Montana judge to rule on first grizzly bear hunt in 40 years

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This week a U.S. judge will hear the arguments case presented by Native American tribes and animal activists for the protection of recently demoted Yellowstone area grizzlies from the endangered list. The removal of the grizzlies’ protection status has caused states such as Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to launch trophy hunting expeditions in and around Yellowstone park for the first time in over 40 years. All in all 700 american bears are at risk of staring down the barrel since their elimination from… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Tiny Montana company signs $300M contract to help restore power in Puerto Rico

The majority of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents still lack electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Now, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is looking to a two-year-old Montana-based company, Whitefish Energy, to help them switch the power back on. But some people are wondering why PREPA would sign the $300 million contract, the largest issued yet, with a company that had only two full-time employees at the time Hurricane Maria hit the island.

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Montana judge stops massive coal mine expansion, citing climate impact

In another strike against coal, a federal judge just shut down plans for a large coal mine expansion in Montana, saying that US officials had exaggerated the economic benefits of the mine while downplaying the impact it would have on the environment. Signal Peak Energy wanted to expand the Bull Mountain coal mine by 28-square kilometers (11-square miles) and 159-metric tons (176-million tons).

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy blocked the proposal, ruling that approving such a request should… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Montana earthquake felt along line of over 500 miles

An earthquake that rocked Montana yesterday was felt by locals across hundreds of miles. The 5.8 earthquake struck the western part of the state close to northwest Helena at 12:30 AM local time but was felt from around Billings to Spokane, Washington. The earthquake was large enough to wake people up.

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A rural Montana Farm is converted into spectacular outdoor art center called Tippet Rise

The main feature is Oliver’s Music Barn, designed by Gunnstock Timber Frames and Arup engineers and collaborating with the art center’s director, Alban Bassuet. A 150-set concert hall and visitor center are found underneath the wooden-clad, gabled roof. An open air venue, named Tiara, is also a central part of the project. The wooden roof, held up by abstractly angled columns, is mean to echo performances’ acoustics right back at the audience and the surrounding Beartooth Mountains serve as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building