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Sudden droughts, wildfires are vision of Montana’s future, says state climatologist – Yellowstone Public Radio, Aug. 15, 2017

By Nate Hegyi A smoke-filled August sky is nothing new for Montanans, but this summer seems particularly bad. And now a state climatologist is saying people here better get used to it — wildfires and sudden droughts could be the new normal. If you’re wondering what climate change will look like in Montana, state climatologist […]

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Eastern Montana drought teaches us to protect our sacred waters

This blog ran as the Chair’s Column in the Summer 2017 Plains Truth, the voice of the Northern Plains Resource council. The drought in eastern Montana this summer reminds us, yet again, that ranchers and farmers depend on clean, reliable water sources for their livelihoods. This summer, I’ve visited with producers in Dawson, Garfield, Fergus, […]



Could climate change solutions also help drought conditions? – Public News Service, July 31, 2017

INCLUDES AUDIO Eric Tegethoff CIRCLE, Mont. — Montana is suffering from wildfires and possibly the worst drought in 30 years, bringing lots of pain to farmers and ranchers. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 12 percent of the state is experiencing “exceptional drought,” the highest level measured. The northeastern part of the state has been […]


News advisory: Montanans gear up to take Local Food Challenge this August, July 24, 2017

Northern Plains Resource Council is hosting the second annual Montana Local Food Challenge. During all of August participants statewide will try to eat something local every day, plus participate in weekly challenges related to eating local. Eating local brings myriad benefits: Providing fresher, more nutritious, and better tasting foods; Building communities and local economies; Supporting […]


Letter: Four reasons to oppose Keystone XL – Missoulian, July 16, 2017

The Keystone XL Pipeline would transport tar sands oil 1,900 miles from Alberta, through Montana to Texas. I oppose it because: High potential to contaminate our drinking water. KXL would cross both of Montana’s major rivers: the Missouri and the Yellowstone. Two massive spills on Yellowstone River have happened since KXL was proposed. The pipeline […]

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Letter: Embrace clean energy – Billings Gazette, June 18, 2017

From record wildfires to drought to intense storms, we can’t ignore the increasingly severe effects that climate change is causing for Montana and the world. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to address this problem. What kind of people are we if we just dump it in their laps? The pollution that puts […]


Letter: Radioactive oil waste disposal rules too lax – Billings Gazette, May 20, 2017

I’m writing to thank Seth Newton of Glendive for his April 30 guest editorial titled, “No rules at Montana’s radioactive dump,” and to echo his call for better landowner and water protections around radioactive oil waste disposal in our state. Like Newton, my family ranches right next to Oaks Disposal. Oaks is the first and, […]

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