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Listen to the Dinosaur

What a clever way of delivering this message:

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New West Fantasy Lands – A Reflection

In my last post, I wrote of the growth issues facing Greater Yellowstone and, specifically, Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley. These can always be topics fraught with a sense of self-interest, and mixed with elements of envy and resentment. Seeing…

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New West Fantasy Lands

Imagine planting Minneapolis on Bozeman, Montana. The image above depicts what the results. But that might be more than a fanciful proposition. With its current population growth, Bozeman and the Gallatin valley, population approximately 105,000, could reach a population of…

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Big Sky, Green River

The planet is burning, and the arsonists are in charge – so says an environmental writer. Difficult to disagree with that assessment. Another reality is the rivers of the West are dying and the same class of people – the…

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Cool July Morning

The rest of the country, at least out West, is broiling with drought and wildfires – so why was I cold this morning? After dropping off our dog Henry for one of his twice-weekly play dates at Furry Farms doggie…

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Stream Temperatures That Kill Fish

Increasing summer stream temperatures reflect the impacts of climate change.  While we may choose to fish or not fish during the warm summer months, including being regulated by “hoot owl” restrictions imposed by fisheries managers, the fish have no choice…

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Drop

What journey does a drop of water take from the mountains of western Montana to the Pacific Ocean? Hilary Hutcheson is a fly shop owner, fly fishing guide, and Patagonia ambassador from Columbia City, Montana, and took that journey to…

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Losing the Solitude

I first visited Yellowstone National Park (YNP) in early October 1975, when I was training at the Naval Nuclear Prototype facility that was  50 miles west of Idaho Falls. I qualified there to operate nuclear power plants on submarines. That…

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Electric Dreams or Nightmares

As much as anyone else, I am enthusiastic about the vision of our car-driving country moving to fleets of electric vehicles. It’s part of a future based on renewables and non-polluting energy; a future where use of fuels like oil,…

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Puget Sound Spring – The Abundance of Life

The Seattle Times has a recent article on the resurgence of fauna in Puget Sound.  The focus is on Possession Sound – between Everett and Whidbey Island, but the same would be true for all the waters that make up…

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