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March 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Yellowstone National Park employees who monitor thousands of snowmobiles entering the park have reported headaches, nausea, lethargy, sore throats and stinging eyes--symptoms matching those of carbon monoxide poisoning. Ranger Bob Siebert, who oversees the entry workers and law enforcement staff, said the air is not clean along snowmobile corridors. Such reports bolster National Park Service arguments on closing Yellowstone and most other national parks to snowmobiles.
February 12, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Responding to the latest decision by a federal judge, the National Park Service issued rules that allow more snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks for the rest of the winter. The rules increase from 493 to 780 the number of snowmobiles allowed in Yellowstone daily. For Grand Teton and the parkway connecting the two parks, 140 vehicles will be allowed daily.
October 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge in Cheyenne struck down a Clinton-era ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer ruled that the ban -- aimed at preventing air and noise pollution and protecting wildlife -- was imposed without adequate public participation. The 2001 rule was "the product of a prejudged, political decision to ban snowmobiles from all the national parks," Brimmer said.
October 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 50,000 snowmobilers who have been used to riding groomed national forest trails near Lake Tahoe may have to find their own way this winter. A state commission this week rejected more than $400,000 for winter recreation programs in the Lake Tahoe Basin and along California Highway 88 both east and west of the Kirkwood ski resort and Carson Pass.
December 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An avalanche killed a snowmobiler from Anchorage near the Kenai Peninsula town of Hope, Alaska state troopers said. Russel Foster, 35, was covered by 3 to 5 feet of snow in the avalanche, which occurred Sunday afternoon, the troopers said. Although he was carrying an emergency locater beacon and his companions were able to dig him out within 20 to 30 minutes, attempts at resuscitation failed, the troopers said.
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.
June 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The House voted to let snowmobile use continue at Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, dealing a defeat to environmentalists. By a 224-198 vote, the chamber defeated an effort to ban the vehicles by lawmakers who said the machines pollute and are noisy, and are dangerous to wildlife. Snowmobile advocates -- backed by manufacturers and tourism interests -- said a ban would devastate the economy around the parks, which lie mostly in northwestern Wyoming.
February 3, 1999 | Associated Press
A 46-year-old man and his 6-year-old son died after they drove their snowmobile onto thin ice and it plunged into Lake Winnebago, authorities said. "The fog was a big contributing factor," sheriff's Lt. Michael Powers said.
March 20, 2001 | Reuters
Two snowmobilers died in separate accidents over the weekend, bringing Alaska's snowmobiling death toll this winter to 27, the Alaska State Troopers said Monday. Gary Frederick, 37, of Delta, Alaska, was one of two snowmobilers buried by a slide that cut loose Sunday near Summit Lake, about 180 miles south of Fairbanks. The other snowmobiler was rescued. The second fatality was Vic Larson, 36, from Wasilla, Alaska.
October 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The National Park Service in Cheyenne approved a plan to restrict the number of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park to less than half of last winter's limit. As many as 318 snowmobiles and 78 snow coaches will be allowed into the park per day for the next two winter seasons. The park has allowed up to 720 snowmobiles a day into the park over the past five winters, but actual use has been far less.
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