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Cold, wet weekends stall Beartooth backpack plans

Twice my hopes to backpack in the Beartooth Mountains were dashed by cold weather, rain and the threat of snow this summer.

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Expense of Montana takeover of federal lands difficult to define

Expense of Montana takeover of federal lands difficult to define

Determining the cost to the state of Montana to take over management of roughly 25 million acres of federal land within its borders is no easy task, but a back-of-the-envelope calculation puts such a deal at close to half a billion dollars.

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MSU student tackles thorny issue of Yellowstone buffalo

MSU student tackles thorny issue of Yellowstone buffalo

Growing up in Florida did nothing to prepare Eddie Roqueta for spending hours in the cold of Yellowstone National Park making a film on bison last winter.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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White calls land transfer unrealistic

White calls land transfer unrealistic

The transfer of federal lands to the state of Montana is too technically complex to be realistic, according to state Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman, although he does support more local input on how federal lands are managed.

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Researchers predict ash fall if Yellowstone supervolcano erupted

Researchers predict ash fall if Yellowstone supervolcano erupted

If the Yellowstone supervolcano were to erupt — and there’s no indication that will happen any time soon — Billings residents could be up to their chins in ash.

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Amputee passionately pursues backcountry skiing, outdoor fun

Amputee passionately pursues backcountry skiing, outdoor fun

Perhaps it was because Vasu Sojitra nearly died when he was a child that he has chosen to pursue life with such raw gusto, even though the youthful illness cost him his right leg.

August 28, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Group releases access proposals for public comment

Group releases access proposals for public comment

Crossing from public land to public land at fence corners has been a hotly contested issue between Montana hunters and landowners for some time.

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Great Old Broads hike with a purpose

Great Old Broads hike with a purpose

It was a little jarring at first when the group of tanned, dusty, “women of a certain age” cheerfully referred to themselves as “broads” as they gathered at the Lava Lake Trailhead on Friday.

August 21, 2014 6:10 am Photos

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Wilks brothers get personal in pitch for land exchange

Wilks brothers get personal in pitch for land exchange

Ending years of speculation, Montana’s largest private landowners announced on a website they built to promote a land exchange that their extensive property purchases in the state are not geared to oil and gas exploration.

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Wilks brothers take land exchange offer public on website

Wilks brothers take land exchange offer public on website

In an unusual tactic, Montana’s largest private landowners have taken their proposal for a land exchange with the Bureau of Land Management directly to the public via a website.

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FWP seeks to poison brook trout in Yellowstone tributary

FWP seeks to poison brook trout in Yellowstone tributary

Concerned that 10 years of work to remove brook trout from Soda Butte Creek has been ineffective, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are considering poisoning about 12 miles of the stream just outside Yellowstone National Park to kill the nonnatives.

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King's paradise: Castle Mountains provide wealth of opportunity

King's paradise: Castle Mountains provide wealth of opportunity

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Looking at the map, it didn’t seem like it would take long to drive up and over the Castle Mountains in central Montana.

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Wild prairie inventory: Students document land features north of Winnett

Wild prairie inventory: Students document land features north of Winnett

Sending a dirt bike rider and an Eastern Montana native to inventory lands with possible wilderness characteristics may seem like a bad choice by the Montana Wilderness Association, but Cameron Sapp doesn’t see it that way.

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Good gear makes tough wilderness trip more comfy

Good gear makes tough wilderness trip more comfy

There were no sympathy cards left to play.

August 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Montana fishing report: Bighorn River black caddis hatch is hot

Dry fly fishing on the Bighorn River during the afternoon black caddis hatch is the best so far this season.

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Conservation groups vie to auction big game licenses

Conservation groups vie to auction big game licenses

Bidding wars on coveted big game hunting tags are common at conservation group gatherings, but on Thursday a couple of those groups were vying against each other to be the auctioneer of some of the popular Montana tags.

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Historic ranch for sale: PN Ranch in Central Montana dates to 1800s

Historic ranch for sale: PN Ranch in Central Montana dates to 1800s

A small corner of Montana’s early history is for sale.

August 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The wrong bite: Minnesota angler’s wilderness fishing trip stings

The wrong bite: Minnesota angler’s wilderness fishing trip stings

When Kellen Bennett’s uncle offered to fly him into the Idaho wilderness for a fishing trip as an apology for missing his April wedding, the 30-year-old Minnesotan eagerly accepted.

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Descent of remote snowfield ends in harrowing plunge

Descent of remote snowfield ends in harrowing plunge

It’s not easy to find snow in the summer, but die-hard skiers and snowboarders are known to climb high into shaded mountaintop couloirs to extend their season.

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Capturing photographs of lynx, wolverine proving tough for students

Capturing photographs of lynx, wolverine proving tough for students

Taking photographs of camera-shy Canada lynx and wolverines is tough, but it’s even more difficult when the camera is placed at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet or deep in the underbrush of the Beartooth Mountains.

August 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Wilderness Act’s anniversary prompts discussion about past, future

Wilderness Act’s anniversary prompts discussion about past, future

For 71-year-old Bill Cunningham, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this summer has been an arduous task.

July 31, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Backpackable boats: Packrafting lures more paddlers into wild places

Backpackable boats: Packrafting lures more paddlers into wild places

BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS — Paddling his packraft deftly but quickly, Jared White appeared to be stuck between a rock and a hard current.

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Car outings offer opportunity to haul lots of gear

Car outings offer opportunity to haul lots of gear

Car camping is a great way to take all of those extra comforts along with you into the woods — like a big, thick mattress, two-burner cookstove and camp chairs — so that roughing it isn’t so tough.

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Officials envisioning a new future for Montana State Parks

Officials envisioning a new future for Montana State Parks

Amid record-setting visitation and the celebration of Montana State Parks’ 75th anniversary, there is a lot of discussion behind the scenes among agency officials about what the next 10 years might look like.

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Trek became reconnection to youth, beauty of wildlands

Trek became reconnection to youth, beauty of wildlands

In this year that marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I wrote an essay to read to a local group. Since they didn’t boo me off the podium, I thought I’d share it with you. Hopefully, you can find a chuckle in it, too, as well as some motivation to go on your own adventure.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Group offers up ideas to formulate new state bison management plan

Group offers up ideas to formulate new state bison management plan

Bison proponents and opponents Tuesday created four example alternatives under which a test herd would be released somewhere in Montana.

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Advisory panel hears concerns about bison reintroduction from public

Advisory panel hears concerns about bison reintroduction from public

Of the more than 30 people who spoke to a state bison discussion group on Monday, about the only thing they could agree on is that the large mammals are a controversial issue.

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Drilling the ’Tooths: Stillwater Mining Co. calculates expansion by exploratory drilling

Drilling the ’Tooths: Stillwater Mining Co. calculates expansion by exploratory drilling

DEAN — At 8,000 feet hidden among the pine trees overlooking Nye Creek, a three-man crew was busy Wednesday using a diesel-powered drill to bore deep into the 2.7-billion-year-old rock of the Beartooth Mountains.

July 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Towns, ski areas eye cyclists as business boosters

Towns, ski areas eye cyclists as business boosters

One of Discovery Basin Ski Area’s chair lifts is running this summer, but instead of hauling skiers and snowboarders up the hillside, it is carrying helmeted downhill mountain bikers.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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A tale of 4 corners: Yellowstone County’s compass points

A tale of 4 corners: Yellowstone County’s compass points

Most strangers who pull their vehicles into the Mosdal farm’s driveway are lost and asking for directions.

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Montana fishing report: Rivers dropping after warm weekend

Montana fishing report: Rivers dropping after warm weekend

It looks like the hot Fourth of July weekend weather has spiked water levels, melting many of those last few snowbanks hiding in the mountains.

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Mountain bike mecca: Pilgrimage to Park City, Utah, quenches thirst for adventure

Mountain bike mecca: Pilgrimage to Park City, Utah, quenches thirst for adventure

Have you ever signed on for an adventurous vacation and, upon arriving, realized you were totally in over your head — but in a good way, kind of like a child in a huge candy store?

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FWP backs away from statewide sage grouse hunt closure

FWP backs away from statewide sage grouse hunt closure

After proposing in May to halt all sage grouse hunting in Montana this season, Fish, Wildlife and Parks has modified its plan to only shorten and constrict the hunt, which is still the longest in the nation.

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New Beartooth trail to be dedicated in honor of volunteer

New Beartooth trail to be dedicated in honor of volunteer

It’s fitting that a new trail providing access to a section of state land and two lakes along the base of the Beartooth Mountains will be dedicated on the eve of the Fourth of July, said Ron Nusbaum.

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Little brother catches big fish: 2nd outing nets 5-pound tiger muskie

Little brother catches big fish: 2nd outing nets 5-pound tiger muskie

On only his second fishing trip, 12-year-old Taryn Liming caught a fish of a lifetime.

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Remains of ancient child ceremoniously reburied

Remains of ancient child ceremoniously reburied

WILSALL — On a sagebrush hillside in the Shields River Valley, close to the hem of the Crazy Mountains, the 12,600-year old remains of an infant boy were ceremoniously reburied on Saturday morning by American Indian tribal members.

June 28, 2014 12:30 pm Photos

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Draft bill stirs federal land debate

Draft bill stirs federal land debate

A draft bill that calls for the creation of a federal lands management subcommittee became politicized following the Montana Republican Party’s passage of a resolution last week supporting the transfer of federal lands to the state.

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Group forwards draft bill with fishing, hunting fee increases to legislative committee

Group forwards draft bill with fishing, hunting fee increases to legislative committee

An advisory group that has worked about eight months to develop a proposal to raise Montana hunting and fishing license fees struggled to form a unified front at its final meeting on Wednesday in Helena.

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Out of place: Fly-fishing river boat takes a spin-fishing lake trip

Out of place: Fly-fishing river boat takes a spin-fishing lake trip

If you felt a small earthquake in Eastern Montana a couple of weeks ago, it was probably caused by all of the deceased fly anglers and drift boat makers rolling over in their graves.

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Stillwater County buys copter to help in search and rescue, wildland fires

Stillwater County buys copter to help in search and rescue, wildland fires

The Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office has landed a new $19,890 unmanned aerial system for use in search and rescue scenarios, wildland fires and floods and to scout rural residences before serving warrants.

June 19, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Can Montana’s Arctic grayling hang on?

Can Montana’s Arctic grayling hang on?

In three months, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to list Montana’s Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species

June 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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More than 20,000 Buffalo Bill Center of the West artifacts now viewable online

More than 20,000 Buffalo Bill Center of the West artifacts now viewable online

Placing photographs of more than 20,000 items from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s artifact collection onto the museum’s website was a lot of work for Seth Johnson.

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Park Service offering kayaking trips this summer on Bighorn Canyon

Park Service offering kayaking trips this summer on Bighorn Canyon

The best way to see the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is from the water.

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High Yellowstone River eats up new Laurel dike

High Yellowstone River eats up new Laurel dike

LAUREL — For now, the danger seems to have passed, but Kurt Markegard is still fuming.

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Whitewater boating rides wave of exceptional runoff

Whitewater boating rides wave of exceptional runoff

GARDINER — For Montana’s recreational whitewater boaters, this spring’s high river flows have been a hoot — a long, primal hoot.

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Lack of rain in May means Fort Peck will be lower

Lack of rain in May means Fort Peck will be lower

Thanks to a drier-than-predicted May, the spring runoff forecast for the Missouri River Basin was downgraded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday by about 600,000 acre feet.

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Workouts free this summer for 3 days a week at Lake Elmo

Workouts free this summer for 3 days a week at Lake Elmo

Wearing a sheer turquoise dress and high-top sneakers, 7-year-old Lilly Brady nimbly dropped to the ground chest first and then stood up and clapped her hands over her head.

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Community rallies to construct new home for Coast Guard vet

Community rallies to construct new home for Coast Guard vet

CODY, Wyo. — The residents of this small Yellowstone National Park border town have gone out of their way to pay for and construct a new home for a local veteran and his family.

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Mapping company expands into smartphones

Mapping company expands into smartphones

In 15 years Kevin Toohill’s job has changed dramatically, going from a purveyor of printed, custom topographical maps in a two-man company to a member of one of the nation’s largest mapping firms that now provides that same paper data on smartphones.

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MSU student studies huge fossil bed

MSU student studies huge fossil bed

Thanks to a road project in Idaho’s Caribou-Targhee National Forest last year, paleontologists discovered dump-truck loads of rare 98 million-year-old fossils — they just have to be chipped out piles of the harder-than-concrete rock.

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