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NPS taking more comment on Lamar Ranch plan

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — The National Park Service is accepting more public comment on proposed infrastructure improvements at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park.

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Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Montanans are gearing up for the latest round in the coal wars, with industry supporters trying to protect jobs while environmentalists seek a shift to renewable energy.

July 20, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

DES MOINES, Iowa — The yearslong fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

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An alpine hike minutes from downtown Bozeman

An alpine hike minutes from downtown Bozeman

BOZEMAN — When people ask why I love living in Bozeman, the first thing that comes to mind is the community. A close second is access to the outdoors. And I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

July 19, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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Simpson: E. Idaho sheep station will remain open

BOISE, Idaho — A sheep research facility that has operated for about a century on the Idaho-Montana border will remain open, Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho said.

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FWP investigating pike in Lake Mary Ronan

KALISPELL — The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks plans an investigation to determine if a fisherman's report that he caught two pike in Lake Mary Ronan last month indicates a serious problem.

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Polson proposes tripling water, sewer rates

POLSON — The Polson City Commission has proposed tripling the city's water and sewer rates to pay for a $19 million wastewater and sewage treatment plant needed to meet federal discharge regulations that take effect in 2018.

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Demolition begins on idle Wyoming plant

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A project to demolish and clean up a former oil refinery and chemical plant is underway in west Laramie.

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Guest opinion: Climate change threat to U.S. national security

Climate change is an accelerating threat to national security.

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Park Service to ban drones in national parks

Park Service to ban drones in national parks

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service is taking steps to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways, saying the unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety.

June 20, 2014 4:50 pm Photos

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4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review …

June 14, 2014 11:01 pm Photos

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ExxonMobil refinery fire sends black smoke over Lockwood

ExxonMobil refinery fire sends black smoke over Lockwood

A fire at ExxonMobil refinery east of Billings sent heavy, black smoke over portions of Lockwood on Friday.

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Senators want bison declared national mammal

Senators want bison declared national mammal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Senators from the Dakotas are among those making another attempt to have the bison declared the national mammal, citing the animal's historical significance and importance to Native Americans.

June 11, 2014 9:13 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Energy jobs, health matter in writing emissions rules

Gazette opinion: Energy jobs, health matter in writing emissions rules

Like most “major” announcements coming out of Washington, D.C., the new rules on carbon dioxide emissions are more smoke than fire.

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Wyoming: Gas field pollution studies nearly done

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — State officials planning to meet with homeowners affected by tainted groundwater in a central Wyoming gas field said they have finished one investigation and were wrapping up another into possible causes of the pollution.

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Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

HELENA — The five Republican U.S. House candidates agreed on some issues in their final debate in Kalispell on Wednesday night, but several called into question the conservative credentials of state Sen. Ryan Zinke, of Whitefish.

May 28, 2014 10:05 pm Photos

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Big Sky Economic Development receives $400,000 in EPA grants for environmental testing

Big Sky Economic Development has received two Environmental Protection Agency grants worth $400,000 to conduct environmental testing for potential contamination from hazardous materials and petroleum.

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Increasing Bakken oil trains prompt concern farther West

Increasing Bakken oil trains prompt concern farther West

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest’s largest crude oil train terminal — the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long.

May 26, 2014 1:47 pm Photos

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Robert J. Samuelson: We have no solution to climate change

WASHINGTON — It would be healthy — in the sense of promoting honesty — if every report warning of global warming and climate change (the two terms are interchangeable) came with the following disclaimer:

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Guest opinion: EPA seeks clearer clean water rules

Montana is famous for its wild rivers. No one understood the importance of Western rivers more than the iconic author, Wallace Stegner — who spent his youth in Montana – when he famously said: “Water is the true wealth in a dry land.”

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