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Author: Montanans value outdoor amenities first

Author: Montanans value outdoor amenities first

Jim Posewitz is often inspired by nature, and at the age of 79, the longtime conservation advocate, hunter and author had one of his most inspiring moments last hunting season.

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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.

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Jim Posewitz

Jim Posewitz

Jim Posewitz opines on the history of the hunter-conservation movement from his office in Helena. “The biggest tragedy is that we never teach these things about the past,” he said.

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Cattle drive

Cattle drive

Cowboys wrangle cattle down Beaver Creek Road, from Hogback Mountain near Helena, to safe grazing range. Ranchers lease federal lands to run hundreds of thousands of cattle in Montana at lower grazing rates than state or private land. Selling or transferring lands to the state would result i…

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Recreating in the forest

Recreating in the forest

Brent Bernard peers over Goat Flats in the Pintler range last summer. Opponents of a federal land transfer say Montana could never afford to manage the lands, and would have to sell. “We cherish our public lands,” said Gov. Steve Bullock. “The last thing we ever want to do is have those lands lost.”

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Transferring federal lands to Montana: Political theater or a viable option?

Transferring federal lands to Montana: Political theater or a viable option?

HELENA — Whether debated over a steaming cup of coffee in a café or deliberated in the chambers of the Montana Capitol, the transfer of federal lands to state or private ownership has become a divisive political issue from Eureka to Ekalaka.

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Kerry White

Kerry White

Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman, debates in costume during a re-enactment of the Legislature's 1913 session. White has family ties to Montana dating back 150 years and is a proponent of greater resource extraction to provide local jobs.

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Recreating in the forest

Recreating in the forest

Brent Bernard peers over Goat Flats in the Pintler range last summer. Opponents of a federal land transfer say Montana could never afford to manage the lands, and would have to sell. "We cherish our public lands," said Gov. Steve Bullock. "The last thing we ever want to do is have those lands lost."

August 29, 2014 8:40 pm
Jim Posewitz Portrait

Jim Posewitz Portrait

Jim Posewitz speaks about the history of the hunter conservation movement from his office in Helena. "The biggest tragedy is that we never teach these things about the past," he said.

August 29, 2014 8:40 pm
State Federal Land Debate

State Federal Land Debate

A fully loaded log-hauling truck pulls into the Ry Timber Mill in Townsend on Wednesday. With 29 percent of the state owned by the federal government, public lands play a major part in the economy of Montana, a recent push to increase timber harvest on federal land by some democrats and repu…

August 29, 2014 8:40 pm
Corral fire

Corral fire

More than 150 firefighters were battling the Corral Fire including three DNRC helicopters. Wildfires can cost millions of dollars to control and would be a very large expense if the federal government were to turn over lands to the state.

August 29, 2014 8:40 pm
Cattle drive

Cattle drive

Cowboys wrangle cattle down Beaver Creek Road, from Hogback Mountain near Helena to safe grazing range. Ranchers lease federal lands to run hundreds of thousands of cattle in Montana at lower grazing rates than state or private land. Selling or transferring lands to the state would result in…

August 29, 2014 8:40 pm
Black Sandy

Black Sandy

A visitor to Black Sandy State Park relaxes under some of the old growth trees at the popular Montana State Park.

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No offers yet on Helena's Capital Hill Mall

No offers yet on Helena's Capital Hill Mall

HELENA — Capital Hill Mall in Helena has received interest from several buyers since it went on the market earlier this summer.

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Capital Hill Mall

Capital Hill Mall

A customer makes her way from Leslie's Hallmark store to JC Penney Monday in the mostly vacant Capital Hill Mall, which has been for sale since June 19. The Los Angeles-based bank, City National Bank, bought the mall for $2.5 million last August and is listing it for sale at $2.9 million.

August 27, 2014 11:37 am
Ann Lauer’s Poppy Panache makes a splash

Ann Lauer’s Poppy Panache makes a splash

HELENA — Flamboyant, bold and cheery: Poppy Panache, Ann Lauer’s new line of fabrics, has been a smash hit.

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Ann Lauer poses in her home studio

Ann Lauer poses in her home studio

Ann Lauer poses in her home studio among bolts of her Poppy Panache fabric line on Wednesday afternoon. Lauer, of Grizzly Gulch Gallery, launched Poppy Panache, a line of 28 different fabric designs, this spring. Much of the line sold out in just two to three weeks.

August 24, 2014 9:05 pm
Christina Aragon has proven herself

Christina Aragon has proven herself

Billings Senior’s Christina Aragon has proven herself one of the greatest runners in Montana high school history. She is defending state champion and a threat to the all-class record time this fall.Aragon hopes to help the Broncs unseat Bozeman as state champion this year.

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Chessman Reservoir project starts despite request for injunction

HELENA — Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the Red Mountain Flume Chessman Reservoir timber project that officials say is necessary to protect Helena’s water supply.

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Senate Montana

Senate Montana

Amanda Curtis, a state legislator from Butte, fills out paperwork after she was selected as the replacement candidate for the U.S. Senate race against Republican Rep. Steve Daines, in Helena on Saturday.

August 16, 2014 3:23 pm
Senate Montana

Senate Montana

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August 16, 2014 3:23 pm
Late Helena doctor focus of new UFO documentary

Late Helena doctor focus of new UFO documentary

HELENA — Dr. Jesse A. Marcel was just 11 years old when an unidentified flying object crashed near Roswell, N.M., in July 1947.

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Leonard Marcel and Dusty Wright

Leonard Marcel and Dusty Wright

From left, Leonard Marcel and Dusty Wright have begun production on a documentary film about Dr. Jesse A. Marcel titled ‘Growing Up With Roswell.’ about Jesse Marcel and his encounters in Roswell. Kramer Herzog is pictured filming an interview.

August 13, 2014 7:33 am
Zinke Veterans Plan

Zinke Veterans Plan

U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke gave his plan on veterans issues Tuesday on the steps of the State Capitol in Helena.

August 12, 2014 6:29 pm

‘Lost’ hiker feeling fine after 4-day outing

HELENA — After four days by himself in a wilderness area west of Great Falls, 79-year-old Ken White of Augusta was reunited with his family Saturday night.

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Devil’s Brigade to celebrate its legacy with ceremony today in Helena

Devil’s Brigade to celebrate its legacy with ceremony today in Helena

Misfits, mountaineers, miners, loggers, trappers, ranch hands, boxers, a safe blower and a few criminals were among the mix of American and Canadian soldiers that showed up in Helena in August 1942 as “volunteers” for the First Special Service Force, a new military force.

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Devil’s Brigade

Devil’s Brigade

From left Charles Schurke, the son of Devil’s Brigade member Evertt Schurke, explains the journey he and other family members took in May to Monte La Difensa, the sight of the first combat in the Italian theatre for the First Special Service Force during WWII. The mountain took many lives bu…

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Officials searching for missing man near Augusta

HELENA — Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue is looking for a missing Augusta man near the trailhead of Smith Creek southwest of Augusta.

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How Montana’s state parks stack up around the West

How Montana’s state parks stack up around the West

With names like Wayfarers and Black Sandy, Granite Ghost Town and Hell Creek, Lewis and Clark Caverns and Bannack, state parks reflect both Montana’s beauty and its rich history. But the history of the parks themselves and those charged with managing them is a tale of challenges and ideals s…

August 07, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Black Sandy

Black Sandy

Bella, a chocolate Labrador from Glendive, waits patiently for his people while visiting Black Sandy State Park.

August 06, 2014 10:34 pm
Black Sandy

Black Sandy

A couple tries out the waters of Hauser Lake this week at Black Sandy State Park.

August 06, 2014 10:34 pm
Black Sandy

Black Sandy

An inflatable tube sits on a boat parked in one of Black Sandy State Park's boat slips that are reserved for campers of the popular lake destination.

August 06, 2014 10:35 pm
MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

As the Chiwaukum Complex fire burns on the horizon, Montana National Guardsmen prepare their 2,000-gallon water drop bucket for the flight back to Helena. Until Thursday, when they got orders to come home, soldiers from the 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion were conducting firefight…

August 05, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A CH-47 Chinook conducts spot drop missions over the Duncan fire, a portion of the larger Chiwakum Complex Fire.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A Guardsmen rummages through a tool box on board a CH-47 Chinook.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A Guardsmen does routine maintenance on one of the two CH-47 Chinooks that have been aiding in the fight of Washington state's worst fire season to date.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A CH-47 Chinook sits a the Chiwaukum Complex fire burns on the horizon.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A CH-47 Chinook conducts spot drop missions over the Duncan fire, a portion of the larger Chiwakum Complex Fire.

August 05, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

Since early July, Washington state has been fighting the worst fire season it has ever seen. The Chiwaukum Complex fire takes a mid-day surge Thursday.

August 05, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

Washington's Adjutant General Bret Daugherty thanks soldier from the 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A CH-47 Chinook retrieves water from an unnamed alpine lake.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

SSG Dan Johnson stands next to the 2,000-gallon bucket used to transport water to the fires.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A CH-47 Chinook retrieves water from an unnamed alpine lake.

August 05, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

SSG Paul Smith checks a Blackhawk helicopter before taking flight.

August 05, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

Capt. Rob Oleson briefs high-ranking soldiers from both the Washington and Montana National Guard units.

August 05, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
Lewis and Clark deputy Shane Hildenstab

Lewis and Clark deputy Shane Hildenstab

Lewis and Clark deputy Shane Hildenstab fills in an investigator as he arrives on scene to a landlord/tenant dispute Monday morning that involved gun shots.

August 05, 2014 7:14 am
Property dispute

Property dispute

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff department as well as Montana Highway Patrol respond to a call in the 6800 block of Birdseye Road Monday after a call was placed to 911 for a property owner and tenant dispute. The confrontation resulted in guns and bystanders possibly being hit by a vehicle.

August 05, 2014 7:15 am
Property dispute ends with gunfire, multiple injuries

Property dispute ends with gunfire, multiple injuries

HELENA — Multiple people were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries Monday after a dispute between a landlord and a tenant ended with gunfire northwest of Helena.

August 05, 2014 7:12 am Video Photos

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East Helena infant injured, parents arrested

HELENA — Two East Helena residents were arrested Thursday after their 8-week-old baby was treated at a local hospital for a slew of injuries.

August 01, 2014 4:20 pmLoading…
Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

HELENA — A wide diversity of plants and animals inhabit the nearly 1 million-acre Helena National Forest, and with such a massive area to cover, a new citizen science campaign asks the public to help document the many species calling it home.

August 01, 2014 4:10 pmLoading…

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