Arthur Blank--businessman, philanthropist and rancher.
Photo: Arnica Spring Photography
The President of Simms on mine threats, climate change, dangerous politics and helping veterans.Read More
"The blueprint of country spread before him, encrypted interstate conduits enmeshed in a transcontinental snarl of pavement—how to select a single paved strand without wanting to see the rest was beyond him."Read More
It's funny what a little blog post can do. Thanks to Jim Klug and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures for standing behind my Field and Stream blog post about the proposed copper mine on Montana's Smith River.Read More
Montana's Smith River is perhaps one of the most iconic waterways in the Lower 48. Offering 60 miles of limited river access, permits to float this pristine stretch of water are limited to an annual lottery system. Recent mine exploration permitting on Sheep Creek, the most critical trout spawning tributary, was recently challenged by several Montana environmental groups.Read More
Perhaps I’m drawn to the Sphinx because it is high and impressive, or because it stands apart from the rest of the range. Or perhaps I hope it is an oracle, like other sphinxes named in history who offer the challenge to crack their riddle and rise above other seekers. Isn’t that what we ask of oracles and of mountains — to make us wise, to let us in the know for the mere act of approaching them?Read More
Permissive stream access laws -- when crafted to protect property owners and respected by stream users -- make recreation, river conservation, and recreation-driven business possible. Given the compelling data provided by state, federal and private researchers, why are opponents hell-bent on ripping down laws that have proven to be an economic boon to these states?Read More
"As long as you're alive, you've got a chance." --Andy P., MMA fighter at the Butte Brawl
I thought I knew a thing or two about fighting . . . until I attended an MMA cage fight in Butte, MT. Rather than guts and gore, I found driven athletes, friendly bleacher-mates and feisty schwag sales ladies.