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Grouse by night: Research precedes huge wind farm

Grouse by night: Research precedes huge wind farm

SARATOGA, Wyo. — Research at the biggest wind farm project being developed in the U.S. right now seeks to help a chicken-size bird that, within a year, could be listed as a threatened or endangered species.

December 04, 2014 10:23 am Related Loading…
From the editor: What I learned from Tuesday's election

From the editor: What I learned from Tuesday's election

One of the first emails I received Wednesday morning, after just a five-hour hiatus from the office for what was more a nap than sleep, said, "How about this newspaper support Republicans instead of always supporting Democrats every single year?"

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Mead wants to avoid 'overreaction' on drilling setbacks

Mead wants to avoid 'overreaction' on drilling setbacks

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said Tuesday he hopes a proposal to increase the buffer between dwellings and oil rigs will prevent an increase in opposition to energy development.

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Guest opinion: Interior steps up for responsible development

Taking care of the land is a core value here in Montana. The beautiful open prairie in Wolf Point, where I live, embodies what it means to live in Big Sky country, and there is no place I would rather be.

April 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Consumer Counsel: NW dam purchase an expensive burden for ratepayers – and profitable for NW

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy’s proposed purchase of 12 hydro-electric dams in Montana could impose up to $800 million of excess costs on electric ratepayers the next 15 years, unless more risk is shifted to the company, a consumer expert says. 

April 04, 2014 4:15 pm
GOP senators block North Fork protection bill from advancing, but it's not dead yet

GOP senators block North Fork protection bill from advancing, but it's not dead yet

HELENA — Montana’s newest U.S. senator, Democrat John Walsh, tried Thursday to pass the bill protecting the North Fork of the Flathead River from mineral development, but a trio of Republican senators blocked the move.

April 03, 2014 5:29 pmLoading…

Fairfield wind project to rise from the plains

GREAT FALLS — Construction crews working on the 10 megawatt Fairfield Wind Generation Project have braved cold and snow to prepare the site north of Fairfield for the installation of six wind turbines to harness the steady winds that blow out of the southwest.

March 24, 2014 3:28 pmLoading…
Guest opinion: Montana's sage grouse worth protecting

Guest opinion: Montana's sage grouse worth protecting

After a century or two of obscurity, the sage grouse has been getting a lot of attention lately. It’s not just about sage grouse, but where it lives and what it presents: Montana’s healthy sagebrush habitats.

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An aerial view shows the Industrial Heartland Complex

An aerial view shows the Industrial Heartland Complex

An aerial view shows the Industrial Heartland Complex, a 200,000-acre development dedicated to oil, chemical and related industries in Alberta, Canada. Nine Wyoming lawmakers toured the location to explore the benefits of bringing an energy “mega campus” to the state.

March 14, 2014 6:02 pm

Guest opinion: Montanans propose 3rd way to cleaner coal

Montana’s raw beauty and wide-open spaces are inexorably joined to harsh conditions like these recent minus 30 temperatures. Such dangerous conditions mean that neighbors sometimes have to work together just to survive even when they have a history of past conflicts. Maybe this is why Montan…

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Guest opinion: Baucus' tax reform must be fair to energy industry

Sen. Max Baucus has one major piece of unfinished business he’s scrambling to complete before he officially leaves office. Last year, he took on the mammoth task of completely overhauling our nation’s tax structure — an undertaking that is sorely needed to help our economy and create jobs. M…

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Chamber News: We need your help in developing 'Chamber of the Future'

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “When you are done changing, you’re done.” Change should be embraced, and as a community we can lead the change we want to see.

December 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
North Dakota working to import sage grouse from Montana

North Dakota working to import sage grouse from Montana

BISMARCK, N.D. — Wildlife officials hope to move as many as 60 greater sage grouse from Montana to North Dakota over the next two years to boost a waning population.

July 19, 2013 8:30 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Wind power subsidies no windfall for taxpayers

WASHINGTON — “The thing about money is that when you have it you don’t need it and when you need it you don’t have it,” my grandfather used to tell me. He could have said the same thing about wind power. It’s most abundant when demand for energy is lowest and least abundant when demand is highest.

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Bullock: Veto of assistance bill was fiscally necessary

Bullock: Veto of assistance bill was fiscally necessary

Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday defended his veto of a bill that would have provided up to $15 million in financial assistance to Eastern Montana counties feeling the effects of rapid energy development.

May 08, 2013 4:14 pm Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Nuke power, carbon sequestration can solve climate challenge

The debate continues about climate change. Is it a natural phenomenon? Is it man-induced? Most likely, it is a combination of both but to what degree? Even if it is partly man-induced, the U.S. must take the lead in developing technologies that can achieve a dramatic decline in carbon emissi…

March 16, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: We must remove barriers to energy exploration

WASHINGTON — Can increasing American energy exploration improve our economy? Yes, but more to the point, it’s already happening.

February 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Wyoming lawmakers consider grants for energy towns

Wyoming lawmakers consider grants for energy towns

CHEYENNE — Wyoming lawmakers are considering creating a way to offer grants to areas affected by energy development.

February 12, 2013 7:57 am Related Loading…

Bill aids Wyoming local governments impacted by energy booms, declines

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming House gave initial approval Wednesday to legislation that would provide funding to local governments impacted by energy booms and declines.

January 30, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…
No one testifies against bill to cut business equipment tax

No one testifies against bill to cut business equipment tax

HELENA — Business groups turned out Wednesday to support a Republican senator’s bill to further reduce the state’s property tax on business equipment.

January 23, 2013 11:10 amLoading…

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