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PHOTO: Loneliness is one of the toughest things about aging. AARP is asking people to commit to spending one day a month with an older relative or neighbor, to make a meaningful connection between generations. Photo credit: tobkatrina/

PORTLAND, Ore. – It may be time for a new holiday tradition – or an early New Year's resolution – to spend time with an older person in your family or your neighborhood, and to make it a monthly commitment. AARP points out that amid Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Mo ...Read More

PHOTO: Washington's laws against drunk driving are more stringent this year, making a designated driver an even smarter strategy for holiday parties. Photo credit: Feverpitch/

EVERETT, Wash. - A designated driver should be part of this season's planning process for festivities that include alcohol, and one Washington attorney's advice is to arrange for that driver well before they're needed. In a new survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 72 percent of people who've u ...Read More

PHOTO: Several rural Montana electricity co-op members are encouraging co-ops to diversify their energy sources, including adding more wind and solar. Photo credit: Bob Henson/National Science Foundation.

FERGUS COUNTY, Mont. - Rural electric co-ops in Western Montana have made no secret of their opposition to proposed EPA rules that would require a reduction in carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Some of the co-ops have long-term contracts with energy companies to purchase coal-generated ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll shows 90 percent of Montana hunters surveyed back protection of greater sage-grouse habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide next year if the species will be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Photo credit: Jeannie Stafford/USFWS

BILLINGS, Mont. - Turkey is probably the most popular bird in Montana this week, but greater sage-grouse also have a fan club, at least among hunters. A new poll from the National Wildlife Federation finds 90 percent of Montana hunters surveyed say it's important to protect greater sage-grouse habit ...Read More

PHOTO: Members of the 'Yes On 92' campaign took to the phones after the election to find voters whose ballots had been challenged, in case validating them might result in an additional vote for their ballot measure. Photo courtesy Yes On 92.

PORTLAND, Ore. - It may be Christmas before Oregonians know the fate of genetically-engineered (GE) food labeling in the state. The initial November ballot counts become official next week, Dec. 4, but for Measure 92, to require labeling of food products with genetically-engineered ingredients sold ...Read More

PHOTO: Leaky fuel hoses and fuel trucks in need of maintenance are some of the concerns cited by behind-the-scenes workers for airline subcontractors at Portland International Airport. Photo credit: starush/

PORTLAND, Ore. - This week kicks off the busy holiday travel season, and at Portland International Airport (PDX), hundreds of behind-the-scenes workers shift into high gear to accommodate the crowds. Those who work for the airline subcontractors say it isn't easy when their employers don't always pr ...Read More

PHOTO: Family caregivers face added stress during the holidays, with finances topping the list of concerns in a new survey. Photo credit: PublicDomanPictures/Pixabay

LARAMIE, Wyo. – Thanksgiving is the kick-off of a holiday season that lasts more than a month, and a new AARP survey of caregivers for aging parents or other relatives shows the stress meter runs high this time of year. The survey shows their concerns are topped by finances, followed by tryi ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report encourages Montana to strictly limit the flaring of natural gas, often considered a byproduct of oil drilling. Courtesy of NASA.

BILLINGS, Mont. - A boom in oil production in the Bakken in Montana has led to too much flaring, venting and leaking natural gas, according to a new report from the Northern Plains Resource Council. The report noted that the natural gas is considered a byproduct, and because of low prices and few p ...Read More

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