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Red Lodge Songwriter Festival back for third year


For the third year in a row, Red Lodge will play host this month to a songwriter festival featuring some of country music’s best hit makers. The third annual Red Lodge Songwriter Festival will run Thursday through Saturday, June 21-23, with music from Nashville luminaires as well as some of the best songwriters in Montana and Wyoming. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Clerks have advice for Montana voters


As the June 5 federal primary quickly approaches, election administrators across Montana want voters to be prepared for Election Day. “We want voters to be aware of last-minute deadlines and reminders to ensure their vote counts,” Ruth Baker, president of the Montana Association of Clerks and Recorders, said in a press release. (more…) Continue Reading →

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A-B Wilderness film screens Thursday in Red Lodge


A documentary film about how the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness was created will be screened at the Roman Theater in Red Lodge at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. The film, “Wild Resurrection: The Untold Story of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness,” was written, produced and directed by Kris Prinzing, director of MusEco Media and Education Project, a Billings nonprofit. The screening is also a celebration of the A-B Wilderness itself, which was created 40 years ago, when the act introduced by Montana Sen. Lee Metcalf was signed into law on March 27, 1978. Much of the film consists of interviews with some of the key people involved in the creation of the wilderness area, and some of those people will be on hand to answer questions at the screening in Red Lodge, as will filmmaker Prinzing. There will be a cash bar and a birthday cake, and attendees are encouraged to bring old photos or slides of the A-B Wilderness. Continue Reading →

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Montana Climate Assessment presentation planned

Cathy Whitlock

A presentation on the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Royal Johnson Community Room of the Billings Public Library, 510 N. Broadway. The Billings Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the Billings League of Women Voters and the Better Billings Sustainability Committee of the Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council are sponsoring the event. The Montana Climate Assessment, published last September, is a product of the Montana University System’s Montana Institute on Ecosystems. The presentation will be given by the lead author of the assessment, Cathy Whitlock. The assessment describes past and future climate trends that affect three sectors of the Montana economy: agriculture, water and forestry. “The central goal of this effort was to create a product that would be useful to Montanans in planning for and adapting to a changing climate,” Whitlock said.”The assessment’s findings foresee a hotter future for Montana, but it is the specific details about what this means that we hope citizens will find useful.” Continue Reading →

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Two bands, silent auction on tap at Music for the Wild

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The 15th annual Music for the Wild celebration — the primary fundraiser for the Eastern Wildlands Chapter of the Montana Wilderness Association — is set for 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, May 12, at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. (more…) Continue Reading →

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