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Volcano Reef: Blackleaf Creek opens Front door

Volcano Reef: Blackleaf Creek opens Front door

BYNUM — The Rocky Mountain Front has a few front doors, and they’re doozies.

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Five inspection stations catch anglers transporting live fish

Five inspection stations catch anglers transporting live fish

HELENA — Since May, roadside watercraft inspection stations around the state reported nine boats illegally transporting live fish in Montana’s western and central fishing districts.

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Daring to face fear and be authentic through nude bike ride

Daring to face fear and be authentic through nude bike ride

MISSOULA — A childhood steeped in community service, libertarian ideals and hard work has culminated most recently for Nita Maddux in her determination to organize a nude bike ride in Missoula.

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Home-health employers seek exemption to Obamacare regulations

HELENA — Next year, all large employers will be required to offer health insurance to their workers — and for health care firms that rely on government funding to provide services to the poor, that mandate poses a special problem.

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Montana History Minute: Buckskins weren't just a fashion statement for Lewis and Clark

Montana History Minute: Buckskins weren't just a fashion statement for Lewis and Clark

Pompey's Pillar National Monument manager Jeff Kitchens explains why buckskin outfits were popular choice on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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5 things to know about coal trade, global warming

5 things to know about coal trade, global warming

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. Here are five things to know about the issue:

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Bountiful beargrass bloom underway this year in Montana

Bountiful beargrass bloom underway this year in Montana

LOLO PASS — The closing act of an outstanding beargrass performance awaits anyone willing to travel 6,000 feet above sea level.

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Wilderness study underway in Gallatin Range

Wilderness study underway in Gallatin Range

BOZEMAN — The Gallatin Mountains are a remarkable place. Extending north from Yellowstone National Park to Bozeman’s back door, the range consists of soaring peaks, alpine valleys and virgin forest — habitat important to the grizzly bears, elk and mountain goats that call the Gallatins home.

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Small wildfires keep Montana firefighters busy

Small wildfires keep Montana firefighters busy

Firefighters attacked and monitored several wildfires around Montana over the weekend.

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Bobcat fur farm looks to move from North Dakota to Montana

Bobcat fur farm looks to move from N.D.

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Amid coal uncertainty, school construction funds projected to waver

When a company wants to dig for coal in Wyoming, it pays a one-time competitive fee to help its bid stand out from what is usually a crowd of companies vying for the right to mine.

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For conservative side of GOP, experience separates Hill and Haynes

For conservative side of GOP, experience separates Hill and Haynes

Politically, Republicans Cindy Hill and Taylor Haynes may appear similar, but supporters of the two most conservative candidates in the Wyoming gubernatorial race articulate differences between them.

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Texas hiker involved in bear encounter in Glacier National Park

WEST GLACIER — National Park Service rangers are searching for a bear wounded in an encounter with a hiker in Glacier National Park.

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New Wyoming state archaeologist named

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming has a new state archaeologist.

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3-year-old drowns in Bitterroot River

MISSOULA — A 3-year-old boy is dead after drowning in the Bitterroot River on Friday.

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Researchers finding that cougars not so solitary

Researchers finding that cougars not so solitary

JACKSON, Wyo. — New research has debunked theories as to why mountain lions in northwest Wyoming seem to be eschewing their normal solitary habits.

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Elk could recover from chronic wasting disease, study shows

Elk could recover from chronic wasting disease, study shows

Elk may ultimately not be as susceptible to chronic wasting disease as researchers previously thought, according to a decadelong study published recently.

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Tribes bring bison plan to legislative panel

Tribes bring bison plan to legislative panel

HELENA — Although tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy have historically relied on bison for food, shelter and clothing, free-ranging bison have not been part of the sweeping landscape just east of the Northern Rockies in Montana and Canada for more than a century.

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Casper downtown tax district idea floated

Casper downtown tax district idea floated

The Casper Downtown Development Authority made its first public pitch this week for a new way to pay for projects.

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Ide, Perkins vie for SD29

Ide, Perkins vie for SD29

While Bob Ide’s concerns about big government's overreach into people’s lives and businesses have prompted him to run for Senate District 29, incumbent Sen. Drew Perkins hopes to be re-elected to work on his goals, including expanding and diversifying Wyoming’s economy.

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Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

HELENA — The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Initiatives failed to make 2014 ballot for several reasons

HELENA — Direct democracy, a proud tradition in Montana for more than a century, fell flat on its face this year.

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Milltown the backdrop for governor's message on forest health, parks, timber mills

Milltown the backdrop for governor's message on forest health, parks, timber mills

BONNER – Looking over the bluff at Milltown State Park, Gov. Steve Bullock said a new state forestry management effort should improve more than just timberlands.

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Missoula arborist heads to world tree climbing competition

Missoula arborist heads to world tree climbing competition

A few years ago, Emily Fisher helped some friends clear branches from ponderosa pines near Placid Lake. “They got me up in one of those trees, and I loved every second of it,” she said. She loved it so much, in fact, she moved to Seattle to learn the art and profession of tree climbing from…

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Milltown the backdrop for governor's message on forest health, parks, timber mills

BONNER – Looking over the bluff at Milltown State Park, Gov. Steve Bullock said a new state forestry management effort should improve more than just timberlands.

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