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President signs bill protecting North Fork, Rocky Mountain Front

President signs bill protecting North Fork, Rocky Mountain Front

MISSOULA — Montana wilderness legislation historic both for its bipartisan support and the long-standing campaigns it completed was signed into law Friday night by President Barack Obama.

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Guest opinion: Fishing a mile in another angler's hat

We’re a strange pair of fishing buddies, the retired Republican lawmaker and the environmentalist, but we sure do enjoy each other’s company. Together, we tramp through thickets, scramble down riverbanks, wade icy currents – all for the shared pleasure of laying a fly in front of a handsome …

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Guest opinion: What they didn't tell you about Congress' public lands package

When Rep. Steve Daines and Sens. John Walsh and Jon Tester were busy celebrating the public lands package they snuck into a bill that was supposed to be about national defense, I wonder if they stopped to think about the landowners and taxpayers they threw under the bus.

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House passes bill containing Montana wilderness, public lands package

HELENA — The U.S. House Thursday passed a defense spending bill containing a broad public lands package for Montana, including new wilderness on the Rocky Mountain Front, bans on mining near Glacier National Park and changes supporting oil exploration and grazing on federal land.

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Montanans react to the public lands package

Montanans react to the public lands package

HELENA — A sampling of reaction to the public lands package unveiled Wednesday by Montana’s congressional delegation:

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Whitewater Falls: Short hike offers a small taste of Front

Whitewater Falls: Short hike offers a small taste of Front

AUGUSTA – As appetizers go, Whitewater Falls makes a great introduction to the banquet of backcountry behind it.

September 17, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Grizzly bears wander farther into prairie

Grizzly bears wander farther into prairie

GREAT FALLS — Grizzly bears have been spotted along river drainages up to 35 miles away from the Rocky Mountain Front, and state wildlife officials say prairie residents should take precautions.

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Blackleaf Creek

Blackleaf Creek

Blackleaf Creek has to be crossed in a couple of places when exploring the basin behind Volcano Reef in the Rocky Mountain Front.

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Volcano Reef: Blackleaf Creek opens Front door

Volcano Reef: Blackleaf Creek opens Front door

BYNUM — The Rocky Mountain Front has a few front doors, and they’re doozies.

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Guest opinion: The Front needs full delegation support

In 1972, nearly 240,000 acres of federal public land lying between Montana’s iconic Rocky Mountain Front and storied Blackfoot River Valley became the first acres in the nation to enter the wilderness system at the behest of ordinary citizens. The story of the Scapegoat Wilderness has influe…

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Guest opinion: Montana business benefits from federal public lands

The 27 million acres of public lands in Montana lend lifestyle and amenity advantages to communities and small businesses, driving entrepreneurs and outdoorsmen alike. Around 64,000 jobs and countless small, community-oriented businesses thrive thanks to our federally managed public lands, c…

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Rain, snow cause flooding in Glacier National Park

Rain, snow cause flooding in Glacier National Park

KALISPELL — A spring deluge that has dumped nearly 5 inches of rain and more than a foot of snow in parts of Glacier National Park has tourists seeking cover and rivers spilling over their banks from the mountain runoff.

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Guest opinion: U.S. warriors deserve respite in MT wilderness

Montana’s wilderness. That’s where my mind went to most often while I was deployed in southern Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal operator in the summer of 2009. Some people missed their families, others had a sweetheart or spouse back home who they missed, and others just longed …

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Guest opinion: Heritage Act would continue bipartisan conservation

Guest opinion: Heritage Act would continue bipartisan conservation

For over 60 years, the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association has served as an important voice for the outfitting industry and as a key partner in decisions that effect management of public land and wildlife resources. We are proud to represent over 200 member businesses across the state.…

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Wildlife panel endorses Rocky Mountain Front act

HELENA — Montana fish and wildlife commissioners are endorsing federal legislation to expand protections along the Rocky Mountain Front.

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Snowshoe trek explores Rocky Mountain Front

Snowshoe trek explores Rocky Mountain Front

AUGUSTA — What exactly the devil was doing in Devil’s Glen, God only knows.

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Front's diversity

Front's diversity

“There’s a richness of natural diversity here,” Bill Cunningham says of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana. “All the charismatic megafauna are here, including the buffalo. The wolves are coming back. And it’s the only place on the Rocky Mountain Front between Mexico and the Yukon where you …

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Rocky Mountain Front

Rocky Mountain Front

Choteau outfitter Bill Cunningham pauses for lunch on Volcano Reef, along the Rocky Mountain Front, west of Bynum, in May 2010. He sold his outfitting business to Dropstone.

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Guest opinion: Heritage Act would protect Montana wilderness

Guest opinion: Heritage Act would protect Montana wilderness

Wilderness replenishes our soul. Our eyes get a little brighter after a few days in the backcountry. Our stresses slide off like April snowmelt. Traveling to wild country can be a challenging journey, but it’s a journey that changes us for the better.

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Grizzly bear caught in wolf trap

GREAT FALLS — A 4-year-old male grizzly bear was briefly caught in a steel leg-hold wolf trap near the Rocky Mountain Front west of Dupuyer.

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