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The flight of the Nez Perce through Yellowstone National Park

BY: and - August 9, 2022

Throughout its history, Yellowstone has been frequented by numerous indigenous tribes. All of these groups have a unique and cherished tale bonding them with the land upon which Yellowstone sits, but perhaps one of the most harrowing and tragic recent stories is that of the Nez Perce (Nimiipu). In the summer of 1877, the gold rush […]

Part of Stillwater River closed to watercraft because of exposed pipeline

BY: - August 8, 2022

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks has closed the Stillwater River to all watercraft between Absaroka Fishing Access Site and the confluence of the Rosebud River, which is just upstream of Jeffreys Landing Fishing Access Site. Working closely with Stillwater County Commissioners, FWP is providing an emergency closure of the area until further […]

USDA, state want to put more Montana food on Treasure State tables

BY: - August 4, 2022

The Montana Department of Agriculture wants to keep homegrown food on local dinner tables and so it has signed a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture to promote local producers. The USDA granted Montana $600,000 from the $400 million Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program as part of the Biden administration’s […]

Inflation exacts a heavier toll on rural Americans than on urban households

BY: - August 4, 2022

Barbara Kalbach is a fourth-generation family farmer and a registered nurse from Dexter, Iowa, and she commutes 17 miles every time she needs to go to work, the store or the doctor. The Kalbachs, along with other rural households, are experiencing a greater strain on their disposable income than their urban counterparts due to inflation. […]

Billings Symphony presents ‘Welcome to Indian Country’ to kick off season

BY: - August 3, 2022

Spend an evening in celebration of Native culture through contemporary music and storytelling during Welcome to Indian Country on Saturday, Aug. 13, presented by the Billings Symphony. This event kicks off the symphony’s 2022-2023 season, featuring 30 events at 13 venues throughout Billings. Welcome to Indian Country is a five-piece Indigenous music ensemble joined by […]

Meat processed in Montana facilities more than doubled in the last fiscal year.

BY: - August 2, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Tuesday that meat processed in Montana facilities more than doubled in the last fiscal year. “Montana meat processors continued their strong momentum, more than doubling the amount of meat processed over the last year,” Gianforte said in a press release. “This news is a testament to the Montana work ethic, and […]

Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Witnesses in a Tuesday hearing detailed to a U.S. Senate committee how investors and stagnant wages are driving an eviction and housing crisis across the U.S. The chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said that families are being priced out of buying homes, and rising […]

Montana adds more ‘hoot owl’ fishing restrictions

BY: - August 2, 2022

Daily hoot owl fishing restrictions are being implemented for sections of the Shields, Madison, Ruby, East Gallatin, Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers and Silver Bow Creek to reduce fish stress and mortality during high water temperatures. Hoot owl restrictions prohibit fishing each day between 2 p.m. and midnight. These restrictions go into effect at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. […]

Are you 100? If so, Montana wants to hear from you.

BY: - August 2, 2022

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) wants to honor Montana centenarians during the 53rd annual Governor’s Conference on Aging Oct. 4 – 5, 2022. The hybrid event will take place at the Copper King Convention Center in Butte with a virtual attendance option. Centenarians will be honored at a luncheon that will […]

Billings Symphony executive director leaving for Nevada

BY: - August 2, 2022

The Billings Symphony announced on Tuesday that Executive Director Ignacio Barrón Viela will leave the Billings Symphony to pursue another opportunity. The Reno Philharmonic has selected Barrón Viela as President & CEO, following a national search. “We appreciate Ignacio’s work over nearly four years and all that he has accomplished in that time,” said Billings […]

How new technology is unlocking secrets of the 1959 Hebgen Lake quake

BY: - August 2, 2022

Major earthquakes that rupture up to the ground surface and form fault scarps are rare occurrences in the Intermountain West during historical times. For an earthquake to generate surface rupture it typically needs to have a magnitude of 6.5 or greater. Only three historical earthquakes have produced surface ruptures in the Intermountain West; the magnitude 6.6 […]

Investors bought nearly a quarter of U.S. homes last year, driving up prices

BY: - August 1, 2022

Investors bought nearly a quarter of U.S. single-family homes that sold last year, often driving up rents for suburban families in the process. The issue is especially acute in some Sun Belt states amid evidence that investors often can outbid other buyers, keeping starter homes out of the hands of would-be owners, especially suburban Black […]