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June 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
The National Park Service will study the effect of snowmobiles on the park system, a move that could lead to restrictions on where the noisy, smoky machines can be used. The study was prompted by a petition from environmental groups for a ban on snowmobiles in national parks. Once the review is done this fall, the Park Service will decide whether to propose new restrictions, Chip Davis, the agency's regulations program manager, said Wednesday.
Huddled on the northeastern shore of Jackson Lake, the cluster of log cabins resembles a hunting camp more than a major research center. Some of the buildings date to the 1930s, and wood stoves must be regularly stoked to keep the scientists warm. Pine cones litter the lawns. But the setting between Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks is unmatched, according to Glenn Plumb, assistant director of the center run jointly by the University of Wyoming and the National Park Service.
December 25, 2003
For nearly three years, the Bush administration went through contortions trying to prove that snowmobiles were compatible with the winter environment in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Finally last week, a federal district judge in Washington, D.C., cut through the sham and restored a Clinton administration ban on the noisy, polluting machines. The ruling is being challenged by the Wyoming state attorney general, the Snowmobile Manufacturers Assn.
July 18, 2003 | From Associated Press
The House voted Thursday against halting the use of snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Snowmobile use in the parks would have been phased out by next winter under a Clinton administration plan. But the Bush administration proposed new rules allowing the vehicles to enter the parks daily but setting standards for noise and pollution and limiting them to park trails.
December 18, 2003 | Julie Cart, Times Staff Writer
The attorney general of Wyoming, the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Assn. and a motorized recreation advocacy group moved Wednesday to challenge a federal court ruling that reinstated a ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. A spokesman for the Bush administration said the National Park Service is considering an appeal of the ban. Wyoming Atty. Gen. Patrick J. Crank said his office would appeal the Tuesday night ruling by U.S.
December 4, 2002 | From Associated Press
Four environmental groups sued the Bush administration Tuesday, seeking to block changes that would allow more people to ride snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, asks a federal judge to block a recent Interior Department decision that would undo a Clinton administration ban on snowmobiles in the popular Western parks by next winter. The environmental groups want the judge to keep the Clinton rule in place.
January 25, 2002 | From Associated Press
The National Park Service has drafted four alternatives for cutting snowmobile use in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, including one that would require riders to hire guides, an internal copy obtained by a Montana newspaper shows. Two of the alternatives still would include the eventual elimination of snowmobiles within the two parks and on the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway, which connects them.
For Gibson Bailey, colder weather signals the approach of snowmobile season--and sleepless nights that come with the roaring machines. "I look at my watch at 2, 4 o'clock in the morning and wonder, 'Why?' " he said. Bailey is among those supporting late-night restrictions on snowmobiles in town.
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