Conservation group’s leader to query presidential candidates in Reno

  Conservation group’s leader to query presidential candidates in Reno Kate French of Bozeman wants to know where presidential candidates stand on helping rural Americans transition to a better, more diversified economy, especially residents in coal-dependent areas. French is attending the non-partisan “Real Solutions for Real People” presidential candidate town hall hosted by the Center […]

How Much Has to Happen Before U.S. Says “No” to Rio?

How Much Has to Happen Before U.S. Says “No” to Rio? by Amy Lignor   You cannot ask the athletes. They deserve to go. They have worked so hard; they have dreams they have fought for, and the Olympic stage is THE elite stage they have longed to get to. But…would it really be that […]

Old World Craftsmanship Can Provide a ‘Green’ Future

  Old World Craftsmanship Can Provide a ‘Green’ Future by Amy Lignor   People often say that, “The greenest building is the one that isn’t built yet.” These same people believe that historic buildings, constructed way before LED lighting, geothermal heating and cooling and solar panels were even invented, are ‘architectural creations’ that are more […]

Keeping Green Thumbs Busy in the Wintertime

  Keeping Green Thumbs Busy in the Wintertime by Amy Lignor   As the East Coast stares at the remnants of the horrific winter storm that just passed through, there are a lot of people sitting inside wishing that the record snowfall would fade so the green world would come back to play. Gardeners, real […]

Northern Plains welcomes proposed new methane and waste prevention standards

  Northern Plains welcomes proposed new methane and waste prevention standards   Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a new proposed rule to help prevent the waste of federal oil and gas resources. In Montana, as well as the rest of the western United States, oil and gas wells release natural gas during […]

A “Green” Beginning: Setting up the Affordable Nursery

A “Green” Beginning: Setting up the Affordable Nursery by Amy Lignor   As all of us know, or at least 99.9% of us, setting up a nursery for the baby on the way can become beyond expensive. It gets even pricier when deciding on how to put together an ecologically-sound nursery that will not only […]

Montanans Travel to Spokane to Testify Against Crude Oil Export

  Montanans travel to Spokane, testify against crude oil export port, joining large majority in opposition   SPOKANE, Wash. — The Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council organized a caravan of Montanans from across the state this week to testify in Spokane Valley against the building of the proposed Tesoro Savage crude oil export facility in […]

Arch Coal Bankruptcy Leaves Montana Projects In Doubt

  Arch Coal Bankruptcy Leaves Montana Projects In Doubt   BILLINGS, Mont. – While the proposed developer of the Otter Creek Mine in southeastern Montana entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, Arch Coal Inc. still is a major player in several projects that would affect Montanans. Arch Coal is the sole owner of Otter Creek […]