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Several state and federal agencies collaborated to complete the multi-million dollar Beartooth Highway project, which will improve the safety, environmental impact, and overall experience of one of the main roads to Yellowstone National Park. It was a cold and cloudy day as people gathered at a newly constructed scenic pullout for the Sept. 22 ribbon-cutting…

The June flooding in Yellowstone National Park continued taking its toll in August, as the number of visitors flowing through the three open entrances decreased substantially. The busiest season in Yellowstone National Park was substantially slower this year. As the summer of the park’s 150th anniversary opened with devastating floods, 2022’s visitation is the lowest…

A railroad restoration company’s C.E.O. will serve over two years in prison after defrauding the federal government and knowingly exposing his employees to hazardous material. Acting United States Attorney Nicholas Vassallo announced today (July 11, 2022) that John Eldon Rimmasch, 47, of Cheyenne, and his company Wasatch Railroad Contractors, appeared before Federal District Court Judge Alan…

There may or may not be a mask mandate in effect during your next visit to Yellowstone National Park – it all depends on the COVID-19 situation in northwest Wyoming. While American life has mostly returned to something like a “pre-pandemic normal,” COVID-19 is still a health risk throughout the United States. Three of the…

The Department of the Interior is allocating over $31 million to all 23 Wyoming counties to maintain public lands as part of the annual Payments in Lieu of Taxes funding. The Department of the Interior announced that 23 local governments in Wyoming will receive $31.5 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (P.I.L.T.) funding for…

Chris Flesch has been named as the new Yellowstone National Park chief of Visitor and Resource Protection (VRP). Flesch is a 17-year veteran of the National Park Service, and he succeeds Sarah Davis who retired this April. As the 19th chief ranger, Flesch’s appointment began on May 1st, 2022. With more than 275 employees to…

A railroad restoration company owner has been found guilty of charges that could mean over 100 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. 47-year-old John Eldon Rimmasch, the founder and C.E.O. of Wasatch Railroad Contractors, was found guilty of five counts of wire fraud and one count of knowing endangerment. His trial occurred…

Yellowstone National Park may be opening up, but vast areas of the park are and will remain closed until May or later due to dead animals and hungry grizzlies. Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, April 15, select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open to the public for the summer of the park’s 150th anniversary…

After an extensive review and public comment period, Yellowstone National Park is moving forward with its plan to bring communications into the 21st Century. The National Park Service (NPS) signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (F.O.N.S.I.) for an environmental assessment (EA) to improve telecommunications systems in the developed areas of Yellowstone National Park. The…

During its 150th year, Yellowstone National Park is revaluating its management of bison herds to reflect the latest science and reduce future slaughter. The National Park Service (N.P.S.) announced a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (E.I.S.) for a Bison Management Plan at Yellowstone National Park. The N.P.S. introduces a broad range…


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