Public lands are worth fighting for

February 22, 2017 at 9:13 am

On Jan. 30, more than 1,000 Montanans squeezed into the Capitol building to tell our elected officials in Helena and Washington, D.C.: Keep public lands in public hands.Sportsmen and women, conservationists, outdoor recreationists, kids and...

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Bits of Montana Wisdom Part 3 of 5

February 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Do you sometimes think the state is being inundated with new ways, and we are losing the real Montana? In some places perhaps yes, but most of the state is still the Montana we have always known and perceived. It is only in a small percenta...

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Bits of Montana wisdom part 2

February 17, 2017 at 11:12 am

Have you ever wondered how certain Montana places, rivers and towns got their unusual or just plain unfathomable names?Thanks to the incoming railroad across the top of the state, towns along the Hi-Line were named by the ingenious method o...

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Bits of Montana wisdom Part one

February 10, 2017 at 11:03 am

With winter gripping Montana, let us point out that the national record for cold in the lower 48 states – 70 degrees below zero – was documented right here in Montana at 2 a.m. on Jan. 20, 1954, on the west side of Roger’s Pass near Helena....

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Dig Out Day

February 10, 2017 at 10:47 am

A red-shafted flicker was drumming outside as I left to go ice fishing early Friday morning. They say each one has it’s own drumbeat. It had started snowing early that morning, and it did not stop for several days. The fish weren’t biting r...

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Mugshots are public information

February 03, 2017 at 10:21 am

Submitted by Jim Rickman of the Montana Newspaper Association, written by Missoulian staffLast week, the Montana House Judiciary Committee pulled the rug out from under police chiefs and news organizations who jointly supported a simple mea...

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Wildlife do overgraze

February 03, 2017 at 10:22 am

In the guest column “Bison should be able to roam, not reduced”, the author argues that wildlife does not overgraze, only cows. Further, the author demonstrates an apparent belief in the hypothesis of “Natural Regulation” or intra specific ...

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Be Healthy!! Take a Nap!

January 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm

How often do you hear someone say, “I had a great night’s sleep last night!” or “I feel refreshed and energetic!”? Probably not very often. Feeling sluggish seems to be the new normal. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, it...

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Winter awakenings

January 21, 2017 at 3:28 pm

As the new year begins, wildlife adapt to harsh conditions in many ways. Snowshoe hare, ptarmigan and ermine don their white winter coats. Pine squirrels tap their stored food cache, and bears slumber in a state of torpor. Birds of prey tha...

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MWA offers free guided hike with instruction on tracking and signage

January 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Submitted by Brian BaxterEnjoy a day in the field with seasoned wildlife tracker Brian Baxter observing, identifying and reading the tracks, trails, scat and sign mammals and birds leave as clues to their winter behaviors. We will investiga...

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