January 18, 2009, 9am PST
When Borton and Welsh found 90 acres bordering a national forest near Whitehall, Montana, they parked a trailer, dug in, and began building Sage Mountain Center, a combination of cordwood and straw bale, powered off-grid by the sun and wind.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
December 30, 2008, 7am PST
Montana is flush with wind power capacity and the state's governor wants $15 billion in federal funding to build the infrastructure to transmit it. But some worry the proposed grid would also expand coal-based energy production.
The Christian Science Monitor
July 1, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A deal between a Montana timber company and conservationists to preserve 320,000 acres of forest is the largest land conservation in U.S. history.</p>
March 18, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Gallatin County, Montana, has experienced 20 percent population growth over the last eight years, and officials are hoping that the adoption of smart growth principles will help guide the rapidly developing area towards a sustainable future.</p>
August 27, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>The population shift from rural to urban areas is making big changes in the Great Plains. While many rural small towns are disappearing, the shift is opening new doors for business and preservation.</p>
May 16, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Writer–on-the-Range Alan Kesselheim describes the most hazardous activity in Montana -- driving, with a particular focus on Hwy 191 through Gallatin Canyon. Every western state has a similar, hazardous route.</p>
Writers on the Range via San Francisco Chronicle
May 8, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>A new vision of development in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming is taking shape.</p>
April 6, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Community activists and designers have made a deal with local officials to reuse construction materials from a demolished fire station to build an amphitheater in a local park.</p>
March 22, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Open space in Flathead County, Montana, has been steadily decreasing for years, and a recently approved growth policy emphasizes development and the economic benefits that follow rather than farmland preservation.</p>
March 15, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>The state legislature is moving to place explicit limits on local government's power to take private land in response to the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo ruling.</p>
February 20, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Motels fill a critical housing niche in Montana's booming mountain resort region known as "Big Sky" outside Yellowstone Park: they house area workers as well as guests. While the rooms are shared to reduce costs, dangerous commuting is eliminated.</p>
The New York Times via International Herald Tribune
November 16, 2006, 1pm PST
<p>A new guide helps citizens to identify the differences between good and bad subdivisions in Monanta.</p>
Montana Smart Growth Coalition
October 15, 2006, 9am PDT
<p>Once unthinkable, zoning is now being considered by Montana counties to prevent subdividing open space and ranch land.</p>
October 13, 2006, 2pm PDT
<p>Report by Seattle-based Sightline Institute documents a growing backlash against "property rights" initiatives in Oregon communities deeply affected by Oregon's Measure 37 and implications for western states.</p>
September 15, 2006, 6am PDT
A series of articles and reports addressing growth in the Western United States, including Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and other states.
August 7, 2006, 6am PDT
Libertarians are pushing ballot initiatives in six Western states to vastly reduce the government's power to regulate land uses. The initiatives seek to limit regulatory takings of land by requiring the government to compensate owners for any losses.
March 24, 2006, 11am PST
To "end our addiction to oil", ethanol, a bio-fuel, seems a likely transportation fuel to boost. However, from an air quality and global warming perspective, if the ethanol is going to be produced from coal-fired plants, is it worth it?
The Christian Science Monitor
March 19, 2006, 9am PST
In the Rockies, developers and oil and natural gas companies are vying for access to the same land -- but what could be the consequences for local communities?
November 19, 2005, 5am PST
Yellowstone gateway looks to guide rapid growth, change.
September 23, 2005, 6am PDT
Steve Herbaly, a former planning director, talks about how politics gets in the way of planning.