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. 

Sinay, Ken
Like a lot of Montanans, I’ve done my share of hunting—it’s a seasonal tradition, and I enjoy the healthy, high-quality protein I harvest for my family and friends.  Read more >>
Sveum, Paul
In the realm of ecopsychology, our relationship with true nature—not what you find in zoos, arboretums, or running off-leash around Bozeman—is necessary and integral to our psychological development and long-term mental health. Read more >>
Beaudoin, Kate
There are a lot of good causes that need support, but there are also some well-intentioned groups that have lost their way. Bozeman’s got both, and with all the rhetoric and propaganda out there, it can be hard to distinguish one from the other. Read more >>
Rogel, Christine
Walking through the Gallatin National Forest during a light snow in early spring, Mike Leahy scanned the ground for signs of elk. He hoped to find and follow a herd pushed into the mountains by an upscale housing development south of Bozeman. The houses stood on the hillside like hotels. Read more >>
Bossenbrook, Mark
With the Occupy Wall Street movement gaining momentum across the country—from Wall Street to Oakland to demonstrations here in town—it’s clear the American people are fed up with the way things are now. For some, the “occupy” mentality is a nuisance. For others, it’s a mantra. Read more >>
VanWert, Brad
It might seem that our society’s concerns for fossil-fueled dependence have only transpired within the last few decades, but as it turns out, research and development of more sustainable fuel sources dates back to the 1800s. Read more >>
Orem, Tina
First it was coyote fur on everything. Then it was camouflage couture. Then we found out about the cashmere Carhartt line and that New York restaurants were actually using hay in cuisine. Read more >>
Jelinski, Jack
While hiking along a high bank beside the Gallatin River one day and visualizing my stretch of water for the morning, I was startled by the insistent call of a fisherman down below. “Hey, you there!” he yelled. “You have a creel? I think this fish is going to die!” Read more >>
Dehmer, Kurt
The synthetic felt sole has long been the standard for wader traction and grip on slippery river rocks, but its days may be numbered: Montana State Senate Bill 230 proposes an amendment to fishing regulations that will effectively ban felt soles. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
I am not a disciple of Norman Maclean. To say it another way: I’m not a fly fisherman. Fly fishing is fine and dandy, but I’m more of an eater than a fisher. Fishing is something I do to provide myself with juicy, succulent meat, and that’s pretty much where the romance ends. Read more >>
Weight, Casey
I never get laid in the summer. There is very little sex on the riverbanks these days. After all, it’s a hard place to find those types of women. Read more >>
Editors
Like many political issues, the recent reduction in mountain-bike access to the core of the Hyalite–Porcupine–Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area (WSA) has received both lavish praise and intense criticism. The Forest Service’s contentious decision—a response to U.S. Read more >>
Pape, Jay
Everyone's talking about it, and we've all noticed the large portions of our lush green hillsides blotted with unsightly stands of dry, reddish-brown trees. Read more >>
McMahon, Amy
The controversy is an old one: ranchers eke out a living doing work that is important and will never be easy. Conservationists do not approve of the pesticides, growth hormones, and environmental issues associated with ranching. There doesn't seem to be much of a common ground. Read more >>
Brown, Doug
In March, the Montana state legislature celebrated the completion of its 10-year effort to change the names of 76 places containing the word squaw. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
"There's Nothing Here." That was the 2009 tagline for the state's Travel Montana advertising campaign to attract tourists. Read more >>
Schneider, Bill
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 >>
McMurray, Dana
The verdict's in, and smoking is out. Clean indoor air laws are on the increase across the nation. Cigarette use is down. And there are now more people in the U.S. who have quit smoking than the 46 million Americans who still do. Read more >>
Bennett Drozic
Indelibly bound with the spirit of independence and fortitude that permeates the idea of the West is a notion of single-minded, almost blind acceptance of certain dogmata. Read more >>
Bill Curry
For Becky Weed and Dave Tyler, co-owners of Belgrade's Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company, sheep farming was a grand experiment. "From the beginning," says Weed, "part of our whole motivation behind Thirteen Mile was to see if we could make small-scale agriculture work." Read more >>
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