Gun buybacks are popular. But are they effective?

BY: - September 5, 2022

Two weeks ago, more than 160 gun owners in Richmond, Virginia, turned in 474 firearms in the city’s first-ever gun buyback event. City officials offered Walmart, Amazon and Kroger gift cards in various amounts for different unwanted firearms: $250 for assault-style weapons, $200 for handguns, $150 for rifles and $25 for non-functioning guns. No questions […]

Charter’s last stand? Ranchers, Signal Peak may prove that coal and cows can’t coexist

BY: - September 4, 2022

ROUNDUP – When Signal Peak Energy began the process of kicking Steve Charter and his cows off his own land, they made two mistakes. First, they didn’t send the notice by certified mail – a ministerial technicality that may delay the inevitable process for another six months. Secondly, they didn’t really reckon with a wiry […]

Real estate prices, rising rents, put pressure on University of Montana, Montana State

BY: - September 3, 2022

Escalating rents in Montana are putting pressure on campus housing, and both flagship universities are at or near capacity as the school year begins. Montana State University in Bozeman said it has not found a correlation between high campus housing demand and inaccessible real estate in the community, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, […]

Three high profile faculty with Native American expertise depart University of Montana

BY: - September 1, 2022

Three high-profile faculty whose work include a focus on Native American fields have left the University of Montana for larger research institutions. Last month, the University of Washington announced that Monte Mills had joined the campus as a member of the law faculty and would lead its Native American Law Center. Mills, whose focus includes […]

What infrared monitoring can teach us about Yellowstone National Park

BY: - August 30, 2022

Thermal infrared satellite images are an important volcano monitoring tool that can be used to estimate surface temperature. And, in fact, these data are freely available for Yellowstone and many other volcanoes worldwide! But interpreting these images is not as straightforward as it might seem—what shows up as either hot or cold depends on a […]

Congressman’s wife died after taking herbal remedy marketed for diabetes, weight loss

BY: - August 27, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The wife of a Northern California congressman died late last year after ingesting a plant that is generally considered safe and is used as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, including diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol, Kaiser Health News has learned. Lori McClintock, the wife of U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, […]

Montana Jewish Project successfully purchases former Helena synagogue

BY: - August 25, 2022

The Montana Jewish Project has simultaneously shattered history and made history as it announced it had reached its goal of purchasing the building that served as the Helena community’s synagogue until 1935. On Thursday, the project announced that it was purchasing the building formerly known as Temple Emanu-el, which had housed the capital city’s pioneering […]

CSKT honor late council member Anita Matt, flying flags at half-staff

BY: - August 24, 2022

Confederated and Salish Kootenai Tribal Council member Anita Matt died Monday according to a CSKT press release. The tribes will fly flags at half-staff to honor Matt, who had served in her position representing the Dixon District since 2016. “She is remembered as a dedicated public servant who put family and community first, which was […]

Students from Vietnam and Montana swimming in Halong Bay, Vietnam / Contributed by Elizabeth Harrison

University of Montana US-Vietnam exchange inspires students to ‘dare to dream’

BY: - August 22, 2022

Before traveling to Vietnam, 18-year-old Montana State University student Maggie Vann’s only understanding of the Southeast Asian country was through the perspective of the U.S. – Vietnam War.  The recent Hellgate graduate knew of the strained and often violent relationship the two countries had from the controversial conflict generations past, but after she spent most […]

Into the zone of death: Four days spent deep in the Yellowstone National Park backcountry

BY: - August 22, 2022

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, IDAHO – The ranger warned us before we attempted to enter the “zone of death.” Millions of people visit Yellowstone National Park each year, but one of the least visited parts of the park, the so-called zone of death, lies in Idaho. It’s rugged and remote, with no roads, a place where […]

States turn to ‘yellow alerts’ to nab hit-and-run drivers

BY: - August 22, 2022

Debbie Geneau was on her way to the bank in Bakersfield, California, one afternoon in July 2020, when three cars headed in the opposite direction crashed. One hit the divider and went airborne, landing on top of Geneau’s Dodge Charger, killing the 65-year-old office manager. The driver responsible for the chain-reaction crash fled the scene. […]

Tribe embraces recreational marijuana sales on reservation where alcohol is banned

BY: - August 21, 2022

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — In a growing number of U.S. states, people can both drink alcohol and legally smoke recreational marijuana. In others, they can use alcohol but not pot. But on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the opposite is true: Marijuana is legal, but booze is banned. Citizens of the Oglala […]