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PHOTO: The impact of climate change on cold-water fisheries in Montana will be discussed today at the Montana Conservation Voters annual meeting in Helena. CREDIT: mt.gov

HELENA, Mont. – Cold water is valuable to Montana. Cold-water fisheries in the Livingston region are worth upwards of $90 million a year in tourism money. But not all rivers have been open in recent years because of warming waters. That's one impact of climate change being discussed toda...Read More

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PHOTO: A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows NPS lands, such as Glacier National Park, are connected to more than $400 million a year in tourism spending in Montana. CREDIT: National Park Service.

HELENA, Mont. - National Parks, Monuments, Trails and Historic Sites are pumping at least $400 million into Montana's economy each year. Numbers from the National Park Service show more than 4 million people visited National Park Service lands in Big Sky Country in 2012. While there's often critic...Read More

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PHOTO: A challenge of "50 peaks in 50 weeks" has been taken up by a group of University of Montana students. CREDIT: Jfisher2167

MISSOULA, Mont. - Hike one, two or 50. The University of Montana Wilderness Association has kicked off plans to hike 50 peaks in 50 weeks, as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Most trips will not require advanced climbing gear. Zach Porter, NEXGen Wilderness Leaders program ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report raises questions about whether the rail system can handle more loads of coal and oil from the Powder River Basin - bound for markets overseas. Photo credit: Energy Information Administration.

BILLINGS, Mont. – A new report on rail shipping shows the tracks already are congested in several areas, and as Powder River Basin coal is marketed for export, it raises questions about whether there's room for that much additional rail traffic. Terry Whiteside, the report’s author, sa...Read More

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PHOTO: Textbooks are among the highest out-of-pocket expenses for college students, according to a new report that proposes cost-saving alternatives to help students save and learn more. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. – The rising costs of college tuition, room and board aren't the only financial obstacles to higher learning in Montana, according to a new survey that finds that soaring textbook prices are keeping some students from getting the most out of their college education. Ethan Senack...Read More

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PHOTO: Wildfires connected to climate change are one factor behind the ratings in the new League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard. Montana's delegation earned some of the highest, and lowest, numbers. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

BILLINGS, Mont. - Montana's congressional delegation earned some of the highest and lowest numbers on a new annual scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters. Members of Congress were rated on their 2013 votes in the House and Senate on bills connected to clean energy, wildlife issues and lan...Read More

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. – President Barack Obama signs the farm bill today at a ceremony in Michigan. The legislation was hotly debated last year, with the U.S. House passing it in two pieces. Alan Merrill, president of the Montana Farmers Union, says despite discouraging signs, the end result ...Read More

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PHOTO: Montana AARP State President Joy Bruck says you can alleviate tax stress by using the AARP Tax-Aide program. Photo courtesy of AARP Montana.

HELENA, Mont. – Taxes done and filed for free. That's the offer from the AARP Tax-Aide program to taxpayers with low to moderate incomes in Montana. More than 10,000 Montanans received that help last year, and the doors are open for filers this year. AARP Montana State President Joy Bruc...Read More

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