Changing Montana: How Montana has become two very different places
Montana State University professor Bill Wyckoff wanted to see how Montana's landscape was changing and understand the processes involved, so he drove around the state during the summers of 2001 through 2004 photographing scenes that were first photographed during the 1920s and '30s. Staff with the Montana Department of Highways took the original photos to show how Montana's roads and bridges looked before and after receiving federal funds.
MAD Magazine founder Al Feldstein reflects on a colorful life
MAD magazine founder Al Feldstein, 83, worked his way through the Madison Avenue publishers and by 1950 he and a partner were publishing their own series of comic books. It was a cutthroat business, with publishers competing hard for the coveted spots on the newsstands — and for the attention of young readers.
Best Retirement Towns: on Flathead Lake
With residences scattered mostly along the west shore of Flathead Lake, Lakeside is the community center for many local residents. It’s here, in this small town, that the Glen Aasheim family and other like-minded retirees gather; they contribute to the local community by supporting local charities and schools.
Montana ranchers pitch in to help feed the hungry
Farmers and ranchers understand better than anyone where food comes from.
And they are, by trade, sensitive to the needs of a creature — including humans.
That’s where Levi Britton stepped in. The Billings man founded the nonprofit Cattlemen Feed the Needy program in 2006, through which ranches can donate cattle to be processed for hamburger that is subsequently donated to the Billings Food Bank. Britton raises a few cows of his own north of Billings. In recent years he’s witnessed Billings’ population grow ever larger.
One Man's Land: Maclay family's Bitterroot Resort
Tom Maclay is not the first person to attempt a ski resort on Lolo Peak. In the 1960s and 1980s, studies were made on the feasibility of a ski area on this 9,000-foot peak. A U.S. Forest Service study done between 1966 and 1971 rated the Lolo Peak area as having some of the best snow in the nation, Maclay said.
Bud Lilly, the consummate Montana fly fisherman
There is scarcely a Western fly-angler who hasn't heard of Bud Lilly. In Montana trout-fishing circles, he's been practically a household name for decades - a living legend with both awe-inspiring skill and sound environmental ethics.
Stan Lynde: Montana's Cartoon Character
For millions of people around the nation, Rick O’Shay was a consistent morning visitor.
Created by Stan Lynde of Helena, “Rick O’Shay” was the Western comic strip character that ran in newspapers around the nation, reaching 15 million people weekly, until 1977. Raised in Lodgegrass, Montana, near the Crow Indian reservation and the Custer Battlefield, Lynde grew up a true Montanan. His father ran sheep on the reservation, where Lynde learned early of the native American and cowboy ways.