More states strive to make parks, trails accessible to people with disabilities

BY: - November 18, 2023

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — Perched high on rugged cliffs overlooking Lake Superior, Split Rock Lighthouse dominates the shoreline. Visitors from across the country make the 113-year-old beacon one of the most-photographed lighthouses in the country. The most spectacular view, many say, is from Pebble Beach, reachable only by a steep, winding forest trail that snakes […]

Problems plaguing small outdoor recreation businesses explored at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - November 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — Operators and promoters of outdoor recreation companies said at a U.S. Senate hearing that small tourist businesses like theirs are a critical part of the rural U.S. economy facing multiple challenges. Witnesses before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on Wednesday listed climate change, inflation, high gas prices and a potential […]

UAW announces tentative deal with Stellantis, expands strike against GM

BY: - October 29, 2023

The United Auto Workers announced Saturday that it has reached a tentative agreement to end the 44-day strike against Stellantis, following a similar deal with Ford earlier in the week. “On Day 44 of our Stand Up Strike, I am honored to announce that our union is again victorious. Once again we’ve achieved just weeks […]

First fully electric, autonomous tractor in the Midwest unveiled in Missouri

BY: - September 21, 2023

The University of Missouri rolled out its first all-electric, autonomous tractor earlier this month, calling it a “revolutionary piece of technology” that could pioneer new agricultural practices and make farming more efficient and sustainable. The Monarch MK-V tractor, bought with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the Midwest’s first fully autonomous tractor, […]

Strike! United Auto Workers declares historic strike against Detroit Three automakers.

BY: - September 15, 2023

The United Auto Workers declared a strike at midnight Thursday after negotiations for a new contract failed with “Detroit Three” auto manufacturers: Ford, General Motors and Stellantis. This is the first time in the union’s history it has gone on strike against all three automakers. UAW President Shawn Fain told members at the picket line […]

Federal aviation bill passed by U.S. House, with boost for smaller airports 

BY: - July 21, 2023

The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for five years, including a big increase in subsidies for airlines providing flights to smaller markets. The chamber voted 351-67 to approve the bill, which would authorize $104 billion for the agency through 2028, increase authorized spending levels for rural aviation programs and […]

Cleanup crews pick up pieces of solidified asphalt that spilled out of train cars after a derailment and bridge collapse on June 24, 2023, near Reed Point.

Officials say 12K pounds of asphalt removed from Yellowstone River thus far after train derailment

BY: - July 5, 2023

Crews over the holiday weekend finished removing the remaining train cars from the Yellowstone River after last month’s derailment and bridge collapse near Reed Point, and while cleanup efforts continue, officials will no longer perform daily water quality testing after finding no harmful hydrocarbon or sulfur levels downstream of the crash. Nearly two weeks after […]

A Montana Rail Link train derailed on Twin Bridge east of Reed Point on the morning of Saturday, June 24, 2023.

Dive team to assess derailed train cars in Yellowstone River before removal

BY: - June 26, 2023

A dive team and large crane will assess the condition of the 10 rail cars in the Yellowstone River east of Reed Point to try to remove them after Saturday morning’s derailment and bridge collapse. The Montana Rail Link 55-car train derailed around 6 a.m. about five miles east of Reed Point in Stillwater County […]

Sign of the times: Montana DOT tells residents to remove Pinocci signs or department will

BY: - March 29, 2023

The Montana Department of Transportation has sent letters to residents and Public Service Commissioner Randy Pinocci, a Republican from Sun River, warning them to either take down political signage from the 2022 election or face penalties. Pinocci, a former state legislator who won re-election to the Public Service Commission in 2022 running unopposed, had his […]

Denver airport CEO withdraws as FAA nominee after attacks by U.S. Senate Republicans

BY: - March 27, 2023

Phil Washington, the chief executive of Denver International Airport and President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Federal Aviation Administration, withdrew from consideration in the face of persistent Republican opposition, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg confirmed Saturday night. Reuters first reported Washington’s withdrawal and Buttigieg confirmed it in a late Saturday tweet. Republicans had attacked Washington as unqualified for […]

Native American agricultural leaders detail farm bill priorities at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - March 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — A roundtable of Native American agricultural leaders at a recent U.S. Senate hearing lobbied for increased sovereignty and social justice in the coming farm bill by expanding tribes’ jurisdiction over U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. It’s called “638” authority and refers to Public Law 93-638, which gives tribes the power to manage certain federal […]

Priorities for rail safety bill debated in U.S. Senate hearing with Norfolk Southern CEO

BY: - March 24, 2023

Members of a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday previewed what they would push for in bipartisan rail safety legislation likely to progress through Congress in the aftermath of the East Palestine, Ohio, derailment. Democrats and Republicans on the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hinted they wanted to strengthen requirements about reporting hazardous cargo, […]