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Robert Staffanson (1921-2019) Reflects On What It Means To Be A Real Cowboy

April 27, 2019 // Culture, Guest Commentary, Politics, Ranching

Bob Staffanson on a cattle drive.
An old wrangler looks back on his life as he nears the end of the trail.  Bob Staffanson, who founded The Billings Symphony and later became known as "the Cowboy Conductor" in New England and Europe, grew up herding cattle in Montana. It was the unshakable imprint of the West that brought him home. Staffanson reflects on the current president, the resilience of Western women, and the definition of a real cowboy.
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The Value Of Open Space: In The Gallatin Valley Citizens Voted For Protection With Their Wallet

March 19, 2019 // Community, Community Change, Private Lands, Ranching

The Toohey farm up Spring Hill
Ag lands play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of Montana's fastest-growing valley. This is the first piece in an ongoing series touting the important role private land protection groups play in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—and beyond
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The Horse Family

October 18, 2018 // Photography, Ranching, Together We Go: Women and Horses

A Johnson woman gathers a horse
At the U-Cross Ranch near Roy, Nicole Johnson teaches her daughters to find strength in the saddle 
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Encountering The Modern Garden Of Eden In Two Variations

October 15, 2018 // Ranching, Whitman College Semester In The West, Yellowstone

Bull elk on lawn at Mammoth
Noah Dunn contrasts public Yellowstone with a private ranch next door
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The Forgotten Westerners: 'East of Billings'

August 6, 2018 // Community, Community Change, Culture, Private Lands, Ranching

Cowboys set off to check their livestock.
Beyond the hipster havens of Bozeman and Jackson Hole, the pain of small towns is real. MoJo's new columnist Alexis Bonogofsky will be sharing their struggles
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Is Greater Yellowstone Really Ready To Confront Its Future?

November 22, 2017 // Public Lands, Ranching, The New West

Photo courtesy Trust for Public Land
From concerns about population growth and climate change to wildlife diseases and rising levels of recreation, FutureWest hosts a symposium focused on the future of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
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Steve Primm Wades Into The Sagebrush Sea

August 14, 2017 // Co-existence, Columnists, Community, Community Change, Endangered Species, Public Lands, Ranching

Columnist Steve Primm
Most people dwelling in Greater Yellowstone might live in towns and small cities but rural people and their lands hold the key to ecological resilience. With his regular column, Sagebrush & Cranesong, Steve Primm will examine the issues relating to co-existence between country people and nature on the western front of the Greater Yellowstone region.
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