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Apr. 23—MILLTOWN STATE PARK — Hazel Loos was on her way to plant some of her favorite trees when she stopped to check out some other new growth. "It might be mint," the 6-year-old Missoula resident said, nose right down in the Earth Day dirt. A few yards to the left, yellow glacier lilies poked out of the dull duff. And another mile down the trail from the Milltown State Park Overlook, a whole ...

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Apr. 23—Here's a quick guide to upcoming arts and cultural events happening around Missoula this week. International Wildlife Film Festival (Virtual catalog open through May 15) The 44th annual International Wildlife Film Festival continues this week in a flexible pandemic-era format with world-class documentaries available online and at select outdoor screenings. If online is your flavor, ...

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Apr. 23—What does the exact origin of a novel coronavirus have to do with you — a viewer at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Montana, more likely than not, watching at home on a computer? Your gadgets for streaming require coltan, a mineral that can only be obtained a few places in the world, including a site in the Democratic Republic of Congo adjacent to the jungle. "By purchasing ...

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Apr. 23—STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Carl Alderson remembers how Hurricane Sandy devastated Staten Island in 2012, causing immense flooding and two dozen deaths. Two decades before, he witnessed how a 1992 nor'easter slammed the borough and brought with it ravaging inundation. In both cases, one fact is "indisputable," said Alderson, a former Staten Islander and the Mid-Atlantic restoration ...

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Apr. 23—It's been an unusual spring so far, with waves of record warmth and sunshine followed by blasts of winterlike cold and even some snow. But the general consensus is that Northland lakes lost their ice 2-3 weeks earlier than average and have been warming up ahead of schedule, pushing fish to spawn a little earlier than usual if not over a longer period of time. That should help dictate ...

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Apr. 23—The yellow tag was barely visible, covered with the kind of crud that accumulates over time when it's fastened to a fish that spends much of its life cruising the bottom of a lake or river. If not for the keen eye of a fishing buddy, who noticed the strand of wire that connected the tag to the tough skin near the fish's dorsal fin, we might have missed it completely. It was Saturday, ...

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday announced that citizens who have received at least their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine will be able to visit a wide range of public places that are soon to reopen."By the middle of next week, we'll be at 4 million (first-dose) vaccinations," said the right-wing nationalist on public radio. "Then we'll make a wide range of services available ...

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Apr. 23—TRAVERSE CITY — A millage that funds Grand Traverse County Animal Control will skip a year, with voters likely being asked to again approve the tax in 2022. The three-year, 0.037-mill tax expired Dec. 31. A request for a special election in Nov. 2021 to renew it was brought before the Grand Traverse County Board on Wednesday, but commissioners balked at the cost of that election — ...

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Apr. 23—Trails group seeks volunteers for stewardship program BOISE — Idaho Trails Association is looking for young people from 14 to 18 years old to volunteer with its trail stewardship program this summer. The organization's youth trail program is planning six trips into Idaho's backcountry where program participants will build and maintain trails and learn about teamwork and the outdoors. A ...

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Under impenetrable clouds that seemed to trap the chilly air, I zipped my vest a little tighter and set out one morning this week in search of spring at Fort Snelling State Park. I quickly found it. At first blush and from a distance, I thought I was marveling at waterfowl, bunches of them swept slowly along in the eddies of a coffee-brown Minnesota River. But my idea broke apart like the ...