Environment

Hot, dry, windy: Montana weather unseasonably dangerous for a couple of days

BY: - June 15, 2021

For the next day or so — but maybe longer — Montana’s weather is being, well, Montanan. In a state that frequently sees weather shifts from heat to snow and then back, the scorching hot weather that has gripped the central and eastern part of the state should subside by Wednesday and Thursday, bringing heat […]

Glacier proposes telecommunications upgrades

BY: - June 14, 2021

Better internet and cell phone service may be coming to the busiest areas of Glacier National Park in the future, but the backcountry still should stay quiet, as the park proposed in a telecommunications plan out for public comment until July 11.  Glacier announced Friday its Comprehensive Telecommunications Plan and Environmental Assessment was out for […]

Free star party at Pompeys Pillar

BY: - June 14, 2021

Pompeys Pillar is having a free star party on June 18 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., so that star gazers, history buffs and photographers can witness the Big Sky during the summer. The National Monument will host Stuart Snyder and Steven Wiles, professors of physics at Montana State University Billings and astrophotographer Phil Hosey. Stars […]

Where did that 60 million years go?

BY: - June 14, 2021

Visitors to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park might have noticed an odd geological feature near the top of Mount Everts—an unconformity! This juxtaposition of different rocks serves as a marker of missing history in the Yellowstone region. An unconformity at the top of Mount Everts is located where the Huckleberry Ridge Tuff, 2.1 million […]

People’s Power League takes on HB273

BY: - June 11, 2021

Carole Mackin plans to pound the pavement the next six months, as do other members of the People’s Power League, to collect signatures to get an initiative on the ballot to make sure voters can decide if a nuclear power plant gets built in Montana. For them, it’s deja vu all over again, having put […]

Yellowstone has record May

BY: - June 11, 2021

Yellowstone this year had its busiest May on record, with more than 483,000 visits, the park said Friday. That’s an 11% increase from May of 2019 — the park isn’t comparing visiting statistics to the pandemic-hobbled 2020.  Throughout all of 2021, more than 658,500 people have come to Yellowstone, almost 100,000 more visitors then the […]

As Stone-Manning awaits confirmation, BLM headquarters in Colorado sit empty

BY: - June 10, 2021

On a recent blustery spring morning in Grand Junction, the parking lot outside the small office building at 760 Horizon Drive steadily filled up as the workday began. Employees filed in and headed towards office suites emblazoned with corporate logos: Shaw Construction, ProStar GeoCorp, Moody Insurance Agency, Chevron. None could be seen entering the Robert […]

Gianforte pushes active management strategy amid heightened wildfire threat

BY: - June 9, 2021

Montana is set to experience an above-average fire season, with more than 4 million acres of forest land at high risk for wildfires as well as insects and disease, state and federal officials said Wednesday. Persistent drought across much of Montana has left the state vulnerable to fire, especially east of the continental divide, according […]

After 3 bear encounters, Yellowstone is urging folks to be more ‘bear aware’

BY: - June 9, 2021

Summertime for national parks in Montana means millions of tourists — and for locals, the beginning of a stream of stories chronicling unaware tourists’ encounters with wildlife, ranging from clueless to dangerous. In the roughly month or so since visitations have begun a steep increase, Yellowstone National Park has had three documented close encounters of […]

Frustrated local leaders want Congress to do more to protect drinking water

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—Local officials and community leaders on Wednesday pushed Congress to designate toxic chemicals that are contaminating drinking water as hazardous materials, which would trigger federal cleanup standards. In addition, two Democratic senators from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, introduced legislation that would put additional obligations on the Pentagon to initiate cleanup at military bases. […]

Glacier: Prepare for crowds in 2021; some campsites still closed

BY: - June 8, 2021

More locations and services in Glacier National Park are gradually opening as summer gets closer, the park said in a news release Tuesday. Glacier National Park said it is offering additional services and visitor opportunities as the summer season approaches. The new Going-to-the-Sun Road Ticketed Entry reservation system took effect May 28, 2021. Entry reservation […]

Public lands pick Stone-Manning fends off objections from Senate Republicans

BY: - June 8, 2021

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Tuesday grilled public lands nominee Tracy Stone-Manning of Montana about her past opposition to an “energy dominance” agenda, as well as her 2020 support for the Democratic challenger to a GOP senator from her home state who sits on the committee. The sometimes rancorous hearing previewed a […]