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Governor Bullock & Pam Bucy launching the HELP-Link program Feb. 08, 2015 in Great Falls.
Corin Cates-Carney

State Launches Job Training Component Of Medicaid Expansion

On Monday, the next phase of Montana’s Medicaid expansion was announced at a job service center in Great Falls. Expanding Medicaid under the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act was a hard sell to Montana Republicans in the 2015 legislature until Republican Senator Ed Buttrey introduced a workforce initiative into the healthcare bill, among other changes.
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Clay Scott

Little Patricia: Portrait Of A Fighter

In this episode of Mountain West Voices, Patricia Netherland tells of the journey that took her from a successful career as an MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter - "Little Patricia Vidonic" - to her life as a single mother and successful entrepreneur in Billings, Montana.
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What band practice looks like when members are spread over 3 cities.
Courtesy Modality

Modality: One Band, Five Members, Three Cities

Although they live in three cities (Missoula, Butte, and Blacksburg) in two states (Montana and Virginia), the five members of the band Modality practice every Thursday evening.
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Morning Newscast 02-09-16

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Josh Burnham

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday it's giving final approval to the Libby Superfund asbestos cleanup program. Work to clean up the town started about 15 years ago.

An electric utility serving 26,000 homes and businesses in eastern Montana is scaling back a proposed 21 percent rate increase.

State officials are seeking public comment on a proposed gold mining project just north of the Yellowstone National Park border.

Governor Steve Bullock was in Great Falls yesterday to launch the job-training component of Montana’s Medicaid expansion.

Evening Newscast 02-08-16

18 hours ago
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it is giving final approval to the Libby Superfund asbestos cleanup program.

More Montanans are getting medical coverage through the state's health insurance marketplace.

Former Missoula State Representative Champ Edmunds says he’s ending his campaign for state auditor, and is endorsing fellow Republican Matt Rosendale from Glendive.

The State of Montana has a new Fire and Aviation Bureau Chief. He was hired last month, and is keeping a close eye on this winter’s weather.

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'Willow's Gift' By Connie Myslik-McFadden

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Willow's Gift

by Connie Myslik-McFadden

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015

When Willow's mother is killed in a car accident, the eighth-grader withdraws into herself, pulling away from her father and her friends at school and relying on her pets for comfort. Soon, she discovers that she can communicate not only with her own animals, but with those in the wild as well.

Downtown Libby, MT.
libbymt.com

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it is giving final approval to the Libby Superfund asbestos cleanup program. Work to clean up the town started about 15 years ago.

Governor Bullock & Pam Bucy launching the HELP-Link program Feb. 08, 2015 in Great Falls.
Corin Cates-Carney

On Monday, the next phase of Montana’s Medicaid expansion was announced at a job service center in Great Falls. Expanding Medicaid under the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act was a hard sell to Montana Republicans in the 2015 legislature until Republican Senator Ed Buttrey introduced a workforce initiative into the healthcare bill, among other changes.

Mike DeGrosky is Montana's new Fire and Aviation Bureau Chief.
John Owens/BLM

The State of Montana has a new Fire and Aviation Bureau Chief. He was hired last month, and is keeping a close eye on this winter’s weather.

'Quotations'

Feb 8, 2016
Doug Wheller (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

1.

Logic of properties,
hieroglyphics of logical
situations are, of necessity
true, although independent
of falsehood or truth.

Thus, in speaking the truth,
"A world is, as it were,
put together experimentally."

2.

Little Patricia: Portrait Of A Fighter

Feb 8, 2016
Clay Scott

In this episode of Mountain West Voices, Patricia Netherland tells of the journey that took her from a successful career as an MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter - "Little Patricia Vidonic" - to her life as a single mother and successful entrepreneur in Billings, Montana.

What band practice looks like when members are spread over 3 cities.
Courtesy Modality

Although they live in three cities (Missoula, Butte, and Blacksburg) in two states (Montana and Virginia), the five members of the band Modality practice every Thursday evening.

Townsend's Solitaire: Soundtrack To Your Hike

Feb 5, 2016
Townsend's Solitaire
Mark Watson (CC-BY-NC-ND)

When I feel the need to escape from town and immerse myself in the woods, I head up to Marshall Canyon, just east of Missoula, for a hike. Hiking along one of the old roads through the woods and taking in the fresh air and the views down the Clark Fork River towards Milltown soothe my soul and put things back into perspective. As I hike, I frequently hear what sounds like the squeak of a playground swing, swinging back and forth. This sound, however, is completely natural, the call of a somewhat drab-looking bird: a Townsend’s Solitaire.

Matthew Rosendale Enters State Auditor Race

Feb 5, 2016
Matthew Rosendale
Montana Legislature

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Senate Majority Leader Matthew Rosendale said Friday he will run for the open seat of state auditor in an election where he will face a Republican primary opponent and a well-funded Democratic candidate if he wins the nomination.

New Judge Assigned To Political Corruption Lawsuit

Feb 5, 2016
Chief Justice Mike McGrath, left, swears in Mike Cooney as Montana’s 32nd lieutenant governor with Cooney’s wife, Helena District Judge DeeAnn Cooney, at his side.
Courtesy Governor's Office

The Helena district court judge Gov. Steve Bullock recently appointed to the bench has recused herself from presiding over a high-profile political corruption case involving one of Bullock’s staunchest critics.

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