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Funding opportunity for tribal communities to address climate change

BY: - April 19, 2022

Tribal nations across the country have the opportunity to receive funding to address the unique impacts climate change has within their communities. “As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, Indigenous communities are facing unique climate-related challenges that pose existential threats to Tribal economies, infrastructure, lives, and livelihoods,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in […]

Montana State University report sheds light on newcomers to Treasure State

BY: - April 18, 2022

People moving into Montana seek the same things its residents appreciate — access to the outdoors, less congestion and a slower pace of life. In fact, 66 percent of newcomers to Montana rated a desirable natural environment as an important factor in their relocation, the most sought-after feature among a list of 22, according to […]

Scientists get together to role play volcano eruption predictions

BY: - April 12, 2022

In February, 100 scientists got together to practice coordinating themselves during a pretend volcanic eruption. As scientists who work on potentially active volcanoes, we ask ourselves “what” questions a lot. What if a volcano starts showing signs that it’s waking up? What sort of eruption might happen at a given volcano?  What types of hazards […]

Nearly $3 million bet in Montana on March Madness tournaments in 2022

BY: - April 11, 2022

For the second year in a row, nearly $3 million was bet in Montana on the men’s and women’s NCAA March Madness tournaments, with 2022 seeing slightly lower numbers. The two tournaments saw $2,891,042 worth of bets in 2022, with $2.75 million bet on the men’s tournament and $136,692 bet on the women’s. The average […]

COVID may have given night owls health a boost during pandemic with flexible work schedule

BY: - April 10, 2022

Many so-called “night people” feel that, when it comes to society’s expectations about when the workday should start, they drew the short straw. Research shows that “night owls” are hard-wired to sleep later, yet 9-to-5 work schedules force them to battle their physiology and wake up early. Research also has shown that conventional timetables leave […]

‘Sitting on a time bomb’: Mobile home residents at risk in red-hot housing market

BY: - April 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — Jon Zang walks his dog several times a day in his mobile home community in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. It’s quiet, as most of his neighbors are at work. But he often wonders how many more walks he and his bulldog mix, Ladybug, will have down the streets of the place he’s called […]

Yellowstone National Park opens some roads April 15

BY: - April 8, 2022

Beginning April 15, 2022, select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open to the public for the season, weather permitting. On Saturday, April 16, entrance fees will be waived in celebration of National Park Week. Roads open to the public April 15 West Entrance to Old Faithful Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful (via Norris) Norris to Canyon Village North Entrance […]

USS Billings will be decommissioned in 2023

BY: - April 7, 2022

Well, Billings, it was fun while it lasted. When it was planned and commissioned, it was hoped that at least the name, Billings, would be spread around the world as the USS Billings, a littoral-combat ship, patrolled the seas for the next four decades. But it appears that the $500 million ship, along with 14 […]

Scientists discover new thermal areas in Yellowstone National Park

BY: - April 4, 2022

On the North side of the Mallard Lake resurgent dome there are several isolated thermal areas that were recently mapped using high-resolution visible satellite and aerial data.  These are not new thermal areas like the one near Tern Lake; instead, they have been there for decades but eluded our thermal-area mapping—until now. In Yellowstone, thermal […]

Yellowstone County approves permit for NorthWestern Energy natural gas power plant in Laurel

BY: - March 29, 2022

Carol Blades remembers the eruption that looked like something from Yellowstone National Park, a geyser of water spraying into the air from beneath the Yellowstone River, just south of Laurel. She saw that as she was crossing the bridge less than a half-mile from her home, as she was being ordered out of her residence […]

New technique lands Yellowstone National Park scientists in hot water

BY: and - March 28, 2022

What do the subsurface fluid pathways look like for all of the hot springs and geysers scattered throughout Yellowstone?  A new set of data from an aerial electromagnetic survey provides a new perspective on this age-old challenge. Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, Mammoth Hot Springs, Steamboat Geyser, and Mud Volcano are just a few of […]

Montana Insurance Commissioner warns Montanans of flood risk

BY: - March 24, 2022

Montana Insurance Commissioner Troy Downing reminded residents to review and evaluate their flood insurance policies as spring approaches in a press release. Many flood insurance policies take up to 30 days before becoming effective and the release explained that many policyholders may not realize the coverage has the waiting period. Homeowners should evaluate specific factors […]