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Fire season 2021: Early to start, late to finish, and smoky in the middle

The state's first major winter storm dropped snow on parts of southern Montana early this week, signaling the final act of an active fire season that had prompted Gov. Greg Gianforte to issue a...


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to explore relisting the gray wolf

na's expanded wolf-hunting season earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it has decided to conduct an in-depth status review to determine whether state management plans aiming to aggressively reduce wolf populations threaten the... Full story


Federal oil and gas leasing program back in play in Montana

The federal government is moving forward with oil and gas leasing on 6,277 acres of Bureau of Land Management property in Montana following a judicial order directing the Department of the Interior to resume lease sales on federal lands. The BLM...


Montanans to receive partial refunds for insurance premiums

Nearly 16,000 Montanans who purchased Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance through the marketplace are set to receive partial reimbursement for premiums paid between 2018 and 2020.  The Affordable Care Act requires insurers selling plans on the...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    August 25, 2021

Trout in trouble : How this year's drought has impacted Montana's treasured cold-water fisheries, and the outfitters and anglers who rely on them

On July 12, Florence-based fly-fishing outfitter Jay Dixon took a look at the forecast calling for several days of near triple-digit heat and decided to temporarily close his business during one of... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    July 28, 2021

Missouri River tributary runs dry after restoration project

Helena anglers are expressing concern over the loss of surface flow in Beaver Creek, an ecologically important tributary of the Missouri River, following restoration work conducted by the U.S. Forest...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    July 7, 2021

High-elevation forests now burning more frequently than any time in the past 2,000 years

As climate change drives up temperatures and creates longer, more expansive droughts, the typically cool, moist high-elevation forests of the central Rockies are burning with greater frequency than any time in the past 2,000 years, according to a...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    June 30, 2021

What 'waters of the U.S.' means for Montana

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a close look at a 2020 rule that removed Clean Water Act protections from a significant number of waterways across the country, including a huge number of...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    June 16, 2021

Gianforte sets wildfire priorities for 'above-normal' season

In a wildfire briefing at the state Capitol attended by more than a dozen land use and wildfire response agency leaders, Gov. Greg Gianforte said he wants to double the number of treated acres on Montana's forests and pressured the National Park...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    January 27, 2021

Committee approves bill imposing stiffer penalties on hunters who enter private property without permission

HELENA — The House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee approved a bill earlier this session, that significantly strengthens penalties for hunters who trespass on private property.  Rep. Denley Loge, R-St. Regis, is sponsoring House Bill 108. It...


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