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Film tracks efforts to protect prime elk-hunting habitat


In 2012, Montanans were introduced to two relatively unknown billionaire brothers from Texas who were in the process of purchasing hundreds of thousands of acres of ranch land in Montana. The Wilks brothers, Farris and Dan — now the second-largest landowners in the state — had made their fortune selling their company Frac Tech, one of the first large hydraulic fracturing companies in the country, at the height of the oil boom, in a deal that was reportedly worth $3.2 billion. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: Novel, website plumb Montana nostalgia

You probably have already noticed the main problem with this book. I’m no prude, but I found myself hesitating to read it in public. On a recent flight out of state, when I was still reading the book, I was careful to extract it from my carry-on bag without flashing the cover in front of any other passengers. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Mark your calendars: Last Best News fundraiser is Oct. 28

The first time we threw a fundraiser for Last Best News, back in February 2016, it was so much fun that we decided to make it an annual event. So we threw another one last April, again at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.’s Garage Pub. And that was so much fun that a lot of people said we really ought to have one every six months or so. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Volunteers aid in search for elusive Black Swift


Since the summer of 2013, Montana Audubon has engaged citizen scientists in searching for one of Montana’s least understood species, the Black Swift. When we started these efforts, just seven nest sites were known in the state, and it was clear the bird remained among the Species of Greatest Inventory Need. Nesting amongst rocky niches, and under hidden waterfalls, the colonial-breeding Black Swift remains challenging to locate, even to a trained observer’s eye. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Off-the-shelf wetlands’ firm poised for worldwide growth

Fish fry

SHEPHERD — Since founding Floating Island International 12 years ago, Bruce Kania has achieved a lot of milestones. More than 7,000 of his man-made islands — he likes to call them “off-the-shelf wetlands” — have been sold around the world. He holds “a couple dozen” patents related to the floating island technology and he has six licensed manufacturers — three in the United States and one each in China, New Zealand the United Kingdom — making his patented BioHaven-brand islands. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Suit says Fagg broke federal campaign finance laws


The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a federal complaint against Yellowstone County District Judge Russell Fagg, alleging that he violated federal campaign finance laws by campaigning for the U.S. Senate without filing for the seat. The complaint, filed with the Federal Election Commission, contends that while Fagg has not yet filed for office or resigned his seat from the bench, he has actively distributed campaign literature and launched a campaign website with a donation platform. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Daines, Gianforte tout tech growth at Missoula summit


Back in the 1970s, when Steve Daines was on a family trip to Disneyland, a woman asked him about life back home. Her impression of Montana was stereotypical at best  — a third-world state far removed from economic prosperity. Kicking off the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit on Monday, Daines, now a U.S. senator representing the state, said times have changed. Technology has removed the barriers of geography, and Montana’s booming tech sector competes at the enterprise level with the world’s top firms. (more…) Continue Reading →

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