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One-time Anaconda resident fights to secure EPA funding

Smelter

A national coalition of environmental, union, recreation and business groups — including Montanans — called on Congress Wednesday to reject the Trump administration’s proposed 31 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as it works to approve the federal budget. Congress has a Friday deadline to pass a funding plan to stave off a government shutdown this weekend. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Red Lodge’s ex-prosecutor sues councilwoman, sister

Todd

The former prosecutor for the city of Red Lodge has filed suit against two sisters — one a City Council member and the other the coordinator of the Carbon County DUI Task Force — accusing them of conspiracy, libel, slander and working against his appointment as city attorney. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Billings marchers will join others around state, world

Helena

Women’s marches are being organized across the state and around the world this Saturday, a year after huge crowds turned out last January on the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. State Sen. Jen Gross, D-Billings, a co-coordinator of the Montana Women’s March Billings, said last year’s Women’s March on Montana, which drew an estimated 10,000 people to Helena, was powerfully exciting. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Groups protest oil leases near Yellowstone River

Yellowstone

A handful of conservation groups and Montana landowners are protesting several oil and gas leases offered by the Bureau of Land Management along the banks of the Yellowstone River. Opponents said the leases aren’t suitable for the area, which relies on revenue generated by tourism and outdoor recreation. (more…) Continue Reading →

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BuRec official, others dispute claims from river group

Dam

The Montana area manager for the federal Bureau of Reclamation has taken issue with a report critical of the bureau’s management of Yellowtail Dam on the Bighorn River. As we reported last week, the Bighorn River Alliance released a report saying BuRec’s operation of the dam has greatly damaged the world-class fishery below the dam and has also been injurious to farmers, ranchers, landowners and taxpayers. (more…) Continue Reading →

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MSU professor looks at how mountains shaped thinkers

Provost

A Montana State University history professor whose work focuses on the impact of mountains on some of history’s most influential scientific minds will discuss his work at Montana State University’s next Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Series, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Museum of the Rockies’ Hager Auditorium.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Red Lodge hosting pond hockey tourney this weekend

RL

If you’re in the market for some old-fashioned fun, you might considering watching some of the Red Lodge Winter Classic this weekend. The four-on-four pond hockey tournament will run Friday through Sunday at the Red Lodge Ice Rink in Lions Park, just off Broadway Avenue on the north end of town. (more…) Continue Reading →

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User group says BuRec damaging the Bighorn River

Alliance

A group of Bighorn River water users issued a report Thursday that raps the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for managing the Yellowtail Dam in ways that have cost taxpayers, farmers, ranchers and the fishing economy tens of millions of dollars. The report, “River at Risk,” was prepared by the Bighorn River Alliance, a nonprofit group that gives its mission as advocating for the wellbeing and balanced management of the Bighorn River. (more…) Continue Reading →

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