Items by Wendy Beye

The end of coal is bringing a wrenching transition
The end of coal is bringing a wrenching transition
Mixed feelings from the anti-coal bandwagon as closures wreak havoc on small-town economies.
Reflecting on the tragedy of the young 'invincibles'
Missoula and the revelations of rape
Target practice with a vengeance
A truth-teller gets punished in Montana
A truth-teller gets punished in Montana
What happens when a politician calls college football players thugs?
When road hogs get really, really big
When road hogs get really, really big
Getting stuck behind a megaload in rural Montana.
Floods, fire ... are locusts next?
Floods, fire ... are locusts next?
First floods, then fire -- natural disasters pound a small Montana community.
Lessons From the Musselshell: small steps toward recovery
Ranchers try to make sense of the alphabet soup of grants, loans, and regulations affecting their recovery efforts
On the road, again and again
On the road, again and again
Sports teams in small, remote Western towns playing at far-flung schools keep their families on the road all winter long.
Lessons from the Musselshell: the aftermath
Ranchers along Montana's Musselshell River had a long way to go after floods damaged their fields and equipment
Lessons From the Musselshell: The Flood
Mother Nature serves up a nasty spring surprise to folks along the Musselshell River
Lessons From the Musselshell: The Careless Creek Experiment
An important tributary of the Musselshell River is rescued from dire straits
Lessons Learned From the Musselshell: River History
The Musselshell River, on its way to recovery
Bootstrapping in Roundup
Bootstrapping in Roundup
When the Musselshell River flooded Roundup, Mont., it did damage to everything but the townsfolk's indomitable spirit.
Big Sky country, bigger abuse
Big Sky country, bigger abuse
Tragic tales of animal abuse and neglect stain the beauty of the Last Best Place.
Consider slaughterhouses for unwanted wild horses
Consider slaughterhouses for unwanted wild horses
With so many unwanted horses abandoned to starve these days, it’s time to reconsider slaughterhouses.
Wolves: The debate is seldom rational
Wolves: The debate is seldom rational
The great Western wolf debate is as emotional as ever.
Good fences don't mangle wildlife
Good fences don't mangle wildlife
It's better to live without fences altogether, but if you must put up a fence in a wild landscape, don't use the woven wire ones.
My dad and the quail he loved
Wendy Beye remembers her father, who worked hard to save the California quail during his years as a state Fish and Game manager near the Mojave Desert.
The risky business of fighting fire in the West
A flight instructor mourns the recent deaths of three fire-fighting pilots and fears more may die during this summer’s fire season
Hell’s fires burn in the Northern Rockies
A Montana pilot flies a fire spotter over the western part of the state in one of the worst fire seasons she’s ever known
Hell’s mountains are in the Northern Rockies
Firespotter Wendy Beye recaps a hellish fire season in the Northern Rockies
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