Audubon Christmas bird count set for Dec. 17
This effort mobilizes over 72,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,400 locations.
Bits n’ pieces from east, west and beyond
East, west or beyond, sooner or later events elsewhere may have a local impact. A recent sampling:
Montana’s fastest-growing city last year? It wasn’t Bozeman.
Bozeman may be Montana’s most expensive major city, with the median single-family home price in Gallatin County approaching $900,000 as of February, but population data released March 24 by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates it has forfeited another title: fastest-growing urban area.
Russian forces leaving Chernobyl after radiation exposure
Russian troops began leaving the Chernobyl nuclear plant after soldiers got “significant doses" of radiation from digging trenches at the highly contaminated site.
US approves bison grazing on Montana prairie amid criticism
U.S. officials on Wednesday announced approval of a conservation group's proposal to expand bison grazing on prairies in north-central Montana as part of a vast nature reserve over objections from some ranchers and elected officials.
Christmas in the ICU: Decorations, lights and many tears
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A Christmas tree stands outside the intensive care room where a man stricken by COVID-19 lies unconscious, a machine breathing for him. A few feet away, a plastic snowman adorns the door of another patient whose face is barely visible behind ventilator tubes.
Wildlife officials collect over 170 chronic wasting disease samples
Through opening weekend of the general hunting season, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has collected more than 170 samples from harvested deer, elk and moose to test for chronic wasting disease across Northwest Montana.
Father and son injured in grizzly attack
A Flathead Valley father and son were hospitalized with significant injuries after being attacked by a grizzly bear on timberland located near Smith Lake, north of Whitefish Lake, on Saturday morning.
State sues 4 Flathead businesses over lack of COVID protocols
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has lodged complaints against four Flathead County businesses alleging the entities violated COVID-19 directives by failing to ensure employees and patrons wore masks and that the establishments displayed proper signage related to COVID-19 protocols.
Troy City Council approves budget
Troy City Council unanimously approved their budget for fiscal year 2021 during an Aug. 26 meeting.