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Oil spill fish samples just one of many tasks for Billings lab

Oil spill fish samples just one of many tasks for Billings lab

In two laboratories on Billings' South Side, tissue samples taken from fish netted in the area of the Yellowstone River oil spill near Glendive are being analyzed to determine their exposure to the toxic hydrocarbons.

January 29, 2015 1:25 pm Photos

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Study of golden eagles in Bighorn Basin revealing details on apex predator

Study of golden eagles in Bighorn Basin revealing details on apex predator

Golden eagles living in Wyoming’s northern Bighorn Basin are so dependent on cottontail rabbits as a food source that bunny abundance is a big driver of eagle reproductive success.

January 29, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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FWP, supporters defend bill to increase license fees

FWP, supporters defend bill to increase license fees

Without passage of a bill that would increase hunting and fishing license fees, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks could face a 20 percent budget cut that could result in the closure of hatcheries, regional offices and the laying off of about 100 employees.

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Committee gets shot at gun bills

Committee gets shot at gun bills

The Judiciary Committee took aim at a series of firearm bills during first readings in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, including what seems to be an almost semi-annual submission dealing with gun suppressors.

January 27, 2015 2:18 pm Photos

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Bridger at 60: Families still a foundation of Bozeman ski area

Bridger at 60: Families still a foundation of Bozeman ski area

BRIDGER BOWL SKI AREA — Introduced by their father at a young age to snow skiing, brothers Paul and Matt Broberg have now passed on the tradition to their children.

January 25, 2015 5:00 am Video Photos

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Genetic data sheds new light on brucellosis in Montana

Genetic data sheds new light on brucellosis in Montana

Wyoming seems to be off the hook.

January 22, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Oil spill effects on fish, wildlife still uncertain

Oil spill effects on fish, wildlife still uncertain

Guided by lessons learned during the response to the 2011 oil spill in the Yellowstone River, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are attempting to gather baseline data on the effects of Saturday’s oil spill into the Yellowstone near Glendive.

January 21, 2015 2:32 pm Photos

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Bill would include trapping in Montana Constitution

Bill would include trapping in Montana Constitution

Enshrining trapping in the Montana Constitution by changing only a couple words drew equal measures of support and opposition during a House Fish, Wildlife and Parks hearing on Tuesday in Helena.

January 20, 2015 5:03 pm Photos

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Bighorn die-off near Gardiner climbs to 30

Bighorn die-off near Gardiner climbs to 30

About 30 bighorn sheep — roughly one-third of two herds that live in the Gardiner area — have died this winter, probably from an outbreak of pneumonia.

January 18, 2015 5:00 am Photos

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Elk removal authorized in Paradise Valley

Elk removal authorized in Paradise Valley

A lethal removal of 10 elk in the Paradise Valley has been approved in an attempt to push elk off private agricultural land next to the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

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Tax hike proposed for forest lands

Tax hike proposed for forest lands

Montana landowners whose property is classified as forest could see a tax hike to support firefighter training, equipment and staff under a bill making its way through the Legislature.

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Burrowing owls flew almost 2,000 miles, study finds

Burrowing owls flew almost 2,000 miles, study finds

Just like retirees traveling south to escape the snowy winter, two female burrowing owls have been documented traveling almost 2,000 miles to central Mexico from Eastern Montana for the first time.

January 14, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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FWP considers eliminating diseased bighorn herd

FWP considers eliminating diseased bighorn herd

With disease limiting a southwestern Montana bighorn sheep herd’s viability, state wildlife officials are considering a new method to restore sheep populations in the area — allowing hunters to kill all of the existing bighorns.

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Winter outing to forest cabin a chilling experience

Winter outing to forest cabin a chilling experience

It was 17 below zero when I stepped out of the cabin at about 6 a.m. The weekend’s heavy snowfall seemed to envelop the surrounding forest in cotton batting, insulating the mountain valley from all sound except for the squeak of snow underfoot.

January 11, 2015 5:00 am Photos

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Great Rockies Sportshow features wild cat act

Great Rockies Sportshow features wild cat act

With its claws as sharp as “little razor blades” dug into Craig Wagner’s leg, the fishing cat attempted to steal meat treats from its trainer’s belted waist pouch.

January 09, 2015 5:17 pm Video Photos

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Bozeman angling guide tackles photography

Bozeman angling guide tackles photography

The bright yellow arc of fly line extending from the foreground seems to have electrified the tarpon.

January 08, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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State water plan sets roadmap for projects

State water plan sets roadmap for projects

Although a record-setting drought wracked California last year, forecasts for Montana’s water future look less grim but still challenging as the state’s population grows and the climate changes.

January 07, 2015 4:51 pm Photos

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Hunting, fishing bill drafts flood Legislature

Hunting, fishing bill drafts flood Legislature

If the 112 bills awaiting possible drafting are any indication, it looks like the 64th Montana Legislature will once again focus its crosshairs on fishing, hunting and conservation issues.

January 04, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Photographer follows elk into Yellowstone backcountry

Photographer follows elk into Yellowstone backcountry

After logging 800 miles in eight months in the Yellowstone backcountry last year, photographer Joe Riis has a much greater respect for the Cody elk herd he was tracking, the country they inhabit and the difficulty of moving through the remote mountainous region.

January 04, 2015 5:00 am Photos

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Roundup deer hunt popular with archers

Roundup deer hunt popular with archers

Sixty tags offered to archery hunters to thin the number of mule deer congregating in and around Roundup sold out within four hours on the first day they were offered, Dec. 15.

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Boy’s enthusiasm brightens goose hunt

Boy’s enthusiasm brightens goose hunt

Darkness was fading into dawn as 9-year-old Noah Mathiason dove into his goose ground blind, pulled the doors closed and impatiently waited for the shooting to start.

January 01, 2015 5:00 am Photos

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National Geographic Magazine to feature Yellowstone: UNESCO report highlights park efforts

National Geographic Magazine to feature Yellowstone: UNESCO report highlights park efforts

With a worldwide readership pegged at almost 6.7 million, National Geographic Magazine will produce an issue in 2016 dedicated wholly to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

January 01, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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First People’s Buffalo Jump provides window to native history

First People’s Buffalo Jump provides window to native history

With only a steady wind to ruffle the tall grass on a cool fall day, it’s hard to imagine that for thousands of years First Peoples Buffalo Jump would on occasion hum with a frenzy of human activity.

December 28, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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Orvis website offers fly fishing lessons

Orvis website offers fly fishing lessons

This winter, when the cold has budding fly anglers shut indoors, Orvis has a way to make good use of that down time.

December 28, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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All but 1 out of 21 planted refuge ferrets has died

High hopes that accompanied the release of 21 black-footed ferrets into the UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge last November were deflated this spring when only one of the new ferrets was found alive.

December 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Shoshone forest plan revision calls for more protection

Shoshone forest plan revision calls for more protection

A Bozeman-based environmental group is hailing a Forest Service proposal to keep three areas in Wyoming closed to motorized and mountain bike travel.

December 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Researchers restore color to Morning Glory Pool image

Researchers restore color to Morning Glory Pool image

With a little mathematics and some scientific wizardry, Joseph Shaw and two of his colleagues have put the glory back in Yellowstone National Park’s Morning Glory Pool.

December 24, 2014 1:45 pm Photos

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Yellowstone opens to self-guided snowmobilers

Yellowstone opens to self-guided snowmobilers

A new era in travel by snowmobile in Yellowstone National Park is off to a feeble start this winter.

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Longtime West Yellowstone businessman adapts to winter changes

Longtime West Yellowstone businessman adapts to winter changes

Until the 1970s, most West Yellowstone business owners would board up their windows, lock the doors and travel elsewhere as summer tourists drove away from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

December 21, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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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.

December 18, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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.

December 03, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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.

November 30, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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