<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>
Mar 22, 2007 The Missoulian
<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>
Mar 15, 2007 New West
<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>
Feb 20, 2007 The New York Times via International Herald Tribune
<p>A new guide helps citizens to identify the differences between good and bad subdivisions in Monanta.</p>
Nov 16, 2006 Montana Smart Growth Coalition
<p>Once unthinkable, zoning is now being considered by Montana counties to prevent subdividing open space and ranch land.</p>
Oct 15, 2006 Governing Magazine
<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>
Oct 13, 2006 Sightline Institute
A series of articles and reports addressing growth in the Western United States, including Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and other states.
Sep 15, 2006 New West
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.
Aug 7, 2006 High Country News
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?
Mar 24, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor
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?
Mar 19, 2006 The Chicago Tribune