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August 16, 2001 | From Associated Press
A National Park Service official said Wednesday that he has yet to see new scientific information to justify overturning a ban on snowmobiling in Yellowstone. Despite charges of "bad science" leveled at the ban, park officials said the snowmobile industry has submitted no new scientific studies challenging it. "It is a disappointment," said John Sacklin, chief of park planning.
January 24, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A North Dakota man snowmobiling with a friend was buried in an avalanche near Cooke City and died, authorities said. Andrew Greicar, 21, of Pisek died when he and his machine were buried near Wolverine Pass northwest of Cooke City, said Park County Sheriff Clark Carpenter. The avalanche risk for the area is rated "high" because of recent heavy snow. The death was the first avalanche fatality in Montana this season.
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.
April 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Snowmobilers and environmentalists are clashing over a new national snowmobile festival designed to promote the Reno-Tahoe area as "America's Adventure Place." Snowmobilers say Sledfest 2004, which ends a four-day run today in Reno, is in line with local tourism officials' efforts to promote the region as an outdoor adventure destination. But Gail Ferrell of the Snowland Network advocacy group for nonmotorized winter sports said the event promotes a noisy, environmentally harmful sport.
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.
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