Environment

How and why do scientist collect sediment cores in Yellowstone Lake?

BY: and - September 27, 2021

In August 2021, Yellowstone Volcano Observatory scientists collected sediment cores from the floor of Yellowstone Lake. Analysis of the sediment composition, as well as the fluids contained within the sediment, can provide new information about hydrothermal activity occurring out of view beneath the lake water. Although hidden from view of the many visitors to Yellowstone, the […]

Fire conditions are improving, but Haystack and other destructive blazes still rage

BY: - September 24, 2021

State fire officials are urging “continued vigilance” as the cooler temps and shorter days of autumn set in, taking the worst out of a severe fire season in Montana but doing little to remedy underlying conditions that leave much of the state at risk. In a briefing with Gov. Greg Gianforte this week, fire officials […]

White House seeks at least $24B to aid Louisiana, other states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during the last […]

Yellowstone: One man likely drowned, crews search for missing companion at Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park

BY: - September 21, 2021

Park search and rescue crews located the body of Mark O’Neill along the east shore of Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park Monday, Sept. 20, Yellowstone National Park said in a news release Tuesday. In a brief phone call Tuesday, the park said O’Neill likely died by drowning. O’Neill, 67, from Chimacum, Washington, and his […]

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 […]