‘Awareness is key’

A sign warns motorists in an area of southwest Colorado where an avalanche has recently covered the road.

For the region’s winter outdoor enthusiasts, the fun and excitement of exploring the wilderness, whether on skis, snowmobiles, or through other activities, can become risky in a heartbeat.

National parks to limit free days for visitors

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, a large bison blocks traffic as tourists take photos of the animals in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days it allows visitors to get in for free. After waiving entrance fees for 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in 2017, the National Park Service announced Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, that it will have four no-cost days next year. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks’ plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year.

Four Calling Birds?

“The Twelve Days of Christmas,” was first penned in English in 1780 (it may be of French origin) in a little book intended for children called “Mirth without Mischief.” It was known as a memory game called Twelfth Night.

Hidden lives of deer and elk

An elk wearing a GPS collar is seen in this Fish and Game photo. Roger Phillips / Fish and Game

The whup, whup, whup of a helicopter grows louder as a herd of deer flees toward a trap. A small army of Fish and Game staff and volunteers hide as the animals run into a hidden net and become entangled.

Dodgy adventures in the virtual world

A skier and his dog head up the Teton Canyon Road on Saturday east of Driggs. There was just enough snow for groomers to set tracks and smooth it out for skate skiers. In the background, Mount Owen, the Grand, Table Mountain and the Middle Teton can be seen. (Jerry Painter photo)

Last week, sweat was dripping off my face as if a tiny sprinkler was perched on my crown.

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