The long wait is over: The East Entrance is open. Hundreds of carloads of nature enthusiasts trekked west through the North Fork, Shoshone National Forest and passed the gates into Yellowstone National Park on Friday. First in line at the gate, Nancy Gilmore, an employee in academic affairs at Northwest College in Powell, and friends Cassandra Luckett and Venda Shick were all smiles as gate employee Kimberly Kain swung the gate open. “We got here at a quarter to seven. We stopped to see a grizzly [on the way],” Gilmore said. “We come every year on the first day. We saw a ton of bighorn sheep, a ton of elk, lots of deer and a couple bald eagles, but we did not see moose. We were in too big of hurry to get up here and be first in line.” The new...
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Gate opens: New entrance chief greets thousands on opening weekend