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The room was practically bursting at the seams Thursday evening, with more North End Water Users Inc. customers waiting in the hallway for an update about the pending merger of their water service with Northwest Rural Water District.

North End Water Users voted in favor of the merger in March. Customers were lined up at University of Wyoming Powell Research and Extension Center to get the update and sign up for inclusion in Northwest’s system.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem remain on the endangered species list until the federal government can provide better data explaining how grizzlies will fare without whitebark pine nuts.

Odds are North End Water Users will be drinking Northwest Rural Water District water by 2014. However, to get that water, they must petition in December for inclusion in the district.

This was an ice- and record-breaking year for the East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited as they rescued stranded trout from irrigation canals last week.

An impressive 5,169 trout were caught, placed temporarily in a tank and released in the Shoshone River.

Population rebound a ‘success story’

(Editor’s note: This is the first part in a series exploring the history of grizzly bear recovery efforts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.)

The grizzly bear population rebound in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem “is probably the biggest success story in endangered species recovery in the last 100 years,” said Mark Bruscino, bear management program supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

As the U.S. Postal Service strives to tighten its belt by closing small post offices around the country, including some in Wyoming, those patrons ponder the consequences.

Earlier this month, the service announced it lost $10 billion this fiscal year.

An elk hunter had a run-in with a grizzly bear on Sheep Mountain just west of Buffalo Bill Reservoir early Saturday night, but officials say his injuries were very minor.

A Cody man surprised the bear at close range at around 4:50 p.m., said Brian DeBolt, Wyoming Game and Fish Department bear management officer in Lander. The grizzly charged from about 12 feet, took a swipe at him and left, Debolt said.

In 60 to 90 years, the summer temperature in Yellowstone National Park could be 9.7 degrees warmer, so efforts must begin now to protect the oldest national park’s land, wildlife and fish.

Federal subsidy deal reached for SkyWest’s winter Salt Lake Service

SkyWest Airlines plans to opt for a federal subsidy to continue making daily flights between Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody and Salt Lake City this winter and next.

In an effort to save native cutthroats, scientists electronically tag lake trout

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series looking at efforts to eliminate non-native lake trout in Yellowstone Lake.)

The 300,000 to 400,000 lake trout menacing Yellowstone Lake now have traitors in their midst. Experts hope they will blaze a trail to lake trout spawning grounds, leading to the ultimate death of a large quantity of the unwanted fish.

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