Anaconda Montana

Anaconda copper smelter.
Keith Ewing (CC-BY-NC-2) / Flickr

Homeowners in Anaconda recently got a letter from ARCO offering them $1,000 if they promised not to sue over lead cleanup on their property. It did not go over well. David McCumber, the editor of the Montana Standard has the details.

Anaconda copper smelter.
Keith Ewing (CC-BY-NC-2) / Flickr

Montana residents who signed contracts agreeing to accept $1,000 in exchange for not suing the Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) over future mine waste cleanup in Opportunity will have the chance to reconsider.

A meeting was held last night in Anaconda to clarify the terms of the contracts for residents.

Wildlife Sign: Clues In The Storybook Of Nature

Nov 14, 2016
Elk in Yellowstone National Park
Jim Peaco/Yellowstone National Park (PD)

A couple weekends ago, some friends and I got up early to drive into the Flint Creek Range near Anaconda. We planned to hike through an area that we’d been told was home to some 800 elk, 150 big horn sheep, 30 mountain goats, black bear, and moose. We walked up the trail with great anticipation for a day of spectacular wildlife viewing. The sky was slate gray, and it wasn’t long before we encountered our first snowflakes and felt our hands getting numb. 

Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association
Courtesy of Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association


  The main party candidates for governor made their pitch to members of the state’s tourism industry this week during a conference of the Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association.

Republican Greg Gianforte and incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock repeated their by-now familiar campaign phrases while expressing gratitude for the work done by members of Montana’s tourism industry.

Corin Cates-Carney sampled voter sentiment at league bowling night in Anaconda recently
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Around the time the state capitol in Helena locked up for the night last Thursday, the regulars at Cedar Park Lanes in Anaconda started pouring a few beers and lacing up for league bowling.

As I walked into the 12-lane bowling alley the TVs were tuned to Thursday night football and playoff baseball: Game One of the ALDS, Red Sox and Indians. A birthday party for a kid was being thrown on the far side of the room.

It’s close to a month before Election Day, and I showed up to ask whoever was there if, and how, they will cast their vote.

Susan K. Adams

In this episode of Mountain West Voices, Lorraine Rivers Tucker recalls the journey that took her from the rough Montana copper mining town of her childhood, to a Dominican convent in Wisconsin, to Mobile, Alabama in the early 1960s.