Environment

Deb Haaland signs the Confederated Salish and Kootenai-Montana Compact

BY: - September 17, 2021

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland signed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai-Montana Compact on Friday, formally executing the Montana Water Rights Protection Act enacted by Congress on Dec. 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Interior announced in a news release Friday. “Together, these actions pave the way to improving the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes’ […]

Yellowstone National Park: Woman suffers significant thermal burns in park

BY: - September 16, 2021

At Old Faithful early Thursday morning, park rangers provided initial care to a 19-year-old woman from Rhode Island with second- and third-degree burns to 5 percent of her body, the park said in a news release. The park said she was later life-flighted to Idaho and her condition was not available to the park. The […]

Glacier sees drop in Going-to-the-Sun traffic with ticketed entry

BY: - September 16, 2021

After implementing a new ticketed entry system this year, Glacier National Park saw a 12 percent decrease in vehicles on Going-to-the-Sun Road from Memorial Day weekend through the end of August compared to 2019, according to a news release Thursday from the park. Generally, Glacier National Park reported 2,354,475 visitors through August, a busy year […]

Yellowstone announces August 2021 was most-visited August on record

BY: - September 14, 2021

Yellowstone National Park hosted 921,844 recreation visits in August 2021, making it the most-visited August on record, according to a news release from the park. This is a 4.5% increase from August 2020 (881,829 recreational visits) and a 12% increase from August 2019 (820,006 recreation visits), the park said. Previously, the busiest August on record […]

How the House reconciliation bill targets 4 local plans for oil and gas leasing, mining

BY: - September 14, 2021

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana’s coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress. The portion of the $3.5 trillion package approved on a party-line vote by the House Natural Resources Committee last week includes nationwide measures meant […]

President Biden in Boise: U.S. can’t ignore drastic consequences of climate change

BY: - September 13, 2021

During his first presidential visit to Idaho, President Joe Biden on Monday said the drastic consequences of climate change have created a need for additional investments in disaster relief and support for wildland firefighters and programs.  “We can’t continue to try to ignore reality,” Biden said during a meeting at the National Interagency Fire Center […]

Residents demand more protection from East Boulder mining company

BY: - September 10, 2021

McLEOD – It sounds about as unbelievable as it is unlikely: A 30-foot tidal wave that would crash through the East Boulder River Valley wiping out everything in its path and leaving a toxic sludge behind. From where Leon Royer lives, he’s guessing he’d have five – but not 10 – minutes to move to […]

Four big climate items in the reconciliation bill in Congress

BY: - September 10, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The […]

Gov’s briefing: Fires slowing down, for now

BY: - September 2, 2021

Changing weather patterns have begun to slow down the ferocious pace of wildfires, though Montana isn’t quite out of the (rather dry) woods yet. Gov. Greg Gianforte met with state fire officials for an update this Tuesday. There are 60 active fires in the state currently, and 18 are considered large incidents. The state saw […]

Glacier ends pilot ticketed system this weekend

BY: - September 1, 2021

In just a few days, you can get onto Glacier National Park’s famous Going-to-the-Sun Road without a ticket. This year, Glacier started a ticketed entry pilot program to cut down on traffic jams on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and the pilot ends this Labor Day weekend. The park’s shuttle program ends for the season at the […]

How do they know where the earth is quaking?

BY: - August 31, 2021

Ever wonder how seismologists determine the location of an earthquake in Yellowstone?  It’s an intricate process, but thanks to experienced scientists, up to thousands of earthquakes are located in the Yellowstone region every year. During the past decade, The University of Utah Seismograph Stations has located an average of approximately 1,570 earthquakes in the Yellowstone […]

Montana fire season not over yet, despite rain and cooler temps

BY: - August 25, 2021

Montana’s fire season still has weeks — if not months — to go, even with recent rains and cooler temperatures, Gov. Greg Gianforte and other Montana officials said in a press conference in Missoula on Wednesday, repeating calls for increased active forest management and encouraging residents to remain cautious. Gianforte took the opportunity to thank […]