating Yellowstone National Park set for Nov. 18 (by Montana State University)--Superintendent Suzanne Lewis giving talk at Bozeman's Museum of the Rockies
11/7/08 Wyoming wolf weekly--October 27 through November 7, 2008 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
11/7/08 Bison might be allowed to range further beyond Yellowstone National Park borders (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
11/5/08 Winter use proposed rule released for public comment (press release by National Park Service)
11/5/08 Hiker completes 16,500-mile trek along all national scenic trails (by
11/3/08 Parks seek public comment on new winter use proposal (press release by National Park Service)
11/3/08 Yellowstone National Park releases winter-use proposal (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
11/3/08 Yellowstone River report 3 November 2008: Streamers, streamers, streamers (by Jess Best Fly Fishing course, the Park is now in most respects closed; this report covers the river north of the park
11/2/08 Firehole River fishing report 2 November 2008--one to end the season on (by Mark Best Fly Fishing
11/1/08 Henry's Fork fly fishing report 1 November 2008--starting November in good shape (by Mark Best Fly Fishing
11/1/08 Lewis River channel comments (by Mark Best Fly Fishing
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11/29/08 Study causes shift in wolverine management (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/28/08 Feds will try again to delist wolves: Environmentalists say deciding now on Idaho and Montana populations will prolong the legal battle over U.S. wolves (by Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman)
11/28/08 Gallatin National Forest Christmas tree permits available (by West Yellowstone News)
11/27/08 Freudenthal accuses USFWS of playing politics on wolf management (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)
11/27/08 Wyoming criticizes feds over wolf rules (AP story in Billings Gazette)
11/26/08 Greens fear last push by Bush: 'Midnight regulations' could harm Greater Yellowstone (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/26/08 Elk hunting season extended (by Daniel Person Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
11/25/08 Snowmobile operators say they get a bad rap (by Jessica Mayrer Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
11/25/08 Permits available from Shoshone Forest (by Billings Gazette)--for cutting down Christmas trees
11/24/08 Americans love bison, don't know the risks they face (by Environment News Service)--in extensive notes from a member of Buffalo Field Campaign, who attended the conference described here, he described the conference as "lacking humility," a curious remark I hope to talk with him about this weekend
11/23/08 Questions arise over tallies of depredation figures (by Eve Byron Helena Independent Record)
11/23/08 Story tellers delight crowd at Tellabration event (by Mondee Tilley The Mount Airy News--NC)--Old Faithful story toward the bottom
11/22/08 One bison killed in first week of hunt (by Daniel Person Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
11/21/08 Conditional wolf hunts backed in bill (AP story in Billings Gazette)
11/21/08 Search continues for fisherman in Snake (by Amanda H. Miller Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/20/08 Yellowstone Park land to be restored to native vegetation (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
11/20/08 What should Wyo do on wolves? (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
11/20/08 Enzi pleased with Brimmer's ruling (by Little Chicago Review--IL)--U.S. Senator Mike Enzi is a Republican representing Wyoming
11/20/08 Comment on plan for snowmobiles by today (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/20/08 Governor's office blasts air-quality agreement (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/20/08 Virgil R. Hall (by Great Falls Tribune)--was Yellowstone sign maker
11/20/08 Tree cutting tips from Gallatin and Bitterroot forests (by Montana's News Station)
11/19/08 YNP doubles sled numbers (by Carole Cloudwalker Cody Enterprise)
11/19/08 Few satisfied with snowmobile ruling (by Jessica Mayrer Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
11/19/08 YNP superintendent in Bozeman, touches on winter use controversy (by Beth Saboe KBZK--MT)--with video
11/19/08 Commission passes revision of wolf plan: Game and Fish officials hint that lawmakers might need to eliminate unregulated killing area (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/19/08 Wolf regulation meetings scheduled by G&F Dept (by The Platte County Record-Times--WY)
11/18/08 Park to go with 720 sleds per day (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/18/08 Trees on the brink: Whitebark pine face series of threats (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
11/18/08 G&F reassigns wolf management team (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)
11/17/08 Bark beetles kill millions of acres of tress in West (by Jim Robbins The New York Times)
11/17/08 Yellowstone keeps snowmobiles capped at 720 daily (by Associated Press)
11/17/08 Yellowstone winter use reaction (by Penny Preston KULR--MT)--with video
11/17/08 Yellowstone to open on time for winter use (by Montana's News Station)--with video
11/17/08 French criticizes GYC for its winter use stance (by Carole Cloudwalker Cody Enterprise)
11/17/08 Cellphones in Yellowstone? (by Nicholas Riccardi Los Angeles Times)
11/17/08 Groups decry Yellowstone cell phone plans (by United Press International)
11/17/08 Geothermal: Energy right under our feet (by Paul Strand Chistian Broadcasting Network)--with video
11/17/08 Gros Ventre gold mine appeal finds success (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/16/08 Wyo to disband wolf team (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)
11/15/08 Elk refuge to release more hunting permits (by Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/15/08 Wyoming Range bill looks dead for year (by Casper Star-Tribunee)
11/14/08 Bears to get study (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/13/08 Is the Yellowstone snowmobile controversy over, or not? (by Brodie Farquhar Wyoming Business Report)
11/13/08 It's ‘judge vs. judge' in YNP winter decisions (by Carole Cloudwalker Cody Enterprise)
11/13/08 Comments due Monday on new winter use proposal (by Carole Cloudwalker Cody Enterprise)
11/13/08 Wyoming judge opens door for more Yellowstone snowmobiles (by CJ Baker Powell Tribune--WY)
11/13/08 No decisions yet on park snowmobile plan (by Amanda H. Miller Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/13/08 Agencies fund ecosystem project (by Billings Gazette)
11/12/08 Wyo judge disputes D.C. judge's snowmobile order (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
11/12/08 Bison management riles folks, again (by Jessica Mayrer Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--and I couldn't agree with my good friends Glenn and Mike more
11/12/08 Wyoming judge leaves D.C. snowmobile ruling untouched (by Daniel Person Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--but orders going back to 2004 rule, which calls for 720 snowmobiles a day; what's next is anybody's guess
11/12/08 Lead in grizzly blood during hunt season: Researcher wonders if preliminary results show a danger to bruins from hunters’ bullets (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/12/08 Brucellosis tests negative so far (by Billings Gazette)--in Wyoming
11/11/08 Togwotee road work finished for season (by Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/10/08 Yellowstone east gate visitation up from 2007 (by Cody Enterprise)
11/8/08 Search fails to turn up bear shot at by hunter (by Billings Gazette)
11/7/08 FWP: tests elk for disease (by Mark A. York Livingston Enterprise)--4th story
11/7/08 Yellowstone bison protected under new plan (by Montana's News Station)--with video; the key word I'm afraid seems to be "winter." We need to see the details of this draft because if bison are not tolerated in Horse Butte year round, then we won't in fact see much change for buffalo. Here's to hoping that I'm wrong! UPDATE: Unfortunately, I'm right. I have seen the draft, and this does virtually nothing for buffalo and is nothing to become excited about.
11/6/08 Agencies to let more bison outside Yellowstone (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)--at Horse Butte; pending details of the plan, of course it makes sense to allow bison in an area where there are no cows and where the people who live there want them there
11/6/08 Yellowstone visits show increase for October (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/6/08 Comments offered on new wolf plan: Emergency rules aimed at satisfying court ruling on Wyoming's plan (by Ruffin Prevost Billings Gazette)
11/5/08 Plan for snowmobiles satisfies green groups: But temporary solution will mean less business (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)
11/5/08 Yellowstone visitation up in October (by Billigns Gazette)
11/5/08 Hiking and hunting: Staying safe in GTNP (by Matthew Irwin Planet Jackson Hole)
11/5/08 Obama will protect public lands, pursue green energy: Environmentalists will have more influence, but Western Democrats hope for a collaborative approach (by Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman)
11/5/08 Will gov get look for Cabinet? (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)--almost without exception, environmentalists would be upset if Obama picks Wyo. Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) as his Secretary of the Interior; for instance consider this response from Ralph Maughan
11/4/08 Snowmobile proposal open for comment (by Brodie Farquhar Wyoming Business Report)
11/4/08 U.S. Park Services proposes Teton, Yellowstone snowmobile limits (by Bloomberg)
11/4/08 Plan: 318 snowmobiles (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole Daily News and Guide)--awfully big news thrown out there when no one will notice just before Election Day
11/4/08 Plan would allow up to 318 snowmobiles daily (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)
11/4/08 Plan would trim Yellowstone snowmobile limit (AP story in Billings Gazette)
11/3/08 New winter use plan would keep Yellowstone open (by Carole Cloudwalker Cody Enterprise)--as expected, East Entrance to remain open to snowmobiles
11/3/08 G&F seeks revised wolf plan comments (by Cody Enterprise)
11/1/08 Grizzly deaths reach legal 'trigger point' (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
11/1/08 Grizzly bear cub killed by hunter in Montana (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)
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11/30/08 Defending wolf plan isn't worth the effort (by Casper Star-Tribune)
11/30/08 $3.3M easement for 25 buffalo won't work (by Joe Gutkoski, Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation, in Billings Gazette)--I've stated my agreement with Joe's position many times
11/29/08 Delisted grizzly bears dying in Yellowstone country (by Louisa Wilcox, Natural Resources Defense Council, in Billings Gazette)
11/29/08 The snowmobiles of Yellowstone: Why does the Bush Administration insist on wreaking environmental havoc on the park? (by Los Angeles Times)
11/29/08 The Yellowstone yellow dog (by Diane Cab Drollery)
11/28/08 Yellowstone sleds: Snowmobile mess drags on (by The Salt Lake Tribune)
11/28/08 Mesa Falls National Monument good idea for Obama too (by Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman)
11/28/08 Yellowstone snowmobiles (by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R)--WY in The New York Times)
11/28/08 Bush Administration: Slash and burn on the way out of office? (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
11/28/08 Most amazing hot springs around the world (by Indiansrock)
11/27/08 The Yellowstone wireless project (by Bill Radio The View from Mountain Wireless)
11/27/08 Airports almost empty day before Thanksgiving (by Chuqui)
11/27/08 Happy Thanksgiving (by Joeann)
11/26/08 The travesty continues (by Tom Rice)
11/26/08 Home of the slaughtered bison (by Greg L Johnson)--with video
11/26/08 Feds hurt Wyoming's efforts to settle wolf issue (by Phil Washburn, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, in Cody Enterprise)--Greater Yellowstone Coalition was the only major environmental organization in support of the wolf delisting
11/25/08 Long-term plan needed for Yellowstone winter use (by Tessa Schweigert Powell Tribune--WY)
11/24/08 Fire Suzanne Lewis, save Yellowstone! (by Michael Sprague)--a report from a Buffalo Allies of Bozeman member who attended Superitendent Lewis's talk in Bozeman was rather unflattering to say the least toward the current Yellowstone boss
11/24/08 Cat's Yellowstone Wolves, and others (book review by Stephen Bodio)
11/24/08 Park needs to reinstate use of howitzer (by Richard Reeder Cody Enterprise)
11/23/08 Watch out, or we'll lose freedom to use guns (by John Simmons in Billings Gazette)
11/22/08 Ms. Lewis refuses to listen (by The New York Times)
11/21/08 It's time to let the buffalo roam in Montana (by Stephany J. Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign, in West Yellowstone News)
11/21/08 Candy from a baby (by Cameron Scott San Francisco Chronicle)
11/20/08 Fairy Falls (by goliath0825)
11/19/08 Yellowstone hotspot: Reflections on scenic beauty, ecology, and the aesthetic experience of landscape (by Paul H. Gobster, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station)--a very interesting subject to me; the full pdf of the essay is here.
11/19/08 Positive step for Wyoming (by U.S. Senator John Barrasso in The Platte County Record-Times--WY)
11/19/08 Didn't I see you in Yellowstone? (by Did I Ever Tell You About The Time ...)
11/19/08 Park winter use gains some stability (by Richard Reeder Cody Enterprise)--I think Reeder is incorrect about the ultimate policy implications of the 720 decision
11/18/08 How the natural world deals with bears (by Richard Conniff in Marketplace)--more Yellowstone analogies made to the financial crisis; argument by analogy is always a very dangerous thing and is often fallacious; at best it is illustrative of another point that needs arguing (and here the analogies don't really work in the Yellowstone context, either).
11/17/08 Brucellosis news update (by jhwygirl)
11/17/08 Yellowstone bighorn sheep rut (by Kelly Dangerfield)
11/16/08 Snowmobiles inflict undue impact (by Darv Jemming in Casper Star-Tribune)
11/14/08 The journey of the free-spirited (by ulovemeso)
11/14/08 Yellowstone mountains (art by Brent Perkins)
11/14/08 Lawsuits aren't the way to solve snowmobile issue (by Casper Star-Tribune)
11/13/08 Dueling judicial decisions confuse (by Bruce McCormack Cody Enterprise)
11/13/08 Congress needs to act on public lands package (by Casper Star-Tribune)
11/12/08 Yellowstone wins, rich lose (by Gadfly)--short but biting comment connecting bankruptcy of the Yellowstone Club to Greater Yellowstone
11/12/08 Bear with me (by Dave Skinner Flathead Beacon--MT)
11/11/08 A friend of the buffalo (by Tom Rice)--in support of U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D)--WA for Secretary of the Interior
11/11/08 Drilling, public lands and President Bush's legacy (by William H. Meadows, The Wilderness Society, in The New York Times)
11/11/08 Path revals way to clear the air (by Bill Field in Casper Star-Tribune)
11/10/08 Obama to the White House: Transition's delicate dance: President-elect Barack Obama will be tested in transition--by the Bush Administration. Watch out for efforts to cement dubious policy in place (by Seattle Times)--mentions snowmobiles as part of the editorial
11/9/08 Keep temporary plan at 720 snowmobiles (by Casper Star-Tribune)
11/9/08 Ups & downs (by Billings Gazette)--4th UP on bison
11/8/08 People, places & things: Watching Yellowstone's wolves (by shannonmullen)
11/7/08 New management plan would allow more bison out in winter (by Yellowstone Insider)
11/7/08 Yellowstone National Park (by AndyB)--tried unsuccessfully to convince a ranger to let them go to geysers; that part of the park is currently closed to automobiles and hasn't yet opened up for motorized use (assuming that they manage to figure out how to get a winter use rule in effect)
11/7/08 Bruce's fishing altar (by Izabella)
11/7/08 Yellowstone jug band (by Shane Lewis)
11/6/08 Park visitors down slightly in 2008, up in October (by Yellowstone Insider)
11/6/08 Yellowstone bear fight (by North of Andorra)--reminiscing from May 2003
11/6/08 Election 2008: Fearless forecasts, foregone conclusions, and prescient prognostications (by Bob Janiskee National Parks Traveler)--predicts that Obama Administration will work to phase out snowmobiles
11/5/08 What if Old Faithful weren't? (by Amy McNamara, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Post-Register--ID; posted by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
11/5/08 Grand Tetons (by goliath0825)
11/4/08 Feds budge on Yellowstone snowmobiles (by Ted Alvarez Backpacker Magazine)
11/4/08 Temporary winter plan would allow 318 snowmobiles in Park daily (by Yellowstone Insider)
11/4/08 Weird (by Jeffrey Murico)--like this traveler, a lot of you will discover that (outside of the North Entrance), Yellowstone is closed for the season; a harrowing journey coming up empty
11/3/08 Our amazing cross-country road trip (by Carolyn Bickford)--earlier this year, someone wrote an opinion with the preference for Iceland's geysers; she prefers Yellowstone's. I don't really care for comparing the wonders. I had the great fortune of seeing the Monument Geyser Basin this weekend just before the park closed; it was quite a rush.
11/3/08 Do rangelands need to be grazed? (by George Wuerthner)
11/2/08 Yellowstone National Park (by Wendy Rocky, Wendy & Maggie Dailey)
11/2/08 No bull, but plenty of bison, elk and the odd bear: Surrounded by the Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park, this tiny former railroad town has a funky, outdoorsy vibe (by Kurt Repanshek in Miami Herald)

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