In a letter to the developer, POWDR of Park City, Utah, the Forest Service stated that there were inaccuracies with its Master Development Plan. The letter has not been released to the public, but among the issues that had been pointed out by a grassroots group organized against the development, Save Holland Lake, was the…
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Past and present Devil’s Kitchen Working Group members say the longevity of the unconventional elk management framework they developed three decades ago is a testament to the trust they developed — and the compromise they committed to — over many thoughtful conversations and shared meals. Onlookers noting the recent escalating tension surrounding elk management in…
As climate change increasingly impacts an already dry area, the public will likely be confronted with the question of whether the water should be used to supply a booming city or maintain a trout spawning area.
A Billings judge’s Sept. 30 ruling found that the Interior Department failed to adequately weigh water and climate impacts associated with Rosebud Mining’s proposal to pull an additional 70 million tons of coals from a Colstrip-area mine. The Office of Surface Mining has 19 months to redo its analysis and incorporate a broader range of…
While western Montana has experienced a huge spike in development in recent decades — and especially in the last few years in places like Missoula and the Flathead Valley — the quiet valley in the shadow of the Mission Mountains between Seeley Lake and Bigfork has remained relatively unchanged.
Per terms of the agreement announced on Sept. 30, Atlantic Richfield, or ARCO, will clean up soils in areas upland of Anaconda’s smelter smokestack, “effect the closure of remaining slag piles at the Site” and complete clean-up of residential yards in the towns of Anaconda and Opportunity. The long-term cost of remediating the site is…
Bears have long been a part of life in the Flathead Valley and western Montana, but officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks say this year has been particularly challenging when it comes to bear-human conflicts.
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