Montana

A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor
A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Tiny bits of plastic permeate our world
Tiny bits of plastic permeate our world
From alpine headwaters to city water supplies, the West is awash in microscopic pollutants.
Latest: Wyoming and Idaho to hold grizzly hunts
Latest: Wyoming and Idaho to hold grizzly hunts
Lawsuits loom over the first hunting tags given in 44 years.
Down — but far from out — in Drummond
In Drummond: Ranch Life in the West, Jill Brody uses photographs and interviews to paint a vivid portrait of life in a hardscrabble Montana ranching town
Montana tells the federal government to butt out
The writer hails Montana's Legislature as it rebukes the federal government over access fees on public lands and the Patriot Act
Buildup to disaster: A Libby timeline
A timeline traces the decline of logging, the rise of environmentalism, and the slow asbestos poisoning of Libby, Montana, by its vermiculite mine
Follow-up
Owyhee Canyonlands wilderness comes closer to Idaho; Bush funds CALFED; oil and gas brings money to Rocky Mountain states; National Wildlife Federation says federal Conservation Reserve Program is abused
Election-year environmentalism
The Bush administration halts three gas wells on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, and tosses a few more election-year bones to environmentalists and hunters
Fighting for the Rocky Mountain Front: Montana rancher Karl Rappold
Montana rancher Karl Rappold is determined to save his beloved Rocky Mountain Front from development by the oil and gas industry
Heard around the West
Bear "product inspectors"; Rapid City, S.D., supports transsexual city councilman; road rage afflicts runners in Boulder, Colo.; feral llamas; bovine back-scratchers; candidate Linda Kelsch tells Utah Legislature to mind its own morals
I've tried, but I can't eat the view
Missoula, Mont., like many amenity-rich Western towns, is becoming too expensive for its working-class population
The grizzly's in the house — or at least, the yard
Doug Chadwick’s new book, True Grizz: Glimpses of Fernie, Stahr, Easy, Dakota and Other Real Bears in the Modern World, clears away rip-snorting tales to introduce people to actual grizzlies
Heard around the West
Arnold Schwarzenegger and hydrogen-powered cars; 19th century operas vs. political correctness; dogs vs. coyotes in Telluride; turning Mount Democrat into a Republican; Sen. Pete Dominici loses wallet and identity; stupid bank-robber tricks; and honk if y
Filmmakers Filmmakers Dru Carr and Doug Hawes-Davis: Documenting the Evolving West
Dru Carr and Doug Hawes-Davis formed High Plains Films to make environmental documentaries that are even-handed, humane, and not at all preachy
The West's mythmakers are now its newcomers
Montana "characters" may be more a creation of newcomers who feed on and then in turn feed our Western myths than a real reflection of Montana’s character and past
Asbestos beyond Libby city limits
In their new book, An Air That Kills, reporters Andrew Schneider and David McCumber tell the shocking story of how asbestos poisoned Libby, Mont., and continues to harm the nation
A new look at Yellowstone
With its beautiful photographs and fine writing, Pete Bengeyfield’s Incredible Vision: The Wildlands of Greater Yellowstone succeeds in giving readers a new look at an often-photographed landscape
Should the Forest Service be blamed for a snowmobile wreck
Judge Don Molloy finds the Forest Service partly liable in the 1996 Montana snowmobile wreck that injured Brian Musselman, and some snowmobilers are worried about the ruling’s impacts on their sport
Yellowstone snowmobilers suffer whiplash
Judge Emmet Sullivan reinstates a Clinton-era ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks
Follow-up
$11 million is set aside for a nuclear trigger factory that Carlsbad, N.M., is hoping to host; Yucca Mountain, Nev., gets $580 million for nuclear waste storage; no extra water for the Rio Grande silvery minnow; Pentagon wins exemptions to environmental l
A cheer for runaway bison and the Rocky Mountain Front
The Rocky Mountain Front in Montana is precious land, and it is under threat from the Bush administration’s predatory energy policy
Butte ponders the power of Evel
Notorious daredevil Evel Knievel is the star of Butte, Montana’s "Evel Knievel Daze," but not everybody in his hometown looks up to him
Heard Around the West
Mountain lion kittens in trouble; Despair, Inc.; escaping buffalo in Great Falls; high country nudes in Issaquah; and Boo Boo Blodgett wins the Rez Car Parade
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