Gianforte signs Colstrip fuel mix bill vetoed under Bullock

BY: - May 18, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte last week signed House Bill 648, legislation quietly amended in the latter days of the 2021 legislative session to allow power plant operators at Colstrip to buy coal from a new source with limited environmental oversight. Environmental groups, Westmoreland Mining, which operates the Rosebud mine that currently supplies Colstrip, and the union […]

Delisting, protecting cattle and managing conflict: How grizzlies fared the 2021 legislative session

BY: - May 16, 2021

Bolstered by a political shift in the governor’s office, Republican lawmakers zeroed on legislation this past session aiming to strip grizzly bears of their endangered species protections and shift management efforts to give the state and its residents more autonomy over dealing with conflicts caused by the animal. Critics say the shift in management efforts […]

Avalanche on Going-to-the-Sun Road traps bikers; no injuries

BY: - May 14, 2021

Three bikers were rescued after being trapped behind an avalanche reported 6:30 p.m. Thursday near Triple Arches on Going-to-the-Sun Road, the park said Friday in a news release. “Three bikers, a husband and wife along with a friend, traveling up the road encountered an avalanche across the road, turned around and started back down,” the […]

Don’t eat the Yellowstone snow: Elite resort wants to turn sewage into powder

BY: - May 12, 2021

An exclusive Montana resort wants to turn sewage into snow so that its rich and famous members can ski its slopes in a winter season that’s shrinking because of climate change. The Yellowstone Club — a ski and golf resort just north of Yellowstone National Park that counts Bill Gates, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel […]

Rosebud mine owner, union ask for veto on Colstrip fuel source bill

BY: - May 10, 2021

The mining company that supplies the Colstrip power plant with coal is requesting that Gov. Greg Gianforte veto legislation that would exempt the plant operator from compliance with certain state environmental regulations if it seeks to alter fuel sources used at the plant, meaning that Colstrip would circumvent environmental and economic impact reviews, among other […]

How high? A do-it-yourself guide to measuring Yellowstone’s geyser eruptions

BY: - May 10, 2021

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory scientists investigate many aspects of the Yellowstone volcanic system, including the incredible geysers that are a highlight of any visit to the park. After witnessing a geyser eruption, many visitors begin to wonder about some aspects of these incredible phenomena.  One question –“how tall was that?” — can be answered by anybody […]

Biden restores provisions of Migratory Bird Treaty

BY: - May 6, 2021

The Interior Department plans to officially revoke a Trump-era rule that loosened enforcement of a longstanding law to protect migratory birds, the department said Thursday. The rule put in place by former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt barred government authorities from holding companies liable for environmental violations leading to the deaths of birds protected under the […]

Biden unveils ’30 by ’30’ plan and suggests collaboration with private landowners

BY: - May 6, 2021

The Biden administration plans to broadly define conservation and encourage private landowners to adopt sustainable practices to meet a goal of protecting 30 percent of the land and water in the U.S. by 2030, according to a multi-agency report published Thursday. The recommendations are short of the most aggressive federal directives congressional Republicans feared would be […]

Republicans slam Biden conservation plan as a ‘land grab’

BY: - May 5, 2021

Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday previewed their objections to the Biden administration’s still-unreleased plan to conserve 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030. President Joe Biden created what is commonly called the “30 by 30 plan” in a Jan. 27 executive order, but the administration hasn’t released details about how […]

Buffalo transplants, voting rights among the losses this session recalled by Native lawmakers

BY: - May 3, 2021

Native American Caucus members of the Montana Legislature said they had their work cut out for them going up against a Republican majority this session. “The losses were many,” said Sen. Susan Webber, D-Browning, pointing to efforts she said would restrict Native American’s access to voting and undo wildlife conservation efforts. However, Montana’s Native American […]

NorthWestern Energy asks public to report osprey building nests on power lines

BY: - May 3, 2021

Osprey nests can cause power outages and even fires, and their proximity to energized equipment puts the birds at risk of electrocution, NorthWestern Energy said in a news release. The company said it has installed hundreds of platforms to maintain service reliability and to provide a safe place for ospreys to raise their offspring. This […]

Energy grid to be subject of legislative study

BY: - May 3, 2021

New washers and dryers can sense sense when it’s a time of low demand on the energy grid — and fire up. “The future is coming,” said Dwight Rose, with IBEW Local 44, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to power this somehow.” Rose was speaking in […]