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Double bind

Native Americans navigate twin threats of COVID-19 and wildfire.

Tribal leaders have worked to keep the coronavirus off their reservations because of its deadly impact on Native populations. But careful avoidance of the virus has handcuffed the tribes as they face a devastating fire season.

Lingering concerns

Wildfires’ toxic air leaves damage long after the smoke clears

While it’s long been known that smoke can be dangerous when in the thick of it — triggering asthma attacks, cardiac arrests, hospitalizations and more — new research confirmed what public health experts feared: Wildfire haze can have consequences long after it’s gone.

Reading the weather in Bullock vs. Daines

The outcome will help decide control of the Senate, and both candidates are touting their environmental credentials.

The outcome of Montana’s Senate race will help decide control of the upper chamber of Congress, and both Steve Daines and Steve Bullock are touting their environmental credentials.

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Bullock, Tester push back on Pendley appointment

A day after Montana Gov. Steve Bullock sued to remove acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley from his post, public lands advocates and Montana’s Democratic senator are calling for hearings on Pendley’s nomination to lead a federal agency responsible for managing millions of acres of public lands, saying he is unfit for the position.

Full-court suppress

Land managers and the general population both are making strides toward appreciating fire’s role in healthy forest ecosystems. But concerns generated by COVID-19 could reverse some of that progress as fire managers in the Northern Rockies prepare for a wildfire response that skews heavily toward suppression.

Recovered to death?

Scientists established a grizzly bear mortality rate that allows for a stable population of the threatened species. Wildlife managers are increasingly exceeding it.

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Outside the boxes

Health care professionals anticipate a pandemic-induced mental health crisis. Some doctors think prescriptions for time in nature can help.

Environmental groups sue DEQ, Tintina over Black Butte mine

Several environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday over a proposed copper mine near White Sulphur Springs, arguing that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality did not go far enough to protect the iconic Smith River and that DEQ’s permit approval should be vacated.

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