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Deciphering rock art sites provides window into olden times

Deciphering rock art sites provides window into olden times

The sunken VW-sized boulder stood alone on the prairie, plunked down by a retreating glacier thousands of years ago miles from its birthplace.

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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.

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Microbiologist examines ways to improve refuge’s contaminated soil

Microbiologist examines ways to improve refuge’s contaminated soil

What does the human microbiome have in common with the 2,000-acre Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge on the prairie northwest of Billings?

December 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Objectors get another shot at Red Lodge logging project

Objectors get another shot at Red Lodge logging project

Calling a proposed logging project in the Red Lodge area devastating to the ecosystem, many of the people objecting to the proposal renewed their arguments in a conference call Monday, while also voicing their disdain for the process.

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Bridger Bowl Ski Area’s new lodge aimed at greener skiers, boarders

Bridger Bowl Ski Area’s new lodge aimed at greener skiers, boarders

Coming off its biggest season ever, Bridger Bowl Ski Area will unveil the newly built 2,400-square-foot Alpine Cabin at a public ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m.

December 14, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Study of Yellowstone route branches into environmental, human change

Study of Yellowstone route branches into environmental, human change

To Judith Meyer, the now-abandoned Howard Eaton Trail in Yellowstone National Park is about much more than just a circular horseback route connecting geysers to mudpots and Old Faithful to the Lamar Valley.

December 11, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Study seeks to find mercury source in Bighorn Reservoir

Study seeks to find mercury source in Bighorn Reservoir

A three-year study will begin this summer on Bighorn Reservoir to try to determine the source of high mercury levels in the lake’s fish.

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New firearms curator named at Cody museum

New firearms curator named at Cody museum

Self-described workaholic Ashley Hlebinsky will be taking over as the curator of the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in January — the first female firearms curator in the country.

December 07, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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Hebgen-area logging project faces another delay

Hebgen-area logging project faces another delay

A long-delayed logging project near the west shore of Hebgen Lake has hit another snag.

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Elk citation angers hunter, serves as warning to others

Elk citation angers hunter, serves as warning to others

Jim Latvala, a 65-year-old fishing guide from Two Harbors, Minn., shot a six-point bull elk on the opening day of the Montana season. He was hunting with his older brother, 71-year-old Montana resident Warren Latvala, a retired land surveyor who has owned property in the area for 37 years. T…

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Joliet fifth-graders make 10th annual trip to learn in Yellowstone

Joliet fifth-graders make 10th annual trip to learn in Yellowstone

The best way to educate almost 30 Joliet fifth-graders about Yellowstone National Park is to take them there.

December 04, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Snowpack may solidify as winter continues

Snowpack may solidify as winter continues

Montana’s avalanche season is off to a nasty start after the death of a North Dakota snowmobiler on Nov. 26 near Cooke City, but that doesn’t mean the snowpack won’t stabilize as the winter wears on.

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Bozeman club offers to buy Nordic ski areas for $10M

Bozeman club offers to buy Nordic ski areas for $10M

A fledgling biathlon club in Bozeman has made a bold $10 million bid to buy two Nordic ski areas at the base of Bridger Bowl Ski Area.

December 01, 2014 11:15 am Photos

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Montana’s rivers deserve more protection

Montana’s rivers deserve more protection

Montana is a river state. Just think of the iconic waters that are nationally and internationally known: the Madison, Yellowstone, Missouri and Gallatin; the Bighole, Bighorn, Blackfoot and Flathead.

November 30, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Local solutions help farmers, ranchers buy in to water preservation

Local solutions help farmers, ranchers buy in to water preservation

It’s not easy talking about water and water rights with ranchers and farmers.

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'How long will it last, and how do we plan?' California drought foreshadows crisis for rest of West

'How long will it last, and how do we plan?' California drought foreshadows crisis for rest of West

The worst drought in California’s history is a forewarning of problems for the entire West, including Montana and Wyoming.

November 29, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Big companies promote water sustainability

Big companies promote water sustainability

By 2020 Coca-Cola, arguably one of the most familiar products in the world, plans to be water neutral — giving back as much water as it uses to produce its soft drinks.

November 28, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Collaborative effort helps irrigators and fishery on Sun River

Collaborative effort helps irrigators and fishery on Sun River

When the light hits the water just right, the Sun River looks like a shallow flow of smooth molten gold bubbling over rounded cobble.

November 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hunting is not always about filling a tag

Hunting is not always about filling a tag

I had just spooked a group of whitetail does when I heard the clacking sound from atop the ridge. My first thought was that two buck deer were sparring, their antlers clattering together.

November 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Yellowstone Hunt Club forms to teach, and to buy more decoys

Yellowstone Hunt Club forms to teach, and to buy more decoys

When Kyle McCall asked the guys setting up his home sound system if they knew anyone who liked to hunt, he was in for a surprise.

November 20, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Group urges BLM director to act quickly, be transparent on sage grouse plan

Group urges BLM director to act quickly, be transparent on sage grouse plan

When she heard her photo had shown up on a flier in Billings mailboxes and on an interstate billboard this weekend, Jamie Connell was perplexed.

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Study seeks to analyze hunter-bear interactions

Study seeks to analyze hunter-bear interactions

From almost four miles away, the grizzly bear appeared to have picked up the elk carcass’ stench.

November 16, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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BuRec taking comments on revising Yellowtail Dam management

BuRec taking comments on revising Yellowtail Dam management

The Bighorn River’s dam-controlled flows this summer produced a hydrograph with so many peaks and valleys that the stream looked like it “had some sort of neurological disease,” said Zoe Opie, president of the Bighorn River Alliance.

November 15, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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More than 800 roadkill salvage permits issued in first year

More than 800 roadkill salvage permits issued in first year

Nearly a year after Montana initiated a method to legalize collection of roadkill, more than 800 permits have been issued.

November 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Wildlife commission OKs elk brucellosis management plan

Wildlife commission OKs elk brucellosis management plan

A controversial plan to move forward with fencing out, hazing and killing elk in the Paradise Valley in an attempt to prevent the wildlife from transmitting disease to cattle was approved by the Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday.

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More grizzlies eating moths in region south of Yellowstone

More grizzlies eating moths in region south of Yellowstone

More grizzly bears are congregating each summer on steep rocky slopes in search of army cutworm moths in the southeastern portion of the more than 9,210-square-mile Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

November 13, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Study: Criminal bruins not always chronic offenders

Study: Criminal bruins not always chronic offenders

Yearling grizzly bears busted for getting into trouble and relocated are not any more likely to offend again than bears with a clean rap sheet.

November 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Officials strive to educate public, remove attractants for bears

Officials strive to educate public, remove attractants for bears

As grizzly bear populations have grown in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, state and federal officials are striving to educate the public to reduce human-bear encounters while also removing attractants to keep bears out of harm's way.

November 07, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Simms hooks anglers on Montana-made waders

Simms hooks anglers on Montana-made waders

FOUR CORNERS – The two-story photo of Wil Flack intently stripping a fly line in some Caribbean locale leaves no doubt among visitors to Simms’ headquarters what the Montana-based business is all about.

November 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Fly angler's switch to spinning rod catches huge rainbow trout

Fly angler's switch to spinning rod catches huge rainbow trout

This fall, fly fisherman Phil Gonzales landed the biggest rainbow trout of his life while tossing a lure with a spinning rod.

November 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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YelCo 52: Historic Bozeman Trail briefly cut across county’s ‘wildest looking hills’

YelCo 52: Historic Bozeman Trail briefly cut across county’s ‘wildest looking hills’

One of the toughest sections along the historic Bozeman Trail existed in a portion of the 10 to 12 miles between Pryor Creek and the present-day Billings Motorcycle Club on the banks of the Yellowstone River.

November 01, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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On the bighorns of a dilemma: Montana wild sheep plan draws fire

On the bighorns of a dilemma: Montana wild sheep plan draws fire

Repeatedly stifled in efforts to transplant bighorn sheep in new locations in Montana over the past few years, the state’s wildlife commission chairman said it may be time to rethink the state’s conservation strategy for the popular big game species.

October 30, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Fish study shows electrofishing does work in certain areas

Fish study shows electrofishing does work in certain areas

Research doesn’t always give scientists the results they expect. Just ask Brad Shepard.

October 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Big game season fuels economy and traditions

Big game season fuels economy and traditions

Imagine that every week for five weeks the entire population of Bozeman left home and spread out across Montana’s mountains and prairies to go hunting.

October 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Deer, elk rifle season that opens Saturday is link to ancient humans

Deer, elk rifle season that opens Saturday is link to ancient humans

You are hardwired to hunt.

October 23, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Report: State's largest landowners keep expanding

Report: State's largest landowners keep expanding

The big just keep getting bigger.

October 23, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Montana State Parks' draft plan calls for increased revenue, recognition

Montana State Parks' draft plan calls for increased revenue, recognition

Taking an “aggressive approach,” Montana State Parks has outlined its plans to raise funding, volunteerism and a greater recognition of the park system in its just-released draft five-year strategic plan.

October 21, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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New easement program would allow Yellowstone River to roam

New easement program would allow Yellowstone River to roam

A new program to give the Yellowstone River room to roam during high water was strongly endorsed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday during its meeting in Bozeman.

October 19, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Successful aspen regeneration project may be trimmed

Successful aspen regeneration project may be trimmed

RED LODGE — After 24 years and an investment of almost $460,000, a unique Montana cooperative project that has regenerated aspen stands along the Beartooth Face may be finished despite definitive success.

October 16, 2014 6:20 am Photos

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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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Garbage offers clues to 1876 history of Powder River site

Garbage offers clues to 1876 history of Powder River site

Only two months after Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, the population of what would become Prairie County swelled to about 4,000.

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FWP bird advisory group frustrated by project delays

FWP bird advisory group frustrated by project delays

Some members of an upland game bird advisory group voiced frustration last week that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hasn’t done enough to start more new habitat projects.

October 13, 2014 9:30 am Photos

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Billings boy tops his own IGFA walleye mark

Billings boy tops his own IGFA walleye mark

It was one of those weekends when Laura Boyer wondered why she hadn’t stayed home in Billings with her two boys, Josh and Sammy, instead of going camping.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Fence removal, modification aiding Yellowstone pronghorns

Fence removal, modification aiding Yellowstone pronghorns

Fences are meant to keep animals in or out, not to let them through.

October 09, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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State delays decision on controversial elk plan

State delays decision on controversial elk plan

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has delayed until November its commission’s consideration of a controversial 2015 elk-brucellosis management plan aimed at disease outbreaks in the Paradise Valley.

October 06, 2014 12:43 pm Photos

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Elk encounter nurtures ties to wildlife, mountains

Elk encounter nurtures ties to wildlife, mountains

The broad-antlered bull elk walked to within 12 yards as we crouched on the forest floor behind the trunk of a 7-inch wide aspen tree.

October 02, 2014 6:15 am Photos

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Forest revives road project into Pryor Mountains

Forest revives road project into Pryor Mountains

More than two years after seeking public feedback on a new route into the Pryor Mountains, the Beartooth Ranger District is resuscitating its Powerline Road construction project.

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Federal dollars providing access for hunters

Federal dollars providing access for hunters

Pheasant hunters walking fields when the season opens on Oct. 11 can thank the 2014 Farm Bill for boosting the amount of private lands available to them over the next three years.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Unique designs, colors set Helena-built fishing boat apart

Unique designs, colors set Helena-built fishing boat apart

The trout don’t care, but the bright tie-dye patterned oars and angler braces and the hook-jawed brown trout from hell painted on each side of the hull make Garry Stocker’s drift boat one of the most stylish crafts on Western Montana’s rivers.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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