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Why 'Yellowstone' The TV Show Ain't The Real Montana (Or Wyoming, Or The West)

May 31, 2023

Rowland's grandparents' place, the Arbuckle Ranch near Ekalaka, Montana
Montana author Russell Rowland talks about divides shaking the West to its core. They go beyond rural-urban, newcomer-old timer, mountain-prairie and prosperity vs. despair
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Solving the Mystery of Hemingway’s ‘Big Two-Hearted River’

May 26, 2023

Master engraver Chris Wormell was specially commissioned to provide original artwork for the Centennial Edition of "Big Two-Hearted River"
John Maclean’s foreword to Hemingway’s early masterpiece in the recently published ‘Centennial Edition'
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Gianforte Triumphs Again Showing Science Has No Place In Modern World

May 20, 2023

Gianforte on his high horse, er dinosaur
After Montana governor signs bill prohibiting climate change science from factoring in major state decisions, cartoonist John Potter hits back—with satire
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On Yellowstone’s Doorstep, Conservationists Want To Buy Out A Gold Mine

May 19, 2023

View from Crevice Mountain, site of the proposed Crevice gold mine just north of the border to Yellowstone National Park
To halt 'major tragedy,' Greater Yellowstone Coalition needs to raise $6.25 million by October
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How Development Forced Bozeman’s Namesake Creek Underground

May 10, 2023

Do you see it? What is the water and land mosaic telling us?
The plight of Bozeman Creek is an indicator of how the health of waterways in Greater Yellowstone and the West are facing a multitude of damaging threats
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A Time To Rally: When Ted Turner Gave Jacques Cousteau An End-Of-Life Pep Talk

April 23, 2023 // Conservation, Science

Jacques Cousteau and his prized pupil Ted Turner
Cousteau, once the most famous conservationist in the world, was a father figure to Ted Turner. In old age, Cousteau became cynical. Here's what Turner told him
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Are Western Mountain Towns Ready For The Coming Flames?

March 21, 2023

Can't happen here? The Bridger Foothills Fire was Bozeman's WUI wake-up call
Rural sprawl is expanding the "wildland-urban interface." It is elevating the costs and perils of dealing with wildfire, and taxpayers are footing the bill. Part 2 in our ongoing series


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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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Mayor Ghosts Nature In Bozeman's Annual State Of The City Address

March 1, 2023

Elk find solitude on an undeveloped hillside in the Gallatin Valley outside Bozeman
It's strange how so few elected officials in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are willing to speak out for our world-class wildlife. And that does not bode well
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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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A True New West Grizzly Bear Dilemma

January 12, 2023

Grizzly bears pass through a ranch in Tom Miner Basin
Up Tom Miner Basin near Yellowstone, neighbors are grappling with how to prevent a wildlife miracle from being loved to death
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Should Enviro Groups Be Promoting More Human Recreation Use Of Still-Unspoiled Places?

January 10, 2023

Two's company, but crowds can destroy the magic of wild places
A longtime Montana conservationist calls out a group for promoting its 'Trail of the Week' at a time when natural areas are being overwhelmed at the expense of wildlife
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