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As Wildfire Season Looms, Firefighters Battle Low Pay and Low Snow

February 20, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Wildland firefighters on their commute to the office
The Wildland Firefighter Paycheck Protection Act could permanently raise federal firefighter salaries. But even if Congress can pass it, the proposed legislation still isn’t a perfect fix. 
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The Past 30 Years in Yellowstone, Part 4: Mike Finley

January 9, 2024 // Interview Series

Mike Finley served the National Park Service for 32 years, including a trifecta of superintendent posts at three national parks
In the final installment of MoJo’s interview series with four Yellowstone superintendents, Mike Finley pulls no punches discussing the issues in our national parks.
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Finding our MoJo

October 2, 2023

We've heard the call and are gearing up.
As Mountain Journal ramps up coverage, a letter from its Interim Executive Director and Managing Editor
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This ‘Bearish’ Economy Is One Most States Would Love To Have

July 14, 2023

Totems of Greater Yellowstone's "bearish" economy
Often cast as liabilities and villains by politicians, grizzlies and wolves in Yellowstone region are bullish assets that keep delivering dividends—as long as they remain alive
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The World Loses Wildlife Art's Greatest Champion

July 6, 2023

 Bill Kerr, who helped create a global destination for wildlife art in Jackson Hole
Bill Kerr passes at 85. In Jackson Hole, his vision led to creation of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, a shrine for those globally who value connections between art and nature
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In Montana, Four Different Polls Say Citizens Seriously Unhappy About Sprawl

July 5, 2023

Paradise Valley/Park County as interpreted by painter Robert Spannring
North of Yellowstone, no-zoning signs fly like protest flags but residents of beautiful Park County are deeply concerned lack of planning is causing the loss of places they love
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In Gallatin Gateway, Battle Rages Over Proposed 'Glampground' on Gallatin River

June 20, 2023

The Gallatin River and site of the proposed glampground called Riverbend
Since 2020, lawsuits and appeals dominate debate over 58-unit glampground planned for island in 'crown jewel' waterway
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In Marley's Memory, He Chooses Survival

June 12, 2023

Orsted credits grizzlies with giving him a reason to live
After suffering the devastating loss of his young daughter, Brad Orsted fell into bleak darkness—then the grizzly-inhabited wild country of Greater Yellowstone led him back into the light
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The Doggoned Truth—Domestic Canines Are Not Wildlife’s Best Friends

May 4, 2023

We love our pups but they're taking a toll on wildlife
The science is clear that our canine friends are seriously disrupting wild ecosystems, but why do we keep turning a blind eye? Do we want wildlife to persist?
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Wolverines: Barometers For Pondering Impacts Of The Anthropocene

March 12, 2023

Plight of wolverines a test of human willingness to give them protected space
Changes in habitat and rising human pressures leave many wondering how long just 300 or so wolverines can persist in the West
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Moving Into The Flames

March 8, 2023

A crown fire approaches the Old Faithful Photo Shop, Yellowstone National Park, 1988
As climate refugees flee extreme weather events, they’re relocating to wildfire-prone areas like Greater Yellowstone. Part 1 in our ongoing series on wildfire
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The Big Picture: Pondering Greater Yellowstone's 'Elephants In The Room'

February 17, 2023

A coyote and griz in wild northwest Wyoming
Test your ability to detect subtle changes that often seem invisible. Then apply your newfound insight to thinking about Greater Yellowstone's rapid transformation
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How Bioregional Thinking Might Rescue Greater Yellowstone

February 7, 2023

Could efforts to protect mighty Columbia be a model for Greater Yellowstone?
A woman's powerful vision: Robert Liberty reviews new book by Bowen Blair, "A Force for Nature: Nancy Russell’s Fight to Save the Columbia Gorge"
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How Bills To Stop Killing Coyotes With Snowmobiles Went Down In Flames

January 19, 2023

In 2019, former Montana Sen. Mike Phillips introduced a bill to outlaw running over coyotes with snowmobiles. It failed.
Former Montana lawmaker questions what kind of religious people who worship Creator would condone torturing living products of creation?
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