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  • Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman, sponsored several lands transfer measures in the state House during the 2015 legislative session.
  • Land grab
  • Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman, sponsored several lands transfer...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 9, 2015
  • Rachel Carroll-Rivas, co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network, believes the transfer of public lands has serious appeal in portions of Montana because it fits neatly into the broader coordination movement.
  • Land grab
  • Rachel Carroll-Rivas, co-director of the Montana Human Rights...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 9, 2015
  • In addition to criticism from elected Democrats and conservationists, the lands transfer debate has been met with derision by many within the Montana Republican Party. Rep. Rob Cook, R-Conrad, believes a bulk of the GOP wishes the issue “would just go away.”
  • Land grab
  • In addition to criticism from elected Democrats and...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 9, 2015
  • Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, has become her caucus’ resident expert on the transfer of federal lands to state control. In addition to pushing the issue in Montana, she’s grown increasingly involved with the Utah-based American Lands Council.
  • Land grab
  • Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, has become her...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 9, 2015
  • This chart shows how Rep. Ken Ivory and his American Lands Council connect to various players on the right wing, from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to former Militia of Montana founder John Trochmann.
  • Land grab
  • This chart shows how Rep. Ken Ivory and...
  • Apr 9, 2015
  • Fielder's Twitter feed includes pictures with ALC founder Ken Ivory, as well as presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.
  • Land grab
  • Fielder's Twitter feed includes pictures with ALC founder...
  • Apr 9, 2015
  • The Fox site has been idle since 1984, the year the city of Missoula acquired it, despite numerous proposals for development. With the latest plan stalled, some officials wonder if it’s time to again consider other possibilities.
  • Still waiting
  • The Fox site has been idle since 1984,...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 8, 2015
  • Hunters have been locked out of some favorite spots by landowners blocking access to public land beyond their property. “I’m just trying to access public lands,” says Kyle Newmiller of a spot in the Crazies. “You know—national forest. ... They’ve got their own mountain land—they don’t need our public land on top of that.”
  • Locked out
  • Hunters have been locked out of some favorite...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • Paul Hansen allowed access to public lands through his Montana ranch until the costs became too high. He eventually sold public easements to his ranch roads to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
  • Locked out
  • Paul Hansen allowed access to public lands through...
  • photo courtesy of Marshall Swearingen
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • Montana-style humor marks a private property boundary.
  • Locked out
  • Montana-style humor marks a private property boundary.
  • photo courtesy Public Land/Water Access Association
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • A pair of bills from Montana’s Indian Caucus aimed at bolstering tribal language preservation have recently gained traction in the legislature. The lack of progress on other bills, however, continues to frustrate caucus members and fuel complaints of race-based devaluation.
  • Uphill battle
  • A pair of bills from Montana’s Indian Caucus...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • Locked out
  • photo courtesy of Marshall Swearingen
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • More than a dozen conflicts involving private landowners gating off traditional access routes to public lands have flared up in recent years, including high-profile disputes in the Crazy Mountains in southwest Montana.
  • Locked out
  • More than a dozen conflicts involving private landowners...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • Inside the training lab, Munster demonstrates how he handles samples.
  • Far from over
  • Inside the training lab, Munster demonstrates how he...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • The hammer-headed fruit bat is one of Africa’s largest, with a three-foot wingspan.
  • Far from over
  • The hammer-headed fruit bat is one of Africa’s...
  • photo courtesy of NIAID/WCS
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Weeks of unseasonably warm weather in western Montana have forced ski areas like Whitefish Mountain Resort to cope with exposed grass and rock, reduced skier visits and even partial closures.
  • Snowless in Montana
  • Weeks of unseasonably warm weather in western Montana...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • As Fort Missoula Regional Park moves from concept to reality, a plan to add a 300-car parking lot adjacent to Big Sky High School’s agriculture program center has drawn criticism.
  • Cars for cows
  • As Fort Missoula Regional Park moves from concept...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Dr. George Risi, back row, and a team of American clinicians pose with Sierra Leone orphans whose parents died of Ebola.
  • Far from over
  • Dr. George Risi, back row, and a team...
  • photo courtesy of David Porembka
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Ecologist-investigator Dr. Vincent Munster wears a protective suit in the training laboratory that’s similar to the kind worn inside the highly secure BSL 4 lab.
  • Far from over
  • Ecologist-investigator Dr. Vincent Munster wears a protective suit...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Munster, right, and a colleague take a blood sample from a hammer-headed fruit bat in the Republic of the Congo. The hammer-headed bat is believed to be a natural host for Ebola virus.
  • Far from over
  • Munster, right, and a colleague take a blood...
  • photo courtesy of NIAID/WCS
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Vincent Munster discusses his work studying bats in Ebola in a conference room at Rocky Mountain Laboratories.
  • Far from over
  • Vincent Munster discusses his work studying bats in...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Munster and his team visit the Congo a few times each year to trap and study bats.
  • Far from over
  • Munster and his team visit the Congo a...
  • photo courtesy of NIAID/WCS
  • Mar 25, 2015

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