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Roadkill: An Emergency Responder, Absent A Gun, Is Handed A Grim Task

September 18, 2017 // Wildlife

Elk, photo courtesy National Park Service/Ed Austin/Herb Jones
When an elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is struck by a car, it forces Steve Primm to reflect on the perilous intersections between migratory wildlife, highways and people.
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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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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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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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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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For A Generation, "The Blue Door" Was A Safe Space On Bozeman's Main Street

September 5, 2017

The author contemplates the meaning of red, white and blue from behind the door of his clinical therapy practice in downtown Bozeman, Montana
Psychotherapist Timothy J. Tate says the biggest downside of his community becoming the "it" place is the loss of handshake agreements.
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Fake News And Media Bias? It's Actually Me-Bias And Most Of Us Are Guilty

September 4, 2017 // Culture

Illustration by Diane Kaup Benefiel/Wilson, Wyoming
In his new column, Trigger Warning, now debuting at Mountain Journal, social commentator David J Swift suggests those who embrace alternative facts can't handle the truth
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