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  The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute’s 13th annual land-use conference will be held in Denver on March 11 and 12. Guest speakers include Carolyn Raffensperger, director of Science and Environmental Health Network, and Hal Clifford, executive editor of The Orion Society; panels range from "Land Use Decisions and Water Quality" to "Smart Growth, Nimbyism and the Public Interest: A Report Card."
www.law.du.edu/rmlui.

Head to Missoula between Feb. 20 and 25 for this year’s Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The event will feature 75 films, including both brand-new films and historic and classic works, as well as discussions with the artists. Prices range from $5 for a single matinee to $50 for an all-screenings pass.
www.bigskyfilmfest.org.
406-728-0753

Attention, students: Stretch your brains, sharpen your pencils and submit your best ideas to the Wallace Stegner Essay Contest. This year’s topic is "Reconciling Boomers with Nesters in the Emerging West." College students and high school Advanced Placement students should submit their essays before April 30 and May 28, respectively.
www.gallatin.org
www.free-eco.org.