From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle:
Disease issues closed down some of Montana’s private fish hatcheries in the last two years, creating a fish shortage and regulatory headaches for hatchery owners. The Hatchery Quandary
Joe Gutkoski, an 89-year-old environmental activist, has a big idea about water. He’s tried to get lawmakers to buy what he’s selling for years, and he has always been rejected. But that doesn’t stop him. For Montana’s water rights, a radical and likely doomed idea
In 1962, an Air Force bomber slammed into a mountain in southern Montana. Four men were killed. Fifty-four years later, a man who lives near the wreckage made it his mission to memorialize the four veterans. My story, reported in collaboration with the Last Best Stories podcast, on just that: In Memory of a Plane Crash
The single biggest story I covered in 2016 was a massive fish die-off in the Yellowstone River. It began with anecdotal reports of people floating past dead fish and led to an emergency recreation ban on 183 miles of the river. When the dust settled and the state lifted the river closure, I returned to the river and tried to look ahead to how Montana’s fish biologists would try to measure the impact.
In 2015, a Canadian mining company asked for permission to look for gold north of Yellowstone National Park. Environmentalists came out against it, and they found some unlikely allies in some who live and own land up the narrow canyon where the company wants to go. This story was published as those people were waiting for the U.S. Forest Service to make a decision on the level of environmental scrutiny they would give the company’s project.
Late blight caused the Irish potato famine. In 2015, it came to Montana’s Gallatin Valley for the first time, but the area’s potato farmers were prepared to deal with it. I talked to a couple of them.
Developing wind energy in Montana comes with many challenges. This is a story about one company’s quest to build some turbines outside a town east of Bozeman.
Drought can be tough on Montana’s farmers, people who are slaves to the weather.
On Modernfarmer.com: How to say “cold” in Quechua