Montana

The grand plan to save the Yellowstone River
The grand plan to save the Yellowstone River
Can one man’s pie-in-the-sky idea save one the West’s most iconic and underloved rivers?
Taking water’s measure
Taking water’s measure
A three-day trip to measure Montana’s snowpack follows a century of tradition.
Why Native American women still have the highest rates of rape and assault
Why Native American women still have the highest rates of rape and assault
A flawed tribal court structure, little local law enforcement and a lack of funding fail to protect women from violence.
As delisting looms, grizzly advocates prepare for a final face-off
As delisting looms, grizzly advocates prepare for a final face-off
The Yellowstone grizzly population is poised to lose its endangered status, leaving protection in the hands of the states.
A coalition hopes to halt gold mine proposals near Yellowstone
A coalition hopes to halt gold mine proposals near Yellowstone
The group of business-owners seeks help from Washington to prevent mining north of the national park.
How tribes led the fight over Badger-Two Medicine oil and gas leases
Glacier National Park reshuffles native trout
Glacier National Park reshuffles native trout
The move will protect species at risk from climate change and invasive fish in new habitats.
In a dead-end prison town, a fraught journey home
In a dead-end prison town, a fraught journey home
A first-time novelist follows a quiet Montana man in the wake of grief.
New renewable energy projects may find opportunity in old transmission lines
New renewable energy projects may find opportunity in old transmission lines
A Montana wind energy project plans to make use of existing infrastructure built for coal.
Science trumps politics for wolverines
Science trumps politics for wolverines
A court ruling may force wolverines onto the endangered species list, and open the door for other animals threatened by climate change
Latest: Arch Coal ends its pursuit of Otter Creek coal
Latest: Arch Coal ends its pursuit of Otter Creek coal
The coal company has declared bankruptcy and is backing away from a project that sparked environmental concerns.
Take a page from the mountain goats
Take a page from the mountain goats
A parent contemplates risk assessment with kids in the mountains.
Latest: Wyoming drafts a Yellowstone grizzly management plan
Latest: Wyoming drafts a Yellowstone grizzly management plan
The plan could eventually include regulated hunting of the bears.
Can a legal victory make Indian Country whole again?
Can a legal victory make Indian Country whole again?
For over a century, federal law has split Native American land holdings into tiny pieces. A settlement unites some of the splinters, but at a steep cost.
Missoula’s rape problem
Missoula’s rape problem
Jon Krakauer’s latest book explores a flawed justice system that fails victims.
Oil bust puts tribes, towns over a barrel
Oil bust puts tribes, towns over a barrel
The Bakken bust has stranded schools and communities that hoped for revenue from a boom.
Are Clean Power Plan targets out of reach for Western states?
Are Clean Power Plan targets out of reach for Western states?
Experts say emissions targets are attainable, but uncertainty over how to get there remains.
Interactive timeline: Fish & Wildlife Service proposes to delist Yellowstone grizzly
Interactive timeline: Fish & Wildlife Service proposes to delist Yellowstone grizzly
Decision marks the second time the grizzly has faced loss of federal protection.
The science behind Yellowstone’s bison cull
The science behind Yellowstone’s bison cull
Some wildlife biologists say the cull makes sense — but not because bison can spread brucellosis.
New leader steps up for the American Lands Council
New leader steps up for the American Lands Council
Montana lawmaker takes over lands transfer group, as a new tendril of the movement emerges.
Montana tribe’s water deal clears major Senate milestone
Montana tribe’s water deal clears major Senate milestone
Blackfeet have waited decades to resolve their water claims but Congress is in no hurry.
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Montana rancher looks to the past to prepare for tomorrow’s climate
Montana rancher looks to the past to prepare for tomorrow’s climate
Can re-engineering the family ranch help it survive climate change?