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Missouri Breaks

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On August 3, 2017
One more national monument saved from the ravages of Trump. That’s the Missouri Breaks in Montana, which was really controversial when Bill Clinton created it. Still about two dozen possible reductions or eliminations, which will be challenged by environmentalists and other concerned parties, particularly Native Americans in the Southwest, to go. Share

The Wages of Mining

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On December 8, 2016

In 1985, I took the first trip of my life. We drove from Oregon to Minnesota for a family reunion. For me, at that age, this was exciting. As we drove east on I-90, we stopped in Butte, Montana. There

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On June 8, 1917, the Speculator Mine in Granite Mountain, near Butte, Montana, caught on fire. 168 miners died in the largest death toll in American history for a hard-rock mining disaster. This horrible event spurred a strike and union campaign in Butte that owners responded to through anti-union hysteria and organized violence, showing the […]

Baucus

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On April 23, 2013
Max Baucus, the Democratic Party’s most annoying senator, is retiring at the end of his term. While like any Democrat, I worry about holding the seat, if Brian Schweitzer runs, he will be tough to beat, even if Denny Rehberg decides to try again. More importantly, a Ron Wyden-led Senate Finance Committee is going to […]

Vanishing Montana

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On March 27, 2013

A great photo gallery of the vanishing towns of Montana, where just a few people hold on in isolated places. Or sometimes they disappear from the map entirely. The American West is full of these place

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