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Calming computer jitters: Help for seniors who aren’t tech-savvy

BY: - July 25, 2021

Six months ago, Cindy Sanders, 68, bought a computer so she could learn how to email and have Zoom chats with her great-grandchildren. It’s still sitting in a box, unopened. “I didn’t know how to set it up or how to get help,” said Sanders, who lives in Philadelphia and has been extremely careful during […]

FEMA approves funding to combat Buffalo fire

BY: - July 19, 2021

Federal authorities approved Montana’s request for grant money to combat the Buffalo fire burning in Yellowstone County, according to a press release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 285 homes in and around the Huntley, which were under an evacuation order. The fire was also […]

Oklahoma man ordered to rewrite part of a book in sentencing for crimes at Yellowstone

BY: - July 19, 2021

A federal court magistrate has sentenced an Oklahoma man to jail, fines and has ordered him to rewrite part of his book as a result of a conviction for seven counts of illegal activities and violations stemming from his “guided tours” of Yellowstone National Park. Theodore Eugene Garland, 60, Edmond, Oklahoma, was sentenced by Magistrate […]

Meet Yellowstone National Park’s sibling, Taupō, New Zealand

BY: - July 19, 2021

Yellowstone is not the only large caldera system in the world.  Caldera systems can be found all over the planet. In New Zealand, the Taupō caldera system shares many similarities with Yellowstone—a history of large eruptions, geysers and hot springs, and even earthquake swarms and ground deformation, some of which might be related to magmatic intrusions. […]

Yellowstone National Park sets June attendance record

BY: - July 15, 2021

Yellowstone National Park hosted 938,845 recreation visits in June 2021, making it the park’s most-visited June on record. This is a 64% increase from June 2020 (573,205 recreational visits) and a 20% increase from June 2019 (781,853 recreation visits). So far in 2021, the park has hosted 1,587,998 recreation visits, up 17% from 2019. This […]

Schumer: Federal government should legalize weed

BY: - July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis. To that end, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal for removing cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances […]

UPDATED: Two dead, hostage safe in incident that ended outside Glacier National Park

BY: - July 15, 2021

The suspect in a Great Falls homicide and kidnapping is dead and an investigation is underway after the suspect fled Cascade County following police’s response early Thursday to a domestic disturbance, according to law enforcement officers. A news release Thursday from the Great Falls Police Department noted the hostage was safe with law enforcement and […]

Gianforte issues statewide wildland fire emergency

BY: - July 14, 2021

With moderate to severe drought conditions in nearly 85 percent of the state and no end to temperatures reaching triple digits, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has declared a statewide wildland fire emergency, which will allow him to mobilize state and National Guard resources as well as ask for other state’s help in battling blazes. Gianforte’s […]

Bipartisan effort in Congress to give veterans free access to national parks

BY: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee hearing in support of bipartisan legislation that would give veterans and Gold Star families free lifetime access to national parks and public federal lands. “No one is more worthy of experiencing open access to the incredible places that these men and women have […]

Department of Commerce: More than $10M in rent, assistance, paid

BY: - July 8, 2021

Montana Housing announced Thursday that more than $10 million in rent and utility assistance has been paid to support Montanans who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were at risk of housing instability, according to a news release from the Montana Department of Commerce. The federally funded assistance is provided by […]

The bison are back: Bison could appear in Glacier soon

BY: - July 8, 2021

A herd of at least 75 or 85 bison may be released even within a year or so to land in the Chief Mountain area of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, with freedom to wander onto their native land, now Glacier National Park, according to the Buffalo Program of the Blackfeet Nation. “There’s no fences, no […]

Bear responsible for fatal Ovando attack remains elusive as more details around incident emerge

BY: - July 7, 2021

Campsites are closed until Sunday in Ovando as wildlife agents continue to search for the grizzly bear responsible for a fatal attack on a bicycle camper early Tuesday morning. In a news release Wednesday, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said the bear initially awoke the bicycle camper — identified as Leah Davis Lokan, 65, of […]