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The National Weather Service in Billings has selected drought and the resulting wildfire activity as the top weather event for 2017. It probably comes as no surprise to residents east of the Continental Divide.

NWS Meteorologist Tom Frieders said parts of Montana are still experiencing drought. He said at this time last year most of the state was in pretty good shape.

Field Days: Ranching By Smartphone

Jan 3, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, millennial rancher Weston Merrill uses his smartphone to collect data on the ranch he operates with his father.


USDA NRCS

While coal production is down nationwide, a new report says it still brings a lot of money to Montana. 

Coal
Kym Farnik / Flickr

One day after a beleaguered coal company’s stocks soared on news its Montana mine expansion project was approved by the federal government, the Interior Department now says that approval actually didn’t happen.

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.

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