Items by Bruce Farling
During the droughty summer of 1988, irrigators sucked many Montana streams dry. The backlash could re-order the way the state manages water.
According to a February report published by the Western Organization of Resource Councils, the new tax rates have significantly reduced state income and not produced new jobs.
Butte, Montana is finding, under the leadership of an energetic chief executive, that there is life after mining.
The Clark Fork of the Columbia has been neglected and abused for decades, and is only now gaining the attention of people who are determined to bring it back to life.
Despite grim times, it appears that reports of the death of Montana's hardrock mining industry have been greatly exaggerated.
Although Montana's conservationists are willing to cooperate with Democratic Rep. Pat Williams, development interests are not.
The great wilderness experience, at times, becomes a continuing obsession with inappropriately placed pop-tops, cigarette butts and Jiffy Pop tins. I am hopelessly addicted to collecting wilderness trash.
Hit with rising unemployment and a potential $60 million budget shortfall, Montana faces another economic setback from the state's only railroad.
One thing Northwest Montana conservationists share with their counterparts elsewhere is an inordinate fondness for paper: legal briefs, affidavits and reams of memos.
When lumped together, Glacier National Park and the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness are at the hub of one of the West's largest wild areas. Yet they face mining, logging and other threats.
The debate has heated up in Montana over whether Champion International should be allowed to discharge treated wastewater year-round from its Frenchtown pulp mill into the Clark Fork River.
Taking advantage of the 1872 Mining Law and the exemption in the Wilderness Act, U.S. Borax and the American Smelting and Refining Company want to mine in Montana's Cabinet Mountains.
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