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Tahoe’s abusive relationship with tourism must be reformed – Ideas for Montana?

It does not have to be this way. The following needed reforms may be perceived as radical, but so is the scale of the problem. Local governments and agencies have the authority to reverse much of this exploitation. What has been lacking is the will. Actual solutions include:

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken.

Old Faithful Inn at $424: Who can still afford a Yellowstone road trip?

Camping isn’t for everybody, and lodging in the gateway communities and parks themselves has far outpaced inflation. Visitors and officials weigh in on whether the middle class is being priced out.

“Inverse vaccine” reverses autoimmune diseases like MS, diabetes & arthritis

It could pave the way to a treatment for these diseases that doesn’t require suppressing the entire immune system.

City seeks community input on Missoula riverfront interpretive signs

Missoula Parks and Recreation, the Downtown Missoula Partnership, and Destination Missoula are working on a plan to install educational and cultural signs in Caras Park, East Caras Park, and Bess Reed Park.

5 steps to take if you’re looking to reinvent yourself

Ready for a change? These are the concrete steps you can take to change your status quo.

The Paradox of Our Time in History – Truer words were never spoken.

The paradox of our time in history by George Carlin, spoken words after his wife´s death.

​Climate + Clean Energy Expo – 9/23 – Missoula – Caras Park

The Expo is free and family-friendly! Featuring local solar installers, climate and sustainability organizations and businesses, an electric bike & car show, creative engagement and activation opportunities, kids activities, and more – you won’t want to miss it! Save the date and plan to join us.

Discover the 6 Fastest-Shrinking Counties in Montana

The numbers may not look big on paper, but these small percentages equate to hundreds if not thousands of people. And that number of people in the third-least densely populated state is a lot of residents.

Montana Ag Network: Cornell University students tackle Montana wheat harvest

students tackle Montana wheat harvest
Kate Stephens and Trevor Fecko
Photo by: MTN News
Kate Stephens and Trevor Fecko
Kate Stephens and Trevor Fecko
Kate Stephens and Trevor Fecko
Posted at 10:37 AM, Aug 06, 2023
and last updated 9:47 AM, Aug 07, 2023

Central Montana is well known for its bountiful wheat fields. Winter wheat harvest 2023 is looking up for farmers in portions of the “Golden Triangle.” This year’s harvest is more sentimental to the Stephens family of Dutton, fourth-generation farmers.

“I want to specially thank Trevor and Kate for coming back, they made it just in time to get on the combines and go,” said Mark Stephens.

We met Kate several years ago before her departure to Cornell University last fall. She is the founder of the fashion line “Kate’s Ag: Farm to Fashion.” This year, she’s made the trip home to help her father with harvest and she’s brought an Agriculture Sciences major with her.

“It’s pretty impressive the operations that are going on out here,” explained Trevor Fecko, a Cornell University student.

Fecko was born and raised on a waterfront town in Maine and the experience he’s gaining from working in the Montana wheat harvest will last a lifetime.

“How much work it is because you get up at 7 a.m. and you’re not going to bed until 11. That’s just from, working, traveling, and working on the combines. There’s a lot that goes into growing the food the country eats.”