Conservation groups win Forest Service challenge to elk, grizzly habitat in Helena National Forest

BY: - December 29, 2021

In what two conservation groups are calling a victory for the average hunter wanting hunting access for elk, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council have won a lawsuit against the United States Forest Service to halt commercial logging and road building on public lands near Lincoln. Filed in U.S. District Court […]

‘Zoom towns’ take aim at vacation rentals in western states

BY: - December 29, 2021

DEPOE BAY, Oregon — Postcards with big promises began showing up in mailboxes in Oregon coastal communities in 2019: “Rent your home short term, use it when you want to, guaranteed $5,000 more monthly income than you’re earning with your current property management firm,” recalled Monica Kirk, a retiree. Kirk’s neighborhood began to transform almost […]

It could happen to you: Billings couple takes sewer back-up fight to Montana’s highest court

BY: - December 28, 2021

When Ariane Wittman saw a toilet in the lower level of her Billings Heights home overflowing on June 19, 2019, she couldn’t imagine the cause. When she found out what it was, she wished didn’t know. The first clue was a cigarette butt coming up through the murky water. No one in her house smoked. […]

Wolf trapping now allowed in all MT Wolf Management Units

BY: - December 27, 2021

Wolf trapping is now open in all Montana Wolf Management Units, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks announced Monday. FWP said the decision to open fully came after monitoring grizzly bear activity across most of the state. Before Monday, 11 of the 17 Wolf Management Units were open for trapping in the state. And the five […]

Where the color runs out: Why some Yellowstone pools have a lot of color, while others don’t

BY: - December 27, 2021

Yellowstone hot springs are renowned for their amazing colors, many of which are created by photosynthetic processes. The colors vary depending on water temperature and chemistry. Hot springs are natural laboratories that allow us to explore how life is able to adapt and thrive in what humans consider to be extreme conditions. Heat tolerance, especially, […]

Montana film industry excited about growth but needs more buy-in from the state

BY: - December 26, 2021

Going into Montana’s 2021 legislative session, a $20 million film and television studio was slotted to open in Missoula, but after an insufficient increase to the state’s film tax credit, the company abandoned its plans. The 10.7-acre lot will now be home to an electrical trucking facility. “It was disappointing for everyone in our community,” […]

Snow followed by freezing temps expected in Montana over holiday weekend

BY: - December 23, 2021

With snow, wind and cold on the way, holiday travelers will need to be especially diligent navigating highways and passes while skiers may benefit from better riding conditions. Starting Thursday afternoon, a cold front that plans to stick around to the middle of next week will be making its way through Montana, according to NWS […]

Why can’t we drill in Yellowstone to stop eruptions, make power?

BY: - December 21, 2021

Drilling is often suggested as a means of preventing Yellowstone from erupting. It seems like a reasonable idea, but the volcano doesn’t work that way. And while it might be possible to generate power by geothermal drilling, that would risk disturbing the thermal features of Yellowstone—one-of-a-kind geologic and cultural treasures, with no way back when […]

When the sap starts to flow (in Montana)

BY: - December 19, 2021

On a mild spring day in 2015, David Knudson had an uncharacteristic amount of time on his hands. He had recently left his job as a cheese maker at Lifeline Creamery to stay home with his children.    Standing in his yard and looking up at the trees in front of his house, Knudson felt a […]

Not all ash falls from the sky

BY: - December 17, 2021

Volcanism in the Yellowstone region has generated a lot of ash over the last several million years.  Rivers, including the ancestral Missouri River, have played an important role in distributing this ash across the landscape of southwestern Montana. When we think of the Yellowstone hotspot, we commonly think of the volcanic scars left behind as the […]

Glacier National Park continues ticketed entry, with changes

BY: - December 13, 2021

You’ll need a ticket again to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road next summer, and you’ll need one for the Polebridge entrance to the North Fork as well, Glacier National Park announced Monday. “You can still go to Polebridge, go to the Mercantile and get a huckleberry bear claw,” said Gina Kerzman, public affairs officer for Glacier […]

Hurry back, Timberjack

BY: - December 13, 2021

Gentle suggestion, dear reader: Before plunging into what comes next, warm up in the bullpen by Googling “Timberjack movie song.” (Or click on the link here.) Or don’t, if you don’t want to have the song bouncing between your ears for the next few days, or weeks, or years.  Ready? Maybe you heard that former […]