Ranchers help save fish in drought-stricken creek
(Missoula, Mont.) – Lolo Creek was in dire straits this week until local citizens took action on Wednesday to add water and rescue fish. The stream’s lower reach recently dried up due to dry conditions and irrigation withdrawals, leaving trout and other aquatic life stranded in small pools above Lolo Creek’s confluence with the Bitterroot River.
Bozeman scientists helping protect Montana's potato crops
A biological pesticide developed at Montana State University will enter the fight this month to control a threat to Montana’s $38 million seed potato industry after receiving a provisional go-ahead from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Montana is fertile ground for film school graduates making second feature
Instead of migrating to Hollywood, recent MSU film school graduates Matthew Smaglik and Steve Hilton have found film success in Montana. The duo founded Sanshead Studios, which won first prize in a contest sponsored by the Montana Film Commission and are set to film their second full feature this summer.
Living in the Past: Resurrecting Montana’s Historic Homesteads
Despite its collapsed roof and deteriorating foundation, the old building is alive.
Built around 1910, the historic log cabin speaks of an earlier era when it was part of a whole — when it was the heartbeat of a homestead — that epochal venue for hardship, refuge, birth, death, courage and love. Now, almost a century after they were built, Montana’s homesteads are evolving from burn-pile fodder into restored outbuildings, and in some cases, million-dollar homes.
In Hot Water: Hardin native heads to China to study hot springs
A Montana State University standout who is enthusiastic about everything from research to goats to ballroom dancing is now part of an international team studying hot springs. Emma Murter of Hardin was one of two students in the nation chosen to travel to China this summer through a National Science Foundation program for undergraduate scholars.
Philipsburg business grows with careful shepherding by owners
Ed and Sue James have created a new dimension in local agriculture. The James’ have been traditional ranchers their whole lives, raising both cattle and sheep. Times got especially tough for the sheep industry in the l980’s with the demise of tariffs on the importation of lamb and wool. Being forward looking people the James’ started seeking ways they could add value to their main product—wool.
Bozeman filmmaker examines 'mating for life'
BOZEMAN - A film by Cindy Stillwell will premiere at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Crystal Theater in Missoula as part of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. "Mating for Life" was selected for the festival from more than 1,000 submissions from around the world. The film is an intimate documentary about Stillwell's pilgrimage to central Nebraska to witness the annual spring migration of the sandhill cranes, which is portrayed as a metaphor for human transformation.