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Forest Service to move regional office in Missoula

MISSOULA — The U.S. Forest Service plans to move its Region One headquarters out of a building in downtown Missoula in favor of a location at Fort Missoula on the outskirts of town.

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Wyoming carbon test site could be chosen soon

CASPER, Wyo. — The location of a proposed facility to test new technologies for capturing carbon dioxide from a working power plant could be selected by state officials within the next few months, a utility official said.

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Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana

Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana

The effort to address climate change has gone underground, in a matter of speaking.

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Farmers struggling to cope with emergence of 'superweeds'

Farmers struggling to cope with emergence of 'superweeds'

On a research plot near the Rochester, Minn., airport, Jared Goplen has watched weeds for the past three summers. His specialty is giant ragweed, one of more than a dozen species of “superweeds” that resist the most widely used herbicides. Superweeds can take over cropland, reduce yields and…

September 01, 2014 12:00 am
Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’

Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’

DECKER — The 300-foot dragline juts into southern Montana skyline like an industrial tower, a titan among giant equipment at Cloud Peak Energy’s Spring Creek Mine.

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Attorney general asked to intervene in access case

BOZEMAN — An advocacy group is asking Montana's attorney general to intervene after Madison County leaders took no action to improve access to the Ruby River following a state Supreme Court decision.

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Oil industry advocate says innovation is key to keeping industry healthy

Oil industry advocate says innovation is key to keeping industry healthy

Alex Epstein says he’s not too worried about running out of oil. But he sometimes worries that the industry won’t always have the freedom to develop it.

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Day hikes as Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park turns 100

Day hikes as Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park turns 100

ESTES PARK, Colo. — No adjectives can do Rocky Mountain National Park justice. The jagged snow-draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys, and roaring waterfalls render exclamation points inadequate.

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Guest opinion: New rules would keep clean Montana water flowing

Water is the lifeblood of Montana.

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Neighbors petition Carbon County commission for zoning near Belfry well

Neighbors petition Carbon County commission for zoning near Belfry well

Neighbors of an oil well north of Belfry are asking Carbon County Commissioners to protect the community from the consequences of oil and gas exploration.

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Arctic grayling won't receive federal protections

Arctic grayling won't receive federal protections

HELENA — The Arctic grayling does not need special protections under the Endangered Species Act, Federal wildlife officials said Tuesday.

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In anticipating EPA plan, states can follow examples of neighbors

While debate rages on about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas pollution from existing U.S. power plants, it’s important to take a look at what is already working around the country from the standpoint of clean energy deployment.

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Guest opinion: Investing in solar gives consumers energy cost control

The Montana Public Service Commission will decide in September whether to approve NorthWestern Energy’s application to purchase 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana for $900 million.

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On ag tour, Daines hears farmers' concerns in Huntley

On ag tour, Daines hears farmers' concerns in Huntley

Frustrated farmers told Congressman Steve Daines on Monday in Huntley that clogged rail lines, increasing federal regulations and cheap imports are hurting their business.

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Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

HELENA — A wide diversity of plants and animals inhabit the nearly 1 million-acre Helena National Forest, and with such a massive area to cover, a new citizen science campaign asks the public to help document the many species calling it home.

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Better Business: Beware of companies' claims about products' environmental benefits

If being green keeps your business in the black, then you will want to keep a close eye on your environmental marketing claims. Recently the Federal Trade Commission has filed claims and settled with two plastic lumber manufacturers, whose products are used in decking, fencing and outdoor fu…

August 01, 2014 12:00 am
Milltown the backdrop for governor's message on forest health, parks, timber mills

Milltown the backdrop for governor's message on forest health, parks, timber mills

BONNER – Looking over the bluff at Milltown State Park, Gov. Steve Bullock said a new state forestry management effort should improve more than just timberlands.

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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.

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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.

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