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Yellowstone News • Re: Senior Park Pass cost is increasing

yellvet wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:35 pm
MGB, thought I'd provide a little background for those who aren't familiar with the bear box project originated by the Yellowstone Foundation. Since a good sturdy bear box is expensive, the Foundation partnered with the state of MT so Yellowstone advocates from MT could buy custom Yellowstone license plates. I bought my first custom Yellowstone plate in 2011 and have renewed the plate every year since. According to the Yellowstone Foundation, part of the money received from the purchase/renewal of a custom Yellowstone plate is donated to the Yellowstone Foundation to help fund various projects, ie: adding new bear boxes at the Yellowstone campgrounds as well as replacing the old, vintage ones.

I've been camping at Slough Creek every year since 1978. I would have thought that, by now, the Foundation would have taken the initiative to see to it that all the handicap campsites in Yellowstone would have an EZ to open bear box, especially, since the MT/Yellowstone custom license plate program has been in place since at least 2011. Since then, I have voiced my concerns numerous times about the poor condition of the bear box at the SC handicap site not only to the local Tower rangers but also to the Yellowstone campground supervisor, the SC campground host(s) and to the campground maintenance workers. Since physically disabled campers at Slough Creek are still expected to use a vintage bear box, my husband and I plan to submit our concerns directly to the Park Super. on the feedback form that we were asked to fill out, at the end of our visit this summer. If that doesn't work, then I plan to share my concerns with DOI Sec. Zinke. It's beyond me as to why the vast majority of the SC camp sites have the new bear boxes, while the very campers who need a functional, easy-to-open bear box the most (the physically disabled), are still expected to use a bear box that's falling apart or won't open, without the help of another person. That's shameful!! A few years ago, when the rangers were putting on the adhesive, donator nameplate sticker on the bear box at our site, I asked them why the handicap site (located next to us) didn't have one of the new bear boxes. They couldn't give me an answer. So until such time that a new bear box is installed at the SC handicap site (Site #12 in 2017), I'm going back to buying a generic MT license plate next year. Hopefully, someone in Park management will see this post and will remedy this situation before the 2018 Park visitor season begins. To see any disabled camper have to struggle with one of the old, hard-to-open bear boxes, breaks my heart. The one in the SC handicap site should have been replaced years ago. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to identify which bear boxes need to be replaced. They're the ones that have a big heavy chain bolted to each end of the door, with HD steel fasteners bolted to the bear box.

On a positive note, I'd like to mention that the new bear boxes are absolutely wonderful!!! The interior storage space is more than adequate and you don't have the strength of Hercules to get the doors open. So many thanks to all the people who were involved in choosing the design and vendor for the new bear boxes. They're GREAT!!!
UPDATE-JUNE 2018

I'm very happy to report that the handicap camp site at Slough Creek now has a brand new bear box! Kudos and my sincerest thanks to the Foundation and to all the people who made this happen. All the campers we met, who stayed in the site in June and in early July, were absolutely ecstatic! Great job!!

Statistics: Posted by yellvet — Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:35 pm


Author: yellvet
Posted: July 15, 2018, 11:35 pm

Yellowstone News • Re: RIP River Road

Thanks for the information,I was worried that the NPS would just gate the road at the paved main road and that would be the end of it

Statistics: Posted by Mike — Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:44 am


Author: Mike
Posted: June 14, 2018, 5:44 pm

Yellowstone News • Re: RIP River Road

I was there on this road about the time you posted this. It is open to Bar B C Ranch on the south and open to the north to where it branches. You can go further north and down to the snake river at the the Y in the road, with the right leg of the Y being closed. It looks like they could really open it much further both ways. Such a bummer. This is a really cool area.

Statistics: Posted by Doubledub — Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:06 am


Author: Doubledub
Posted: June 14, 2018, 3:06 pm

Yellowstone News • Yellowstone superintendent to retire next year

https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/n ... 4e913.html
Wenk’s retirement will take effect on March 30, according to a press release the park sent early Friday morning.

Statistics: Posted by andrew — Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:47 pm


Author: andrew
Posted: June 1, 2018, 9:47 pm

Yellowstone News • Re: East entrance road closure 27 May 2018 (not June, typo corrected)

Thanks for the update. We are heading to YNP on Friday the 1st, arriving the 3rd for a hopefully glorious week.
And I understand the fingers. If it were not for the delete key my posts would be twice as long. Never type correctly the first time.
You intentions are well met though. Thanks again!

Statistics: Posted by JimO — Wed May 30, 2018 5:28 am


Author: JimO
Posted: May 30, 2018, 11:28 am

Yellowstone News • Re: East entrance road closure 27 June 2018

Sorry, Jim, my error!! I should have said 27 May, not June.

Apparently the problem was a mud/rock slide which was cleared rather quickly and the road is open now.

For future reference, the Road Conditions recorded message is available at 307-344-2117. You could call them directly any time you need to check out a rumor being spread by some well intentioned but fumble fingered guy!

Statistics: Posted by MGoBlue — Tue May 29, 2018 2:05 pm


Author: MGoBlue
Posted: May 29, 2018, 8:05 pm

Yellowstone News • Re: East entrance road closure 27 June 2018

Is that closed until 27 June? Or a typo meaning May? Thanks

Statistics: Posted by JimO — Mon May 28, 2018 5:08 am


Author: JimO
Posted: May 28, 2018, 11:08 am

Yellowstone News • East entrance road closure 27 May 2018 (not June, typo corrected)

YNP Road Conditions recorded message state the road is closed due to a mud and rock slide

Statistics: Posted by MGoBlue — Sun May 27, 2018 3:43 pm


Author: MGoBlue
Posted: May 27, 2018, 9:43 pm

Yellowstone News • It's official Grizzly bears to be hunted in the Fall of 2018

Its all over for the grizzly bears now that Wyoming officially called for the hunt, in a unanimous vote yesterday.... What a disgrace... Read the latest article of this crazy decision made yesterday in Wyoming....

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/201 ... ?beta=true

Other articles that I found to be interesting...

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/maga ... ?beta=true

ttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/201 ... ?beta=true

Statistics: Posted by pugman170 — Thu May 24, 2018 8:44 pm


Author: pugman170
Posted: May 25, 2018, 2:44 am

Yellowstone News • Re: RIP River Road

Sorry I am going to bump this to the top,but I would like to ask anyone going to the Tetons to maybe check on the road,is the north or south parts of the road open ? can you get up to the river on the north ? how about the south(Cottonwood Cr.),any access to the Bar B C ?

My recent trip was cut short so I did not get to Jackson this season so I hereby deputize you to investigate this matter :)

Statistics: Posted by Mike — Thu May 24, 2018 10:25 am


Author: Mike
Posted: May 24, 2018, 4:25 pm

Yellowstone News • Please carry... BEAR SPRAY..... Don't Blame the bears for stupid behavior...

Watch the short video taken by YNP local photographers/ film maker Casey Anderson asking you to do your part in protecting yourself and the bears....



https://www.facebook.com/VisionHawkFilm ... 985395144/

Statistics: Posted by pugman170 — Tue May 01, 2018 6:18 am


Author: pugman170
Posted: May 1, 2018, 12:18 pm

Yellowstone News • Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser is erupting

Better check your prepper supplies, the doomers are saying this means the super volcano that is Yellowstone will kill us all soon!

I would sure like to see Steamboat going off, but the roads are just getting plowed so only certain privileged/lucky park employees get to see it-so far.

https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/n ... 372f5.html

Statistics: Posted by zeaper — Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:14 pm


Author: zeaper
Posted: April 28, 2018, 6:14 pm

Yellowstone News • Re: GTNP Road Construction

We have a bunch of rotaries here in the Northeast. The larger ones work quite well. Just remember the cars in the rotary have the right of way.

Statistics: Posted by Loonphotog — Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:49 am


Author: Loonphotog
Posted: April 26, 2018, 2:49 pm

Yellowstone News • Re: More Grizzly News - Montana / Wyoming 4-23-2018

Thanks.

Statistics: Posted by BeartoothTucker — Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:44 am


Author: BeartoothTucker
Posted: April 26, 2018, 1:44 pm

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