Montana and Wyoming find themselves increasingly isolated in what will ultimately be futile attempts to prop up a declining coal industry that seems doomed to go down in a flurry of ill-advised legislation and expensive lawsuits.

Of the hundreds of bills Gov. Greg Gianforte will consider signing into law over the coming days, there’s one he is urged to give special consideration. House Bill 112 would prohibit transgender girls and women from participating in female sports.

News that Montana gets a second seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is a big deal — a very big deal. Two seats in the 435-seat House may not sound like much. But it provides one representative for just over 500,000 Montanans. That makes us the most well represented state in the nation.

As I entered Yellowstone National Park last week on a beautiful spring morning, I was quietly contemplating two very different events: the always inspiring annual arrival of bison calves and the end of a legislative session in Helena that pushed Montana into the dark ages of wildlife management.