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9/30/02 U.S. Fish and Wildlife service rejects Wyoming's plan for predator/trophy game animal status for delisted wolves (by Ralph Maughan)
9/26/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
9/25/02 Energy partners gather for clean air in Yellowstone (by H Power Corporation and Propane Education & Research Council as reported by EarthVision)
9/25/02 Paved with good intentions (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
9/25/02 Geologist Love died in Laramie: Jackson resident mapped the state, inspired its youth (by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
9/19/02 EPA's opportunity for cleaner snowmobiles goes up in smoke: Bush Administration's emission rules fall short in efforts to control off-road pollution (by Winter Wildlands Alliance)
9/19/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
9/19/02 Congress calls on Bureau of Land Management to uphold the law: BLM reconsidering policies that would allow rampant off-road vehicle use (by The Wilderness Society)
9/17/02 Yellowstone grizzlies and wolves in late summer tussles (by Ralph Maughan)
9/17/02 Fire in Greater Yellowstone (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
9/16/02 Wyoming Game and Fish Commission tries to sneak proposal to kill all Wyoming wolves outside Yellowstone (by Ralph Maughan)
9/5/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
9/5/02 Letter to snowmobile leaders and interested snowmobilers (by Jack Welch, Blue Ribbon Coalition)
9/5/02 Bush Administration forests proposal an extreme assault on environment: Legislative proposition would gut environmental laws, do little to reduce wildlife risk (by The Wilderness Society)
 
9/30/02 Work continues on shooting of camp cook (by Jami Badershall Cody Enterprise)
9/30/02 Yellowstone National Park announces road construction closure changes (by National Park Service)
9/30/02 Jackson businesses report strong summer (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/30/02 Nez Perce War of 1877: Siege and surrender at the Bear Paw (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
9/30/02 Honoring the fallen at Bear Paw battlefield (by Billings Gazette)
9/30/02 Posh train lets travelers see national parks in style (by Mark Haynes The Salt Lake Tribune)
9/29/02 Even the kids find the sights are awesome at Yellowstone (by Jean Duball Cleveland Plain Dealer)
9/29/02 Planning a visit to Yellowstone (by Jean Duball Cleveland Plain Dealer)
9/29/02 Feds reject dual status for wolves (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/29/02 Study: Ozone on rise at national parks over decade (by Chicago Tribune in Cape Cod Times)
9/29/02 Snowmobiles in parks: Limits, not a ban (by Katherine Q. Seelye in New York Times)--free registration required to view article
9/29/02 Shooting victim identified (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
9/29/02 Bridger-Teton officials propose thinning to reduce fire danger (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
9/28/02 Go see elk in the mood: It's rutting season for the majestic animals, but you don't have to go to the Rockies to see them and hear them trumpet (by Sharon Wootton The Herald--Everett, WA)--nevertheless shares experiences from Yellowstone rut
9/28/02 Hunting camp is scene of slaying (AP story in Billings Gazette)--Man shot to death Wednesday in backcountry 10 miles SE of Yellowstone
9/28/02 Mine-site reseeding makes progress (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/28/02 Trek called 'greenwashing' con (by Brent Israelsen The Salt Lake Tribune)
9/27/02 Status of gray wolf recovery, week of 9/21 - 9/27, 2002 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
9/27/02 Forest Service to seek comment on managing travel in Gallatin (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/26/02 Fish inventory (by Dick Wesnick The Independent Record--Helena)
9/26/02 Snowmobile testimony missing (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/26/02 Interior Department originally backed tighter emissions rules, letter says (AP story in NJ.com)
9/26/02 Interior official says wolf delisting will happen in 2003 (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--that official is Craig Manson, who authored an op-ed on 9/24
9/26/02 Cars could take back seat to busses at Yellowstone (by Becky Bohrer Billings Gazette)--It's been done in other National Parks; I am very skeptical that it would play in Yellowstone.
9/25/02 Eyewitnesses awakened by Steamboat (by Carole Cloudwalker Cody Enterprise)
9/25/02 East gate protester in court (by Jami Badershall Cody Enterprise)
9/25/02 Teton land swap approved by Congress (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
9/25/02 Revised logging proposal offered (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/25/02 Wind will provide Jenny Lake Lodge power (AP story in Billings Gazette)--5th article
9/25/02 Gov. Martz hails industries as "true environmentalists" (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/24/02 FWP recommends no-wake zones for Hebgen Lake (by Nick Gevock Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/24/02 Remains identified as missing hiker's (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article. See the 9/17 story on the human remains found by geologists for reference.
9/24/02 Forum at university focuses on public lands (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/24/02 Jackson parking spaces sufficient for now (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/23/02 Christie's 'Cold Morning' people's choice (by Buzzy Hassrick Cody Enterprise)
9/23/02 Yellowstone tourism season strong (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
9/23/02 Walkway eliminated from visitors' center plan (AP story in Billings Gazette)--6th article
9/23/02 Logger adopts idea of adopting a cause (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/23/02 Nez Perce War of 1877: Safe crossing (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
9/23/02 Spirit of spotted horses (by Jan Falstad Billings Gazette)--another story on the Nez Perce
9/22/02 Grizzly relocated after killing calf (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
9/21/02 Rare geyser eruption boosts efforts to sound Yellowstone mysteries (AP story in New Jersey.com)--very widely circulated story
9/21/02 New Park entrance: Plan would expand station at West Yellowstone (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/21/02 Tracking the trout wars (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/21/02 Funding for gill netting effort expiring (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/21/02 Scientists seek equipment to monitor geyser basin (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/21/02 USFS won't build Teton Pass trail (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/20/02 Status of gray wolf recovery, week of 9/13 - 9/20, 2002 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
9/20/02 Scoping started for new West Entrance station (by National Park Service)
9/20/02 How the West was overrun: Cowboy chic finds a following (by Janelle Brown New York Times)--free registration required to read
9/20/02 Yellowstone all white: Winter education and sporting programs at one of America's greatest national treasures (by Pauline Frommer Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel in MSNBC)
9/20/02 Coalition created for clean air (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
9/19/02 Yellowstone wants to improve West Entrance (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
9/19/02 Officials: elk must roam to avoid disease (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/19/02 Ruling vexes forest officials (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/19/02 Survey finds Yellowstone River vitally important to Livingston region: Residents worry about overbuilding and overuse (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/18/02 Garbage dump (by West Yellowstone News)--illegal garbage dump discovered near Hebgen Lake
9/18/02 Experts say high-altitude forests don't need thinning (by Theo Stein Denver Post)
9/18/02 New bear in town (by West Yellowstone News)
9/18/02 Forest officials scramble to salvage land trades after court ruling (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--USFS is basically claiming that they were buying wildlife habitat with timber money. I might have more to say about this.
9/18/02 Brucellosis conferees agree: No quick solution (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/18/02 Plan chosen for Grand Teton visitors' center (AP story in Billings Gazette)--11th article
9/17/02 New air pollution rules target off road vehicles (by Cat Lazaroff ENS)
9/17/02 Steamboat Geyser puts on rare show (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/17/02 Appeals court blocks Gallatin logging (AP story in Billings Gazette)--big story in light of Bush's new forest initiative; widely circulated story
9/17/02 Geologists find human remains (by Billings Gazette)--in Shoshone National Forest
9/17/02 Steps taken to ease winterkill (by Ed Dentry Rocky Mountain News)
9/17/02 Brucellosis conference in Jackson (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th article
9/17/02 State commission approves CWD plan (AP story in Billings Gazette)--CWD is Chronic Wasting Disease
9/16/02 Thorofare grizzly attacks Meeteetse man (by Buzzy Hassrick Cody Enterprise)
9/16/02 Grand Teton lodging contracts to open for bidding (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
9/16/02 EPA orders cleaner burning snowmobiles (by Jim Burns Cybercast News Service)
9/16/02 Steamboat Geyser has 2nd major eruption of the year (by Jim Macdonald, The Magic of Yellowstone)--Thanks to Bob Berger for forwarding me the information
9/16/02 County: Reconsider snowmobile ban (AP story in Billings Gazette)--12th article
9/16/02 Park commissioners question logging proposal (AP story in Billings Gazette)--8th article. Park County, WY, commissioners, that is.
9/16/02 Snake River highway to be closed at night (AP story in Billings Gazette)--11th article
9/16/02 Nez Perce War of 1877: Turning north (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
9/16/02 Nez Perce War of 1877: Counting on the Crow (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
9/15/02 Sitting on top of the world (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
9/15/02 I have heard rumors that Steamboat Geyser, the world's largest, had a major eruption last night. If anyone has confirmation, please let me know. If true, this will be the second time this year for the geyser located in the Norris Geyser Basin. Major eruptions of Steamboat are both rare and unpredictable.
9/15/02 Wolves' status reviewed (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/15/02 Following the new forest initiative, Montana's mills ready and waiting (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/14/02 Snowno cleanup to be phased (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/14/02 EPA to grant wider latitude on reducing snowmobile emissions (by Elizabeth Shogren Los Angeles Times in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--picked up widely in national newspapers
9/14/02 Many seek sanctuary in national parks (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/14/02 EPA readies first off-road vehicles emissions rules (Reuters story in Tallahassee Democrat)
9/14/02 U.S. official opposes wolf predator status (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/14/02 Wolves may be coming back into Utah (by Brent Israelsen The Salt Lake Tribune)
9/13/02 Unwritten Law frolic naked, trash house (by Brian Wallace MTV)--Unwritten Law are a punk band. MTV reports that recently (likely a couple months ago), while taping an episode of an MTV show, a member of the band was ticketed for nudity in a Yellowstone river but doesn't say which one.
9/13/02 Driver loses control reaching for music (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--1st article. On US 191 just north of Yellowstone. He was unhurt.
9/13/02 Bison in my rearview mirror (photo by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/12/02 Wildlife officials kill one grizzly, move another for safety reasons (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/12/02 Officials kill W. Yellowstone bear (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/12/02 Most fires in Yellowstone declared out (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd article
9/12/02 Wyoming commission seeks dual designation for wolves (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/12/02 Prescribed burns planned for Grand Teton (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
9/12/02 INEEL assists in developing innovative prototype shuttle bus (by National Park Service)
9/12/02 USFS urges repeal of '93 appeals law (by Sherry Devlin The Missoulian in Billings Gazette)
9/12/02 Plan would speed forest thinning (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/12/02 A Map of all 2002 Fire Starts in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)--I anticipate this is the last update of this map for the season.
9/11/02 Fire information update for Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
9/11/02 Very slow news day as we remember New York and Washington. If Yellowstone represents something about embracing a wide and diverse community of interaction, it is only an extension of our love for Yellowstone that we remember those lost from our community last year on this date.
9/10/02 Man recovering after falling into icy moat (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
9/10/02 Signal Mountain Lodge wins environmental award (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd article
9/10/02 Fire restrictions lifted in park, national forest (AP story in Billings Gazette)--5th article
9/10/02 Timber sales, burns will protect corridor (by Carole Cloudwalker Cody Enterprise)
9/10/02 Martz extolls merits of Bush Forest Health Initiative (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/10/02 Environmentalists hail the ranchers: Howdy, pardners! (by Jon Christensen New York Times)--free registration required to read article
9/9/02 Points of entry: Students create artwork using tiny dots for state fair competition (by Joyce Hall The Hutchinson News--KS)
9/9/02 Dad, son bond on epic bike trip (by Suzanne Wargo Norwich Bulletin--CT)
9/9/02 Nez Perce War of 1877: Laurel battle (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
9/8/02 Town of Jackson committed to alternative fuels (by National Park Service)
9/8/02 Group hikes urged in park (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/8/02 World-class collection is little known (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/8/02 Springfield vet survives Yellowstone bear attack (by Michael Lasalandra Boston Herald)
9/7/02 Bears behind bars: Grizzlies trapped after breaking into buildings for food (by Jacob Goldstein Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--near Horse Butte
9/7/02 Double trouble: Backcountry accident attracts grizzly sow, cubs (by Karrin Ronnow Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--south of Big Sky
9/7/02 Hungry bears come down to people levels (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/7/02 Bear mauling victim arrested: Man didn't pay $23,000 in support (by Mary Lolli Dayton Daily News)
9/7/02 One-tank trip: McCormick-Tribune Plaza (by Ben Hoyle The Journal-Standard--Freeport, IL)--article and Chicago exhibit features a beautiful aerial shot of Grand Prismatic Spring
9/6/02 Status of gray wolf recovery, week of 9/03 - 9/06, 2002 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
9/6/02 Mauling victim held on charges (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--This was the Buffalo Field Campaign volunteer from Ohio, not that his being a member of BFC has anything to do with the mauling or the crime for which he's accused. However, I sense a subtle subcurrent to the story that makes me afraid someone will fallaciously connect the dots.
9/6/02 Bear-mauling victim wanted in Ohio (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/6/02 Yellowstone seeks anglers' help (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
9/6/02 Corps to probe river dike at Snake project (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/5/02 Yellowstone reminds visitors of increased bear activity (by National Park Service)
9/5/02 Firehole river to reopen to fishing in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
9/5/02 Clean cities dedication to be held in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
9/5/02 Media opportunity available for clean cities dedication in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
9/5/02 Yellowstone offers fire ecology electronic field trip (by National Park Service)
9/5/02 Beetles could destroy most North Fork trees (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
9/5/02 Hiker mauled by grizzly in Yellowstone (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/4/02 'Swarms' finding may help predict quakes (by Lidia Wasowicz, UPI)
9/4/02 Norris water and wastewater project environmental assessment released for public comment (by National Park Service)
9/4/02 Visitor injured by bear in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)--near Columbine Creek
9/4/02 Choppers called out for two backcountry rescues (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/3/02 Status of gray wolf recovery, weeks of 8/23 - 9/03, 2002 (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
9/3/02 Wyoming residents comment on wolf priorities (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/3/02 Highlights of a magical mystery tour through US (by Jim Eagles The New Zealand Herald)
9/2/02 Bear bites man in park (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
9/2/02 Group disputes elk study (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/2/02 Conservationists appeal judge's ruling (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/2/02 Tax plan for wildlife criticized --3rd article (AP story in Billings Gazette)
9/2/02 Yellowstone, where the wild things are (by Rosemary McClure Los Angeles Times)--1st section. Free registration required to view article.
9/2/02 Bears, sex, and Woody Allen (by Dan Whipple, UPI, in Casper Star-Tribune)
9/2/02 Nez Perce War of 1877: Terror in the valley (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
9/2/02 Nez Perce War of 1877: Settlers daughter battles red tape that ties up claim (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
9/1/02 Visitor injured by bear in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
9/1/02 Highway passes nature's wonders (by Brad and Tricia Pemberton The Oklahoman)
9/1/02 Feds worry power plants could harm Yellowstone air (AP story in The Missoulian)
9/1/02 Ancient travelers left clues at Yellowstone Lake (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/1/02 High-tech analysis identifies blood on ancient artifacts, tools (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
9/1/02 New winter bargains beckon park visitors (by Newsday in Billings Gazette)
9/1/02 Lightning strikes experienced climbers 3 times (AP story in Billings Gazette)--took a long time for AP to pick this up
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9/30/02 Park visit doesn't have to be a road rally (by The Missoulian)
9/30/02 Managing our lands: A crying shame (by Del Albright The Sierra Times--NV)
9/30/02 Hovind's credentials, theories absurd, shouldn't be believed (by George S. Bakken, Center for Biodiversity Studies, in Indiana Statesman)
9/30/02 Can Alaska show us how to do things right? (by Todd Wilkinson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/29/02 Buy Gallatin lands with public funds and avoid logging (by Sara Jane Johnson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/29/02 Humans need mountain lion's roar, wolf's howl, bears growl (by David Engel, Predator Conservation Alliance, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/29/02 Healthy Forests plan promotes backcountry logging (by Brad Bauerly in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/29/02 We care more about animals as symbols than as beings (by James Linker in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/29/02 Martz long ago stopped being funny; she wields power to do harm (by Alan S. Kesselheim in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/27/02 Ethical bankruptcy in the environmental movement: A case study: Two conflicting environmental groups sue the sole source of a philanthropic cause in an outrageous display of conflicting interests (by Stephen A. McDonald Bigtreenews.com in Pravda--English version of Russian paper)
9/27/02 Save parks: Park cars (by USA Today)
9/27/02 Neighbors have no legal lever (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/26/02 Timber sale ruling shouldn't stop Taylor Fork land swap (by Hank Rate, Bear Creek Council, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--Bear Creek Council was one of the co-plaintiffs in the successful suit against selling timber in the Gallatin National Forest. He gives a very detailed argument here.
9/24/02 Statement on Gateway Communities Conservation Act (by National Parks Conservation Association)
9/24/02 Act now to restore our forests to health (by Craig Manson, Assistant Secretary of Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/23/02 Forest Service would have lost money on Darroch-Eagle sale (by Michael T. Garrity in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/22/02 U.S. forests need thinning (by Leland E. Stanley in Billings Gazette)--4th opinion
9/20/02 Long live coyote (by Dan Whipple, UPI)
9/19/02 Treat forests as a growing crop (by L.D. Fore in Billings Gazette)--1st opinion
9/18/02 Infernal machines (by New York Times in Naples Daily News)
9/16/02 Forest travel plan story emphasized the wrong things (by Margot Higgins in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/16/02 Something smells bad about forest plan, and it's not smoke (by William C. Patric in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/15/02 States should adopt logical wolf plans (by Idaho State Jounal)
9/15/02 Forest Initiative will strip citizens of democratic rights (by Kim Davitt in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/15/02 Environmental groups threaten U.S. freedoms (by L.D. Fore in Billings Gazette)--4th opinion
9/14/02 'Managed' or not, dry forests burn (by Joe Gutkoski in Billings Gazette)
9/13/02 Ecoterrorism redefined (by Dan Whipple, UPI)--picked up also in Friday's Washington Times
9/13/02 History has never been Gov. Martz's strong suit (by Rick Meis in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/11/02 Taking public out of process won't heal our forests (by Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/9/02 Encourage forest officials to maintain this special place (by Deborah Davidson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/8/02 Fox guarding henhouse in too many agencies (by Michael Levy Buffalo News)
9/8/02 We all need to be willing to settle for a little less (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/8/02 Forest travel plan should stop degradation in Crazies (by Tim Stevens in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/8/02 Forest editorial argues with a made up opponent (by Chuck Bugger in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/7/02 Logging forests won't make them healthy (by Dave Bell and Ryan Shaffer, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, in Billings Gazette)--4th opinion
9/6/02 Without fear of fire (by Dan Whipple, UPI)
9/6/02 U.S. forest policy needs balance (by Billings Gazette)
9/3/02 Yellowstone needs money to vanquish cutthroat predator (by Billings Gazette)
9/3/02 What next? Will park be sued for insect bites? (by Mark Pearson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/3/02 Bush needs to recognize the real culprit: global warming (by Ryan Molde in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
9/1/02 Politicizing management of forests is silly, futile (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

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