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Guest opinion: Peaceful coexistence plan for Smith River, copper mine

When Mel Krieger gave me my first fly rod and reel, I had already fished a dozen years, but he opened up a whole new world. It was the summer of 1972, and he was on his annual visit to our ranch on Montana’s Smith River in search of big browns. My eyes were as big as watermelons when he said…

January 29, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Don't sacrifice Smith River to copper mining

Guest opinion: Don't sacrifice Smith River to copper mining

January has become a very special time of year for those of us who appreciate Montana’s incredible outdoor opportunities. About this time every year, folks from every walk of life, whether they are anglers or boaters, naturalists or river rats, tourists or hardened Montanans, all come togeth…

January 22, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Smith River

Smith River

A group of floaters makes its way down the pristine Smith River in this file photo from 2011.

January 22, 2015 12:00 amLoading…

Smith River cowboy remembered as cranky friend

Gary Anderson was a fixture on the Smith River.

December 31, 2014 5:00 amLoading…

Smith River float applications available on Monday

Permit applications to float Smith River State Park will be available beginning Monday through Feb. 19. The permit drawing results will be announced on March 2.

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Parks board rejects bear-proof requirements for Smith River floaters

Parks board rejects bear-proof requirements for Smith River floaters

Recommendations by Montana State Parks staff to put the onus on bear-proofing Smith River campgrounds on floaters was unanimously rejected by the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board at its Wednesday meeting.

December 17, 2014 11:53 amLoading…
Smith River rules

Smith River rules

Proposed rules for floating the Smith River were rejected by the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board on Wednesday.

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Smith River bear-proofing on parks board agenda

Smith River bear-proofing on parks board agenda

Rules to require Smith River floaters to purchase or rent bear-proof coolers or portable electric fences are being recommended to the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board at its Wednesday meeting in Helena.

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Smith River rules

Smith River rules

A new rule that would require floaters on the Smith River to carry bear-proof coolers or carry portable electric fences will be considered by the parks board at its meeting in Helena on Wednesday.

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Mandatory food storage proposed on Smith River

Mandatory food storage proposed on Smith River

HELENA — Montana State Parks is proposing mandatory food storage for parties floating through Smith River State Park.

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Smith River floaters may have to bear-proof camps

Smith River floaters may have to bear-proof camps

Future Smith River floaters may have to add a portable electric fence or bear-proof coolers to their list of gear after the state parks board on Wednesday approved a new food storage rule for the popular permitted river.

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Smith River

Smith River

Smith River floaters likely will have to carry bear-proof containers or electric fences next spring to keep bruins at bay under a newly proposed food storage order.

October 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Australian company buys up shares of copper mine company

Australian company buys up shares of copper mine company

An Australian mining company now owns more than one-third of Tintina Resources, the company proposing to build a copper mine a mile from a tributary of the Smith River.

September 01, 2014 5:29 pm Photos

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State OKs aquifer testing for proposed copper mine

State OKs aquifer testing for proposed copper mine

HELENA — State environmental regulators have given Tintina Resources permission to drill four wells to assess the groundwater in the area of its proposed copper mine in central Montana.

August 08, 2014 1:40 pm Photos

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Tintina buys up claims near proposed copper mine

Tintina buys up claims near proposed copper mine

HELENA — The company proposing to mine copper near the headwaters of the Smith River recently purchased 40 mining claims close to its exploration site.

July 03, 2014 9:30 am Photos

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DEQ: Water testing for copper mine will have no impacts

Proposed water testing for a planned copper mine near the headwaters of the Smith River would have no impacts on groundwater quality and minimal short-term effects on quantity, according to an environmental assessment released by the state.

July 01, 2014 10:19 amLoading…
Rafting the Smith

Rafting the Smith

Floating the Smith River in April is full of weather risks, but it still beats waiting years for a permit during the prime months.

May 16, 2014 11:20 amLoading…
Spring float down Smith River challenges anglers

Spring float down Smith River challenges anglers

An email popped into my inbox in early March: “I drew a Smith River launch permit for April 23 and was wondering how adventurous you feel?”

May 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Montana Mining Association memo takes aim at outfitter

Montana Mining Association memo takes aim at outfitter

HELENA — In a memo to its members, the interim executive director of the Montana Mining Association blasted an article in Field and Stream written by a former employee of a Bozeman Fishing outfitter and called on MMA members to consider booking with other outfitters.

May 13, 2014 10:26 am Related Loading…

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