Environment

The dust next door: Butte concerned about dust from mine

BY: - June 11, 2022

BUTTE, Mont. — Steve McGrath stood in an empty lot a block from his home watching for dust. In this southwestern Montana city nicknamed “The Richest Hill on Earth,” more than a century of mining left polluted soil and water that has taken decades to clean. But at that moment, looking across the road toward […]

Montana court ruling restores protections for wolverines. Idaho has stake in the debate, too.

BY: - June 10, 2022

A Montana District Court judge has restored the wolverine’s status as a candidate species under the Endangered Species Act following a court decision last month. Montana District Court Judge Donald Molloy’s May 26 decision is the latest development in a 20-year effort to protect the wolverine, Idaho Conservation League North Idaho Director Brad Smith said.  […]

Private property group alleges FWP fails to manage elk; sportspeople seek to intervene

BY: - June 10, 2022

A lawsuit alleging Fish, Wildlife and Parks is failing to manage elk seeks “a radical departure” from the law and from an earlier court decision about the status of wildlife in Montana, according to a group of organizations wanting to intervene in the case. “More than 80 years ago, the Montana Supreme Court held that […]

U.S. House Ag panel mulls safety net changes in farm bill amid soaring costs

BY: - June 10, 2022

WASHINGTON —   Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee are considering how to help farmers struggling with rising costs for fertilizer, fuel, seeds and chemicals — the unfortunate harvest of the war in Ukraine, strains on the global supply system, inflation and severe weather. A panel of the committee heard from agricultural economists Thursday, as lawmakers debate […]

Glacier Park: Columbia Falls man dies in suspected climbing fall

BY: - June 8, 2022

A Columbia Falls man died on Mt. Brown in Glacier National Park in a suspected climbing fall, park officials said Wednesday in a news release. Glacier identified the man as Winslow Nichols, 19, whose body was recovered from the mountain. Mt. Brown is approximately 8,500 feet in elevation with mixed snow and rocks at the […]

Cash reward offered for information leading to grizzly poacher

BY: - June 7, 2022

A reward is being offered for information leading to the person who shot the foot off a 2-year-old female grizzly bear on or near Snowbowl Road, north of Missoula on or before April 11. The high-impact injury led to sepsis and severe dehydration. On May 29, the bear was put down by Fish, Wildlife and […]

Vilsack highlights ‘mass timber’ to use small trees cut for wildfire prevention

BY: - June 7, 2022

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The federal government plans to remove kindling from about 75 million acres of land in the next decade — which includes thinning smaller-diameter trees from forests — to help prevent wildfires that have become more frequent and destructive in the western states. That presents a problem: “What do you do […]

Water shortages threaten development throughout the West

BY: - June 6, 2022

As the Western United States endures an ongoing megadrought that has spanned more than two decades, an increasing number of cities, towns and water districts are being forced to say no to new growth. There’s just not enough water to go around. Last month, the California Coastal Commission urged San Luis Obispo County to stop […]

Want to know about climate change? Look no farther than Yellowstone Lake

BY: - June 6, 2022

The sediment record contained at the bottom of lakes has proven to be an excellent method to assess how climate has changed during the past thousands of years.  For the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, sediment cores collected from Yellowstone Lake provide a basis to understand how climate in this basin has changed during the past 10,000 […]

After the fire: Denton is rebuilding, while preparing for another fire season

BY: - June 5, 2022

DENTON — Carla Allen misses the sight of the grain elevators punching up into the sky. “You watched ‘em burn. They were just huge infernos,” said Allen, who works just yards away from the railroad tracks where the elevators stood. Brenda Donaldson lost eight buildings on her ranch, but she misses the trees. The fire […]

Federal judge halts logging project near Libby because of grizzly, lynx concerns

BY: - June 1, 2022

Editor’s note: The headline has been updated and corrected to reflect the correct location. A federal judge has temporarily halted a large timber logging project in the Cabinet-Yaak Mountains after he said the United States Forest Service failed to properly take into account grizzly bear and Canada lynx population in the area. The Ripley logging […]

Yellowstone park: Tourist gored by bison after getting too close

BY: - May 31, 2022

A 25-year-old female from Grove City, Ohio, was gored and treated for injuries after she approached a bison to within 10 feet on the morning of May 30, 2022, Yellowstone National Park said Tuesday in a news release. Park regulations require visitors to stay 25 yards away from bison. But the woman and two others […]