Health & Environment

Building the sage grouse population

Jun 13, 2013

The state Game and Fish Department is working on plans to increase the number of sage grouse in southwestern North Dakota.

Still interest in potash

Jan 21, 2013

A few years ago, state regulators were saying that potash mining may be the “next big thing” in North Dakota.

It hasn’t happened yet. But the state mineral resources department will be holding hearings on rules for mining the high value fertilizer.

"The potash industry was somewhat holding its breath, waiting to see what those rules were going to look like," said state Mineral Resource director Lynn Helms. "Once that process is behind us, the geologist that we hired to work subsurface minerals is going to put together a reporton whet we know about potash."

A House committee is considering proposals to raise the cost for hunting, fishing and boat licenses.

Those fees have not been raised for years.

"We haven't kept pace with states around us," State Game and Fish director Terry Steinwand told the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "We've really become the bargain basement place to hunt and fish for non-residents."

Heitkamp: Fargo diversion "a priority"

Nov 27, 2012

Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp says she believes a strong case can be made for federal funding of the Red River diversion project.

Heitkamp says she agrees with holding federal spending down – and spending only on demonstrated need – but she says the project meets that test.

"Certainly, protecting Fargo is a huge need this region has," said Heitkamp. "I think it will pay huge dividends in return, in part, because every time we have these seasonal floods, millions of dollars get spent fighting the flood, as opposed to preventing the damage."

ND gets high marks for reclamation

Oct 15, 2012

The federal Office of Surface Mining has given North Dakota good marks for its coal mine reclamation program.

OSM says North Dakota has an “efficient and effective” program. The program is administered by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Thursday, October 4 – Caravanserai is a new international program aimed at establishing greater understanding between American and Islamic societies … and it’s coming to Jamestown. Joining us is Adam Perry, the Caravanserai program officer at Arts Midwest, and Taylor Barnes, director of the Jamestown Arts Center. ~~~ Visiting North Dakota is James Hmurovich, president and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. We’ll discuss some of the progress made in the state, and learn about some of the challenges that remain.

Med Center One "officially" Sanford West

Aug 29, 2012
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

You can now officially call it “Sanford West.”

Bismarck’s Med Center One has a new sign in the window. But staffers there are promising the same quality of health care people have come to know.

Med Center One is now part of a much larger organization. Sanford Chief Operating Officer Becky Nelson says in health care, bigger is better.

A plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to charge water users living along Missouri River reservoirs for that water isn’t sitting well with the basin states.

The Corps has been holding public meetings throughout the Missouri Basin to discuss its proposal.

New program treats addictions and mental health issues

Aug 17, 2012

The retiring director of the North Dakota Department of Human Services says she’s proud of a new program to help treat people who have chronic addictions plus serious mental health issues.

Carol Olson says the program is called I-D-D-T – or “Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment.” And she says the program has so far shown tremendous success.

Bismarck's Med Center One, Sanford Health merge

Jul 12, 2012