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    PNS Daily News - December 18, 20140 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: a cyber threat produces a nationwide dump of a major motion picture; New York says no to fracking—at least for now; and on the West Coast on new coalition hooks-up venture capital with conservation.

Public News Service - Montana

PHOTO: CEOs of a dozen venture capital firms say the solitude and recreation available on public land can be viewed as economic opportunities to attract new business to the West. Photo of Swiftcurrent Lake and Mount Gould in Glacier National Park by David Restivo/National Park Service.

HELENA, Mont. - A dozen leaders of venture capital and investment firms say they think the U.S. should be "investing" in protecting more public land. Members of the new Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition say they'll encourage Congress and the president to expand national parks and declare ne...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: Small towns and communities in Montana have an economic stake in what happens to the Greater sage-grouse, according to Montana State Rep. Bridget Smith (D-Wolf Point). Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

WOLF POINT, Mont. - There's cash in Montana's sagebrush that is quite lucrative for rural communities. Bureau of Land Management sagebrush landscapes in Montana and other Western states were connected to more than $1 billion in recreation and tourism spending last year, according to an economic rep...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: It's the last day for Montanans to add their thoughts to the latest alternative for the year-round bison habitat plan. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

GARDINER, Mont. - It's the last day for Montanans to add their thoughts to the latest alternative for the year-round bison habitat plan. More than 100,000 people already commented on the initial proposal, but this new addition makes changes to range area and killing animals before allowing the herd ...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: A new report from The Wilderness Society shares the secrets of collaboration success in Montana, including locally designed projects to benefit thousands of acres, such as in the Kootenai National Forest. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service.

HELENA, Mont. - Weeds, fire risk, logging, recreation, mining. Locals can come up with solutions for all those issues on National Forest lands. A new report from The Wilderness Society takes a look at 15 collaborative groups around the state that have designed plans with input from businesses, cons...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: The Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act is part of a package of bills attached to the National Defense Authorization Act, which will be voted on soon in the U.S. House and Senate. Photo of the Centennials courtesy of BLM.

CHOTEAU, Mont. - The Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act is expected to be voted on in Congress this week. Montana's Congressional delegation bundled the act into a package of eight bills attached to the National Defense Authorization Act. The Heritage Act was introduced three years ago, crafted seve...Read More

Public News Service - MT

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

Public News Service - MT

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

Public News Service - MT

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

Public News Service - MT

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