Glacier National Park

Public Lands Package
4:09 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Public Lands Compromise A 'Bittersweet Pill' For Some Environmentalists

Ranch along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana.
Credit Flickr user SBebee

Dupuyer-area rancher, Karl Rappold, is thrilled that the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act has finally passed.

"My grandparents and my mom and dad took care of this place. the bears and wolves and everything else. This is a historic deal for me to see that my grandkids and their grandkids will hopefully have this same view and this same region will be protected so it will never change," says Rappold.  

Last week Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act which now awaits President Obama's signature.

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New Wilderness And Energy Development
6:02 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Senate Passes Montana Public Lands Package Attached To Defense Bill

Bob Marshall Wilderness trail sign.
Credit U.S. Forest Service Northern Region (CC-BY-2.0)

The U.S. Senate has approved an expansive bill that adds new wilderness lands in Montana and blocks mining and drilling near Glacier National Park.

The measures were in a defense bill that passed 89 to 11 today.

The bill adds 67,000 acres to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. It also allows for a complex coal swap involving the Northern Cheyenne Indians. The tribe will get back 5,000 acres of coal deposits it was wrongly stripped of more than a century ago.

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Senator John Walsh
4:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

In Final Senate Speech, Walsh Highlights Veteran Suicides, Money In Politics, Public Lands

Senator John Walsh used his last speech on the Senate floor this morning to talk about money in politics, protecting Montana public lands and veteran suicides.

In August, Walsh dropped out of his Senate reelection bid amid a plagiarism scandal.

Walsh said 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

"If this country were losing 22 service members a day on the battlefield, Americans would be in the streets protesting."

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed a bill to reduce vet suicides, it’s now before the Senate.

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Rider To Defense Funding Measure
5:37 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Bill Proposes Protection, Development Of Montana Public Lands

Montana's Rocky Mountain Front
Credit Flickr user Bitterroot (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Montana's Senators and Senator-elect today announced what they're calling a “landmark” package of public lands legislation. It's being tacked on to a Defense authorization bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on this week and next.

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Drones In National Parks
6:53 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Yellowstone Drone Problems Don't Plague Glacier

Credit National Park Service

A German man has been charged with four misdemeanors related to crashing a drone into Yellowstone Lake this summer. In addition to violating the park’s ban on unmanned aircraft, Andreas Meissner is charged with filming without a permit, leaving property unattended, and giving a false report to authorities in the July 17 incident.

Yellowstone National Park Spokesman Al Nash says Meisner is not the only person to be cited for flying a drone in the park.

“We’ve actually charged three different people regarding use of unmanned aircraft in Yellowstone this summer,” Nash says.

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Pea Green Boat
11:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cross-Country Family Road Trip

An audio postcard. Beth Anne talks with Darryl, Nancy and Ray about their three-generation family road trip from Pennsylvania to Montana.  Nancy narrates the trip itinerary, from Falling Water in Pennsylvania to a farm in Ohio, from giant sand dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan to Buffalo Bill State Park in Wyoming. Darryl recalls an unusual encounter with a familiar four-legged critter in Yellowstone National Park in 1948. Twelve-year-old Ray chimes in with his perspective, including an alternative vision for the scenic Dry Fork drainage on the east side of Glacier National Park.

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Glacier Park Incorporated
10:06 am
Wed July 16, 2014

West Glacier Businesses And Land Sold

Many of the businesses in West Glacier as well as 199 acres of undeveloped land owned by one family for 70 years, was sold recently to Glacier Park Incorporated.
Credit Katrin Frye

After 70 years the bulk of the businesses in West Glacier have changed hands from one family, to an Arizona-based Corporation. Glacier Park Incorporated runs several hotels and businesses in the area surrounding Glacier Park, and had been the concessions contractor for the in-Park hotels for thirty-plus years before losing the contract to Xanterra last year.

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McDonald Creek fatality
2:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Visitor Drowns In Glacier National Park

Just above McDonald Falls at the lower end of Sacred Dancing Cascades.
Credit GlacierNPS License (CC-BY-2.0)

A Washington state woman died one day after falling into a creek in Glacier National Park.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann identifies the victim as Abigail Sylvester of Buckley, Washington. Sylvester was 33-years-old.

Germann says the investigation indicates Sylvester was taking a picture of McDonald Creek, near the upper falls, when she slipped, fell in and was rapidly carried downstream in the cold, swollen and fast-running creek. Her husband jumped-in to save her, but eventually had to save himself due to the extreme conditions.

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North Fork Flathead River Valley
10:07 am
Fri July 11, 2014

What "Completing" A Canadian Park Would Mean For Glacier And The North Fork Flathead River

The North Fork of the Flathead River, with it's headwaters in the Canadian Flathead River Valley, borders the western edge of Glacier National Park.
Credit Katrin Frye

Waterton-Glacier International Peace park connects over the US-Canada border between Montana and Alberta. However, the two parks don’t match up in their cross-border boundary.

Glacier Park stretches west to encompass the North Fork Flathead River Valley, but the Canadian Flathead is not part of the Park. The Canadian Flathead is Provincial land, akin to state or forest service land in the US, and offering the potential for logging or mineral development. Conservationists have been angling to “Complete the Park” by expanding Waterton into the North Fork Valley.

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Climate Week 2013
11:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Habitat shrinking for high alpine animals, like the tiny pika

A pika crouches on a rock near Gable Pass in Glacier National Park
Jake Bramante/hike734.com

Hiker Jake Bramante reached his destination, just on the other side of Gable Pass in Glacier National Park. He was looking to find an area he had seen once before, a limestone boulder field he knew was home to a population of one of his favorite animals—the pika.

“Any time I get to see them it’s always a special thing,” Bramante said. “They’re just cute and I love how hearty they are.”

Hearty in the right climate, anyway.

  “Some of these high elevation species that are dependent on cold, they may have some problems here in the Northern Rockies,”

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