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Threat Disrupts Classes At Missoula's Big Sky High School

About half of the students at Missoula’s Big Sky High School left early Thursday, following the discovery of graffiti in a girls bathroom Thursday morning. A press release from Missoula County Public Schools said he graffiti read, "Don't be at Big Sky at 1:20."

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UM Forest Scientists: Expect More Fire Seasons Like 2017

Half a year after a memorable fire season shrouded Montana in thick gray skies, burned more than a million acres and caused tens of millions of dollars in budget shortfalls, scientists at the University of Montana are saying Montanans should get used to it.

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'Traditional American Chamber Music' From Darol Anger, Emy Phelps And The Furies

Over forty years ago, as part of the David Grisman Quintet, multi-instrumentalist Darol Anger became a young founding father of "Dawg Grass," an influential melding of bluegrass, newgrass, classical and jazz. He has continued breaking musical ground ever since, with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Montreux, Fiddlers Four, Psychograss, the Republic of Strings, Mike Marshall, Barbara Higbie, Scott Nygaard, Phil Aaberg and many others. He's a professor at the Berklee College of Music and an instructor at fiddle camps around the world.

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Two healthcare groups plan to ask Montana voters to continue the state’s Medicaid expansion in November, and to fund it with a higher tax on tobacco .

The Montana Hospital Association and the American Heart Association filed ballot language today.

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham

Spring enrollment numbers for the University of Montana are down 5.4 percent compared to last year. That’s according to numbers released today by the University.

Total enrollment is just under 11,000 students, that’s nearly 630 fewer than last spring. 

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About half of the students at Missoula’s Big Sky High School left early Thursday, following the discovery of graffiti in a girls bathroom Thursday morning.

A press release from Missoula County Public Schools said he graffiti read, "Don't be at Big Sky at 1:20."

Bison at the Stephens Creek Capture facility north of Yellowstone Park in 2015.
Jim Peaco (CC-BY-2)

Yellowstone National Park officials are investigating another illegal release of bison, after the Stephens Creek Facility was broken into sometime last night or early this morning.

Park officials said most of the 73 bison that escaped stayed in the immediate area and eventually returned to the pen. Fifty-two bison escaped in a similar incident last month.

Liberty Place in Whitehall, MT provides homes and life training skills for people who live with brain injuries.
Corin Cates-Carney

Montana ranks among the top three states in the nation per capita for traumatic brain injuries, according to industry workers and advocacy groups. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, include strokes, brain infections, or a hit to the head that causes brain damage. 

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is offering a $100,000 award for new approaches to eradicate invasive quagga and zebra mussels from open water.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is offering a $100,000 award for new approaches to eradicate invasive quagga and zebra mussels from open water.

The Bureau opened a prize challenge competition last December to generate new ideas to wipe the mollusks out of open water, something that’s never been done before.

Twenty-six-year-old Butte native Daniel Hogan is organizing a public forum to help create new and accessible dialogue on Superfund issues in Butte. He's serving as an Americorps VISTA member this year at KBMF,  Butte's community radio station.
Nora Saks

Butte has had countless meetings on its Superfund issues over the last thirty years, but the technical nature of them has made it challenging for the public to stay informed. 

Missoula police car.
Cheri Trusler

An employee of the State Crime Lab in Missoula has allegedly stolen portions of evidence from pending drug cases.

Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst declined to offer specific details, but said the situation is ongoing.

Between 1864 and 1889, the buffalo were exterminated, the Indian wars ended, tribal nations were confined to reservations, cattle and sheep by the tens of thousands grazed the open range, Butte exploded into a city with electricity and millionaires, and multiple railroads connected Montana to the world. “Montana 1889” tells the many stories of this overwhelming transformation by entering into the lives, emotions, and decisions of Indians, miners, cowboys, women, and entrepreneurs who were cooperating and competing in the new state.

We are excited to offer an exclusive extended interview with Ken Egan about his book Montana 1889 via our podcast and web streaming.  

Over forty years ago, as part of the David Grisman Quintet, multi-instrumentalist Darol Anger became a young founding father of "Dawg Grass," an influential melding of bluegrass, newgrass, classical and jazz. He has continued breaking musical ground ever since, with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Montreux, Fiddlers Four, Psychograss, the Republic of Strings, Mike Marshall,  Barbara Higbie, Scott Nygaard, Phil Aaberg and many others. He's a professor at the Berklee College of Music and an instructor at fiddle camps around the world.

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