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SkyWest Airlines, which has made two flights daily to Salt Lake City from Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, plans to discontinue that service after Sept. 6.

The primary reason for pulling out is the volatile price of fuel, said Marissa Snow, SkyWest Airlines corporate communications manager, on Tuesday.

I think the best thing is when they pull up at the drive-in window on their mules,” said Suzanne Rankin, who works at Red Eagle Food Store in Ralston.

Of course, Rankin was talking about Jake Clark’s Mule Days. The 14th annual event kicked off Wednesday.

Native culture says Heart Mountain contains an energy, and members of the Crow Tribe tapped into that energy Saturday at the mountain to engage the 30 or so people present at a Crow Pipe Ceremony.

Crow tribal elder Grant Bulltail presented the ceremony.

Strategy developed to preserve threatened species

A multi-agency team is developing a strategy to preserve the insect- and disease-threatened whitebark pine tree that is considered a foundation species in mountains across the West.

Growing just below timberline, whitebark pine shades snow, thus slowing snowmelt. It allows other plants to gain a foothold in its rugged terrain, said Kelly McCloskey, Whitebark Pine Committee chair and ecologist at Teton National Park.

Kids catch colossal trout at Homesteader park Saturday

At the 25th annual Kids’ Fishing Day at Homesteader Park Pond Saturday, youngsters caught huge rainbow trout.

One man carried his kids’ stringer containing eight fat trout, with one measuring close to 18 inches.

The east gate and Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park has reopened to vehicles, but only early in the morning.

Park Service avalanche forecasters have determined that the safest travel window over the pass will be between 6 and 10 a.m., said a Yellowstone Park news release.

Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park remains closed and will remain so at least for now as crews wrestle with tons of snow and avalanche conditions.

A 70-yard wide, 20 to 30-foot deep field of snow came down in an avalanche Wednesday, forcing closure of the East Entrance road until further notice.

When the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park opened for the season Friday morning, folks were raring to go.

“Good morning,” said Dennis Lenzendorf, supervisor of the East Entrance. “Welcome to Yellowstone.”

Although gray wolves were removed from federal protections in Idaho, Montana and parts of Oregon, Washington state and Utah on Wednesday, they remain under the federal government’s care in Wyoming.

But Gov. Matt Mead expressed some optimism that the canines would be under Wyoming’s control sometime in the future.

Bumping over seemingly endless rutted four-wheel drive trails, hiking in rugged country or chasing baying hounds describes part of the work to capture and study mountain lions north of Lovell.

The goal of a three-year project is to determine the relationship between mountain lions and their primary prey, mule deer, and possibly bighorn sheep and wild horse foals. The ultimate objective is sustainable populations of the deer, sheep and wild horses and their top predator, mountain lions, in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and vicinity, said Linsey Blake in her thesis proposal.

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