STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS: NEWS FROM THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITH HERALD OUTDOOR WRITER BRAD DOKKEN Cass County Wildlife Club supports Badlands wilderness proposal
The Cass County Wildlife Club has unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the Prairie Legacy Wilderness proposal that would protect about 40,000 acres in the Little Missouri National Grassland from ... Posted on 9/27/12 at 4:14 PM
STAFF BLOG OIL PATCH DISPATCH Photo blog: A day at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
MEDORA, N.D. - I took a break from Oil Patch reporting on Saturday and spent the day with family in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
I didn't notice many signs of oil development while we explored... Posted on 8/6/12 at 6:03 AM
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. — Dan Baker is not like an expectant dad waiting to find out if it’s a boy or a girl. He’s the opposite, hoping to hear that all the pregnancy tests come back negative.
Baker, a research biologist at Colorado State University’s animal reproduction and biotechnology laboratory, is the man in charge of an experimental contraception program in the wild horse herd at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
There is hope that Baker’s work is productive — not reproductive.
RURAL LINTON, N.D. — Frank Kuntz awakens every morning to the reality that 280 living creatures depend upon him for food, water and protection.
This would be like providing for the well-being of all citizens in a town the size of Hazelton or Hebron, a responsibility at once terrifying if it went wrong, and profoundly rewarding if it went right.
Kuntz, 63, is the man whose face and name are inextricably entwined with the Nokota, North Dakota’s honorary equine since a Legislative act in 1993. It’s a breed that breeds passion and controversy in equal measure among those who believe in its storied history and those who dispute it.
MEDORA, N.D. -- Valerie Naylor says she was not pursuing a career when she volunteered at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but she found one.
“It was life-changing,” she said of time she spent in the park with Student Conservation Association, a nonprofit aimed at creating the next generation of conservation leaders.
It worked. On Oct. 31, at age 56, Naylor will retire after serving 11½ years as the park’s superintendent and more than 30 years with the National Park Service.
It’s a career that has dealt with managing wildlife, sharing knowledge with park visitors and mitigating the effects of the oil boom.
BELFIELD, N.D. — Byron Richard’s pickup bounces up and down over the washboard gravel road. He clutches the wheel with one hand and points with the other as he passes dozens of oil wells on land where once crops grew and cattle grazed. A few of the wells are decades old; most are new or under construction. Oil field vehicles of assorted shapes and sizes clog the road in places and kick up thick clouds of dust.
Richard’s way of life is changing. He knows that. He accepts that.
MEDORA, N.D. – Continental Resources will submit a plan to clean up a pipeline leak that spilled about 560 barrels of saltwater in the Badlands about 10 miles south of here, the North Dakota Department of Health said.
GRASSY BUTTE — North Dakota’s bighorn sheep herd grew by 24 animals this month, with the relocation of two young rams and 22 ewes from the site of a coal mine near Jasper National Park in western Alberta.
BISMARCK – A coalition of oil producers and royalty owners came out Monday against a proposal being considered by the North Dakota Industrial Commission that would set rules to minimize the impact of oil drilling on so-called “extraordinary places.”
KILLDEER, N.D. -- A national extreme racing championship is going from tropical Belize to the North Dakota Badlands.
The race, said Dunn County Jobs Development Authority economic development director Carie Boster, will show others “not only legendary North Dakota but legendary Dunn County.”
The North American Adventure Racing Series coming to North Dakota is no small feat — the 2013 championship, which for weather reasons takes place next month, is in Belize.
MEDORA, N.D. — When it was suggested Monday that he was born to be a rodeo star, Brad Gjermundson simply shrugged.
“Growing up, we had ponies to ride and that’s all we really knew,” Gjermundson said. “We played rodeo all the time and, once we got old enough, my dad would take us with him sometimes when he went to rodeo.”
Born in Richardton, Gjermundson said he dreampt of becoming a rodeo champion — he and his two brothers plastered their walls with posters rodeo greats such as Larry Mahan and Jim Shoulders — but few could have predicted the kid from western North Dakota would go on to win four saddle bronc riding world championships.
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