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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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10/31/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign) 
10/31/02 GORP's top 10 national parks for biking (by GORP) 
10/28/02 New survey says, Democrats, Republicans agree: Bush needs to fund national parks: Congressional staffers, members, and candidates call for increased park funding (by National Parks Conservation Association) 
10/28/02 Poaching plague spreads to Arco area (by Greg Losinski, Idaho Fish & Game) 
10/25/02 Brennan offers a winterland of travel (by AAA) 
10/24/02 Wolves benefit free-ranging Jackson Hole elk herds (by Merideth Taylor as reported by Ralph Maughan) 
10/24/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign) 
10/22/02 Fall update on the Druid Peak Pack (by Ralph Maughan) 
10/18/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign) 
10/17/02 Groups seek information, offer $8,000 reward for grizzly bear deaths (by Ralph Maughan)--groups are seeking to know who killed 2 grizzlies near Henry's Lake in Idaho 
10/14/02 Photographer Hugh Lawton announces launch of web site with photos from 82 wilderness areas (released by
10/10/02 National Wildlife Refuge system celebrates 100 years--of cruelty to animals, says Fund for Animals (by The Fund for Animals) 
10/10/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign) 
10/9/02 Washakie Pack splits into 2 groups (by Ralph Maughan) 
10/7/02 National Wolf Awareness Week, October 13-19; events scheduled throughout United States (by Defenders of Wildlife) 
10/7/02 Yellowstone National Park resident in Gonzaga University production of "See How They Run" (by Gonzaga University)--Gonzaga personally sent this press release to me, and the cast member apparently lives in the Park (likely in Mammoth Hot Springs) and attended Gardiner High School. By the way, "See How They Run" is a very funny play; I saw a production of it at the Playmill in West Yellowstone in 1994. 
10/3/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign) 
10/2/02 Slaughter of Yellowstone buffalo resumes (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition) 
10/2/02 Yellowstone buffalo slaughter begins: Tough winter ahead (by Buffalo Field Campaign) 
10/2/02 Three YNP bison removed from private property (by Montana Department of Livestock) 
10/1/02 Update on Wyoming wolves outside Yellowstone Park: Sunlight Basin alpha pair recollared(by Ralph Maughan) 
10/31/02 Wolf delisting threatened in Wyoming (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette
10/31/02 Olympic National Park makes top 10 for best biking (by Roy Gault Statesman Journal--Salem, OR)--so does Grand Teton National Park 
10/30/02 Man given 60 days in jail for role in bison protest (by Ericka Schenk Smith The Missoulian
10/30/02 Grand Teton a magnet for climbing accidents (by Dina Mishev Jackson Hole Local
10/30/02 State calls wolves predators: Stockmen, outfitters rally in Jackson to tell Game and Fish to pursue disputed plan (by Whitney Royster Jackson Hole News
10/30/02 Maps show volcanic bottom of park lake (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette
10/30/02 Preserving native cultures (by Oliver Bowers Brown Daily Herald--Providence)--Rhode Island panel of Native Americans speak, among topics mentioned was the buffalo slaughter 
10/30/02 'Mission: Wolf' visits north campus (by Alison Levine Cornell Daily Sun--Ithaca, NY) 
10/29/02 'Low-floor' bus could aid parks, cities (by UPI) 
10/29/02 Award-winning online field trips allow students to interact with subject matter experts (by National Park Service) 
10/29/02 Seasonal closures scheduled in Grand Teton park (AP story in Billings Gazette)--5th article 
10/29/02 Bearly made it (photo by Powell Tribune in Billings Gazette
10/28/02 Judge's ruling casts doubt on G & F road hunting law (by Jami Badershall Cody Enterprise
10/28/02 Rural residents bring fierce friends (by Michelle Nijhuis High Country News
10/27/02 Park roads to close for the season (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article 
10/27/02 Canyon club approval appealed (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/27/02 A minister in nature's cathedral: Man's dream job comes true in an outdoor paradise (by John McCoy Charleston Daily Mail--WV)--I met the minister, Bill Young, a couple times in 1993. I've had some trouble getting this article to load. 
10/26/02 Commission to review wolf classification (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/25/02 Status of gray wolf recovery, weeks of 10/18 - 10/25, 2002 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) 
10/25/02 Danger lurks in Yellowstone Lake: Undiscovered until now, hydrothermal vents could explode (by Jim Erickson Rocky Mountain News
10/25/02 Examining Yellowstone Lake's fury: Violent past, future to be discussed at event in Denver (by Ann Schrader Denver Post
10/25/02 Killings harm grizzly recovery (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/25/02 Down in the polls, Republican congressional candidate DeForest "Buster" Soaries likens his contest against Rush Holt to reality versus theory (by Tom Baldwin The Trentonian)--Rush Holt, a New Jersey congressman, has been one of the biggest proponents in Congress for removing snowmobiles from Yellowstone 
10/25/02 Myrtle Poe: 40 years and still teaching (by Sara Velasco Mountain Democrat--El Dorado County, CA) 
10/24/02 Earthquakes shake park, Wyoming (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette
10/24/02 Yellowstone offers reward for elk poacher (AP story in Rocky Mountain News
10/24/02 Out-of-state visitors see Yellowstone (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article 
10/24/02 Candidate plans walk from Cooke City to Gardiner (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/23/02 Bebout: Weigh advantages of experience (by Jami Badershall Cody Enterprise)--Bebout is the Republican candidate for Governor of Wyoming and supports snowmobile use in Yellowstone; Congressional Quarterly rates this race as surprisingly close 
10/23/02 Bear deaths deflate recovery efforts (AP story in KTVB--Boise)--Free, though annoying, registration required. When this appears somewhere else, I'll change the link. 
10/23/02 Tourist town eyes busier winters (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/22/02 Grizzly's death delivers blow to recovery efforts (by John O'Connell Idaho State Journal
10/22/02 Yellowstone tourists spot cow: Rangers try to corral unusual park visitor (AP story in KMGH--Denver)--near Moose Falls in southern Yellowstone 
10/22/02 West Y. looks for ways to diversify winter economy (by Nick Gevock Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/21/02 Experimental animal detection system to be installed on U.S. Highway 191 in Yellowstone(by National Park Service)--This would be an amazing device if it works. 
10/21/02 Senate candidates split on law of the land (by Tom Meersman Star Tribune--Minneapolis)--Sen. Paul Wellstone and Norm Coleman disagree on Yellowstone snowmobile policy; they are locked in a very close race.
10/25/02, tragically, Sen. Wellstone died in a plane crash today.
10/21/02 The road most traveled (by Dina Mishev The Jackson Hole Local
10/20/02 Getting away from crowds in Yellowstone: Four-day hikes that take you off beaten path, let you see real national park gem (by Bob Downing Akron Beacon Journal
10/19/02 Tourists' trash may have future as compost (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/19/02 Female grizzly sitings rise dramatically (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article 
10/19/02 Rare swans said endangered by Utah swan hunt (by UPI) 
10/19/02 Snowmobile rental plan denied (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th article 
10/19/02 Kelly residents take road repair into own hands (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/18/02 Status of gray wolf recovery, weeks of 10/11 - 10/18, 2002 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) 
10/18/02 Hebgen Lake-area snowmobile rental plan rejected (by Nick Gevock Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/18/02 Commission unhappy timber sale cut back (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette
10/17/02 Park Service punishing Jackson? (by Dan Ehl Daily Iowegian
10/17/02 Scheu indicted on felony charges (by The Pulse-Journal--Mason, OH)--5th article. Scheu was discovered after being attacked by a grizzly 
10/17/02 Swan numbers significantly off (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette
10/17/02 Snowmobile rental plan raises ruckus (by Nick Gevock Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/17/02 Cracks in dam pose serious failure risk (by The Idaho Statesman
10/17/02 Writing class set for winter (by Billings Gazette
10/17/02 Hunting, fishing, wildlife big biz in Mont., Wyo. (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette
10/17/02 Session out West energizes teacher (by Valerie Christopher The Cincinnati Enquirer
10/16/02 Expert: State ripe for large quake (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/16/02 Ranger loses job; Grassley demands details (by Perry Beeman The Des Moines Register
10/16/02 Explanation about whistleblower demanded (by Jerry Seper Washington Times
10/16/02 Senator seeks info on ranger dismissal (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/16/02 Service station sells biodiesel (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/16/02 Shoshone NF sets controlled burns (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th article 
10/16/02 Heard around the West (by Betsy Marston High Country News)--3rd article 
10/16/02 Off-roaders rate Utah congressmen highly (by Brent Israelsen The Salt Lake Tribune)--BlueRibbon Coaltion rates members of congress. Naturally, supporting a ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone earns low marks from this group. 
10/15/02 Scientists: More grizzlies shows healthy population (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette
10/15/02 Candidates differ on wide range of issues (AP story in Billings Gazette)--Wyoming US Senate candidates have stark differences on Yellowstone policy. Sen. Mike Enzi is heavily favored to win re-election. 
10/15/02 Men sentenced for assault on New Brighton couple (by Paul Gustafson Star Tribune--Minneapolis) 
10/15/02 New Brighton: Attackers' sentences disappoint one victim (by Hannah Allam Pioneer Press--St. Paul) 
10/14/02 Pahaska grizzly likely orphaned cub of popular No. 104 (by Buzzy Hassrick Cody Enterprise
10/14/02 West Yellowstone to vote on renewing sales tax (by Nick Gevock Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/14/02 Bear problems continue in Park County (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article 
10/14/02 New sail devices to control avalanches (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/14/02 Wildlife recreation nets $634 million (AP story in Billings Gazette)--6th article 
10/13/02 Snowmobilers to face rules in parks: Teton, Yellowstone will require guides, cleaner machines (by The Idaho Statesman
10/13/02 Details released in camp shooting (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/13/02 Map flaw irks Livingston (AP story in Billings Gazette)--6th article 
10/13/02 Closures expected in Snake River Canyon (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd article 
10/12/02 Gallatin officials trying again with Jardine-area timber sale (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/12/02 Gallatin Forest again to try sale (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/12/02 Grasshoppers chewing up elk refuge (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/11/02 Status of gray wolf recovery, weeks of 9/27 - 10/11, 2002 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) 
10/11/02 Wolf Awareness Week, Oct. 13-19 (by The Daily Press--Ashland, WI)--Yellowstone wolf expert to speak at local event 
10/11/02 A narrow escape (by Karen Spiller The Telegraph--Nashua, NH)--story on Labor Day grizzly attack 
10/10/02 Library hosts exhibit, lecture on Yellowstone history (by Nathaniel Wadsworth BYU NewsNet
10/10/02 Vandals attack sculpture again (by Billings Gazette
10/10/02 The blood remembers: What hasn't changed in the 125 years since the Nez Perce War (by Jane Fritz Missoula Independent
10/9/02 Strict snowmobile rules in parks vowed (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette
10/9/02 Yellowstone: A land of majesty and mystery (by Johnny Kampis Tuscaloosa News
10/9/02 Alcohol thought to have had role in gun death (AP story in KGWN--Cheyenne) 
10/9/02 Environmental lawyers oppose plan for forest thinning (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/9/02 Hunting decoy use to be debated: Bringing wolves back to Oregon and saving habitat also up for discussion this week (by Statesman Journal--Salem, OR)--Issues with Yellowstone wolves also to be discussed 
10/9/02 Congress unlikely to act on forest pass by end of year (by Ryan Alessi Ventura County Star--CA) 
10/9/02 Pick of the day (by Isobel Montgomery The Guardian--UK)--1st pick. Supervolcano featured on British TV show. 
10/9/02 Seismic mapping project appealed (AP story in Montana Forum
10/8/02 Ozone in Yellowstone worrisome (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette
10/8/02 Air quality improves (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette
10/8/02 Hunting on elk refuge to open Oct. 19 (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article 
10/8/02 New Brighton: Couple's attackers to be sentenced next week (by Hannah Allarm Pioneer Press--St. Paul) 
10/7/02 Wildland-Urban Interface Fuels Management Environmental Assessment available for public review(by National Park Service)--Read the .pdf of the Environmental Assessment
10/7/02 Grizzly shootings prompt investigation (by Environmental News Service)--6th article. Refers to recent grizzly deaths near Henry's Lake 
10/7/02 Senator fights for park hunting ranger (by Whitney Royster Jackson Hole Guide
10/7/02 Weather helps Grand Teton prescribed burns (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune
10/7/02 Affordable housing regulations drafted (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/7/02 Prevention of major cattle diseases (by Heather Smith Thomas Cascade Cattleman--Klamath Falls, OR) 
10/7/02 Nez Perce War of 1877: No happy ending (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette
10/7/02 Nez Perce War of 1877: Canada, Sitting Bull offered no salvation (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette
10/7/02 Amateur historian knows the ground (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)--more on Nez Perce 
10/7/02 For futher reading on the Nez Perce efforts (by Billings Gazette
10/6/02 Exotics threaten park: Non-native species alter Yellowstone's natural landscape(by Chris Hunt Idaho State Journal
10/6/02 Tiny interloper is big problem in fabled river (by Chris Hunt Idaho State Journal
10/6/02 Mapping irks habitat advocates (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/6/02 Housing crunch hurts Teton hiring (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article. This is something I noticed when working in the region. Unless an employer provides affordable housing, it is often impossible for a wage earner to live and work there. 
10/6/02 Scenic overhaul(by Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune)--indepth story about the Beartooth Highway 
10/6/02 Yellowstone wilderness offers glances with wolves (by Lewis F. Nettrour Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10/6/02 Curators add glitz, realism to Western heritage displays at Draper Museum (AP story in The Olympian--Olympia, WA) 
10/6/02 Gateway to Yellowstone: Take time to tour town on park's western edge (by Idaho Statesman
10/6/02 National parks reach out to attract more minorities (by Nathan Bierma Chicago Tribune in The Seattle Times
10/5/02 Grizzly killer is cleared (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/5/02 Out of the ashes: How game and fish cope when fire destroys their forests(by Bob Marshall Field and Stream
10/4/02 Grizzly bears found dead in northeastern Idaho (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as reported by Ralph Maughan)--found near Henry's Lake,which is not far from Yellowstone 
10/4/02 Mammoth housing plan and Environmental Assessment available for public review (by National Park Service)--If you have Acrobat Reader, you can read the .pdf file of the Environmental Assessment
10/4/02 Boise group focuses on winter sports: Alliance will try to keep reins on snowmobiles (by The Idaho Statesman
10/3/02 Yellowstone offers history electronic field trip (by National Park Service) 
10/3/02 Three Yellowstone bison captured, sent to slaughter (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--Like last spring, they aren't testing. What's more, the higher numbers of bison could mean a huge slaughter this year. 
10/3/02 Officials required to kill three bison (by KPVI--Idaho Falls)--Check out this misleading blurb mentioning the slaughter 
10/3/02 Boating regs almost halt park trip (by Thomas Mendyke Independent Record--Helena--in Billings Gazette
10/3/02 Volunteers aid park fish project (by Dick Wesnick Billings Gazette
10/3/02 Red Lodge getting snow, Beartooth Pass closed (by Billings Gazette
10/2/02 First snow storm drops six inches in the valley (by Brian Siegfried Jackson Hole Guide
10/2/02 Hamilton Stores to close after a long run (by Jacob Goldstein Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/2/02 Study released for Jenny Lake Lodge (AP story in Billings Gazette)--5th article 
10/2/02 Lawsuit threatened in memo dispute (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/2/02 Secret to living 100 years? 'I don't have one' (by Jennifer Biggs The Commercial Appeal--Memphis)--Memories of a birthday girl 
10/1/02 Snow closes Beartooth Pass (by Billings Gazette
10/1/02 Hamilton Stores loses Yellowstone contract (AP story in Billings Gazette)--truly the end of an era; Ham's was my employer for five summers 
10/1/02 Probe continues in camp shooting (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/1/02 Vaccine could aid brucellosis battles (AP story in Billings Gazette
10/1/02 A-mace-ing result: Bear spray left a bad taste in this grizzly's mouth (by Bill Moor in South Bend Tribune
10/1/02 Bozeman man indicted for theft (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article. At one of the Old Faithful Ham's stores 
  (comment in the NEW (10/4) discussion forum
10/31/02 Denali tops Yellowstone for seeing wolves living in the wild (by Dr. Paul Joslin in Anchorage Daily News)--5th opinion
10/30/02 Letters to the editor: Holy moley it's Jackson Hole (opinions in Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel as reported by MSNBC
10/28/02 Trespassing bovine puts Yellowstone on high alert (by Todd Wilkinson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/27/02 Playing dominoes with nature--and winning (by Carl Wernicke Pensacola News Journal
10/24/02 "America the Beautiful" (by Verlee Walter Hot Springs Village Voice--AR) 
10/22/02 Speed up on forest mountain bike plan (by Greg Beardslee in Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/22/02 Renewal of West Y. resort tax should be slam dunk (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/21/02 State and federal laws threaten hunting and fishing heritage (by Michael E. Cook The Sierra Times
10/20/02 Night of the wolf (by Keith McCafferty Field & Stream
10/19/02 Speaking up in defense of Yellowstone buffalo (by John Potter Billings Gazette
10/18/02 Making life 'bearable' for bruins (by John McCoy Charleston Daily Mail)--an interesting contrast between Yellowstone and West Virginia in terms of bears 
10/18/02 Using wildland fire as a management tool can be a difficult pill to swallow(by Doug Newbould in Peninsula Clarion--Kenai, AK) 
10/16/02 Hunting or killing? Good campfire talk (by Bill Brown in The News Tribune--Tacoma)--1st opinion 
10/15/02 Busing plan would spoil Yellowstone trips (by Mike Bresnahan in Billings Gazette)--1st opinion 
10/15/02 Voice your opinion on forest travel plan (by Anne Banks in Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/15/02 Columnist employs simple-minded scare tactics (by Peter Brown in Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/10/02 Get some answers on wasting disease issue (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/7/02 Letters to the Editor: Yellowstone and Yosemite: Plus some tips on taking the great American road trip (by Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel as reported by MSNBC
10/6/02 Beartooth an All-American Highway (by The Salt Lake Tribune
10/4/02 Thoughts on Wednesday's slaughter of 3 Yellowstone buffalo (by Jim Macdonald, The Magic of Yellowstone
10/4/02 Non-human interests must not drive forest policy (by Kerry White, Blue Ribbon Coalition, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle
10/4/02 How to fight a forest fire (by Dan Whipple, UPI) 
10/3/02 Fall best season to visit Yellowstone (by Billings Gazette
10/3/02 Let's fight fire where it counts; stop pointing fingers (by Senator Jeff Bingaman in Billings Gazette)--Sen. Bingaman is a Democrat from New Mexico and chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 
10/3/02 Let's cut through red tape and trees to stop fires (by Senator Larry Craig in Billings Gazette)--Sen. Craig is a Republican from Idaho. 
10/1/02 Timber sales yield many benefits (by Tim Hancock in Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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