Biden’s public lands pick wins backing by environmental advocates ahead of hearing

President Joe Biden has nominated National Wildlife Federation executive Tracy Stone-Manning of Missoula to lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. BILLINGS, Montana (Idaho Capital Sun) – Environmental groups are lining up behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management prior to her Tuesday confirmation hearing. More than 100 organizations wrote … Read more

Yellowstone National Park sets tourism record for May

Courtesy YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming (AP) — Yellowstone National Park had its busiest May as tourism continued to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. The park had over 483,000 recreation visits last month, up 11% from May 2019, park officials said Friday. So far, Yellowstone is having its busiest year in recent memory. The park … Read more

Montana man sentenced to prison for cattle theft, bank fraud file photo MISSOULA, Montana (AP) — A Montana man who was charged in a cattle rustling scheme has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and to selling cattle that were collateral for loans, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Montana said. Joshua James Chappa of Bozeman was sentenced … Read more

Springtime a quiet time to visit Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming (AP) — A stone’s throw from Yellowstone National Park sits the small border town of West Yellowstone, which is usually either buried in snow or swarmed by tourists. But at the end of April, the streets are quiet and locals can peacefully read newspapers on coffee shop porticos. It’s also a … Read more

He had to register as an offender for having consensual sex in Idaho. Now, he’ll reclaim his life.

Adobe stock image BOISE (Idaho Capital Sun) — A federal judge on Tuesday ruled a Butte man who formerly lived in Idaho would never again have to register as a sex offender in the state of Montana. Randall Menges, 45, was convicted as an 18-year-old under Idaho’s Crime Against Nature statute after he had consensual … Read more

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