The New West

When people are looking to escape, where do they go? West, where life is still rustic and wild – or so they think. Here's a look at it from our perspective. 

Mike England
An opportunity to aim a little higher. 
Nixon Bridge, Gallatin River, Gallatin County, Montana
Kate Beaudoin
The uncertain fate of a Gallatin River icon.   Read more >>
land disparity, land access, access, national forest, Bozeman
Mike England
Liberty. Equality. Fraternity. The mantra of the French Revolution may well be applied to the current conflict over public-land access in Montana. Read more >>
Montana Ale Works, Gallatin Valley Botanicals
David Tucker
Local businesses invest in local agriculture. 
Neofeudal Montana, Lewis and Clark Canoe Trail
Thomas Elpel
A land and people being conquered by money. Read more >>
Camo, Montana Hunting, Hunting Trends
Dehmer, Kurt
Exposing camophiles.
American Fork Ranch, Montana
Brayton, Lea
Stewardship at American Fork Ranch.
Ruby River
Thomas, Jr., E. Donnall
Fighting for access to the Ruby River.
CSA box, local farming, farm to table, outside bozeman
the editors
Eat better this spring.  “Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?” —Henry David Thoreau Read more >>
Stream access law, Montana fishing, property rights
Zundel, Brent
A history of Montana's stream access law.
Hickey, Ryan
The effort makes the catch
Western, Sally
Near Livingston, artist Parks Reece has made a new addition to the ever-evolving work of art that is his backyard. Built entirely out of salvaged and sustainable materials, a sauna now sits near his granite fire pit and barbeque. Read more >>
With winter just around the corner, it’s important to understand the different options for heating your home. Here’s a look at three different ways to stay comfortable when the mercury drops.The Sun’s Radianceby Todd Hoitsma  Read more >>
Swink, Bradley
I am passionately attracted to the state of Montana: Chico Hot Springs, the Crazies, Livingston, the truly amazing Corral Burger. All are powerful individually; collectively, though, they fuel an overwhelming desire to move to Montana. Read more >>
Sveum, Paul
We’ve all seen them. Like a herd of placid bovines at the feed pile, their Subys line up at the trailhead lot, so caked with dust and mud that you can barely read the Sierra Club, WWF, and “Live Simple So Others Can Simply Live” bumper stickers. Read more >>
Bill Schneider
I’m not a gun nut. I’m a regular nut who owns guns, but only to hunt, not to defend my home and family, join the militia or fight the forces of tyranny.Gun nuts don’t scare or intimidate me. Instead, I’m learning a few things from them. You can, too. Read more >>
England, Mike
The law locks up the man or womanWho steals the goose from off the common,But lets the greater felon looseWho steals the common from the goose.—Anonymous Read more >>
Debbie Drews
Modern sensibilities collide with tradition. 
Crazy Mountains, Crazies, Bozeman
Kathryn QannaYahu
In 1965, Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall directed a nationwide trails study, which produced a report called “Trails for America.” President Lyndon B. Read more >>
Red Lodge, running, public access, Bozeman
Zach Altman
Running for public access. 
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