Environment & Science

Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill spends Christmas with his young family on the ranch he grew up on in Judith Basin County, Montana.  


Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill and his family try a new venture: running cows on shares.

  


Democratic state representative Jim Hamilton says the loss in funding affects local school districts, mental health and disability services in Gallatin County.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

Montana’s ongoing budget crisis has hit Gallatin County, where state Democrats say schools, mental health and disabilities services could all be affected.

"There may be another $60 to $70 million of lost revenue to the state per year," says state representative Jim Hamilton, a Bozeman Democrat.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

At a town hall meeting in Bozeman Tuesday, state Democrats said the GOP tax plan could worsen Montana’s budget woes.

grizzly bear
National Park Service / National Park Service

With the recent delisting of the Yellowstone-area grizzly bear, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are contemplating a grizzly bear hunt. But on Monday, their neighbor to the north, British Columbia, announced it was immediately ending its own grizzly bear hunt.

Montana Standard

Hunters harvested at least 107 deer in Carbon County, Montana, over the weekend to kick off a special hunt to gather data on chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in south central Montana.

The deer brought to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station at Joliet during the first three days of the special season included 73 mule deer and 34 white-tailed deer. The season opened Friday, and will run through February 15, unless hunters fill a quota of 200 deer of each species before that date.

On Thursday, Montana Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte introduced legislation that would ban mining on public lands near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

Congress is one step closer to passing a ban on mining near Yellowstone National Park, but members of Montana’s delegation don’t agree on all aspects of the legislation. 

A red flag warning issued December 12th is the latest on record, says a National Weather Service official.
NOAA

When you think of winter in Montana, you think lots of snow, not wildfires. But on Tuesday the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the eastern and north-central part of the state. 

Mule deer
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tags sold out quickly Monday morning for a special deer hunt to learn how far chronic wasting disease has spread in Montana. 

Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill buys his first tractor. It's a big deal for the family, but a necessary one to expand the operation Weston runs with his dad.


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