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How—and why—Missoula progressives could reclaim guns for the left 

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  • The Nature Conservancy hopes to transition more than 117,000 acres of Plum Creek land purchased near the Blackfoot River last month into public hands. But some now fear the movement to transfer federal lands to state control will result in more private holdings and less public access.
  • Land lapse
  • The Nature Conservancy hopes to transition more than...
  • Kenton Rowe
  • Feb 5, 2015
  • Within the next few weeks, developers of the mixed-use Hotel Fox project are expected to release a feasibility study that will pave the way for the first significant progress on a development initially proposed in 2011.
  • Corner market
  • Within the next few weeks, developers of the...
  • Jan 29, 2015
  • Wildlife
  • photo courtesy of Emmanuel Keller
  • Jan 29, 2015
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Councilwoman Shelly Fyant is leading an effort to prevent a planned $27.4 million expansion of Evaro’s Gray Wolf Peak Casino, due to environmental, cultural and economic concerns.
  • Taking a gamble
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Councilwoman Shelly Fyant...
  • Jan 22, 2015
  • Critics contend the Ravalli County Commission’s recent decision to implement a permit system for building within the Bitterroot’s flood fringe,  represented in green, will lead to unwise development in areas prone to flooding.
  • Open the gates
  • Critics contend the Ravalli County Commission’s recent decision...
  • Jan 22, 2015
  • The federal government’s ongoing prohibition of marijuana means participation in Montana’s medical marijuana program can jeopardize a patient’s access to certain public services, including health care and housing.
  • Living in limbo
  • The federal government’s ongoing prohibition of marijuana means...
  • Cathrine L. Walters
  • Jan 15, 2015
  • Several environmental organizations in the West are outraged over a pair of riders attached to two separate must-pass bills in Congress last month, calling the measures a “one-two punch” for greater sage grouse.
  • One-two punch
  • Several environmental organizations in the West are outraged...
  • Steve Fairbairn/USFWS
  • Jan 15, 2015
  • Mountain manager Charles Hlavac hikes along the flanks of Mount Lockhart above Teton Pass Ski Area west of Choteau. Lift-accessed backcountry has become a key marketing tool for the resort in recent years.
  • Carving their own niche
  • Mountain manager Charles Hlavac hikes along the flanks...
  • photo courtesy of Craig Christopherson
  • Jan 14, 2015
  • A skier shreds one of the backcountry gullies immediately above Teton Pass’ lone chairlift. Teton Pass boasts an abundance of off-area terrain, much of which feeds back onto the resort.
  • Carving their own niche
  • A skier shreds one of the backcountry gullies...
  • photo courtesy of Teton Pass Ski Resort
  • Jan 14, 2015
  • New Zealand hotelier Nick Wood lists the view of the Rocky Mountain Front from Teton Pass’ slopes as one of biggest attractions that hooked him when he purchased the resort in 2010.
  • Carving their own niche
  • New Zealand hotelier Nick Wood lists the view...
  • photo courtesy of Craig Christopherson
  • Jan 14, 2015
  • Participants in the 2014 No-Name Scramble—held at Teton Pass the same day as the Jack-N-Jill Randonee—race to their skis. Hlavac established the competitions to attract more skiers from outside the Choteau community.
  • Carving their own niche
  • Participants in the 2014 No-Name Scramble—held at Teton...
  • photo by Alex Sakariassen
  • Jan 14, 2015
  • Hlavac stands below the crown of a massive avalanche triggered by staff above Teton Pass during the 2013-2014 season. Slides present an ever-present hazard for the resort, and necessitate regular control efforts using explosives.
  • Carving their own niche
  • Hlavac stands below the crown of a massive...
  • photo courtesy of Teton Pass Ski Resort
  • Jan 14, 2015

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