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Two private companies that operate the general stores, lodges and campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park received the green light to build more seasonal employee housing.

The National Park Service wants to expand housing for seasonal employees who work for private companies operating in Yellowstone. Wednesday kicked off a 30-day public comment period.

Snow mobiles and snow coaches allow the 20,000 to 30,000 monthly winter visitors to Yellowstone National Park to reach sites like Old Faithful and the park's Grand Canyon.
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The company that struck a deal with Yellowstone National Park to pay park employees to keep the park open during the federal government shutdown says it’s willing to keep paying into February, but will have to re-evaluate if the shutdown lasts longer than that.

"Hopefully the government will resolve this matter before then," says Mike Keller, the general manager for Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone. It operates the only hotels that stay open inside the park in winter.

Glacier Park Plans To Upgrade Buses With Hybrid Engines

Dec 6, 2018
Glaicer Park's Logan Pass visitors center on a busy summer day.
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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park has announced plans for a major overhaul to its 33 red tour buses, including adding hybrid engines.

The buses, manufactured in the late 1930s, will be placed on a new chassis and get new V8 engines with an electric assist system.

Clepsydra geyser, Yellowstone National Park, lower geyser basin
Flickr user, Dawn Ellner (CC-BY-2.0)

A 21-year-old North Carolina man suffered severe burns after falling into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. Park officials say Gervais Dylan Gatete, an employee of park concessionaire Xanterra Parks and Resorts, fell into a hot spring in the Lower Geyser Basin just north of Old Faithful late Tuesday. 

A view from the Many Glacier webcam on Oct. 11, 2016 shows snow piling up in Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park

Summer is officially over, at least in Glacier National Park. The Going to the Sun Road closed today for the season. Nearly two feet of snow now covers several popular areas in the park, says spokesperson Tim Rains.