Friday, July 20, 2018 - Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9

percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand. 




Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the

Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri, and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.   




Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side-by-side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A Senate committee

looks at the latest attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act, and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration. 


Big Sky Connection


Eric Tegethoff

July 18, 2018

HELENA, Montana - Conservation groups are asking Wyoming officials to cancel this fall's grizzly bear trophy hunt after four newly reported bear deaths from 2017.

In a letter to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, the groups say the deaths mean the state needs to readjust its hunting quota. Wyoming will allow up to 10 male bears to be killed, but the hunt will end after a female is killed. Because one of the recently discovered bear deaths was a female, the groups say the hunt should be called off.

"This is just another problem in the process, where you have these mortalities come to light that occurred the year before that weren't taken into account when they're divvying up how many bears can be killed in a hunt," said Bonnie Rice, senior representative for the Sierra Club of the Greater Yellowstone-Northern Rockies region.

The other grizzly deaths were two cubs and a bear whose sex has yet to be determined. The deaths occurred in the "demographic monitoring area," which stretches across Montana, Idaho and Wyoming and is home to about 700 grizzlies.

According to Wyoming Game and Fish, it took into account unreported deaths when determining its hunting quota. However, Rice said these particular deaths still have to be part of the state's calculations.

A grassroots campaign against the hunt attempted to subvert the hunting-license lottery process. Opponents, including environmentalist Jane Goodall, applied for licenses to keep them from going to people who intend to hunt. Rice said she sees it as another indication that the trophy hunt isn't popular with the public.

"That directly shows that there is a good segment of the public that does not want to see these bears killed just for a trophy on the wall," she said. "That's, of course, in addition to all the people that registered their opposition to the hunt and to removal of federal protections."

When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began the transfer of grizzly bear management to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming last year, it received more than 650,000 comments, most of them in opposition to trophy hunting. Montana officials decided against allowing a grizzly bear hunt this year.

The letter to Wyoming Game and Fish officials is online at


July 17, 2018

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Monday at 8:30 p.m., a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy received a call via two-way radio from a Gallatin County Search and Rescue volunteer reporting that a member of his horseback group was experiencing stroke like symptoms. The group of nine riders were located  nine miles up the Sage Creek trail and requested a medivac for the 36-year-old male from Sanford, North Carolina.

Due to the remote location as well as information that the male had previously suffered a stroke, the decision was made to launch a helicopter out of Bozeman. Rescuers from  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in Big Sky and a helicopter from Reach Helicopters responded.

Reach was able to land at a spot located and marked with  GPS by the Search and Rescue volunteer on scene. The medivac team then transported the male to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for evaluation.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to commend the group for being so well prepared for such an event by carrying with them a highly reliable means of communication, survival gear and a GPS. The backcountry in this area is extremely remote and can be unforgiving. Emergency location beacons and GPS’s are invaluable should you or someone you are with become stranded, lost or injured.

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