Despite obstacles, young people drawn to politics

Recent Montana State University graduate Kiah Abbey has been involved in local politics in Montana for nearly a year. The 23-year-old has done a lot of work encouraging her peers register to vote, but she feels best about helping Bozeman pass a nondiscrimination ordinance this spring.


Book talk, ‘Wizard of Oz’ on tap at the Babcock


Robert K. Elder has 6-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, who’ve never been to Billings.

So when Elder brings them to his hometown town this week and next, he’s planning to take them to all those places he visited as a kid — including Cody, Wyo., Yellowstone National Park and MontanaFair. Elder also hopes that he and his wife, Betsy Edgerton, can take in one night of the Magic City Blues festival while they’re here. Continue Reading →

Rodeo makes for a big day in little Brockway


BROCKWAY — Charlie Moline will tell you that Brockway is famous for four things.

In 1934 it shipped more livestock by rail than any other town in the United States.

It used to be the smallest town in the world with a drive-in theater. Continue Reading →

Bridger farm: Growing healthy food for local consumers


BRIDGER — Marguerite Jodry was majoring in music at the University of Montana when she found her way into the local food movement.

She worked in Sheridan, Wyo., on an AmeriCorps-VISTA food project, then worked as an intern at the Amaltheia Organic Dairy in Belgrade, where she arrived amid the kidding season. “I was a goat midwife,” she said. Continue Reading →

New video makes a case for responsible oil development


Deb Thomas of Clark, Wyo., talks about the many disadvantages of living near six oil wells — the air and water pollution, the dust, noise, lights and heavy traffic.

Bob and Mary Johnson talk about living in the midst of the Bakken oil boom on their North Dakota farm, and their hopes that the same kind of development doesn’t come to the Red Lodge area, where they retired. Continue Reading →

One Time Boy


Lay of the Land: A series of essays on the spirit of Montana

I have never been so anxious to meet another kid in my life. My parents have told us for years about the family that is about to come and visit. They have a boy my age. And several years ago, this boy shot and killed his younger brother when they were playing in the family barn.  I have been curious about this boy ever since. Continue Reading →