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Brian Jarvi’s “African Menagerie” Shows How Fine Art Can Move The Masses

September 19, 2017 // Big Art of Nature, Culture

Brian Jarvi in the studio completing his epic masterwork "African Menagerie: An Inquisition"
Unprecedented Wildlife Painting Featuring 209 Species Was Partially Inspired By Thinking About Greater Yellowstone.
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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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In The Modern World, Why Do We Hunt And Fish?

September 13, 2017 // Hunting

Marshall Cutchin and son
Marshall Cutchin, a lifelong sportsman and founder of the largest online angling magazine in the world, ponders the big philosophical questions relating to hunting and fishing.
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How the Rest Of America Looks To Us From The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

September 13, 2017 // The New West

The view of the world from Greater Yellowstone by Rick Peterson
New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist Saul Steinberg Once Offered Manhattan's View Of The American West As A "Flyover".  Now Mountain Journal, Thanks To The Work Of Illustrator Rick Peterson, Gets Even.
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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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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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Spooked By The Ghost Forests Of Greater Yellowstone

September 6, 2017

Dead whitebark pine trees in Greater Yellowstone. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Decades ago, Forest Service entomologist Jesse Logan feared climate change would devastate whitebark pine, an important food source for Greater Yellowstone grizzlies. Unfortunately, his prediction has proved true.
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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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The Voice Of Lois Red Elk-Reed Hails From The Real Old Old West

September 5, 2017 // Culture

Lois Red Elk-Reed and husband, Dennis, at Standing Rock in autumn 2016
From working on multiple fronts to preserve her culture to advising Hollywood on its portrayals of native people, Lois Red Elk-Reed, of Fort Peck, Montana, has gained acclaim as an "organic poet".
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What Motivates Some Millennials To Try To Do Good In The World?

August 31, 2017

Liam Diekmann conducting "research" for his column
The 21st-century will be shaped by the Millennial generation, which is inheriting both opportunities and challenges from their predecessors. In his regular column, "My Father's Son" for Mountain Journal and MidCurrent, Liam Diekmann of Bozeman, Montana, lends some insight into Millennial values. 
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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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