West Yellowstone

A photo of children enjoying lunch at school, taken on January 20, 2005
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The same nutrition program that provided needed meals to Montana students during the school closures this spring will continue to feed hungry children this summer.

The entrance sign for West Yellowstone.
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Health officials say the results from wastewater sampling in West Yellowstone align with five new COVID-19 cases.

The entrance sign for West Yellowstone.
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All five entrances to Yellowstone National Park will be open to day-use visitors starting Monday at 10 am. Visitors will once again be able to access the park via the three Montana entrances next to West Yellowstone, Gardiner and Cooke City. Yellowstone’s two less-trafficked Wyoming entrances have been open since May 18.

Yellowstone Guides File Complaint For Union Busting

May 4, 2020
Picketers wave from the corner of Canyon St and Yellowstone Ave in West Yellowstone, Montana on Feb. 29, 2020.
Charles Bolte / Yellowstone Public Radio

A group of winter tour guides in West Yellowstone say they were laid off after trying to unionize this winter. They’ve filed unfair labor practice charges against one of Yellowstone National Park’s leading concessionaires, which will be heard later this year. The case signals a rare but possibly growing interest among seasonal workers to organize.

Gallatin County Courthouse
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On the heels of a third COVID-19 illness case announced out of Gallatin County Wednesday, the County and the city of Bozeman have declared states of emergency. Existing closures of bars and eateries and now gyms, theaters and other indoor recreational facilities, have been extended into April as part of an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Restrictions on air travel out of China due to the coronavirus are already having an impact on Montana’s tourism season. Businesses in West Yellowstone say bookings by Chinese tourists are down.

Bison graze in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, August 18, 2016.
NPS/Neal Herbert (Public Domain)

State, federal and tribal representatives tasked with managing bison in and around Yellowstone National Park voted again Tuesday to reduce the herd size as animals migrate out of the park this winter. 

Skiers line up at the annual cross-country ski festival in West Yellowstone on November 26, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio


The annual cross country ski festival in West Yellowstone, Montana wrapped up this weekend. The week-long event, which draws thousands of people from across the U.S., provides an economic boost to a community largely dependent on summer tourism. 

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Ecologists, fire managers and journalists visit a burn site one year after lightning started the Bacon Rind Fire, July 10, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

It’s been about a year since lightning started a fire that burned almost 4,500 acres in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park. Local fire managers and ecologists invited journalists to see how the burn site is recovering and learn how fire plays a role on the landscape.