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What's In A Yellowstone Place Name? A Man Of Infamy, It Turns Out

September 18, 2017 // Culture, Yellowstone

Army Col. John Gibbon
Mountain Journal columnist Jesse Logan says Army Col. John Gibbon, who has a river and meadow named after him in Yellowstone National Park, should have those honors revoked for what he did to the Nez Perce
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Selling Off The Historic Playground To Pay For Growth

September 14, 2017 // Community, Community Change

The historic lawn of the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman
Mountain Journal columnist and downtown Bozeman businessman Tim Crawford says growth doesn't pay for itself. And there's no better example than Bozeman public school officials potentially selling off a beloved historic playground to meet budget shortfalls.
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Of Bias And Bears: Is Delisting Greater Yellowstone's Grizzlies Based On Science Or Politics?

September 12, 2017 // Grizzly Bears

Mother's Watch, photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen (mangelsen.com)
For several decades, Jesse Logan gained renown as a forest ecologist.  He says the scientific rationale behind removing bears from federal protection doesn't hold up to scrutiny. First part in an ongoing series.
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Searching To Find The Soul Of Community In The Welter Of A Boom

September 12, 2017 // Community, Community Change, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Bozeman from the Bridger Mountains
To save the best of what remains in Montana's Gallatin Valley, Lori Ryker says leaders and citizens must start thinking holistically—Now.
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Spying The Grand Teton From Delta Lake

September 9, 2017 // Big Art of Nature

Sue Cedarholm's watercolor portrayal of the Grand from Delta Lake
In her question to create a new painting every day for a year, Sue Cedarholm on Day 164, ascends to the shore of Delta Lake below the Grand Teton. 
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Bonded By Wild Land And Water: A Son Remembers His Dad

September 8, 2017 // Public Lands

O'Dell Creek in the Madison Valley of Montana
Writer Liam Diekmann in his debut column for Mountain Journal reflects on some of the greatest gifts his Father, the late conservationist Alex Diekmann, gave him., 
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Wilderness: America's Second-Best Idea Is Under Attack—Unfortunately By Some Recreationists

September 6, 2017 // Wilderness

Detail of Monte Dolack's painting A Peaceable Kingdom of Wilderness
In this second part of an ongoing series on wilderness in America, MoJo columnist Franz Camenzind shines a light on efforts in Congress to roll back federal protection for wilderness. One of the main surprising instigators, he says, are mountain bikers masquerading as conservationists.


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America Desperately Needs More Bill Ruckelshauses

August 31, 2017 // EPA

William Ruckelshaus being sworn in as the first chief administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Sara Flitner remembers the EPA's first chief administrator and how his approach to problem solving is badly-need today
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A Late Summer Hike In The Tetons Leads To "Rock of Ages"

August 29, 2017 // Big Art of Nature

A view of Rock of Ages high in the Tetons by Sue Cedarholm
In Watercolor Diary, Sue Cedarholm is painting a new place every day. In day 155, she ventures into the Tetons’ Hanging Canyon to spy Rock of Ages
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A Montana Political Giant Says Citizens Must Hold Elected Officials To Account

August 28, 2017 // Civil Society, Politics, The New West

Former Ambassador to China and U.S. Sen. Max Baucus
Max Baucus, the former Ambassador to China and Longtime U.S. Senator From Montana, Says Citizens Will Get The Democracy They Deserve—If They Demand It
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Even In Paradise, Everyone Needs To Heal Something, Especially The Seemingly Invincible

August 23, 2017 // Community, Community Change

Mountain towns cast their own shadows. Photo by Todd Wilkinson
Confronting the myth of perfection, columnist Timothy Tate, a practicing psychotherapist in Bozeman, writes about "distress" accompanying radical changes in mountain communities
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Lesson From The Great Eclipse: When We Stand In Awe Of Nature, We Become Better Citizens

August 20, 2017 // Big Art of Nature, Conservation, Ecosystem Protection, Science, The New West

Gallatin Valley sunset by Steve Kelly
One profound lesson from the great eclipse of 2017: Science says that people who spend more time reverentially in the great outdoors are happier, kinder and more generous 
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Epic Challenges Are Gripping Jackson Hole But For Hank Phibbs Surrender Is Not An Option

August 14, 2017 // Columnists, Community, Community Change, Conservation, Jackson Hole, Politics, Wyoming

Hank Phibb
Teton County, Wyoming is one of the wealthiest per capita counties in the United States and one of the most strikingly beautiful places on earth. Yet despite its abundance of riches, Teton County is a province of widening economic disparity, tensions between nature preservation and human development, and questions shaping the soul of the community. Hank Phibbs takes us into the heart of the conversation.
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Franz Camenzind Pens "Wild Ideas"

August 14, 2017 // Columnists, Community, Community Change, Conservation, Ecosystem Protection, Politics, Public Lands

Franz Camenzind writes from Jackson Hole
Has the conservation leadership of Greater Yellowstone lost its edge in the face of so many emerging challenges? With a background in wildlife research, making acclaimed nature documentaries and leading a Jackson Hole-based conservation organization, Franz Camenzind has a lot to say about the state of the environmental movement. 
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