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Some places too special for oil, gas development

This July the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) posted an obscure notice on its website that it will lease more than 12,000 acres of public land in the Beaverhead and Big Hole watersheds for oil and gas development. Many of the parcels up for potential eBay-style auction are located on public lands ne


Huge smoke plumes feeding southwest Montana wildfire, throwing embers

The Goldstone Fire hugging the Continental Divide in far southwest Montana has produced a column of smoke so huge, it is feeding on its own heat and driving the fire more than the wind.“It isn’t totally creating its own weather but it is to some extent,” Arlee Staley, a recreation specialist for the


Guest view: State needs to act now to protect Big Hole flows

If I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times, that 2018 high river flows and increased moisture in June, would sustain us through the summer without any problem. We were at 7000cfs on June 23rd and fast forward to today, less than 60 days later, and the gauge at Melrose is at 337cfs. We had above

MONTANA STANDARD - 2018-08-14 12:00:00

Wildlife officials investigate Montana grizzly bear shooting

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana and federal wildlife officials are investigating after a grizzly bear was found with a gunshot wound last month.The Great Falls Tribunereportsstate Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials killed the bear Monday on the Marias River near Shelby.Officials say the 3-year-old

BOZEMAN DAILY CHRONICLE - 2018-08-15 03:22:55

Wildfire update: Goldstone Fire is zero percent contained

On Wednesday, fire activity increased due to hot, dry temperatures and winds. These weather conditions are predicted for the area over the next couple of days, so fire behavior is expected to increase.


FWP proposal: Keep at least 800 grizzlies in northwestern Montana

“Chapter 2 covers the demographic objectives, and that’s the area where Fish, Wildlife and Parks has authority,” FWP Wildlife Chief Ken McDonald told the commissioners in Helena.


Grizzly Bear Cub Euthanized - Flathead Beacon

Tribal bear biologists, in consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, searched for a certified grizzly bear facility to place the cub. After 11 days no certified facility was identified with the capacity to take this grizzly bear cub.


Madison County fires continue to grow, evacuations in place

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest reports the Monument Fire burning near Cameron, Montana is just over 4,200 acres. That fire was first detected on August 6 after lightning hit the area.


Narrowing the Rural School Digital Divide - Flathead Beacon

In an effort to broaden students’ horizons beyond their rural districts and forge a connection with outside expertise, Creston School schedules regular Skype sessions with professionals and academics, an exciting opportunity for the kids. It’s a seemingly straightforward way to offer new angles on t


FWP considers rules for counting bears if northwest Montana grizzlies delisted

Fish and Wildlife Commission members may open a two-month comment period on a controversial part of the strategy in a federal move to end Endangered Species Act protections for about 1,000 grizzlies in northwest Montana. The strategy describes how state, federal and tribal agencies will monitor, pro


Guest view: Big Hole, Beaverhead no place for oil and gas development

This July the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) posted an obscure notice on its website that it will lease more than 12,000 acres of public land in the Beaverhead and Big Hole watersheds for oil and gas development.Many of the parcels up for potential eBay style auction are located on public lands nea


Melrose VFD receives new wildland engine

Funding for the new engine came through a bill sponsored by state Sen. Jim Keane of Butte, who helped secure over $2 million to help counties across Montana provide wildland fire protection, according to theDepartment of Natural Resources and Conservation.


Wise River Days this weekend

WISE RIVER — The annual Wise River Days will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, at the Wise River Community Building.


Feature length film shot in Twin Bridges begins post production

The story focuses on the plight of one family who, after having their place of safety destroyed, have to wander in search of a new safe haven.


Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame considering splitting new home between Dillon, Great Falls

Like the itinerant cattle herders it seeks to honor, the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center can’t seem to settle down.It’s sought refuge in Wolf Point and Big Timber and considered stays in Miles City, Twin Bridges, Livingston, and Big Sky.And now the hall of fame, which the Legis


Firefighters Gain Ground on Kootenai Wildfires - Flathead Beacon

Meanwhile, east of the Continental Divide, firefighters are bracing for what could be a busy few days after the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for much of the week for Glacier County and the surrounding area, including the east side of Glacier National Park.


Budget battle: Butte-Silver Bow commissioners at odds over new county positions

Officials want to add seven new positions to the county's workforce and payroll — a detention officer, janitor, two “shop watchmen,” and a mechanic among them — at a first-year cost of $385,000 in salaries and benefits.But two proposed positions — a coordinator to link people with medical and mental


Video: How to Tie the GFA Hopper - Orvis News

Walter Wiese is the head guide atParks’ Fly Shopin Gardiner, Montana, so he knows a few things about fishing with hoppers, both on the Yellowstone River and elsewhere in Yellowstone National Park. His GFA Hopper pattern is designed to float well, be visible in broken water, and offer a realistic pro


Police blotter: Assaults, DUIs, peeing in the street

Partner or family member assault*A 21-year-old man was arrested for family member assault with a weapon Friday night. Police reported to the station around 10:30 p.m. to speak with a woman who fled her home in fear of her son. The woman told police that she and Dylan Rivers got into an argument when


Belgrade wins district, Gallatin Valley reaches state

Johnny Graham knew early on one run could be the difference. Both starting pitchers were in a groove and the two teams had played a low-scoring, one-run game 22 hours earlier.The Belgrade manager also knew stringing hits together would be a challenge, so his squad would have to be creative in its ap