Big Sky Journal

Bear Watch (Notebook)

Every time I drive over the pass, returning home to Livingston from Bozeman, I peer out my truck window in hopes of catching a glimpse of a grizzly bear. At one time grizzlies roamed free on Bozeman Pass—and probably an occasional bear still makes her way through—but the bears I’m looking for live in a …

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Yellowstone at a Crossroads

“Follow in our footsteps as closely as you can,” a graduate student said. “And step on the green grass as much as possible,” added Brent Peyton, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University. “There’s less likely to be a hot cavern underneath.” Falling in line behind the five men, I carefully placed …

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Rodeo Roundup (Notebook)

Rodeo is the iconic sport of the West. Buckin’ broncos, cowboys roping calves, horses weaving in and out of barrels—they all spring to mind when one thinks about the Old West. Rodeo is uniquely American, and specifically, western Americana. Rooted in our country’s past, but thoroughly modern, rodeo links western traditions with contemporary sport. Rodeo …

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Book Review of Home Ground, Edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney

Barry Lopez is a master of literary non-fiction, but even he occasionally has trouble finding the right words to describe the landscapes he so aptly writes about. Which is why he, along with managing editor, Debra Gwartney, has compiled a tome of evocative terms— and their definitions— that describe the American landscape. “ (Trinity University …

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