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10/28/06 Snowcoach in Yellowstone (by Roger Turner)
10/27/06 Winter water warmer than air (by The Yellowstoner)
10/26/06 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
10/25/06 New success in nonlethal wolf control lead to zero wolf-related livestock losses for local ranchers: Collaborative Conflict management unites an alliance of ranchers, wildlife conservationists and natural resource managers (by Defenders of Wildlife)
10/25/06 Wealthy weekend 'amenity' ranchers taking over the West (by researchers at Oregon State University)
10/23/06 Yellowstone soundscapes report: It's noisy out there (by Kurt Repanshek)
10/23/06 New data: Yellowstone winter silence still disrupted by snowmobile noise: First test seen of Administration's pledge to put 'conservation first' in National Parks (by Coalition of National Park Service Retirees)
10/23/06 Latest wolf news on YNP northern range: Slough/Druid encounter? (by Ralph Maughan)
10/19/06 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
10/18/06 Humane Society Legislative Fund endorses Ben Cardin for U.S. Senate in Maryland (by Humane Societ Legislative Fund)--U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin, D-MD has voted to stop the bison slaughter
10/15/06 Kempthorne likely to seek changes in the Endangered Species Act (by Ralph Maughan)
10/14/06 The great Yellowstone fish race (by The Yellowstoner)
10/13/06 Toyota donation benefits Yellowstone Park Foundation (by Toyota in Auto Spectator)
10/12/06 Wyoming goes back to court over USFWS rejection of its wolf management plan (by Ralph Maughan)
10/11/06 Mange declines as a problem for Greater Yellowstone wolves (by Ralph Maughan)
10/9/06 The wolves of Yellowstone (by Rob Miller)--a well-written trip report from Yellowstone
10/8/06 The Yellowstone fishing forecast (by The Yellowstoner)
10/6/06 Eight grizzly bears have been trapped this week at a farm near Cody, WY (by Ralph Maughan)
10/5/06 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
10/5/06 Congress asks President for "considerable increase" for funding for National Parks (by National Parks Conservation Association)
10/4/06 National Park Service to allow commercial bioprospecting: Public interest groups oppose commercialization of parks (by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)
10/4/06 A breakdown of the Yellowstone Park wolf packs as of this fall (by Ralph Maughan)
10/4/06 Yellowstone wolf watching has improved lately (by Ralph Maughan)
10/2/06 Surviving flyfishing in Yellowstone (by The Yellowstoner)
10/2/06 Yellowstone fishing picnic (by skyblu in A Step Apart: A Few Random Musings)
10/31/06 Diseases affecting Yellowstone wildlife: Park, universities conduct research projects (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
10/31/06 Yellowstone, universities to study wildlife diseases (AP story in Helena Independent Record)
10/31/06 National parks to begin winter road closures (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/30/06 New Miss Idaho won't be photographed with Governor due to elk fight (AP story in KVPI--ID)
10/30/06 In Idaho wilderness, researchers say wolves aren't decimating elk (AP story in Helena Independent Record)
10/30/06 New climatologist predicts normal winter (by Brodie Farquhar Jackson Hole Star Tribune)
10/28/06 Buffalo activists have a permanent home: Was a Native American prophecy fulfilled? (by Elizabeth Laden Island Park News--ID)
10/28/06 Automotive museums out where the deer and the antelope play (by Michelle Krebbs New York Times)--classic cars and stagecoaches in places like and including Yellowstone
10/27/06 Buffalo visions: Bringing back the American bison -- symbol of the great plains (by Bill Weber Wildlife Conservation)
10/27/06 Developers square off against enviros over Gallatin protection (AP story in Helena Independent Record)
10/27/06 Idaho prosecutor won’t charge hunter who shot animal inside reserve (AP story in Helena Independent Record)--however, the owner of the elk, Rex Rammell has been banned from Yellowstone National Park for a year.
10/27/06 Soft-spoken, low-key casino magnate: The developer has been called "Chicago's answer to Trump" (by Suzette Parmley Philadelphia Inquirer)--about Neil G. Bluhm, a very wealthy developer from Chicago. Why is he here? One of his subsidiaries is Xanterra, the largest concessionairre in Yellowstone, which is important to make visible to people.
10/26/06 Safer on the snow (by Brodie Farquhar Jackson Hole Star Tribune)
10/26/06 Cubin, Trauner differ on drilling (by Jared Miller Jackson Hole Star Tribune)--Wyoming U.S. House of Representatives candidates have barely distinguishable views on snowmobiles in Yellowstone
10/26/06 Gov urges Idaho to ban game farms (AP story in Helena Independent Record)
10/26/06 Wildlife collisions: Studies help avoid wildlife collisions (Montana State University news service in Billings Outpost)
10/25/06 Noise still a problem with park sled use: Former park employees say snowmobiles exceed Yellowstone noise limits, should be banned (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/24/06 Snowmobile noise in Yellowstone exceeds goals (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette in Helena Indepdent Record)
10/24/06 Swarm of earthquakes reported in Yellowstone Park (AP story in KTVB--ID)
10/24/06 Park official proposes 'no child left inside' program (AP story in CNN)
10/24/06 Yellowstone: Still noisy after all these years (by Brodie Farquhar New West)
10/23/06 Yellowstone National Park's newest electronic field trip makes waves! (by National Park Service)
10/23/06 Yellowstone tourism numbers steady (AP story in The Missoulian)
10/23/06 Hunters asked to collect samples (by Billings Gazette)
10/22/06 Yellowstone bison seem tame, but keep a distance (by Mark Johnson Columbus Dispatch)
10/22/06 County Commissioners candidates: Tough talk on Targhee (by Jake Nichols Planet Jackson Hole)
10/21/06 Elk hunt underway in park, national refuge (by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/20/06 Groups: Halt elk test-and-slaughter (by Jared Miller Casper Star Tribune)
10/20/06 Weather drives park predation (by Brodie Farquhar Jackson Hole Star Tribune)
10/20/06 New creations personalize cremation (by Wendy Koch USA Today)--one person wants his ashes put in Yellowstone National Park
10/19/06 Yellowstone National Park seeks comments for Boundary Creek Trail project (by National Park Service)
10/19/06 Bull elk chase and pin people in Yellowstone (by Michael Babcok Great Falls Tribune)
10/19/06 Greens eye comeback for American bison (Reuters story in Mail & Guardian--South Africa)
10/19/06 U.S. resort shares lessons of growth (by Rob Alexander Rocky Mountain Outlook--Alberta)
10/19/06 County rejects elk reserve permit appeal (AP story in Jackson Hole Star Tribune)
10/19/06 Searcy man encounters bear (by Pat Hambrick The Daily Citizen--AR)--Ummm...ok; man sees a black bear in Grand Teton, oh my!
10/18/06 Scientist says data must drive griz plans: Study team leader sets new rules for counting Yellowstone bears (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/17/06 Teton County tops in tourism (by Billings Gazette)
10/17/06 Targhee contributes to green building effort (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/17/06 Exponential increase in earthquakes continues to escalate: World's every hotspot boiling again: 2012 mega earthquake? (by India Daily)
10/16/06 Wolves' return to Rockies has revived old anxieties: Endangered or not, they're still seen by many as a killer of livestock (by Michael Riley Denver Post in Houston Chronicle)
10/16/06 County leads in Wyoming tourism: The Yellowstone Lake area followed Old Faithful. Jackson itself came in third, with 34 percent of overnighters making a stop here (by Noah Brenner Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/16/06 Idaho Gov ends hunt of escaped farm elk (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/16/06 EPA tightens emission regs (by Whitney Royster Casper Star Tribune)
10/16/06 Fish and Game extends hunt for escaped elk in eastern Idaho (AP story in KTVB--ID)
10/16/06 National Park power: Following the lead of Yellowstone National Park, more than 50 national parks, from Kentucky to Alaska, are now using biodiesel blends and B100. It’s a story that’s been a decade in the making (by Ron Kotrba Biodiesel Magazine)
10/15/06 Kempthorne likely to seek Endangered Species Act changes (by Faith Bremner Great Falls Tribuine)--Dirk Kempthorne, former Governor of Idaho, now Secretary of the Interior
10/15/06 Bison permits drawn (AP story in Spokesman Review--WA)--3rd story. This year, Montana has increased the number of permits in its bison hunt.
10/15/06 Snowmobilers face potential trail closures (by Brook Griffin Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--in Gallatin National Forest; Yellowstone also about to release new regulations
10/13/06 Park to limit howitzer use during winter (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
10/13/06 Yellowstone will reduce use of howitzer to trigger avalanches (by Tammy Walquist Deseret News--UT)
10/13/06 Elk escapes from another Idaho canned-hunting park, shot by officials (AP story in KTVB--ID)
10/13/06 'Yellowstone' author fascinated by ghost stories (AP story in KIFI--WY)
10/13/06 Playing With Wolves: Classical pianist Hélène Grimaud has a new album out, plus her autobiography—which chronicles her unlikely work with wolves (by Anne Underwood Newsweek)
10/13/06 Ancients in the modern world (by David Whitley The Australian)
10/13/06 Watson's once in a lifetime shot: Auburnite brings home trophy elk after adventure-filled trip into the Montana wilderness (by David Whitley Auburn Journal--CA)
10/12/06 Mining Microbes: Should NPS commercialize the commons? (by JOhn S. Adams Missoula Independent)
10/12/06 The ultimate nature walk: Edith Bowen 5th-graders visit Teton Science School (by Emilie H. Wheeler The Herald Journal--UT)
10/12/06 Feds push grizzly delisting (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/12/06 State delegation fails on environment votes (by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. Jackson Hole News & Guide)--Wyoming is the only state whose entire congressional delegation received a "zero" from the League of Conservation Voters
10/11/06 State: Feds downplay wolf impacts (by Cat Urbigkit Jackson Hole Star Tribune)
10/11/06 Wolf fight goes back to court (AP story in Jackson Hole Star Tribune)
10/11/06 Hunter bags elk — inside Idaho game farm fence (AP story in Helena Independent Record)
10/11/06 3 climbers complete challenging 1st ascent: Collins, Johnstone, Bowers pioneer new route on Mount Moran (by Michael Pearlman Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/11/06 1st town antler arch to hit auction block: Sale of Jackson icon will help support rebuilding effort (by Noah Brenner Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/10/06 Yellowstone National Park - America's best idea (by Rick and Susie Graetz Helena Independent Record)
10/10/06 Vandenberg to resign as pathways director (by Johanna Love Jackson Hole News & Guide)--related to bicycle friendly routes in Grand Teton and nearby national forests
10/9/06 Grand Teton plans temporary road closure for wellness program (AP story in KIFI--ID)
10/9/06 Groutage favors change in Endangered Species Act (AP story in Jackson Hole Star Tribune)--The Democratic U.S. Senate candidate is trying to prove he's as hard on grizzlies and wolves as Sen. Craig Thomas.
10/9/06 Bike event raises money for abused or neglected kids (by Clair Johnson Billings Gazette)
10/8/06 Buffalo on the moon: Wild animals and otherworldly landscape still drop jaws at nation's first park (by Lisa Hoppenjans The News & Observer--NC)
10/8/06 Federal agents kill three wolves near West Yellowstone (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
10/7/06 Groups fight NPS ‘benefits’ plan (by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/7/06 Elk that escaped from game farm are seen as threat to wild herds (by Jim Robbins New York Times)
10/6/06 Togwotee gets grizzly from Cody farm area (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/6/06 Steve Duerr’s thin green line: Part Two (by Todd Wilkinson New West)--fascinating piece related to capitalism and real estate in Jackson Hole
10/6/06 Govt. may allow industry raid of National Parks (by Michelle Chen The New Standard--NY)
10/6/06 ‘We know that wolves can live with people’ (by Mike Lynch Adirondack Daily Enterprise--NY)
10/6/06 'A Road Runs Through It' (in Mail Tribune--OR)--The most remote area in the Lower 48 states is in Yellowstone, sadly only 20.3 miles from a road.
10/6/06 Study pinpoints saliva (AP Story in Casper Star Tribune)
10/6/06 Record net income for Vail's stable of ski Resorts (in Fresh Tracks!!)--which includes the Grand Teton Lodge Company
10/6/06 Report outlines risk after Derby fire (by Linda Halstead-Acharya Billings Gazette)
10/6/06 'Mission: Wolf' in Brewster Oct. 22y (by The Cape Codder--MA)--among topics on program are Yellowstone wolves
10/6/06 Fall foliage: Bright leaves, big country (by Austin Considine New York Times)
10/5/06 Yellowstone visitor services closing for season: Last weekend to see the new Canyon Visitor Education Center (by National Park Service)--I saw the visitor center on its opening day; it's probably not worth all the hoopla. It has a great giant topographical map of the Park and a nice lecture hall, whose usefulness will depend on the continuing quality of the lectures.
Steve Duerr’s thin green line: Part One (by Todd Wilkinson New West)--related to capitalism and real estate in Jackson Hole
10/5/06 Snake River trout stick together (by Willy Zimmer Jackson Hole Star Tribune)
10/5/06 Systems warn drivers of deer in headlights (by Charisse Jones USA Today)
10/5/06 Park Service unhappy with plan to shift funds to howitzer shelling (by Michael Jamison The Missoulian)--Apparently, ordnance has been used in Yellowstone to prevent unwanted avalanches; this story talks about the issue in reference to Glacier National Park.
10/4/06 Wyoming: Wolf program analysis flawed (AP story in Billings Gazette)
10/4/06 Elk rancher says cows shot outside gate (AP Story in Casper Star Tribune)
10/4/06 Wyo officials praise parks chief (AP Story in Jackson Hole Star Tribune)
10/4/06 Reducing Roadkill: Researchers in Montana have developed a radio sensor system to combat highway accidents involving wildlife (by Brittany Sauser Technology Review)
10/4/06 Ex-NFL player appeals limits on hunting reserve (AP Story in Jackson Hole Star Tribune)
10/4/06 Science illustrations featured in art show (by Chris Gullick Chico Enterprise Record--CA)--Yellowstone among the exhibits
10/3/06 Judge orders intense U.S. study of wolverine (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
10/3/06 Checkpoint nabs alleged illegals (AP story in Casper Star Tribune)--1st story; apparently, bigotry is alive and well in Yellowstone
10/3/06 Yellowstone intrigued early explorers (by Rick and Susie Graetz Helena Independent Record)
10/3/06 40,000 years of borrowed time (by Zay N. Smith Chicago Sun-Times)--12th Story
10/3/06 National Parks unloved? Camping is declining, as is backpacking (by Jeremy P. Meyer Denver Post in Salt Lake Tribune)
10/3/06 Resorts hit the road to find workers: Beaver Creek has gone to Texas, Minnesota, Wyoming, Illinois, Wisconsin (by Edward Stoner Vail Daily)--Work the summer in Yellowstone; work in decadent Vail in the winter
10/2/06 Parks head confirmed (by Noah Brenner Jackson Hole News & Guide)
10/1/06 Bush's parks nominee supports snowmobiling in Yellowstone, Grand Teton (AP Story in Great Falls Tribune)
10/1/06 Legally blind teen climbs Grand Teton (by Vanessa Peirce Jackson Hole News & Guide in Casper Star Tribune)
10/1/06 Yellowstone Park books recycling (AP Story in Great Falls Tribune)--3rd story
10/1/06 Rocks of the Ages: Carvings provide glimpse at Crow history (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
10/1/06 Pombo's race is state's toughest (by Hank Shaw Stockton Record--CA)--Rep. Richard Pombo (R)-CA supported Bush's plan for snowmobiles in Yellowstone and is using it in a tough re-election fight.
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10/31/06 Corporations win again! Bush opens national parks to bio-prospecting (by Michael Colby Counterpunch)
10/28/06 Wolves, cowboys and the truth (by Rob Edward and Wendy Keefover-Ring in Denver Post)
10/28/06 Spirits erupt at Yellowstone's beauty (by Ursula Lord Montreal Gazette in
10/25/06 Yellowstone's allure trumps high gas prices (by Billings Gazette)
10/25/06 Thinking grizzly (by Bill Schneider New West)
10/24/06 Ice Cold Fire--Return of the Young Romantics (by Jim Macdonald The Magic of Yellowstone)--the first chapter written in my autobiography in almost four years!
10/23/06 National Parks worth any price: A way to fix what's amiss in the parks is to rely on user fees to support operations as some states successfully do with their parks, not on taxes that go to the Treasury Department and are subject to political misuse (by Jay Ambrose in Daily Breeze--CA)
10/19/06 An argument for logging (by Daryl L. Hunter New West)
10/18/06 Yellowstone update (by Jack Welch, BlueRibbon coalition, in SnowWeek)
10/18/06 Honesty at age 10: A Christian Science perspective on daily life (by The Christian Science Monitor)--related to whether to take a rock from Yellowstone
10/17/06 Who knew waterproof cases could help protect grizzly bears? (by CS ideas)--press release
10/15/06 Who's been eating my porridge?: On a wild walk in grizzly country, Brian Schofield wasn't about to make the same mistake as Goldilocks (by Brian Schofield The Times--UK)
10/15/06 Get politics out of forest management (by Rick Petrecca in Indianapolis Star)
10/14/06 Defining the wild vs. the wilderness: One's a state of being (a la Ms. Moose); the other a distinct, and crowded, place (by Jerry George San Francisco Chronicle)
10/12/06 What's eating us (by Richard Seldin in Baltimore Sun reported in Salt Lake Tribune)--about overeating beginning from a Yellowstone anecdote about oversized portions. One way to cure that, of course, is to exercise in the Parks. I ate many of those same portions and lost weight in the Park. Of course, my only form of transportation those 17 days was a bicycle.
10/11/06 A trek to Yellowstone (by Karen Raine News Blaze--CA)
10/11/06 N.H.-linked project puts big-game detector system to test (by Dave Brooks Nashua Telegraph--NH)
10/11/06 The silence of our disappearing wilderness has charms to soothe the civilized breast (by Peter Gross in
10/10/06 Rex Rammell could be a hero (by Bill Schneider New West)
10/8/06 Yellowstone remains a national treasure (by The Witchita Eagle)
10/8/06 Expert guides, well-priced lodges at Yellowstone (by Arthur Frommer San Francisco Chronicle)
10/6/06 A bad start in the parks (by New York Times as re-published by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
10/6/06 Greater Yellowstone; a grizzly home (by Daryl L. Hunter in New West)
10/5/06 ELK puts a little 'wild' life into a childs life (by Hugo Valdez in Rocky Mountain News)
10/4/06 The rest of the story (by Big Fork Eagle--MT)
10/3/06 The battle for conservation science (by Grist)

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