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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.

July 31, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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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.

July 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

July 15, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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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.

July 14, 2014 5:18 pm Photos

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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.

July 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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?

July 10, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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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.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

June 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

June 17, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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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.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

June 13, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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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.

June 12, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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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.

June 10, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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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.

June 09, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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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.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

June 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Remote Crooked Creek recreation area charms and disappoints

Remote Crooked Creek recreation area charms and disappoints

Have you ever studied a remote location on a map for years, wanting to go to the place, plotting out the route, studying the surrounding nooks and crannies by flying over it from various angles on Google Earth?

June 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Stillwater River float turns into trouble-filled outing

Stillwater River float turns into trouble-filled outing

Have I ever told you the story about how I almost jumped my pickup truck on my motorcycle?

June 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Old wooden Indian structures have disappeared

Old wooden Indian structures have disappeared

The piles of logs and branches in the old photos don’t appear to be built by humans, but according to a National Register of Historic Places nomination filed in 1974, they were once shelters constructed by American Indians.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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3 Montanans semi-finalists in Extreme Huntress contest

3 Montanans semi-finalists in Extreme Huntress contest

Three Montana women are among 20 semi-finalists vying for a top spot in the international Extreme Huntress competition.

May 29, 2014 1:15 pm Photos

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Study works to boost scarce Arctic grayling in Red Rock Lakes NWR

Study works to boost scarce Arctic grayling in Red Rock Lakes NWR

Rarely, if ever, has a dam been considered a savior for fish. Typically the structures block natural fish migration and forever alter the habitat, harming native species. But Lima Reservoir dam in southwestern Montana may be an exception.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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BLM proposes to upgrade mountain bike play area

BLM proposes to upgrade mountain bike play area

Some mountain bikers’ frowns have been turned upside down thanks to a proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to designate a riding area north of Billings.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Proposed quota for landowner wolf kills set at 100

Proposed quota for landowner wolf kills set at 100

Bowing to the Legislature, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a controversial measure for public comment that would allow landowners to shoot up to 100 wolves a year without a license if the animals threaten humans, livestock or pets.

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Reservoir drawdowns leave some boat ramps dry

Reservoir drawdowns leave some boat ramps dry

The drawdown of reservoirs in preparation for spring runoff will leave some boat ramps high and dry for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

May 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Commission urges FWP to explore other options to sage grouse hunting closure

Commission urges FWP to explore other options to sage grouse hunting closure

Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission decided Thursday to explore other options in addition to closing the sage grouse hunting season this fall.

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Redesigned Earthquake Lake Visitor Center to reopen on Friday

Redesigned Earthquake Lake Visitor Center to reopen on Friday

After five years of planning and remodeling and a furious final week of last-minute preparations, the Earthquake Lake Visitor Center will hold its grand opening on Friday at 1 p.m. with festivities and a weekend highlighted by guided walking tours.

May 22, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Petrified trees are window to Yellowstone’s tropical past

Petrified trees are window to Yellowstone’s tropical past

There is a ghostly redwood forest in Yellowstone National Park.

May 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Float trip reveals different face of Bighorn River

Float trip reveals different face of Bighorn River

The jet engine-like drone of the sugar beet factory and its large stack piercing the uniformly gray horizon like some nuclear plant emission tower was the only drawback of the campsite. But when you’re cold and it’s getting late, the first flat ground with firewood close by is hard to pass up.

May 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Crews work to open Beartooth Highway, replace guardrail taken out by avalanches

Crews work to open Beartooth Highway, replace guardrail taken out by avalanches

BEARTOOTH PASS — Although watching the side of a mountain for eight hours may sound boring, Stewart West took the task seriously on Monday.

May 19, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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British-made gear keeps outdoorsy folks warm, dry

British-made gear keeps outdoorsy folks warm, dry

I hate being cold.

May 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ice damage repaired in time for paddlefish anglers

Ice damage repaired in time for paddlefish anglers

As the paddlefishing season ramps up — it began Thursday — the remnants of this winter’s crushing ice floes remain visible at the Intake Dam fishing access site.

May 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Crews drift Yellowstone River to net pallid sturgeon

Crews drift Yellowstone River to net pallid sturgeon

WILLISTON, N.D. — A bison skull and a car’s transmission are two of the strangest things Ryan Wilson has pulled up in a drift net from the bottom of the Yellowstone River while trying to capture wild pallid sturgeon.

May 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Don't call them drones: Rocky Mountain College offers course in unmanned aerial systems

Don't call them drones: Rocky Mountain College offers course in unmanned aerial systems

The future of flight may feature more unmanned aircraft hauling cargo, according to Rocky Mountain College aviation professor Scott Wilson, so he’s helping to train pilots how to operate such unmanned aerial systems, or UASs.

May 12, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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Study finds sage grouse doing better on grazed lands

Study finds sage grouse doing better on grazed lands

Cattle and greater sage grouse seem to be getting along just fine in southeastern Montana, according to a recent Fish Wildlife and Parks study, and that’s a big deal.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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