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Yellowstone open for winter Yellowstone National Park opens to the public for the winter season as scheduled on Dec. 15. Beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, visitors can to travel to the park’s interior roads on commercially guided snowmobiles or snowcoaches from the north, west and south entrances. Travel through the park’s east entrance over Sylvan Pass is scheduled to begin Dec. 22.    The road from the north entrance at Gardiner through Mammoth Hot Springs and on to Cooke City, outside the park’s northeast entrance,

is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year. Park staff closely monitor road conditions and weather forecasts that can impact roadways and guided oversnow travel operations. Weather during the winter season is unpredictable, and road closures or delays can occur with little or no warning.  YNP officials remind visitors to come prepared with personal emergency survival equipment in their vehicles and dressing appropriately for outside activities in extremely cold weather.   

Visitor restrictions related to influenza in place at Deaconess 
 BOZEMAN – Effective Dec. 4, visitor restrictions at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital are in effect due to the influenza virus. Bozeman Deaconess Health Services is asking children under age 18 not to visit the hospital, as they are most susceptible to the virus. Children are, however, allowed in physician clinics on the Highland Health Park/Bozeman Deaconess medical campus. Influenza is highly transmittable and a major cause of acute bronchitis and

pneumonia. It is transmitted through contact with infected respiratory secretions, usually by way of the hands. Strict hand washing is the most important and effective method of prevention. The restrictions will continue to help control the spread of influenza in the hospital. Those who have symptoms of upper respiratory infection, cough or fever should not visit the hospital, and hospital employees will ask visitors with such symptoms to leave.

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Bozeman named one of America’s best college towns MSU NEWS SERVICE

BOZEMAN – A leading travel magazine recently named Bozeman one of the 20 best college towns in the United States.   Travel & Leisure magazine ranked Bozeman No. 18 on its inaugural “America’s Best College Towns” list. Bozeman was the only town in Montana, and one of only a few towns in the West, to be recognized on the list.   In its write-up about Bozeman, the maga- View from Downtown Bozeman looking toward MSU's campus. PHOTO BY TYLER ALLEN zine cited the community’s downtown and the myriad outdoor activities, as part of Bozeman’s appeal.   “When you’re gearing up to visit Bozeman, it helps to accept that you will constantly feel pulled in two directions,” the magazine noted. “There’s the laid-back downtown, with its coffeehouses, galleries, and bookstores just begging you to linger. And then there’s the great outdoors, calling you to try your hand at fly fishing, rafting, skiing, and hiking.”    Burlington, Vt., earned the No. 1 spot on the magazine’s list. Other western towns recognized on the list included Flagstaff, Ariz. and Boulder, Colo.   To determine the rankings, Travel & Leisure asked its readers to post nominations on social media. Readers then voted on the best college towns. The full list is available online at

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