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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Montana. Hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watc...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided that the wolverine will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. About 300 animals exist in the United States, mainly in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

MISSOULA, Mont. - A decision on whether wolverines should be considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act took 14 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided the animals are not imperiled, citing uncertainty about the ecology of the wolverine. Wolverines are found mainly in ar...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Photo credit: National Agricultural Library

HELENA, Mont. - Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in big cities, where the cost of living tends to be high, but a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. That characterizes much of Montana. Jon Bailey, with the...Read More

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PHOTO: Medicare is marking is 49th anniversary. More than 167,000 Montanans use the program. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. – Medicare is marking its 49th anniversary. It's a program used by more than 167,000 Montanans, most of them seniors, and it's also a program that Congress is looking at changing because of expenses. Sam Burnett, a volunteer educator with the National Committee to Preserve So...Read More

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PHOTO: Legislation sponsored by Senator Jon Tester that would make it easier for energy companies to lease public lands for renewable energy projects will receive hearings in both the U.S. House and Senate Tuesday. Photo credit: U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

MISSOULA, Mont. - A month ago, backers of legislation designed to make it easier for wind and solar energy companies to lease public land for projects were worried the bills wouldn't receive hearings any time soon. But the proposals are on the calendar Tuesday before committees in both the Senate an...Read More

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PHOTO: A report from the Sightline Institute calls for BLM to recalculate "fair market values" for coal, based on growing export markets. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior

HELENA, Mont. - It's been called "outdated," and a new report from the Sightline Institute shows how being behind the times means Montana is missing out on coal cash. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report earlier this year criticized the Bureau of Land Management for how it sets "fair mark...Read More

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PHOto: Todd Tanner, president of Conservation Hawks, testified at a citizens' hearing in Missoula last night that climate change is a threat to the state's hunting and fishing heritage. He supports the proposed federal Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions. Photo courtesy of Tanner.

MISSOULA, Mont. – "We all see it happening" was the sentiment about climate change at a citizens' hearing Wednesday night in Missoula about the proposed federal Clean Power Plan that sets goals for reducing pollution associated with climate change. Representatives from health, environmental a...Read More

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PHOTO: A 'moth sheet' can be set up by anyone as a way to observe moth species. It's National Moth Week, and researchers are looking for white-lined sphinx moths in Montana. Photo courtesy of NationalMothWeek.org.

DRUMMOND, Mont. - Student researchers from California's La Verne University are conducting studies under the darkness of the northwestern Montana night. They're tracking the white-lined sphinx month, commonly known to as the 'hummingbird moth.' Their work is being highlighted for National Moth Week,...Read More

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